Background/Experience that you think is beneficial to Doula work: I have a Master’s Degree in Maternal and Child Public Health and I am a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator (LCCE). I think my Master’s Degree put me in a place to really understand some of the broader health issues women face as well as the importance of research. But my LCCE is what helps me to focus on each woman individually and really listen to each clients concern. I think having both helps me to provide balanced support.
What led you to become a Doula?: My own birth experience led me to becoming a childbirth educator. I remember my husband and I taking our first Lamaze childbirth class and thinking how much I would love to be teaching a class like that. Health education is why I went to school! My experience as an educator and postpartum support group facilitator sparked my desire to further support families during the postpartum period. This is such an important time when moms and dads are forming their identities as parents and settling into life with a newborn. I truly enjoy providing encouragement to parents and increasing confidence in their ability to birth their babies and parent their newborns.
What are some positive comments made about you by other people?:
My clients say that I am “calm” and “welcoming.” After taking my class a recent client wrote, “I feel empowered to make decisions and so much less scared of the labor process.”
What are your favorite pregnancy/parenting resources?: I like Penny Simpkin’s “The Birth Partner” for labor support. I like the Lamaze website too, especially scienceandsensibility.org.
What thoughts come to mind when you see a pregnant woman or brand new mom?: I’m excited for her because I know this is a very unique time in her life. I hope she is getting as much rest as she needs and is able to enjoy her pregnancy and her new baby. I also wonder if she’d be interested in a postpartum doula?
What is the best gift you can give a new mom (as a Doula)?: Meet her needs right where she is. Does she need to rest? Have a shower? Would she like a hot meal that she doesn’t have to cook? Meeting her needs at that moment and providing non-judgmental support are the best gifts.
What is your favorite TV show or movie?: “When Harry Met Sally” is my favorite movie. Right now my favorite TV show is “Game of Thrones”.
What is your favorite place to vacation?: The beach. Any beach.
What is your favorite food?: Anything chocolate. And coffee.
What is your favorite way to spend a day off?: Either gardening or pampering myself at a spa. A massage and pedicure are always a favorite!
Who lives in your house?: I live with my very supportive husband, Brahim, our three children Mirah, Lyla and Will, and our cat, Belle.