~W. B. Yeats
It was during my pregnancy with my oldest son in 2002 that I discovered my passion for birth and decided to become a doula. Through my own birth experiences, and my experiences supporting my clients as a a birth and postpartum doula, I have come to understand the vulnerability, emotional changes and enormous responsibility that come with motherhood.
I moved to Chicago shortly before my oldest son was born. Through my struggles with breastfeeding my oldset son in 2002, I had the support of my wonderful husband, who took great care of me. At the time, I didn’t know anything about postpartum doulas.
It was during my experiences with my second and then third children’s homebirths in 2004 and 2006, that I was encouraged to rest in bed, and have time to get to know my new baby without distractions and interruptions. This was my “baby moon” – similar to a honeymoon with a new spouse. I discovered how a postpartum doula can make the postpartum transition go more smoothly and how much more enjoyable the time can be with a newborn.
I hold a B.A. in Communications and am certified as a postpartum doula through DONA. I have also attended the birth doula training through DONA and attended several births.
As a postpartum doula here in Chicago, I have enjoyed caring for many families and supporting them in their postpartum transition. I am respectful, supportive and responsible. I believe the entire family is important. Whether a woman is giving birth to her first baby or her third baby, I feel it is important to have support, guidance and understanding as she makes that transition from birth to postpartum. I believe that every family deserves to have the space to discover their new baby.
I am also currently working towards my certification as a Childbirth Educator through The Association of Labor and Childbirth Educators (ALACE).