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A baby is something you carry inside you for nine months, in your arms for three years and in your heart till the day you die. Mary Mason

Your pregnancy is a precious gift and you have already been spending hours/weeks/months eating right, keeping healthy, going to Doc appointments and getting prepared or you have already birthed your precious babe and are bringing your new little one home! I would love to offer you additional support whether you are preparing for your baby or you are bringing baby home! 

A baby is something you carry inside you for nine months, in your arms for three years and in your heart till the day you die. Mary Mason

Your pregnancy is a precious gift and you have already been spending hours/weeks/months eating right, keeping healthy, going to Doc appointments and getting prepared or you have already birthed your precious babe and are bringing your new little one home! I would love to offer you additional support whether you are preparing for your baby or you are bringing baby home! 

Whenever and however you intend to give birth, your experience will impact your emotions, your mind, your body, and your spirit for the rest of your life. Ina May Gaskin

Giving birth and being born brings us into the essence of creation, where the human spirit is courageous and bold and the body, a miracle of wisdom. Harriette Hartigan

Postpartum & Breastfeeding Support

Congratulations! You are new parents, or welcoming another baby into your home, some big adjustments either way! I am here to help you get off to a GREAT start!  From breastfeeding support, newborn care, sending you off for a nap, to helping you get organized as you repeat feedings and diaper changes and can also give you overnight support to get caught up on some sleep.

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. 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! YOU CAN DO IT! 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! Helping them get on the same feeding schedule 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 some night time support, so that you can get some much needed sleep.

Qualifications:  Infant CPR – CURRENT, Postpartum Doula DONA Workshop Certificate of Completion – April 2015, Birth Doula DONA Certification 2011, IBCLC Breastfeeding Course, Breastfeeding for Doulas Course and the experience of helping over 300 families through birth and postpartum.

“Remember when you found out you were pregnant and thought ‘how am I going to do this’?  You did.   Remember when you had a crying newborn and thought ‘how am I going to get through this’? You did.   Remember when you had a strong-willed, defiant toddler and thought ‘how am I going to make it through’? You did.    When days are hard, just remember… You have.  You can.  You will.”   Proud Happy Mama

Labour & Birth Prep

With the experience of having been a certified birth doula for 12 years (which I am now retired from), 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 DONA Certification 2011 and the wide experience of helping over 200 families with birth.

Night Support

After some nights of sleep deprivation, having a night or two during the week really makes a difference for your outlook on life with a new baby! You can sleep with confidence knowing a well experienced and trained doula is looking after your baby! Contact me and we will discuss what your needs are and the best way to give you support!

Qualifications: Infant CPR – Current, Postpartum Doula DONA Workshop Certificate of Completion – April 2015, and the experience of helping over 300 families through birth and postpartum.

A little about Me

I have been a Doula now for 14 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 have retired from Birth Doula work and am now focusing on Postpartum Doula support. Helping with the transition to home, giving breastfeeding support to help mama and baby get off to a great start, giving some  overnight support are a few of the ways I can support you and your family. I modify my support to what the needs of the families are. I have also worked extensivelhy with TWINS families and have developed a unique skill set looking after newborn twins, giving input and help into their feeding schedule and sleep patterns.

My husband and I have 3 adult children with lovely spouses and have 9 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  2021 – we opened a small Airbnb private entrance suite in our home and have well over 300 amazing reviews! We have been blown away by it’s succes, becoming Super Hosts within the first year!

Infant CPR (CPR/AED Level C) – CURRENT – 2024

Postpartum Doula Workshop Certificate of Completion (DONA) April 2015

Birth Doula Certification (DONA) #8553 July 2011

IBCLC Lactation Course/Breastfeeding for Doulas Course

Various other courses and workshops and Over 300 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