Hospitals Served: Mackenzie Health, Richmond Hill, Markham-Stouffville Hospital, Southlake Regional Hospital
Services Offered: Birth Doula, Childbirth Education
I am excited to tell you a bit about myself – and why I have chosen to certify as a Doula (Labour/Birth and Postpartum) as well as Perinatal Educator.
My history supporting new parents through pregnancy goes back to when I was 19 years old. While taking the Social Service Worker program at Centennial College, I interned at a pregnancy home located in South-Western Ontario. It was there that I came to understand the challenge of a crises pregnancy.
Fast forward to a few years after my second child’s birth in 2003. I found myself without my former spouse during most of my pregnancy and birthing experience. This was not what I had expected. But, once I had settled into the hospital, I was fortunate that my sister and friend showed up to provide support and comfort.
Soon after this experience my heart’s desire became obvious; I wanted to provide the same support and comfort to other new parents. No birthing person should be alone during pregnancy, birth and postpartum. I volunteered as a birth coach at the Pregnancy Care Centre in Toronto and had the privilege of volunteering as a birth coach at the birth of 4 babies while supporting their mothers prenatally and a few weeks postpartum.
Despite the experience as a volunteer birth coach, I recognized I needed training. And that is why I started to train with Doula Canada in May 2020 and certified in June 2021. I am also a contract doula with Birth Mark (Toronto).
It is my hopeful expectation to provide you with awesome support in a compassionate, judgement free, and educated manner.
Your Doula, Angela (she/her)