Background/Experience that you think is beneficial to Doula work: I have owned a doula business and worked as a doula since 2017. My background is rich with experience in working with children. In the past 15 years I have been everything from a preschool teacher to a nanny to a babysitter. Educationally, I have a Bachelor's of Science in Business Management and Leadership.
What led you to become a Doula?: I discovered my passion for doula services and birth work in my childbirth education class during my pregnancy. Whereas most people were scared or nervous about birth, I was more and more excited about it with each class. I wanted to be at every birth within my birth center until my own! Then after giving birth to my daughter, I realized the true benefit of having a doula and discovered that being a doula was what I was meant to do.
What are some positive comments made about you by other people?:
My entire life I have been told that I am very adaptable and can fit well into almost any scenario. I can be calm when needed, but I also have the energy to be present and engaged. I have been told that I am very nurturing to the needs of others and all around a sweet, uplifting person.
What are your favorite pregnancy/parenting resources?: My favorite resource for pregnancy and parenting is people. Getting advice from other people that have gone through or are going through the same things tends to help me most. There are so many resources available to parents, I tend to find a piece within everything that is helpful. I am currently enjoying The Longest, Shortest Time podcast.
What thoughts come to mind when you see a pregnant woman or brand new mom?: Honestly, I get all excited and giddy inside! I am always curious about their opinions and philosophies. I then tend to reminisce on being pregnant myself and what I was going through.
What is the best gift you can give a new mom (as a Doula)?: I think the best gift I can give to a new parent or family is confidence in the decisions that they make and then to provide them with unbiased support uniquely tailored to them.
What is your favorite TV show or movie?: There are so many to choose from! Some of my favorites include Call the Midwife, Game of Thrones, Parenthood, and Beauty and the Beast.
What is your favorite place to vacation?: I don't have just one favorite place to vacation, I enjoy seeing new sights everywhere. However there is something special about a hike through the mountains and the fresh air of the beach.
What is your favorite food?: I really love Mexican food, specifically tacos and queso
What is your favorite way to spend a day off?: My favorite way to spend my day off is with my family and friends, I love a good cookout! I enjoy spending time doing creative art projects, spending time outdoors, or doing something fun with friends! Even though I am not very good, I really enjoy bowling
Who lives in your house?: I live in a small country house with my husband, Trea, our daughter, Oakleigh, our dog, Roscoe, and our cats, Luna and Gemini