Background/Experience that you think is beneficial to Doula work: I have 3 years of experience working around chiropractic and acupuncturists, helping to manage their clinics (and a patient myself!). I also have been through the trials of trying to conceive and many many fertility treatments- trust me, I am NO STRANGER to a doctor's office or hospital! I have also trained with 2 Doula Organizations so far, in the process of cross-certifying with ProDoula as we speak. I am also studying for my CLC Exam in March 2019, and working on my ProDoula Childbirth Education Certification. I have attended A LOT of births already as a doula, and work with a non-profit to provide access to better maternal/infant healthcare here in Mississippi.
What led you to become a Doula?: After watching my mother go through pregnancy at 11 years old with my brother, I became intrigued with birth and how it worked. I remember first expressing my dream of becoming a midwife in the years following. I have always loved babies and kids. That dream kind of went away for a few years- and as an adult I found myself working in holistic healthcare dealing with lots of pregnant women and babies. It made me think of that old dream and I decided to look into midwifery school. Well, guess what the prerequisite was? A doula training. After training to be a doula and working as one for a while- I realized that was really my calling!
What are some positive comments made about you by other people?:
Oh gosh- this is hard. Everyone says I am caring, driven and known to go above and beyond. My husband says I am a “jack of all trades master at a few.” I also hear that I am outspoken and that I am not afraid to talk about taboo topics from a lot of people.
What are your favorite pregnancy/parenting resources?: For Pregnancy, I am a big fan of the book Natural Hospital Birth by Cynthia Gabriel. I also like Ina May's Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin. Dr. Stuart Fischbein's Podcast is pretty great and easy to listen to and I am a fan of evidencebasedbirth.com , vbacfacts.com and ACOG.org for studies and info. For parenting- anything Dr. Sears! He's pretty great. Baby Led Weaning is pretty awesome too- if you haven't heard of it check it out!
What thoughts come to mind when you see a pregnant woman or brand new mom?: THE STRUGGLE IS REAL!! To be honest, I know pregnancy aches and pains can be rough. Brand new babies usually equal not much sleep. Pregnancy, Birth, and Postpartum are beautiful times- but there are some real challenges faced along the way. I always think- wonder if there's anything I can do to help make it just a little bit easier. And of course, an AWWWWWW always comes out of my mouth with a new baby! They are all pretty cute!
What is the best gift you can give a new mom (as a Doula)?: As a birth worker, I feel the best gift we can give new parents is unconditional, non-biased support and education. Every birth (and baby) is different, and I think each is a learning experience for all involved. I feel that support and knowledge are more useful to new parents than any tangible item one can give.
What is your favorite TV show or movie?: Show- Grey's Anatomy, Movie-V for Vendetta
What is your favorite place to vacation?: Venice Beach, FL
What is your favorite food?: Macaroni and Cheese
What is your favorite way to spend a day off?: Days off are the best... I don't think I have one favorite way to spend them! But, I love reading, the beach, Netflix with husband and the animals, I garden A LOT, and I am a bit of a bath addict. I also am a foodie- so you will definitely find me checking out new restaurants in my spare time. So any of those would be ideal!
Who lives in your house?: I live with my husband Marc who is an Aerospace Engineer and Navy Veteran. Two dogs, a cocker spaniel named Molly and a cavalier named Mitzy. I also have two black cats- Bugatti Bagheera (yes, from The Jungle Book!) and Coco Chanel.