Background/Experience that you think is beneficial to Doula work: I've been a birth doula since 2005, attending quite a few births. I was trained and certified previously though DONA but decided ProDoula was a much better fit for me.
What led you to become a Doula?: I hold a bachelor's degree in early childhood education, and have worked with infants and their families for many years. I started my doula service in 2005 after a friend suggested that I be present for the birth of her son as her doula because she loves my nurturing spirit. After much research about what a doula is and what one does, I joined my friend for her son's birth. It was amazing! I decided afterwards that I'd become a certified doula and haven't looked back. I received my training through DONA International and have had the pleasure of attending many beautiful births since. In the past, I've nurtured infants and their families in a childcare setting, and thought it was a natural transition to be present during the birthing process to nurture the expectant family. I have been married to my high school sweetheart forever and am the mother of four beautiful girls.
What are some positive comments made about you by other people?:
Testimonials from others:
I have to mention here that everything was kept very calm and productive by my doula, Beth Smith. If she hadn’t been there, I’m sure there would have been quite a bit of panic and much more pain, Thanks Beth! If anyone reading this ever wants to have a kid, I strongly recommend hiring a doula. Worth every penny and then some! – Megan
Beth is AMAZING. No other words can describe what she does. I didn’t think I was ever going to make it through child birth, but I did and I do owe it to her. Beth knew what music to play, how to comfort me, fed me ice chips…she is truly an angel from above. There is no one out there like Beth and I am lucky to have shared this experience with her and I am also lucky to be able to call her my friend. -Amy
Beth was a fantastic doula! I can’t picture the birth of my daughter without her. Since it was a VBAC, I was a bit nervous, but Beth kept everything calm and productive from beginning to end. I didn’t have to worry about anything but focusing on my labor -I knew Beth would take care of everything else for me. This also took a lot of pressure off my husband who then felt free to simply be there to support and comfort me. After going through one birth without a doula and one birth with Beth, I now think that every woman should have a doula attend their labors. I know I was so lucky to have Beth with me at mine! -M.F.
What are your favorite pregnancy/parenting resources?: Birthing from Within: An Extra-Ordinary Guide to Childbirth Preparation Book by Pam England and Rob Horowitz, Dr. Sears (both the books and the website), The Womanly art of Breastfeeding, Childbirth without Fear Book by Grantly Dick-Read
What thoughts come to mind when you see a pregnant woman or brand new mom?: I'm excited for her! Being a new mom is amazing and it really allows you to see the world in a whole new way.
What is the best gift you can give a new mom (as a Doula)?: Comfort. Comfort knowing you have someone there with you that has been down this path and will be with you on your journey down the same path.
What is your favorite TV show or movie?: Current binge-watching show; The Crown. This is us.
What is your favorite place to vacation?: We love going to Topsail Beach, NC every few summers.
What is your favorite food?: Is coffee considered a food? I do enjoy a really good cup of coffee.
What is your favorite way to spend a day off?: Relaxing with my family. Feet up on the couch, coffee in my hand, snuggled in a blanket with one of my girls, the dog or the husband.
Who lives in your house?: Current occupants at the Smith Family Farm: My super-husband Corey, My Mom whom we refer to as Minen (which having her here makes having to leave for a birth at any time, A-MAZ-ING) and four little ladies; Kate, Maggie, Ellie and Penelope. We also have our #dailypup Ladybug Snugglepants, and our giant Flemish Giant rabbit (Who is bigger than our dog) Frank the Tank.