Background/Experience that you think is beneficial to Doula work: I studied psychology and sociology in college, which I believe has given me a broad understanding and appreciation for individualized and holistic care. I am able to work in a collaborative manner because of my understanding surrounding different communication styles, temperaments, and world views. I feel that my skills are applicable in a lot of fields (as well as in areas of my personal life), but it is birth work and supporting families that really ignite my passion and drive to serve others.
What led you to become a Doula?: My journey towards birth work was an unintentional one. I have always had a passion for supporting families, but I had not really figured out what that would translate to in my professional life. The birth of my own children was an enlightening experience for me and heightened my awareness of how influential birth can be. I am motivated to provide non-judgemental support to families in pregnancy, birth, and beyond. It is my goal to hold a safe space for families, engage in active listening, and adapt to the needs of those that I serve.
What are some positive comments made about you by other people?:
I receive positive comments from others regarding my personal strength, integrity, my ability to learn quickly, as well as my observational skills.
What are your favorite pregnancy/parenting resources?: I think that there are a lot of really great pregnancy and parenting books out there - in fact, there are so many that it can feel overwhelming. I think the right pregnancy/parenting resources will vary based on the individual/family and their needs at the time. I feel that it is also important to note that finding a village/parenting community (whether it be one other person or ten) is an invaluable resource. Sometimes parents just need a safe space to vent.
What thoughts come to mind when you see a pregnant woman or brand new mom?: Feelings of awe, wonder, and excitement. I also find myself wondering about her well-being and if she feels that she has a safe space to process and share her thoughts, feelings, fears, hopes, etc. Pregnancy and the postpartum period is not all rainbows and butterflies and I am very much aware of that. I always wonder if a pregnant woman or new mom feels okay allowing herself to think, feel, or say the hard stuff too.
What is the best gift you can give a new mom (as a Doula)?: Non-judgemental support. Physical support, emotional support, information/resources, etc. that is individualized to meet her needs. My goal is to let that mom know that she is safe to feel and share in my presence (if she wants to) and to remind her of the importance of continuous support throughout parenthood.
What is your favorite TV show or movie?: The IT Crowd, Catastrophe, Call the Midwife, Last Man on Earth, and more!
What is your favorite place to vacation?: What is vacation? Just kidding...my favorite part about vacation isn't as much about the location, but rather the ability to unplug from technology and enjoy nature (leaves room for lots of possibilities).
What is your favorite food?: Definitely pizza. I also thoroughly enjoy Thai food and sushi.
What is your favorite way to spend a day off?: I always enjoy spending as much time as possible reading. I also enjoy any opportunity to get outside, as I believe that fresh air and nature work wonders my mood. Life feels so busy so often, that I like leaving my days off as unscheduled as possible.
Who lives in your house?: I have two children that will soon be 4 and 2. They keep me on my toes and are the reason that I strive to be the best version of myself (note: some days more effort is invested in this than other days). They are also the reason why I consider it a good day when I leave my house showered and with clean underwear on (I will raise the bar a little higher as they grow older and more independent). I also have two bonus children, but only see them periodically. They are 8 and 10 and have been a part of my life since they were 1 and 3. Some days my house is pretty mellow and other days it is pure chaos, but there is always a whole lot of love.