Background/Experience that you think is beneficial to Doula work: Aside from having been professionally trained and certified as a labor doula, I have had an interest in and a passion for birth for as long as I can remember. It has always fascinated me and I have done countless hours of personal research. Becoming a mother has also been hugely beneficial to my birth work. Pregnancy and motherhood were both extremely transformative experiences. The fact that I have been in their shoes, certainly helps me relate to my clients. I also have a bachelors degree in communication and studied psychology as well.
What led you to become a Doula?: I think it all stemmed from my own mother and the birth of my younger sisters. Because of her peaceful view of and approach to birth, I never really viewed birth as something 'scary'. I developed an interest in birth at a young age and knew a lot about it before I ever really "needed" to. As a teenager, I walked with my best friend through her unexpected pregnancy. I also was heartbroken for her when I heard that her birth experience ended up being awful and very traumatic for her. After that, I hoped that somehow I could help my expecting friends have more positive experiences, even if it just meant supporting them emotionally. I attended a few different births supporting various friends through the years, and realized that I loved being in that role. After the incredible experience I had giving birth to my own daughter in 2018, I was motivated, more than ever, to help other women have that too.
What are some positive comments made about you by other people?:
Most people would agree that I am kind, friendly and easy to get along with. In regards to birth, I’ve been told I have a very calm and gentle confidence about me.
What are your favorite pregnancy/parenting resources?: This largely depends on what topic I need the resource on. I have quite a collection of favorite books, websites and blogs on SO many different topics. But my favorite way to get advice is by talking with people who have gone through the experience themselves. I love soaking up information from friends and family with children older than mine. I know that everyone is different and that their advice may not apply to me, but that's the beauty of it! A combination of information, the experiences of others and my own instincts will usually do the trick.
What thoughts come to mind when you see a pregnant woman or brand new mom?: I immediately get a huge smile on my face and everything in me secretly wants to be their friend. I am excited and happy for them. I wonder if they are anxious or are having trouble coping. I wonder if they know how strong they are and that they have options for their birth (if pregnant). I wish I could have a conversation with them and wonder if I can help them in some way.
What is the best gift you can give a new mom (as a Doula)?: The support they need to feel confident in themselves and their decisions. It is easy to feel scared, alone or judged during pregnancy and in early parenthood. It's wonderful to have someone you can turn to who has your back and makes you feel empowered.
What is your favorite TV show or movie?: I am currently loving Community and Schitt's Creek
What is your favorite place to vacation?: Anywhere with a beautiful beach
What is your favorite food?: Colombian empanadas, Mexican food & crawfish!
What is your favorite way to spend a day off?: It can go one of two ways. I may want to stay home, get some laundry done, scrub a toilet, talk to no one, watch a Netflix show etc... OR I may want to get ready, be social, go out to eat, go visit friends, do something fun and exciting with the kids etc... It kind of depends on my mood!
Who lives in your house?: My incredible partner - who I couldn't imagine doing life without <3 My creative and sweet bonus son My brilliant and adorable daughter Our two fur babies - his dog and my cat