“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” ~Walt Disney
On one of my earliest paths, I studied respiratory therapy at Northeastern University. As a licensed registered respiratory therapist I worked at a variety of trauma centers and ultimately Boston Children’s Hospital. At Boston Children’s I worked with all ages of the pediatric population including the neonates in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. During my time there I discovered that I really loved being a member of the care team for infants and interacting with the families.
Married (now 30 years) to a hardworking traditional Italian family man, I started down a new path to a career as a full time mamma of our four children. (Since you are here seeking a doula then you might be curious…. I did have epidurals, one of my births was an emergency C-section, all four babies were breastfed at least 6 months and 2.5 wore cloth diapers.)
While navigating my tribe from toddler-hood through the teen years, I traveled down many paths as an active advocate in my community, founder and coordinator of an after school program, member of 3 School Improvement Teams, mentor, event planner, child care provider, and believe it or not–helped out friends as they started down their paths as new moms. My experiences during these years fed my natural passions and broadened my views to appreciate differences in people and how each family is truly unique.
Now on my most recent path, I have made a third career change to become a postpartum doula. I was trained (2013) by Doulas of North America (DONA), and achieved certification in 2016. I continued my education and became a certified lactation counselor (2015) through The Academy of Lactation Policy and Practice. The further mentorship and training for a birth doula, also with DONA (2016), along with Spinning Babies (2017) has created a path for me to support births as a doula. Further education in infant sleep (2016), perinatal mood and anxiety disorders(2017), and screening for PPMAD’s (2017) are my most recent achievements.
As a postpartum doula my goal is to nurture with physical and emotional support as well as provide information to families so that they have a better awareness of their options as they develop their very own parenting style. “Even heroes need heroes sometimes and even the strong need someone to tell them it’s all right.” ~Ne-Yo
This is my story. I am excited to hear yours!