Background/Experience that you think is beneficial to Doula work: I am a mother of three children. I have a Wisconsin State License to teach 6-12 grade. I volunteer in the NICU 3 times a month at Unity Point Health Meriter. Aside from this background information I have been a caretaker for many infants of friends, family and neighbors over the past 14 years. I began my love for working with parents and their children starting at age 16 when I became a counselor and administrative staff at Camp Interlaken J.C.C; Years 1991-1996
What led you to become a Doula?: After having 3 children of my own I understand that being pregnant and giving birth is one journey, one chapter. Homecoming is another journey, chapter 2. There are layers of support that can be available to a mother, father and family at this time and I believe in the power and benefits of this support.
What are some positive comments made about you by other people?:
I am a tender, patient and thorough caretaker. I have personal instincts aside from professional experience that can benefit both mother and child in feeling calm, at ease and cared for. I am confident in my ability to care for infants and guide new mothers in the new and beginning steps of motherhood and infancy. I care with a sincerity that helps families know I will do my best and make their needs my priority when engaged with the family.
What are your favorite pregnancy/parenting resources?: The pediatric staff at 20 South Park, Dr. Klaus Diem and Dr. Susan Ehrlich were by far the best resources for me during pregnancy and parenting. Family members of mine who have raised children in a way that I found safe, inspiring, responsible and extraordinary have also been wonderful resources for me.
What thoughts come to mind when you see a pregnant woman or brand new mom?: I think of how lucky we are as women to be given this emotional and physical responsibility of bringing a child into this world. I also immediately understand the inhibitions, potential fears and exhaustion that may be effecting the mother as well. I think of all the future gifts the mother can bring her child and always hope for the best experience for both mother and baby.
What is the best gift you can give a new mom (as a Doula)?: Support, patience, understanding and much empathy. I am focusing my studies now as a postpartum doula and understand that birthing doulas will provide other skills and resources.
What is your favorite TV show or movie?: I love the Princess Bride. It has always been my favorite.
What is your favorite place to vacation?: Eagle River, Wisconsin.
What is your favorite food?: When given a chance to order food or make whatever I want I will always order or make a stir fry with Meat or tofu and lots of rice and veggies.
What is your favorite way to spend a day off?: I love being with my 3 kids and husband reading, playing outside, going to our farm, watching movies and taking them all out to eat.
Who lives in your house?: My husband, My three kids and my sweet, old dog.