“Imagine what might happen if the majority of women emerged from their labour beds with a renewed sense of the strength and power of their bodies, and of their capacity for ecstasy through giving birth. When enough women realize that birth is a time of great opportunity to get in touch with their true power, and when they are willing to assume responsibility for this, we will reclaim the power of birth and help put technology where it belongs – in the service of birthing women, not as their master.” – Dr. Christiane Northrup, M.D.
I have to admit that my reasons for becoming a doula and birth worker stem back to my birth experience with my son, which was far from great. I suppose that every birth I attend I heal a bit more from the trauma, and I hope to help women avoid these kinds of births. I will never forget the love and steady presence of my doula. She was my anchor, my touchtone, my mother, my sister, my best friend, and all the women who came before me all in one beautiful human being, and I want to help women the way she helped me. She held the space for me during the most vulnerable moments of my life.
We remember the experience of birth for the rest of our life, and I want to help you so that you can tell a good story. I am passionate about changing the way we as women birth our children into this world. I am a holistic, full spectrum doula, so not only am I focused on the physical aspect of the childbearing year, but I care for and tend to the spirit and emotions of a woman. I would say I am fluent in this language.
I support women through abortions, birth, miscarriage and stillbirth. I believe that women and mothers are the back bones of not only their families, but their communities as a whole, and the way they are treated and cared for during the childbearing year directly impacts their life for years to come. I bring tried and tested traditional practices, herbs, education and over a decade of experience with me in my tool kit. I occupy of one of the oldest jobs on earth… women witnessing and sitting with other women during transformation. That makes me proud.
Doula’s are professional trained labour companions that provide continuous emotional and physical support, as well as prenatal consultations, childbirth preparation, breastfeeding support, up to date information, and comfort measures.
Studies show that women who receive doula support are less likely to:
- have postpartum depression
- use any type of pain medication
- give birth by cesarean section
- be dissatisfied with or give a negative rating to their birth experience
- give birth with vacuum extraction or forceps
Two different pregnancies and births have shaped me into a non-judgemental, open minded doula. I have studied with the illustrious Whapio, and completed her holistic birth course certifying me as an advanced holistic doula, as well as training and certification with Doulas of North American (DONA.) I have attended births in the hospital, the home, birth centres, as well as free births.
I work closely with other doulas and always have a back up on hand if needed.
My doula services include 2 prenatal visits, being on call 2 weeks on either end of your estimated due date, education, and continuous presence and support during your labour and delivery.
“Birth is not only about making babies. It’s about making mothers ~ strong, capable mothers who trust themselves and believe in their inner strength”
-Barbara Katz Rothman