Background/Experience that you think is beneficial to Doula work: I am a mother of two and took a childbirth class when pregnant with our first. At the time, I enjoyed it, but looking back on the class, it wasn't as helpful as I would have liked! I am a birth doula, so that helps with teaching childbirth education, and I've sat in on three different classes in my area to help get the feel for how and who I want to teach about birth. Most importantly, I've taken the ProDoula Childbirth Education exam, and am certified to teach!
What led you to become a Doula?: The birth of my two babes and the birth of my first nephew led me to want to become a doula. I had the same doula attend both my births, and I loved having her support not only for myself but for my husband as well. Birth is so sublime, and not enough people have the support they need or even the information they need towards having a positive experience.
What are some positive comments made about you by other people?:
I have had people say that I am very supportive without pushing any agenda of my own, both professionally and personally! I am very calm in high-stress situations, not to the point that you’d think nothing was wrong, but I am able to not panic when level-headedness is needed.
What are your favorite pregnancy/parenting resources?: I am very drawn towards the more crunchy side of birth, so I enjoy the Free Birth Society for certain information. I feel that birth has become very medicalized, and should be centered back towards a normal human experience. This being said, I think there are times that its crucial and important to seeking out medical help and intervention. So, another resource I enjoy is americanpregnancy.org and Evidence Based Birth.
What thoughts come to mind when you see a pregnant woman or brand new mom?: When I see a pregnant person, I often think, "Oo, how far along is this person, I wonder..." and "I wonder if she has a doula?!" and "Where is she birthing?!" I think the last two thoughts are important! Having a doula is just so awesome, and choosing the best birthing place for you is also very important! Are you birthing where you want, or where others think you should? You should be where YOU want to be. When I see a parent with a new baby, I think "I really hope they have help", because parenthood can be so lonely and hard. I also think "Wow, what a strong person. Being a parent is amazing, and hard and beautiful and messy. They. Are. Amazing."
What is the best gift you can give a new mom (as a Doula)?: The best gift I can give new parents is the tools they need to craft a new relationship between each other, their baby, and even themselves. Being a parent is rewarding, but hard. It tests who you are as a person, as a couple and as a parent. Offering CBE to families and doula support during pregnancy and labor allow me to work with families and share ways in which to communicate with others their needs and wants to be the best they can be.
What is your favorite TV show or movie?: Buffy the Vampire Slayer
What is your favorite place to vacation?: Disneyland! Though, to be fair, I haven't been many places.
What is your favorite food?: Potatoes! Haha.
What is your favorite way to spend a day off?: I really enjoy spending time with my family, whether that's strapping the kids in the stroller and enjoying time talking to my husband and the outdoors, playing at the park or drawing with chalk, I love it all. I also really like to read, which offers excellent "me" time, as well as baking!
Who lives in your house?: I live with my husband, our two toddlers, and a fish tank of guppies, a snail and a pleco fish.