Before becoming a doula, I was a French-English translator living in Montreal, Canada. I worked for a nurses’ union and getting to know these wonderful healthcare workers inspired me to find a career that would allow me to make a more tangible difference in people’s lives.
I have, for a long time, been passionate about women’s issues, specifically as they pertain to pregnancy, birth and early parenthood. The more I learned about the healthcare system, the more I wanted to find a way to help fill in some of the unfortunate gaps in care that birthing people experience.
When I moved to San Francisco in 2016 with my husband and my cat, I decided to finally take the plunge and become a birth doula! Since then, I have had the honor of supporting birthing people and their partners as they go through this life experience.
Stepping into the world of birth has also opened my eyes to all the effort that is required of parents as they welcome a new baby into their family. As a birth doula, I’ve been fortunate enough to witness the shift that happens when a baby is born: suddenly the room is buzzing with love and excitement for this new life… but this buzz is often mixed with lots of questions, confusion and worry. I decided to train as a postpartum doula because, while I agree that birth is a big, memorable day that is worth preparing for, it is certainly not when the questions stop, and certainly not when the need for support ends!
It is easy to feel overwhelmed by all the fear and contradicting information there is to be found about pregnancy, labor and babies! During my work as a doula, I’ve loved noticing how kind, unbiased support has helped new and expecting parents learn to trust their intuition and ability to make the right decisions for their family. I truly believe that with the right support system, evidence-based information and honesty about the beauty as well as the challenges of birth and early parenthood, all families can eventually find their groove!
My passion for this field has also led me to becoming a volunteer doula at San Francisco General Hospital. This program allows doulas to donate their time so that women who may not have had access to a doula can receive the support they need.