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I am working on building a toolkit to support clients who are on the ASD spectrum during pregnancy, birth and the postpartum time.

Continuing with the project

If you have been following my blog you will hopefully have seen and read my post about supporting families with ASD. This is the next stage in that project.

I am collecting information at this point, experiences, birth stories, and things that people found they needed. If you or someone you know is on the ASD spectrum and would consider filling out this survey I would greatly appreciate it.

As a working mom, I am more aware of the approach of the end of school than ever. This is in part due to the ‘extra’ time I will have with my kids, but also because I truly don’t want them becoming couch potatoes. I am so thankful that I am no longer worried about the weeks of summer and what to do with them while I work a 9-5 job.

Screen Time

The picture is of Naomi taking one of her many selfies

When left to their own devices… They, well they gravitate towards devices.

Kooshlie Autism AwarenessLast month I shared on Facebook my goals and dreams for writing an e-book and building a tool kit for families with autism who are expecting babies.

Finding Inspiration

Each family whom I work with inspires me and teaches me something new. Last year I had the honor of working with a client with autism. As I got to know her and her special skills, I also found the shocking lack of information regarding how to support her through pregnancy and birth.

Over the years serving families as a doula, this is the one topic that frequently trips people up. They are concerned about calling for a false alarm, or waking me up in the middle of the night, or calling me in too soon. I would like to touch on each one of these topics and alleviate some stress regarding when to call.

How do you know when to call your doula?

Let’s start at the beginning. When you hire me as your doula, I am a source of informational support for you and your partner from that point on. We will get together several times so that we build a relationship so that I am not merely a familiar face coming to the birthday party. I want my presence to feel like a supportive friend on delivery day.