Hi, I’m Jennifer!

Birth & Postpartum Doula serving the Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, Guelph, and surrounding areas.

“She was amazing! Jennifer was essential in helping myself and my husband get through contractions so that I was able to get through without an epidural. I can’t say enough good words for Jennifer!”

-Shalon P.

 

Birth and Postpartum Doula

My Story

As cliched as it sounds, my own experiences in birth and postpartum are what fueled my passion for supporting others in their pregnancy,  birth, and postpartum journeys.

I had 2 amazing births. I felt supported and informed from my childbirth class, my partner, and my midwifery care. But my postpartum experience after my second baby was hard. I felt isolated, like I was drowning and I didn’t know how to ask for help (or what help I even needed).

It showed me that even if you feel prepared and feel supported from your partner, you can still have a tough time, feel isolated, and need additional support. 

Since starting my journey as a doula in 2018, I have learned so much from continuing education, my teachers, and from  my amazing clients, who all have so many varied experiences.

You may bump into me in the community, as I love supporting local businesses and frequently hang out at awesome local spots in Kitchener, Waterloo, and Cambridge – Play-a-latte, Recharge & Play, Playfit, and the early years centre to name a few.

My Values & Beliefs

Informed Choice

The final choice no matter what the options, always comes down to YOU. Knowing all of your options, the pros and cons (all of them!), and knowing that you can give refusal, lets YOU take back your power. I am here to make sure you feel like you have the knowledge, support, and time to make these decisions.

Support Matters

Research shows that having continuous support from someone who is not medical staff, and not friends/family leads to better birth outcomes. Having someone who is there just for YOU (and your partner!) to support and focus solely on you helps to alleviate stress, anxiety, and any fears you may have. I am here to increase your feelings of empowerment, personal strength, and being listened to and understood.

Holistic Care and Evidence Based Practices

The core of my philosophy is following evidence based care recommendations. Knowing what these are, why they came about, and how you can recieve evidence based care is the pillar of a positive birth & postpartum experience. Holistic Care is also a key aspect to recieving positive care as it looks at you as a whole and helps you have many of your needs met with non-medical options.

The Fourth Trimester

Guide & Workbook

 

Awareness of the types as well as the signs and symptoms of  perinatal mood disorder.

Figure out if you are predisposed to experiencing a perinatal mood disorder.

Take action! Create a plan so that you can avoid and/or manage your postnatal mental health.

Want to chat?

I am always available to chat more about what your families support needs are. Some of the questions I get asked a lot are:

  • How will your support fit in with my birth team?
  • Have you had experience with VBACS, Waterbirth, etc.
  • What do your services include?
  • How do you work with my partner?
  • What is your experience as a doula?
  • When do you join us in labour?

Have other questions? I’m always happy to work with you so you get the unique support that you need.

My Trainings

What service are you interested in?

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