Woman, sister, wife, mother and now postpartum doula! I am so excited and honored to be a woman who supports other women in their parenting journey. I’ve had the opportunity to have three very different births, a cesarean birth, a VBAC waterbirth and a VBAC landbirth. I have fed my babies using my breasts, syringes, bottles, supplemental nursing systems and to do that, I’ve used my breastmilk, donor milk, homemade formula and premade formula. With each of my babies I have struggled with postpartum depression and anxiety, but was able to get the help and support I needed to heal and come out the other side feeling whole. I credit my postpartum team in helping me through my journey.
Having a baby is a life altering experience. You deserve support to help your body heal, adjust to your new life and thrive! I look forward to being part of your Postpartum Team!
My journey into this work began with the birth of my daughter. I did a lot of preparation and reading for her birth and had an empowering birth at a birth center with midwives, but after the first week my husband went back to work and my mom went back home, 4-5 hours away. Suddenly (or so it felt) I was alone with my newborn who never seemed to stop nursing and didn’t sleep much more than 20 minutes at a time. I couldn’t even figure out how to make a sandwich for myself during the day much less take a shower, and I ended up feeling very isolated. A few good friends with new babies helped my sanity, and a weekly postpartum support group gave me somewhere to be each week, but I still could have used more personalized support. As a postpartum doula, my goal is to help dispel that feeling of being alone by listening to what moms need and offering the individualized, non-judgemental support I wish I had.