Background/Experience that you think is beneficial to Doula work: My background is in cultural anthropology - studying just how different motherhood looks in various cultures. Through my studies and work with women and mothers throughout the world, I have learned that there is no one-size-fits-all way to birth or mother.
What led you to become a Doula?: When I realized the connection between women's birth experiences and the way that they are able to bond with their little ones, I saw the big picture. I saw the violence and injustice in the world that could be stopped in its tracks if only we had more women feeling powerful in their bodies and more babes borne with all the available oxytocin, love, and support that the world has to offer. I am here to be a part of that change.
What are some positive comments made about you by other people?:
“Genevieve walked and talked me through this journey and I don’t know what my birth story would be without her. She showed the utmost patience, care, knowledge and compassion — not only helping me but also my husband, bring our beautiful daughter into the world.”
I am a fantastic doula because I am a fantastic listener. I hear you and I meet you where you are without judgment.
What are your favorite pregnancy/parenting resources?: Any books by Ina May Gaskin & Ibu Robin Lim!
What thoughts come to mind when you see a pregnant woman or brand new mom?: That person is brilliantly generous alchemical goddess and I'm beyond stoked to see how she and her child change the world.
What is the best gift you can give a new mom (as a Doula)?: Extensive postpartum support. The postpartum period can be seriously rocky, with so many ups and downs and typically not nearly enough helping hands. Let me bring you flowers! Rub your back and be your shoulder to cry on! Make dinner, wash the dishes, run the errands. Postpartum support while you're figuring out who you are as this little one's parent is so crucial.
What is your favorite TV show or movie?: The West Wing
What is your favorite place to vacation?: South Island, New Zealand
What is your favorite food?: Falafel
What is your favorite way to spend a day off?: I like to wake up early and spend some alone time with a hot cup of coffee, a book, and a blanket. I'd get together with some friends to play volleyball at the park, followed by an afternoon neighborhood stroll, some tea, and definitely some chocolate. Live music optional but preferred. Top it all off with a night in with a roaring fire.
Who lives in your house?: Me, myself, and I! I take lots of alone time to recharge myself so that I can give my all to my beautiful clients!