I am a Corner Brook-based labour and birth doula (certifying with Doula Training Canada) with personal experience and training in breastfeeding and postpartum wellness. I am also a registered social worker and have worked as an Executive Director with the same not-for-profit organization for nearly 11 years in the areas of community development, public education, violence prevention and psychosocial support.
For as long as I can remember, I have been fascinated with all things pregnancy and birth. Learning about my grandmother’s role as a midwife in rural Newfoundland and asking my mother lots of questions about her own birth experiences, I always knew that motherhood was my calling in life. I never feared pregnancy and birth - in fact, I couldn’t wait to experience it!
There were no practicing doulas in my area when I gave birth to my first child, Izabelle, via a lengthy labour induction process, multiple interventions and an emergency caesarian delivery. It was a traumatic, disempowering experience that left me feeling broken and powerless. My second child, Gabriel, was born via a medically-indicated caesarian section. I wish I could say that it was my positive, empowering and supported birth experiences that led me down this road but, in fact, it was quite the opposite. Despite our preparation for labour and the support of my wonderful partner, we both felt unequipped, overwhelmed, fearful and not at all in control of the birth of our children.
Having a baby is the most life-changing, powerful, and terrifying thing most of us will ever do. But, with the right support, it can also be an extremely positive, empowering experience. I know firsthand that pregnancy and early parenthood can be filled with many conflicting emotions. Having a trusted professional to depend on for reassurance, guidance, and support during childbirth and afterwards would have been an invaluable resource for my partner and I.
It is my own experiences, paired with my passion for advocacy, non-judgmental support and empowerment, that led me to become a doula. I approach doula work in the same way as my job as a social worker - with a ton of empathy, zero judgement and a strong desire to help empower women and families. I have experience working with all kinds of people and professionals and am collaborative, approachable and confidant by nature. I know that I can be a great addition to your birth team!
When I am not working or building my doula business, I can be found laughing, playing, cooking and loving life with my kids and my incredibly supportive partner, David. Feel free to reach out for a chat - I’d love to hear from you!