Background/Experience that you think is beneficial to Doula work: I initially trained as a doula in 2010 and I've been working along the full spectrum of doula work ever since! My work with parents includes loss and termination support, bed rest support, birth support, postpartum support. I'm a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, certified Child Passenger Safety Technician (car seat tech), and ASHI Certified First Aid, CPR and AED Instructor.
What led you to become a Doula?: I was initially led to doula work by research into reproductive health after I went through a miscarriage at the same time that my cousin was going through a complicated pregnancy. We both could have benefited greatly from nonjudgmental support during that time. My work as a doula and parent educator has led me to better understand intersectional feminism.
What are some positive comments made about you by other people?:
“She’s thorough and wants you to learn.” S.A.
What are your favorite pregnancy/parenting resources?: Never underestimate the power of the peer-to-peer support group! La Leche League is probably the most highly recognized name in peer-support for new parents, but in San Antonio, we also have several lesser known groups, such as Babywearing International (for learning about baby and toddler carriers), San Antonio Cesarean Support Group which supports pregnant parents and parents who've had cesarean and traumatic births, and Starlight Moms for parents coping with postpartum depression and anxiety.
What thoughts come to mind when you see a pregnant woman or brand new mom?: I've learned that our first thought is conditioning, and our second thought defines us. My initial thoughts tend to be that a pregnant person must be excited and I should tell her how beautiful and strong she is; but I'm starting to ask myself, "how is she feeling?" I do not want to assume anything about the new parents and pregnant people I encounter. Pregnancy and the first year after is complex, full of conflicting emotions and expectations and I don't want to add to that.
What is the best gift you can give a new mom (as a Doula)?: Time and a listening ear.
What is your favorite TV show or movie?: Star Wars
What is your favorite place to vacation?: I love to visit new cities, stay in the local neighborhoods (yay for AirBnB!), and visit cultural sites like museums and historical markers.
What is your favorite food?: Enmoladas: chicken or turkey enchiladas made with lots of mole sauce. Rice and beans are required side dishes.
What is your favorite way to spend a day off?: Casual visits with friends in each other's homes. I like to keep it simple with table top games, or watching our favorite shows and movies.
Who lives in your house?: Our multigenerational household includes me, my spouse, my mother and my child. We have four (4!!) dogs - all small mixed-breed adoptions.