What languages do you speak?
English, conversational French, and Spanish.
What is your personal definition of “doula”?
A support person — a nonjudgemental listener, a sounding board, a resource. Someone who is there for the beautiful (and messy) parts of growing into yourself as a parent and family, however that looks for you.
What brought you to birth and postpartum work?
After having had a doula for my own birth and postpartum, I realized how impactful it could be. I have searched for a long time to find something meaningful when it comes to working, and when I found birth work, it really clicked. It’s community and it’s all connected. I believe everyone deserves to be seen and cared for during a big life transition like parenthood.
In a climate of caregiver burnout, how are you caring for yourself?
Listening to audiobooks, making sure to get some good belly laughs, fresh air, and being creative.
What is a standout book, movie/tv, etc about the childbearing/parenting journey that you return to?
- Like a Mother by Angela Garbes
- I wish I had read this during/before my own pregnancy!
- Essential Labour: Mothering as Social Change by Angela Garbes
- It has an amazing framework for the current times and the value of carework for everyone, not just parents.
- Sunstone Postpartum Training, Cornerstone
- CPR/AED-C, Safe Beginnings
- Abortion Doula Continuing Eduction, Birthing Advocacy Training
- BA Spanish & Women’s Studies, Western University
- Jewellery Art & Design Diploma, Vancouver Community College
FOR YOUR PERSONAL LEARNING, WHAT IS THE WORKSHOP/TRAINING ON YOUR RADAR?
- Childbirth Educator Training
- Abortion Doula Training
- Loss/Grief training
- Full Spectrum Doula Training
- Pelvic Floor Health