Nichole has been happily married for 17 years and has 5 wonderful children. She is blessed to have found a “job” that she absolutely loves and feel that having 5 kids have prepared her for. She was a young mom and felt very lonely and isolated in the beginning. She is drawn to birth and postpartum work because she wants to help new moms during this challenging, yet rewarding time.
What is the most important part of your job as a postpartum doula?
I feel the most important part of my job as a doula is to support the family in the best way I know how in order to make the postpartum period as enjoyable as possible. In my experience, after having 5 kids of my own I realize that the postpartum period can be lonely and very challenging so I like to help make this transition as seamless as it can be.
What is your philosophy as a postpartum doula regarding parenting and supporting women and their families?
I think “Parenthood” can look different from one family to the next and we as mothers/fathers have to do what works BEST for our own families. There is no right or wrong way and by trial and error we figure out what works best as long as baby is safe and healthy.
How do you see your role as a postpartum doula?
My role as a doula is to help support, educate and provide care to the family during the postpartum period.I am blessed to care for baby while mom and dad get much needed sleep, take a walk or whatever helps them rest and recharge. I see myself communicating regularly with the family to see how they are doing even if I do not have a shift that day. I also see myself taking care of the new mother just as much to ensure she is recovering and enjoying being a mother.