Background/Experience that you think is beneficial to Doula work: Throughout my life I expanded on my interest in infants and pregnancy through personal research. I have years of professional child care experience in many areas including Sitter, Nanny, and Daycare positions. I finished my Bachelor's degree from THE Prairie View A&M University in Sociology and Biology. During my educational career I was surrounded by many young mothers that I naturally submitted, what I know now as Doula work to..With my personal and professional educational background and experience I do believe I have unknowingly prepared myself for this awesome profession.
What led you to become a Doula?: Well, it all started when I was a young girl that simply aspired to be a "baby doctor" so from a young age my interest in pregnancy and infants sparked. Throughout my life I dedicated much of my spare time learning about the wonders of pregnancy. From choosing my research topics on pregnancy related issues, to supporting my friends that fell pregnant, I was infatuated with the nature of pregnancy, birth, and beyond. I originally set out to be a neonatal nurse with the greater aspiration to become a Neonatologist, but soon I found that my heart wanted to dive deeper into the community and help mothers (especially women of color) with the rising mortality rates we suffer from so close to home. I felt there are enough doctors and nurses to go around for medical support but not enough of the main ingredient..emotional and physical support!! So when I stumbled across an article on Doula work and immediately knew that I was called be that person that would provide the educational, emotional and physical support women need during the most important journey of their lives.
What are some positive comments made about you by other people?:
I have been told that I am supportive, I am the shoulder people can lean on, and the peace or comic relief in many situations.
What are your favorite pregnancy/parenting resources?: I'm personally more of a visual learner so I love watching/ interacting things (especially in a raw way) to learn from them so I would say YouTube (believe it or not) is a great relatable resource. But also I spend time at Pregnancy centers so that is always a great resource and my go-to website is Kellymom.com ????
What thoughts come to mind when you see a pregnant woman or brand new mom?: I immediately want to guess what she may be having if pregnant ???? I think its a wonderful, natural, exciting, and magical experience to have a baby growing inside you. When I see someone with a new baby I think of how strong she is to make motherhood look so easy!
What is the best gift you can give a new mom (as a Doula)?: I believe the greatest gift I can give new parents is assurance and peace of mind. Knowing that they can comfortably adjust to parenting with a professional, non-judgemental support system backing them every step of the way!
What is your favorite TV show or movie?: "Juno" is one of my favorite movies
What is your favorite place to vacation?: Anywhere there is a hotel, pizza and a pool honestly!
What is your favorite food?: PIZZA
What is your favorite way to spend a day off?: On a day off I love spending time with loved ones, sight seeing, swinging, eating pizza, and possibly shopping!
Who lives in your house?: Just me ????