Background/Experience that you think is beneficial to Doula work: I am a mother to four adult children, two married and a grand-baby. I have had the pleasure of being at home with my kids, and their younger years were the best of my life. I would go back in a heartbeat to have that time again and probably do some things differently. I have had one hospital birth, one miscarriage, and three home births with a midwife. I have attended the hospital and home births of friends and our grandchild. Postpartum is especially dear to me because I remember how little support I had from other women. Good support is vital to healthy recovery, parenting, and self esteem.
What led you to become a Doula?: As an upcoming empty nester, I knew I needed to find an outlet for my desires to nurture and affirm, whether that be with women in childbearing situations or in need of life-in-general encouragement. I have always had a special soft spot for women of young children and babes. I also wanted to be educated and informed to help my daughters, sons, daughters-in-law, and sons-in-law when they would inevitably encounter the many overwhelming decisions to be made when pregnant, laboring, and becoming a parent. It is my hope and prayer that my children and grandchildren will travel those life passages with informed decisions, empowerment, and joy.
What are some positive comments made about you by other people?:
“I could not have done it without you. I love you.” CW; “If you are in need of a doula and a great lady to go through the labor process with, Lora is the one! Skilled, intelligent, compassionate, and calm. She’s a true friend for all women.” CB; “Lora is indescribably amazing. She helped me through the hardest time of my life. I unfortunately have an angel baby…I felt loved, cared for, supported, and respected. I highly recommend her to anyone.” AG; “Lora is first and foremost a wonderful lady with a kind and caring heart.” AEG
What are your favorite pregnancy/parenting resources?: There are so many great resources in book form and online! One of my favorites at this time is Evidence Based Birth.
What thoughts come to mind when you see a pregnant woman or brand new mom?: When I see a pregnant woman or brand new mom, I think about how precious; special and how it is a once in a lifetime opportunity for her to be in these moments.
What is the best gift you can give a new mom (as a Doula)?: The greatest gift I can give a new mom is 100% affirmation of where she is in the process and to be the one who believes her when she speaks, whether her opinions, experiences and desires, when they are expressed.
What is your favorite TV show or movie?: When I get an opportunity to watch a movie, I'll choose something suspenseful or a real life documentary. TV Series: Call the Midwife, Sherlock
What is your favorite place to vacation?: Any place warm, green and peaceful; a private beach or lake.
What is your favorite food?: Chinese or Mexican
What is your favorite way to spend a day off?: Reading or organizing, coffee with a friend or visiting my children and grand baby.
Who lives in your house?: My husband and I and our youngest when home from college. We are empty nesters.