Background/Experience that you think is beneficial to Doula work: I’ve supported new families as doula for 7 years, as a childbirth educator for 5, and a postpartum doula for a year now.
What led you to become a Doula?: Growing up, my mother always shared, with me, three positive birth stories. I was never fearful of birth, and that nonchalance seemed to attract folks. Quite organically, I started supporting friends and family during their birth experiences, and eventually, discovered the role of a doula.
What are some positive comments made about you by other people?:
Emily is a fun, authentic, determined, people person. And she functions miraculously well on barely any sleep.
What are your favorite pregnancy/parenting resources?: Well, Doulas of Cincinnati, of course! Sheila Kitzinger has always been a favorite of mine, Scary Mommy, the Doulas of Chicago blog (#parentinggoals), and Ryan Gosling memes.
What thoughts come to mind when you see a pregnant woman or brand new mom?: Confidence. They might not know it yet, but they are a damn fine parent. Even if only with a passing comment, I try to nurture that confidence.
What is the best gift you can give a new mom (as a Doula)?: A safe space to simply “be.” To be happy, sad, thrilled, disenchanted, full of questions, sore, tearful, overjoyed, humbled, tired, hungry, angry, unsure, wistful, proud, hopeful, madly in love, and all the things you may or not be. Without judgement. And lasagna. Always lasagna.
What is your favorite TV show or movie?: TV Show: Project Mindy. Movie: Dirty Dancing. I can quote it from start to finish. I *might* also know the choreography.
What is your favorite place to vacation?: Boating on the lake.
What is your favorite food?: Goetta
What is your favorite way to spend a day off?: Sleeping in and laughing with my family.
Who lives in your house?: My husband of 5 years, Jay, our two daughters, June and Magnolia, and our two dogs, Ollie and Odin.