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.
Trained Birth & Postpartum Doula
“Passion is a feeling that tells you; this is the right thing to do. Nothing can stand in my way. It doesn’t matter what anyone else says. This feeling cannot be ignored. I’m going to follow my bliss and act upon the glorious sensation of joy.” Dr. Wayne Dyer
Finding my passion was something that took me a while to figure out. I always knew I wanted to work with people, serve them, comfort them, help them, but I wasn’t sure how. When I first began the journey of finding my passion I tried various different career a paths - schooling and work in hospitality and tourism, schooling in child and youth care, years of work in the service and restaurant industry. I even entertained the thought of work in Human Resources. It wasn’t until 2015 when I gave birth to my twin boys that my real passion began to develop. I realized I didn’t just want to help people. I wanted to help women; specifically women transitioning into motherhood. My own experience with early motherhood felt a lot like being thrown into the deep end without knowing how to swim and no life gaurd on duty. It ignited my passion of helping to ease others experiences. I felt I needed to be that life gaurd on duty, that helping hand when the senses are overwhelmed.
“Ask the woman; she’ll tell you everything you need to know.” Ina May Gaskin
With every woman/family/friend I reached out to help, I became more and more passionate about Doula care. Without even realizing that was what I was doing. I began to indulge myself into education about the complexities of pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding, and postpartum care. It wasn’t until the birth of my last child in January of 2018 and worked with Jenny to overcome a traumatic birth; that I knew I needed to become a Doula. It is the kind of care that is lacking in PEI. In early 2019 an opportunity presented itself that allowed me become trained in both birth and postpartum Doula care.
I am currently a DONA trained Birth and Postpartum Doula. I am being mentored by Jenny Stewart and absorbing all the knowledge and experiences she has to offer. I am actively working towards my certification in both Birth and Postpartum services by gaining practical experience and resources. I am experienced in areas such as birthing comfort measures, newborn care/care of multiples, breastfeeding, baby wearing and more.
My vision is to allow mothers and their partners to feel supported, confident, and informed through compassionate care; easing the transitions into parenthood and new life for all involved.
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