Background/Experience that you think is beneficial to Doula work: I have been an RN since 2004. After the loss of our first baby at 13 weeks and the subsequent birth of our son, 3.5 years ago, I became interested in the birth world. I found a community of like minded moms. My hospital was pursuing Baby-Friendly status and I was one of the first groups of moms that trained to be a peer breastfeeding counselor. In the summer of 2015, I had the opportunity to attend a Stillbirthday workshop then took the online Stillbirthday doula course. I have been on the board of directors for a non-profit serves mothers & families of loss and serves the pregnant & postpartum inmates at Alabama's Women Prison.
What led you to become a Doula?: The birth of my son introduced me to birth work. I yearned for a connection to other moms.
What are some positive comments made about you by other people?:
I am strong, professional, and driven. I am intentional in my actions. Many say that they can’t believe that mid-career, I’m learning a new profession! I have a “knack” for meeting new mothers where they are & supporting them based on their goals.
What are your favorite pregnancy/parenting resources?: Science & Sensibility Lamaze blog, KellyMom website for breastfeeding, Just in Time Parenting, BellyBelly - Pregnancy, Birth & Parenting, La Leche League
What thoughts come to mind when you see a pregnant woman or brand new mom?: Pregnant woman - strong woman! The pregnant inmate population that I work with remind me that women in every situation are able to give birth. Women are strong! Brand new mom - happiness & the "oh, I've been there" thought (empathy)! I see many moms in the first few weeks of motherhood, and I want them to know that whatever they are feeling is NORMAL. It can be overwhelming but support is available. And if it is not normal, then it's time to seek out the appropriate support.
What is the best gift you can give a new mom (as a Doula)?: Allow them to be the best mother to their baby. The first question I ask is "What are you goals?", especially when it comes to breastfeeding and sleep questions.
What is your favorite TV show or movie?: The Walking Dead
What is your favorite place to vacation?: The beaches of Alabama's coast and Florida panhandle
What is your favorite food?: Good food - hummus and bell pepper; Guilty pleasure - any sweets
What is your favorite way to spend a day off?: Playing outside on warm days with my son and reading a good book
Who lives in your house?: My husband Adam, my 3 year old son Caleb, black dog Sully, black and white long hair cat Etta