Hi! My name is Abbey and I have been a postpartum doula for nearly three years. I found my way to this work after primarily being a nanny for more than 10 years.
If you are an expecting parent, congratulations! Preparing for a new life to enter yours is bound to cause all kinds of new considerations and questions. I'm glad that you are looking into support options for you and yours during this time.
I imagine that the thought of inviting someone into your lives during such a big moment can feel a bit daunting, especially if you are a first time parent or you haven't had in-home support before. I also know that there's added strain with community and family support looking different due to the pandemic we are all doing our best to navigate.
After learning some more about me, I hope you can begin to imagine having me in your corner when you bring your little one home. This is my About Me page but this is really about me being the right fit for you. Please feel free to call me, email me, or text me so that we can get to know each other. I'm here to make the process of your parenthood easier on you and your whole family.
I began my career as a nanny at the age of 20 while studying creative writing in Denver, Colorado in 2008. In my experience, nannying involved so much more than patience, as often remarked. It required foresight and nurturing at the deepest levels, and it is the foundation on which I am building my work as a doula. Supporting a family through their cross country move is what brought me from Colorado to California in 2013. Soon after arriving in the City of Angels, I met my now husband, Izzy.
After becoming married and relocating from west Los Angeles to Long Beach, I was primed and ready for more growth. In the winter of 2018, I began supporting a friend soon after the birth of her second child and it was during one of our visits that I realized that this is what I want to do. I want to support entire families as they welcome new life and adjust to their new roles. I completed my DONA International postpartum doula training with Kathrin Auger in spring of 2019 and found her guidance and insight invaluable.
I love music, spending time outside, drinking tea and diffusing oils, anything and everything with Izzy, learning about nutrition, reading and writing, especially poetry, and quality time with friends and family.
The name for my business is inspired by a word that I love. Matrescence is a word coined by medical anthropologist Dana Raphael, the same woman who popularized the term doula. Matrescence is by definition the process of becoming a mother.
I realize Matre Doula looks and might even sound a bit like maitre d' (master of, in French) and with that I'll say that one of my goals as a doula is to help families know that they and only they can make and master their own way in parenting.
I feel deeply that the gift of non-judgmental support is one of the greatest things new parents can allow themselves during their first few weeks of becoming.