Background/Experience that you think is beneficial to Doula work: My first birth and postpartum experience was nothing like what I expected. I was totally unprepared for all of it. I realized when I was pregnant with my second daughter how much I would benefit from support both during and after birth. I hired a birth and postpartum doula, and it was the best decision I could have made. I felt safe, I felt acknowledged, and I felt empowered. My experiences with and without a doula were night and day so I am beyond excited for my job to be to help make this transition into mamahood a little easier.
What led you to become a Doula?: I had such an amazing experience with my doulas that I totally fell in love with the idea of making a career out of supporting other parents. A supported parent is happier, healthier and more confident. What could be better for a baby (and the world) than that?
What are some positive comments made about you by other people?:
People have always complimented me on my lack of judgment and my ability to not take myself too seriously. Life is meant to be enjoyed and those around me feel that.
What are your favorite pregnancy/parenting resources?: Where do I begin? I loved the Mama Natural birth prep course. Glow Maven’s book was an amazing resource during my pregnancy even though I am not vegan. But I have to say, I live for a good podcast, and Birthful, The Podcast was such an amazing resource. I even reached out to her to share my birth story after my second child was born (Episode BS20 from June 21, 2017 if you’re interested!) As far as parenting goes, I found the Wonder Weeks app very helpful with my young baby. I also love all of Shefali Tsalisbury’s work on conscious parenting.
What thoughts come to mind when you see a pregnant woman or brand new mom?: “Sending you love, peace, and strength.” and "I hope they have a doula!"
What is the best gift you can give a new mom (as a Doula)?: Comfort. Whether that be through conversation, sleep, food, understanding. I think just knowing that we’re not in anything alone can make a world of difference. One of my favorite author’s Glennon Doyle often says, “We belong to each other.” and living my life and doing my work that way always puts me in the right frame of mind. We are not alone. We are here to take care of each other, and the more people feel that, the more manageable the idea of raising a small human becomes.
What is your favorite TV show or movie?: I could watch Parks and Recreation again and again and again. And League of Their Own!
What is your favorite place to vacation?: My parents have a lake house in a small town in Michigan. We have tons of friends and family on the same lake, and it’s just the best. Everyone helps with watching each other’s kids and hangs out together all day long. The sense of community is irreplaceable.
What is your favorite food?: My daughter and I will RACE to finish an order of French fries.
What is your favorite way to spend a day off?: As a mama of two small girls, my dream would be to have the entire house to myself and be able to putter around all day between cooking, cleaning, reading a good book on the front porch, watching a good documentary or maybe bad reality TV, and probably a good nap
Who lives in your house?: So our household is made up of me, my wonderful husband, Andrew, my two littles, Mackenzie (4) and Brynn (1.5). Then we have our sweet but wild golden retriever, Blue (6) and our goldfish, Fred (2.5), whose will to live astounds me every day