Background/Experience that you think is beneficial to Doula work: As a momma to 3 beautiful girls, I understand firsthand how crucial it is to have emotional support during pregnancy, postpartum and motherhood. My personal experiences and professional training have led me to my work with women and their families. I am passionate about providing nonjudgmental, supportive, and collaborative services that strengthen family dynamics. I’ve spent most my life supporting women and families and never knew I could make this into a career. I spent countless days volunteering at a local pregnancy center guiding the mothers there and each day that went by, I longed for more time to spend with them. After college, I took on a full-time case management job where I served the mental health community. There, I was drawn to parents experiencing postpartum anxiety and or depression. I found myself requesting to work with clients who were mothers and struggling with their transition into motherhood. It is my goal to be at the hands and feet of all women. To empower them. To push them beyond what they think they are capable of. To nurture them, and to provide them and their families with non-judgmental collaborative services so that they can crush any goal that they set for themselves. Every family that has the Shore Grace Experience will walk away feeling Confident and Comfortable in their new parenting roles, and ready for success with their family dynamics.
What led you to become a Doula?: At 24 weeks pregnant with my second daughter I was diagnosed with severe preeclampsia and was admitted to the hospital where at 27, weeks I would deliver a 1lb 6.9oz miracle baby. I was forced to quit my job so that I could support my baby in her healing. After 70 long days in the NICU we came home and while I was extremely blessed to be able to stay at home with her and my oldest daughter, something in me yearned for more. Just 4 short months after arriving home we found ourselves expecting our third baby girl. Once home with baby number three, I started researching what I could do to help women in my community while still being available to my three girls and I came across the ProDoula website. I had finally found a name for the passion I’ve had since I was a child. A Doula.
What are some positive comments made about you by other people?:
Some Reviews That Have Touched My Heart…
1. “Meisha is great! She was able to do an in home prep class for my husband and I. She also helped us after my twins came home. Meisha has experience with several different ways of feeding children (ie breast, formula, supplementing- and experience with pace feeding for preemies). I had trouble finding other doula’s locally with this experience. She was able to help and answer questions on a wide array of topics. Also, having medically sensitive children it was comforting to know Meisha was up to date and aware of these needs” M. L
2. “I don’t know what I would have done without Meisha! When my plan derailed, she kept me focused & calm. The professionalism she shows is genuine & she truly loves what she does! From the day I first met her at the Mother & Baby Expo way back in May, I just knew she was who I wanted to support me & my son. And today she gave me even more reason as to why I’m so thankful that I chose to inquire about her services… God truly places people in your life for a reason! I want all females to become more educated on doulas & postpartum doulas. It’s truly an option I believe everyone woman should have” J.B
3. “Meisha is a very knowledgeable and caring doula. You can feel comfortable knowing she can handle any situation that arises. The care and support she will offer your family will be invaluable” D.P
What are your favorite pregnancy/parenting resources?: SOOO MANY ! Ok this maybe a little bias but I love the ProDoula Blogs, The Book "The Doula's Guide To Empowering Your Birth", What to Expect Books and Apps and my go to when I'm researching is The American Academy Of Peds Website
What thoughts come to mind when you see a pregnant woman or brand new mom?: When I am with women, my heart is full. When I see a mom blossoming into her motherhood journey I am elated. I get really excited because I know that this moment is life-changing for them. Nothing has brought me more joy and heartache than motherhood. Authentically sharing these highs and lows with families allows me to make genuine life long connections.
What is the best gift you can give a new mom (as a Doula)?: Love & Grace Families are bombarded with unsolicited advice from the time they announce their pregnancy. With so many opinions and ideas, families often lose their confidence in their ability to make choice that best works for them. The best gift I can give to any family is the grace to meet them where they are and love them into empowerment. There are no right or wrong answers in parenting, you can't mess this up. Families need to be reminded that they are ultimately the best qualified to make decisions and care for their children
What is your favorite TV show or movie?: Hard Tie Between The Notebook & Baby Mama
What is your favorite place to vacation?: ANYWHERE! I want to see the WORLD
What is your favorite food?: Any Kind of Seafood
What is your favorite way to spend a day off?: Lots and Lots of Food and Tv . I love a nice warm blanket, a cup of tea, and a million different tv shows
Who lives in your house?: My Sweet Hubby Adrian My "Mother Hen" Oldest Daughter Alonnah My "Miracle Middle" Daughter Adalyn My "Sassy Baby Girl" Aleya