A peaceful birth, requires a woman to completely surrender herself to the vastness within
Giving birth is the most transformational event of a woman’s life. It lays the foundation for the next stage of her journey. As she births her child - she too is reborn.
When women are encouraged and supported to connect deeply with themselves and their child during pregnancy and birth, they will meet on the other side a more whole version of themselves.
Fear, powerlessness, confusion, suppression, miseducation, and lack of support surrounding birth can create scenarios that leave women feeling traumatized, depressed, and angry. These emotions will be transferred to the child at birth since there is no separation between mother and child. What mother feels and experiences, so does baby. Therefore supporting women in peaceful, gentle births positively affects the well-being of baby.
My work as a Doula is to support women, and empower them to step into their role as mother with confidence and wholeness. Helping to clear away traumas and fears that may hold them back from having the birth experience they desire. Birth can be a powerful experience for women that leads to growth and healing.
What is a Doula?
A doula is a woman that is present in full emotional and spiritual support of a woman and her child before, during and after the birthing experience. She is trained in the role of nurturing and supporting a woman’s experience of her coming into being, and the birthing of a new soul.
A doula is not medically responsible for the care of mother or baby. Her role is complimentary to mother’s chosen health care professionals.
Scientific Research regarding the effect of Doula Support
Traditionally, women have always given birth in the presence of other women. The act of caring during this most intimate time, encouragement for the release of emotions and support into full surrender has always been present. In recent generations birth has been taken out of the hands of birthing women, and become the property of medical institutions. In this transition much has been lost, and because of this, more women are birthing with fear. The presence of a doula can change this.
In 2003 there was a comprehensive study on the continuous support for women during childbirth, in which it was concluded that “continuous support during labour should be the norm, not the exception, … continuous labour support reduces a woman’s likelihood of having pain medication, increases her satisfaction and chances for ‘spontaneous’ birth (with neither caesarean nor vacuum nor forceps), and has no known risks”. (Hodnett, ND) http://www.childbirthconnection.org/pdfs/continuous_support.pdf
My Doula Services are offered in Toronto, Scarborough, Pickering, Ajax and Whitby
“When the soul wishes to experience something she throws an image of the experience out before her and enters into her own image”
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