RPN, Certified Labour Doula, Breastfeeding & Childbirth Educator Trained Placenta Specialist Aromatherapy Student
" The only way to do great work is to love what you do" ~ Steve Jobs
I remember loving my profession when I first started - I was a nursing student eager to pursue my dream of skills and caring melded together to create a well-rounded nurse. I spent a summer in Thailand in my graduating year working with indigenous women around pregnancy, birth and postpartum. I began my first nursing position in a rural hospital where I was involved in many different births at many different stages. I loved my job.
Fast forward a few years later - I'd moved back to the city and began working in health care management. Administration got me away from the politics of nursing. I realized slowly over time that I was no longer passionate about nursing because the system was so dedicated to separating the skills of nursing from the caring of nursing that I felt drained and stressed I couldn't provide more holistic care. I felt this way for quite a long time.
I had struggled with infertility for several years and yet miraculously became pregnant in February of 2016. My focus shifted and I returned to my passion surrounding birth, soaking in all the knowledge I could to aid me in my pregnancy journey and began planning a home birth. I had a wonderful natural birth at home in November and was completely smitten with my new little boy. Almost immediately postpartum I realized how little support there was for new Mothers and how much information is inaccurately thrown out there and how difficult it can be to sift through everything you hear with emotions and hormones raging.
I began blogging, attending Mom and Baby groups and reaching out to other Mothers trying to connect, find support and offer support. This is what awoke the idea of becoming a doula. I realized how passionate about Mothering I am. How much I love to encourage, relieve anxieties and promote positive thinking during pregnancy, around the birthing process and how seriously passionate I am about the labour of love that birth is.
I am a certified labour and birth doula; I offer support, encouragement, information and love to other women on The Pathway to Motherhood. It's my passion to help other women be as in love with their birth story as I am even when it doesn't turn out the way they planned or hoped for. My desire is to help women through pregnancy and birth so that they can look back with fondness at the moment they met their child.
Postpartum I offer women support, connection and encourage them to reach out and connect and support other woman as well. I offer 1-2 postpartum visits as well as a 6 week visit for this reason as I found in my own journey that this was when I needed the most support and the traditional support from the medical system ended.
"Whenever and wherever you intend to give birth your experience will impact your emotions, your mind, your body and your spirit for the rest of your life." ~ Ina May Gaskin
Let me work with you to help you feel supported and empowered through pregnancy, birth and postpartum and to ensure that the experience you remember for the rest of your life is one of beauty.
A Mother, supporting women on their pathway to become Mothers.
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Jenny has recently relocated to Prince Edward Island. Although she will still be available for births through out the year this will be on a case by case basis or by request. However, Jenny handles most of our administrative tasks as well as on-call for client assistance so there is a good chance you'll still be supported by her in some way!
Certified Labour Doula Trained Placenta Specialist
As a child you’re always asked, “what do you want to be when you grow up?” I remember this question being asked often; although I didn’t know exactly what “job” I wished to pursue I do recall answering with “I want to help others.” Over the years I went through many different stages; maybe I would be a vet or a teacher. My passion for helping others grew as I did.
I followed my dreams and was accepted to the University of Waterloo. Throughout my 4 years at university I took many courses including Psychology, Sociology, Social Work and Family Dynamics with the end goal of becoming some sort of councilor. My interests narrowed and the population I saw myself working with was children; specifically those who needed support with their mental health, yet there were so many avenues I could go. I volunteered with Kids Ability and the Canadian Mental Health Association throughout my post secondary education and in my final year of school I began working with Extend-A-Family while also working as a disabled support worker (DSW) for adults in a group home setting. Although this wasn’t exactly what I had seen myself doing I fell in love with the job. In 2015 my hard work paid off and I graduated from the University of Waterloo with a degree in Social Development Studies with a specialization in Social Work. I accepted a full time position with the group home I had been working at and loved the avenue I was headed; I was following my dreams and help others, exactly what I had pictured for myself when I was just a little girl.
September 9th 2016 I gave birth to my beautiful daughter Scarlett; my life forever changed and my passion for helping others transformed. I was no longer assisting others I was now helping my own child! I carried and grew this amazing human being and my nurturing ability and motherly instinct kicked into high gear.
I was madly in love with my baby but I was not in love with my birth story. Complications, negative judgments and opinionated caregivers made it difficult for me as a first time mom. I was new to this lifestyle but knew being a mother was something I always wanted to be. I so much wanted my journey to be perfect, but I couldn’t help but feel as if I was already failing. I joined many parent online chat groups and participated in community events. I began to hang around with other moms and began to realize I wasn’t alone in some of the things I experience throughout my labour; I began to feel more at ease. However I felt there had to be a way around this type of negativity and I wanted to do something about it.
I began my doula training in January of 2017 in hopes of learning skills that I could use to ensure that other moms felt supported, comfortable and empowered during their pathway to parenthood. I have now completed my training for Labour and Birth Doula work and I am working toward my certification. I found my true calling; combining my love for supporting people of all walks of life, with my love of being a mother, my passion for working with children and supporting mental health and the wellbeing of new mom’s.
Becoming a mother is one of the most rewarding and special moments in a woman’s life; no fear, opinion or stereotype should hinder this experience. I want to ensure all women are in love with their pathway to motherhood; from pregnancy to postpartum, from one mother to another; working together to create your very own birth story - one you will cherish forever.
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Certified Labour Doula Trained Placenta Specialist
For as long as I can remember, I've had a passion and interest in helping women through their labour. The whole birthing experience fascinates me. I thrive on helping women love their birth story; part of that is supporting mom and partner so they can naturally and instinctively feel that connection with one another and their new baby. The thing you hear most often during birth story telling is disappointment and dissatisfaction from women who had a bad birth experience, woman then tell these stories to pregnant women which often creates fear around the birthing process and their own upcoming experience. I long to help women prepare for labour and birth so that when they share their birth experience, it empowers other women and will make them feel confident when it comes to future births. I want women to look back at their experience and feel good about it. As a doula | facilitate the inclusion of the partner to ensure they feel confident that they can help and support their partner through the labour in whatever manner they desire. During the labour and birthing process the focus is all on mom and babe which means often there is limited support for the partner; I am passionate about ensuring the partner is involved as they would like to be and can show them how and encourage them to help with comfort measures. Hospitals have many shift changes, I want my clients to know that they can have at least one consistent person with them through the entire labour and birth process who they're comfortable with and who can help them understand everything that happens in the whirlwind of birth.
I began my Doula training in January 2017, I have completed my training for Labour and Birth Doula and I am working towards my certification with Doulas Inc. I have completed my Placenta Specialist training as well and am working towards my certification with the International Placenta & Postpartum Association. I am excited to assist my clients to be well informed and educated in hopes of creating a more positive birth movement in our community and world.
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Professional photos on this site were taken by Unveiled Photography by Jane Bleijerved & Hulahoop Photography by Nicola Toon