Background/Experience that you think is beneficial to Doula work: My clients find my first profession as a marriage and family therapist very helpful in our work together. This careful listening and communication help me get to the root of exactly what parents fear, want to hear, or need to say, clearing the way for a successful birth experience and beyond.
What led you to become a Doula?: Although I birthed my first 2 children with skilled and well-intentioned nurses and physicians in attendance, they were still complete strangers to me! I knew there had to be a better way for us to enjoy and honor this sacred event in our lives. I wanted someone who took the time to get to know my husband and I, as well as what was important to us. I hired a doula for our third birth and her quiet calm, encouragement and continuous care made all the difference in the world.
What are some positive comments made about you by other people?:
People often say I have a great sense of humor, am knowledgeable, have a caring spirit and most important to them at the time of uncertainty and trepidation, that I “bring the calm”.
What are your favorite pregnancy/parenting resources?: Evidence Based Birth website and materials. I rely on non-biased information to pass along to my clients.
What thoughts come to mind when you see a pregnant woman or brand new mom?: I am still overcome with awe and amazement to look upon seemingly ordinary women doing what I believe to be an extraordinary thing!
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 is my ear for listening and my judgment free commentary. With all the advice solicited and unsolicited, I remind them that it’s their turn to be a mom and to parent in a way that feels authentic to them.
What is your favorite TV show or movie?: Guilty pleasure is Say Yes to the Dress. I guess I am a hopeless romantic!
What is your favorite place to vacation?: Since I moved to Florida just a year and ½ ago from up north, my very own home in the sunshine state is the way to go! I still have to pinch myself.
What is your favorite food?: Ice cream
What is your favorite way to spend a day off?: Reading, swimming, biking and perhaps Netflix binge watching during the peak sun hours!
Who lives in your house?: I live with my funny and understanding husband, my independent yet loving daughter and my 2 blonde dogs.