Background/Experience that you think is beneficial to Doula work: Growing up as the oldest of 4 kids in a blended family allowed me to be a leader to different personalities. I trained in fine dining restaurants working in the pastry department, which led me to my longest working chef position ever- As a private chef in a sorority house of over 100 young women. I learned how to navigate personalities more than I baked cookies if I'm being totally honest. I learned about women, and how they show up afraid sometimes, and empowered other times. I learned that women like their eggs a certain way, just like women like their birth to go a certain way. A distinct certainty that does not waver. My time there taught me a lot about how I could do my job while meeting people where there were at, even if it didn't feel easy.
What led you to become a Doula?: The birth of my first child is what started this whole Doula thing. I had a severe postpartum infection that nearly took my life. It wasn't until a year after he was born that my sister in law said, "Have you ever heard of a Doula? You should be one!" So I became her, I became what I desperately had needed as a birthing woman who experienced a C-section and two VBACS, and postpartum depression/anxiety. My time in those trenches gave me a knowing that I could combine my strengths with my willingness to help other women during birth and postpartum.
What are some positive comments made about you by other people?:
“Creshea imparts her vast knowledge in the fields of healthy living and birth work with a sublime balance of humor and grace. I know I can count on her to deliver evidence-based knowledge and I trust her explicitly. It is a bonus that she’s become a dear friend after witnessing and experiencing her innate desire to nurture and care for everyone she comes in contact with.”
People often say that I am funny, compassionate, willing to help, reliable, and strong in really difficult situations.
What are your favorite pregnancy/parenting resources?: This is gonna sound silly, but I often refer to the most basic of basics when there's a roadblock in pregnancy or parenting. Sometimes books or websites don't always have an all encompassing "answer" for a mom who is looking for one. Relying on the 5 senses- Are you/baby fed? What are you listening to (is it naysayers or people who lift you up)? Have you looked at the sunshine today? When was the last time you ate? What do your surroundings feel like (is the couch you're nursing on uncomfortable? Is it too dark in your house? When was the last time you felt the touch of a hug from someone you loved?) These senses of ours are my most favorite resource because it's always with us.
What thoughts come to mind when you see a pregnant woman or brand new mom?: My first thoughts are, I wish I could sit them down and tell them "Don't worry about how everyone else is doing it! Don't be afraid to ask for help, and know that on your worst days you are not alone."
What is the best gift you can give a new mom (as a Doula)?: Honestly, I wouldn't be doing my job right if I didn't give new parents all of the grace that they need during such a transitional time. It's when grace is needed the most. To show up and say, "It's okay if you don't know how to do this part yet."
What is your favorite TV show or movie?: New Girl, Park and Rec, Brooklyn 99
What is your favorite place to vacation?: I love to keep it local in Oregon! Sometimes I go to Costco without kids, and that totally feels like a vacay!
What is your favorite food?: Gosh, I love all food. But I love a good pasta dish, one that has taken many steps to make....but also cake for breakfast is my jam.
What is your favorite way to spend a day off?: My dream day off would be reading a book in it's entirety, eating out with a friend, catching a movie, and having a nice walk. I realize I just described a grandmas perfect day off....
Who lives in your house?: My husband, three kids, and two dogs....there's some overly ripe bananas on the counter, but I'm not really required to keep them alive like I am the rest of the household!