Mother and grandmother
I am a mother of three grown-up children and a young grandmother of two grandchildren. I have always loved everything about pregnancy, birth and infants, even though it can be messy and chaotic just as family life is at time. I am passionate about these intense moments. They are important.
Why I wanted to be a doula
Seeing my daughter being pregnant, making her own choices about birth and infant feeding, and helping her a little during the postpartum period, reignited this latent passion in me about the beginning of motherhood. It is around the same time that I heard about what a birth doula was and I knew immediately that I wanted to be one.
As a matter of fact, thirty years ago, even before the word doula as used today existed, I supported one of my best friends during her birth. This is a moment that I still cherish. Even though I was neither trained nor prepared (except that I had given life to two children at that time), this birth experience would not have been the same for her if she had not had that emotional and physical support. It was a gesture of sisterhood as it has always existed before the medicalization of birth, which is exactly the role of a doula. When I had the opportunity to go back to school (when my kids were old enough), midwifery would have been my first choice, but I did not have enough science background and the uncertainty of being accepted , so I chose to be a translator instead.
Children in my life
Children have always been part of my personal and professional life. First I have my own three children, and I have work as a French daycare educator for about 10 years and another 10 years as a French editor/translator for Scholastic, a children’s book publisher. So between bringing up my children, being an early childhood educator, translating and editing many children books, I can say that children has been on my mind most of my life, and it keeps going with my grandchildren.
A new beginning
My husband (who has just retired) and I moved north of Kingston in 2018 after living more than 25 years in Toronto. So it is a new beginning in a way, and being a doula is part of it.
I have a tremendous respect for the labour and birth process and I am surprised by how much more medicalized birth process has become over the years. As a doula, I want to humanize the process, regardless of the choices you are making. I really believe that continuous emotional support is one of the most important element to have a positive birth experience and I am more that happy to provide that.
So here I am now, a DONA International certified birth doula. I am delighted to give emotional and physical support to birthing people and happy to provide all the information and resources that you may need. I did a 7 hour course “How to get evidence based care for families” by Evidence Based Birth in 2020.
Infant feeding support
I am a mom who breastfed her three children and I also have taken a 20 hour breastfeeding course in 2019 provided by Hastings Prince Edward Public Health. So, I am a good resource to get you on a good start with breastfeeding if you chose to do so or with formula feeding.
Mainly, I really see my role as a servant to the birthing person. It is all about caring and respecting your needs and wishes, and giving you confidence and pride.
The Doula Support Foundation (DSF)
The DSF is a non-profit in Kingston that offers full spectrum doula care to low-income family. I am a board member of the DSF and the organizer of the Birth Story Contest. I strongly believe that doula care should be available to all and the DSF provide a doula care model that is highly valuable in the community. It is simply support for new family. You can check the website here.
Curious to know about my first birth, go and read my birth story.