CURRENT STATUS: Certified Elite Postpartum & Infant Care Doula
BUSINESS NAME/AFFILIATION: Gold Coast Doulas, LLC
SERVICES PROVIDED: Postpartum Support & Sleep Consultations
AREAS SERVED: Greater Grand Rapids and surrounding areas
Background/Experience that you think is beneficial to Doula work: From a very young age I was interested in helping families. I was a babysitter, got my CPR certification, volunteered wherever I could, and babysat whenever possible. Once I had my own baby, I became a source of encouragement and advice for my friends having children. I also have a background in safety, so that is a top priority. I currently have my CPR/First Aid/ AED Certification as well as an OSHA 10 hour certification.
What led you to become a Doula?: When I became pregnant with my daughter in 2012 everything changed for me. I was working in an office setting in a very male-dominated industry. I love the company and my co-workers, but once I had my baby I realized I needed something different. I began searching and researching (because that is my personality!) and found the world of postpartum doulas, which was virtually nonexistent in my area. That meant opportunity!
What are some positive comments made about you by other people?:
Alyssa is the sleep queen!
Alyssa has such a calming nature when dealing with sleep deprived parents.
Alyssa is kind and affirming.
Alyssa’s nurturing disposition is profound.
Alyssa has an innate sense for what parents need.