Background/Experience that you think is beneficial to Doula work: I am just getting started in this new career and I couldn’t be more excited. I am a people person and do everything in my power to help others. I have spent many of my years being a nanny for families and taking on the responsibility of caring for their children. I currently volunteer in the NICU at my local hospital. Getting to hold those tiny babies every week has truly been a blessing. I have also been a Certified Nursing Assistant for almost three years. I have a very positive attitude that encourages people to get through hard times.
What led you to become a Doula?: For as long as I can remember I have always known my calling was to be working in the delivery room. I have an extreme desire and love to work with babies and the parents. I absolutely love caring for people and couldn’t be any more excited to fulfill my dreams by supporting the birthing mother and family through this exciting time in their lives.
What are some positive comments made about you by other people?:
People say I am passionate, loving, responsible, funny, compassionate, determined, and my father would say I’m sassy.
What are your favorite pregnancy/parenting resources?: The Birthing Partner’ by Penny Simkin and ‘Gentle Babies’ by Debra Raybern.
What thoughts come to mind when you see a pregnant woman or brand new mom?: The first thing I feel when I see a pregnant woman or brand new mom is excitement. I can only imagine the love she has for the tiny little baby growing inside of her and the anticipation of meeting the new member of their family. Pregnancy is also such a miracle; the fact we can grow a little human inside of us is incredible. I cannot wait to experience this miracle for myself one day; but as of right now, I cannot wait to be there for families who are going through such an exciting time.
What is the best gift you can give a new mom (as a Doula)?: I will support her in every decision she makes in a non-judgmental manner. I will also be a constant resource for questions and concerns.
What is your favorite TV show or movie?: My favorite TV show is the Amazing Race. I would love to be on that show one day, to travel the world and experience all the adventures that go along with it.
What is your favorite place to vacation?: The Florida Keys
What is your favorite food?: Sushi and popcorn!! Not necessarily together.
What is your favorite way to spend a day off?: Adventuring outdoors with my husband. We enjoy boating, biking, hiking, and taking our furbaby for walks.
Who lives in your house?: My husband and our adorable Schnauzer puppy named Oaklee.