Doula Spotlight: Kelly Burnett, CBD, SBD

Growing up, I loved playing outside in the dirt. I lived in the country just out of town and couldn't wait to grow up. I had all these grand plans of graduating from high school, getting married, and starting our family. All through elementary school we would have career days. You had to dress up as whatever you wanted to be when you grew up. I would always just pick teacher because wife and mother just didn't seem like an acceptable answer. I found my knight in shining armor, married 4 months out of high school, and it wasn't long after that we started our little family. I still had no idea what I would do with myself when the time came to have a career.  I had a friend that had introduced me to the idea of a doula and I just filed it away. When our third child started pre-k and I was absolutely alone all day, I decided it was time to pursue a doula career. I've been at it ever since, even after adding two more children to our family. So, besides being a wife, mother, doula, childbirth educator, and so on, here are a few other things you might not know about me.

10 - I am a drummer. I played the quads in marching band and the set in stage/jazz band. I still have every drum stick I have ever owned.

9 - I LOVE my job! Not everyone can say that their clients turn into friends for life.

8 - I am a laid back, go with the flow, person. In this line of work plans are always changing!

7 - I have very few pet-peeves, BUT I would have to say dishonesty is on the top of that list.

6 - I really admire my husband. He's my best friend and I can't imagine my life without him. He's full of integrity, he's humble, talented, smart, and hard-working with a really crazy job (He's a commercial diver).

5 - This October (2017) we will have been married 16 years!!! Man, time flies when you're having fun, lol!

4 - When I was a little girl and dreaming of having children, there were only two girls in my dream...I have 5 children!!!!  Only one of which is a boy.

3 - A million times a million: the number of times I feel I say no on a daily basis!! Every now and then I throw a yes in there to surprise the kids.

2 - I've only breastfed three of my children successfully. When I say "successfully", that doesn't mean it was all roses, cupcakes, and rainbows! With my first child, I didn't have any idea what I was doing and no immediate postpartum breastfeeding support.  Within three days of his birth, I was experiencing so much pain and soreness, I threw in the towel. I didn't even try with my second child. I was scared that it would happen again. When my third child was born, I was very determined and she was a natural! With my last two children it wasn't as easy. They had tongue and lip tie issues, but we made it.

1 - I love my life! #blessed