Background/Experience that you think is beneficial to Doula work: I took Childhood Development classes along with Psychology classes in college. Before ProDoula, I had taken a Labor Doula workshop through DONA International.
What led you to become a Doula?: After my first pregnancy, something awoke in me - something called to me to seek out a job that tended to births. When I delivered my first son, I was left feeling unsupported. My midwife was great, as were my nurses, but something was missing. While researching the different professions, I came across "Labor Doula". It was EXACTLY what I had been looking for. I love babies, don't get me wrong, but I really wanted to work with the mother. To help them through one of the biggest days of their lives. A couple of pregnancies later, I had postpartum depression, and the isolation I felt was terrible. It was then that I realized that I not only wanted to be a Labor Doula, but also a Postpartum Doula. I think this is why I try my hardest to be empathetic with all my clients - I try to give them all the support they could ever need, and if I'm not enough, to find them the resources to help them even further.
What are some positive comments made about you by other people?:
I have had countless people tell me that I’m a very easy person to talk to. They truly feel that they can tell me anything without being judged.
What are your favorite pregnancy/parenting resources?: The Birth Partner, and Ina May's Guide to Childbirth - the classics!
What thoughts come to mind when you see a pregnant woman or brand new mom?: Being who I am, I can't help myself but to ask them when they are due, if they know the gender, and if they have a name picked out! I always wonder if they have a good support system - not only for when they go into labor, but for when the excitement simmers down, the company goes away, and the postpartum period begins.
What is the best gift you can give a new mom (as a Doula)?: To give them unbiased and judgement-free support before, during, and after birth. To always be a listening ear, and to help them find the resources they need to feel confident in the decisions they make for themselves and their baby.
What is your favorite TV show or movie?: I love any Disney movie - however I'm also a fan of Edward Scissorhands, Labyrinth, The NeverEnding Story, The Phantom of the Opera, and The Lord of the Rings.
What is your favorite place to vacation?: I love to travel, but the place that keeps calling me back is the Dominican Republic!
What is your favorite food?: Nothing beats good homemade lasagna!
What is your favorite way to spend a day off?: Catching up on sleep, playing some piano, or just listening to soundtracks while reading a good book.
Who lives in your house?: My husband, our five children, and myself!