Background/Experience that you think is beneficial to Doula work: Hello, I am a mother of four children and two grandchildren. My family grew up here in the Northwest. In 2016, I received my training and became certified birth doula in 2018. Later that year, my husband and I then moved to the Philippines to serve as medical missionaries, where I served as a doula and midwife assistant at a birthing home just outside of Manila. Helping to birth 63 babies and care for over 200 new mothers. Certifying as a lactation educator, and midwife assistant just before leaving for the field helped to prepare me for this work. Living back in the Northwest, I look forward to serving in my community as a doula, I get to spend quality time getting to know you and how I can best serve you. All of the knowledge, insights and wisdom learned from working with international clients and abroad has only heightened my abilities and skills as a doula. It is my passion to make all women feel safe and secure during the birth of their child. Birthing can be a very vulnerable experience as well as empowering. I am very comfortable being in that space and honoring you in those moments. My calm, reassuring and intuitive presence creates a safe, loving and nurturing space for moms and their partners to connect and enjoy the birth of their new baby. Recently I have received training called, "From Trauma to Triumph: When Survivors Give Birth". With this additional training, I hope to more fully support my clients through some of the toughest healing and work that we can do as women. Creating that safe and beautiful space for your birth. It is an honor to walk beside you through this journey. I am now trained as a Postpartum and Infant Care Doula through ProDoula. And I couldn't be happier with the excellent training and support I have received.
What led you to become a Doula?: I witnessed the birth of my sister's third child. She had an amazing doula, who invited me into the birth, as she cared for my sister. I was hooked and began to develop my skills and passion as a birth doula ever since.
What are some positive comments made about you by other people?:
Your intuitive nature and comforting hands have allowed me to relax and enjoy the birth of my baby.
Thank you for supporting our family through these tough decisions, without making the decisions for us.
You truly helped me through one of the toughest days of my life and you never left my side. Thank you
I feel like we are family and we just met.
What are your favorite pregnancy/parenting resources?: My favorite pregnancy resources are Doulas and other birth professionals. ProDoula Childbirth Educators, Spinning Babies, Lamaze Birthing Classes, https://www.swedish.org/services/pregnancy-and-childbirth/resource-center Parenting resources https://www.peps.org/ParentResources/by-topic/local, https://www.seattlechildrens.org/.../development/positive-parenting-program, https://www.pbs.org/parents, There are some terrific videos on Youtube, needing to be careful they are trained professionals making them.
What thoughts come to mind when you see a pregnant woman or brand new mom?: I instantly smile. I love seeing growing families. I wonder, "Do they have a doula? I hope they have a doula." I wonder how I could help her today to envision a beautiful birth and a recovery full of nurturing support.
What is the best gift you can give a new mom (as a Doula)?: The best gift I can give new parents is a birth story that the parents can look back on and say, " We were fully supported, loved and empowered as we brought our child into this world."
What is your favorite TV show or movie?: Big Fat Greek Wedding
What is your favorite place to vacation?: A nice sandy beach with crystal clear water.
What is your favorite food?: Popcorn
What is your favorite way to spend a day off?: Hiking up a quiet and beautiful trail with my husband and finishing the night off with a large bowl of popcorn and a movie.
Who lives in your house?: My husband and myself.