Background/Experience that you think is beneficial to Doula work: Initial Labor Doula training through Childbirth International Continued education with ProDoula labor doula training (pre-certification) Experience in: unmedicated birth, surgical birth, birth trauma, hospital birth, home birth, birthing center birth, NICU/special nursery, VBAC, water birth, induction, high risk, special needs babies.
What led you to become a Doula?: In 2011 I had my first baby where I chose to hire a doula. I didn't fully understand the benefits of having a doula at the time, but I would soon find out how vast and important their care could be. I was in awe of the perspective, the care and the knowledge that this person carried into my birthing space. I knew from that point on that I had a strong desire to play that role for other women.
What are some positive comments made about you by other people?:
Past clients have referred to me as passionate, knowledgable, relaxed and helpful. They’ve also said having me as a doula was like having their birth class in the room with them and that I made a huge difference in know exactly what the birthing woman needed to find the most comfort.
What are your favorite pregnancy/parenting resources?: We have an amazing local lactation support resource/group and women's health clinic in our area. Clients (and myself) rave over their services and their personalized care.
What thoughts come to mind when you see a pregnant woman or brand new mom?: Initially I wonder if it's their first baby and then I wonder if she's informed on all the awesome resources and options she has.
What is the best gift you can give a new mom (as a Doula)?: The gift of knowing she's not alone. I'm always an open door for questions and needs. If I have a resource I'll offer it! If I don't, I'll work to find a great resolving option for her need...lactation cookies are great too!
What is your favorite TV show or movie?: Currently, Grey's Anatomy
What is your favorite place to vacation?: Home or Disneyland!
What is your favorite food?: A home cooked roast dinner
What is your favorite way to spend a day off?: In my sweatpants, snuggled on the couch with a delicious cup of coffee and some chocolate while I binge watch some shows
Who lives in your house?: My husband, three little kids and a house mate