If you've known me for a while, you've known me as Rachel Erb. My doula training certificates all say "Rachel Erb". It's the name I've gone by since I got married at the age of 19, way back in 1997. In recent years, my marriage has sailed into stormy seas and, after much painful soul-searching and long, heart-wrenching conversations, my husband of over 20 years and I have decided to part ways. I was unsure at first what I wanted to do about my last name. Having gotten married so young, I've been known as an Erb for my entire adult life. I've been an Erb for more years than not. My children have the last name Erb and I'm known to everyone as Rachel Erb. I like calling my home 'The Erb Garden'. Plus... Erb is short and easy to say! These all seemed like good reasons to keep my married name, despite the dissolution of my marriage. But as time has gone on, I've come to feel that I'd like to return to my original name. It's long and complicated and no one knows how to pronounce it, but I hope you'll all get used to it! It's what feels right for me! The official, legal change won't be made for a while, but I'm gradually starting to use the name shared by the family I was born into: Nafziger. It's a mouthful alright. But it's MY mouthful!
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