Background/Experience that you think is beneficial to Doula work: At the age of 16 I completed my nurse aide certification at my local high school. Also while in high school I had the opportunity of observing Labor & Delivery and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) for 12 weeks each. The experience I received in both departments allowed for me to gain knowledge from the different nurses and doctors who specialized in the field. I was also given 6 weeks of observation in the Mom & Baby unit (postpartum). I learned the value of mental health support, early breastfeeding and that each mother/child experience is different. Over time I found a company that I could train with and receive experience with high risk births including Vaginal Birth after C-section (VBAC) that has been the most eye opening experiences I've ever had while apart of the birthing experience.
What led you to become a Doula?: In high school I was introduced to Labor/Delivery department. I fell in love with the birthing process at my first birth observation. I am still in awe of how God works. I wanted to be a Labor and Delivery nurse when I left high school, however I wanted to empower women through the process. Over the last few years women's rights and empowerment have become more and more important to me. I want women to feel safe and secure in asking questions regarding the process, their health and their baby. Giving life is one of the most risky, yet most beautiful events on earth.
What are some positive comments made about you by other people?:
From Monica B., the mother of one of my clients, wrote the following regarding the care received: “We greatly appreciate LaTina for her sincere and genuine care from the very beginning of my daughter’s pregnancy to the delivery date. I could call her anytime of day or night for questions and concerns. From start to finish on delivery day, LaTina led a calming and tranquil atmosphere. She helped our family make decisions during a time of difficulty as we were overwhelmed with emotions. She explained what to expect and assured us that things were going to go well.”
What are your favorite pregnancy/parenting resources?: support systems for family, breastfeeding and general mother health http://www.askdrsears.com/ Hormones and interventions http://www.Childbirthconnections.org Postpartum concerns https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK279578/ ; https://postpartumstress.com/for-families/; https://www.postpartum.net/learn-more/pregnancy-postpartum-mental-health/ Breastfeeding https://www.llli.org/breastfeeding-info/
What thoughts come to mind when you see a pregnant woman or brand new mom?: The first thing I ask an expecting family is "how are you doing?" Then I ask "when is the baby due and have you considered having a doula for support?"
What is the best gift you can give a new mom (as a Doula)?: Honesty
What is your favorite TV show or movie?: Grey's Anatomy, Station 19, Chicago (med, fire, pd), and ER
What is your favorite place to vacation?: The Virgin Islands
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What is your favorite way to spend a day off?: I love spending time with my daughter.
Who lives in your house?: In my house is my daughter, Jaylen and my one fur baby, Tysan.