Today we’d like to introduce you to Jalussee Miller.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Jalussee. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
As a mother of 5, and not always living close to any family and leaving a successful military career to be home full-time, I struggled balancing self-care and being a mom. I had few local friends that I believed I could be emotionally raw with, and I, personally, found it difficult to ask for help- I was a very independent woman. I also experienced a lot of judgement and criticism from a very influential woman in my life at the time of the birth of my first child- she told me I was not a “natural mother.” The circumstances, feelings, and the wound left upon me by the woman, left me often feeling alone, isolated, and doubting my choices and abilities as a mother. When I discovered the career of being a postpartum and infant care doula (18yrs after the birth of my first child), I knew I had found my calling. It is a very fulfilling and satisfying career helping other mothers and families find their own groove. Outside of abuse or neglect, there isn’t a “right” or “wrong” way to parent. Each family is unique and their goals and options are just as varied. As a postpartum doula, I offer non-medical support to mothers and families as they find their own way; I encourage them to trust their “gut;” “instinct; “parental voice.” I am also trained to recognize symptoms and warning signs of Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorder (PMAD) and offer direction and resources to families that are at risk or already facing the effects of the illness. There are a lot of misconceptions surrounding PMAD. One being that depression only reveals itself as sadness, but there are other indicators, and I am proud to be a part of the change to help unmask what exactly PMAD is and what it looks like, working directly with mothers and their families in their home environment.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
The biggest struggle has been informing and educating the public that my services exist. Many hear the word “doula” and think only labor support, and a majority of those who have heard or know about postpartum doulas associate their services as being only for breastfeeding mothers, but this isn’t so. My services are beneficial to families of either breastfeeding or formula-feeding mothers; cloth-diapering or disposable diapering families; parents working outside of the home, working in the home, or working from home.
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Doula Jalussee story. Tell us more about the business.
I operate as an independent contractor under “Doula Jalussee.” As an independent contractor, I can take clients as an individual- doing business directly with clients, or through agencies that request my services for their contracting clients. My services consist of postpartum and infant care, placenta encapsulation, postpartum belly-binding, and meal preparation. As a doula, I am know to be instinctual; forward-thinking; being able to operate efficiently within a home as though it were my own. I believe that what sets me apart from others within my career field is my vast personal experience. Being a mother, alone, does not make for a better doula, but it’s not just that I’m a mother- I am a mother of 5 very different and individual children; it’s the vastness of my experience that makes me unique. I am also culturally aware and sensitive. I am able to follow dietary laws and home restrictions, prepare various kinds and types of foods, as well as respect and support cultural traditions.
Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
None. When it comes to life and business, you get out of it what you put into it.
- Website: www.doulajalussee.com
- Phone: (312) 214-4579
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: doulajalussee
- Facebook: Doula_Jalussee
- Yelp: Doula Jalussee
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