Background/Experience that you think is beneficial to Doula work: I have many years of experience working with infants to school aged children. I started my career off as a nanny for a few different families over 10 years ago. From there I received my degree in Early Childhood Special Education and worked with children on the Autism Spectrum. I then became a community case manager working very closely with parents to support their child/ren and family's needs. I have two children, Landon who is 5 and Ella who is almost 2 years old. After experiencing pregnancy, labor and now motherhood with two children I have grown to have an even greater appreciation for pregnancy, labor and motherhood with infants and small children.
What led you to become a Doula?: I have always had an interest and love for working with children especially babies. Since having both of my children i have grown to appreciate the challenges and commitment that it takes to carry a child, birth a child and parent a child, especially in the early days. I have had many close friends that have had their own babies recently and have felt the urge to support them in caring for their newborn babies in many ways, and came to realize that this was in fact a passion of mine and knew quickly that becoming a postpartum doula was the next path for me.
What are some positive comments made about you by other people?:
I am caring, calm and a good listener.
What are your favorite pregnancy/parenting resources?: Birth Roots is a local agency that provides support to mothers and fathers through pregnancy and postpartum. Maine Doulas is a local agency that provides birth and postpartum doula support. Ina May's Guide to Childbirth Precious little sleep The Happiest Baby on the Block Breastfeeding made simple
What thoughts come to mind when you see a pregnant woman or brand new mom?: I wonder what kind of support they have as they embark on an incredible journey through pregnancy and parenthood.
What is the best gift you can give a new mom (as a Doula)?: Find out from the new parents what they see is the best gift for them. Whether it be time to rest, time to talk or someone to cook them a meal.
What is your favorite TV show or movie?: Mama Mia
What is your favorite place to vacation?: Puerto Rico
What is your favorite food?: Pasta
What is your favorite way to spend a day off?: I enjoy spending quality time with my family. Whether it be a quiet day at home playing with my children, sitting and talking with my husband. Or going on an adventure somewhere new or familiar with my family. I also enjoy quiet time for myself, shopping and being with friends.
Who lives in your house?: Myself, my husband Brice, my son Landon, my daughter Ella.