Background/Experience that you think is beneficial to Doula work: Kayla lives and works in Omaha, Nebraska as a postpartum and infant care doula. She is passionate about supporting others with their fertility journey and breaking the stigma around infertility and loss. She graduated with a B.S. in Elementary Education, and a Deaf studies minor. She is also certified with the Child Birth Institute as a reproductive health doula, and is working on her Fertility Specialist certification with Bebo Mia .
What led you to become a Doula?: I have dealt with my own infertility journey, and after 13 years I finally became pregnant with our rainbow baby through embryo adoption. I've seen first hand how infertility and pregnancy can be isolating times for women, and often opinions begin to overwhelm your natural instincts. I'm passionate about instilling strength in new parents, helping to reduce fear, and providing resources for parents to succeed and feel good about their parenting decisions.
What are some positive comments made about you by other people?:
“Kayla is energetic and fun. She has a love for people and is very empathetic. Her second love would be research, she’s always learning something new.
What are your favorite pregnancy/parenting resources?: I loved the Ovia app during my pregnancy. I also like reading a wide array of books to gather different opinions and parenting philosophies. I've really liked Expecting Better by Emily Oster and Nurture by Erica Chidi Cohen.
What thoughts come to mind when you see a pregnant woman or brand new mom?: I think, "Wow, look at that new beginning. What a beautiful, new, brave time."
What is the best gift you can give a new mom (as a Doula)?: The best gift you can give new parents as a birth worker is peace of mind. Helping new parents conquer any fears or insecurities they might have by providing support or resources fills my cup and results in more relaxed parents (and happy babies!).
What is your favorite TV show or movie?: Parks and Rec
What is your favorite place to vacation?: Japan!
What is your favorite food?: Sushi
What is your favorite way to spend a day off?: My favorite way to spend a day off is to sleep in, then make blueberry pancakes with my husband for brunch. After that I would love to take our dog for a walk or go to a board game cafe.
Who lives in your house?: I live with my husband Nathan, our two 15 lb. cats Max and Merlin, and our coonhound Pearl. Our rainbow baby is also currently growing under our roof and is due in November.