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
What are your favorite pregnancy/parenting resources?: ProDoula. The birth partner. Dr Karp books
What thoughts come to mind when you see a pregnant woman or brand new mom?: How amazing she looks and the beauty of what has or will take place in her life. That this journey for her will be life changing and I hope that it is everything she has hoped for. And I really hope she has a support system so she gets to really enjoy this truly amazing experience.
What is the best gift you can give a new mom (as a Doula)?: Being her and her families support system, to be able to be there to help as she recovers. To be someone she can count on when she may feel overwhelmed and or need someone to talk to.
What is your favorite TV show or movie?: White Christmas
What is your favorite place to vacation?: North Conway, NH
What is your favorite food?: Lobster
What is your favorite way to spend a day off?: Spending time with my husband and children. I love spending time going to museums, zoos or just being outside.
Who lives in your house?: My husband and 4 of our children ranging from 19 to 23