Background/Experience that you think is beneficial to Doula work: I started as a midwife’s birth assistant in 1987 and also became a certified Childbirth Educator. After leaving the birth assistant field I continued to teach and then became a certified Doula. I have continued to work in this capacity since then. I have taken a Lactation Educator training course as well.
What led you to become a Doula?: Once I decided to no longer work as a birth assistant for a local midwife I felt this was a great place for me to continue having a positive impact in the birth world. I have such a heart for women during this amazing journey of pregnancy, birth and postpartum and I feel so compelled to walk it with as many as will have me.
What are some positive comments made about you by other people?:
That I have a calming presence at birth and that I help them think of things they would have never even come across on their own.
What are your favorite pregnancy/parenting resources?: I like mostly books: Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn by Simkin, Whalley & Keppler. I also like Babywise and anything to do with raising baby green – in a non-toxic environment and in an atmosphere of nurturing and respect.
What thoughts come to mind when you see a pregnant woman or brand new mom?: How beautiful she is and what a splendid journey she is embarking on. I wonder if she has good care and a good support system and what type of birth experience she will have.
What is the best gift you can give a new mom (as a Doula)?: Unconditional support & belief in her choices for her family, and a listening ear.
What is your favorite TV show or movie?: America’s Got Talent, Father of the Bride 1 & 2. Call the Midwife, Downtown Abbey
What is your favorite place to vacation?: Northeast – hilly areas or mountains
What is your favorite food?: Fresh, organic meat, cheese and produce. Chocolate too!
What is your favorite way to spend a day off?: With family at the beach or out in the boat.
Who lives in your house?: My hubby Jim & me