I have always loved helping people… I babysat all throughout junior high and high school, ran a dayhome for years and worked in doctors offices. My mom always said I should be a nurse, but I never felt that was quite right for me.
In April of 2011 my granddaughter was born. I was thrilled to bits to be there and help her mom, but I wasn’t quite sure how to help. After Jocelynne was born I researched birth support and discovered what a doula was and what a doula did. It was my “Aha” moment. I knew that was what I was meant to be!
In March 2012 I took my birth doula workshop thru DONA and loved it! Jumped right in supporting families. In July of 2012 I attended the DONA Postpartum Doula workshop and the Lamaze Childbirth Educator workshop. I have furthered my education with many additional course, including becoming a certified Hypno-Doula, taking a rebozo workshop, Sacred Pregnancy course, attending doula and birth conferences and training with Stilbirthday. Stillbirthday is an organization that teaches you to support families no matter what turns there may be; and I have committed to this depth of support so that you know that no matter the course of the birth journey, I am equipped to support you. I feel continuing education is very important in this field as there are always new studies coming out and so the more I know, the more I can help my clients. In 2015 I certified with CAPPA as a childbirth educator and I teach prenatal classes thru Your Birth Prenatal.
My focus is on birth support, I have found I really enjoy supporting families thru this special time in their lives. I love educating families and getting the partner involved. So often I find the partner is unsure of what to do and how to help, this is where I come in! I give them ideas of how to help the one they love, during an intense, exciting and sometimes scary time. I am also there if the partner needs a break, so the mom is never left alone. I am always available to my clients to help guide them towards evidence-based information and help answer questions so they can make decisions that are best for their pregnancy, labour and delivery.
Since my journey began I have attended a variety of births… everything from VBACs to fourth time moms and even a set of twins! I look forward to supporting you through your birth and being a part of your support team!