How I Got Here
I was born in beautiful Prince Edward Island, where I called home until the fall of 2007. As a child, growing up, I was constantly drawn to the conversations people would have about their birth stories. As far back as I can remember I have been inspired and fascinated by the miracle of birth. I now have four wonderful children of my own, each with a unique story about the day they were born.
It was my experience in the birth of my first child in 1996 that started me on my journey towards "doula-ism". I had no idea that I actually had choices in the way that I was treated in the hospital or in the type of care that my baby and I received. I completely surrendered myself to the medical staff and wholeheartedly trusted that I would be fully informed in all aspects of my care. In the end, as a result of my own lack of knowledge and a minimal support team, I had no say in the procedures they did to my body, or in the "routine" care my newborn received. I felt powerless in my experience and I remember feeling like the doctors where the ones having a new baby that night, not me. While I was so thankful for the beautiful,healthy baby in my arms, I was let down and disappointed by the process.
Immediately after my first birth experience, I started researching and studying. I quickly discovered the positive impact that surrounding yourself with a strong support team would have. I have also learned that by raising awareness and empowering parents to take back control of their births,and by providing them with the evidence they need to make informed decisions around the births of their babies, parents will have a more positive, powerful, conscious and involved experience.
The training that I have received through Barbara Harper's Gentle Birth Guardian and DONA international, along with my experiences in maternal care, have strengthened and driven my passion to (1)Educate and inform parents about their choices during pregnancy, labour and birth so they can make confident, informed decisions about their bodies and their babies. (2)Advocate for the baby by educating parents about how their birth experience shapes the life of their unborn baby. (3) Support and encourage parents to honor their bodies and trust in their ability to give birth.
What I Do
I have three of the most amazing gifts 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.
I am an energy worker & healer
Very in tune with the energies within and around us and how they impact the way we show up in the world. Energy healing is a part of my everyday life, being sensitive enough to pick up on the subtle shifts in the energies within and around me & us, allows for an awareness and an opportunity to actively shift them. This is quite often something that I now do without needing conscious thought or strong efforts. Energy healing is a tool that I often use in the birthing room to help create a calm and peaceful environment. I am continuously exploring and learning new things about energy and vibrations, and how to use them as tools in healing the body, mind and soul. Outside of the birthing room, I offer both private and community healing sessions using a variety of healing modalities such as ; Reiki, drumming massage, tuning forks and cupping massage.
I am a birth and postpartum doula
Present when a new baby takes their first breath, when individuals become parents 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 parent'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 the parents to rest and focus on feeding and bonding with the 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. Every family is unique, so I offer a variety of doula services personalized for each birthing and postpartum experience. Regardless of what you choose, we will dive into your beliefs and expectations around labor and birth and postpartum. Together, we will explore your physical and emotional strengths and limitations to ensure you’re completely prepared. Please get in touch to learn more about the various services that I offer.
Edmonton, AB, Canada