I often get asked how and why I became a doula. As a child, I was always fascinated with babies, and that continued well into my teens. I knew what a VBAC (vaginal birth after caesarian) birth was by time I was fourteen. My love of pregnancy and babies continued to grow. Then I was an adult, married and dealing with years of infertility. I grew to appreciate the human body even further by becoming knowledgeable and informed on fertility. Once I was pregnant with my first child, I read and furthered my interest in pregnancies. I LOVED being pregnant. Although my birth of my first child was less than ideal, I learned a lot from that birth. I had an emergency c-section for placental abruption. By time I was pregnant with my second child, I was quite deep into all things pregnancy and birth related. I craved information and knowledge, as I was determined to have a VBAC birth. We hired a doula to help us have a more desirable birth experience, and she was very important in helping us achieve that. Once I realized how much she helped and guided us, it only felt natural for me to want to help others do the same.
All of my attended births, except two home births, have been hospital births and I was, and continue to be involved with births from first time parents, second time parents, and VBAC births (vaginal birth after cesarean). I've worked with staff at the Royal Alexandra Hospital (Lois Hole Hospital for Women), the Misericordia, the Grey Nuns and the Sturgeon. I have also worked at the Westview Center in Stony Plain. I've experienced oxytocin induced births, and births requiring epidurals, as well as four cesarean births. I have also been a part of completely natural drug free births. Every birth is unique and I am totally honoured and blessed when asked to be a part of something so personal.
I am completely dedicated to you and your plan, whatever it is. This is YOUR birth story and I want to make it as positive for you as I can. This is a truly personal, intimate and life-changing moment for you and it is essential that you are truly comfortable with me and can talk with me at ease.