Background/Experience that you think is beneficial to Doula work: I've worked as an advocate and clinical assistant in women's wellness the majority of my adult life, from the mid-nineties on. I've worked in clinics, in private practice, and in clinical research all in health care, education, and advocacy centered around women and families. Supporting women and families experiencing transitional phases now as a doula felt quite natural to me! Most importantly, I'm a Mama myself, having raised wonderful (most of the time) children, who are now wonderful adults. I now have the experience, and the flexibility to support growing families!
What led you to become a Doula?: Initially, my own pregnancies and births. As much as I read and did my best to prepare, having a support system such as a doula would have been incredibly beneficial. In my professional work with women in the community, I became ever aware of the importance of a support network not only during pregnancy and birth but during the fourth trimester and beyond!
What are some positive comments made about you by other people?:
Loyal, loving, very easy to talk to, non-judgmental, understanding, positive, funny, knowledgable, sensitive, a calming demeanor.
What are your favorite pregnancy/parenting resources?: Evidence Based Birth, WHO, ACOG, AAP, PubMed and many books (too many to mention!) as well as local organizations and trusted healthcare providers.
What thoughts come to mind when you see a pregnant woman or brand new mom?: I'm aware of how each day and each moment can feel so vastly different. Calm and peaceful one moment, and then a tornado the next! I am mindful of this for them and in awe of how sweet this phase of life can be.
What is the best gift you can give a new mom (as a Doula)?: Humility and space for them to feel supported while I meet them where they are at that moment. There really is no one secret ingredient. What parents need changes minute by minute, day by day, depending on where they are in life, relationships, financially and where their kids are phase wise. The key is accepting, knowledgable, non-judgemental support.
What is your favorite TV show or movie?: I love Netflix, Prime, and Hulu, we just finished season 2 of The OA.
What is your favorite place to vacation?: Costa Rica, and anywhere my kids are living.
What is your favorite food?: Popcorn and apples.
What is your favorite way to spend a day off?: Yoga or hiking, spending time with family and friends, going to movies and the theatre, and reading.
Who lives in your house?: David, our 4 adult kids Isabella, Nick, Mae, and Eva, off and on when they are in town. Our ridiculously spoiled dog Manny Owen is the mayor of our home.