Phone: (905) 464-8076
Birth Fee: $0 to $1200
Fee Details: All families are unique and each equally entitled to the same level of support. Bartering and reduced fee births are an option for families who cannot afford the full fee with no reduction in services.
Birth Doula Experience: 16 years and 210 births attended
Not SpecifiedType of Practice: Solo practice
Clients per Month: 1 to 3Attends hospital births? Some Hospitals
Languages spoken: English
Service Area MapArea of practice: Burlington, ON
I highly recommend a Doula to enhance the birthing experience and am so glad I selected Michelle. I found her to be an invaluable resource both during my pregnancy and afterwards. To have all that info at my fingertips was incredible as she was just a phone call away. She was able to answer all my questions very quickly. Just talking through my birth plan eased much of my nerves about labour.
My baby was feet down so I had to have a CSection and required some post partum visits at home and what a machine Michelle was! I had a live baby expert with me during those confusing first days and she dove right into my outstanding list of house chores we just couldn't seem to get to. It was so overwhelming at first - but so glad she was with us. Even my husband who initially wasn't fully on board with my decision to hire a Doula was grateful for it in the end! The tips and tricks I learned from Michelle were just priceless- and not so easily found online or otherwise.
Also just knowing Michelle would be by my side took the pressure off of my husband that day. Even though it turned out to be a cesarean I felt more prepared leading up to those last few weeks:).
My husband and I just finished Michelle's prenatal class and we are so glad we have signed up for them. We did it over the 5 week period. Classes are full of very useful information and Michelle is the best person to present it and explain it. From the very beginning we felt very comfortable with Mochelle. She is a wonderful person and very compassionate about what she does. We have learned so much and we have learned things that we would not know from books or other sources. We would strongly recommend this class for any family expecting a child.
My husband and I just completed Michelle's prenatal classes and they were exceptional. The classes were run on Sunday afternoon for three consecutive weeks. This gave plenty of time to learn and discuss every topic that needed to be covered in the course.
Michelle offered so much support; sharing her expertise, knowledge and experience she has gained over the years as a professional and mother. Michelle covered every aspect of the birthing experience- from what to expect leading up to labour, circumstances that can arise during labour, how your partners can be involved to bringing baby home.
We really appreciated the way Michelle always involved each couple, making sure that our individual worries, concerns, excitements and questions were addressed .Michelle has a very kind and supportive demeanour who has a wonderful way of sharing her passion. She also had a great way of making everyone feel comfortable and relaxed when discussing more sensitive topics.
I would highly recommend Michelle's prenatal classes and for any prenatal, postpartum support that you might need.
"Having a doula before, during and after the birthing process allowed me to feel comfortable, confident and secure in my decision making. I learned a lot about the baby's development and what to expect during the pregnancy and at the birth. I felt like I had a coach nearby to alleviate my anxieties and fears. Michelle was able to do this because she is non-judgmental, very open and does not speak in euphemisms." - first time dad
Michelle was fantastic and supportive through the entire process. She helped us create a positive and calm environment for my home birth and helped me achieve my birth plan successfully. What made her exceptional was all her help and support postpartum to get me back up on my feet and make me a stronger mother than before.
"Michelle came highly recommended to me by a number of health care professionals and other doulas. I was planning a home birth after a previous traumatic c-section. So I was looking for someone who could help me feel empowered and remember the strength and power I had within myself. When I met Michelle I knew she was exactly who I needed to assist me have the labour and delivery experience I needed. During our meetings Michelle asked a lot of great questions and also seems highly intuitive about what I needed, so we were on the same page before the birth. She listened without judgement and made me feel heard and validated. She helped me to believe in myself again. During the birth I didn’t have to communicate much verbally. She always seemed to know what I needed, even before I did. She remained close throughout the process and was so comforting. Michelle was my rock during the labour and delivery. I truly believe I would not have achieved my goal of a home birth without her. She provided the support and comfort I needed to remain calm and let my body do the work it needed to do. I practiced Hypnobirthing during my pregnancy, but during labour found we did not need to use the cds – Michelle became my cds! Her constant words of comfort and encouragement were exactly the things I needed to hear. She spoke in such a calm and loving voice. I was so in the zone I don’t really remember exactly what she said, but at the time it was exactly what I needed to hear. She was also great at providing cues and assistance to my husband on how to be more involved and supportive during the birth. We love Michelle! After spending such a special moment in our lives with her she feels like a member of the family. She provided us a beautiful book with photos and her thoughts and reflections from our birth which is so appreciated and above and beyond her role as a Doula." - Leanne
My ultimate goal was to have a natural, unmedicated birth. I read evidence-based research that having doula support greatly reduced both the risk of complications and need for labour medications. Birth Beginnings and Michelle's services were recommended on a BabyCenter message board. I felt Michelle was always available to address any questions I had (greatly appreciated the prompt, helpful responses to my sleep deprived text messages once at 2 am! The initial meetings before the big day were extremely helpful to get to know each other well as to discuss our birth plan and preferences. Through these discussions I was sure that my husband and I would feel supported throughout labour and that Michelle was the right person to advocate our needs and wants once we reached the hospital. Michelle knew exactly what to say and how to guide me and my husband, particularly in suggesting that I use the TENS machine which became indispensable as my method of pain relief as well as breathing techniques during transition which I remember was the most difficult." - Jessica, first time parent of Elise
"Having a doula saved me. My water broke a month early. I did not know what to do. (Our classes were just about to begin.) So being able to call Michelle early in the morning and get her advice to go to the hospital immediately, and be informed as to what was to be expected was priceless! Not to mention that she was going to meet us at the hospital really eased my stress level! Having someone on your team to guide you, that has participated in over 100 births really gives you confidence at such a vulnerable time. There are so many things that I found helpful during birth. From the thing she put on my back to her wonderful disposition, smile and knowledge. Michelle was like a conductor gently guiding the orchestra, yet knew when to be involved and when not to. Words cannot describe how amazing Michelle was for the entire process!" - Kathleen, mother of Ariella
Having a doula gives you the reassurance and confidence that everything will be fine. Having this reassurance helps keep you calm during the birth process, which goes a long way to having a successful birth. In addition, the postnatal follow up helped, as your hormones are raging, both mom and dad have no sleep and are completely out of sorts, so having our doula helped calm us both down and gave us perspective. - Amber, first time mom
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