What languages do you speak?
English and Tagalog.
What is your personal definition of “doula”?
A support person that not only gives informational advice and recommendations but also advocates for a pregnant person’s voice to ensure their birth experience and recovery is a positive and enjoyable journey.
What brought you to birth and postpartum work?
I noticed in school that the subject that I was most interested in was pregnant people and child development. Previously working in a community center, I had the opportunity to teach first-time parents about pregnancy and newborns. The more I learned, the more I knew birth and postpartum work was for me. As soon as I learned what a doula was, I jumped into this amazing opportunity and never looked back.
In a climate of caregiver burnout, how are you caring for yourself?
When not on-call or at a shift, I commit to my off days so I don’t overflow my workload — spending time with family recharges my energy, expanding my skills in hobbies like crochet and cooking.
What is a standout book, movie/tv, etc about the childbearing/parenting journey that you return to?
- ItsJudysLife, is a YouTuber.
- I love watching her birth vlogs, her pregnancy journey for all 5 kids, and managing to adjust to life with one child, twins, having a baby during covid, and now a 5th child. I admire her family very much!
- Birth Doula Training, Doula Canada.
- Infant and Pregnancy Loss course, Doula Canada.
- Postpartum Doula Training, Doula Canada.
- CPR C Certification.
- Health Sciences Clinical and Lab Training, SFU.
- HighFive Training and Certification.
FOR YOUR PERSONAL LEARNING, WHAT IS THE WORKSHOP/TRAINING ON YOUR RADAR?
- Placenta Encapsulation.
- Childbirth Education Training.
Brood strikes again! I used Brood’s Doula service with my first pregnancy in 2020 for about 5 to 6 overnight visits which nearly saved my bleary-eyed postpartum life. Covid isolation sucks. With baby number two I wasn’t messing around and got the full meal deal. I have never felt so supported and felt genuine, love, interest, and care in the outcomes of my newborn baby. We had a health scare early on and our postpartum doulas were nothing short of heroes. I cannot recommend this service enough. We are blessed to be able to afford it and if I could go back in time, Brood gift cards would be the only thing I would’ve put on my baby registry. Thank you, Brood for giving me the gift of sleep, advice, and late-night hang time. You made my second postpartum journey, a breeze and allowed me to truly enjoy my little one. I can’t thank you all enough. — Liz M