Background/Experience that you think is beneficial to Doula work: - I am the second oldest of 15 grandkids on one side. I was always the one asking to hold or feed the baby, or why the baby was acting a certain way. - I spent a few years working in publicity. Which helped me appreciate there are two sides to every story and multiple ways to present facts, depending upon the audience. (practical) - In addition to doula work, I have been managing a surf shop for more than nine years. There are often times when people come into the shop and do not know the first thing about surfing. And I assure them that’s ok! There’s plenty more to the shop than just surfboards. But if they have in interest in surfing, no matter what height, weight, sex, race and etc., we accept them, we educate them, and we make sure they leave with a positive experience. (non-judgmental support)
What led you to become a Doula?: Looking back I could argue my doula journey started many-many years ago. But it wasn’t until my best friend had a baby in 2016 that I was introduced to the profession, and how impactful a doula can be on the lives of Mothers, babies, and their families.
What are some positive comments made about you by other people?:
“You’re so intuitive, I love having you around!”
“I appreciate your work ethic.”
Compliment- I am rational and able to provide comfort and a level head in tough situations.
What are your favorite pregnancy/parenting resources?: Books: The No Cry Sleep Solution, The Happiest Baby on the Block, The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, The Birth Partner, The Fourth Trimester, Birth Without Fear, Sh!t No One Tells You Apps: The Wonder Weeks, FLO, What to Expect's Pregnancy and Baby Tracker Websites: FirstDroplets.com, LLLI.org (La Leche League), CDC.org, TakingCaraBabies.com Other parents!
What thoughts come to mind when you see a pregnant woman or brand new mom?: Whenever I see a pregnant woman or someone with a new baby, I experience a few seconds of overwhelming emotions. What I’ve come to learn and experience throughout my doula journey and watching friends and family around me start their families, I wonder what their journey to becoming pregnant was? And how big of a decision it was for the mother to surrender their body so it can become a vessel for one of the most magical events on this planet. I hope that the mother is enjoying her pregnancy b/c it is temporary. What does her/their support system look like? How is she feeling, mentally? Oh look at her out and about with that little peanut, go girl! When is my next client due?!
What is the best gift you can give a new mom (as a Doula)?: 24/7 non-judgemental support
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What is your favorite place to vacation?: There’s no one specific location. I am fortunate enough to live close to the beach, so set me up at cabin in the mountains, or a lake house with a view and I’ll be one happy woman.
What is your favorite food?: açaí bowls
What is your favorite way to spend a day off?: A long bike ride and sharing a meal with family and/or friends.
Who lives in your house?: It's just me and a bunch of plants!