Each week we’re sharing more information about our wonderful team of doulas. They are what make The Nesting Place what it is. Our group of nearly 30 doulas are highly trained, emotionally intelligent, and passionate about what they do. Having a strong team is the first step in providing great support to you and your family. Today, Sarah Rioux was kind enough to answer some questions about her life as a doula.

What has been the best part of being a doula the last year?

I’ve really found myself. I found what works for me and the clients I serve. I know who I am and what kind of doula I am, and I know that clients trust in the support I offer.

What is your favourite movie?

This question is so hard! I have two that I’m torn between and they’re so opposite which is basically my brain in a nutshell- Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone and Dirty Dancing.

If you could have one super power what would it be and why? 

This one is easy! I would be able to read people’s minds.

Most used item in your doula bag?

Hands down, my TENS machine. My massage rollerball is a close second.

If you weren’t working in birthwork what do you think you’d be doing?

I think I would be in real estate!

What advice would you give to a client at the start of their birth journey?

Set boundaries with those around you and listen to only positive birth stories that align with the birth you’re aiming for ie, homebirth, hospital birth, medication free, etc.

What’s your go-to snack?

I love corn chips and salsa, queso, or guacamole! mmm!

If humans started a colony on Mars, would you go live there?

No. I’ve seen Mars Attacks!

What pregnancy or birth related book do you always recommend to people?

I have two! For birth, Ina May Gaskin’s Guide To Childbirth. For postpartum, The Fourth Trimester by Kimberly Ann Johnson.

What’s a hobby you have that people might not know about?

I love to DIY and do arts and crafts. Am I talented? No. But I enjoy it!

What would you sing at Karaoke night?

Shania Twain- That Don’t Impress Me Much

Is there a memory with a doula client from the last year that has really stuck with you?

I supported a client with a birth after a tragic loss. It was the most beautiful thing I’ve ever experienced. I cried (happy tears) all the way home!

What’s the last TV show you binged?

I’m a sucker for some mind numbing reality, so I would have to say Love Is Blind S4.

What self-care idea or routine do you recommend for new parents? (or someone on their birth journey) 

I think journaling is great. I think a lot of people don’t really know what they want for their birth and parenthood journey so journaling often allows them to sit down and open their mind up to what it could look like. It can encourage conversation between the two parents to both get on the same page (pun intended!) and through this they’re able to set realistic expectations, put boundaries in place, and prepare themselves for this new stage of life.

What are your goals for your birth career in the next 5 years?

I am working toward getting into an educational role. I’m referring to childbirth education but also lactation and newborn care. By supporting parents through both birth and postpartum, I’ve easily been able to see where the gaps are in each of these fields.

You can follow Sarah on Instagram @sarahjanethedoula.