Background/Experience that you think is beneficial to Doula work: I have been taking care of day old babies since 1995 when the family I was working for as a full time nanny brought home their second child. He was soon followed by three more siblings in four years. During this time I realized I loved working with babies. As a nanny I appreciate and enjoy all ages however I feel the first year of life to be the most amazing. I stayed with this family for nine years.
What led you to become a Doula?: In 2004 while on a temporary position through an agency, I met a woman who only did temporary child care. She traveled around the United States going wherever she was need for temporary child care. I was fascinated. I love to travel; I love taking care of children what a great combination. I joined the International Nanny Association and soon met other people who did both temporary child care and newborn care. In 2010 I went back to school at the Alexandria School in Solon, Ohio this was an intensive 80 plus hour program that also required practical work to get my certificate as a newborn care specialist. Since then I have been doing both temporary child care and newborn care, currently most of my temporary care is while waiting for babies to be born. This past September I decided to become a postpartum doula. I am working hard to get my certification and enjoying every minute of it.
What are some positive comments made about you by other people?:
Janinne Gardner has been wonderful to work with! We hired Janinne to help us get through and incredibly stressful period — moving from another state to the DC area, having a new baby, and starting a new job all within the same time period. Janinne has been and angel…arrived cheerful and helpful. She has been sweet and caring not only to our newborn but to our three other children.” Hannah S.
Janinne was the consummate professional and also personable and pleasant. She is honest, dependable and hard-working. I would not think twice about hiring her again. She made first-time parenthood a little less daunting for myself and my husband, and we are very grateful for her help in those first two formative weeks! Rachel & Seth K.
“Janinne helped us with night care for both of our girls and was extremely knowledgeable and also very reliable. She really knows her stuff and we never once had to worry about the babies while she was with them.” Kimbell W.
What are your favorite pregnancy/parenting resources?: • The Happiest Baby on the Block by Harvey Karp. • The Baby Whisperer by Tracy Hogg • Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child by Marc Weissbluth • Colic Solved by Brian Vartabedian
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What is the best gift you can give a new mom (as a Doula)?: The best gift that I can give a new mom and a new dad is empowerment. The confidence to be the best parent they can possibly be. Parenting is the most important and difficult job any person will ever have. I have the privilege of helping many people to make the transition of this challenging job a little bit easier for both new and seasoned parents.
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