Background/Experience that you think is beneficial to Doula work: I've done early childhood education, and ample volunteer work with children-- but nothing compares to being a woman and being able to empathize, and knowing how to love. Those 3 things alone are what I believe are beneficial to birth work.
What led you to become a Doula?: I've always been fascinated with pregnancy. As a little girl I was the one walking around with a ball up my shirt "pretending" to be a "mommy". I gained a love for children early when I had the option at age 13 to start volunteering with my local special needs children's program in my school at the time. From there I continued with volunteer work through age 16 with my neighborhood daycare via a program partnered with my high school. There were always opportunities for me to work with kids and I knew they were my passion. I was also a Teacher's Aide for sometime for Pre-K aged children. It took becoming a mom and being pregnant myself to take an interest in birth work and the needs of the very people who bring these children into the world. My need for support and not having it in one of the most vulnerable and helpless feeling times in my life made me find a whole new love and respect for the needs of pregnant people. I know what it's like to feel fear, anxiety, abandonment, excitement, uncertainty, bliss, serenity, and all things in-between that come with pregnancy and birth and I'm here to let other BAD ASS BIRTHERS KNOW-- WE CAN DO THIS!
What are some positive comments made about you by other people?:
Most people would say I have a contagious energy– They would say I love to uplift and encourage and above all things I genuinely care. They would say that Im passionate about my message. They would say I’m reliable and not just physically– I’m mentally and emotionally reliable as well. No matter what time of day it is if my loved ones need me they know they can call me and I will leave them feeling better than before they picked up the phone. Most people would say I’m one of a kind and that if ever they need someone to love and support them I’m their woman.
What are your favorite pregnancy/parenting resources?: Ring The Alarm- A Low Income Parenting Guide for Black and Brown Families By: Nikolai Pizzaro What to Expect When You're Expecting ((the website and book) www.babycenter.com Holistic Pregnancy and Childbirth By: James Marti with Heather Burton
What thoughts come to mind when you see a pregnant woman or brand new mom?: When I see someone who is pregnant or with a brand new baby I immediately hope they have love and care around them. I wonder how they are feeling and if there is anything I can do in their life or world to make a positive impact of some kind.
What is the best gift you can give a new mom (as a Doula)?: The best gift that I can give new parents as a birth worker in my opinion is LOVE. I believe that there is no greater gift. It comes in many forms down to something as small as just ASKING "Did you eat today?"
What is your favorite TV show or movie?: My favorite TV show is: POWER on Starz- Im legit addicted
What is your favorite place to vacation?: DISNEY
What is your favorite food?: I could eat Veggie Stir Fry 24/7
What is your favorite way to spend a day off?: My favorite way to spend a day off is in bed resting with absolute QUIET. ((I have 2 littles at home, can you tell? lol))
Who lives in your house?: In my house is ME, My sweet daughter Alyla, and My sweet daughter Amore'.