Background/Experience that you think is beneficial to Doula work: I passionately worked as a high school English teacher in a major city. Quite a few of the young women I taught became pregnant and I was often the only non-judgmental support person in their life. My compassion for them through what, for many, was an extremely difficult time, helped them feel confident to go on and become absolutely great mothers.
What led you to become a Doula?: When leaving my teaching job, I desperately wanted to continue educating in some way. Through research and a yearning for something “more”, my focus shifted towards childbirth and something within me resonated so clearly with doula work. As I read more and more, I knew instantly that educating & supporting women and their families in this transformative time was the right place for me.
What are some positive comments made about you by other people?:
Intuitive, unbiasedly supportive, professional, passionate, comforting
What are your favorite pregnancy/parenting resources?: Local businesses, evidence based resources (kellymom, Evidence Based Birth, etc), and your intuition.
What thoughts come to mind when you see a pregnant woman or brand new mom?: I think about how beautiful looks, how much her world is changing by bringing this incredible life into the world, and I always wonder how she’s really feeling about it all.
What is the best gift you can give a new mom (as a Doula)?: A truly listening ear, compassionate support, and a willingness to serve her in any way she needs.
What is your favorite TV show or movie?: Star Trek: TNG, X-Files, and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
What is your favorite place to vacation?: The mountains.
What is your favorite food?: Carbs (that’s a food, right?)
What is your favorite way to spend a day off?: Snuggling my pets, cooking a big meal, and crocheting.
Who lives in your house?: My husband and pets.