Background/Experience that you think is beneficial to Doula work: I became a doula in 2001. I was then honored to work alongside a wonderfully skilled midwife from 2001-2005. I was a doula and also a midwife assistant during that time. I became a CLC in 2015 and then created Bell House Birth Services in 2015. I am the mother of 5 beautiful children and have 10 grandchildren, 7 of whom I have supported their mother's birth.
What led you to become a Doula?: When my oldest daughter became a teen mother I was introduced to a doula. I then realized how unsupported women can be during this important transition into motherhood and it became my life work.
What are some positive comments made about you by other people?:
“Dawn helped me stay focused and positive during labor and had an extremely calming effect on both me and my husband”
“Dawn Bond is good medicine…She is continuing to support us in ways we never imagined”
“I was still supported by Dawn through my cesarean delivery I had some complications from my spinal and she was my family’s rock she took pictures that I was unable to take I may not remember my birth but I do remember the support and care I had while recovering”
What are your favorite pregnancy/parenting resources?: Evidencedbasedbirth.com, spinningbabies.com, vbacfacts.com
What thoughts come to mind when you see a pregnant woman or brand new mom?: Warm thoughts of the wonder of pregnancy, birth and becoming a parent. My next thought would be to consider if she is well supported. Does she know what a doula is?
What is the best gift you can give a new mom (as a Doula)?: Information and unconditional, loving, unbiased support. I am honored to have many new lifelong friends from being a doula!
What is your favorite TV show or movie?: Chef's Table, Sugar Rush, and the Great British Baking Show.
What is your favorite place to vacation?: I would like to go to Sweden where my son and his wife live.
What is your favorite food?: Caesar Salad with blackened shrimp.
What is your favorite way to spend a day off?: Reading, sewing, cooking.
Who lives in your house?: Myself and my 17 year old daughter Elli.