Background/Experience that you think is beneficial to Doula work: A mother, sister and nurturer. A friend to many different aged children. Assisting in prior births. A personal journey through conquering many trials in physical, mental and spiritual ways. Always being open to learn in everyday and every situation.
What led you to become a Doula?: My first pregnancy led me to establish an understanding of the kind of respect and environment a birth should have to take place. No matter where the birth is held - a gentle, sacred and nurturing space is needed. I attended two beautiful births where I was able to act on my beliefs and see the women reap the rewards.
What are some positive comments made about you by other people?:
That I am compassionate, strengthening and smiley.
What are your favorite pregnancy/parenting resources?: Indie Birth Association, speaking with other moms and midwives.
What thoughts come to mind when you see a pregnant woman or brand new mom?: Grateful for their special time in life. I wish and wonder if the woman has a fair amount of time and space to grow into her innate given power for her journey.
What is the best gift you can give a new mom (as a Doula)?: To allow and hold a space for her to be and feel free to accomplish her wishes.
What is your favorite TV show or movie?: I'm more of a book person nowadays and "Love's Reckoning" by Laura Frantz (The Ballantyne Legacy 1-3)
What is your favorite place to vacation?: Always somewhere new and filled with different kinds of adventures
What is your favorite food?: Homemade breads/pizzas!
What is your favorite way to spend a day off?: Sleeping, hiking, reading or having fun time with my family and animals
Who lives in your house?: My husband and children as well as a fair amount of friends or family staying for a good visit