Background/Experience that you think is beneficial to Doula work: While serving in the Military I befriended many people with very diverse backgrounds and cultures and learned from them different perspectives and expectations of pregnancy and birth. I was also fortunate to live overseas and learned about different customs pertaining to pregnancy and birth. I feel these experiences have made me more aware of the importance of how women choose to birth their children and the importance of having choices.
What led you to become a Doula?: After the birth of my first child I fell passionately in love with all things having to do with pregnancy and birth. Doing research one day I discovered doula work and thought, "How am I just now learning about this." Ever since then there has been a little voice in the back of my head telling me this is what I'm meant to do. I finally listened and now I feel so blessed to be doing work that I am so passionate about.
What are some positive comments made about you by other people?:
People have told me that I am trustworthy, caring, a great mom, and that they feel comfortable entrusting me with their vulnerabilities, concerns, and hopes, confidentially.
What are your favorite pregnancy/parenting resources?: I like to get information from Kellymom.com, ACOG, ACNM, AAP, Lamaze, LLL, Jacknewman.com, and Avivaromm.com
What thoughts come to mind when you see a pregnant woman or brand new mom?: Beauty, femininity, miracle, hopes that she and baby are receiving love and support.
What is the best gift you can give a new mom (as a Doula)?: Unconditional support.
What is your favorite TV show or movie?: Games of Thrones, Vikings, and Merlin
What is your favorite place to vacation?: Anywhere! So long as it's a vacation.
What is your favorite food?: Mexican for sure.
What is your favorite way to spend a day off?: I love doing anything outdoors with my family and spending time in my garden.
Who lives in your house?: I live with my husband (soulmate), my 3 beautiful, awesome children and our stinky ;) English Mastiff