My doula practice is grounded...
by a life-long commitment to work in service to women and their families while embracing the rights and values of reproductive health and choice. My graduate studies (MDE 2004 Dalhousie University, MSc 2007 McMaster University) examined health policy and safety, medications and reproduction. I have worked professionally in newborn genetic screening research, maternal health policy, and in health systems management for both the New Brunswick and Nova Scotia governments.
In 2009, I pursued the DONA (Doulas of North America) birth doula training, and was certified by DONA in 2011. Since 2009, I have volunteered with the Chebucto Family Centre's Volunteer Doula Program at the IWK Hospital in Halifax. The birth of my first child in November 2011 reinforced my commitment to doula practice as a means to empower women and their partners during pregnancy, birth and the post-partum period. In 2012 I began working to create doula programs in the Dartmouth jail and the Truro prison.
I bring my experience as an advocate for women's health to my doula practice; helping prepare for labour and birth and facilitating communication with the clinical care team are essential roles for the doula.
I am dedicated to helping you find joy in the birth of your child and to assist you in establishing a healthy bond, success in breastfeeding, and a satisfying postpartum recovery.