Background/Experience that you think is beneficial to Doula work: I am one of the youngest of 4 girls. My sisters all have children and I have assisted in all of their labors. Growing up in an environment of women and sisterhood, I have become innately nurturing and supportive. As a Fertility and Birth Doula, I have been cross-trained by Childbirth International and ProDoula in varies platforms. I am highly knowledgeable about pregnancy and birth cycle. I take value in my education in order to provide the best care to clients.
What led you to become a Doula?: I was diagnosed with endometriosis in 2016, which contributed to a dramatic decline in my health. Before my diagnosis, and sometimes still, my body was invalidated. My symptoms of pain, fatigue, sickness, and depression were brushed aside as normal problems associated with menstrual cycles. I was faced with the probability that I would not be able to have children. On a self-discovery journey, I discovered birth work. I continued to research the reproductive system, my disease, and pregnancy and felt inspired by the power of the female body and feminine will. As a Fertility and Birth Doula, it is my passion to help women feel powerful in an experience where they must release all control.
What are some positive comments made about you by other people?:
I am often referred to as kind, genuine, supportive, caring, bubbly, positive, inspirational, empowering, and a hard worker.
What are your favorite pregnancy/parenting resources?: BOOKS! I love reading and attempt to soak up as much knowledge I can. Some books I like to keep on hand are Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler, MPH and The Natural Pregnancy Book by Aviva Jill Romm
What thoughts come to mind when you see a pregnant woman or brand new mom?: The first thing I think is "I should stop smiling so hard!" I think birth is so beautiful and that women who take it on are powerful and strong.
What is the best gift you can give a new mom (as a Doula)?: The best I can offer is unbiased compassion, an abundance of emotional resources, and a positive birth environment.
What is your favorite TV show or movie?: Disney's The Princess and The Frog
What is your favorite place to vacation?: In the woods. I love camping and chasing waterfalls.
What is your favorite food?: Pickles spears are my favorite. I don't eat pickles on my burgers though!
What is your favorite way to spend a day off?: I spend my down time traveling, baking, meditation, and reading. My hobbies include listening to music of all kinds. Folk music and Indie Hip Hop are my favorite genres. I am a hula hoop dancer. I enjoy baking, pies and cheesecakes are my specialty:) I am very crafty. I love to make everything beautiful.
Who lives in your house?: I live with my grandmother, Eliza Jean. She has taught me everything I know about womanhood and has molded me into the woman I am today. My grandma was my first pen-pal. She used to sign all her letters, "With Love, Eliza Jean" Through her continued guidance and wisdom, I pass that knowledge on to you. I also live with my two Siamese cats. Totoro likes to go by Toto or Totes. She is 5 years old. Her little sister is Amei, she likes to be called Mei (MAY) and is 2 years old. They are named from Hayao Miyazaki's "My Neighbor Totoro"