What languages do you speak?
What is your personal definition of “doula”?
To me, a doula is a someone who is beside you through deeply transitional periods of life offering guidance, knowledge, nourishment, held space, and individualized holistic care.
What brought you to birth and postpartum work?
It was only after navigating a pregnancy loss experience of my own, that I discovered doula work. First, I learned of abortion doulas and felt a potent reverence for folks doing this work. From there I discovered the whole spectrum of doula work and knew that I wanted to dive deeply into it. I believe no one should have to experience such monumental moments of life operating in survival mode.
In a climate of caregiver burnout, how are you caring for yourself?
Creative expression (knitting, pottery, and sewing), nourishing food, being with animals, gardening, going for walks, and connecting with friends and community. As an introvert, I find or make time to have slow moments at home.
What is a standout book, movie/tv, etc about the childbearing/parenting journey that you return to?
- Why Did No One Tell Me This? A Doula’s Honest Guide For Expectant Parentsby Ash Spivak and Natalia Hailes
- The First 40 Days: The Essential Art of Nourishing the New Mother by Heng Ou
BIRTH & POSTPARTUM
- Holistic Doula Certificate, Pacific Rim College
- Abortion Doula (Canadian Context), BADT Trainings
FOR YOUR PERSONAL LEARNING, WHAT IS THE WORKSHOP/TRAINING ON YOUR RADAR?
- Capstone Canada, Cornerstone Birthwork Trainings