Background/Experience that you think is beneficial to Doula work:
What led you to become a Doula?: I had two very different birth experiences with my children and after the birth of my oldest child I really felt a deep pull towards birth work. We hired a labor doula to work with us for the birth of our second child and after that experience it solidified in me that I was meant to be a doula!
What are some positive comments made about you by other people?:
In my circle of family and friends people have frequently commented on my ability to adapt to the people around me as well as my surroundings. I am able to think quickly on my feet in potentially stressful situations and am frequently the one friends come to with all kinds of pregnancy, birth and postpartum questions.
What are your favorite pregnancy/parenting resources?: Local mom groups (in person or online groups) tend to be my favorite parenting resource. I truly have found (and this is not always the case) that a new mother or new parents who are seeking information are met with a lot of kindness, thoughtful recommendations and personal experiences. The connection new parents can feel through those interactions can be exactly what stressed out tired parents need!
What thoughts come to mind when you see a pregnant woman or brand new mom?: My first thought is usually "I wonder how they are feeling?" With my first child I was not very emotionally connected to my pregnancy and always felt so guilty when sweet elderly women would come up to me in the grocery store and say "Oh you must be SO excited! A baby is a blessing!" I always felt obligated to agree. So now when I see a new or expecting mom, I always want to pick their brain and see how they are truly feeling!
What is the best gift you can give a new mom (as a Doula)?: The gift of encouragement! Being a new parent and having a newborn is filled with so many questions and so much uncertainty. I have found that being there cheering on new parents and celebrating their accomplishments is a big weight off of their shoulders.
What is your favorite TV show or movie?: The Office, Killing Eve, Friends, Cheers
What is your favorite place to vacation?: Charleston SC
What is your favorite food?: Pad Thai
What is your favorite way to spend a day off?: Being outside with my family is my absolute favorite thing! I have two young children who love being in the water or hiking the local trails!
Who lives in your house?: I live with my husband Kevin, our two children and our dog George.