I loved birth before I had my own babies...
But the experience of birthing my own has transformed me into the doula that I am today. I developed pre-eclampsia, HELLP syndrome and severe IUGR (absent end diastolic flow) at 25 weeks and had to deliver my firstborn at 26 weeks. What ensued was 4 months of ups and downs and learning throughout our time in the NICU. My second pregnancy was followed very closely as I was considered very high risk (I did end up developing pre-eclampsia again but thankfully not until 37 weeks).
I carry unique knowledge.
Not only have I attended over 30 births of all varieties (home, hospital, low risk, high risk, etc) but I have personal knowledge of how to have an empowered birth even in extremely stressful medical situations. I have maintained my certification through DONA International for the last 4 years as a Birth Doula. I have also trained as a Childbirth Educator and am a Certified Lactation Educator.
A change in plans doesn't have to mean traumatic.
While I can in no way guarantee a flawless birth, I hope that I can help empower you to know all of your options, be prepared for the upcoming transition, and eliminate anxiety when it comes to childbirth.
I support all births, regardless of whether you are low or high-risk, planning a home, hospital or birth centre birth, vaginal or cesarean, unmedicated or medicated.
1 or 2 in-person meetings at your house
50% discount on Birth Photography
Phone or email availability to address concerns or fears
On-call at 37 weeks (earlier if anticipating a preemie)
Continuous Labour Support
1 In-Home/Hospital Postpartum Meeting
Visual Birth Plan Creation
Breastfeeding 101 Private Class
Postpartum In-home Breastfeeding Support
Certificates Obtained and Training Programs Attended
DONA Certified Birth Doula
Certified Lactation Educator
Childbirth Educator Training
When Survivors Give Birth (sexual trauma survivors)
Miscarriage for Doulas
Breastfeeding for Doulas
Emergency Medical Responder
BA in Outdoor Leadership