Background/Experience that you think is beneficial to Doula work: I began my professional life as a member of the acclaimed modern dance company Dancemakers, and have worked as an independent performer with renowned choreographers across Canada and the U.S. My work as a dancer provided me with a profound and enduring appreciation of the body’s incredible power and intelligence, which I bring to my work as a doula.
What led you to become a Doula?: I hold degrees in literature and philosophy, with a focus on the notion of natality, ‘the fact that we enter the world through birth.’ As part of my doctoral work I lived a year in Paris, and it was meeting doulas there that encouraged me to shift from library to labor room.
What are some positive comments made about you by other people?:
People respond to the kindness, generosity and curiosity I carry with me, and was gifted by all my remarkable teachers and friends. They also appreciate the heaps of tenacity, patience, keen attention, and humor I bring to my work.
What are your favorite pregnancy/parenting resources?: Little Labors, Rivka Gulches; Ongoingness Sarah Manguso; Sheila Kitzingen; My own outstanding mother and father!
What thoughts come to mind when you see a pregnant woman or brand new mom?: I am in amazement of the pregnant women and new mums I see! I want them to feel confident and resourced in the work they and their bodies are doing.
What is the best gift you can give a new mom (as a Doula)?: My work as a doula embodies, and is central, to my commitment that women be fully enfranchised and supported, heard and believed. I aim to be the steadfast presence that can reflect back and encourage every mum’s own incredible strength and knowledge.
What is your favorite TV show or movie?: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.
What is your favorite place to vacation?: My favorite place to vacation is my grandparents’ cabin on Lake Huron.
What is your favorite food?: Breakfast!
What is your favorite way to spend a day off?: I live in the beautiful Chicago neighborhood of Andersonville, where I can be found on days off reading, knitting, and talking to mums and babies at the local farmer’s market.
Who lives in your house?: I live with lots of books and yarn!