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Embrace Your Transformative Journey

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Holistic support for a mindful pregnancy, labour & birth, postpartum, and parenting experience

Empowering you with knowledge, nonjudgemental support, and confidence to step into your power, make informed decisions, and bring inner peace.

Support services can be scheduled on a one-time basis or on a recurring schedule. All sessions are customizable to your wants and needs.

Services

Labour & Birth Doula Support provides pregnant people and partners support, education, and empowerment as well as continuous presence during labour & birth and the immediate postpartum period. The prenatal sessions are totally customizable intending to equip you and your support team with confidence.


Empowered Birth Package includes:

  • Free consultation

  • Ongoing phone, email and text support

  • Three prenatal meetings where we can explore your desired birth, physiology of labour & birth, preparing to nurture your newborn, yoga for pregnancy and birth preparation and all your questions and concerns 

  • On-call 24/7 from 38 weeks (earlier if expecting multiples)

  • Continuous unwavering support during your active labour and birth. This includes emotional support, physical support, position suggestions, clarification of medical terms and procedures, creating a safe comfortable birthing environment, supporting you with advocacy and evidence-based information to guide in decision making

  • Presence 1-2 hours after birth to support the immediate postpartum experience and breastfeeding initiation

  • We will also get to connect for a postpartum visit 1-3 days after birth to process your experience however you wish and explore all questions, concerns and emotions

Fully Supported Empowered Birth

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Choose the price that best suits your situation between $800-$1100

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We will journey together throughout three sessions to prepare physically, mentally and spiritually for the labour and birth you desire. Sessions are customized to meet your needs and provide the support you desire. 

Topics we can explore are: 

  • Prenatal Yoga and breathing practices

  • Connecting with your pelvic floor

  • Designing a birth plan and your ideal birthing environment

  • Nurturing your newborn (caregiving activities, fostering secure attachment, preparing home environment)

  • Empowering you to self-advocate and make informed decisions 

  • Partner empowerment to be able to support you during labour

  • Options and possibilities in labour & birth

  • Stages of labour and physiology of birth

  • Birthing positions, comfort measures and medical pain management

  • Preparing for first few hours after birth

  • Setting realistic expectations for your postpartum period

 

This series is intended to provide evidence-based and holistic information to instill confidence for your labour & birth and transition into parenthood.

Prenatal Doula - Empowerment Curriculum

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In person or virtual or hybrid -
Three (3) two hour sessions for $250

Support for Postpartum and Parenting

PostPartum Doula Support is for families and babies (0-2 years) and  is based entirely on your family's needs. It is personalized care with evidence-based information to explore your concerns and experiences with your recovery and your baby.

Support can include and is not limited to:

  • Non-judgemental, compassionate emotional support within a safe space

  • Feeding support

  • Soothing methods 

  • Attention to your physical recovery

  • Instilling confidence while caregiving for your baby (feeding, diapering, bathing)

  • Being with baby while you get some rest or take a shower

  • Tidying dishes, folding laundry, light meal preparation

  • Creating a physically safe, cognitively challenging, and emotionally nurturing home environment to support your baby’s optimal development

  • When it is safe to do so, postpartum support services can include yoga and breathing practices to reconnect with your core and pelvic floor, ease tension in overused muscles, rebuild strength and find peace and balance in the bodymind. 

  • This service is also for parents who want to explore, appreciate and support your baby’s current behaviour and development. Sessions can include exploration of RIE principles for respectful infant and toddler caregiving, setting a foundation for a healthy relationship.

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In person support - min 2 hours at $35/hour

Virtual support - $35/hour

Overnight support is offered Sunday nights from 9pm-5am at $35/hour

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Mother of one beautiful soul, daytime caregiver to three more. I am a certifying fertility, birth, and postpartum doula. I am also completing 200 hours of Hatha yoga teacher training (to be completed December 2023), as well as 85 hours of prenatal and postnatal yoga teacher training.

I am Kristen..

Grateful you are here…

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I have completed the Resources for Infant Educarers (RIE) Foundations course where I gained a comprehensive understanding of infant and toddler motor and social-emotional development in addition to Magda Gerber’s Educaring Approach to respectful infant care. I am currently engaged in a Surrogacy Support course and a Pelvic Floor Health Essentials course with Doula Training Canada.

 

Since my transition to parenthood and experiencing a period of depression and post traumatic stress, I have embarked on a journey of self-discovery, healing, and spiritual evolution. I have dedicated hundreds of hours to self-study in books, courses and in practice to understand the miraculous, challenging, transformational perinatal experience as well as the wondrous development of infants and toddlers. Through this journey, I have begun to unveil my authentic self and I have discovered my passion for pregnancy, birth, and fostering infants' and toddlers' optimal, natural development.

My intention is to support pregnant and birthing people (with their partners when applicable) in preparing mind, body, and soul for an empowered labour, birth, postpartum and transition into parenthood. Also, to support and enlighten parents to a respectful, conscious way of understanding and being with infants and toddlers that nurtures their social-emotional development and respects their natural abilities and behaviours. With a mindful and informed approach may we be confident, may our spirits grow and may we be enabled to raise conscious, self-confident children. May we embrace the uncertainty and the divine beauty of this journey and be open to what the Universe has to offer.

CLIENT STORIES

KAREN G

We met Kristen only a day before going into labour, and thank god for her being available and a caring, reassuring presence from the very start. Kristen made the whole thing feel not only do-able but also much easier. Her attitude was perfect and she was full of attention and tips to help, from start to post-partum. We are very grateful for having had her as a doula.

CARING, REASSURING PRESENCE

The support and guidance I received from Kristen during the birth of my child was incredible. Hiring a doula was a very last minute decisions but turned out to be one of the best decisions my partner and I made throughout our pregnancy journey. From the moment we met, she showed warmth and professionalism, making us feel at ease and confident.

 

During labor, she was a constant source of comfort and encouragement, helping me manage pain and navigate the challenges of childbirth. Her presence was calming, and her knowledge of various birthing techniques was invaluable. She truly empowered me to have the birth experience I had hoped for, without any medication but I know she would've been totally non-judgmental no matter my choices.

 

Beyond the birth itself, our doula provided postpartum support that was equally invaluable. She checked in on us regularly, offering guidance on breastfeeding, newborn care, and mom's physical and emotional well being. Her compassion and expertise were a lifeline during those early weeks of parenthood. If you're considering hiring a doula, I wholeheartedly recommend it, and I can't recommend Kristen enough. Her generosity and support made a world of difference for our family. Thank you for being there for us during this life-changing experience!

KAREN 

WARMTH AND PROFESSIONALISM

STEPHANY H

Near the end of my second trimester, I was introduced to Kristen from a massage therapist I frequently went to and I wish I had Kristen sooner! I had never thought of having a doula to support me during my first birth. Kristen listened to my needs and wants during the whole process and made me feel supported and calm during the remainder of my pregnancy, labour and post labour. Kristen helped me care for my newborn which was super helpful as it was difficult as a first time parent trying to navigate caring for a child. Kristen's presence was invaluable. I had a great experience and I highly recommend Kristen!

SUPPORTED AND CALM

The support and guidance I received from Kristen during the birth of my child was incredible. Hiring a doula was a very last minute decisions but turned out to be one of the best decisions my partner and I made throughout our pregnancy journey. From the moment we met, she showed warmth and professionalism, making us feel at ease and confident.

 

During labor, she was a constant source of comfort and encouragement, helping me manage pain and navigate the challenges of childbirth. Her presence was calming, and her knowledge of various birthing techniques was invaluable. She truly empowered me to have the birth experience I had hoped for, without any medication but I know she would've been totally non-judgmental no matter my choices.

 

Beyond the birth itself, our doula provided postpartum support that was equally invaluable. She checked in on us regularly, offering guidance on breastfeeding, newborn care, and mom's physical and emotional well being. Her compassion and expertise were a lifeline during those early weeks of parenthood. If you're considering hiring a doula, I wholeheartedly recommend it, and I can't recommend Kristen enough. Her generosity and support made a world of difference for our family. Thank you for being there for us during this life-changing experience!

KAREN G

WARMTH AND PROFESSIONALISM

service area

Embrun, Russell, Casselman, Limoges, Orleans, Ottawa

*Mileage applies to clients if I am required to drive more than 50 kilometers from my residence (Embrun). After 50 kilometers of driving, a mileage rate applies for every kilometer driven at the standard government rate of 68 cents per kilometer.

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