Background/Experience that you think is beneficial to Doula work: I am the oldest of 6 siblings and 7 grandchildren. I have always found myself supporting mums and babies whenever possible while consistently educating myself on birth work and it's importance in life.
What led you to become a Doula?: The need for support, agency and and intentional way of living. In my readings, I was coming across stories of not only happiness for the birth journey but also confusion, anxiety, disappointment. When I dug a little further I realized many families stepping into parenthood needed more support, they wanted to feel if not totally in control of the process; informed enough to make decisions that are not based in fear. Birthing women especially were expressing the sentiment of wanting to harness their internal power and do what their bodies inherently knew to do without intervention. Looking at the postpartum side, I found myself wanting to help fill the lack of support mums, dads and babies felt when they arrived home to do life on their own, especially when there isn't much intentional family around. I knew I wanted to help shape the birth world and educate others about it's sacredness and the need for a solid foundation so the family can thrive together.
What are some positive comments made about you by other people?:
“You are a light” “Your authenticity is refreshing” “The way you live inspires me” “A truth speaker”
What are your favorite pregnancy/parenting resources?: I currently use any resource available to me to gain accurate and up to date knowledge/information. Google, books, research, documentaries, studies, via the experts themselves, other parents etc.
What thoughts come to mind when you see a pregnant woman or brand new mom?: I instantly smile, I hope mama is being taken care of, protected and uplifted as she should be. I wonder if she has a good support system but I don't wonder too hard because in the moment I'm just taking in the human(s) before me. New families make my heart swell and I hope they are finding their way in their new reality.
What is the best gift you can give a new mom (as a Doula)?: Having the peace of mind that they will have support that is non biased, working in their home to help ease them into a new normal.
What is your favorite TV show or movie?: Tim Burton's Nightmare Before Christmas
What is your favorite place to vacation?: Trinidad and Tobago
What is your favorite food?: Cheese
What is your favorite way to spend a day off?: With no plans and following my intuition. Sometimes that's an adventure, other times it's relaxation.
Who lives in your house?: Myself and my chef of a husband :)