Background/Experience that you think is beneficial to Doula work: I am a Norland Nanny (www.norland.co.uk ), and have worked with babies and young children for about 40 years. I have been a foster parent to about 100 babies and toddlers and have also worked as a treatment foster parent to children with trust and attachment issues. I am NRP and CPST certified
What led you to become a Doula?: Love of babies and birth and the realization that women rarely get the birth they could have had, had their bodies and birth been respected
What are some positive comments made about you by other people?:
Intuitive, meets you were you are, empathetic, makes birth less scary, calm presence, great expertise,
What are your favorite pregnancy/parenting resources?: Books such as Spiritual Midwifery, Labour Progress Handbook, Why Love Matters; web sites such as Kelly Mom, LLL, SBD, Spinning babies, ProDoula page; and brainstorming with doula friends.
What thoughts come to mind when you see a pregnant woman or brand new mom?: She made it! I hope she had support. Do those around her see the magnitude of this moment? I hope she is truly loved.
What is the best gift you can give a new mom (as a Doula)?: Time, listening, sleep, maybe some insights
What is your favorite TV show or movie?: Rarely watch….maybe HGTV
What is your favorite place to vacation?: North Carolina or the UK
What is your favorite food?: Fruit, pizza, chocolate
What is your favorite way to spend a day off?: Sewing, knitting, reading, walking, sleeping. If Hubby is off too, working in the yard, walking, hanging out with him – watching football!
Who lives in your house?: Jim my husband, myself, Veronica (daughter) and her husband John, with grandchildren Annabelle 2years and Owen 10 months, till their house is built.