Facilitator, Social Media Producer, Doula
Like many birth workers, my path to becoming a doula began with my own fertility and childbirth journey. The more I learned, the more passionate I became about improving childbirth for everyone, and now you might say that I’m obsessed! In addition to my work as a birth doula, I am also a childbirth educator, teaching prenatal classes with Dancing Star Birth. My doula style is pragmatic, direct and non-judgemental. My clients have remarked that I provide a balanced mix of practical help and emotional support. I use an evidence-based approach and my goal is to give new families knowledge and confidence about the childbirth process so they can go into it feeling positive and well-informed. Then I show up on the day and do what needs doing to ensure the best possible experience. This may include showing your partner possible ways to support you, handling logistical tasks so they can focus only on you, offering you both encouragement and advice, and ideas to help with coping in labour such as breathing, relaxation techniques, movement and positions. When I’m not talking about birth, at a birth or buried in a book about birth I can usually be found enjoying my beloved Hastings Sunrise and Grandview-Woodland neighbourhoods with my dog and toddler.