I am married with four children from the ages of 6 to 22. I have worked with families and children for twenty years. I was director at a private day school, I have substituted in public school briefly and I currently nanny along side my doula jobs. This past summer I took the Darkness to Light Training and also become a certified facility for Strengthening Families. I currently home school my two youngest and love it.
I have learned a lot along my journey of parenting, and each day I find there is still so much to learn. Each child is different and what works for one child doesn’t always work for the next. I know this to be true in families as well. We are all different, with different lives and different ideas and ways of doing things. I want to help this joyous time be less stressful, and that may mean simply having a cup of tea with you or doing a little light housekeeping. On our initial consult we will discuss what your needs are, your family style and what your expectations for me are.
Why should you choose me as your doula?
You have a lot of choices out there, why should you bring me into your home? I am open-minded and know there is more than one way to get to Z. I have a great listening ear and a huge shoulder to lean on. I also have a love for children that you won’t find in just anyone. I believe that working intimately with families and children, especially babies, is a gift and not everyone possesses this ability. I began babysitting at the age of 12, and from there I have always been around children and working with families. I first entered the professional world of working with children and families intimately when I entered their homes as a mentor to children at risk due to family issues, or behavior issues as well as many on the autistic spectrum. I then began working as a preschool director, where I worked for over eight years before deciding to spend more time with my own family. I eventually offered part time in home day care, something I still offer.
I hold an associates in arts and science, a paraprofessional counseling certificate, on my journey to becoming a lactation consultant I began some nursing courses. I did not acquire all the hours needed to become certified as of this date. I also know basic ASL. I am first aide and CPR certified.
I took my doula certification through prodoula. Upon a signed contract I will provide you with a negative TB test, a copy of my first aid/CPR card and a clean background check. I can also provide you with reference to help you make an informed decision.