What languages do you speak?
English, Danish, and German.
What is your personal definition of “doula”?
In the simplest terms, a doula to me is someone who is there as support during a transitional time. Someone with a set of skills, knowledge, and experience who can both be a resource and offer resources.
What brought you to birth and postpartum work?
I have mostly in the past worked in office environments and customer service-oriented jobs. Towards the end of 2020, I was feeling more drawn to doing something that was more oriented around creating and working with community. I felt drawn to birth and postpartum work in particular because of the lack of support available for parents and their children.
In a climate of caregiver burnout, how are you caring for yourself?
I tend to care for myself by recognizing when I need rest, and when I need restoration. I engage in activities I enjoy that (to me) do not count as work, such as sewing, watching TV, going for walks, and spending time with friends. Sometimes self-care to me means spending time alone, and other times it means spending time with friends.
What is a standout book, movie/tv, etc about the childbearing/parenting journey that you return to?
- Many sitcoms have a pregnancy storyline and a birth episode, and it’s always interesting to see what tropes that particular media has decided to adopt. Shows like 90 Day Fiance aren’t necessarily made to examine parenting and childbearing, but often end up having a subplot about it. It’s very interesting to see how children and pregnancy ties into the dynamic on screen!
- Holistic Doula Certification, Pacific Rim College.
- BA in Psychology and Applied Animal Biology, UBC.
FOR YOUR PERSONAL LEARNING, WHAT IS THE WORKSHOP/TRAINING ON YOUR RADAR?
- Herbal medicine, particularly in regard to abortion.
- Infant feeding.