It is such a gift to me to be a trusted person allowed into
that baby bubble and to be able to share some of the most
precious days with each family.
My name is Dee Smith. I have been married to my husband, Rod, for over 30 years. We have lived in Carlisle, Iowa for more than 20 years and are very actively involved in the school system and the community. Together we have four grown children (two of them are twins!) as well as one loving, crazy dog, and one grandchild, so far (wink wink). She makes my heart sing like nothing else, and she really digs me too!
When we found out we were having twins, my husband's company had just transferred us to a very small town, away from all our friends and family. The thought of raising our two existing children AND our twins with no outside help nearby was incredibly scary.
My saving grace was found in two neighbors. They would stop by to visit, hold, and feed the babies. They would bring coffee, snacks, and much needed conversation. They took my older children to school and helped them with homework. Many nights, they came over at supper time just to hold the twins, so Rod and I could have supper with our older children. They supported and encouraged our family in ways they will never know. My husband was less than a year into a new promotion that kept him away over 80 hours a week. I felt like a single parent. This was a stressful beginning to the completion of our family. Little did I know, it did not have to be that way.
Since that time, I have always had a heart for new moms. I have now been that doula-like person for many friends and family members. It was such a gift to me to be a trusted person allowed into that baby bubble and to be able to share some of the most precious days with each family. When I heard about postpartum doulas, I knew that career was for me.
I am dedicated and excited to be a person that blesses, encourages, and empowers
new Mothers and their families.