“Hiring Heather was one of the best decisions I made during my pregnancy.”
“[Heather] led our fragile selves delicately and confidently through the most important and crazy moment of our lives, and for that I’m forever thankful!”
“I would definitely say that doulas are essential for birth. We were thrilled to share such an important moment in our lives with Heather. She was supportive, encouraging and very informative.”
“I came out of a long labour feeling strong and proud of what I had accomplished. Heather truly cares about supporting women and families. She so clearly has a passion for what she does.”
“[Heather] really helped my labour pass easier by giving me ideas about which positions to get into and by helping me focus on breathing and staying calm. She knew exactly how to manage each pain I had. When I thought I couldn’t take it any more, she helped me believe I was strong and I could get through it and that my body was designed for that! Indeed my labour was much different and more amazing than I had imagined. Heather is such an amazing, accessible, warm hearted, loving, great listener and compassionate doula. I couldn’t imagine going through all of this without her there by my side.”
I believe in your ability to give birth with strength and joy. I recognize that your birth experience may have lifelong impacts on your confidence, self-esteem and trust in your body. You and your baby deserve the best birth possible.
I will provide you with support, comfort and information through the prenatal stage, during labour and into the postpartum period, so that you can achieve your goals and experience your birth with calm confidence.
As your doula, your self-esteem, self-confidence and comfort are my priorities. Support and prenatal education can both lead to a more empowering birth experience in which you make informed decisions, play an active role and anticipate and experience your birth calmly with pride and bliss. Prenatal education and doula support can also enable your partner to embrace the role of active participant, respecting and admiring you in labour, while engaging with the birth process and providing comfort and support with confidence.
I am experienced in supporting women from all walks of life, and I embrace the diversity of our community.
I have completed the Hypnobirthing™ for Doulas training for those who wish to pursue that approach. I teach private classes and group courses, including classes at Women’s College Hospital in Toronto. I am a former member of the Women and Children’s Community Advisory Panel at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto and former Secretary on the Board of Directors of the Association of Ontario Doulas, a non-profit organization that provides continuing education and community-building services to doulas and matches volunteer doulas with low-income women.
If you’re interested in hearing more about my work and my views on birth culture in Ontario, listen here.
Birth is natural. Birth is normal. Birth can be empowering.