Background/Experience that you think is beneficial to Doula work: As a student of the humanities, I spent four years at university studying, researching, and writing about what it means to be a human. My studies (primarily in English) grew in me compassion, interest, and understanding of people, and especially of people during big life changes!
What led you to become a Doula?: I came into birth work, like many do, through my own experiences of pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. During my own pregnancy I discovered my love for learning about birth, and then sharing what I had learned with a community of other parents and parents-to-be. And then I discovered that doing just that--teaching and supporting others during these moments in their lives--could be my career! And I haven't looked back since.
What are some positive comments made about you by other people?:
I’ve been told I’m a good listener, ambitious, hardworking. I’ve also heard that I’m really good at explaining things!
What are your favorite pregnancy/parenting resources?: Oh, such a long list! As far as books go, I really like The Informed Parent by Tara Haelle and Emily Willingham, Ph.D.; Elevating Childcare: A Guide to Respectful Parenting by Janet Lansbury; and a new favorite pregnancy guide is Nurture: A Modern Guide to Pregnancy, Birth, Early Motherhood - and Trusting Yourself and Your Body by Erica Chidi-Cohen! I also really love the following apps for the pregnancy and postpartum periods: Ovia Pregnancy for tracking how far along you are, what changes are happening in your body and baby, and timing contractions in early labor; Baby Connect for tracking, diapers, feeds, pumping, sleep--aka ALL of the things; and The Wonder Weeks for keeping up with and understanding baby's leaps in brain development in the first two years.
What thoughts come to mind when you see a pregnant woman or brand new mom?: I hope they are happy and supported and being taken care of/taking care of themselves.
What is the best gift you can give a new mom (as a Doula)?: Sleep! But really, support--which may look like sleep, for some--so that they can enter into parenthood confidently.
What is your favorite TV show or movie?: Friends
What is your favorite place to vacation?: Hawaii
What is your favorite food?: Chick-fil-a Chicken Minis.
What is your favorite way to spend a day off?: Traveling/trying something new with my husband and toddler in tow! On really slow weekends we will drive to a neighboring state (love that the northeast is so close together!) to check out a new town or park or museum.
Who lives in your house?: Me, my husband, our toddler son, and a few furry beasts.