Background/Experience that you think is beneficial to Doula work: I serve on the Board of Directors of Triangle Area Parenting Support, helping new parents by connecting them to peer-based support groups, information, and resources as they transition to parenthood with 4-16wk olds, and 5-12mo olds.
What led you to become a Doula?: My first niece was born when I was 11, and since then I new I wanted to have a family of my own, babysit, work with babies...you name it! I didn't realize in what capacity until 2017. The concept of supporting women and families as they bring life into this world is invaluable! Knowing this is something I could have had access to myself makes me want to make it even more accessible to others.
What are some positive comments made about you by other people?:
“Can you move in?”
What are your favorite pregnancy/parenting resources?: I really like Zero To Five by Tracey Cutchlow because it covers such a wide variety of topics with parenting tips based on science.
What thoughts come to mind when you see a pregnant woman or brand new mom?: Excitement, apprehension, hopeful, love, tenderness.
What is the best gift you can give a new mom (as a Doula)?: Non-judgmental support. There's nothing like feeling validated during one of the most vulnerable times of your life.
What is your favorite TV show or movie?: The Princess Bride...I can quote the whole thing...I'm only a little ashamed. ;)
What is your favorite place to vacation?: San Diego or Disneyland!
What is your favorite food?: I can eat pizza pretty much any time any day.
What is your favorite way to spend a day off?: I would be sitting under a canopy on the beach with a mimosa in-hand, listening to the waves and watching my daughter play in the sand with her grandparents.
Who lives in your house?: My family and I share a home with our four cats.