Background/Experience that you think is beneficial to Doula work: My greatest beneficial experience is being a mother of four. I had three very different laboring/birthing experiences with two singleton and one multiple birth. I also have had the honor and pleasure of being active support in several labors.
What led you to become a Doula?: When I was fifteen I experienced my youngest brother's birth. I remember a lot of my family members being present that day. My mother told me the story of my labor and birth. She also reminded me of her laboring plan for my brother and how no matter what it was to be followed. Then I watched the plan quickly unravel as my brother's heart rate dropped. To see one of the strongest women I know become so helpless in that moment made me want to do everything in my power to support her. So I kept telling her how proud I was of her, how amazing, strong and powerful she was. That she was more than capable and sufficient to complete the task at hand. My brother was the newest part of our family! That very day I knew I wanted to be in the birthing field and have been passionate about babies ever since.
What are some positive comments made about you by other people?:
That I’m hands on
Always willing to feed whomever even if it’s my last
I remind others of their inner joy
I’m super nice
People love how they can just be transparent around me with no fear of judgement
People also appreciate that I go the extra mile for whoever is in need
What are your favorite pregnancy/parenting resources?: My ProDoula Manual and the course notes I took come to mind. The books "happiest baby on the block" and "happiest toddler on the block" by Havey Karps. Various online forums and articles. Also it's always good to ask questions to those who have gone through or are going through pregnancy/parenting as vast resource.
What thoughts come to mind when you see a pregnant woman or brand new mom?: I immediately think of how super blessed I am to be a mother of four beautiful children and how I am to honor, assist and guide them through their lives. That children are one of the greats gifts that humankind can ever receive and how they are to be treated as such. Children are our past, our present, and will be our future.
What is the best gift you can give a new mom (as a Doula)?: Offering my knowledge, encouragement and complete support with an open mind in concert with the parents' vision for that specific birth.
What is your favorite TV show or movie?: I really enjoy The Price is Right
What is your favorite place to vacation?: Anywhere that I can spend time with my party of six and explore in or out of the country and eating new foods being near a beach or somewhere I can hike
What is your favorite food?: I truly love a different varieties of food I have no favorite it is to hard to narrow it down
What is your favorite way to spend a day off?: I love spending time with my party of six doing whatever comes to mind maybe a quick road trip to the nears beach, hiking, and or just simply cooking together vegging out playing games in and outside or looking at movies together. Because I'm a volleyball, baseball, and track Mom it also nice just to take a none interrupted nap which really never happens but I wouldn't have any other way I would hate to miss out on doing something with My husband, Munchkins, and or Mini Munchkins
Who lives in your house?: As I like to say my party of six my party of six consist of My living breath blessing which is my husband The Munchkins Our eldest daughter who is 15 is such a detriment, nurturing, dancing, goofball Our eldest son is 12 and is very inquisitive, kind-hearted, jokester, young gentleman and the youngest of the crew the Mini Munchkins Our youngest girl and baby boy by two minutes 1 year old twin who are blossoming into their own spicy and bashful personalities