Background/Experience that you think is beneficial to Doula work: I have been supporting women in pregnancy and childbirth for the last five years following my initial doula training with a different organization. In addition to my formal training, I have four children of my own and have extensive experience giving unconditional love, nonjudgmental physical and emotional support to ill and disabled family members.
What led you to become a Doula?: I was invited to sit with a friend during her labor until her boyfriend arrived. I found myself doing things for her that I would have wanted someone do for me. When he arrived and I prepared to leave, she said, “Noooo! Don’t leave me!” I stayed with her through the birth of her son and it was the most beautiful thing I had ever witnessed. I knew then that it was my purpose in life to support women during pregnancy and birth. I didn’t know what that would look like and had never heard of a doula at that point, but I was ready to put a plan in place to get started.
What are some positive comments made about you by other people?:
“She was understanding and at the same time firm with me so I didn’t give up.”
“She is warm, compassionate, shares the same beliefs and is nonjudgmental. “
“She is encouraging, sweet, funny, and down to earth which are characteristics I looked for and needed in a doula.”
“Attentive. Calm. Encouraging. Giver of Ice Chips. Holder of my Head. Reader of Texts from My Husband. Fanner. Doula. “
“She is courteous, friendly, strong, calm, knowledgeable, confident, intelligent, intuitive, experienced, well prepared, supportive, thoughtful, kind – a glowing and caring soul full of positivity with a sincere and personal committed to each client/family for which she works. “
What are your favorite pregnancy/parenting resources?: Local: ICAN of Atlanta, Babywearing International, Pregnancy Massage Center, LaLecheLeague, North Fulton Wellness Alliance, North Fulton Community Charities, The Place of Forsyth, Families First, Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies of GA, Partnership Against Domestic Violence, Mother to Baby GA National: Birthing Naturally, Childbirth Connection, ICAN, ICPA, La Leche League International, Kelly Mom Books: Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth, The Birth Partner, Breastfeeding: Keep it Simple, The Wonder Weeks, The Happiest Baby on the Block
What thoughts come to mind when you see a pregnant woman or brand new mom?: Happiness. Joy. Excitement. Anticipation.
What is the best gift you can give a new mom (as a Doula)?: Encouragement. Helping her trust herself, trust her strength, and trust her intuition.
What is your favorite TV show or movie?: TV: Law & Order SVU, Movie: Matilda
What is your favorite place to vacation?: A quiet cabin in the mountains surrounded by nature and majestic views.
What is your favorite food?: Ice Cream
What is your favorite way to spend a day off?: Sleeping, relaxing, and maybe a trip to the spa.
Who lives in your house?: I live with my husband, four children, 2 cats, 1 bunny, and 2 fish.