Background/Experience that you think is beneficial to Doula work: When I was 18 I felt drawn to care for people, so my first job was as a Licensed Nurses Aide. I decided to open a Home Daycare after my youngest child was born. I ran Darla's Daycare for 12 years. Within those twelve years I was licensed and credentialed, and went on to become one of New Hampshire's first Nationally Accredited Home Daycare. I saw the need to become proficient in American Sign Language, as I also took in children with disabilities and wanted to be able to teach them a way to communicate with myself and the other children in my care. I have now been taking care of children and the elderly for the better part of 30 years, and feel that it is what I was meant to do.
What led you to become a Doula?: Having given birth to five children (including a set of twins) I loved the experience. I felt like I would love to be able to be there for another mom to be to help with her birth story. I was lucky enough to have a friend ask me to be with her when she went into labor. As we walked the halls, tried different positions, and discussed her determination to have a successful birth, I knew this was my calling.
What are some positive comments made about you by other people?:
That I am very nurturing and compassionate. That I am easy to talk to and that I easily adapt to my surroundings