After being an Army wife for countless years, we landed back in Michigan in Gaylord. Supporting families is something that came naturally in the Army. We were all separated from our families and finding a sense of community was not only important, but vital in order to keep moral up.
I think back to when I had my son and my husband was half across the globe in the early months; although I made it, I wish that I had the support and knowledge to feel confident in the decisions I was making with our baby. It was hard. I was tired and some times cranky. That isn't always defined in the books. I made it because I had to, but not absent of doubt and worry. It sure would have been comforting to have someone by my side giving me confidence and knowledge that what I was doing and feeling was acceptable and normal. Having a professional to lean on that had answers I could trust would have moved mountains for me. I want to give that to new moms and dads. I don't make decisions for families, rather, I want to empower them so they can make confident choices and become the best parents they can and without compromising their own self care.
I feel it is important to be in a career that one can truly love and thrive in. Being a Postpartum Doula is, without a doubt, fulfilling that for me. People ask why I became a Postpartum Doula. For me, it's a simple answer. I have always had good parenting models showing me different styles and techniques; anything from swaddling to breastfeeding. I loved being around new moms and watching them nurture their babies and every time I would get more and more curious of the choices they made and why. So now being able to bring my education and knowledge to support those new moms is, well, a dream come true. I enjoy watching new parents learn and explore with their baby and their new journey. And most times I end up learning from them as well.
As a Postpartum Doula, my top priority is the new mom. I bring nonjudgmental, fact based information and ideas to each mother I work with so that I can watch them grow into confident, loving and compassionate moms. But I also want to assist new dads and how to navigate their role with the new baby and how to bond with their child. It's my dream that, some day, all mothers of newborns include doula support into their postpartum planning.
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"Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love."