Let’s Get Personal!

I offer personalized care to every one of my soon-to-be mothers and partners. What does this mean? You may be thinking “of course you do, all professionals provide personal care to their clients. It’s their job.” Not exactly. Care providers work with their clients to accomplish some sort of goal, whether it is to heal, educate, or “birth their baby.” It is too easy to fall into the trap of looking only towards the end goal and forgetting that the client is indeed a person: not just a client. My goal is to have every mother and – if they have one – partner to leave my support after the birth of their child feeling personal with me and fully supported with their choices. Continue reading

Preparing the Partner for Birth

When thinking of the partner’s role in childbirth, there are always tips and tricks you can learn to be “prepared.” But in all honesty, birth is not something that can be rehearsed and memorized. Every birth is unique. And just like every birth is unique, so is the type of support each mother needs during pregnancy and labour. Some mothers need their space to focus and put their energy into birth. Other moms need lots of comfort and support whether through words of encouragement or physical massage. That being said, there are a few key concepts that are consistently helpful throughout most births. Continue reading

The Importance of Creating Your Birth Vision

Most doulas will spend time with clients to create a plan for their ideal birth. How do you want to welcome your baby into the world? Who will be at the birth? What are some comfort measures the parents would like to try? What interventions does the mother want to avoid at all costs? Does the mother want a peaceful birth that’s quiet with only a few support people? Or does she want an ecstatic birth with lots of family surrounding and supporting her? Birth plans are amazing; they are one of my favourite activities to do with clients. Seeing a mother and her partner grow from uncertainty to empowerment is so encouraging, not only to myself but also to the parents. Continue reading

Is Birth Really All About the Baby?

When I meet with clients one question I often ask is “why do you want this type of birth/birth plan?” And one of the most common answers is “I just want to do what’s best for my baby.” Though this answer is completely understandable and reasonable, it is my belief that it should not be the goal. In my practice I offer my clients lots of articles and information about the benefits to the baby when the mother eats and exercises healthily during pregnancy, the baby is born unmedicated vaginally vs caesarean, or when they breastfeed for x-amount of their life. However birth is just as much, if not more, about the mother as it is about the baby. Continue reading

The Umbilical Cord and Your Options

The umbilical cord is a beautiful and blood-filled artery from the placenta to the baby. This artery is your baby’s life source throughout pregnancy. The umbilical cord is made up of three vessels: two umbilical arteries and one umbilical vein which are held together with Wharton’s Jelly. These vessels work together to perfectly balance the baby’s nutrients and blood levels. The vein brings oxygen rich blood and nutrients from the mother to the baby. The arteries carry deoxygenated blood and wastes such125889-279x300 as carbon dioxide from the baby to the mother. The mother expels these wastes from her body the same ways her own wastes leave her body (i.e. breathing, tears, using the washroom etc.); the mother’s and baby’s bodies are in constant harmony with one another.

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Does Having a Cesarean Make You Weak?

There is this common belief among women today that having a caesarean makes a woman weak or defeated. Either she is too afraid to give birth vaginally, so she is weak, or her planned vaginal birth does not go as planned and she feels defeated by having a caesarean. This is an unhealthy mindset. Though I am an advocate for natural vaginal births, I am also an advocate for women’s rights and choices in birth. Continue reading

The Cycles of Labour: Pleasure vs Pain

The process of birth is all about cycles whether they relate to pleasure, pain, or intervention. The physical aspect of birth is highly dependent on our emotions. The two main cycles have to do with our emotional and physical being: love/pleasure and fear/pain. Once one series begins, it can continue all the way through your birth. However, it is just as easy to change cycles as it is to continue with another. With some help from your birth team, you (the birthing mother and birth partner) are able to guide yourselves emotionally to determine which path your birth will follow. Continue reading