Background/Experience that you think is beneficial to Doula work: I have over 9 years of experience working with families of childbearing age and building professional relationships with many local organizations. Most recently, I spearheaded a two-year Preconception Health Campaign in Jackson County for a non-profit organization helping advance health equity and promoting comprehensive reproductive care for women as well as leading the Southern Oregon Perinatal Task Force. I am a member of Southern Oregon Lactation Association and help coordinate the annual breastfeeding conferences. Currently, I dedicate some of my days at Rogue Community Health Center as their OB Coordinator. I am on the advisory board for Grandmas 2 Go (a non-profit offering postpartum support to families) and a staff doula at Asante Ashland Community Hospital.
What led you to become a Doula?: I became interested in birth work at a young age. She remembers loving the show "Birth Story" on TLC and knew I wanted to work with babies. After high school, I accepted a position as a Maternal Child Health Care Manager for a local clinic. Here I learned a lot about the pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum aspect and the term "doula". I took a doula training and upon supporting my first client, I knew what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.
What are some positive comments made about you by other people?:
People have said that I am dependable, passionate, funny, and caring.
What are your favorite pregnancy/parenting resources?: Funny parenting blogs, ACOG, Healthy Children. Local resources: Healthy Families, Family Nurse Partnership.
What thoughts come to mind when you see a pregnant woman or brand new mom?: Belly! or Aww! baby!! and send them positive thoughts for their delivery or parenthood journey.
What is the best gift you can give a new mom (as a Doula)?: My support and encouragement. Space for the family to decompress and share any struggles or frustrations as they transition into parenthood or welcome another family member.
What is your favorite TV show or movie?: Walking Dead, Marvel Movies, Orange is the New Black.
What is your favorite place to vacation?: Anywhere near a beach!
What is your favorite food?: Cheesy enchiladas
What is your favorite way to spend a day off?: Day in bed, even when not sleeping just doing absolutely nothing.
Who lives in your house?: My husband, our two daughters, and our dog, Chiquita.