Background/Experience that you think is beneficial to Doula work: Postpartum Support International - 2 Day Certificate training - learning resources and supporting mothers with Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders.
What led you to become a Doula?: My passion for women's health and working with women began during my first pregnancy. I was surrounded by so many supportive and passionate women; my midwife, friends, my La Leche League leader. Family education and non-judgmental support are key to doula care. To me as a doula and a health coach I know mothers and families need a listening ear, a gentle touch, the most up-to-date research-based information so that they can navigate their pregnancy and birth experiences.
What are some positive comments made about you by other people?:
She’s trustworthy, observant to my needs and genuinely cares for my son with love. She’s also an on demand help when she isn’t here with us. — Rachel Meadows; A natural caregiver, Allison has contributed to my son’s growth, kept my house in order and has been a shoulder to lean on when I’ve felt overwhelmed. — Rachel Meadows; She worked wonderfully with our midwife and in future check-ups the midwife couldn’t stop complimenting on Allison’s calm & helpful presence throughout my labor and delivery — Alisha C.;
Allison’s positive attitude, massage skills and knowledge of labor and when to try different comfort positions really helped me get through the tougher parts of labor. — Alisha C.; Her availability and flexibility in schedule was extremely important to me. She was available at all hours, including weekends and evenings. — Martina Z.;
I had complete confidence in her skills with my son, and peace of mind that goes with leaving your child in good hands. That to me was worth the money. — Martina Z.
What are your favorite pregnancy/parenting resources?: So many that it is hard to name...definitely evidence-based birth online resources, Dr. Sears' many books & online resources, The Birth Partner by Penny Simpkin
What thoughts come to mind when you see a pregnant woman or brand new mom?: Hoping that she already has doula care....I always want to share with her our wonderful services that our High Country Doula agency offers to pregnant and postpartum mothers.
What is the best gift you can give a new mom (as a Doula)?: A listening ear and encouraging words.
What is your favorite TV show or movie?: I love romance and action so definitely Outlander, Poldark, West Wing. Love to watch Avengers with my son.
What is your favorite place to vacation?: Since I live in the beautiful mountains of NC. I love to hit the NC coast from the Outerbanks to Fort Fisher.
What is your favorite food?: Homemade pizza and salad.
What is your favorite way to spend a day off?: Walking the trails off the Blue Ridge Parkway with my dog Arlo.
Who lives in your house?: Me and my husband, our son Lem. And Arlo.