I am mother to three amazing children, who taught me the strength and courage of birth and motherhood. Each one of my pregnancies and births were different and each taught me that my body was able to do incredible things. After the birth of my third child, I knew I wanted to support other women during this miraculous time to ensure they had the best birth experience possible. As my children have now become young adults, I finally obtained the knowledge and training to allow birthing to be my calling.
I am thankful and honoured that families, like yours, choose me to be in their birthing circle.
What is a Doula?
The word "doula" comes from the ancient greek meaning "a woman who serves" and is now used to refer to a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after birth; or who provides emotional and practical support during the postpartum period.
Studies have shown that when doulas attend births, labours are shorter with fewer complications, babies are healthier and they breastfeed more easily.
A birth doula
- Recognizes birth as a key experience the mother will remember all her life
- Understands all the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a women in labour
- Assists the woman in preparing for and carrying out her plans for the birth
- Stays with the woman throughout her labour
- Provides emotional support, physical comfort measures and an objective viewpoint, as well as helping the woman get information she needs to make informed decisions
- Facilitates communication between the labouring woman, her partner and her clinical care providers
- Perceives her role as nurturing and protecting the woman's memory of the birth experience
- Allows the woman's partner to participate at his/her comfort levels
DONA Certified Doula Course 2018