Background/Experience that you think is beneficial to Doula work: For the past 15 years, Kathleen (she/her) has worked in education as a teacher, instructional coach, and adult educator. She believes in the power of support, connection, increasing access to resources, and increasing one's own confidence. Kathleen has experience developing trust with others and actively listening. By asking intentional questions, Kathleen listens to understand a person's goals, successes and challenges, and as needed, co-creates goals. She also has experience curating and sharing resources and strategies to help others meet their goals. In her work as a teacher, coach, and adult educator, Kathleen believes it is her goal to increase parents' sense of comfort, confidence, and decision-making skills.
What led you to become a Doula?: Kathleen's postpartum experience with her first child was filled with exhaustion, self-doubt, and conflicting advice from well-meaning family and friends. When pregnant with her second child, she reached out to find a postpartum doula because she knew she needed a different type of support. After the birth of her second child, she witnessed firsthand the value of her own postpartum doula. Her doula was a supportive sounding board, a listening ear, someone who taught different breastfeeding positions, and a trusted human to hold her baby while Kathleen napped. Kathleen knew she wanted to be that type of support for others in the critical "fourth trimester."
What are some positive comments made about you by other people?:
supportive, patient, reliable, dedicated, enthusiastic, loyal, efficient, observant and practical