Wendy Quast

ProDoula

CURRENT STATUS: Certified Postpartum & Infant Care Doula

BUSINESS NAME/AFFILIATION: Seattle Day Doula

SERVICES PROVIDED: Infant feeding, emotional and physical recovery from birth, mother-baby bonding, infant soothing, basic newborn care, breastfeeding, light housekeeping, running errands, light cooking, referrals

About

AREAS SERVED: King & Snohomish County, WA Current Status

CONTACT INFO:

Email: contact@seattledaydoula.com

Phone: (206) 375-0459

Website: http://www.seattledaydoula.com

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/seattledaydoula

Meet Your ProDoula

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.

What are some positive comments made about you by other people?:

“Wendy is an amazing doula and we came to have complete trust in her caring for our daughter. She obviously loves to care for babies and has many years of experience doing so. That genuine love coupled with her competence are what gave so much peace of mind about care, both overnight and daytime.”
 
“Wendy has been a fantastic source of support for me and my family following the birth of our third child in less than four years. She is a wonderful listener and aligns herself with the needs and concerns of the family. She offers great advice on sleep issues, eating concerns, and general baby development. Wendy always tried to make herself available to us whenever we felt we needed support and she is super reliable and responsive. She is amazing with our little guy and has a calming effect on the baby—and our whole family. “
 
“Giving your newborn to another person can be a hard thing to do, but there is no one I would trust more to take care of my baby than Wendy. She is so kind and nurturing, I 100% recommend her to anyone looking for a doula.”

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