Background/Experience that you think is beneficial to Doula work: Bachelor's of Science in Education from Utah State University, 2018 Bradley Method Certified Instructor 2012-2015 DONA Birth Doula Training February 2016 Birth Boot Camp Certified Instructor since 2018 Birth Boot Camp Certified Doula since 2018 Birthing From Within Doula Training October 2019 Infant CPR Certified February 2020 ProDoula Postpartum & Infant Care Specialist since 2020
What led you to become a Doula?: Like many parents, I was incredibly moved by my first birthing experience. However, the avid interest with which I devoured all information and research surrounding perinatal care in our country, was far beyond the average. The more I learned about our health care system and the way it handles pregnancy, birth and postpartum, the more fiercely I became involved. Birth work is a vehicle for social justice and spiritual evolution, and I can't imagine doing any other work with my life.
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What are your favorite pregnancy/parenting resources?: Evidence Based Birth, Kellymom.com, Birth Boot Camp, Birthing From Within
What thoughts come to mind when you see a pregnant woman or brand new mom?: My first thought when I see a pregnant person or someone with a new baby is always, "Is someone taking care of that new parent?" Our social and medical culture focuses so completely on the health and welfare of the baby, that parents all too often get forgotten or overlooked. Babies are great, y'all! But my real love and passion lies with new parents and providing them with the support they need to be whole, healthy, and effective humans.
What is the best gift you can give a new mom (as a Doula)?: As a birth worker, my goal is to provide new parents with the emotional and informational support they need to remember how to trust their instincts. Most of the time, new parents already know what they and their families need, they just lack the confidence to believe that. A little backup baby care so Mom or Dad can get in a nap or shower is also pretty priceless!
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What is your favorite place to vacation?: Edisto Island, South Carolina
What is your favorite food?: thinly sliced romaine and fresh tomatoes, topped with grilled chicken and loads of feta and tzatsiki
What is your favorite way to spend a day off?: I love to greet the sun with a cup of strong hot coffee, picking weeds and harvesting produce from my enormous hobby garden while my dog Zepp sniffs the perimeter of the yard. Summer mornings, before the sun gets too high, are lovely for digging my fingers into the earth. Mid-day I like to find my way back to the house for a quick lunch and a long hot bath in my enormous soaker tub (my prized material possession). I have carried on a life-long love affair with naps, and I will happily spend an afternoon snoozing in my hammock with a stack of books. Dinner with my family followed by an early bedtime would round off a perfect day off for me.
Who lives in your house?: I share my home with my husband Jay, my children Samuel (7), and Wyatt (6), our 7-year-old rescue hound Zepp, and Meowster, the doggiest cat I've ever known. There are frequent cameos from my dear sister-friend Becky and her daughter Fern, as well as a random assortment of stray neighborhood children. Nothing brings me more joy than my house being filled to bursting with family and guests.