Background/Experience that you think is beneficial to Doula work: I come from a long line of birth workers, and I am the oldest of 8 kids. Because of this, I am a baby MASTER. My talent is soothing fussy babies when no one else knows what to do. When I was 16 I became a CNA, and I discovered my capacity to physically and emotionally support people who were in desperate need of it. I have been trained in labor support, epidural support, postpartum support,
What led you to become a Doula?: Being the oldest of 8 (with 16 years between the youngest and I), my mom was pregnant the majority of my childhood. I would read the childbirth books hospitals would give her, cover to cover, and soaked it in like a sponge. I remember asking my dad at a young age very detailed questions about labor progression. Also inspired by matriarchs in my family, I knew from a young age that I would someday I would become a birth worker.
What are some positive comments made about you by other people?:
The Birth Partner by Penny Simkin and Breastfeeding Made Simple: Seven Natural Laws for Nursing Mothers by Kathleen Kendall-Tackett and Nancy Mohrbacher
What are your favorite pregnancy/parenting resources?:
What thoughts come to mind when you see a pregnant woman or brand new mom?: My heart feels like it’s going to explode with excitement! I’m excited for all that they will learn, and the strength that they will uncover inside themselves. I am so proud of parents, whether or not they invite me to support them through this process.
What is the best gift you can give a new mom (as a Doula)?: A sense of peace, hope, and confidence! Also, white onesies!
What is your favorite TV show or movie?: Call the Midwife!
What is your favorite place to vacation?: California or Utah
What is your favorite food?: Sushi
What is your favorite way to spend a day off?: Reading, napping, or at the beach!
Who lives in your house?: My husband, Velma Delma Jean (my cat), D’Artagnan + Atlas (our pythons).