I am a DONA certified birth and postpartum doula. I have been certified as a birth doula since 2008 and became certified as a postpartum doula in 2015. I support births and postpartum families throughout Calgary but also work in other areas and Okotoks. I have experience in all birth settings and vast experience with varying situations. I would be honoured and prepared to support you in birth, however you see it.
I bring experience both professionally and personally to the birthing family. I began my birth work as a doula, and then became a Registered Nurse working in postpartum and community health. As a doula I am not working in capacity of a nurse but bring added nursing experience and skills that are complementary to my doula work.
The doula and the nurse.
During my own 5 births, I recognized that I needed more support than what I had. Lack of the full support I needed impacted me. This sparked a desire to encourage and support women and their families during this special and vulnerable time. I work part time as a postpartum community health nurse. My experience gives me a wealth of insight into different family dynamics and birth situations. I enjoy the aspects of doula work that are different from nursing. Being available to support families in practical ways, physically, psychologically and emotionally in a more connected way.
I am quietly respectful and supportive to your needs but direct and informative where needed. My life experience brings wisdom that calms and comforts the new mother and parent.
Certifications and Continuing Education
Certified Birth Doula - DONA International
Certified Postpartum Doula - DONA International
Breastfeeding for the Health Care Professional 1
When Survivors Give Birth - Workshop Being sensitive to protection against birth trauma and postpartum recovery
Gold Learning - Lectures on Tongue Tie and treatment
Continued and varied experience in a healthcare setting with breastfeeding and helping clients along their journey
Fragile Feeders - feeding techniques for preterm infants
Breastfeeding - Right Care at the Right Time - CBMG Conference
Coaching Tools for Professionals who work with Expecting Couples and Parents - workshop (Gottman Institute)
Couples to Parents: Helping Relationships Transition to Parenthood - workshop (Gottman Institute)
Miscarriage for Doulas - Expanding Doula Care
“Thank you so much for all you did for our family. Your care and kindness, compassion and support was above and beyond and exactly what we needed to be ready to start this new journey. We will always remember you and the role you played during this special time in our lives. ‘ - P.S.
“There are no words to express the gratitude we feel for all you have done for us. Your reassurance and patience has been invaluable. Your skill helped us through the birth and for that alone we are eternally grateful. We are blessed to have met you, your spirit and personality, general being, are truly humbling. Basically you are awesome!”. - S.B.
“It has been so nice getting to know you! I am so blessed to have found you to be my doula. Thank you also for being so supportive, calm, reassuring and understanding during my pregnancy and delivery. It was so great to have you there! (hubby agrees!) – B.B.
“Thank you so very much for the amazing care you gave us on our 1st night. You are wonderful, kind and patient. And you treated me like family. “ - L.