Background/Experience that you think is beneficial to Doula work: I’ve always been drawn to people as caretaker and fascinated with everything pregnancy and birth related. I am a professionally trained birth and postpartum doula, providing support to mothers and their partners through all stages of labor and beyond. I am also a registered yoga teacher (RYT-200) and have a unique understanding of how the body moves and what it may crave during pregnancy and labor. I like to marry yogic principles and doula support to create a compassionate and unbiased space for mothers from all walks of life.
What led you to become a Doula?: My own birth experience led me to become extraordinarily passionate about taking care of other women and I’m especially passionate about doing that during such a transformational chapter in their lives. I believe every woman should have options in their birth experience and be supported in those choices. I want to offer evidence-based information that will encourage women to become active participants in their 'matrescense', their transition to motherhood.
What are some positive comments made about you by other people?:
People in my life have said that I am an empathetic soul, supportive, energetic, creative, sensitive and genuine.
What are your favorite pregnancy/parenting resources?: ProDoula, of course!! The First 40 Days: The Essential Art of Nourishing the New Mother, The Birth Partner, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Evidence Based Birth, and The Birth Hour podcast. The local birth community is a great resource as well!
What thoughts come to mind when you see a pregnant woman or brand new mom?: I want to say, “You are not alone!”. Whenever I see a pregnant person or someone with a new baby, I’m always in awe of this time period in a woman’s life. There’s this push and pull of emotion that I believe all mother’s experience at some point or another; elated with this new baby in their life as well as feeling overwhelmed and exhausted by that very same being, followed by not feeling anything at all. Parenthood is raw as hell and I’m always curious if they are getting the support and information they need to soften those edges just a bit.
What is the best gift you can give a new mom (as a Doula)?: I think sleep has got to be the front runner, here! Other gifts come in the form of showers, unbiased support and unconditional care, a little nourishment for their body and certainly for their soul. I want to hold space for whatever the transitions of new parenthood bring them.
What is your favorite TV show or movie?: I wish I could say something super original but I LOOOOVE Friends. It makes me laugh every time and it’s a perfect show to pop on no matter what I’m feeling.
What is your favorite place to vacation?: 100%, hands down, the ocean! There is this serene and soothing quality that draws me to the ocean and when I am there, my life focus becomes crystal clear. Best. Therapy. Ever.
What is your favorite food?: Sushi, specifically spicy tuna, with extra pickled ginger and wasabi!
What is your favorite way to spend a day off?: My perfect day off would start with an early morning, super hot yoga class. I’d head to my favorite smoothie place, grab a book and READ out in the sunshine. Nowhere to be, nothing to do, no phone to answer. Eventually, I’d head to the beach and have dinner (and a good pinot noir!) with my family on a big picnic blanket, taking in the view.
Who lives in your house?: My dear husband Matt, our two young children Fenton and Everly, and our Australian Cattle Dog, Abigail.