Background/Experience that you think is beneficial to Doula work: I've recognized since early on my nature is to readily engage people. I resonate with people of widely ranging cultures, histories, and languages and maybe as a result, my degrees are in international relations and languages. Living curiously with no judgment in various countries has opened me to unique, effective ways of doing so many things that comprise human life — including how childbearing is understood and managed. I've provided support to countless individuals and families through pregnancy, labor, settling in "at home" with their newborns, and parenting infants and children in this country and others.
What led you to become a Doula?: My personal experiences in pregnancies, loss, joy, being overwhelmed and undersupported during labor and birthing awoke in me a passion to provide service, a recognition that other individuals and families need my presence in sharing evidence based options and support.
What are some positive comments made about you by other people?:
As a child, people frequently said that I share loving compassion and have a “wise soul.” People in my life regularly say I am thoughtful and deeply caring, sensitive, understanding and empathetic, nurturing, strong, a leader and mentor they trust, and unwaveringly passionate about people, our planet, and social justice.
What are your favorite pregnancy/parenting resources?: In podcasts, I hear valuable information for parents in "Evidence Based Birth" and "The Birth Hour." And for books, I find "Nurture: A Modern Guide to Pregnancy, Birth, Early Motherhood and Trusting Yourself and Your Body" as well as "Parenting Forward: How to Raise Children with Justice, Mercy, and Kindness" are thoughtful, nonjudgemental resources for parents and caregivers. I intentionally lean in, making eye contact with expecting parents and let them know that there is no book or resource that covers all the possible events they're about to become very actively involved in. It's all a new adventure. Each time, with every new child.
What thoughts come to mind when you see a pregnant woman or brand new mom?: I smile instantaneously and silently welcome her to the club of everything precious, zany, mind-bending, heart-wrenching, and joy-filled. She's taking part in a miracle.
What is the best gift you can give a new mom (as a Doula)?: The sharing of my belief in her that she's got this: 100%! And, a 1-minute guided meditation, for instance for the birthing parent, having them close their eyes and seeing themself for the next few months as they excuse themself from the room with friends, from the table with family, or from the laundry room still full of dirty and unfolded clean clothes, just smiling at anyone there, and then have them practice saying out loud, "This has been lovely, thank you. The baby and I are going to get some sleep, NOW. See you later."
What is your favorite TV show or movie?: Moana, Roma, Shawshank Redemption, Whale Rider, Nine to Five, Frida, The Color Purple...
What is your favorite place to vacation?: I love our calming, clear oceans around the world, the Islands of Croatia or Hawaii, the Red Sea, the Isle of Capri, Havana, Tulum, and for mountains with awesome snow in wintertime Beaver Creek and Snowmass.
What is your favorite food?: I love how seafood is prepared in so many different cultures and cuisines, from the Mediterranean to Dalmatia, from Nice to Tokyo, from New England to the Florida panhandle to the coast of Honduras.
What is your favorite way to spend a day off?: Taking dogs to the beach! Setting up a spot for us all to enjoy the day. Running and walking miles on the sand. Stretching. Listening to and watching in awe the pounding waves of the surf. Kicking it with some tunes. Soaking up the sun. Maybe grabbing my board and putting on my fins for a little boogie-boarding. Sharing good food with family and friends. Maybe staying after sundown and making a bonfire ... So, then more great music and food and looking curiously and thankfully at the stars and moon.
Who lives in your house?: It's fluid. Family, friends, and dogs. Sometimes, other animals :)