When a woman chooses Anything Family to support her through her family planning, pregnancy, childbirth, or postpartum period, she can expect the utmost professionalism and compassion. Our doulas never come with an agenda or with personal bias; rather, we look forward to adapting to your preferences and needs. All of the doulas and back up doulas have trained with Doula Trainings International and every doula is CPR/AED/First-Aid certified by the American Heart Association.
It is our privilege to support every type of family across all sorts of circumstances–we don’t judge women based on how they got pregnant, how they want to give birth, or how they want to raise their children.
ROLE AT ANYTHING FAMILY.
Owner; Family Planning, Antepartum, Childbirth, & Postpartum Doula.
THREE ADJECTIVES TO DESCRIBE YOU.
Determined. Compassionate. Loving.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE TO DO WHEN YOU’RE NOT WORKING?
I love to read books of all kinds and writing. I love spending as much time with my family as I can. I have been blessed with a wonderful family.
WHY DID YOU BECOME A DOULA?
The term “doula” was introduced to me by my sister in law. I had no idea what a doula was but after she explained I knew I would have benefited from having one from my long years of infertility treatments, hospital bedrest, emergency c-section, and postpartum. I knew that if I had learned about this sooner I may not have had to go through so many infertility treatments, or not been on bedrest because I couldn’t control my blood pressure and ultimately given myself longer to carry my son. I have found that I want to be able to do be there for other women who feel lonely, scared, and overwhelmed like I was. I had a lot of support but knew no one who had GONE THROUGH IT and could hold my hand and say “I understand” and really mean it.
WHAT ARE YOU MOST PASSIONATE ABOUT IN THE FIELD OF BIRTH WORK?
It’s important to me that women be treated with unconditional respect through every moment of family planning, pregnancy, childbirth, and parenthood. True respect means that health care providers, friends, family, coworkers, and anyone else remotely connected to the woman listens to what she has to say, provides unbiased feedback and guidance when she requests it, and supports her in her choices, regardless of how different their own choices may have been in the same situation.
ANYTHING ELSE THAT MAY HELP YOU RELATE TO YOUR WORK?
I have PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) that was undiagnosed for some time. I have gone through countless forms of infertility testing and infertility treatments. Some of those treatments failed and one IVF treatment worked. I have one biological child and one child that my husband and I have permanent custody of, and I absolutely love them the same. To me, my kids are MINE. It doesn’t matter if we share DNA!