Background/Experience that you think is beneficial to Doula work: Long before I knew what a Postpartum & Infant Care Doula was, I was serving women around me in the ways that I do now. I'm a natural planner, organizer, meal prepper and helper. Its my great joy to be with families in their homes as they acclimate to life with a new baby. As a mother, I know what it is like to want to be able to do all the things, but, not have enough time or energy to check everything off the list. I wish I had known about postpartum support when my own children were young!
What led you to become a Doula?: Since the age of 10 I've been checking books out from the library about pregnancy, childbirth, babies and the female body. I've always been curious about these topics, as I grew up and became a mother, the curiosity only grew.
What are some positive comments made about you by other people?:
Past clients have said that I’m very down to earth, a good listener and I offer unbiased support. I’ve been told that my organizational skills and meal planning/prep have helped bring more order to the home and have made life easier. Some have said that I have a calming presence and that I offer the boost of confidence that is so often needed, but not always realized.
What are your favorite pregnancy/parenting resources?: Some of my favorite resources include books such as: "The Informed Parent" by Emily Willingham and Tara Haelle, "Breastfeeding Made Simple" by Kathleen Kendall Tackett and Nancy Mohrbacher, "The Breastfeeding Mother's Guide to Making More Milk" by Diana West and Lisa Marasco, and "The First Forty Days" by Heng Ou. I also refer to several websites such as aap.org, acog.org, evidencebasedbirth.com, www.nih.gov, and llli.org.
What thoughts come to mind when you see a pregnant woman or brand new mom?: Its like my eyes are drawn to pregnant mamas, I seem to spot them so easily in a crowd! I often wonder what kind of support she has at home, if she knows what her options are and that she does have a voice and a choice in how things go. I wonder what her plans are for feeding a newborn, and, if she realizes that there is postpartum support out there.
What is the best gift you can give a new mom (as a Doula)?: A listening ear (without my own opinions or experiences thrown in), encouragement, practical help with life at home and belief in herself that she CAN do this.
What is your favorite TV show or movie?: Parks & Recreation is just one of my favorite shows
What is your favorite place to vacation?: The beach!
What is your favorite food?: I pretty much like any form of potato - the saltier or crunchier the snack, the better for me!
What is your favorite way to spend a day off?: Meeting a friend for coffee or lunch, shopping, sleeping in, time out in the sun, listening to music (even better if its a live show!), being creative at home, day trips with my family.
Who lives in your house?: My husband, Matt and our daughter, Zachari and our son, Jonathan.