Background/Experience that you think is beneficial to Doula work: My personal bio includes: Paula K Brummel Paula has worked in the caregiving environment with women, children and families all her life!. Beginning with being a “summer girl” and babysitter at a very young age and mentoring children in a crisis nursery while still in high school; she made ‘love and care’ her life’s calling early in her career. Graduating from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Social Work, Youth Studies and Family Social Science and a minor in Child Psychology; she has over 35 years of professional experience. From a weekend counselor in a group home in college, to a School Counselor for children with disabilities in Minneapolis, to a Life Enrichment Specialist for elders with Dementia in Green Bay, to working with Elementary students as a school counselor in Green Bay parochial schools….her life long desire to support, nurture, educate and empower runs very deep. Paula took time off to parent her own children, fully immersing herself in that wonderful craziness. As a proud mother of four children ages 27 to 15, she has changed a diaper or two! In this span of time, she has seen the parenting world change and grow in it’s complexities. All of this experience, makes her very well prepared for postpartum Doula work. Paula’s intense natural ability to connect with people in a loving and compassionate way makes her a caring and knowledgable family support person. If she is not with people, Paula is loving the outdoors! This love led her to starting her own gardening business, “Grubby Girl in the Garden”. If she has a spare moment she and her husband of 32 years yearn to travel, hike, bike, camp, kayak, practice yoga and read in their hammocks near the water.
What led you to become a Doula?:
What are some positive comments made about you by other people?:
“Paula also has a gift of uncovering a child’s gifts and passions and developing them into something meaningful and productive.” JB
“Paula is the person that all new mothers in our family go to when we need to work through the big and small issues that come with raising a family. She is an expert and helping mothers set schedules for their babies and establish routines that work for the family and their lives. She has a gentle way of helping steer mothers towards productive solutions.” JB
Paula is kind, thoughtful and a good listener. She gives excellent advice and does it in a kind, gentle and compassionate fashion.” MA Hitch
“One of Paula’s gifts is to be able to meet people where they are at.” JL
“Paula’s commitment to family, willingness to help anyone in need, and ability to counsel with compassion make her an ideal Doula!” JL
What are your favorite pregnancy/parenting resources?:
What thoughts come to mind when you see a pregnant woman or brand new mom?:
What is the best gift you can give a new mom (as a Doula)?: A listening ear and a helping hand!
What is your favorite TV show or movie?:
What is your favorite place to vacation?: the beach
What is your favorite food?: fish tacos
What is your favorite way to spend a day off?: Start the day doing yoga, then going for a long walk in the woods and then finishing the day with a glass of wine (preferably outside in the sunshine.)
Who lives in your house?: My husband Marc and our two youngest children Owen 18 and Celia 16. Bear, 28 lives in New York and Ava 25 lives in Minneapolis. Oh, and a cute cockapoo named Pixie.