Background/Experience that you think is beneficial to Doula work: I have my degree in Food&Nutrition from Ryerson University. My personal area of interest was in Infant and birth nutrition. I also have experience working alongside Naturopaths who are also doulas. I have done the DONA approved Doula courses, and I have done the ProDoula courses as well. I have done work for Postpartum Doula clients in the past, and I want to grow my clientele!
What led you to become a Doula?: I have been interested in birth since I was 10 years old. At the age of 11, my eldest cousin had her first child, at home with a midwife and a doula present. I was very involved in her birth process and journey. Since then I have been extremely interested in pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum experience. My degree in nutrition, and my interest in midwifery has led me down the road of postpartum doula support.
What are some positive comments made about you by other people?:
I have always been drawn towards professions that help to empower others. I am really good at supporting people. In university, I was known as the person who would tell everybody how great they were doing- without consciously meaning to! I find the good in everybody. I have been called a “Fairy god-mother” in the past by a client. That made me feel very good about the service I have provided.
I am also good at providing expertise. I like to be well read at whatever profession I am working in so that when questions come my way, I am able to answer them in a calm and collected manner. I have been told that I am able to rely information very well. This proves beneficial when I am communicating to new (exhausted) parents.
What are your favorite pregnancy/parenting resources?: I have many, and it depends on the parents that I am working with. But I do love Breastfeeding Made Easy, The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, or The Birth Partner. They all have useful bits to them. There are also Gov't certified websites that have wonderful information about birth, babies, and breastfeeding available in different languages.
What thoughts come to mind when you see a pregnant woman or brand new mom?: What initially comes to mind is that I want them to know I am a postpartum doula. I think it provides a sense of empathy form the start. I am also clear about what I do as a doula. I promote and advocate for how helpful our profession can be. I want pregnant people to know that there is support out there. I always try to approach each pregnant person with an open heart and a non-judgmental point of view. As we know, there are so many different ways to parent. We have to remember that we all come from different walks of life. We all have different influences, cultures, and forms of access. Understanding this helps to treat them like individuals and to respect their choices. I know that many parenting choices are stigmatized, and I am not here to ostracize parents. I am here to support, educate, and empower. Thus I hear them out and I empathize with their birth journey.
What is the best gift you can give a new mom (as a Doula)?: Empowerment! Feeling that parents are dong their absolute best, despite the chaos of it all. It is very easy to become discouraged as a new parent. I am great at providing positive reinforcement and resources so that parents feel that they are doing their best. I am also very good at communication. I want my time spent as a postpartum doula to be meaningful as possible. Thus, I check-in with my clients. I make sure they are happy, and I try to support as much as I can in my scope of practice.
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What is your favorite place to vacation?: I love traveling! Take me to South America!
What is your favorite food?: Everything! I'm a foodie!
What is your favorite way to spend a day off?: I make aromatherapy products on my time off. I create items such as bath bombs, face cleansers, soap, and body butter! I love to cook. It is as therapeutic as it is nutritious. I also love a good adventure! Any hikes, bike rides, swimming, or sightseeing opportunities are a perfect way to spend my time off.
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