Background/Experience that you think is beneficial to Doula work: I am the biological mom to 13 breastfed and home/hospital birthed children, one of whom spent 6 weeks in the NICU as a newborn. As a result of this NICU stay I have personal experienced the stressors involved in having a medically challenged newborn. In addition, I was taught some tricks of the trade that allowed me to keep up my milk supply til baby could nurse.
What led you to become a Doula?: My husband and I were houseparents at a home for young unwed mothers way back in 1992. It was during that time that I was able to attend my first births as a support person to these young ladies. I ABSOLUTELY fell in love with the work. Shortly thereafter, I began having my own home and hospital births, and serving friends and family members who found themselves doing the same. I guess this is how I first got my feet wet and I have loved every minute of birth work.
What are some positive comments made about you by other people?:
Some folks have said I am understanding, insightful, personable, real, intuitive, and the like. I have also been told that I am a good listener.
What are your favorite pregnancy/parenting resources?: ~ The Birth Partner by Penny Simpkin ~ The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding (La Leche League)
What thoughts come to mind when you see a pregnant woman or brand new mom?: I usually just want to ask them a bunch of birthy related questions like: ~ Where did you have your baby? ~ How was your labor/birth experience? ~ How are you managing with the changes of having a newborn? ~ What did you love/hate about your labor/birth experience?
What is the best gift you can give a new mom (as a Doula)?: The best gift I can give new parents is acceptance and affirmation that they are wise and capable of making great decisions for their family.
What is your favorite TV show or movie?: True Grit and The Andy Griffith Show
What is your favorite place to vacation?: I once visited Cancun and would consider going back.
What is your favorite food?: I really enjoy Mexican and authentic Chinese.
What is your favorite way to spend a day off?: I enjoy reading (to myself and my kiddos), spending time with family, and family get-a-ways.
Who lives in your house?: My husband and I share our home with 9 of our children.