I have babysat since I was 12 years old.
I started as a mother’s helper, and quickly transitioned to a regular weekly sitter for 2 children. They lived in the house directly across the street from mine, I hopped across the street barefoot each Saturday afternoon. I used the generous pay for riding lessons, trips to the mall with friends, and other wants.
As much as I loved watching the kids, I didn’t even consider childcare as my first possible career option. My first ‘real job’ was working as a research assistant. I found the position through an internship program offered by my high school.
After my internship at the lab ended, my boss hired me to continue working through the summer. I loved it.
I went to school where I thought I was going to study biology and become a scientist. Then I took my first biology class. It was awesome and interesting, but it was also dense and slow moving. I realized that was going to be my career. So I came back home to San Diego.
I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do, so in the mean time I started taking child development classes so that I could teach at the preschool my mother and sister founded. I took enough classes to teach preschool. Then I took another semester of early childhood education classes. Then I took a few more.
Suddenly I found my education, combined with my hands on experience made me an awesome caregiver.
I started doing private nanny work. It was so fun. I absolutely loved working with parents in a supportive one on one environment. I loved being connected to the community in San Diego. During our daily outings I was interacting with parents, and other caregivers every day.
I started working at the preschool again, this time as a teacher and director.
I wanted to own my own business, and I wanted to support parents.
I’m really good at offering support. I also saw how my mother provided for the community through her preschool. She provided excellent care of the children, and provided her employees with a living wage.
It only seemed natural to combine my love of children, supporting parents, and our fabulous San Diego community. For my profession, I decided that being a doula would be the best choice.
The road is often long and winding, so I choose to enjoy the journey more than the destination.
I am so lucky to have so many adventures. Although the vast majority of my adventures are spent on the back of a horse, I’m open to all flavors. I’m excited to see where I take Southern Pacific Doulas, and where owning the best doula agency in San Diego takes me.