Certified Labour Doula & Childbirth Educator
Phone: (647) 408-4328
Birth Fee: $0 to $1250
Birth Doula Experience: 1 years and 11 births attended
Clients per Month: 0 to 5Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
I am a member of the Women and Children's Health Community Advisory Panel at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto and I am a member and Secretary on the Board of Directors of Doula C.A.R.E.
Languages spoken: English
Service Area MapArea of practice: Toronto, ON
Hiring Heather was one of the best decisions I made during my pregnancy. I had thought about a Doula early in my pregnancy, but hesitated because I didn’t know much about what she did and I didn’t know where to find one. About two weeks before I was due, a friend suggested I consider a Doula and gave me Heather’s number. After a brief conversation on the phone with Heather, I knew I had made the right decision. She made me think about things I hadn’t previously thought of and encouraged me to ask questions at my next doctor’s appointment.
I was very impressed with her prenatal knowledge as well as her experience with delivery. She always made me feel like I was in control over what would happen to me during delivery, but I was confident that she’d be the advocate I needed in the delivery room. Her calm demeanour and soft voice carried me through every contraction and provided the encouragement I needed to have a natural, drug-free birth. Even though I had only met her twice before the birth (baby decided to come early) I felt like I’d known her for years. Her presence at the birth offered a great deal of relief to my husband, allowing him to take care of logistics, all the while knowing that I was in good hands.
One of the things I appreciate most about Heather is that she goes out of her way to find resources to support us, whether it be how to deal with baby’s first infection or community groups for mom and baby. She is a wealth of information! Thank you for everything, Heather.
I was initially hesitant to hire Heather due to her age and perceived lack of experience. However, after our first meeting with her and our subsequent experiences we couldn't be happier with her expansive knowledge on not only birth coaching but everything you could ever want to know about pregnancy, labour, birth and post partum (we not only had her as our doula, but also as our prenatal class teacher). The enthusiasm she has for what she does is apparent in her thirst for knowledge and connection to the community.
This being my first child I didn't know what to expect from a birth coach. How could a relative stranger help me when my very own husband was unable to calm me down? As it turned out, Heather's presence was invaluable; her cool head, confidence and pure enjoyment of the process put me in the best possible head space to have an unforgettable positive birth experience. Where I was tense and uncertain, Heather was calm. Where my husband was frazzled and scared, Heather was reassuring. She lead our fragile selves delicately and confidently through the most important and crazy moment of our lives, and for that I'm forever thankful!
Heather made sure my husband and I had all the information we needed to make confident decissions on how we wanted labour to proceed. I was so happy to have Heather throughout the labour and delivery. She were such a big help with pain management through her accupressure and massage tecniques. I felt confident that I could turn to her for advice anytime I needed.Her advice and reassurance were so helpful during early labour when I didn't yet require her pressence. I know my husband felt better having Heather present as it gave him a chance to have a short break or take care of other tasks. Heather was also great support after the birth of our baby boy and answered any questions we had. I would definitely say that doulas are essential for birth (especially anyone aiming to have a natural birth). We were thrilled to share such an important moment in our lives with Heather. She was supportive, encouraging and very informative.
My experience with Heather as my doula was soo amazing and I am so grateful to have found her and that she was able to be with me during the brith of my son Derrick ( Born 22/01/2012). Heather provided me with all physical, emotional and moral support i needed during my last stages of pregnancy and labour, more so that i was going through a VERY rough time before i met her. She supported me 100% with all of the decisions i made. Her support was made available by the Public Health Dietitian, and it was a priceless support but she was there with me EVERY STEP OF THE WAY and helping me WHOLE HEARTEDLY..She was always available to answer any questions or concerns I had and she would answer those questions right away ,which kept me from being stressed out during my pregnancy and labour. She was Always POSITIVE! She was there with me THROUGH OUT my labour. Going through the pains was not easy AT ALL, But with her by my side was such a BLESSING! She 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 anymore, 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 amazing than I had imagine. Heather is such an amazing, accessible, warm hearted, loving, great listener and compassionate doula and i couldnt imagine going through all of this without her there by my side.Even after i had the baby she has kept in contact with me TILL NOW incase i have any questions. I feel like i didn't just have a Doula, Its like i have a new friend too who has helped me so much with everything. I have never felt alone with her by my side. Indeed she was a God sent...
IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A DOULA....PLEASE DO NOT THINK TWICE. SHE IS THE BEST, I MEAN WHAT I SAY*
THANK YOU SO MUCH HEATHER AND GOD BLESS!
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