Background/Experience that you think is beneficial to Doula work: I studied Elementary Education and Birth-Kindergarten Education at Shaw University in Raleigh, NC. Before becoming a doula and mother, I was a career nanny for over a decade. I have worked exclusively with children and families for 19 years as a child care worker, sitter, mother's helper and professional nanny & household manager.
What led you to become a Doula?: Best of Both Worlds was "born" after becoming a wife and mother while still working as a full time nanny. I realized that I too needed some support after having my son. Because of this, it was time to move into a new phase of my career. Learning about doulas and fourth trimester care renewed my passion to help new families thrive and existing families make a smooth transition with their new additions. I became a doula to continue to help children and families in a much more personal and fulfilling way.
What are some positive comments made about you by other people?:
“Kelly is very knowledgeable, patient and a great listener. She gave us care and support specifically for our family and lifestyle.”
“You are truly heaven sent!”
“We trust you completely. Even more than the grandparents.”
“You are a real life baby whisperer.”
“I don’t know how we would have survived without you!”
“Kelly, you have a true gift and calling. Please continue to do the work that you do.”
What are your favorite pregnancy/parenting resources?: Honeydew Holistics-https://www.honeydewholistics.com/ Kelly Mom-https://kellymom.com/ BIRTHFIT-https://birthfit.com/ Postpartum Support International-http://www.postpartum.net/
What thoughts come to mind when you see a pregnant woman or brand new mom?: I wonder how she is feeling? How is the whole family adjusting? I bet they could use some sleep... What do they need and how can I help?
What is the best gift you can give a new mom (as a Doula)?: My ears to listen, my hands to help and reassurance.
What is your favorite TV show or movie?: Favorite Movies: Mrs. Doubtfire & Love Jones, Favorite TV Show: Unbreakable Kimmie Schmidt
What is your favorite place to vacation?: The beach
What is your favorite food?: Bacon Cheeseburger & Steak
What is your favorite way to spend a day off?: Watching funny movies & cooking
Who lives in your house?: I live with my college sweetheart & husband, DeAntony and our bright, funny 8 year old son, Preston.