Background/Experience that you think is beneficial to Doula work: I am a seasoned Massage Therapist with 20 years of experience. I can offer the benefits of Massage to the laboring mother, helping her to relax and focus. As a Certified Lactation Counselor, I help others to initiate breastfeeding successfully and help them overcome any obstacles. I have a background in body-mind techniques which I use during labor to guide mothers to connect and follow their bodies wisdom.
What led you to become a Doula?: After many years helping terminally ill family members and practicing Oncology Massage among other techniques, I realized I was ready for a big change in my life. I decided to start focusing on working for "life" rather than for "death." Life did I say? What better then working with mothers and babies? I became passionate about helping women navigate this most vulnerable and precious moment in their lives. I fell in love with working with infants and their well-being.
What are some positive comments made about you by other people?:
One of my clients wrote in her evaluation: “Adriana felt like family and also upheld a level of professionalism and experience that helped make labor as smooth as possible.” Mothers have said that I create a very relaxed atmosphere that helps them feel safer during labor and birth. Fathers have said that my presence took a big load off their shoulders, and they were able to support their partners without feeling enormous demand on their part. After assisting one of my client’s birth, the physician said to the mother” “Your doula is worth her weight in gold.”
What are your favorite pregnancy/parenting resources?: childbirthconnection.org; babycenter.com; cochranelibrary.com
What thoughts come to mind when you see a pregnant woman or brand new mom?: When I see a pregnant women, the first thought that comes to mind is if she is aware of all the options she has. I wonder if she knows what a difference a Doula can make in her birth experience. I also feel a deep respect for her role in the creation of a new life. When I see a new mother, I think of the challenges she might be facing, the sleep deprivation, the worries about her newborn, how is she holding it all together. Also, I think of the amazing bond between mother and baby and how this changes the life of this woman.
What is the best gift you can give a new mom (as a Doula)?: As a birth worker, I can give her the gift of having the birth story she will always cherish and keep in her memory. As a Doula I can point out to her the power she has and how she can do this as she can do what she wants in life.
What is your favorite TV show or movie?: I love British Television, "Call the Midwife," "Downtown Abbey," etc. Movies, I can name my favorite directors: Allen, Anderson Almodovar, Truffault, Kieslowski, Fassbinder and others.
What is your favorite place to vacation?: Mountains attract me. When I lived in Argentina, I used to vacation by the lakes int he Andes mountain ranges in Patagonia. Now, my son lives in Geneva, Switzerland. So this became by favorite place to vacation.
What is your favorite food?: Colorful and variated salads. Love cheese and fish.
What is your favorite way to spend a day off?: Depending on the season. During summer I like to walk through forest preserves or ride my bike and picnic with friends. In winter I can spend hours at the Chicago Art Institute, watch a movie at the Gene Siskel Film Center and dine with friends (What a joy!)
Who lives in your house?: Me and my plants. I am a widow and an empty nester.