*Please note that Jennifer is not taking clients in 2012. Feel free to contact her for referrals to other doulas.
|Have all the support
you need for the birth you want.
in hospital or at home, with a doctor or midwife, a first
baby or a fourth, a doula helps to make birth better for
women, partners and babies.
one of life’s most challenging and rewarding experiences.
We remember our births for the rest of our lives. Ensure
a positive birth memory by having all the support you
need for the birth you want.
Isn’t my partner’s
The partner has his own unique challenges in birth: witnessing
the woman he loves work through the birth process, staying
awake and alert for long hours, experiencing the emotions
of becoming a father, and acting as gate keeper and facilitator
as new caregivers come and go with new questions and recommendations.
Labour may require long hours of demanding massage, too much
for one person.
How does a doula contribute?
A doula brings calm, experience, proven techniques and fresh
energy when labour gets tough. She knows how strong women
are and will help you find your inner strength and natural
rhythm. She provides suggestions and questions to get the
most from your caregivers. She relieves some of the stress
of bringing a baby into the world.
What is your training and experience?
I am a trained and certified doula with DONA International.
Since 1994 I have attended over 100 births in many hospitals
and homes in the city of Toronto. I have worked with women
having their first, second, third and fourth babies and even
giving birth to twins.
What is your philosophy about childbirth and supporting
women and their partners through labour?
I support the choices and decisions of my clients. Many of
them learn hypnosis to promote relaxation and help them remain
where do you join women in labour?
I will come whenever you ask me to. I usually need one hour to get to you. As
long as there is time, I meet my clients in their homes and we go to the hospital
Will you meet with us to discuss our birth plans and
the role that you will play in supporting us through childbirth?
We meet before the birth to discuss your priorities and preferences,
your fears and concerns and to plan how we’ll best
work together. We also keep in touch by phone. You may call
me with questions or concerns before and after the
Do you work with one or more backup doulas for times when you
are not available?
I always have a back up doula as birth and life are unpredictable.
Will you provide references?
Yes, you may speak with a past client by phone.
|What are your services
after the birth?
I usually remain with you for one or two hours after birth. I can help with initial
breastfeeding. I am available by phone to answer questions about the birth or
about you and your baby. I will meet with you at your home after the birth.
How is a doula different from a midwife?
A midwife is a primary support person. Like a nurse or doctor
she performs clinical procedures such as vaginal exams, fetal
heart and blood pressure checks, etc. Doulas provide continuous
support through labour, often beginning before your midwife
Will you advocate for me?
I will suggest options and questions you might ask your care
giver. I will help you to get the information you need to
make decisions. I will support your decisions. I do not make
decisions for you.
I do not speak on your behalf to your caregivers. You or your
partner must speak for yourselves.
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