We are super excited to introduce you to Ana Koehler, who recently joined the AB team. She's a mother, a doula, an artist, and the co-founder of an ATX organization for female entrepreneurs. Ana is a grounded, curious, and tells-it-like-it-is kind of gal and WE LOVE HER!
What color represents you best?
Shades of blue.
What do you do in your free time?
Haha, what free time?! I'm always trying to carve out time to paint and make art. It's tricky with a 4 year old at home. I love spending time with my family outdoors, I really enjoy taking long walks alone while listening to a podcast which is something I always did in NYC but it's more complicated here. I love walking so much, I've been thinking about starting a walking club! Anyone interested?! Ha. I really value girlfriend time and love hanging out with the amazing women in my life as often as possible.
What do you want to be when you grow up?
Sigh. I think I've decided that I don't want to grow up.
Tell us about your last job. How has it influenced your work as a doula?
I worked in NYC as an account executive for a British fashion label. Very very far from birth work! I think the biggest influence would have to be making connections and maintaining them. I learned the art of "following up" through working in sales, and that is key as my work as a Doula.
What is one thing people may not know about doulas?
We must process every birth experience we attend. A lot of us journal about it, or talk with a loved one. It's incredibly life changing to witness another person birth a baby, and we are so lucky to be able to see it so often but with that comes a lot of emotions and we must always process and restore before we can move onto the next birth.
If you had 5 minutes to teach a new skill to a birth client what would it be?
I would chat with them about breathing and things/sayings that comfort them in their daily life and how we can bring those to the table when labor begins.
The door to the room you're in right now opens. Who do you want to walk through it?
My parents. They live too far away, and I don't get to see them often. I miss them! We are so thankful for FaceTime.
What do you think about on your way to a birth?
I'm usually going through all our prenatal discussions in my mind, remembering wishes and birth preferences.
What's one of your favorite tips to give to postpartum parents?
This too shall pass. I always try and remind my clients that everything is changing and shifting and passing and to trust their instincts and themselves. Also, If my client is breastfeeding, I always recommend the Haakaa Silicone Breastmilk catcher! It didn't exist when my son was born but it certainly would have changed my life if it had. It's magic.
Your favorite song comes on right now. What is it?
Trouble - Cat Stevens