Meet Haley Jasmin
1. What do you like most about being a doula?
Empowering women in their most raw, vulnerable moments and watch them realize how strong and incredible they are.
2. What motivates you to do birth work?
Honestly, I love what I do! I wake up every day and do work that I really want and the best part is, it doesn't feel like work. Whether you are having your first baby or your fifth baby, childbirth can be challenging, even scary at times. I've learned over the years that the only predictable thing about childbirth is how unpredictable it can be. Helping my clients successfully navigate those unpredictable events is extremely motivating for me.
3. What do you wish other people knew about doulas?
Doulas are not just for women who desire a natural childbirth. We meet our clients where they are and fully support their philosophies surrounding birth. In a lot of cases our clients find us even more beneficial during an induction or when they make the last minute decision to have an epidural or plan a c-section.
4. When people find out you're a doula, what do they say or ask?
I often get asked, "Why did you become a doula?" I truly believe women who are doulas don't become doulas by accident. This kind of work doesn't just fall into someone's lap. I feel if you are a doula, it's because you were born to be a doula. I was born for this! My entire life I have been the supporter and the nurturer. I have the ability to sense and understand the emotions of others and by doing that I'm able to empathize and support them. I have combined this gift with my love for babies and birth to help bring a unique set of skills to my clients.
Haley Jasmin is the owner of Uptown Doula.