I have two of the most amazing jobs in the world!
I am a mother to four wonderful children who continuously inspire me to make a difference in our world. They are each overflowing with life and energy, so eager to play, learn and explore...seeing life through their eyes daily reminds me to appreciate the little things life sends our way.
Secondly, I am a birth and postpartum doula. Present when a new baby takes it's first breath, when men and women become fathers and mothers and as they take their first steps into an incredible journey. A very rewarding journey full of love, laughter, and hard work. A journey that also comes with some challenges along the way.
In the past, and even now in cultures all over the world, a new mother's family and community gather together after the birth of a new baby and offer help and support. They take care of the older children, cook the meals and tend to the house, allowing mom to rest and focus on feeding and bonding with her new baby. Sadly, many of us don't have this kind of support today, our families usually have many of their own obligations they still have to fulfill, despite their desire to help. Or, like my own family, many of us are separated by a great distance from our loved ones, and don't have anyone close enough to turn to when we need help.
As a postpartum doula, it is my intent that you get off to the best start possible. I come into the home and work beside you, allowing you to take the time to get to know your newborn's wants, needs and talents in a calm and relaxed manner. My goal is to provide the support needed so that you can relax, enjoy and learn all about your newborn. I consciously try to work myself out of a job, staying as little or as long as you need, helping you get the rest you deserve and learn the new skills required to allow you to feel confident about parenting your new family.
My initial consult is always free, this gives us an opportunity to meet each other, talk about your preferences and desires. It's also a great opportunity to explore if our energies and philosophies line up so you can ensure you are entirely comfortable with your decision to move forward or not.
As a Postpartum Doula, I help ease the transition into motherhood. I will join the woman just after birth to help establish breastfeeding, and then continue in her home to provide education, companionship and non judgmental support.This service includes 24/7 phone and email support from the time of hire.
As a birth doula, I will provide evidence based information on a woman's choices during pregnancy, labour and birth. I will accompany the labouring woman to help her achieve her goal of a safe and satisfying birth experience. This service includes 24/7 phone and email support from the time of hire continuing through to the first few weeks after birth.
All of my services are tailored to the individual needs/desires of the woman and or family, but will include 2 in person visits prior to the birth as well as continuous support during labour.