Michelle Schuler

ProDoula

CURRENT STATUS: Certified Labor Doula

BUSINESS NAME/AFFILIATION: Tennessee Valley Doulas

SERVICES PROVIDED: Labor Doula Support

About

AREAS SERVED: Crossville, Cookeville, Jamestown, Oak Ridge, Knoxville TN and surrounding areas

CONTACT INFO:

Email: tennesseevalleydoulas@gmail.com

Phone: (423) 223-6842

Website: https://tennesseevalleydoulas.com

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/TennesseeValleyDoulas

Meet Your ProDoula

Background/Experience that you think is beneficial to Doula work: Coming from a customer service background I had to learn how to connect with people who were often times very upset and angry and help them through their problem. This translates really well to birth work because women in labor (and often their partners) are trying to navigate highly emotional situations. I am very good at helping people get a handle on their emotions and find what will work best for their personal circumstances.

What led you to become a Doula?: My first pregnancy and birth is really what led me to become a doula. I became fascinated with birth and started listening to every birth story anyone wanted to share with me. Most of these stories really troubled me because they were far from what I would consider a positive birth experience. After I had such a wonderful first birth experience, so different from the countless stories I had heard, I just knew that I had to do something to help women have better births. Before this point, I had no idea what a doula was but I quickly learned about them after my daughter was born and now I get to live my passion everyday serving families the way they deserve to be served.

What are some positive comments made about you by other people?:

I am often told that I am easy to talk to, open-minded, compassionate, trusting, reliable, knowledgable and passionate.

What are your favorite pregnancy/parenting resources?: Other doulas and health care professionals, "the birth partner", Evidencebasedbirth.com, ICAN, La Leche League, anything by Ina May Gaskin, and many more.

What thoughts come to mind when you see a pregnant woman or brand new mom?: I get so excited for them and the amazing journey they are walking through!! I wonder how they are feeling if they are expecting and with new parents I hope that they are soaking in the sweet early moments of parenthood because it is gone in such a flash!

What is the best gift you can give a new mom (as a Doula)?: The best gift I can give new parents is listening to them and supporting them without bias. This allows me to provide the kind of personalized support that new and expecting families need!

What is your favorite TV show or movie?: A good documentary or anything based on a true story

What is your favorite place to vacation?: Any place I haven't been before!

What is your favorite food?: Crab legs with butter or something spicy

What is your favorite way to spend a day off?: Either going out to eat and doing something fun with my family or relaxing at home in my PJs with a good book, depends on the mood!

Who lives in your house?: I live with my wonderful husband, two beautiful daughters and our pack of 2 dogs, 2 cats, 8 chickens, 1 guinea fowl and 4 hermit crabs.