Background/Experience that you think is beneficial to Doula work: I was born into a large family (14 children) and since I can remember I’ve been very fascinated with pregnancy, childbirth and caring for newborns. From the time I was 9-16 years old I was my Mom’s right-hand after she delivered her last 4 babies.
What led you to become a Doula?: After having 3 of my own I became even more passionate about helping/supporting other mothers. Also, I had friends and family that would rely on me for help and support in their pregnancy, labor and afterwards. They would always tell me this should become my line of work, which of course led me towards pursuing this passion.
What are some positive comments made about you by other people?:
Calming, positive, helpful, and genuine.
What are your favorite pregnancy/parenting resources?: The internet! I enjoy researching info in all areas as the need arises.
What thoughts come to mind when you see a pregnant woman or brand new mom?: She’s absolutely gorgeous! Excitement for the new journey in life that she will have.
What is the best gift you can give a new mom (as a Doula)?: Confidence in her ability to Mother the best that she can for her child. Active listening, encouragement and support in making decisions and choices as a new mother. And last but not least, lots of sleep!
What is your favorite TV show or movie?: Call the Midwife and Game of Thrones
What is your favorite place to vacation?: On a cruise
What is your favorite food?: Japanese and Thai
What is your favorite way to spend a day off?: Relaxing with my family outdoors
Who lives in your house?: My husband of 10 years, our 3 children (Seth, Evelyn, and Judah), our dog Kala, and our cat Poe.