Get to know your doula: Ariel

What is your favorite family tradition?

Hands down –  it’s the tradition of every year on my kid’s birthday we eat where we went while I was in the labor. For example, with my oldest I was first following the no eating in labor policy at the hospital,   so my mom and husband ordered in Davanni’s pizza. With my 2nd, we were at the birth center, went for a walk to grab breakfast at a local breakfast diner (at the recommendation of our midwife) and came back to the birth center to have our baby roughly an hour later. I make it a point to tell my kids their birth stories on their birthday and we give a toast of blessings and love over their life and share why we are so thankful for them. It’s my FAVORITE. They’re my favorite.

What’s the last book you read?

Demons and Angels by Dan Brown. I read it on the airplane on my way to Italy at the recommendation of a fellow birth worker who lived in Rome (my Rome doula). I’m in a monthly book club so I’m always excited to see what new topics and books we will read.

What’s a secret talent?

I sing and play the piano. I used to do some songwriting in college as well. As a kid, it was always my dream to be a performer like Selena.

Coffee or Tea?

Both!! My beverage of choice is heavily dependent on my mood, the time of day and what I’ve already had earlier in the day. BUT more often than not, it’s coffee.

How do you drink your coffee?

A million different ways. My previous everyday drink (and one I still occasionally splurge on) is an iced caramel macchiato from Starbucks. For now, it’s a sugar-free vanilla breve… hot or iced. I also enjoy a nice cup of dark roast and an espresso here and there. 

What are some of your favorite shows?

This is Us.  The Walking Dead. Call the Midwife.

I don’t watch as much because I will find myself up all night to finish a series and knowing my luck I will then get called to a birth at 4 am. So I reserve my shows for folding laundry after my kids go to bed because of multitasking.

If you had to eat one food every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Without a question, tacos. I’m half Mexican so what else can I say… it’s in my blood.