I am what they call a “Doula”. The word Doula is a Greek word meaning female servant. But you may ask, what is a Doula? A doula is a woman that provides support, education, and encouragement for pregnancy, birth, & postpartum. So, how do I serve others as a doula? I have been working as a doula for over 20 years. During the 20 years I have worked with families that are low income, single parent, widow, and even military families. I believe that cost should not keep you from getting a doula. I started the “You are not alone” support group for parents of children with mental illness. I run “Trust Birth” group meetings, providing evidenced based information about pregnancy, birth and parenting. I have had the privilege to be a parent representative for the WA State Board of Health Immunization Committee. I was asked to be a part of a community mental health group that helped to bring an evidenced based mental health program to Thurston and Mason counties in WA state for high system user children. I was chosen to take the “Power of Positive Parenting” training, so that I could work with new families in helping to build good parenting skills. I am the creator of “Bev’s Place” a parenting support booth at local events and fairs that provides a safe place to feed and change your baby, while providing local community resources for families. I am always looking for ways to make a difference in my community.
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