Background/Experience that you think is beneficial to Doula work: Master's degree in Occupational Therapy, minor in psychology; trained in Reiki; took labor doula trainings through both DONA international & recently through ProDoula Training!
What led you to become a Doula?: I've always loved helping families as my work as an OT. Becoming a mom who struggled with breastfeeding difficulties and adjusting to a newborn, I was given so much support from friends, family, co-workers, lactation consults, support groups and I found them so beneficial and I've learned so much. This work caught my interest to learn as much as I can in the area of pregnancy, birth and be able to give back and help others make their own birth experience a positive one. I didn't exactly know what a Doula was when I hired mine but I was really interested in having someone by my side who wouldn't leave, who would be a constant, unbiased support person besides my husband and knowledgeable to help me reposition and give us the best chance to avoid c-section as I had fears of surgery. Turned out I had to have a c-section due to medical concerns of the babies heart rate, etc. but having a doula by our side the whole day, was still the best decision and made my birth experience a more positive one even though it wasn't what I had hoped for. I hope to be that support person for others through their pregnancy and through their labor.
What are some positive comments made about you by other people?:
When I would work with patients in the hospital, patients/ co-workers/ family members have said I have a lot of kind words, that I help motivate my patients and that I am very patient and a great communicator.
What are your favorite pregnancy/parenting resources?: Facebook groups to gain lots of resources in your area or surrounding areas, there are so many people sharing great information online now if you need to expand your Resource list. For example on facebook, some of the doula groups, mom groups...a couple to name that I love are: (1)doc and doula which has great resources for doulas and parents & (2)middlesex mommies where I found the melrose wakefield hospital breast feeding support group (called the baby cafe)
What thoughts come to mind when you see a pregnant woman or brand new mom?: Remembering how exciting it was for us to bring home a newborn baby boy and help him learn and grow in those early months.
What is the best gift you can give a new mom (as a Doula)?: non-judgemental support, using good listening skills.
What is your favorite TV show or movie?: Grey's Anatomy, The middle
What is your favorite place to vacation?: Italy
What is your favorite food?: Italian
What is your favorite way to spend a day off?: Taking my son for a walk with our two dogs; Spending time with a friend or family; being at the beach; If I am alone having some quiet time I enjoy writing, reading, listening to podcasts, walking the lake or woods.
Who lives in your house?: My husband Joe who I met when I was in 6th grade; my 1 year old son; my 2 dogs; and some salt water fish!