Background/Experience that you think is beneficial to Doula work: I am a graduate of the Early Childhood Education Program at Conestoga College. I have taken loss peer support training. I am Reaching In Reaching Out, (RIRO 1 and 2) certified this is resiliency training.
What led you to become a Doula?: I have a passion for women supporting women. I have spent the last few years running women’s support groups in my area. I had 4 children and 1 loss. I had hospital births, and I felt supported by my medical team. So when I heard the concept of people not feeling supported in birth. I started my path in the doula world to help women. I paid for my in person training. Then the unthinkable happened, my daughter lost her first child, her daughter was as a stillborn. As a family we were able to be there a support her through our family loss. Just before her birth, there was a pivotal moment where I helped my daughter break down how her birth was going to happen. I did this in front of her nurse and dr. I left the room before I started to cry, as I walk out the door the nurse was right behind me. She grabbed me, spun me around and gave me a HUGE hug. She asked me if I have ever thought about being a doula. She said, she had worked in loss a lot, because she is really calm and good at it. She said in all her births of loss so far, I was the only grandma to put my daughter’s wishes above her own. It was the women in my support group that helped me help my daughter and family the most. I wanted to give back to other women, in the way I was supported.
What are some positive comments made about you by other people?:
I have been told I am calm, relaxing, funny, gentle but firm; I stand back and allow the family to support each other, only stepping in when needed.
What are your favorite pregnancy/parenting resources?: I like the Sacred Pregnancy workbook. I like the fact it gives parents something hands on to work through the stages of pregnancy and birth.
What thoughts come to mind when you see a pregnant woman or brand new mom?: What a transitional time she is in right now is usually my first thoughts.
What is the best gift you can give a new mom (as a Doula)?: I think the best gift I can give a new mom as a birth worker is to help her see her strength.
What is your favorite TV show or movie?: Oh, the Vikings, the Librarians, and Decorating Shows are my favorite types of shows. I love history and art.
What is your favorite place to vacation?: I loved our time in Cuba.
What is your favorite food?: Italian food or East Indian food
What is your favorite way to spend a day off?: Time with my grandson or spa days
Who lives in your house?: I live with my husband Keith; we are almost empty nesters, only our 21-year-old baby is still at home.