Background/Experience that you think is beneficial to Doula work: I am a BAI certified birth doula. I am trained in Spinningbabies, Hypnobabies, Postpartum, Bereavement, Breastfeeding Education, and Babywearing.
What led you to become a Doula?: I have always loved and been fascinated with pregnancy, birth, and babies. I started off by wanting to be an OB/GYN, but I decided I wanted to do something a little less time consuming and become an independent birth worker. A friend of mine told me about being a doula and I fell in love with the idea and concept. For years I read books and learned as much as I could while my kids were younger. Now that they are older, I have been able to invest more time into becoming a certified doula. I look forward to the opportunity I will have to be able to teach CBE classes in my community.
What are some positive comments made about you by other people?:
“I learned more about childbirth from my meetings with Kim than any class or book. She helped me prepare for labor and gave me the confidence I needed to have a natural, unmedicated delivery. I felt empowered by her. During my 12 hour labor she was a constant support by my side. During early labor she helped me use the birthing ball and breathing techniques with contractions to help ease the pain. I couldn’t have planned a better birth!” ~ Tara (North Plains, OR)
“I will never forget leaning into you while laboring in the backyard & being surrounded by your Mama energy in a moment I desperately needed it.” ~Ish (Beaverton, OR)
“My expectation of having a doula present was that I would have someone with me that would provide consistency, support, and understanding through labor and delivery. Although the hospital staff and my husband were there as well, I knew I wanted more of a feeling of sisterhood in the labor and delivery process then they would provide. I wanted someone who would always remain beside me and provide knowledge, understanding and calm. Kim did just that and I’m deeply grateful for the part she played in my birthing experience. Plus, she constantly followed up with me and offered support in the weeks following delivery to make sure all was going well.” Tami (Forest Grove, OR)
What are your favorite pregnancy/parenting resources?: The Birth Partner by Penny Sikin Ina May's Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin 4th Edition Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn by Penny Sikin, Janet Whalley, Ann Keppler, Janelle Durham, and April Bolding The Sacred Gift of Childbirth by Marie-Ange Bigleow Natural Hospital Birth by Cynthia Gabriel
What thoughts come to mind when you see a pregnant woman or brand new mom?: I wonder: How is her pregnancy going? Does she feel supported and ready to give birth? Are her questions being answered? How did her birth process go? Was she able to receive the birth she desired to have? Does she have postpartum support? Is she taking care of herself and letting herself heal?
What is the best gift you can give a new mom (as a Doula)?: I feel like the best gift I can give as a birth worker is to provide them with support. Still be there to answer questions. I also think it is important to visit at least a couple times after the birth of their baby to check and see how things are going. Make sure mom, baby and dad are doing well. With my clients I help them put together a postpartum plan and support group if they choose not to have a postpartum doula.
What is your favorite TV show or movie?: This is Us or A Million Little Things
What is your favorite place to vacation?: Disneyland
What is your favorite food?: Mexican
What is your favorite way to spend a day off?: I love to hang out with my family. Go to the beach. Relax
Who lives in your house?: I live with my husband of almost 18 years, my 16 year old daughter and my two sons 12 & 6. We also have a French bulldog named Sherlock.