My goal is that you feel validated, respected and comfort. My commitment is to support your choices and teach you how to make them with evidence based information. My desire is that you feel loved. "
Jen was just what we needed to get through an un-medicated hospital birth. She set up the tone of the room, worked beautifully with the staff and maintained a safe space for our epic process. She offered up ideas for shifting the experience at the right moments to keep me moving forward - walking, shower, hand fan. Her presence helped my partner with the nerves, and her review of the birth reminded us how it was beautiful, meaningful, and unique. LOVE!"
❈ Hi I'm Jen!
I'm a mama and I live in the west end of Toronto with my partner and our daughter. It was during my own postpartum period I realised I want to support others during their pregnancy and transition into becoming families. It is so important to me that you feel safe, comfortable and respected while in labour.
Your birth experience can be amazing
It is just as important that you feel supported and validated during the new baby phase: the Fourth Trimester. I know firsthand how important the presence of a Doula can be. I love to see you feeling empowered and making the best decisions for yourself during labour and after the baby is born. I love helping to connect you with your village.
... you will never
forget this day.
When I'm not doing birthy things, I enjoy exploring Toronto and finding hidden gems with my daughter. We love biking together and making up stories during walks in High Park.
In my spare time I enjoy exploring neighbourhood cafes trying to read a novel, but then getting distracted with people watching.
I like to browse in shops, coming up with gift ideas for others, and for myself.
I love to laugh and sometimes make jokes at inappropriate times. (ask me about the jokes I made during my own birth - yeesh!!)
I watch re-runs of Friends when I can't sleep.
Okay, but why do I need a Doula?
Great question! Oftentimes people wonder why they would need a doula if they already have an OB or a Midwife. Or maybe you are giving birth at a hospital, and think you won't need a doula. Your mother might come, and your sister has also offered to be at your birth with you.
If you are under the care of an OB or midwife, I will often get to you before they can, providing physical and informational support. I am able to see what is happening and will have ideas of what you might need to get things moving along, or help you feel more comfort. My training has provided me with the tools to see where you are in the birth process. While I cannot make medical decisions for you, I can help you remain calm in these situations that you have never been in before. It might sound amazing to have your mother or friend or sister there with you, but you need someone who is not as emotionally connected. Someone who is present with you and your partner (if you have a partner), working together and towards the same goal, but who can be in the moment objectively. You will learn how to advocate for yourself while making informed choices in your birth space.
Jen's support was vital for both my birthing and postpartum experiences. No amount of reading or prenatal classes could have prepared me for the coming of parenthood. I am grateful for her help in transitioning me into maternity and beyond. It is clear that Jen is passionate about her doula care, and eager to fill the gaps in the insufficient support systems available for women, like me, who lack the resources and network to aid them in maternity.
Jen was an advocate in articulating my wishes to healthcare professionals at the hospital. Following my postpartum period, I faced challenges including nursing issues. She was proactive in providing guidance, teaching techniques and connecting me to the right professionals. Jen is a present doula - she not only has strong listening skills she also attended appointments with me. Overall, her advice, relevant information, emotional support and advocacy contributed my healing and well-being. "
New Mama, Akofa J.
I have trained with DONA International and Bebo Mia. I am certified by Bebo Mia and I am a member of the Association of Ontario Doulas. I've taken extensive training in full spectrum services including Fertility Specialist as well as Full Spectrum Abortion Support and Complicated Birth Support. I am trained in Rebozo and bring my rebozo to all births.
If you'd like to know more about my skills and training, let's talk.