Background/Experience that you think is beneficial to Doula work: I am the oldest of 10 children; I have been babysitting since 12 years old; I served as a night nanny for a newborn from 3pm to 1am; I worked as a housekeeping supervisor in college for 2 years; I worked as a Habilitation Specialist, helping children (mostly with special needs) meet goals and helping families learn to work together in the home, for almost 2 years; My entire life has been caring for babies and children of various ages.
What led you to become a Doula?: I studied pregnancy and birth all through high school and attended my first birth then as well. My sister in law had a doula at her birth and as she was telling my husband and I about it, my husband said I needed to do that. I researched it, found a training and jumped in with both feet. I started with Birth Doula work and now I am adding Bereavement and Postpartum work as well to give a full spectrum of services to families.
What are some positive comments made about you by other people?:
I am very detailed. Organized. A good planner. Patient. Compassionate. Genuine. Laid back. Professional. positive. Calm.
What are your favorite pregnancy/parenting resources?: Evidence based resources online: evidencebasedbirth, science and sensibility, etc. Books: Pregnancy childbirth and the newborn, breastfeeding made simple, what to expect the first year, what to expect the toddler years
What thoughts come to mind when you see a pregnant woman or brand new mom?: I am immediately joyful for her. I always want to get a little peek at her baby and ask how old he/she is. I wonder if she feels good or confident and try to encourage her or praise her in some tangible way right then.
What is the best gift you can give a new mom (as a Doula)?: I can give her my un-biased and un-judgmental support of her parenting choices.
What is your favorite TV show or movie?: I love too many to have a favorite. 27 dresses, Scorpion, Call the Midwife, The Italian Job, Breaking Bad, etc…
What is your favorite place to vacation?: The beach – anywhere
What is your favorite food?: Chips
What is your favorite way to spend a day off?: Laying in bed watching movies
Who lives in your house?: My husband and my almost 3 year old son