Prenatal, Birth & Postpartum Doula Care Starts Here
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You deserve a person-centred, holistic, and empowered perinatal journey. My mission is to support that journey as an engaged ally and transition facilitator.
As a certified perinatal doula in Toronto, I am dedicated to honouring and affirming all aspects of who you are during this major life transition, including your spiritual and emotional needs.
Social justice and liberation are integral to my prenatal, birth, and postpartum doula practice and I welcome all races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, gender identities and family structures, including couples, single parents, polyamorous families, and platonic co-parenting arrangements.
I live in East Toronto and support clients in Toronto & Scarborough.
Photo by Lindsay Czitron-Graves
In addition to my training as a labour and postpartum doula (Doula Canada), you will be supported by the eclectic mix of skills and experiences I bring to the table.
With a two-decade track record in health, and equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) policy and research, my informational support is thorough and evidence-based. Additionally, my knowledge of the healthcare system is extensive. I apply this knowledge to support my clients with customized information, system navigation, and advocacy.
As a classically trained singer and a mindfulness practitioner, I love offering these unique skills to support my clients with their childbirth, family planning, and parenting goals.
Prenatal & Birth Doula
Individualized prenatal planning & education
Ongoing informational, advocacy, and emotional support
Continuous physical, emotional, & practical support during labour and delivery
Postpartum Doula Support
Newborn care education & assistance
Lactation support & referrals
Household management support
Emotional support & companionship
Virtual Doula Support
Video assistance with birth and postpartum plan, health system navigation, perinatal education, informational & emotional support, & debriefing
Thank you for all the support, guidance and wisdom you have provided. Having you with us during this journey provided me with the ease I needed to navigate this process.
You are such an amazing person, full of love & compassion. I felt safe and secure every minute during your presence at the hospital based on my situation.
Thank you so much for all the care you put into your work. We had a great experience with you.
In addition to supporting perinatal clients in the community, I am currently an equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) lead at Doula Canada. Here are some of the experiences that help me support my clients:
Trainings as facilitator, doula canada
Evidence-Based Research for Birthworkers
Implicit Bias in Perinatal Care
Master of Science, Health Services Research, Policy Concentration
Institute of Health Policy, Management & Evaluation, Dalla Lana School of Public Health,
Mindfulness is a wellness practice that people have used to peacefully navigate life's ups, downs, and transitions for over 2600 years. The techniques teach the practitioner to focus the mind and stay connected to thoughts, emotions, and sensations in the present moment. Many of the techniques are helpful for navigating the experience of birth and new parenthood. Talk to me about how we can include mindfulness in your birth and postpartum doula care plan!
Most people vocalize instinctively during labour and delivery. Tapping into your voice effectively can be a powerful strategy for coping with childbirth. Some cultures even have songs and chants that have been used traditionally by birthers and their support people.
Singing is also a great way to connect with and soothe your new baby!
We can include singing and voice lessons in your doula care plan so you can use your natural instrument with confidence on your perinatal journey.
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