Background/Experience that you think is beneficial to Doula work: When I was in University, I spent 3 months independently in a rural community in Ghana, Africa, teaching women. This experience made me so in tune with how strong women are. When I came back to Canada, I knew that my perception of women had changed, I had a new sense of "awe" at what women all over the world go through and will do for their families, in the face of pain and hardship. I think this is the foundation of what made me take being a doula more seriously.
What led you to become a Doula?: Ever since I was little I have always had a fascination with birth, babies, and motherhood. Being a mom was the only thing I ever knew 100% that I wanted to be. During my first pregnancy, I really loved being very engaged in every bit of it, and planning for birth and beyond. Our birth experience was really positive, and I wanted to be able to encourage other women to know their own strength in birth and beyond. It is an incredible privilege to journey with a woman and her family during such an incredibly challenging and forming experience in life.
What are some positive comments made about you by other people?:
People often say that I am friendly, encouraging, compassionate and optimistic. I am a people person through and through, and have a strong desire to help and uplift others. I am a committed and reliable friend, with a time-appropriate sense of humour.
What are your favorite pregnancy/parenting resources?: I had the opportunity to take a hypnobirthing class when I was pregnant and I really appreciated the emphasis it put on mindfulness in birth and beyond. It's something I still use now with my 2 year old.
What thoughts come to mind when you see a pregnant woman or brand new mom?: It all floods back to me the anticipation of meeting my own son a few years ago. I remember all of the mixture of emotions like it was yesterday. When I see a pregnant woman or brand new mom I just want to hug her and tell her she is doing an incredible job, and that the work that she is doing is hard and important work. I want to tell her that she will make it through this foggy, beautiful, and sometimes very difficult time and that she is noticed.
What is the best gift you can give a new mom (as a Doula)?: Simply being present for her to listen and validate her emotions. Sleep is also a game changer in the early days, so if I can listen, encourage, and offer a nap, I think new mom will be feeling taken care of on multiple layers.
What is your favorite TV show or movie?: I binge watched "Call the Midwife" and have started it a second time. I also am a bit of a documentary junkie and enjoy shows like "The Chef's Table" (even though I'm not a great cook), "Planet Earth", and "The Minimalist".
What is your favorite place to vacation?: I just love the heat, so anywhere hot, but since having a child, my husband and I have really enjoyed little getaways to nearby cities like Pittsburgh and Toronto. Sometimes a night or two away anywhere in this stage of life is such a gift!
What is your favorite food?: Carbohydrates. Pasta, bread, muffins, cereal, cake...
What is your favorite way to spend a day off?: I have a close group of girlfriends I love to spend time with, it doesn't matter where or what we are doing, so long as coffee and carbohydrates are involved.
Who lives in your house?: I have a husband named Dan, a son named Theodore, and no dog yet but one day!