Background/Experience that you think is beneficial to Doula work: I was born and raised in Germany and grew up in Munich at the Waldorf School where I 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, experiencing and observing different cultures around the globe and learned new ways to care for children and the elderly. Family dynamics and motherhood have always been my interest as well as caring for many single mothers/parents who struggle to make a difference in their children’s life. This experience prepared me for many of the current challenges new families and single mothers face today 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 problems, sleep deprivation and postpartum blues, I learned very quickly that this is harder than anyone leads you to believe. I then realized it does not have to be this hard and as the years flew by and my experiences grew deeper, friends and family came to me for advice and support after their newborn arrived. I knew then that my path is leading me to become a professionally trained and certified Postpartum Doula (CPPD) and infant feeding specialist (CIFS). Since then, I can support all my clients from a wide range of experiences and provide them with resources I trust.
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 them, and their newborn has given them the strength and confidence they needed to get through those first 30 plus days of becoming a new parent. Clients also mention 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 that I can accompany them while traveling with their newborn.