Background/Experience that you think is beneficial to Doula work: I have been working with children and families since I was 16. I adore families. I have personal experience with infertility, grief, and anxiety. Those parts of my story have helped me have more empathy for others.
What led you to become a Doula?: While I'm fascinated with hospitals and the medical side of things, my deepest desire is for women and families to feel supported, heard, and validated. Birth work become a natural fit for that.
What are some positive comments made about you by other people?:
(I kind of love that I just got to put people on the spot and ask for positive comments about myself) “When Annie walked in, she brought calm with her. It changed the feeling in the room.” ” Annie is honest, insightful and loyal. I would want her as an ally in any imaginable circumstance for those reasons alone.” “Annie is a passionate and driven woman who is working hard to change the face of the doula profession in Oregon.”
What are your favorite pregnancy/parenting resources?: I stay up to date using evidence based websites and materials. But to be honest, my favorite resource is actually the stories and experiences of the people around me.
What thoughts come to mind when you see a pregnant woman or brand new mom?: "Oh, sweet lady. I hope you get the gift of a nap today! You've earned it."
What is the best gift you can give a new mom (as a Doula)?: Our society offers so much advice and opinions and input. I get to come to a new mom and offer a very different type of support... one that comes with zero judgement and allows her to be the hero of her own story.
What is your favorite TV show or movie?: I have an incredibly short attention span. (Sitting still is hard!) Movies often feel like torture, but documentaries tend to draw me in.
What is your favorite place to vacation?: The thought of Disneyland makes me incredibly happy, but so does the idea of an empty tropical beach. Or a cabin in the woods. Or an Alaskan cruise. The break from daily life means much more to me than the 'where.'
What is your favorite food?: Anything that someone else prepares. Seriously, a peanut butter and jelly sandwich that someone else makes is amazing.
What is your favorite way to spend a day off?: I'll take 'peace and quiet' for $500, Alex.
Who lives in your house?: I get to spend life with my husband of forever and my 3 children who make me laugh every single day. (Plus two cats and an axolotl)