Background/Experience that you think is beneficial to Doula work: Bachelor's Degree in Counseling; Attended two breastfeeding courses; Attended three childbirth courses; Attended a birth doula training; Professional postpartum doula experience, including twins; Helped start and lead a Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders support group; Personal experience with Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders; Personal experience with breastfeeding difficulties, successful breastfeeding, and formula supplementing; Personal experience with prodromal labor, induction, natural birth, and cesarean birth; Personal experience hiring a Postpartum Doula. Recently I became a Certified Lactation Specialist.
What led you to become a Doula?: My interest in becoming a doula began in 2011, when a friend who owned a doula business told me she was adding postpartum doulas to her company. After having had difficult postpartum experiences with my first two babies, I decided I wanted to become a doula and focus mainly on Postpartum Support. I love walking alongside other moms and offering a listening ear, emotional support, practical support, informational support, and lactation support.
What are some positive comments made about you by other people?:
I’ve been told that I make people feel comfortable opening up and talking to me. I’ve also been told that I seemed to know what was needed without being asked.
What are your favorite pregnancy/parenting resources?: Books written by Penny Simkin; www.babycenter.com; www.postpartumprogress.com
What thoughts come to mind when you see a pregnant woman or brand new mom?: I want to tell her that she's doing an amazing job. I also want to tell her that growing and taking care of a little human is HARD, but it does get easier!
What is the best gift you can give a new mom (as a Doula)?: A reassuring presence and practical help when it's difficult.
What is your favorite TV show or movie?: Friends, New Girl, Breaking Bad; The Princess Bride, Bridesmaids, any documentary
What is your favorite place to vacation?: Anywhere warm and sunny!
What is your favorite food?: Pizza; most finger foods; veggies & ranch; pineapple & cottage cheese; anything that involves chocolate and peanut butter together
What is your favorite way to spend a day off?: I don't really remember what a day off is... ;-)
Who lives in your house?: My husband, three kids (ages 8, 5, and 3), a lazy old cat, and me.