Sunni Petrakis

CERTIFIED DOULA since June 23, 2016

For the last ten months, I have dedicated my life to my daughter’s future and my education. I’ve stayed up until 3am doing homework, even though she wakes up at 8, I’ve suffered massive amounts of sleep deprivation, I’ve networked, I’ve faced battles in silence behind closed doors. With two years to complete the course, I worked my little tushy off to get it done in less than a year.

When everything had been working against me, like a salmon I kept moving and jumping over these crashing currents. Today, I wake up a new woman. A woman with a career, a title to last a lifetime. I was so tired yesterday that I couldn’t react to my success in any form except by crying. Today, I can throw my hands in the air and say “I did it!”

Today, I wake up and can say I am a Certified Doula.

(Editor’s note: Reprinted with Sunni’s permission from her Facebook feed, the morning after completing her certification.)