Nothing Should Take Away The Joy Of Having A Baby!

We understand these are strenuous times as everything is looking a little different being more isolated and with some restrictions still upon us, even expected appointments aren’t happening yet in their usual format. We want to help you have as much of a normal experience as possible, feeling JUST as supported as before, even if it looks a little bit different. We want you to experience JOY as you welcome your little one!

We, as doulas, are still at work, modifying how we can support you through your labour/birth experience (dependent on individual hospital’s allowance of doulas) and coming to your homes with breastfeeding support, taking the necessary COVID precautions, or being available through ongoing phone, text or Zoom support.

Nothing Should Take Away The Joy Of Having A Baby

We understand these are strenuous times as everything is looking different being more isolated and with restrictions put upon us, even expected appointments aren’t happening as usual. We want to help you have as much of a normal experience as possible, feeling JUST as supported as before, even if it looks a little bit different.

Having a baby can be an all-encompassing experience: pregnancy, education, labour, birth, bringing a baby home, breastfeeding, sleep deprivation, newborn care, newborn needs, visitors, feeling isolated, hormonal changes, food prep, shopping, etc. In light of the virus restrictions all of this feels even more of a hurdle to think through and process, as you can tell having a baby is not just a one time event!

I am reformatting my support as I look to the new year of 2021.

I will focus on prenatal teaching through Zoom, helping you feel well prepared for your labour/birth experience and offer in-home (virtual if necessary) Postpartum support focusing on breastfeeding, helping you get off to a great start! 

“When a family feels surrounded by the support they need, they can have a positive, life-giving, memorable experience, even if it’s hard work!”

Postpartum & Breastfeeding Support

Becoming new parents can be very overwhelming when you first bring your baby home; the feeding starts, the diaper changes seem never ending, what to do with a crying baby and of course there is sleep deprivation. The basic need of feeding your baby is often one of the most stress inducing factors of bringing your baby home. How to get breastfeeding off to a good start is one of the most common concerns. I am here to help you get off to a GREAT start! I can also help you get organized with logically thinking through where things should be kept to be handy as you repeat feedings and diaper/clothes changes throughout the day and night.  We work through any newborn care that may be new to you.

Breastfeeding:  I am passionate to help you get breastfeeding off to a great start from getting a good latch, getting through engorgement, keeping supply strong, and learning how to pump/express if and when needed. This can come with lots of initial challenges. We find that women who don’t have good support and are struggling will often quit after the 3 week mark, thinking they can’t do it. YOU CAN DO IT!! It takes perseverance, some confidence and some good support around you to make it over the hump of adjustments and then you will be successfully breastfeeding for however long you want! For any issues that are out of my realm of experience, I will refer you to good resources, lactation clinics, etc.

Multiples:  Feeding twins is a challenge! What works best is to have them on the same feeding schedule and that is something I love to help you do! How do you feed two babies at the same time? How do you breastfeed babies at the same time? Whether you are breastfeeding or bottle feeding there are ways you can successfully accomplish this! I also help you think through pumping times, how often, etc. and even some night time support, so that you can get some much needed sleep.

Qualifications:  Postpartum Doula DONA Certificate – April 2015, Infant CPR – Oct 2018, IBCLC Breastfeeding Course, Breastfeeding for Doulas Course and the experience of helping over 200 families through birth and postpartum.

Labour & Birth Prep

With the experience of being a certified birth doula for 11 years, you will receive excellent support and teaching through prenatal Zooms, helping you feel prepared and empowered for your labour and delivery. You will receive needed information to help you feel informed for the choices you may need to make, I can also be available through phone and texting during your labour. Scared about tearing? I am passionate about saving the perineum! Some good focus is spent on this, teaching you how to deliver well! Years of experience have taught me when tears can be avoided, and this is one that will make a difference!

Read more of my Birthing Philosophy

Qualifications: Birth Doula Certification from DONA International July 2011 and the wide experience of helping over 200 families.

A little about me

I have been a doula now for 11 years and have loved this stage in my life! Being able to have so many life experiences gives me a lot of joy and fulfillment to be able to speak into the lives of growing families. I am passionate in helping women/couples achieve their desires for birth and be empowered by the incredible experience of giving birth and welcoming a new baby into their arms and homes. I love helping with the transition to home, giving breastfeeding support to help mama and baby off to a great start to successful breastfeeding!

We have 3 adult children with lovely spouses and have 5 grandchildren to date. Our family is the love of our lives! 

We love biking/hiking/camping in the summer, going for long energetic walks or slow walks, travelling when we can, enjoying the company of family and friends. One of our favourite highlights was biking 8 days across the northern coast of Spain the summer of 2018, as we also visited Wales, Spain and Italy for an amazing 6 weeks! Another favourite highlight of our lives was taking 2 of our 3 kids (teens then in 2005) to South Africa for 6 months to work at an international community development agency – it changed our lives and we’ve been involved ever since!  We have spent extended time in several different countries, in my years growing up and then us together. This gives me a unique world view, we continue volunteering from time to time in underdeveloped countries.

A new venture for 2021 – we are opening a small Airbnb private entrance suite in our home!

Birth Doula Certification (DONA) #8553 July 2010

Postpartum Doula Workshop Certificate of Completion (DONA) April 2015

IBCLC Lactation Course/Breastfeeding for Doulas Course

Infant CPR (CPR/AED Level C) Oct. 2018

Various other courses and workshops and Over 200 families have received my care!

I would love to hear from you and meet you for a coffee!

Your body is an incredible creation, and you can trust and believe in its ability!

Here are comments from some of the wonderful people I have served...

My experience with Trish started back in 2010 when I was pregnant with our first child. I found her on the DONA website.  Her calming voice, her support and knowledge was amazing through it all.  I wanted an unmedicated labour and she was there to rub my back, squeeze my hips for hours and even moaned with me through transition to keep me in rhythm. The support she gave my husband as well was undeniable. He was very thankful she was there to help him with his own fears and anxiety of watching his wife in pain.  We laughed lots, we kept it light and I was able to achieve my goal with her in my corner and I am forever grateful…. Soooo… we hired her for our next two children as well!!  I would highly recommend her to everyone!  She is the kindest, sweetest, and will have your back no matter what.  Thank you again Trish for your hard work, and your friendship that started back in 2010 🙂 

Leanne and Michael B. (Brooklynn, Naomi and Jaren) 

Trish made the difference in our labour. She was a tremendous advocate for us in the delivery room. We would recommend Trish as your Doula.

Initially we were unsure of using a Doula, but we reached out to Trish for an initial meeting. There was no pressure from Trish to commit to using a Doula. We were comforted by her experience (150+ deliveries), and impressed by her knowledge, understanding, and approach. She listened to us, provided insight and guidance when asked, and helped us prepare for the big day.  We received 2 prenatal visits, a longer than expected delivery, and 2 postnatal visits.

Our delivery was difficult: 14 hours of labour, induced, 4 1/2 hours of active pushing. Trish was there through it all, staying with us at the hospital through the night, ensuring both mom and dad were comfortable, giving us reassurance when things got tough.

The one moment which we will be forever grateful for is when Trish spoke up on our behalf to have the induction slowed down so that we could reconsider our options (which we did and opted for an epidural).

We found support before and after birth beneficial, but her actions during birth as a patient advocate were invaluable. 

Trish should be part of your birth plan.

-Dave & Erin

Trish was the perfect Doula for me.  She understood completely the type of labour and delivery I wanted and would help me make educated and reasoned decisions during the intense labour process.  My husband was a little skeptical about the “birthing doula” idea but was very supportive of my decision for choosing this path.  Once our son was born and we had a moment to reflect and discuss the delivery, we both agreed it would NOT have been possible without Trish.  Jon was at a loss to help me during the intense labour process and Trish gave him the confidence and knowledge to support me.  Both he and I recommend Trish to anyone considering an “intervention free” labour.

Brandy T