Background/Experience that you think is beneficial to Doula work: I have completed multiple trainings before finding my home with ProDoula. I completed a year long internship as a Midwife Assistant and Labor Doula, where I learned a lot about birth and true unbiased support. I have supported un-medicated, medicated, and cesarean births. I have enjoyed working in such varied environments like clients homes, hospitals, and birth centers. Each offering valuable and special training to me during those occasions. I pride myself on having great relationships with care providers and staff where ever I go.
What led you to become a Doula?: I became interested in birth work after supporting a friend through their labor. Once I saw how much she needed support and reassurance I knew it was what I wanted to do. To help birthing people feel confident and heard during their labors and beyond.
What are some positive comments made about you by other people?:
The nicest compliment I’ve ever received from a client was: “Mariah’s like the best big sister I’ve ever had! She knew all the tips and tricks, and she was there when ever I needed her. She didn’t judge me and supported me in all my crazy decisions no matter what…”
What are your favorite pregnancy/parenting resources?: I personally love the What to Expect When You’re Expecting, Guilt-Free Bottle Feeding, The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding books. I also refer to the ACOG website and the AAP or AAOP websites.
What thoughts come to mind when you see a pregnant woman or brand new mom?: I have the same thought for both occasions: “You can do this, but if you don’t have it yet, I hope you’ve got people there for you!”
What is the best gift you can give a new mom (as a Doula)?: Support! Unbiased and complete support. I believe by meeting people where they are, we can be of greater service to each other. I’m not there to judge, just to offer my support of them.
What is your favorite TV show or movie?: Favorite TV show is definitely Grey’s Anatomy
What is your favorite place to vacation?: Disneyland
What is your favorite food?: Steak and mashed potatoes with gravy
What is your favorite way to spend a day off?: With my family, just being together and exploring our new state of Texas.
Who lives in your house?: I live with my fabulous husband and adorable son. Michael and Rohan are the best things in my world.