Background/Experience that you think is beneficial to Doula work: I am a certified professional doula serving growing families in the Chicago, Illinois area. Additionally I am a Doctor of Physical Therapy working Per Diem in the rehabilitation units at Rush University Medical Center and Northshore Evanston Hospital where I assist patients in regaining their highest level of functional independence for safe discharges from the hospital. These two callings go hand in hand in providing the utmost patient and client-centered support.
What led you to become a Doula?: Plain and simple, I am my best self when I help and support others. My call to serve others as well as my interests in health and the human body were what initially drew me to physical therapy. Additionally, through my years as a rehabilitation physical therapist, I have grown in tune with my genuine supportive heart as I encourage, advocate, and challenge my patients through their recovery. It wasn't until experiencing my own birthing adventures that I realized how especially beautiful birth is in regards to the human body and also how beneficial a strong supportive team can be. This combination of serving others and the fascinating abilities of the human body ultimately captivated me towards supporting families in birth work.
What are some positive comments made about you by other people?:
“You made us feel so comfortable in every phase and inspired joy throughout our birthing process” – Grace and Chad
What are your favorite pregnancy/parenting resources?:
What thoughts come to mind when you see a pregnant woman or brand new mom?: Wow, you are a vision. This baby is beyond blessed to have you and you are doing great, keep it up!
What is the best gift you can give a new mom (as a Doula)?: I am your personal cheerleader, I instill in you confidence, I bring forth joy, and I make you comfortable.
What is your favorite TV show or movie?: Bravo is my guilty pleasure
What is your favorite place to vacation?: Hilton Head
What is your favorite food?: Mango
What is your favorite way to spend a day off?: In my free time I love to spend time outside doing something active and I enjoy a healthy dose of some alone time mixed with visiting with friends and family.
Who lives in your house?: My dear husband, Andrew, as well as our two spirited children, Ben and Jack, live with me in our home. With that said, we have an open door policy with wall decor including quotes such as: "What we love most about our home is with whom we share it" and "Make yourself at home".