I’m a doula and writer currently based in Northern Virginia. I’ve been involved in childcare (as a babysitter and nanny) for the majority of my life and, as the daughter of a former NICU nurse, have always had an interest in pregnancy, birth, and newborn care. Since I also identify strongly as a feminist, becoming a doula seemed like a natural fit for my interests and passions.
I completed my DONA doula training in June 2012. In addition to my doula work, I work as a freelance writer and teacher.
I have a supportive, non-judgmental approach to birth. I became a doula to support women and their families in making their own choices about their birthing experiences—whether that means a totally unmedicated birth or a prescheduled Caesearan section. I believe that a woman should have the birth she wants —whether that includes the use of pain medication or other medical interventions or not.
As a doula, I do not judge your choices. I’m there to help you make the best decision for you, your baby, and your family.
The word “doula” comes from the ancient Greek meaning “a woman who serves” and is now used to refer to a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after birth; or who provides emotional and practical support during the postpartum period.
Studies have shown that when doulas attend birth, labors are shorter with fewer complications, babies are healthier and they breastfeed more easily.