Hi, I’m Heather, a certified birth and postpartum doula in Montreal.
I’ve been fascinated with childbirth ever since my two sisters and I used to pretend, as kids, that we were orphans living alone in the wilderness with no other human contact: foraging for food, fending off mountain lions…and giving birth in very noisy re-enactments of dramatic scenes we’d seen on TV.
I first heard the word “doula” when I was pregnant with my first child in San Francisco, California, in 2007. For some reason, though, I thought that because the hospital where I was planning to birth had midwives on staff, my husband and I would have plenty of built-in, hands-on support when I went into labour. I assumed a birth doula would be redundant. At two weeks post-dates, labour induced with Syntocinon/Pitocin, I panicked at the intensity of the pain, had an epidural, and pushed for hours. The medical team, excellent and caring but stretched thin among all the other labouring moms, didn’t have a lot of time or energy for “nurturing” or helping my husband and me weigh options regarding various interventions.
Out came my healthy, gorgeous baby daughter, but afterwards I thought, Wow, yeah, we seriously should have hired a doula!
My path to doula care
After having experienced it for myself, I became even more enamoured with the childbearing year. I read everything I could on the subject, and dreamed of one day helping women through their own experiences and listening to them tell their stories.
I’m thrilled to say that I’m finally doing this work that’s been calling me for as long as I can remember. I’m a birth and postpartum doula certified through MotherWit and Newborn Mothers Collective, and accredited by the Academy of Naturopaths and Naturotherapists of Canada (which means I can issue receipts for insurance purposes). I’ve been working with expecting and new families in Montreal since 2013.
I would be deeply privileged to support you on the wild and beautiful journey that is pregnancy, birth, and parenting.
Having studied anthropology in university, lived in five different countries on four different continents, and traveled around dozens more, I relish looking at things through different cultural and linguistic lenses, shifting perspectives, and having my assumptions and preconceived notions turned upside down. When I’m not parenting my two young kids or doula-ing, I’m probably out on a long run (don’t worry, I always take my phone!), planning a future trip (Iceland, Kenya, and Alberta are on my current list), reading Evidence Based Birth, or trying out different coffee-brewing methods.