Background/Experience that you think is beneficial to Doula work: I have four children. When pregnant with my first child I was so into my childbirth class that I took a refresher course for my second pregnancy. I found birth so intriguing that I asked the nurses at every one of my births to hold up my placenta. They said I should be a nurse. Fortunately, I had normal births and was able to breastfeed all my babies. I supported my sister-in-law through two of her labors while her husband was away on military orders. It was such a beautiful experience that I longed to experience it every chance I got. I supported several more births through the years. As a young mother, I was a paraprofessional Home Visitor. I worked one-on-one with new/young mothers and their newborn. I trained in early baby/child development, drug baby identification, child abuse intervention, mother-child bonding, etc. I had hoped to be home with my children, so I trained and certified to provide Early Childhood day care in my home (Early Childhood Home Day Care).
What led you to become a Doula?: I homeschooled my kids for twenty years, and now the Lord is leading me back to working with women and families. I hoped to do something I love, but knew I needed to compensate for my time. When I heard of “doula” as a profession I researched, and realized this could be it… And here I am!
What are some positive comments made about you by other people?:
“You are very caring and compassionate.” ”Personable”; “You are so thoughtful! “An encourager”; sincere; contemplative; intuitive
What are your favorite pregnancy/parenting resources?: Books: The Birth Partner; An Easier Childbirth; Breastfeeding Made Simple. Videos: Penny Simkin’s Comfort Measures; Practicing for an Active Birth, Neri L. Choma; Happy Healthy Child, A Holistic Approach. Parenting classes at church were so helpful. Social media groups for young mothers; Google comes in handy, but of course I would caution others to discern what they read, talk with their pediatrician, and trust their instincts.
What thoughts come to mind when you see a pregnant woman or brand new mom?: For pregnant moms, I wonder how many weeks/months she is and who she has to support her. My heart goes out to moms with newborns. I hope she has other women and a good partner to support her. I am always the strange lady warm chatting the new mom, and loving on the newborn babe. (You wouldn’t think that I am an introvert!)
What is the best gift you can give a new mom (as a Doula)?: My compassion, respect, and professionalism.
What is your favorite TV show or movie?: You’ve Got Mail; Pride & Prejudice (Collin Firth); I LOVE Hallmark TV Christmas movies! I like mystery/intrigue, but not scary/gory. Presently, History Channel’s The Curse of Oak Island.
What is your favorite place to vacation?: I go to the US Mainland whenever I have the opportunity, because my daughter resides there. My desire is to go anywhere new, preferably to a different country.
What is your favorite food?: Greek, Italian, Thai, Japanese, and Chamorro cuisine; chocolate; Cinnabon cinnamon rolls – my favorite treat…but oh, so many calories!
What is your favorite way to spend a day off?: I love to read with a good cup of coffee at home or at a café with Hubby or a friend. I love the Classics and old books. I like reading anything educational, too.
Who lives in your house?: Husband; three sons; Golden Retriever dog, Hurley; Lion-head rabbit, Cinnabunnae (Bunnae, for short); and cat, Titi.