If a doula were a drug, it would be malpractice not to use it.” Dr. John Kennell, Pediatrician
Childbirth is an amazing process, an adventure like no other. The role of the doula is to offer nurturing support and guidance through the birthing process – to ensure that the birth experience is the best that it possibly can be by making certain it is approached with confidence, joy, and preparedness.
Helping women through pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum is my passion. Presently I am a prenatal instructor at Okanagan College, Parkinson Rec and privately, a certified DONA International doula, a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, the mother of five precious children and have been married for over thirty-five years. Ever since my Registered Nurse’s training where I discovered my love for maternity nursing, I have enjoyed being involved with pregnancy and birth. The whole birthing process is so amazing and wonderful to me. As a doula and former maternity nurse, I have taken part in hundreds of births. After the birth of our first child I began providing labour support for friends and my husband’s colleagues. In 2005 I decided to become DONA certified and attend more births. Whenever learning experiences come around, I try to take part. In recent years I have taken an 18-hour breastfeeding course, continuing education seminars for doulas, one day workshops at Douglas College, as well as attending, both physically and virtually, the annual DONA International and Lamaze conferences where we learn about interesting new research and resources. In 2010 I completed the Neonatal Resuscitation Program so I can become a Second Attendant at home births for the local Midwives.
My goal is to help you both have the best labour you can, according to your preferences, given the specific labour you find yourselves experiencing. Usually, moms find a visit in the hospital for help with breastfeeding useful. We always meet one more time to make sure things are going well and to give you your baby’s “Birth Story”, a record of your birthing process, if you requested one.
Doula Services include:
- Meeting to discover if we are compatible
- One or two meetings to discuss preferences and birth plan
- Use of my lending library
- 24/7 on call from 2-3 weeks before your due date until Baby is born
- Support throughout your labour and birth
- Two visits after Baby is born
- Your ”BirthStory,” a written record of your birth process, if desired
- Backup doula support in the case of illness or family emergency