Background/Experience that you think is beneficial to Doula work: From completing my Masters in Biomedical Sciences I am equipped with experience, skills, and knowledge to provide clients with the upmost and up-to-date evidence-based research pertaining to birth. Along with my educational background in research, I am also naturally passionately inquisitive when it comes to all aspects of health and wellness. To add, I am an experienced fitness coach and aim to help women achieve their fitness goals during and after pregnancy.
What led you to become a Doula?: My deep desire to become a birth worker began when I was about ten years old when my family shared with me pictures from my nephew's complicated birth. Ever since then I have been intrigued by birth stories and women's pregnancy experiences. However, I was not aware of the various career options in the birth world. Then a few years ago when a friend of mine in another state was in labor I felt a very strong urge to be there with her. Luckily she was able to communicate via text but the urge was still telling me I should be there. Her baby was born beautiful and healthy. My heart was so full and pleased. Shortly after this, I completed graduate school and served on two international mission trips as well as taught high school students about healthcare disparities. It was from these experiences I decided to work with underserved women and families in the healthcare field. From researching different career options I found becoming a Family Nurse Practioner Midwife would fully suit my desires. As I prepare to return to school working as a Labor Doula allows me to continue to feed my desire as well as serve mothers to my best ability sooner than later.
What are some positive comments made about you by other people?:
“She has a servants heart”
“Extremely intelligent but considerate of the person and their process, pain, and disposition”
“She loves people”
“Selflessly motivates, encourages. and loves others however & whenever she can”
“Such a genuine spirit”
” Knows how to have fun”
“When she doesn’t know she asks questions”
“She has an inquisitive nature not to be nosy but to look into a person situation to better understand it”
“Goes above and beyond to help people and make them feel special”
What are your favorite pregnancy/parenting resources?: Evidence-Based Birth Podcast Whattoexpect.com
What thoughts come to mind when you see a pregnant woman or brand new mom?: I become filled with joy and think "what a blessing"!
What is the best gift you can give a new mom (as a Doula)?: Calm, loving support!
What is your favorite TV show or movie?: The Resident
What is your favorite place to vacation?: Anywhere with a beach!
What is your favorite food?: Pizza
What is your favorite way to spend a day off?: Hiking or watching movies with my husband, meditating, trying a new recipe or restaurant
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