Birth and Postpartum Doula
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
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.
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.