Background/Experience that you think is beneficial to Doula work: Besides my delivery of my son, I have attended the births of my niece and nephew. I provided my sister with physical and emotional support all in my teenage years. I am also considered the mother hen of my friends, as I am the one who they go to to talk things over and vent. They know that I will listen to them and provide advice with no judgement. My parents taught me to accept everyone for who they are and to not judge them which is still my philosophy today.
What led you to become a Doula?: I have always been interested in birth, but my birth experience with my son is what what sealed the deal for me. I had a doula myself during my pregnancy and labor. Hiring a doula was the best thing that I did. Having someone there to support me and knows what I need without having to say anything was priceless. I want to give others that exact same feeling.
What are some positive comments made about you by other people?:
“She is always smiling and ready to help”, “She is confident and friendly”, “She knows what she is talking about and is so attentive”, “She is nonjudgmental and the one I come to to talk about anything”, “She always hears me out and makes me feel like she truly understands”
What are your favorite pregnancy/parenting resources?: "Ina May's Guide to Childbirth", "Real Food for Pregnancy", Childbirth Connection, Savannahbirth.com for local resources, and so much more
What thoughts come to mind when you see a pregnant woman or brand new mom?: I automatically get a huge smile on my face and think how strong and amazing the mom is even though she may not feel it at the time. When I see a baby, I think of how cute and innocent they are. I'm overwhelmed with joy and happiness.
What is the best gift you can give a new mom (as a Doula)?: As a birth worker, the best gift I can give parents is for them to know that they can't and haven't screwed anything up. They are amazing parents. Specifically for the mom, I give the gift of helping her find her voice and showing her how strong, capable, and amazing she is. Specifically for the partner, I give the gift of encouragement and confidence that they are doing the right things.
What is your favorite TV show or movie?: My favorite TV show is SWAT and my favorite movie is anything Marvel. What is your favorite place to vacation?
What is your favorite place to vacation?: My favorite place is the mountains. I love nature and it is my zin place.
What is your favorite food?: My favorite food is pizza. Oh and a side of a warm out of the oven chocolate chunk brownie.
What is your favorite way to spend a day off?: My favorite way to spend a day of is relaxing on the couch with a good book and spending time with my family.
Who lives in your house?: I live with my husband, my son, and our sweet doberman.