Whether you're newly pregnant, a new parent, or somewhere in between, wholemama is Toronto's complete doula and postnatal service, and can help you along the way. From Leslieville to the Junction, and Midtown to Parkdale, families are finding support for their pregnancy, birth, and postnatal months that ease the transition to new parenthood and take the stress out of preparing for the life-changing event that is having a baby.
With certification and membership to DONA, the largest body of doulas in North America, as well as HypnoBirthing®: The Mongan Method, I bring a wealth of experience and training to the families I support, and would be more than happy to share all that I have to offer with you and your family as well. From creating a birth plan to choosing a childcare arrangement, I can support you with hands-on participation in your labour, emotional guidance from pregnancy to birth to the postnatal period, information and advocacy at any point, and strategies for achieving the birth and parenthood that you envision.
Studies have consistently shown that having a doula's support can:
- shorten the length of labour
- reduce the likelihood of intervention (epidural, Pitocin, forceps, cesarean)
- increase the success of breastfeeding and bonding
- decrease the chance of experiencing postpartum depression (PPD)
- increase self-confidence as a new parent
The Right Support at the Right Time
Everyone has different needs and different plans for birth. I will work with you to create a unique birth plan and provide you with just the right amount of support when you need it most.
The presence of a doula gives a labouring woman the nurturing guidance to follow her body's cues, birth with confidence, and immerse herself in the birthing process.
A doula's role extends beyond birth. Whether you need help nursing, infant soothing, or just a few hours to sleep while someone else looks after your baby, I can help you make the transition into parenthood gently.
HypnoBirthing® is designed to teach women to trust in Nature's way of birth. By practicing simple techniques, dispelling fears about birthing, and learning the physiology of labour, mothers tap into the power of their minds and condition their bodies to birth easily.
Placenta Encapsulation Services
Placenta capsules can help replenish vital minerals and nutrients following birth, and lessen the risk of postpartum depression and low milk supply. I create pills, tinctures, and salves that will nourish your postnatal body and improve recovery.