Background/Experience that you think is beneficial to Doula work: As the oldest of nine children, I am well versed in birth and child-rearing. This early exposure ignited a love of babies and children. When I realized how much I enjoy learning new information, I found myself pursing a career in teaching. This work has provided years of training in how to help people discover the wisdom and strength within themselves. Now, several years into doula work, I utilize those skills to help growing families achieve their goals.
What led you to become a Doula?: I have always been amazed and awestruck by the wonders of childbirth. When I realized I could support women and their families without being responsible for the medical side of care, I was determined to make this a career.
What are some positive comments made about you by other people?:
People find me to be a strong leader and creative in difficult situations. While I bring strength, many have also said I balance this with an unexpected nurturing side at just the right times. My clients have said I supported them when they felt weak, pushed them when they needed a nudge and respected them throughout the process.
What are your favorite pregnancy/parenting resources?: I like Gentle Mother, Gentle Parenting; Birthing Without Fear; and Ina May's Birthing from Within when taken with a grain of salt.
What thoughts come to mind when you see a pregnant woman or brand new mom?: I think about how hard it is to be in her shoes. This time of life is challenging, plagued by opinions and perceived judgement. I wish I could bring them all into a safe space in which they would feel supported and nurtured.
What is the best gift you can give a new mom (as a Doula)?: An ear to listen, resources at their request, and the security of knowing I will be there no matter what.
What is your favorite TV show or movie?: Jane the Virgin
What is your favorite place to vacation?: West Wildwood, NJ
What is your favorite food?: Veggie Potpie
What is your favorite way to spend a day off?: I love to sleep in, stay in my pj's, watch a show or two, play board games with my three girls, workout and take a long hot bath.
Who lives in your house?: I live with my husband, three daughters, father-in-law and our dog Annie and rabbit Diego