Listen As Much As Possible: An Interview With Emily Mason

Emily Mason is serving as the newest Director of Postpartum Education for ICEA. Located in Iowa, she became a Postpartum Doula in 2018. Learn more about her unique journey below!

Emily Mason

What Inspired You To Become a Postpartum Doula?

In 2016 we started the process of becoming adoptive parents. We knew eventually we wanted to grow our family this way, which led my husband and me to start taking classes. In 2017 we officially brought home our daughter, and I was so overjoyed, but also so nervous as she had experienced traumas that I could not imagine. I threw myself into learning about brain health, trauma-informed care, and connections that occur before, at, and after birth. I soon realized that some of my fears were postpartum anxiety, which I didn’t know could happen when you adopted. This led me to seek out more information, which allowed me to start working with ICEA.

When You Are Not Working, How Do You Enjoy Spending Your Time?

First, I am a mom. I love spending time with my kids and husband. I am also a full-time special education teacher. I coach both volleyball and basketball at the high school levels and truly have so much fun doing so. I love to travel and see the world, hopefully, someday I can work from a beach with my toes in the water!

Why Did You Choose To Join ICEA?

This was a fairly easy decision for me. ICEA has a great track record and is internationally recognized. I love to travel, and I knew this would open up doors for me. I have had the privilege of working overseas multiple times since becoming a postpartum doula, which is something I only dreamed of before certifying.

Why Are Postpartum Doulas Important?

Postpartum Doulas offer support and reassurances to families that may not have otherwise been available. In the past we have always shielded our weaknesses or our insecurities, a Postpartum Doula allows you to talk and share your concerns and helps you find support along the way.

Any Advice for New Postpartum Doulas?

Listen as much as possible, not just to their words, but to their body language, facial expressions, and their surroundings.

Interested in becoming a Postpartum Doula? Learn more about ICEA’s certification program here.

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