Background/Experience that you think is beneficial to Doula work: Having a judgmental-free mind set in all walks of life! Having an open mind to the situation you are in at that moment. Working for a WIC (Woman, Infant, Child) office, I have seen a lot of situations and what makes those women come back for whatever reason, is the fact I treat them with the utmost respect at all times and give them the open floor to whatever they decide is best for them and their babies.
What led you to become a Doula?: I have always had a passion for the birthing process. I started my junior year in high school working with geriatrics and slowly made my way to where I am now. I stress slowly because, hey life happens, and the struggle was real but I wanted it and here I am. I am a single mother and he is my whole world, if I could have had 10 more kids, I would, but now I get this amazing time to help other moms!
What are some positive comments made about you by other people?:
My judgement free mind set and giving my all to what I am passionate about. I have seen all situations in my personal and work life, being judgement free has led to so many relationships that otherwise would have not had the best ending or outcome. If there is something I am passionate about, you better believe I am going to do what I can to make it happen.
What are your favorite pregnancy/parenting resources?: Midwives, nurses and the best of all the Birthing Mother and any aged child (kids know what they want)
What thoughts come to mind when you see a pregnant woman or brand new mom?: HOW EXCITING! I get to witness them everyday, and I love how different they all are and what they have to say about their experiences during pregnancy or their first night home after delivery.
What is the best gift you can give a new mom (as a Doula)?: The judgement free attitude she deserves! The care and commitment she will need during her most world changing experience
What is your favorite TV show or movie?: Well I do have an 8 year old boy...Fast and Loud, Vegas Rat Rod, Street Outlaws, Diesel Brother! Lovely Bones is an awesome movie and jamming out to whatever plays on my phone.
What is your favorite place to vacation?: Lake of the Ozarks!
What is your favorite food?: Anything but sushi!
What is your favorite way to spend a day off?: Jammin my tunes, doing laundry and baking whatever sounds delicious. Occasionally I will get a pedi, but it's few and far between.
Who lives in your house?: My rockstar boyfriend Shane, who is my rock! We blended his 4 children and my 1...Ages 21 to 8. Everyday is an adventure and we wouldn't want it any other way (well...sometimes...LOL!)