Background/Experience that you think is beneficial to Doula work: My formal education is in Engineering. While doula work is a large departure from that, the thought process learned through engineering provides a great basis for doula work. It promotes a logical way of looking at problems and looking for solutions. It also gave me the opportunity to work with a large variety of personality styles, which helped me learn how to best convey information to promote learning and understanding. In my role as a wife and mother, I have learned a great deal about patience and flexibility. Sometimes approaching a challenging day without a solution in mind can open doors to new opportunities. I have found that all of these experiences and realizations help to form how I approach my work as a doula.
What led you to become a Doula?: In 2012, I was asked to assist a very dear friend as she and her husband welcomed their first child. Through helping them prepare, guiding, and encouraging them along their journey, I realized that becoming a doula was in my future. I feel truly blessed to have had the opportunity to accompany them and witness the transformation as their family of two became a family of three.
What are some positive comments made about you by other people?:
My best friends will tell you that I am someone who is true to my word, loyal and in whom they can trust. They know that whatever is said to me in confidence will stay there. I have also been told that I have a very soothing presence and am a wealth of knowledge and encouragement.
What are your favorite pregnancy/parenting resources?: I am a big reader, so books are generally my “go to” resources. As an expectant mother, I read and enjoyed Your Pregnancy Week By Week and LLL’s The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding. I also participated in several online forum and discussion groups.
What thoughts come to mind when you see a pregnant woman or brand new mom?: Awe and wonder are two words that come to mind – here is a whole new life whose entire story is yet to be written. Who will this baby be, what will s/he accomplish in life, how many other lives will this baby influence? I also think back to who I was when I first began my own journey – the challenges, the joys, the difficult days and the blessings.
What is the best gift you can give a new mom (as a Doula)?: I think the greatest gift I can give a new mom through my role as her doula is confidence – the ability to believe in herself and her abilities and to trust her intuition.
What is your favorite TV show or movie?: I enjoy just about anything science based (NOVA, Star Trek, National Geographic), historical fiction (Downton Abbey, Victorian England, etc) or movies the family can all watch together.
What is your favorite place to vacation?: I spent my summers growing up in the Northwoods of Wisconsin. I love being able to share those places and memories with my family now. We also love to travel and visit with our families.
What is your favorite food?: Anything someone else made for me! My favorite comfort meal is my mom’s meatloaf with mashed potatoes and green beans. There’s just something about it…
What is your favorite way to spend a day off?: Sleeping in, waking to the sounds of the children helping make breakfast and then just spending the day doing something unexpected – making memories together as a family.
Who lives in your house?: Me, my husband, and our three children.