Why hire a postpartum doula?

Why hire a postpartum doula?

When I did my Birth Doula training in 2011, the word “doula,” didn’t seem to be quite common place. A few short years later, as we continue to go back to wanting less-medicalized births, women and their partners are cluing in to how crucial it is to have a doula by their sides in child […]

Greetings from somewhere other than India

Greetings from somewhere other than India

Here’s a funny story about me and India… About six years ago, I moved to Montreal for lack of a better idea. I’d been living out of a tent and backpack for years. I was recently single and looking for an adventure. So I moved to Montreal, subletting my friend Paola’s place while she went […]

Conceiving Healthy Babies Book review and Giveaway

Conceiving Healthy Babies Book review and Giveaway

The white book with the cute naked baby on the cover, sat on my shelf for a long time. It sat there and got covered by other books because conceiving babies was just about the last thing on my mind. For the record, Bug is 21 months old and I still don’t have my period. […]

Can Doula care change expectations during birth?

Can Doula care change expectations during birth?

Guest Post By Nan Strauss, Director of Policy & Research, Choices in Childbirth What would you guess is “one of the most effective tools to improve labor and delivery outcomes?”* It might surprise you to know that quote comes from a statement by the two leading obstetricians’ professional associations in the US and was referring […]

Help build the Peace Cafe!

Help build the Peace Cafe!

Caffè della Pace: Peace Cafe. How beautiful does that sound? A space in Montreal that will provide prenatal classes, breastfeeding support, community, a warm place where women from all over can find friendship. This is the dream of Rivka Cymbalist, my friend, and the doula who attended Bug’s birth and helped me with so much […]

We found our doula. Thank you, Rivka!

We found our doula. Thank you, Rivka!

As I said in my last post, we are very serious about finding the best doula out there. What does that mean? It means finding the person that best fits with our family. There are half a dozen doulas in Montreal who would have made great companions for us. We particularly adored Megan Tobert at […]

Is a doula necessary when you have a midwife?

Is a doula necessary when you have a midwife?

We are in the process of choosing a doula and it isn’t a decision we are taking lightly. Our needs this time around are certainly different than the last time. We haven’t yet decided where I am going to deliver this baby, but it’s not going to be at the hospital (unless, of course, there […]

How to have a natural bith in the hospital

How to have a natural bith in the hospital

By JENN HARDY Written for OpenFile.ca Julie Briggs was a first time mom determined to have a natural birth, free of drugs and medical intervention. But at more than 20 weeks pregnant and facing a long wait list for a midwife at one of the province’s birth centres, Briggs knew it was too late to […]

Birth Geeks Extraordinaires

Birth Geeks Extraordinaires

I am in the midst of my birth doula training and am positively geeking out. I am enjoying my doula training with Alternative Naissance more than I imagined I would (and I had very high hopes, let me tell you.) It is the first time that this non-profit has offered the training in English and […]

I Do(ula)

I Do(ula)

Today, on the day I would say farewell to our lovely doula, Sarah, I received my first doula client. It happened in a casual conversation with friends who are expecting in early December. I’ll be finished my doula training in November. The timing is perfect and I am so excited. Tonight, before heading off to […]