Birth Fee: Not specified
Postpartum Rate: Not specified
Birth Doula Experience: 23 years and 400 births attended
Postpartum Doula Experience: 23 years and 1850 families served
Not SpecifiedType of Practice: Solo practice
Clients per Month: 0 to 1 births and 2 to 6 postpartum familiesPostpartum limits/restrictions: No.
I am the co-author of two books, Bearing Witness, and Joyful Birth. I have volunteered as a birth and postnatal doula with St. Michaels Hospital, Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital, with pregnant teens living in a maternity home and with midwives in Guatemala and Mexico. I have volunteered and assisted in several breastfeeding clinics and I have worked for INFACTCanada.ca.
Languages spoken: English
Service Area MapArea of practice: Toronto, ON
A friend sent me Lisa's info about 3 weeks post partum when I texted her late one night asking about nipple agony, mastitis and general panic. It was a Sunday afternoon when I called Lisa, thinking she would return my call in several days. However a mere hour later, she called me. She spoke to me for nearly two hours. She never rushed our conversation, she let me talk and cry and tell her everything. She asked me several questions about what was going on, and what I needed. She then reffered me to a clinic where I ultimately got the medical support I needed as well as hands on Breastfeeding support. Had Lisa not called me back that Sunday afternoon, I can truly say I don't think I would have continued breastfeeding. I hadn't slept, my breasts were still engorged and I was at my wits end. My doctor was ready to cut my breast open to alleviate the blockage. Had Lisa not called I wouldn't have had the time to tell someone how I was feeling and what I truly needed. I wouldn't have realized I was doing everything right. I wouldn't have called the clinic for an appointment-which I got two days later, and I wouldn't have found the courage within myself to stick to my intentions, trust my intuition and stay the course. Lisa was kind, professional, knowledgeable and above all else, patient. She is truly meant for this work. Two years later, I am still breastfeeding my babe, and it was that pivotal moment with Lisa that I attribute to our success. Thank You Lisa.
Lisa has the gift to make new moms feel like they can do it. She took time to get to know my daughter and also focused on helping me emotionally. Lisa was and continues to be my greatest support in my journey through breastfeeding. My highest recommendations for her as a coach through motherhood. Thank you, Lisa!
We can’t thank Lisa enough! She helped us tremendously with the arrival of our new little girl. Lisa was with us from week 1 to 4 months and provided such amazing support in all aspects. From her expert advice on breastfeeding, to giving a newborn a bath, to discussions about everything from poop to developmental milestones, Lisa had all the answers. Her calm, confident nature made her such a pleasure to be around, and I always felt that I could talk to her about anything - baby related, relationship related, or just about me and how I was feeling during this new, wonderful, exciting, but sometimes overwhelming time. She was there for me to laugh with and she was there for me to cry with. Lisa will always hold a special place in our hearts for the time she spent with us, and it is sad for us to have to let her go - Lisa, why can’t we keep you forever?! I highly recommend Lisa to any family looking for some guidance with their new born. She is the best.
Andrew, Kate & Chloe
Having a baby is one of the most joyful times and also one of the most challenging. At the times where I hadn’t slept Lisa fed me delicious snack plates to fill me up with energy and then played with our toddler or wore our baby in a wrap so I could sleep. At the times when I needed to cry she let the tears flow and offered me love and unconditional acceptance for all that I was feeling. At the times where breastfeeding was hard, hurt too much and felt impossible, she reminded me that there are always options and helped me find solutions so that I could breastfeed without pain and with lots of happiness and love. At the times when the nights seemed long and dark she was a ray of sunshine in the morning. When I wanted to squeal with delight at how magical being a mother is she squealed with me. When there was way too much advice on whether to swadddle, co-sleep or use a soother, Lisa helped me tune into my inner wisdom and decide what was right for me and my baby. When I didn’t even know what I needed or what would help make the day feel a little easier, Lisa found ten ways to help me with that let me breath a little deeper when she left. Lisa is the best gift to any woman in the postpartum period. Her presence feels like a warm cup of tea, glows like a candle and nurtures your soul like only very few people can. Lisa’s support is magical. I highly recommend her to EVERY woman having a baby and even though my son is only 6 months old, I am already excited to have another one so that I can see her regularly again!
Lisa was an amazing support for me when I was breastfeeding my baby. She was so caring, knowledgeable and attentive. I would send Lisa text messages, emails whenever I had a question and she was always quick to respond, at any hour. She took the time to listen to my concerns, and then she provided advice. I would love to work with Lisa again and I always recommend her to my friends who are looking for a doula.
Breastfeeding was something my husband and I always knew we wanted for our children even before we got together. Lisa helped us achieve that goal and dream. Her loving support and experience helped us give our child the gift of breastfeeding health and love we had wanted for 20 months! We are so thankful for her expertise and emotional support. Since having our baby I have referred her to all of my mommy friends with breastfeeding questions and concerns. Thanks Lisa, we
Lisa was my postpartum doula. With no family support, Lisa was a lifesaver. She showed me how to bathe my baby, helped tremendously with breastfeeding support (I would not have been able to breastfeed without her help), showed me how to wear my baby in a variety of carriers and most importantly showed me how I could live my life with a baby without feeling completely lost. As a post partum mom I felt I had lost my sense of identity in that I was now caring for a helpless baby and I felt like I did not have a handle on the situation. Lisa gave me simple strategies to make sure I could care for the baby and care for myself too. That fostering of independence and confidence has continued to carry me to this day in my journey through motherhood. Thank you Lisa, I will never forget how you helped our family.
Lisa was recommended to my husband and me by a family friend. Lisa swept in when our son was born 4 weeks prematurely, and was like our fairy godmother. She helped me with breastfeeding (a particularly difficult task with a wee baby!), helped me to manage expectations of myself, checked in often with my overwhelmed hubby, helped to translate what my son was trying to tell me, and was even there when I needed to be rushed to emergency after my preeclampsia reared its ugly head again 2 weeks postpartum.
Of course, Lisa was one of the first people we called when we learned we were pregnant with our daughter (this time born 5 weeks premature!). We couldn’t imagine going through it all without her. Lisa loving cares for each one of her clients, and is like a breath of fresh air walking through the door. Her positive energy and encouraging words stay with you each and every step of the way. She continues to check in on us from time to time, and we love her for it. I can’t begin to tell you how much she helped us get through a very tough time.
I have recommended Lisa’s services to others who have had nothing but wonderful things to say about her. She is truly one in a million.
Lisa is amazing! My husband and I have no family in Toronto so after giving birth to our son we had only each other for support. Once my husband went back to work I struggled on my own as a 1st time mother. After six weeks I had my 1st meltdown and someone recommended Lisa. I couldn't have found someone better! She was available immediately. When we 1st met she asked what I needed help with and how could she support me. Being a 1st time mom I was very unsure of what I was doing and getting lots of outside advise. I was confused and Lisa was there to listen to me complain and help me figure out what was best for me, my husband, and our baby boy. Lisa was also great with our baby. He was tough and she was excellant in figuring out how to confort him. I totally trusted her and knew he was in good hands if i needed to leave him. The best thing Lisa did for me was give me a hug every time she left.
If you are looking for a doula that is friendly and supportive, that listens to your concerns and supports you and your family through this difficult time, then go no further than Lisa.
My son was born just before Christmas. Every breastfeeding clinic or support unit was closed. My midwife recommended Lisa and she came to see us the same day. Lisa was efficient and no nonsense and wasted no time in setting our house to rights. She took everything in stride and was professional and frendly. From giving me a new position to try latching, to helping with post partum recovery, she listened to the whole story, discussed options and collaboratively came up with a plan that worked for us.
Lisa was always caring and supportive And was easy to get in touch with by phone or email. She became my go-to person when there were too many professionals telling me different things. She helped me sort out the information, found me other moms to talk to, and followed up to see how we were doing. Lisa was also great with 'the stuff they never tell you' like: how to put on a baby wrap, how to nurse on your side or even what to do with witch hazel.
I couldn't have asked for a better doula.
Lisa was so wonderful and helped us through a very difficult time while trying to learn to breastfeed our first son. My husband says she is now part of our family. Over the years, she has continued to be a great support to me and a friend. I always let friends know that she is someone they can rely on if they need post partum support and am always eager to share her with other families who may be struggling.
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