Background/Experience that you think is beneficial to Doula work: Having worked with families for over 20 years, I craved something more. I didn't quite know what that was until I learned about the role of a Postpartum Doula and a lightbulb went off in my head. It was the moment I knew I had found my career and passion. My previous roles working with women and children has equipped me with some of the necessary tools to carry over into my role as a doula.
What led you to become a Doula?: I worked as a nanny for 21 years. While I loved it, I was craving something more. I dabbled in the corporate world and came back to nannying and then I put a few toes into the startup world, and again came back to nannying. I was feeling like becoming a career nanny was not what I was meant to do and when I learned of the role of a Postpartum Doula, I immediately knew I found my path.
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What are your favorite pregnancy/parenting resources?: I rely on the experiences of other doulas who have been providing postpartum care for years. I have a core team of doula friends who are wonderful resources. I refer back to training manuals pretty often and when I have a few wonderful lactation consultants I have on speed dial for answers to any questions I an unsure of.
What thoughts come to mind when you see a pregnant woman or brand new mom?: I immediately smile! I think of how wonderful it is that they have this new addition or will be welcoming a new addition, but I also think about how hard it can be. Sometimes I strike up a conversation, if I feel the setting is right and talk about what I do. I LOVE educating people on the role of a postpartum doula!
What is the best gift you can give a new mom (as a Doula)?: Confidence and reassurance. Being an active listener and understanding what it is exactly that they are trying to say so I can best support them as their doula.
What is your favorite TV show or movie?: I'll forever have a soft spot for The Notebook
What is your favorite place to vacation?: Hawaii
What is your favorite food?: Sushi
What is your favorite way to spend a day off?: Hiking with my partner and two step children. Getting away from the city is something we strive to do as often as possible and make yearly goals for the number of hikes we'd like to accomplish as a family
Who lives in your house?: Myself, my partner and two step children