Background/Experience that you think is beneficial to Doula work: As the oldest of five girls, I settled into my role as a nurturing care provider. I began babysitting in 2008 for neighborhood families and a fire was lit for being a childcare provider. In 2012 I started working as a professional nanny and four years later in 2016, graduated from Brigham Young University-Idaho with a bachelors in Marriage and Family Studies.
What led you to become a Doula?: I love family! I understand the dynamics involved when two people merge their lives and create a family. I believe that human beings need support in order to thrive and that that support must be free of bias and judgment. This opinion is what took me to the next level. In 2017 I began training as a Labor Doula, Postpartum & Infant Care Doula and Infant Feeding Specialist. I knew that supporting parents from birth and moving with them into the postpartum and infant care phase of life, was my true calling. In order to compliment my professionalism and accountability, I maintains my CPR and First Aid Certifications.
What are some positive comments made about you by other people?:
Comforting, easy to talk to, supportive, helpful
What are your favorite pregnancy/parenting resources?: My favorite resources are local businesses and books. I read many pregnancy, parenting and child development books while studying in college and really enjoyed them. They are still the books I grab first when picking a new one to read!
What thoughts come to mind when you see a pregnant woman or brand new mom?: I think about how sometimes bringing a baby into the family takes time and how families are brought together in many different ways. I think about how their world is changing and how they are really feeling about the whole experience. I think about how bringing a child into your life is beautiful and how excited I am for them and their family!
What is the best gift you can give a new mom (as a Doula)?: Being an extra set of trusting hands close by. A person that enables you to grow in confidence, maintain “a bit” of normalcy, and explore every option with absolute unbiased support.
What is your favorite TV show or movie?: Grey's Anatomy
What is your favorite place to vacation?: The beach!
What is your favorite food?: Ice cream
What is your favorite way to spend a day off?: Spending time with my family and friends.
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