Background/Experience that you think is beneficial to Doula work: I am a US Navy Veteran with 10 years of leadership experience. I also have experience as a Uniformed Victim Advocate, giving space to individuals to receive resources and make informed decisions for themselves.
What led you to become a Doula?: As I step away from military service, I am passionate about providing services to individuals going through significant life transitions. With pregnancy and childbirth being one of the most extreme transitional experiences we can have, I hope to be able to provide support to individuals and families during this important time.
What are some positive comments made about you by other people?:
I am often complimented in my ability to be transparent and honest. I am highly resourceful, informed, punctual and prepared.
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What thoughts come to mind when you see a pregnant woman or brand new mom?: I imagine the general social reaction I've seen people experience - unsolicited advice, invasion of personal space and privacy, assuming language, and criticism. I immediately wish to connect with that person in a way that helps them to feel seen and heard, knowing that pregnancy and parenthood is a complex and layered experience, in which the reality is often lost on friends, family and passersby.
What is the best gift you can give a new mom (as a Doula)?: I hope I can provide both emotional and physical support, as well as tools they can use to strengthen their voice, knowledge and resourcefulness. I hope to help provide an experience that they can see as positive and memorable, as well as moments throughout the process where they can stop and enjoy the precious moments that exist within the overarching experience.
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What is your favorite place to vacation?: Hawaii or Japan
What is your favorite food?: Oh... almost anything from Japan, Korea or the Pacific Islands...
What is your favorite way to spend a day off?: I feel lucky to have been able to transplant to the Pacific Northwest. When the weather is favorable, I love to go kayaking on the Puget Sound, or hike to many of the summits and lakes in the area. On rainy days I love to cook and create, I try to dabble in everything from refinishing furniture, to home improvement and gardening, to embroidery and sewing.
Who lives in your house?: I live with my partner, Andrew, our German Shepherd, Tulip, my two step children, and are also expecting twins December 2020!