Background/Experience that you think is beneficial to Doula work: As a mother of twins who were born at 35 weeks, I have experience with caring for very tiny babies. For the past 5 years I have volunteered with the Seattle Families of Multiples and have worked with many families with newborn twins. I have also facilitated newborn parent support groups for PEPS. Both of these volunteer positions have allowed me to build a large network of connections and resources within the greater Seattle area.
What led you to become a Doula?: After my twins were born I felt very isolated and overwhelmed and it wasn't until I joined a new mom support group (PEPS) and received support from a postpartum doula that I started to feel more confident in my new role as a parent. Having experienced first hand how a little support, connection and community helped me thrive, I wanted other new parents to have this experience too, so I started facilitating newborn parent support groups. With each group I lead, my wish to work with families on a one-on-one basis became stronger and stronger until I finally listened to my heart and realized I was meant to be a postpartum doula.
What are some positive comments made about you by other people?:
“You are such a wonderful and calming presence and you give me so much confidence in my parenting”,
“Marloes cares about the parents she works with, and is committed to providing a supportive, safe space for parents to share and support one another”,
“You have been a lifesaver for me these past couple weeks – every new mom would be so lucky to have you as their doula!”,
“Marloes is personable yet professional – no question was too small and she is non judgmental”.
What are your favorite pregnancy/parenting resources?: Breastfeeding Made Simple - Nancy Mohrbacher and Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child - Marc Weissbluth, The Happiest Baby on The Block - Harvey Karp, PEPS - Program for Early Parent Support (www.peps.org), and for families expecting multiples: SFOM (www.seattlemultiples.org) and EMOMs (www.emoms.org).
What thoughts come to mind when you see a pregnant woman or brand new mom?: Having experienced infertility issues myself I'm always in awe how a woman's body can grow such a perfect little being. I'm excited for them that they get to experience the true miracle that the start of a new life is and hope they have a good support system in place.
What is the best gift you can give a new mom (as a Doula)?: To be their biggest supporter; to trust and support them in their choices and wishes and help them build confidence in their own capabilities as a new parent.
What is your favorite TV show or movie?: Breaking Bad and The Office (Steve Carell just cracks me up every time)
What is your favorite place to vacation?: I love to go on road trips with my family and camp in the beautiful nature of the Pacific Northwest.
What is your favorite food?: I love Asian food, but Indonesian in particular as it brings back a lot of memories from my childhood.
What is your favorite way to spend a day off?: Take our dog for a long walk, read, sew, have a pedicure or have coffee/lunch with a friend.
Who lives in your house?: Myself, my husband and my b/g twins. We also have a dog, a cat and two Russian dwarf hamsters.