"Doula comes from ancient Greek, meaning "a woman who serves", and is now used to refer to a trained professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to a mother before, during and shortly after childbirth to help her achieve the healthiest, most satisfying experience possible." -DONA INTERNATIONAL
Andy is a DONA trained birth doula and has been practicing since 2016. She is passionate about the power of birth and always trusting a women's instincts. It is an honour and a privilege to help families with this monumental life moment. Whether you're birth at home or the hospital, with a midwife or an OB, having a vaginal or belly birth, with pain medication or without, a doula is there coach and empower mamas and their families every step of the way!
What to Expect:
- Prenatal visits in your home (1-2 hours each) to discuss:
- Your birthing preferences and options
- Your pervious birthing experiences and/or emotions around birth
- Information & resources
- Ongoing availability by phone and email for any questions or follow-up.
- On call two weeks before your estimated due date, and 2 weeks afterwards
- Labour and Birth Support:
- Andy will arrive whenever you would her to once your labour has started
- Hold space and honour your birthing wishes
- Coach you and your partner throughout the process
- She will stay for the whole birth (12ish hours) and around 2 hours post birth
- Provide physical hands on support for pain management, informational support, and most importantly emotional support to keep you empowered!
- Postnatal in home visits:
- Helping you adjust to new family member
- Discuss your birth experience
- Breastfeeding support and education
What Not to Expect:
-A doula is not a medical professional
-Does not give medical advice or perform medical procedures
-Does not make any medical decisions on your behalf
-Does not impose our own thoughts and beliefs
-Will never judge your choices, but helps to keep them respected
-Will not replace a birthing partner, but will work with them as a team in helping you. If a birth partner is not present, a doula is able to fill both roles.