Background/Experience that you think is beneficial to Doula work: I have my own birth experience with my daughter but also have been there for the pregnancies and births of my godchildren. Additionally, I have worked as a medical assistant at an OB/GYN office.
What led you to become a Doula?: I've always been a helper and gravitated towards moms and babies. During my pregnancy, I felt very overwhelmed and bombarded with all the information and people's advice. My doctor was awesome but still wished I had had someone who was a support system without all the strings and biases that we have in our personal lives. After my daughter was born, my life changed drastically. I was introduced to this whole new world of breastfeeding, homebirths and doulas. I saw a video of a homebirth and felt such a pull to it and knew that I found what I was meant to do.
What are some positive comments made about you by other people?:
I have a calming effect and very encouraging; dedicated and passionate; “she has been my cheerleader”; very resourceful and knowledgeable; always willing to help.
What are your favorite pregnancy/parenting resources?: I love Ina May, Penny Simkin, Lamaze International, Pro Doula, other doulas, WHO.int, and Kellymom.com
What thoughts come to mind when you see a pregnant woman or brand new mom?: How amazing and exciting it is that there is an new addition to her family. Does she have support? How is she feeling? What was her birth like?
What is the best gift you can give a new mom (as a Doula)?: Empowerment, encouragement and support. Letting her know and see that she will be a great mom no matter how many doubts she has.
What is your favorite TV show or movie?: I have a few but Grey’s Anatomy and Once Upon a Time are my top 2
What is your favorite place to vacation?: The beach, preferably on a tropical island
What is your favorite food?: So many but top 4 are Chipotle, steak, Ice cream and Cheesecake from Veniero’s
What is your favorite way to spend a day off?: Reading and spending time with my daughter
Who lives in your house?: My daughter, mother and I