The Birth and Bereavement Doula supports families:

  • experiencing birth
  • enduring bereavement
  • facing any event where birth & bereavement may meet

                       A Birth and Bereavement Doula can support families experiencing:

  • birth in any trimester, and in any outcome
  • unconventional loss, which may include adoption or surrogacy
  • NICU care
  • “rainbow” subsequent live birth
  • full term, uncomplicated, live birth with no connection in any way to bereavement
  • newborn nutrition and lactation options
  • and more

    Benefits of Birth  Doula Support

  • Doulas supplement (not replace) childbirth professional / medical support to provide the following:
  • reduces overall Cesarean birth rate 50%
  • reduces the length of labor 25%
  • reduces Pitocin use 40%
  • reduces the need for forceps delivery 40
  • reduces requests for epidural pain relief 60%

    Benefits of  having a Bereavement Doula Support

  • Personal Doula support during miscarriage, stillbirth, fatal diagnosis or medical termination
  • comfort and reassurance during a difficult season
  • continued trauma informed care
  • provides information and supports for the grief and mourning process

 

Prison Doula- So worth it

 

For 7 years I have had the privilege of volunteering as an inspirational dance teacher in Vanier Correctional Center for Women in Milton. It has been both challenging and rewarding to dance alongside these women. I have grown in ways that I never thought possible. Two and a half years ago I made a transition to join the Vanier Doula program and help pregnant women that are incarcerated to navigate the system through pregnancy, labor and delivery. This has exposed me to even more challenging experiences but the benefits for these women have been “so worth it“.   Being the free spirit that I am along with my passion for justice and unconventional thinking, I struggle with working within institutions that have system breakdown. I have navigated my way through various institutions and have even chosen to accomplish my goals outside of the normal rules and regulations that hinder progress. I have done this because at my core beliefs I believe that the end result could possibly be worth all the sacrifice of the struggle.

Our program has seen a total of 110 pregnant women from 2014-2017.   We have assisted as Doulas for 14 Births.   We do weekly visit of an average of  4-9 pregnant women. We have assisted with mothers dealing with  Children`s Aid Society, abuse, adoption, substance usage, high risk pregnancy, miscarriage, termination, twins and fatal outcome. Due to the circumstances surrounding the pregnancies I encounter I have been trained as a Doula specialist in bereavement, loss, survivors of sexual abuse,termination and adoption.

I can still say that after all of these weekly encounters, the frustration I sometimes feel with the system breakdown and  failure, the pain I vicariously experience through the re- traumatization each women deals with, I still believe that it is so worth it.

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Summit

On Monday May 16th at Mount Sinai Hospital a monumental event catapulted a movement into motion as healthcare professionals, perinatal organizations and bereaved families all came together  for the first ever Pregnancy & Infant Loss Summit.

Throughout the day multiple speakers shared how the current medical system deals with women who experience miscarriage, still births, or early infant deaths. They also spoke on how vital and necessary it is that there be a transformation in healthcare practices needed to support women, medically and psychologically.

The photo above is of two birth and bereavement Doulas with a doctor from Mount Sinai and MPP for Eglinton-Lawrence Mike Colle, who was instrumental in the organization and implementation of the Summit.

Mike Colle along with many pregnancy and loss professionals believes that Ontario needs to implement proper health care options to deal with the 30,000 distressed mothers who experience infant loss each year. Events such as this Summit is a great start in giving a voice to bereaved families, while breaking the silence and bringing awareness to the general public.

This comes after the historic passing of Bill 141: The Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness, Research and Care Act in December 2015. It was the first known healthcare legislation of its kind in North America.

The Giving Tree Services

The Giving Tree Services

The Giving Tree Services

Based on the book by Shel Silverstein, The Giving Tree Services is about the beautiful nature of giving of the natural resources that are at our disposal for love, health, wellness and happiness.  We believe in the Tree of Life offering us better choices and better ways to live. Our services are for any and everyone that is seeking a natural, safe and proven solution to overall well being.

We offer a variety of services

Birthing Supernaturally Doula

Bereavement and Perinatal loss Doula

Doula Dance  Movement specialist

Spiritual massage therapist

Inner Healing facilitator

Essential Oil Wellness Advocate

UR Designed Identity Life coach