Background/Experience that you think is beneficial to Doula work: I grew up in Munich, Germany in the Waldorf School and was surrounded by and cared for many children in our community. After graduating with a business degree, I traveled the world for a whole year, learning and observing different cultures around the globe and how they relate to their children and elderly. Family dynamics and motherhood have always interested me as well as caring for many single mothers / parents, struggling to make a difference in their children's life. This experience prepared me for many of the current challenges new families and single mothers / parents face, socially, emotionally and financially.
What led you to become a Doula?: After giving birth to my son 30 years ago and struggling as a new mother with nursing, sleep depravation and postpartum blues, I learned very quickly that this is harder than anyone leads you to believe, including the sweet nurses I had after my son was born. I realized it does not have to be this hard. As the years flew by and my experiences grew deep, friends and family always came to me for advise and support when their newborn arrived. Now as a Postpartum Doula I am able to support my family, friends and all clients with a wide range of experience as well as a wealth of resources.
What are some positive comments made about you by other people?:
My clients often mention to me that my calm and reassuring presence and the care I provide for their newborn has given them the strength and confidence they needed to get through those first 30 plus days of becoming a new parent. That I am compassionate and detail oriented and that I continue to be their resource for years to come. My clients are also most appreciative for my ability to travel with them and their newborn.
What are your favorite pregnancy/parenting resources?: 1) What To Expect When You're Expecting. ... 2) First Time Moms, 50 Things to Do Before You Deliver. ... 3) Medical Information guide Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy. ... 4) The Expectant Father. The Ultimate Guide for Dads-to-Be. 5) AAP.org 6) LLLusa.org
What thoughts come to mind when you see a pregnant woman or brand new mom?: I am excited for their new experience to start and hope their support system includes Birth and Postpartum Doulas as well as extended family support.
What is the best gift you can give a new mom (as a Doula)?: Confidence and empowerment in their new roles as parents as well as a good dose of training along with the knowledge, that my clients can reach out to me and our PPD Doula community any time they need for years to come.
What is your favorite TV show or movie?: Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
What is your favorite place to vacation?: Costa Rica
What is your favorite food?: Thai and Pho
What is your favorite way to spend a day off?: Skiing, Hiking, Outdoors and Traveling
Who lives in your house?: My partner and I live in the Denver area.