Background/Experience that you think is beneficial to Doula work: I have a Bachelor of Science degree in early childhood education. For more than 10 years I have worked in corporate and private childcare situations. I have been a nanny or a babysitter for many years. I have a four year old son at home.
What led you to become a Doula?: I do love babies, specifically, and young children in general. Trying to navigate the postpartum period was rough for me, and having someone to help me through it would’ve been wonderful. I’d like to be that person for someone else. I have always enjoyed working with children and their families in school and daycare settings. Babies do not stress me out with their cries, as it is their main means of communicating their needs. Working as a postpartum doula seems like a natural direction to go with my interests and skills.
What are some positive comments made about you by other people?:
I have been called a lover of babies, very calm and calming. My bosses over the years, some of whom have also become my friends, have praised my punctuality, sense of responsibility and professionalism, my willingness to do whatever they need.
What are your favorite pregnancy/parenting resources?: Other parents! No one knows better what it’s like than someone who has been there! That being said, before I had my own son it was hurtful to me when a parent said they didn’t trust my word as much as another parents’ when I would give them asked for advice. But now after having my own child I do kind of get it.
What thoughts come to mind when you see a pregnant woman or brand new mom?: I remember what my time as a new mother was like; the good, the bad, the ugly, much of it, very relatable, although I didn’t know it at the time. I think about how I wish I had had non judgmental support, and how much I enjoyed helping my friends, colleagues, and the families that attended the day care centers where I worked when they were new mothers.
What is the best gift you can give a new mom (as a Doula)?: An hour to herself – whatever that looks like: the chance for a nap, going to a movie, out for coffee or a pedicure, the opportunity to sit and talk with another adult.
What is your favorite TV show or movie?: I love the TV show Grey’s Anatomy
What is your favorite place to vacation?: Any beach I can find is great
What is your favorite food?: Anything chocolate, a big plate of garlic butter covered pasta, and fresh summer berries are my top three favorites
What is your favorite way to spend a day off?: On the beach in the summer; inside with a good book when it’s cold outside.
Who lives in your house?: I live with my husband of ten years and our four year old son.