Background/Experience that you think is beneficial to Doula work: I did my undergraduate studies in social work at North Carolina State University. I've been in the domestic and sexual violence field for over five years, first in direct services and now I work as a prevention educator. This work has given me a great understanding of someone having the right to self-determine, make their own decisions and do what is best for them. I have learned to be supportive, nonjudgmental and give clients the tools to empower themselves. These experiences have also given me he opportunity to help people during times of transition.
What led you to become a Doula?: I think there were a few contributing factors. One was seeing new mothers struggle postpartum and feeling like there could be a better way than what I was seeing. Another reason was my own personal fears around pregnancy and labor. As I was trying to get pregnant, I thought maybe I had a mental block around this so I started researching to help myself get over these fears. The more I learned, the more my feelings went from fear to understanding and I began to love it. And I knew maybe I wasn't the only one but it just wasn't something people openly spoke about. I felt I could help people, no matter where they were on their journey into parenthood.
What are some positive comments made about you by other people?:
Others have told me I am compassionate, easy to talk to, warm, engaging. I’ve also been described as kind, loving, generous and nurturing.