Background/Experience that you think is beneficial to Doula work: I am originally from Seattle, WA where I pursued my bachelor of Science in Nursing. There, I was a labor and delivery, postpartum, and antepartum nurse for almost 2 years. I have been apart of over 200 births and not one has been the same. Each and every family has different desires and wishes and I love to help them achieve those as much as possible. I believe when families are well supported, amazing things can happen.
What led you to become a Doula?: Working as an L&D nurse inspired me to consider doula work as I relocated. I grew up knowing my calling was to care and help people. I did not know in what capacity that would be until I had my first birth client in nursing school. It is so special to be apart of one of the most important days in people's lives. As a doula, I can focus all my attention on the client and family and give continuous support.
What are some positive comments made about you by other people?:
“Lily was clearly very friendly and easy going, but also knowledgeable, the kind of person you want to have around in a stressful situation.”
“Lily’s background as a Labor and Delivery nurse means she is incredibly informed about what goes on in the hospital, and is able to explain everything in a way that feels reassuring and gives confidence that things are being handled well.
For both my husband and I, that was probably the scariest days of our lives. My husband says he’s not sure how he would have gone through all of it had Lily not been there with us for support.”
“I honestly don’t think I could have made it through the labor without her! We had many challenges during the labor and it was so helpful to have Lily with us. Her knowledge and kind, caring nature were exactly what we needed!”
What are your favorite pregnancy/parenting resources?: Evidence-based Birth is my go to since I really believe in research and evidence based practice.
What thoughts come to mind when you see a pregnant woman or brand new mom?: I hope they feel confident and supported. New parents can feel so insecure and vulnerable. There is also too much unsolicited advice so I hope they are able to filter that out and feel proud of what they're doing. My hope is that they also have positive, encouraging people around them.
What is the best gift you can give a new mom (as a Doula)?: Confidence and reassurance. Most new parents feel inadequate or convince themselves they are doing everything wrong. One of the most impactful things can just be walking into a home saying "you are doing an amazing job."
What is your favorite TV show or movie?: Movie: Remember the Titans TV: Anything true crime
What is your favorite place to vacation?: Anywhere with a little relaxing and a lot of adventure. My next adventure will be through the Asia-pacific region.
What is your favorite food?: Mexican food is my favorite but I will never say no to some good french fries.
What is your favorite way to spend a day off?: I would start my day by sleeping in, drinking coffee, and reading. To follow, I would have plans exploring the city with my husband and friends then finishing the day with a delicious dinner on the deck or by a fire.
Who lives in your house?: My husband, Kyle.