Services Offered: Birth Doula, Postpartum Doula, Childbirth Education
Though she began her career as a high end doula supporting Toronto’s elite, Gillian Cullen is no stranger to the other side of Toronto life. Raised in Toronto’s northwest, Gillian’s keen sense of social injustice was ignited at a young age having witnessed the disparity in treatment of people based on their appearance and circumstance. She was later catapulted deeper into that world as she attempted to navigate a return to self, seeking out supports and services for her and her children, survivors of domestic violence.
Equipped with knowledge and first hand experience, generosity and friendship, Gillian Cullen is a certified full spectrum doula currently living her life dream as the founder and CEO of Birth Mark, a charity dedicated to providing full spectrum doula support for marginalized and at-risk communities throughout the GTA and Hamilton.
Here is a little about Birth Mark:
Birth Mark doulas pursue social change by assisting at-risk and marginalized individuals and their families in the navigation of the systems of sexual health, reproductive health & infant care in Toronto. The doulas’ efforts in relation to social change are focused primarily on helping clients find their own voice to advocate for the care that they want and deserve from the public medical system. Through this work, the obstacles to receiving care faced by marginalized individuals are mitigated. These issues include but are not limited to: poverty, discrimination, citizenship status, race, gender, sexual orientation, etc. Our activities seek to promote access to information, services, and resources that these individuals may need; equality of opportunity; and meaningful participation in decision making for themselves, their babies and their families.
Our role is non-medical and provides continuous care in the form of emotional, physical, and informational support. We are a source of knowledge and comfort to our clients as they navigate abortion, pregnancy, childbirth, and early parenting while dealing with the obstacles often faced by our focus population in today’s society. We are a registered charity and there is no cost to the client.