Background/Experience that you think is beneficial to Doula work: I have assisted many people during their labor and deliveries, even before my official Doula title. I have delivered 3 babies, 2 of my own and 1 surrogate baby. I have experienced both natural, unmedicated birth center births, as well as hospital births with unplanned interventions.
What led you to become a Doula?: Having a mother who is a birth worker, and has been for 4 decades, I have been immersed in the birth world for as long as I can remember. I remember watching my mom teach childbirth education classes as a very young child and thinking how interesting it was and how much I would love to do the same thing. When I became a young adult, I had some very close friends who allowed me to be a part of their birth experience for their first born and the passion ignited.
What are some positive comments made about you by other people?:
I am empathetic, supportive, caring, thoughtful, encouraging, knowledgeable and dare I even say, humorous!
What are your favorite pregnancy/parenting resources?: I am still gathering a good resource list, but I love Ina May's Guide to Childbirth, The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, and The Birth Partner
What thoughts come to mind when you see a pregnant woman or brand new mom?: I have always thought that pregnant people are beautiful. But more than that, I always wonder and hope that they have the support that they need, the information that they require to make informed decisions, and that they are going into this experience with confidence, and not fear.
What is the best gift you can give a new mom (as a Doula)?: Unbiased support and information. Also, a home cooked meal is great too.
What is your favorite TV show or movie?: Schitt's Creek
What is your favorite place to vacation?: Disneyland
What is your favorite food?: Italian
What is your favorite way to spend a day off?: Self care: pedicures, manicures, new hair, massages, facials...all those fun things.
Who lives in your house?: My Hawaiian husband, Zadok My two incredible children, Adelaide Rose (4) and Lyric (2) My Yorkie, Ella My cat, Asher