“Doula” is an ancient Greek term meaning “woman’s slave”. Modernly, it has become a term known for someone that offers support in the prenatal, labour and delivery, and postpartum periods.
A Doula’s purpose is to help women have a safe, memorable, and empowering birthing experience. They are professionals trained in childbirth who provides emotional, physical, and educational support to the parents.
For the partner, a doula is a trained professional that can help them to participate in the birth process within their comfort level, process the intense emotions they may experience as well as offering them the opportunity to rest when necessary.
A Doula doesn’t replace a partner, midwife or doctor. They do ensure the woman (and partner, if applicable) are empowered to make the choices they feel most comfortable with and have the opportunity to have the birth experience they desire.
Whether the woman has decided on a natural birth, using pain medications or is birthing by C-section, her doula is a constant source of comfort, support and information.
A Doula offers physical, emotional, informational and partner support.
A Doula is trained in comfort measures like comforting touch, counter pressure, breathing techniques and positioning. These tools can be a source of pain relief, and can help a malpositioned baby find its way through the pelvis and into the parent’s arms.
A doula helps the family to feel supported and easing the emotional experience of birth. Whether a birth is completely unmedicated, or medically complex, every family can benefit from nurturing and connection at this incredible time of their lives.
A doula is trained to help families make informed decisions about their births. A doula can be used to answer questions, as well as empowering parents to give them the best experience possible.
Whether it’s a romantic partner, friend, or another family member, a doula is there to support every birth partner in being as involved as they would like to be. Physical and emotional support make a huge difference for everyone involved.
This gives us the opportunity to meet, ask questions, and see if we make a good fit.
On our first visit, we will discuss the birth process, talk about what is important to you and your partner for before, during and after labour. We will also discuss procedures, practices and possible interventions.
On our second visit, we will discuss coping practices, comfort techniques, and positions. We will work through practice contractions, breathing techniques and use of different birthing tools.
Unlimited support throughout pregnancy and postpartum periods.
On-call availability for birth and time of need.
In person support throughout labour, delivery and 2 hours after baby is born.
We will discuss your birth, answer any questions, help with recovery, and support with feeding.
Whether you’re trying to have a baby, you’ve just found out you’re having a baby, or you are ready to pop, this is a huge event for you and I’m here to help!
Ever since I remember I have always had a huge passion for pregnancy and babies. When I was very young, my mother had a midwife when she was pregnant with my sister. I would go to her appointments and I knew right away, that is what I wanted to do with my life. Fast forward, I have been working towards being a midwife, but I wanted to be able to be a part of peoples birthing experience sooner as well. This is when I started thinking about becoming a Doula. I had been supporting friends and family through their labour and deliveries, and I decided this is something I am totally cut out for.
I registered into a Doula training program through DTC (Doula Training Canada) and started right away making my way to certification. I am highly trained in many areas such as comfort techniques, pain relief methods, VBAC, rebozo techniques etc. I am also working to complete my postpartum doula certification as well as my Childbirth Educator certification to be able to further help my clients throughout their journeys.
I am an extremely easy going, unbiased person. My main goal is to give my clients their ideal birth, no matter what location, pain relief, religious practices, etc. I like to make sure my clients are informed in their decisions, but ultimately I will stand by and support any decisions the parents want to make.
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