Background/Experience that you think is beneficial to Doula work: Certified (through Red Cross) Babysitter for 8 years, Volunteer Nursery Worker for 4 years and RISK Management Trained. Shadowed under a midwife for a couple months.
What led you to become a Doula?: Well ever since I was a child I have always loved babies, it was rare to find me without a doll at home or a baby with me when I was capable of holding one on my own. And around my 2nd semester as a freshman, I started seriously considering about midwifery and doula work. And as each year progressed I was thinking and figuring out how I would reach the goal of becoming a midwife. When I was in my 2nd semester as a senior the way that I was originally planning on becoming a midwife was no longer allowed, which was fine and understandable because people need to have adequate training. But the more I researched and gathered info, the more I began to step back and lean towards becoming a doula. And so I made the decision of wanting to be a doula and maybe in the future becoming a midwife and I knew I had made the right decision. So here I am, starting out as a Pre-Certified Postpartum & Infant Care Doula.
What are some positive comments made about you by other people?:
I am a compassionate person and an encourager. Someone who is very helpful and willing to serve.
I am caring, kind and very sweet.
What are your favorite pregnancy/parenting resources?: YouTube! YouTube is my #1 resource. BabyLeague, WhatsUpMoms, One Crazy House and The Mom's View are just a few of the many channels out there that go over all sorts of things; from house tips, to pregnancy or baby products and how different situations are handled, these channels cover all of those things! Plus sitting down and watching one of the videos can be just as relaxing as it is resourceful. My next resource recommendation would be to follow some blogs! When new parents find other new parents, it's easy to relate with someone when you're both going through the same things. It's encouraging, helpful and fun. A couple out there that I know of are Cafemom.com, Parents.com, Mops.org, Babble.com and LifeofDad.com.
What thoughts come to mind when you see a pregnant woman or brand new mom?: When I see an expectant mom I am excited for her and I wonder if she is getting the support she may be needing. I wonder if she is enjoying her pregnancy and if not what is being done to help her enjoy it. I wonder if she is feeling confident and if her desired outcome of birth is being met or if it is going being brushed off. And I hope that she is being provided with support that she may need. I also wonder if they know the gender and what names they might be thinking of. When I see a new mom I look at her and wonder very similar things. I wonder how she is handling the new transition and hope she is enjoying it. I wonder if she has questions and are they being answered? I wonder if she is struggling and needs someone to confide in and just be there for her. And I hope that this new role is a joyful experience.
What is the best gift you can give a new mom (as a Doula)?: Providing unbiased, non-judgemental support and stability. Whether it's encouraging her, helping to clean the house, care for the baby so she can rest or just providing a listening ear, I want to be able to provide that for her and help her embrace her new role as a mother.
What is your favorite TV show or movie?: My favorite TV shows are Downton Abbey and Poldark. I highly enjoy period dramas as I am a bit of a history nerd and love it when a real-life event is given a story. As for my favorite movies I cannot possibly pick one! I am a huge fan of The Chronicles of Narnia and both The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings trilogies. But I also enjoy action movies, comedies, romances and sometimes even 'kid' movies (particularly Disney)
What is your favorite place to vacation?: Anywhere! I haven't been many places, but I love anyplace that is by the water.
What is your favorite food?: Almost anything, I only don't like olives, spicy and stuff mushrooms.
What is your favorite way to spend a day off?: Read a book, do some artwork, sew or knit, scroll on Pinterest for story inspiration or write out any ideas I have. Watch one of my favorite shows or a movie or spend time with my family. And I'll play around with names, I enjoy talking about names and discovering a new name and finding out their meanings. It depends on my mood for that day or what my family is doing that day.
Who lives in your house?: My dad and my mom, Scott and Kelly, my mom is also a Pre-Certified Postpartum & Infant Care Doula. My three sisters, Amaris, Mikaela, and Grace and our 2 dogs, Mercy and Wigeon.