Welcome to our next installment of Meet the Doulas, Daspri Swymn edition!
Daspri is a birth AND postpartum doula serving in Conway and Little Rock for birth support, and Conway and surrounding areas for postpartum support. She is not only an amazing and overachieving doula, she also holds a BA in Writing and Rhetoric with a minor in Management Information Systems. We here at BbD love her reliable, steady, and entirely energetic presence; not to mention her sense of style!
When asked how she personally explains who a doula is and what a doula does, she answered, “ A doula is a support person for a women during pregnancy, labor, and postpartum. A doula is the perfect combination of girlfriend and coach all wrapped into one.” Her favorite part of being a doula- helping women have the experiences they desire in birth and the care they need during postpartum. She decided to become a doula because she’s always loved helping her friends during their pregnancies and labor. At one point she was asked by a sweet lactation consultant if she was a labor and delivery nurse years ago because of the way she handled mommas and babies when visiting family in the hospital. She loved the thought of being an L&D nurse, but not exactly… then she found out what a doula was by having Nicolle at her first daughter’s birth, and he new that being a doula was IT, exactly!
Daspri in her own words...
Tell us about what you do when you aren’t doula-ing: All the things. I love physical activity and outdoor sports, home reno and design, sewing, making jewelry, and the list goes on.
Tell us about your family: I have an awesome husband that is in love with the Lord and gets me and helps me get to do the things I love. I have a 6 year old daughter that is smart and silly and so fun to be with. I also have a 19 month old that is the most loving little thing and the most honery little thing all wrapped into one.
The last book you read: Children’s books...all the children’s books.
Favorite color: Teals, blues, royal purple, and greens...I can’t see in a single color there are too many out there to pick just one.
Favorite food: Most all things Mexican.
Favorite holiday: Most all the holidays are fun but I love summer break when we get to visit the beach, that’s my holiday.
Favorite smell: Clean
Favorite season: Spring
Favorite way to de-stress: Exercise, a nice hike, or a good long bath.
Please meet doula Mekelle Daniel!
She is our sassy, Disney obsessed, VBAC queen, and bilingual (English/Spanish) birth doula serving Little Rock, Benton, and Hot Springs.
Not only is she a certified birth doula and certified childbirth educator, she holds degrees from Ouachita Baptist University in Biblical studies and vocal music.
Her favorite part about being a doula is that she loves being able to help families achieve their goals and seeing women realize how strong they are. She started her doula journey because she wanted to be able to help women as she had been helped, she wanted to change how birth is viewed, and she wanted to be a voice for the hispanic women. This is something we love about Mekelle- her huge, loving heart for birth and women. Her life and doula philosophy can be summed up perfectly in her favorite quote (from Christopher Robin, of course!), “You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” In Mekelle’s opinion, whatever life brings, these words are great to remember in achieving goals!
Mekelle in her own words...
What are your interests… besides doula-ing? I love to do all things crafty but I really love to paint. I also really love to teach and plan vacations, especially Disney ones….doesn’t matter if they are mine or not! I also adore cooking and creating great nutritious food!
Tell us about your family? I have the goofiest, kindest, hottest and most passionate husband on the planet. He is my soulmate, best friend and fellow adventurer. He is a professional Spanish interpreter for the state of Arkansas. We bred the craziest, most creative, cutest kids on the planet. Isaac (11) is a problem solving, salsa eating lego builder extraordinaire. Isabelle (8) is a brainy, very artistic, Tinker Bell loving twirler. Gabrielle (5) is a singer, salad and sushi loving cuddle bug. We love being together and love, love Disney!
What is the last book you read? Lioness Arising by Lisa Bevere
Favorite Color- toss up between daffodil yellow and emerald green
Favorite food- too many to list but top 3...salsa, Rice Krispie treats, thai food
Favorite holiday- Christmas, hands down
Favorite smell-depends on my mood but anything coconut or pumpkin spice but never together! Ha!
Favorite way to de-stress- laughing with friends!