Background/Experience that you think is beneficial to Doula work: I have travelled many roads that have all led me here- I am a Navy Veteran, proud member of the LGBTQ community & an avid lover of learning. I have had many wonderful, and some not-so-wonderful, experiences in my life with an array of people; This has taught me to appreciate the value of difference, and has given me a love for nurturing those around me.
What led you to become a Doula?: My interest in birth work was sparked in the beginning of my own journey to have a child. I tend to immerse myself in research when there is a topic at hand, and pregnancy and birth were subjects I couldn't get enough of. I realized that my love for this was not exclusive to my own journey, and that I wanted to help others navigate their own paths in the birth world.
What are some positive comments made about you by other people?:
Friends have told me that they value my loyalty & my integrity, both of which mean the world to me.
What are your favorite pregnancy/parenting resources?: I am a sucker for a good podcast, for pregnancy/birth topics I love “The Birth Hour.” I feel like I learn so much by just listening to other people’s stories.
What thoughts come to mind when you see a pregnant woman or brand new mom?: First, I immediately think of how exhausted they must be and yet there they are, radiant and powerful, full of love and life… Who am I kidding, I get ALL the warm fuzzy feelings. I also think about how hard that must be, and how much that requires of a person, sometimes I want to tell them how good they’re doing, just so they know someone noticed.
What is the best gift you can give a new mom (as a Doula)?: Unbiased, completely nonjudgmental support, TRUE professional support. That is invaluable.
What is your favorite TV show or movie?: I am a die-hard lover of The Golden Girls, and Gilmore Girls- I guess I have a thing for alliteration. Favorite movie, it’s got to be Dirty Dancing, because nobody puts baby in a corner.
What is your favorite place to vacation?: Washington D.C.- I LOVE this city., it has everything.
What is your favorite food?: Do carbs count as a favorite food?
What is your favorite way to spend a day off?: I’d love to have some super cool interesting answer to this question, but I’m a simple gal nowadays- I like to hang out with my dogs & my wife, and waste hours wandering in a good bookstore.
Who lives in your house?: Myself, My wife- Dana, Our 2 French Bulldogs- Amos & Stevie, & our lionhead rabbit- Elton. Hoping to add to the list soon.