Background/Experience that you think is beneficial to Doula work: For the past 7 years i have grown with different families by fulfilling the role of a babysitter or a nanny.
What led you to become a Doula?: Birth work has been a deep calling of mine since I could remember. I've been doulaing my whole life and never knew it! From a young age, I have had this nurturing/giving spirit. I'm the oldest of 3 and when my youngest brother was born i was so captivated by his presence. I wanted to take care and look after him any chance i could. From changing diapers, burping, bath time or just soothing him by rocking him, i was ready and willing to take part in it all. Even helping my mom while she recovered from her cesarean delivery. When i learned about becoming a Postpartum Doula I knew that this was my divine calling in life. Being able to support mothers and families with information, physical, and emotionally was all I needed to know.
What are some positive comments made about you by other people?:
Labeled the ” Mother goose” from my group of friends. I have been told that I’m a very easy person to talk to, nurturing, very loving and compassionate. Someone who is extremely empathetic, attentive,detail-oriented, dependable, strong, and trustworthy. Never afraid to get my hands dirty and always ready to tackle any obstacle that presents itself.
What are your favorite pregnancy/parenting resources?:
What thoughts come to mind when you see a pregnant woman or brand new mom?: My first thought when I see a pregnant person is excitement. I want to approach them with a smile and offer to lend a hand or let them cut me in line or if were in passing i would just let them know how strong and beautiful they are and that any support they need is just one call away. When i see someone with a brand new baby i would congratulate them on the new beautiful bundle of joy and also be very curious about the support they have and reassure them that they are not alone. I would inquire about their thoughts on postpartum doulas!
What is the best gift you can give a new mom (as a Doula)?: Uninterrupted and undivided attention. A safe space to speak freely about whats important and to have compassion as we navigate through any and all emotions that are shared.
What is your favorite TV show or movie?: Sex and the City/ Jane the Virgin & Girls. My favorite movie is Father of the bride or Big Daddy
What is your favorite place to vacation?: Anyplace where i can enjoy the sunset.
What is your favorite food?: Anything pasta with fresh vegetables!
What is your favorite way to spend a day off?: I would sleep in. Im a homebody so i would leisurely get up,make my go to breakfast foods which consists of cheese eggs,bacon,toast and tea with honey. I would dedicate my afternoon to running errands or tending to what needs attention. (grocery shopping,laundry,cleaning,bringing lunch to my dad at work,grabbing lunch and catching up with a friend. etc) After i would show myself some self care and maybe grab my favorite take out, indulge in a long hot shower,put on my favorite hempz lotion or sleepy by Lush, throw my hair up in a bun, put on a big T shirt with shorts,light some candles and pick some mindless tv to watch in bed.
Who lives in your house?: My dear father and i .