Background/Experience that you think is beneficial to Doula work: Personal experience and/or education is very helpful as doulas. The more you know, the better you will be able to provide support. I have much experience taking care of babies and children. I have 9 younger siblings and have always loved helping my mom and dad out with our newest addition! I also have experience working in childcare (ages 0-3) and have had much experience as a babysitter. I think it is crucial for us as doulas to provide nonjudgmental support to moms and their spouses before, during, and after birth. I am now a Certified ProDoula Birth doula, pre-certified as a ProDoula Postpartum and Infant Care doula, and am still continuing to further my education in this field.
What led you to become a Doula?: Growing up with many siblings and always wanting to help my mom with whatever she or the baby needed, I knew I wanted a future that involved babies and children in general. When I learned what a doula does my mindset shifted to then what can I do for not only birthing moms, but also for moms and their spouses after birth? So I did a Prodoula Birth Cross-Certification and then took the Postpartum and Infant Care training and finished Certification. I realize now just how important it is to continue to help the mom not only in child birth, but also during her postpartum journey. Birth is so beautiful and unique with postpartum bonding being even sweeter!
What are some positive comments made about you by other people?:
I am sweet, kind, supportive, and positive💕 I am a hard worker and have a passion to serve people!
What are your favorite pregnancy/parenting resources?: I recommend childbirth classes for expecting moms and their spouse, it’s so important for them to be informed about what to or not expect during birth and how to cope. The book “The Birth Partner” by Penny Simkin is a great book all around for the prenatal, birth, and postpartum stages of pregnancy. I am still broadening my resource list...
What thoughts come to mind when you see a pregnant woman or brand new mom?: I absolutely love pregnant ladies! I ask how she and the baby are doing? Does she need anything this week? Does she need/would like a doula by her and her spouses side?
What is the best gift you can give a new mom (as a Doula)?: Affirmation and loving support!
What is your favorite TV show or movie?: How To Train Your Dragon 1,2,&3
What is your favorite place to vacation?: Gulf Shores beach 🏝
What is your favorite food?: Chicken Alfredo followed with anything chocolate for dessert
What is your favorite way to spend a day off?: I love getting my nails done, hanging out with family and friends, going out to eat (whether a meal or something sweet), redecorating my room (cause you cannot do that too many times!), and binge watching cartoons with my siblings.
Who lives in your house?: I live with my mom, dad, and my 9 siblings. Oh and we have a pet fish! There is always something going on and someone fun to play with!