Happy Mother's Day!

A photo or MaryNissi Lemon

In honor of Mother's Day, we asked MaryNissi Lemon, Community Doula Support Program Manager, a few questions about herself and her program.

1.    When did you become a doula? What drew you to become a doula?

What drew me to becoming a doula was my own pregnancy journey with my first baby! I qualified for a home visiting program with NFP (Nurse Family Partnership) where I was introduced to doula work and had a doula for my birth. I knew this is what I wanted to do for others as well! I officially got trained after the baby was born. It’s been 9 years now doing this beautiful work.


2.    What is your favorite part of being a doula?

My favorite part of being a doula is watching mamas and families experience their positive birthing experience! I am always excited to be part of changing the narrative in the birthing world, from negative birthing experiences to positive birthing experiences! That has truly been my highlight.


3.    What is your top tip for someone considering using a doula during pregnancy, labor, and/or postpartum?

DOIT!!! Just do it! HIRE A DOULA. Don’t get stuck on getting a doula only for your birth but also postpartum season. Remember birth is an event, postpartum is LONG!


4.    What is something you are excited about for the Community Doula Support Program in the coming months/year?

We are in the very beginning of creating our own Doula Curriculum that will focus on supporting folks with substance use disorder (SUD). We are excited to have training that will not only support our program but also those who have graduated in our program and Philadelphians who want to be doulas and support people with SUD.

5.    Any special plans for Mother’s Day?

I love gardening, and in the past, I have spent time with my family outside planting vegetables and playing in the dirt! It’s always grounding and such a blessing to be outside growing things together. I am hoping the weather cooperates so I can be outside with family to plant a few more things in the garden!

Learn more about the Community Doula Support Program

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