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-Birth Mentoring and Education -
Labour & Birth support
Birthing mentors [doulas] have been supporting families through pregnancy, labour and birth within many spaces throughout history.
Although the term Doula wasn't coined until the '60s, we were your neighbours, friends and family. Today, we work on a multidisciplinary model to coach and cheer you on, emotionally, mentally and physically through the process.
Doula support has been scientifically documented to reduce the use of birthing with medication, the need for birth interventions and deliveries via cesarean. As a birth support facilitator, I work to ensure parents and birthing people, have better feelings about their experience.
Read more about the scientific evidence on doulas here.
My background includes almost two decades of supporting and mentoring families as a child development specialist and liaison. I am a certified Trauma Informed birth worker, have certifications in fertility yoga, prenatal yoga, family yoga and meditation coaching,
and trained with Birthing from Within as a doula and birth educator.
I am incredibly honoured to work as a birth worker with Full Circle Birth Collective, here in Edmonton and the surrounding areas.
We offer a comprehensive support service for our parenting community with amazing resources, support and team members.
Please read my entire profile on the FCBC website.
Included in my labour & and birth package:
Email, phone or text support, as needed.
Birth management tools, such as a birth pool, a TENS machine, a birth ball/peanut ball, and more.
Birth Education and Mentorship.
Day of labour on-call support and coaching.
Birth Storykeeping through documentation and photography.
Discount on other classes and services through FCBC
And much more
I am passionate about supporting first-time parents, VBACS(2+) parents, parents with past birth or physical traumas and many other unique stories. I work in hospitals, homes and birth centers with Midwives, GPs and OBGYNs.
From the beginning of time communities have gathered around gestational parents and their families to welcome the new baby Earth side. Through the development of cities and the change of roles in the home, birthing parents have found themselves miles, if not oceans away from their families and loved ones. And often, when you live even moments away our daily lives no longer support the ongoing challenges of parenting.
After the birth of my first born I saw the realism of postpartum that no one can prepare you for. The longing for connection, the need for resources, the compassion for the new challenges and the consistent lack of support. I had already been working with families as a liaison and preschool teacher. In early learning, we understand that children are the foundation for our future, but in this moment I witnessed an Aha moment that parents are the cement of that cavillation. By nurturing the parents to ensure no cracks, strong roots and leveled grounding, children will find themselves stronger, braver and more honest.
I finished my CAPPA postpartum Doula training in May of 2019 and am humbled to show up for my community every time they ask me to hold space for them.
As a postpartum doula I will offer
Day or overnight care
Emotional support for the birthing parent; a gift of time for naps, showers, and self care
Education and support around parents emotions, needs or concerns
Education around appropriate, evidence based, non biased support for baby
Education around playing, engaging and entertaining baby
Feeding; supporting chest, syringe, spoon, cup, tube and bottle feeds
Home care; light tidying such as a quick sweep, change of laundry, fold of clothing, load and/or unload dishwasher)
Meal prep; supporting with light snacks; prepping meals, or making meals
Helping partners adjust
Helping siblings adjust; watching the sibling while the parent bonds with baby or watching the baby while the parent connects with the sibling
Other unique supports within her scope of practice (yoga, mindfulness, newborn care, postpartum care and sibling care)
Postpartum Services upon request, but are not limited to: Grocery shopping and errand running, infant care while the parent rests, educating the family in baby care and feeding methods following the physicians orders or that of the guidelines of the Canadian Pediatric Society; light housekeeping including but not limited to turning over the laundry or folding items (not including parents and siblings underwear), loading and unloading dishwasher, escorting parents and baby to follow up appointments; providing resources as needed.
Personal Packaged Postpartum care upon request.
Birth story retelling
Retelling the story of your birth can be an enormous portion of transitioning through healing after birth. Some stories leave us with pride, but often stories can also leave birthing parents with grief, sorrow, blame, worry, questions and feelings we cannot seem to describe.
Join me, as I offer to hold space as you move through your birth-story without judgment in a trauma sensitive space.
These sessions are approached with a trauma informed approach, and is absolutely confidential.
Birth & 4th Trimester
I am a trained Birth Educator and Mentor. While I have loved Birthing from Within as it resonates so deeply with my passion mindfulness, movement and care of the somatic nervous system I do offer birth education and support through various modalities styles from birth and beyond.
With all the prenatal support she provided, I felt empowered day of to advocate for myself. The birth did not go "to plan" but because of our conversations leading up to our due date I was prepared for anything and look back at the decisions we made with pride and contentment. Having a doula like Asha was a worthwhile investment.
With Asha’s guidance and evidence based resources on labour and birth, we were prepared and were able to make the right decisions.
We hired Asha to be our doula not really knowing what to expect. We were planning for a home birth, and as a first time mom I was nervous about what this would entail and wanted to make sure that both me and my husband had adequate support. Asha absolutely exceeded our expectations.
Asha had such an amazing and calming energy at my birth, and my midwives were super impressed with her too. She's great with sibling and got some beautiful photos too. Highly reccommend.
Aside from being very knowledgeable and capable of providing information to help prepare you and your birthing partner mentally and physically for the big event, She has an ability to make you feel confident in yourself; even when you've never done it before. Asha is inclusive, kind, and truly loves what she does. I would recommend her services to any birthing person, and would use her again in the future!
We worked with Asha and can’t say enough good things about our experience. She is a very reliable doula with a solid personality to have in your corner at the hospital for your big day. Thank you Asha!
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