Background/Experience that you think is beneficial to Doula work: I have lots of experience working with kids and families, through camps, babysitting, nannying and directing kids programs over the years. I have a background of education in nursing, which gave me foundational knowledge and practical experience working with new moms, babies and families. I thrive when I'm able to provide support to others.
What led you to become a Doula?: I have always been fascinated with pregnancy, birth, babies, and kids. From a young age, I enjoyed helping to support and comfort others. A dear older loved one of mine used to call me her "little nursemaid" when I was with her - I was always by her side lending a hand. I pursued an education in nursing and upon completion of my degree ultimately decided not to continue on in the profession. My only regret was the lost opportunity to interact with pregnant women, new mothers, babies, and their families. Enter doula work! I discovered that there was a way for me to continue supporting families in this beautiful life stage in a non-clinical role. I am honoured to be welcomed into the intimate space of birth and the postpartum period!
What are some positive comments made about you by other people?:
Others have said that I am empathetic, compassionate and caring. They say I go above and beyond and that I have a way of making the people around me feel loved, welcomed and comfortable. I am passionate about serving others and anticipating their needs. People have also said that I am trustworthy, faithful and loyal.
What are your favorite pregnancy/parenting resources?: The Birth Partner - Penny Simkin with Katie Rohs The Fourth Trimester Companion - Cynthia Gabriel Ontario Public Health - https://www.publichealthontario.ca/en/health-topics/health-promotion/maternal-infant-health Association of Ontario Midwives (particularly handouts for clients) - https://www.ontariomidwives.ca/client-handouts
What thoughts come to mind when you see a pregnant woman or brand new mom?: Excitement. Hope. Support. It is important to me that families know that they are not alone as they experience the ups and downs of pregnancy and the postpartum period. I want them to succeed and feel confident, and I hope they know that there are many resources at their fingertips!
What is the best gift you can give a new mom (as a Doula)?: Support and encouragement. I believe it is truly a gift for me to able to work with families and I am delighted to provide support that meet their specific and unique needs. I will come alongside you and walk through your journey of welcoming a new infant into your life!
What is your favorite TV show or movie?: I love Friends, The Office and Grey's Anatomy!
What is your favorite place to vacation?: Somewhere warm and tropical - Hawaii maybe?
What is your favorite food?: Does chocolate count?? Definitely chocolate
What is your favorite way to spend a day off?: You'll find me enjoying a cup of tea with a good friend, listening to music, playing the piano, knitting, eating great food or savouring a relaxing bubble bath!
Who lives in your house?: My handsome husband Tyler and our sweet kitty Ellie.