Background/Experience that you think is beneficial to Doula work: I am a Licensed Massage Therapist and Yoga Instructor. My knowledge of anatomy, relaxation, breath control, and guidance are a great benefit to my presence in birth work.
What led you to become a Doula?: I have always had a deep passion for holistic health which led me to become a massage therapist and yoga instructor. Within these fields, my adoration for and amazement in pregnant clients grew and grew until I knew I needed to be involved in birth work and family support. Combining my skills of holistic relaxation and alternative medicine with the deeply educational and science based ProDoula curriculum, I feel confident in my ability to serve as a doula.
What are some positive comments made about you by other people?:
I am often told that my presence is very calming. From my massage clients to my fiancé and friends, this comment seems to repeat itself. My intuition and ability to adapt to situations has often led me to be a constant source of support for those around me.
What are your favorite pregnancy/parenting resources?: I find that books and support groups are some of the best resources. To feel like you are really talking to someone with experiences and personality is not only comforting and enjoyable, but also easier to understand and retain.
What thoughts come to mind when you see a pregnant woman or brand new mom?: When I see a pregnant person or a brand new baby I feel an absorbing sensation of awe. Perhaps it is biological that I feel so present and blissfully alert around new life, but it is a source of total happiness! My mind wanders to all the beauty and strength that lies within the union of parent and child.
What is the best gift you can give a new mom (as a Doula)?: As a birth worker, one of the best gifts you can provide is non-judgement. I think that everything from gifts, to support, to suggestions coming from the outside world are rooted in some sort of expectation or bias. For new parents to have an outlet and source of completely non-biased support can be a huge comfort. IF I was though to give them something material based, it would likely be something for the parents. New parents are always receiving an overflow of new baby clothes, tools, furniture, etc. I would supply new parents with either a self care kit (that maybe included some discounted massage sessions!), or homemade meals.
What is your favorite TV show or movie?: Into The Wild is my favorite movie!
What is your favorite place to vacation?: Hawaii
What is your favorite food?: Fresh whole oranges!
What is your favorite way to spend a day off?: My favorite way to spend a day off is actively. It is important that when time allows it, I move my body, get some sun, tap into my senses, and really treat myself to some natural bliss. I can see myself doing yoga on the beach, or going for a big hike or long distance run where all the time of the day is on my side. I would listen to music, dance, cook and garden:)
Who lives in your house?: I live with my fiancé.