Doula: A servant of women.
The forth trimester and in particular the first 6 weeks postpartum can be the most beautiful and enriching periods of a woman's life. For some women, this time can also seem overwhelming, exhausting and confusing. Regardless of where you are on this spectrum, research has shown that early postpartum care is crucial for Mama and baby to recover successfully from the delivery and for both to thrive long-term. Canada is well ahead of many of other countries but still has a long-way to go to fully meet the needs of families postpartum. Beyond medical care, what new Mama's need most is to be heard, nourished and unconditionally supported. In our culture women are often a great distance from their families or have parenting values that don't align with their support network. This is where a Doula becomes an essential part of a woman's rising up as a mother. In her book The Forth Trimester, postpartum expert Kimberly Ann Johnson lists the five universal postpartum needs:
- an extended rest period
- nourishing food
- loving touch
- the presence of wise women and spiritual companionship, and
- contact with nature
I specialize in supporting women who have gone through fertility struggles, had a difficult or traumatic birth, have a history of anxiety, trauma or depression, OR are at risk for postpartum depression.
As your Postpartum Doula I will give you guidance to discover what you need; support you with education, encouragement; be a helping hand so your family and home run smoothly (from dishes, to laundry, to playing with your other babes); listen to you without judgement; nourish your body and spirit. I always start with a FREE 20-minute in-person consultation to make sure you're getting exactly what you need. Please call or text me to find out more 226-927-4804.
The cost is $35/hr. Visits are minimum 3 hour.
“Babies are bits of star-dust blown from the hand of [the Universe]. Lucky the woman who knows the pangs of birth for she has held a star.” – Larry Barretto