Meet Your Gold Coast Doula - Alyssa
1) What did you do before you became a doula?
For the past 15 years I was in the construction/real estate business doing everything from interior design and marketing, to safety and human resources. My favorite part of what I did was working with people, both clients and employees. I also enjoyed my role as director of charitable giving. I’ve always had a heart for children and families, so serving on committees and boards was a top priority.
2) What inspired you to become a doula?
When I became pregnant I began to research everything. I became a wealth of knowledge and before I knew it, I was the one my friends and family reached out to for help, resources, and guidance. Once I had my daughter, I knew I wanted to help other mothers and other families during the prenatal and early postpartum stages.
4) Tell us about your family
5) What is your favorite vacation spot and why?
Before having our daughter, my husband and I took a 3 week trip to Thailand. It was the most beautiful place we’ve ever seen (better than Hawaii). The people were kind and generous. The food was spectacular. The water was crystal clear and the beaches were stunning. We think of it often.
7) What is the best advice you have given to new families?
The most recent example is suggesting a client and her husband make it a priority to have a date night. They always had excuses why they couldn’t do it, so I told them I would do whatever I needed to make it happen. They went on their first date night after having their baby and came back giggly and holding hands.
8) What do you consider your doula superpower to be?
Probably a good steak and some brussel sprouts.10) What is your favorite place in West Michigan’s Gold Coast?
11) What are you reading now?