Background/Experience that you think is beneficial to Doula work: Even though I have no children of my own, I have 4 younger siblings who have shaped me into the women I am today. I was lucky enough to be 16, 18 & 20 years old when my youngest siblings were born. This meant I was old enough to truly understand the process and actually got to be a part of their births! Besides being there from the first day my siblings were born, I also nannied and taught dance lessons during my high school and college days. In May of 2019 I graduated college with a bachelors degree in Family Studies. I absolutely loved my major, so much that I became the president of our majors club - CFR (Council on Family Relations). I would say after all of my personal experience and training, I am well prepared for being a Doula and Infant Feeding Specialist.
What led you to become a Doula?: My sweet baby siblings are what led be to becoming interested in birth work. As I supported and calmed the nerves of my stepmom during labor, I quickly felt that this was my calling. After the laboring process came the birth, I was so taken back by how amazing human bodies are. I hoped to one day encourage all birthing individuals to know what their bodies are capable of and show them support every step of the way. It's all coming full circle, and I can't wait to get out there and get started!
What are some positive comments made about you by other people?:
My stepmom, Julia, has always told me I am “cool as a cucumber” in stressful/tough situations. I am a problem solver and a people pleaser! I have been told by many friends and family I can make anyone feel calm, at ease, and judgment free. I welcome and understand all ideas and feelings, and take everything one step at a time.
What are your favorite pregnancy/parenting resources?: I think joining local Facebook groups can be a great resource for new parents!
What thoughts come to mind when you see a pregnant woman or brand new mom?: I always tend to catch myself smiling when I see a pregnant person or someone with a brand new baby! I also feel a little empathy towards them as they are probably feeling so much more than just happy. Being pregnant or having a new baby is a huge change and I always tend to feel empathetic for the new parents/parents to be.
What is the best gift you can give a new mom (as a Doula)?: I can give them my undivided attention, care, and encouragement. I can give them all of the resources they need to feel comfortable and assured during the entire process. I also love putting together care packages! I would probably gift a weighted blanket for the birthing person (this could help with postpartum depression), a framed family photo from the day of the birth, door-dash/ uber eats gift card for parents to order in food, resource handbook, and any piece of memorabilia from the birth that they can keep/scrapbook.
What is your favorite TV show or movie?: The Grinch is my favorite movie & I love watching the Office
What is your favorite place to vacation?: Hawaii
What is your favorite food?: Anything Italian
What is your favorite way to spend a day off?: My favorite way to spend a day off is by starting my morning with a coffee and some old school cartoons. Order a pizza and binge watch the office after taking a long hot bath with candles & my John Mayer playlist! And of course I would have to sneak in a few cuddles with my puppy!
Who lives in your house?: In my little apartment lives my boyfriend of 3 years, Breyden, & our sweet little 2 month old labradoodle, Reiver!