Background/Experience that you think is beneficial to Doula work: 20 years experience as a Registered Nurse—ICU, L&D, NICU, Postpartum International Board Certified Lactation Consultant
What led you to become a Doula?: I grew up wanting to be a musician and teach music! Giving birth changed the direction of my life and planted the seed in my heart that would eventually bloom into supporting new and growing families. After birthing my first child, I decided I wanted to be a Labor & Delivery nurse, and I began nursing school the next year. After the birth of my second child, by that time working in a busy L&D unit, I struggled greatly with breastfeeding and weaned to the bottle much earlier than I wanted. After the birth of my third child, I received valuable breastfeeding support from Le Leche League leaders and a Lactation Consultant in the hospital, and my dream of becoming an IBCLC was born. With the birth of my fourth child, I encountered an amazing and wonderful creature called a "doula." The rest of my children were born at home, attended by midwives. Each of these different birth experiences (and each of my children!) have taught me something valuable.
What are some positive comments made about you by other people?:
From clients: Patient. Supportive. Easy to talk to, Instill confidence. Informative; From friends: Nurturing. Loving. Kind. Guru of Motherhood; From colleagues: Energetic. Badass.
What are your favorite pregnancy/parenting resources?: Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn by Penny Simkin, The Birth Partner by Penny Simkin, www.birthwithoutfearblog.com, www.ican-online.org, www.evidencebasedbirth.com, www.askdrsears.com, Breastfeeding Made Simple by Nancy Mohrbacher, Nancy Mohrbacher’s YouTube channel, www.kellymom.com
What thoughts come to mind when you see a pregnant woman or brand new mom?: She's amazing and beautiful. And maybe tired—growing/caring for a new human being is a lot of work. How can I help?
What is the best gift you can give a new mom (as a Doula)?: A listening ear, a comforting touch, praise, and encouragement.
What is your favorite TV show or movie?: Call the Midwife, Once Upon a Time, Sherlock, Star Trek reruns, Dr. Who
What is your favorite place to vacation?: I have taken far too few vacations. I’d like to visit Europe.
What is your favorite food?: Pretty much anything Thai or Indian
What is your favorite way to spend a day off?: Going places with my family, Playing piano or guitar, listening to live music (especially Blues or Big Band), Practicing martial arts with a bunch of mean, scary, sweaty men
Who lives in your house?: My husband, Greg, seven children ranging from preschool to grown, and a kitty named Spots