Background/Experience that you think is beneficial to Doula work: Life. All of our past experiences influence the direction that we’re going. Parenthood is more than just the act of welcoming a baby. All of your past experiences influence how you feel about yourself as a parent. I know motherhood changed me, for sure.
What led you to become a Doula?: The truth is that I had a rough reaction to the breech cesarean birth of my son in 2009. I thought about it a lot in the early days postpartum. I researched ways I could be a better advocate for myself if I were to birth again, and discovered the definition of a doula. I studied and trained at first as a way of healing my birth trauma. I had to take a significant amount of time to myself before I started seeing clients to ensure that my experiences would never play a role in the care that I provide to them.
What are some positive comments made about you by other people?:
I hear that I am motivational and ambitious. I interpret those as compliments. I’ve had clients tell me that they couldn’t have labored without me. That’s a common thing we hear as doulas and we have to remind the mothers that they did all the work. People often tell me that I am fair, have a good heart, and often see all sides of a story. My favorite compliment ever was, “You are the most real person I know.”