What languages do you speak?
English and Tagalog.
What is your personal definition of “doula”?
Someone who is able to provide support for a new parent while they are in the postpartum period after birth. Support being; things that range from helping parents with their baby or some household chores, to giving them advice on how to care for their new child and more.
What brought you to birth and postpartum work?
I’ve always enjoyed working with children, most specifically newborns and babies — which is why I purposed my career in the nursing profession. Through that, I was introduced to the world of doulas, which I thought would be the perfect fit for me. As I love that company of babies and on top of that, am able to help people out and make their day a little bit better.
In a climate of caregiver burnout, how are you caring for yourself?
I like to take a moment to spend some downtime to pamper myself from time to time. I also quite enjoy the company of my miniature dachshund and getting endless cuddles from her whenever I can. You can also find me taking a little break from time to time — going camping and going off-grid to enjoy nature and be reminded to appreciate what this life has to offer.
What is a standout book, movie/tv, etc about the childbearing/parenting journey that you return to?
I really enjoy watching Filipino dramas, specifically Four Sisters and a Wedding because it is very relatable to my family and my siblings. The way the family argues and makes up and the things they hold onto like grudges and happy memories really hits a nerve because of how similar they are to what I have experienced in my family.
POST-SECONDARY & POSTPARTUM
Practical Nursing Diploma and through that program, certified as a doula with MotherMe.