Background/Experience that you think is beneficial to Doula work: I am a mom to two boys and have worked as a Victim Advocate for survivors of sexual assault and intimate partner violence for the last 14 years. The job of a Victim Advocate is to provide evidence based information, support, and to empower folks to make the choices that are best for them. After participating in the Postpartum Doula and Infant Care training, I realized that Doulas and Advocates have very similar roles. It felt like an easy transition to me, only now I would be providing information to new families, support for parents, infants, and siblings, and empowering families to make the best decisions for them.
What led you to become a Doula?: I became interested in postpartum, infant care, and adoption support work after my own postpartum experience and after hearing from other parents who expressed a need for non-judgmental support in the first year of a child’s life.
What are some positive comments made about you by other people?:
Folks have said that I am inclusive and affirming as well as supportive and a good listener.
What are your favorite pregnancy/parenting resources?: I have so many resources I recommend based on the needs of each individual parent. I always encourage folks to connect with other families and community resources as the first place to start. It is so important for new parents to become connected in the community and learn from each other.
What thoughts come to mind when you see a pregnant woman or brand new mom?: I think about those first few weeks when a family brings an infant home and how special that time is. I am so excited for them that they get a chance to experience that.
What is the best gift you can give a new mom (as a Doula)?: Non-judgmental support, a listening ear, an hour to nap or shower.
What is your favorite TV show or movie?: Outlander
What is your favorite place to vacation?: National Parks (bucket list to get to all of them)
What is your favorite food?: Pasta
What is your favorite way to spend a day off?: A cup of coffee in the morning and some time to practice my photography. I am an extrovert so I tend to want to spend my days with other people who bring me joy, especially my family.
Who lives in your house?: My husband, Jonathan, my two boys, Auggie and Hunter, and one very large black lab, Archie.