My Husband and I welcomed our first daughter River in 2013 and our second daughter Sage in 2015 both with amazing Midwives which changed how we looked at birth.  They made the journey enjoyable, answered all my questions and followed my birth plans and wishes. This was my first introduction to birth work.  


With all my experience with babies and children, I thought I would have motherhood in the bag!  Turns out I had no idea what I was getting myself into.  I assumed nine months was enough time to prepare myself to be a Mother but it took me an entire year to figure out the kind of mother I was, not who I thought I should be. I struggled with breastfeeding, feeling isolated, postpartum depression and living in constant fear of everything all the time.   The idea of having such a small helpless baby relying on you 24/7 for everything was overwhelming.  The rewards always outweigh the challenges but the loss of identity and sleep deprivation was taking its toll.  This is where a doula would have been soo helpful and supportive but I didn’t even realize they were for aftercare not just birth. 

This realization brought me to seek out a new way of supporting infants and families.  A friend also a Birth Doula informed me about becoming a postpartum & infant care doula and it turned out to be the perfect fit.  I could educate and support families, infants and moms helping them care for them their new babies.  It is my passion to support the birthing parent through recovery, help families adjust to this new life and the baby’s adjustment to life on the outside.  I am so grateful to be a support for families that everyone needs after welcoming a new life into the world
. I am so grateful to be a part of growing a group of strong and compassionate birth workers.  

A JOURNEY TO DOULA

 

I have always loved babies and children especially when they naturally gravitated towards you, even the shy and insecure.  Iam the eldest of three girls but also the eldest out of ten cousins, naturally, I ended up taking care of all the kids during family parties; too old to be one of the kids but too young to be allowed to join the adults for real conversations.  Finally, at 12 years old I received my babysitter’s certificate through Red Cross and I was off with my first business.  Between my Mom, Dad and referrals I was booked every single weekend, had a wait list and independence to do whatever I wanted.  I loved playing with the kids and figuring out creative ways to tire them out before bed, none of my kids had problems going to sleep when we were done playing.  Little did I realize how this early experience would shape my future career. 

I am a military B.R.A.T. (Born, Raised and Trained), with both my parents' served in the Canadian Armed Forces.  As you can imagine we did not get a ton of family time, life was hectic, but we did have lots of fun when we could. I always remember being surrounded by a community of women and children.  I gained some pretty amazing skills and abilities from my kind of upbringing and moving often.


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