When did you find your Passion, or when did it find you?
I decided to become a doula based on my own birth experiences. My son was born via C-section which was a horrible experience for me and I ended up with postpartum depression. When my husband and I decided to get pregnant with my daughter, I knew I was going to do everything differently. I wanted to have a VBAC (Vaginal birth after cesarean,) so I hired a doula, started seeing my chiropractor….all the things. My daughter was born vaginally, and it was the most perfect birth experience for me. It was then I decided that I wanted to help other women have the same birth experience I did with my daughter. I wanted to educate them on their options and help them learn what they can say no to, and become advocates for themselves. So I became a doula. Later, I opened up Doulas of PG County with Emily to serve black women like myself who are dealing with maternal health disparities and racism in birthing spaces.
If a kid walked up to you asking for your advice and you only had a few minutes to give ‘em your best tip, what would it be?
Life goes on. I have found solace in these three words many of times. When life feels like it’s going to swallow you whole, one thing remains true about it... It goes on. Think about that when you want to give up, you are heartbroken, or can’t find your way. Tomorrow is a new day.
What do you love about your life?
I love that when I stop and reflect, I realize that I am happy everyday of my life. Maybe not all day but every day and I have my husband, and children for that. I have created a life for myself that brings me so much joy and it’s not lost on me that God has made it all happen.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
A lawyer and a mom.
How do you like to be told you’re doing a good job?
My love language is gifts.
Who is your role model and why?
Michelle Obama because she embodies the very essence of elegance, persistence, grace and beauty.
If you had any superpower, what would it be?
How would you describe your (doula) style?
Educational and warm with a bit of sarcasm.
Describe yourself in 5 words.
Loyal, blunt, trustworthy, optimistic, Integrity.