Background/Experience that you think is beneficial to Doula work: When I first started in the business of helping people I worked as an alcohol and drug counselor at a residential treatment facility. I worked with and guided people from very diverse backgrounds. That work has directly applied to my ability to effectively communicate with and support others. After my time as a counselor I co-founded and currently co-own a personal training business that specializes in training pregnant and postpartum women. Becoming a doula seemed like a natural next step as an extension of what I'm already passionate about doing: helping and empowering women.
What led you to become a Doula?: My second son was a planned home birth that ended in an emergency c-section followed by a nearly 3 month NICU stay. During my journey of healing I knew that I not only went through this for a reason, but that I had to do something with it. The thing I remember most during that very hard time was that I really needed somebody. I am here to be that somebody for someone else now. I am passionate about offering nurturing and unbiased support to all moms no matter how you choose to have your babies.
What are some positive comments made about you by other people?:
That I am funny, warm, caring, loyal and loving.
What are your favorite pregnancy/parenting resources?: American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, The National Center for Biotechnology Information and American Academy of Pediatrics are my go-to's for things that are evidence based. Other than that I listen to people's experiences!
What thoughts come to mind when you see a pregnant woman or brand new mom?: I wonder how the mama is truly doing and am hoping that she is seeking ways to take care of herself during this transitional time.
What is the best gift you can give a new mom (as a Doula)?: Support that has no agenda and is judgement-free.
What is your favorite TV show or movie?: One of my favorite TV shows of all time is Friends.
What is your favorite place to vacation?: I love Disneyland!
What is your favorite food?: I loved burritos during my first pregnancy and have never stopped.
What is your favorite way to spend a day off?: I love hanging out with family.
Who lives in your house?: My husband Sam, my older son Jack, my younger son Finn and in a few short months...our daughter!