Background/Experience that you think is beneficial to Doula work: I grew up playing sports and learned many things like the value of hard work and mental toughness, but one of the most valuable lessons my pole vault coach taught me was, “If you want to be a better vaulter, you must become a student of the sport”. I have found this to be true in all aspects of life. In 2018, I became a student of childbirth. Since then, I have personally experienced a medicated hospital birth and an unmedicated birth center birth. I have also had the opportunity to serve other mothers during their unique birth experiences.
What led you to become a Doula?: My interest in becoming a birth professional was sparked as a freshman in college during a guest lecture from a midwife. I dreamed of going to impoverished countries and teaching about childbirth. I tucked that dream into the back of my mind and continued my studies in chemistry. A few years later I found myself married, working full-time, and ready to start a family. Before becoming pregnant, I wanted to know what I was signing up for. I began reading and studying all about pregnancy and birth. The more I learned, the more I wanted to know! I thought my fascination with childbirth was just a phase, but I soon found that it was my passion. After the birth of my second child, I knew it was time to pursue birth work. My desire to support women through pregnancy, birth, and the transition into motherhood has finally become a reality. Though I still dream of becoming a midwife, I have found purpose and fulfillment in providing service as a doula.
What are some positive comments made about you by other people?:
You have a doula heart.