Background/Experience that you think is beneficial to Doula work: I worked in public health non-profits for about 8 years, with an expertise in women’s health, specifically sexual and reproductive health. I also took some graduate level classes focused on Maternal and Child Health. As a program manager and health educator, I learned about how important pregnancy and the postpartum period can change our lives for better or worse. I especially saw the impact that it has on families of color, since the maternal and infant health outcomes are bad for these communities in the US. In that work, I saw the power in women's voices. I learned to listen and support people while they found their own solutions without judgment. I believe that support for our choices can improve a family’s life.
What led you to become a Doula?: Once I learned about sexual and reproductive health, and maternal mortality rates, I knew that I wanted to make an impact on this time in family's lives. I was sitting in an office all day, writing fact sheets, and felt so removed from real people. The workshops that I taught didn't feel like enough. So I trained as an abortion doula, and then a community birth worker with a non-profit focused on serving women of color. When I knew that I wanted to go all in, and make this a career, I found my way to ProDoula.
What are some positive comments made about you by other people?:
I’ve been told that I have a soothing voice and calm presence, and that I’m very trustworthy. I also have been told that I’m brave, and good at confronting difficult things and not backing down. A client said recently that I gave her “wise counsel”, and even though it was really about trusting her instincts, I’m really proud of that.