How did you get started doing this type of work?
After my own two children were born, I offered to support my best friend at her birth. One of her midwives wrote in her chart, "This mother had a doula at her birth, and it really helped her," and I remember thinking ... "No she didn't! ... Oh, wait, do they mean me?" So the spark was set and I knew that it was just a matter of time before I was led down the path of birth work and supporting moms through their journey of labor and delivery. When I was finally ready to attend classes at the Simkin Center at Bastyr University, my friend said she was so proud of me for following my heart and setting out to make a career out of what I loved to do.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I am a birth doula, I support women at home, hospital and birth center birth. I have experience with VBACs, first time moms, prematurity, twins, planned surgical birth and waterbirth.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Hiring a doula is a very personal thing, and often it comes down to personality. It doesn't matter how good a doula is at her job if you don't get along with her. You want to hire someone you feel you can trust. The purpose of offering free consultation appointments is so that the clients and the doula can get to know each other and decide whether it is a good fit. It's more important to me to find a good match than it is to be hired every single time.