Background/Experience that you think is beneficial to Doula work: I have been doing birth work and lactation for 17 years now.
What led you to become a Doula?: Started as friends helping friends out during labor. Continued throughout the years. Grew to a professional business recently as we finished homeschooling our children and started to attend continuing education classes once again.
What are some positive comments made about you by other people?:
Knowledgeable, compassionate, dedicated, professional, easy to talk to, Joyful!!
What are your favorite pregnancy/parenting resources?: I love the Natural Pregnancy Book, The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, Breastfeeding Made Simple, The Birth Partner, Mothering the Mother , Bringing up Boys/Girls, Shepherding a Child’s Heart, Parenting a Child with Disabilities and so many others.
What thoughts come to mind when you see a pregnant woman or brand new mom?: How beautiful!
What is the best gift you can give a new mom (as a Doula)?: Encouragement , I love to think of it as coming alongside them.
What is your favorite TV show or movie?: Any movie with my hubby! I watch very little TV.
What is your favorite place to vacation?: The Beach is wonderful. A particular beach on west coast of Mexico, Guyabitos near Puerta Vallerta is my favorite vacation we took.
What is your favorite food?: Mexican
What is your favorite way to spend a day off?: Sleeping in and taking a bath first half of day, then visiting with friends for the evening!
Who lives in your house?: Husband of 25 years Tod and my 18 year old daughter Annie