Background/Experience that you think is beneficial to Doula work: I am a massage therapist and Certified Educator of Infant Massage, so I bring the valuable resource of touch to my birth work. I know how powerful and healing having touch can be, and believe that my clients benefit from my anatomical training background. Furthermore, with a Bachelors in Sociology and Interpersonal Communications, I am a strong communicator and believe in fully understanding where someone is coming from in their ideas and background.
What led you to become a Doula?: I have worked with individuals looking to improve their health through massage therapy since 2011, and found that very fulfilling, but was missing something. After the birth of my son, I realized the need for strong, professional women in the birth community. I love working directly with individuals and families to see the lasting, positive impact having a truly unbiased support system can have on them. I strongly believe each person deserves that unconditional support during all stages of his or her life, and my birth work coupled with my massage therapy has allowed me to pursue that passion.
What are some positive comments made about you by other people?:
My clients have said that I am professional, compassionate, and hardworking. I am able to work hard for both the client and partner, while bring a sense of humor and compassion that is necessary in this field. My friends and family also echo my sense of humor and love for people and animals.
What are your favorite pregnancy/parenting resources?: Ina May Gaskin, Evidence Based Birth, Penny Simkin, Dr. Sears, and Kelly Mom.
What thoughts come to mind when you see a pregnant woman or brand new mom?: I hope that she has found a support system that believes in her and her wishes and dreams. I also hope that she has found her own voice and opinion when it comes to her body and baby.
What is the best gift you can give a new mom (as a Doula)?: Non-judgmental, unbiased support without offering personal opinions. There are so many decisions that must be made as new parent, and the gift of being present is invaluable to new families.
What is your favorite TV show or movie?: Breaking Bad and the Real Housewives series.
What is your favorite place to vacation?: Anywhere I have never been.
What is your favorite food?: Mexican, sushi, and pizza. Usually separate, but together would be amazing!
What is your favorite way to spend a day off?: Exploring North Carolina with my son and husband.
Who lives in your house?: My husband (Zach) son (Cole), dog (Gwen) and cat (Zeke)