Background/Experience that you think is beneficial to Doula work: Supporting families and children, especially babies, has always been second nature for me. I started working with a newborn when I was twelve years old in the summer of 2001. From then on, I worked with several different families through babysitting gigs, working in a church nursery, and nannying. Several of those families had newborns or infants. Over my years of experience, I have worked with families who have chosen breastfeeding, formula feeding, and feeding with a combination of both; families transitioning their little ones to solid foods; families gradually supporting their little ones to sleep through the night. I have worked with brand new families, families with twins, and families with several children. I have worked with mothers who breastfed and/or pumped; mothers who breastfed until the child didn’t want to anymore, chose when to stop, or chose formula from the beginning; and mothers who stayed home, worked from the house, or worked out of the house.
What led you to become a Doula?: Interest in children and families has always been second nature to me. At a party or family gathering, you can usually find me around the children. With that and my experience taking care of infants at such a young age, one family led to the next. While nannying for one of my most recent families, I was introduced to the term postpartum doula. After doing the research, I knew I had found one of the many things I am called to do.
What are some positive comments made about you by other people?:
“I love you and the person you are. That independent, open minded, wacky, loving, compassionate person you are.”
“It’s so wonderful to have a friend who is as loyal and thoughtful as you. You have raised the bar for any new friends I meet…Just wanted to say thanks for being you!”
“Megan is one of the most encouraging, uplifting, and genuine people I’ve ever met. She puts her whole heart into everything she does and I admire her enthusiasm for life.”
“Megan anticipates every need, at every turn, and is ready with advice, assistance, and an extra set of hand. She always goes above and beyond her duties. She is extremely competent, mature, trustworthy, and dependable. Megan comes deeply for the physical and emotional needs of our entire household. Megan spent many years “training” to be a doula, but I truly believe it is in her blood. It is second-nature to her.”
What are your favorite pregnancy/parenting resources?: “Breastfeeding Made Simple Seven Natural Laws for Nursing Mothers” by Nancy Mohrbacher, IBCLC, FILCA and Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, Ph.D., IBCLC “The Wonder Weeks” by Hetty Vanderijt, Ph. D., and Frans Plooij, Ph. D. “The Sleep Lady’s Shuffle Good Night, Sleep Tight – Gentle Proven Solutions to Help Your Child Sleep Well and Wake Up Happy” by Kim West, LCSW-C with Joanne Kenen
What thoughts come to mind when you see a pregnant woman or brand new mom?: “I want to be her friend.”
What is the best gift you can give a new mom (as a Doula)?: Sleep!
What is your favorite TV show or movie?: Friends
What is your favorite place to vacation?: My favorite place to “vacation” is my home state, Missouri, where I can visit with family and old friends.
What is your favorite food?: Sushi
What is your favorite way to spend a day off?: I like to start the day off with a run, then brunch with friends. If it is warm out, I want to be outside doing something active, whether that’s beach volleyball, camping or hiking through a local park/trail. Follow that up with a game of cards over coffee or a glass of wine. End the night cuddled up on the couch with my pups watching a movie…Next to a fire if it’s cold out.
Who lives in your house?: Two friends that happen to be guys and three dogs.