Background/Experience that you think is beneficial to Doula work: I spent many years working as a medic in both the civilian sector as well as in the military. The years I spent working in the EMS field have helped me in a few different ways as a Doula. It has allowed me to work with many different people with very different backgrounds and life experiences. Likewise, it has given me the opportunity to understand these people in an empathetic way. Having these different experiences have allowed me to connect with my clients on a much deeper level. I really believe the years I spent working as a medic have helped to make me a better Doula.
What led you to become a Doula?: After having a series of miscarriages I was absolutely terrified of experiencing another potential loss without a pre-placed support team. Since I was stationed overseas and separated from my friends and family back home, I decided to hire a Doula. Having my Doula helped to keep me grounded when I was feeling anxious. She helped me navigate all my options for achieving my optimal birth experience. Long story short, I was scared of the entire birth process but my Doula really helped to ease a lot of those fears I was having. After I delivered my daughter, I realized how much my Doula had helped me and I wanted to help provide that support to other women and families in my community.
What are some positive comments made about you by other people?:
That I have a strong calming presence and that I’m a good listener.
What are your favorite pregnancy/parenting resources?: I'm a local chapter leader of the Military Birth Resource Network. We are a Nonprofit spouse run organization that specializes in providing necessary community, network, resources and awareness to military families stateside and overseas. Being stationed overseas can be difficult, even more so when your duty station has very limited resources to help you navigate your pregnancy and postpartum needs. Having a chapter of the MBRN has helped fill those gaps in regards to the support we can provide to local families stationed over here.
What thoughts come to mind when you see a pregnant woman or brand new mom?: My first thought is usually one of excitement. However, the follow up to that is usually “ I hope that she is receiving enough support”.
What is the best gift you can give a new mom (as a Doula)?: The gift of being an empathic listener and supporter. It's more valuable than any material gift in my opinion.
What is your favorite TV show or movie?: I’m a total Star Trek fan but Voyager is my favorite of the TV series installments.
What is your favorite place to vacation?: Iceland
What is your favorite food?: Risotto
What is your favorite way to spend a day off?: I enjoy spending time with my family. We love spending quality time at home or traveling. Our time together is very limited due to the nature of my husband's job, so it doesn't matter much what we are doing.
Who lives in your house?: Myself, my husband Jason, my daughter Helena and our cat Athena.