About Me


"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or touched...but are felt in the heart." -Helen Keller (1880-1968)


My clients say I'm a gentle, calm, caring, compassionate, dependable woman with integrity. Colleagues say I'm professional, dedicated, comforting and approachable. With several years of experience (since the mid 1990's), I've offered education, guidance and support to families in welcoming approximately 200 babies into the world. Whether you're expecting a new baby or your little one has already arrived, my objective is to provide you with information, support, encouragement and respect so you'll find your inner strength to birth your baby and transition to motherhood - and fatherhood.

Empowering my clients to realize their wishes in birth and gain confidence in newborn care as they begin the next chapter in the circle of life; attending midwives, doctors, nurses and clients consistently provide excellent feedback and evaluations regarding my techniques and care. I consider it a privilege to work as a team member with moms, dads, partners, caregivers and loved ones through the most positive experience possible.

As a Childbirth Educator, my classes include but are not limited to signs and stages of labour, birth wishes & flexibility, comfort measures, coping technigues, newborn care, breast and bottle feeding.

As a Birth Doula, my knowledge and experience are broad and include supporting my clients through natural un-medicated, medicated, inductions, vaginal - including vaginal breech and VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean), twins, cesarean (including operating room support), home births, water births and gestational diabetes. My Postpartum Doula experience includes assistance in breastfeeding and newborn and new parent support during the transition when a little one(s) joins the family.

Both as a Birth and Postpartum Doula, I also have experience supporting families with unique challenges and joys of twins, issues around disabilities and parents with postpartum mood disorders.

Hospitals and midwifery practices I’ve worked with:

  • Midwives of York Region
  • Family Care Midwives
  • North Don River Valley Midwives
  • Midwives of East York Don Mills
  • Diversity Midwives
  • Mount Sinai Hospital
  • York Central Hospital
  • Mackenzie Richmond Hill Hospital
  • Wellesley Hospital
  • Women’s College Hospital
  • Southlake Hospital
  • St. Joseph's Health Centre
  • Sunnybrook Hospital
  • North York General
  • Humber River Regional Hospital
  • Markham Stouffville Hospital
  • Etobicoke General Hospital
  • St. Michael's Hospital

I regularly participate in meetings, training courses, conferences and I'm a member of several organizations to keep abreast of changes and stay current in my profession.

Acccreditations:

  • DONA International Certification
  • Advanced Certificate - Igniting Confidence In Maternity Care
  • Advanced Comfort Measures - Rebozo Techniques
  • Waterbirth Support Certification
  • HypnoBirthing Labour Support Techniques (Mongan Method)
  • Certified Lactation Education To Provide Breastfeeding Support
  • Supporting Maternal Mental Health Through Breastfeeding
  • Red Cross Certification in Infant/Child CPR
  • Introduction to Infant Massage
  • CAPPA Certified Childbirth Educator
  • Supporting Women Through Perinatal Loss
  • Birth Works - Why Don't We In North America Know It?
  • Dog Smarts for Doulas
  • Supporting Special Circumstances
  • Perinatal Mood Disorders Workshop
  • Couples to Parenting: Helping Relationships Transition to Parenthood

    Memberships:

  • DONA – Doulas of North America - International
  • DoulaCARE – Canadian Association Registry and Education
  • CAPPA – Childbirth and Professional Postpartum Association
  • ICEA – International Childbirth Education Association
  • ICAN – International Cesarean Awareness Network
  • RHWNA - Richmond Hill Women's Networking Association

    I enjoy family & friends, gardening, travelling, creating handwork, time in nature and watersports. My community committments include volunteering, facilitating and sharing information and experiences. Some of these are:

    • DoulaCARE:
      • President
      • President Elect
      • Director of Consumer Relations
      • Volunteer Doula
      • Regional Representative for York (2 yrs)
      • Heather Lee Mains Memorial Award Nominee
    • Published Author:
      • My Journey of Earth and Birth - Quito, South America 2010
      • Little Dove - Joyful Birth 2012 - 2nd book in the Bearing Witness Series
    • Rogers daytime Show
      • Guest Speaker
    • Welcome Wagon Baby Showers
      • Providing Community Awareness of Doulas to Expectant & New Parents
    • Prenatal Plus Centre
      What's A Father To Do? Getting Dad Ready for Labour, Birth & The Postpartum Period
      • Leading sessions focussed on preparing dads to support moms while taking care of themselves
    • The Children's Wellness Centre
    • Lung Cancer Canada:
      • Participant in Caregiver Peer Support Program
      • Developer Patient & Caregiver Resource Library
      • Scotia Bank Toronto Marathon
    • Canadian Cancer Society:
      • Participant in Relay For Life
      • 2007 Chairperson, Relay For Life Team Recruitment, Retention & Recognition
    • Bereaved Families of Ontario:
      • Group Participant
      • Support Group Facilitator
      • One to One Support Provider

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