A Little About Me
While talking to one of my first clients on the phone, she sweetly said “So you can Doula me at home and in the hospital?" I replied “Yes I can.” Shortly after this conversation the concept of “DoulaMe” was born.
I quickly realized that many moms are not aware of what a Birth Doula can do for them through the journey of birth and after the baby has arrived. Our training, continuing education and numerous births have made Doulas a really important option for moms to consider when creating a birth team.
My training was completed both by DONA International and The Matrona as a Holistic Doula. I am involved in continuing education courses on birth, breastfeeding and postpartum care regularly.
My journey to becoming a Doula happened shortly after a dear friend had what some people would consider a "nightmare" birthing experience. She did not feel heard, nor did she feel like she had options. As a result, she holds these feelings even today. I felt helpless while she told me her story and I knew right away I wanted to help women have better experiences. I got trained shortly after and I knew this work was what I was made to do!
What was I doing before I became a Doula? I have a Masters Degree in Mental Health Counseling and have worked on teams dealing with domestic violence, crisis interventions and severe mental illness. After working in Mental Health I worked as an Organizational Psychologist and helped companies with personnel placement and team development.
On a more personal note, my life changed in 2013 when my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. It was a long year of treatment and she made it through! We all buzzed our heads before the chemotherapy started (picture below). The entire experience changed my life and shortly after my husband and I got married (picture below)!
I come from a large family of 7 children and now have 9 nieces and nephews. We are very diverse with 5 of my siblings being adopted and it resulted in a whole lot of love. My family dynamic and culture taught me to understand and appreciate all family types.
Some closing thoughts: Since starting birth work, my outlook on women, families and our community has become much clearer. We are trying to create a world where we can be our true selves within a cohesive and nurturing community. My work is to use all of my training, experience and passion to help you through the journey of pregnancy, birth and beyond. With evidenced-based work and my heart connected to your experience, I work hard to create this new community I believe we all need.
Peace and love!