Background/Experience that you think is beneficial to Doula work: I worked for a few years as a personal assistant to a woman with quadriplegia. Working so closely and intimately with someone taught me a lot about how to provide judgment-free support. I learned how to listen deeply, and provide assistance in a way that honored her wishes and intent – all while allowing her to maintain control of her life.
What led you to become a Doula?: Initially I wanted to become a midwife. In Ontario, it’s a very competitive program to get into and I thought being a doula could give me an edge. However, as soon as I attended my first doula birth, I realized that this was the path for me. I love the continuous support I can provide my clients when I don’t have to put my attention to the medical side of things. I also love that I can continue working with my clients through their adjustment into parenthood as their postpartum doula.
What are some positive comments made about you by other people?:
My favorite comments to hear from past clients are that they appreciated the professional and judgment-free support I provided during their pregnancies and transitions into parenthood. From friends and family, I’m often told that I’m passionate and open-minded.
What are your favorite pregnancy/parenting resources?: I have amassed quite the reference library in my office. That’s usually my first go-to when I need to get some solid, balanced, information. Otherwise I’m likely to check out Lamaze, Evidence-Based Birth, and The Newman Clinic and Kelly Mom for breastfeeding information.
What thoughts come to mind when you see a pregnant woman or brand new mom?: I always hope the best for her and that she has people in her life that she can rely on and are supporting her in her decisions around birth and parenting. I hope for her that she’s not getting too much unsolicited advice. I may also wonder if she has a doula…
What is the best gift you can give a new mom (as a Doula)?: Confidence. When I see new parents finding confidence in their birth wishes and parenting skills it reinforces what I love about being a doula.
What is your favorite TV show or movie?: This is a tough one. Netflix has ruined my attention span and ability to watch an entire movie (TV shows tie everything in a neat package in under 25 minutes). My go-to TV show for background noise is How I Met Your Mother.
What is your favorite place to vacation?: Someplace new! Right now San Francisco is calling my name, so I’m hoping to get there soon.
What is your favorite food?: Anything with cheese (preferably melted) on it!
What is your favorite way to spend a day off?: Reading, knitting, or swimming. The best day off would be all three!
Who lives in your house?: My partner, Seamus, and his cat, Elly