-Birth Mentoring and Education -
Labour & Birth support
Birthing mentors [Doula's] have been supporting families through pregnancy, labour and birth, since prehistoric times. Doulas work on a multidisciplinary model to coach you and cheer you on, emotionally, mentally and physically.
Doulas do not replace anyone else on the birth team, such as the partner, but instead work with the team like a well cared for wheel, keeping the birth smooth and supported.
Doulas are known to reduce the chances of birthing through a cesarean or with the use of medication and intervention. We also work to ensure parents have better feelings around their birthing experience. Read more about the scientific evidence on doulas here.
As your birth mentor, I come with almost two decades of mentoring and supporting families, trauma informed birth work support, prenatal yoga training, meditation coaching, and am currently certifying through Birthing from Within.
I am so incredibly honoured to be a birth worker with
Full Circle Birth Collective in Edmonton and the surrounding area's.
Read my entire profile on the FCBC website.
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 babyor 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)