Background/Experience that you think is beneficial to Doula work: I am a personal support worker with ample experience in maternity and obstetrics. I am a certified Aromatherapist (Centre of Excellence), a certified Skin Care Therapist and Laser & Light Therapist (Canadian Beauty College) and a Personal Support Worker (Education England). I am bilingual in English and French and have a passion for providing care in both languages. My original training in childbirth was highly medical and included tasks like monitoring vital observations, urine analysis, blood glucose monitoring and overall aiding the midwives as their second hand. During my eight months at the Alexandra Birthing Centre in London, England I was second attendant to 13 land births and 4 water births. I have recently returned to Canada after a two month volunteer mission in Togo, West Africa at l'Hôpital de Bonsecour in Lomé. Here I attended countless natural deliveries as well as assisted in multiple Cesarean sections. This work was significantly more involved due to the desperate lack of medical personnel on the ground, and included everything from intravenous drug administration to pre-op catheterization. My training as a doula has now exposed me to the emotional aspects of labour and postpartum care, and I look forward to combining my medical and emotional training to provide an all-encompassing level of care.
What led you to become a Doula?: My passion for maternity and obstetrics coupled with my desire to promote holistic therapies have naturally led me to birth-work.
What are some positive comments made about you by other people?:
My colleagues and friends often comment that I am positive and a go-getter.
What are your favorite pregnancy/parenting resources?: Ina May Gaskin is of course a favourite reference of mine. I refer back to many of her written literature in my spare time and am deeply inspired by her work to revolutionize birthing in the 70's.
What thoughts come to mind when you see a pregnant woman or brand new mom?: I love the gorgeous form of the pregnant woman. Often when I see women during pregnancy I feel inspired in my career in birth-work. The sight of a brand new mom, especially in those few moments after her care provider first hands her her baby, are truly incredible. There is something so powerful about seeing the memories of what was a painful (and potentially very long) labour simply melt away as trauma is replaced with joy at the sight of the fruits of ones labour.
What is the best gift you can give a new mom (as a Doula)?: Confidence and serenity. So many times I have watched midwives and other care providers calm a first time expectant mother and I see the difference this makes. Even in neonatal emergencies when a sense of desperate urgency fills the room, the Birthworker who is able to lock eyes with the mother and keep her calm and safe is truly providing the greatest gift that mother will receive.
What is your favorite TV show or movie?: "Shameless" on Showtime or "RuPaul's Drag Race" on Vh1
What is your favorite place to vacation?: Mana Lagoon, Fiji
What is your favorite food?: Veggie Pizza
What is your favorite way to spend a day off?: Exploring the town, having a glass of wine with a friend, working on whatever certificate I'm currently trying to finish.
Who lives in your house?: My family