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“The potential for self-empowerment, change, healing and transformation, which is so great during these [pregnancy] months, needs to be positively enhanced and encouraged.”~Janet Balaskas

As a doula, my goal is to help you have the best birth possible! I do this by helping you feel prepared and comfortable with every step of birth. I do that by building a relationship with you and by helping you get ready. We examine the possibilities that are right for you, and the comfort of your body and mind.  My job is to keep you present with the process as an emotional and psychical support, birth sister and coach.  Before birth, I help you build your own personal birth toolkit: I am a resource, friend, and confidante.  During birth, my primary focus is to bring ease and honour the birthing space, so you can find your groove. I do this by offering breathing support (through guidance, toning, visualisation, meditation, hypnobirthing, focal points, or keeping the quiet) positioning support, and reassurance.  The birthing team and I work together to support you through massage, physical support, warm blankets, cold cloths, quiet, meditation, drinks, food, acupressure, counter-pressure, verbal processing, energy work…whatever is required to make you most comfortable in each moment. I support you well before you get to the birthing place and well after.  After birth, I stay to settle you into your nesting as a family then I visit with you to check in and help you transition into your role as a mother.  I offer initial breastfeeding support and resources, visit you a couple to help you in navigating the beginning questions of parenting and connect you to many resources in our community to help you continue your on in a positive, supported way.  Please inquire more about my doula services and don’t forget to check out our FB BirthToolKit group .

As I doula I offer:

  • a practice of non judgement so you choose what truly resonates with you and your family’s needs
  • DONA doula training, prenatal yoga training & an extensive library to provide you with evidence-based knowledge
  • visualization, toning & breathwork to be able to keep the calm
  • ways to easily get familiar and comfortable with birth positions backed by 15 yrs of yoga practice 420 hrs + teacher training
  • light touch massage to release oxytocin in order to counter the cortisol we release during perceived times of intensity
  • counter pressure and acupressure techniques provide relief and make space in your body when baby is on the move
  • reflexology and foot massages with (optional) aromatherapy to bring  smells and sensations  into the birthing space
  • thai yoga massage to relieve tension in the neck, feet, legs when the muscles are tired
  • personalized combinations of hypnobirthing, yoga, water therapy, focal points, mantras, quiet  for moment to moment awareness 
  • birthing aids such as massage balls, tens unit, water therapy to bring comfort sensations into birthing 
  • 6 years of doula service as a KDA doula that provides you with a wide range of experience and empathy
  • Access Consciousness Bars® Bars facilitation to bring you emotional & mental processing with ease to overcome fears or blocks
  • experience as a mother of two (+ one miscarry) to reassure you that I understand how important the options and choices can be
  • belly dance (the original birthing dance) to dress you in cabaret [joke] for easy shimmies, jiggles, natural hip movement
  • Canadian Birth Photographer with 16 yrs of photography experience to capture once in a lifetime moments 
  • MA in women’s creative expression assuring you that I to help you find your own creative tools to bring your birthing self forward

My personal birth philosophies:

Pregnancy and birth were hugely transformative for me. I experienced firsthand what happens when a woman is given the support and space to make her own choices for her family and herself. With preparation, informed choices, and loving support, I found both power and contentment in birthing like nothing I had ever known. In retrospect, preparing for birth and (dare I say motherhood) was like prepping to climb a mountain. For me, it involved prepping my mind and body through yoga asana, breath work and toning, many walks, writing, listening to my body’s needs as they came up, meditative work, teas, birth and breastfeeding education, a lot of reflection and relaxation, friends, and reading. When the time came to actually climb the mountain [birth] I drew upon all the tools I had worked to acquire (my ways to control the situation) then I had to trust that my body, being, and baby were ready and then ultimately I had to let the mountain itself shape my path. Holding my baby for the first time on this side of the belly, I realized how important it is that every woman gets supported through the processes of pregnancy and birth in a way that works for her body’s and family’s needs.  I also realized how awesome it was to be able to plug into the community and celebrate too.  Having two children of my own, I remain connected to pregnancy and find joy in helping others prepare their mind and body for birth: from years of experience, education, and training, I have combined my talents together under one umbrella to support the process of awakening into motherhood.