My Doula Care
The best way I can describe my doula care is to get you to imagine your closest female friend or relative. The person you feel the most comfortable with. Everyone has one – she’s the one you can rely on for anything, she’s been there to laugh with you through the highest points of your life and gives you a shoulder to ugly-cry into during the lowest. She has confidence in you even when you don’t, and she’s not afraid of giving you some tough love sometimes if you really need it.
Now imagine that person went through special training to not take anything personally. Let’s say a strong emotion overtakes you and you say something you normally wouldn’t. She wouldn’t bat an eye, she’d simply give you space and keep supporting you throughout your experience. This person has also learned some pretty incredible relaxation techniques. She is knowledgable about prenatal nutrition, newborn care, and breastfeeding. Acupressure, Thai massage, herbal medicine, yogatherapy, and Tai Chi are also amongst the tricks she’s got up her sleeve. Plus, she knows some wicked jokes.
We hired Kim as our doula for our second child and couldn’t have been more pleased. Our initial meeting laid out expectations of everybody throughout the birth. During the birth she assisted wherever she was needed, even bringing snacks and drinks!
I would absolutely recommend Kim to anybody who is considering having a doula. And for those who don’t have a doula, get on board and get one!Leif Bogwald
Birth on Your Terms
If you haven’t guessed yet, this hybrid between close friend and skilled professional is me! Granted, I will never be as close with you as your best friend, but that’s really for the best. One of the great things about a doula is, after all, her impartiality. No doubt your best friend loves you without reservation, but it’s natural for her to have her own biases. I don’t- I just want you to have the birth and postpartum care you want!
One of my many passions is learning about people. I want to know what makes you tick, and I have special exercises to do in our pre-natal appointments that allow us to bridge that gap really quickly. When we meet after your birth, I want you to be able to say “I did that my way and I wouldn’t have changed a thing”. I’ll make sure you’re supported every step of the way.
Who I Am
So now that you know a little about my doula approach, I should probably tell you a little more about who I am personally. I live in Nanaimo and love exploring this wonderful part of Vancouver Island with my dog and my husband. I also really love relaxing in my backyard hammock. I’m obsessed with: babies and birth, cramming as many plants into my garden as possible, cramming as much food into my mouth as possible, walking with no destination, attending the farmer’s market on the reg, eating perogies, and buying hats that I forget about after wearing them once. I love deeply and stand up for my beliefs fiercely. My laundry room is a mess, but my bedroom closet is impeccable. I believe in the power of handwritten notes and a hot cup of well-made tea. I also believe in the necessity of mistakes, imperfection, and laughter that tests one’s Kegel training regime. If you like my manifesto, maybe we should meet!