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Meet your Doulas: Julia, Michele, Kaylee, Halima, Jess, Monica and Elizabeth

Meet Julia
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Julia Davie

The daughter of a midwife, I grew up with a deep love of and appreciation for birth. I witnessed many births as a child and teenager, but it was only after the birth of my own three babies that I realized the importance of doula support. I came to understand that with a nurturing birth team, birth can be a powerful and transformational experience. When birth becomes challenging, having a doula by ones side to navigate decision making and provide physical and emotional support reduces birth trauma. 

 

Supporting families in the months and weeks prior to birth, through labour and birth, and during the postpartum period is something I am incredibly passionate about. I never mind being woken up in the middle of the night to attend a birth. In fact, I am thrilled! Birth work is my heart's work. 

 

My approach is heart centred, holistic and inclusive. My support is customized to the needs of each family that I serve, and draws from my extensive experience as not just a Certified Birth Doula, but also a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and Certified Yoga Teacher. 

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Michele Appleby-Clarida

I am blessed to have spent my working life holding space and being present for others, within the spa industry since 2001 and now in the presence of birth.

 

Learning is one of my deepest passions, I am almost constantly taking a course or researching something. My first steps on this path found me studying Aromatherapy, which then grew into a love of hands-on work with others. I then trained as an Esthetician, studied Reiki, and Reflexology.

 

The births of my amazing children (in 2014 & 2017) changed me in so many ways. I have never felt so present in my body than I did in birth. The appreciation of my body and my own strength continues to grow from those experiences. I am still so grateful of the loving support that surrounded me as I birthed my babies, my husband, Julia, and my midwives held that space so beautifully.

 

And here I am now, honoured to be in the presence of birth, watching as families are born and grow. Grateful to support you in this journey.

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Meet Michele
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Kaylee Cumming

I  find pregnancy and birth fascinating! Staring from a body worker’s perspective I began to hone my skills in prenatal care through registered massage therapy, which I have been practicing since 2006. In 2017 I decided to take the leap into Labour support/Doula work.

 

When my first child was born in 2019 I was rocked by the enormity of motherhood. I felt compelled to add  Postpartum Doula to my list of certifications to aid families through this sometimes difficult transition. I will also become a lactation consult in the near future!

In 2021 I gave birth to my second baby, completing my  blended family of 4 children. I love the chaos of a home filled with so many different ages and personalities.

I love working with families during birth and postpartum and feel so honoured to be a part of the most special moment in their lives. Whether I am teaching postures, exercises, educating about the birth process or hands on comfort measures, I truly feels like this  work is a privilege and my special calling .

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Meet Kaylee
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Halima Hassan

Hello! I’m Halima, Registered Nurse and Postpartum Doula.
 

A well-planned support team is one of the most essential tools for a positive postpartum experience. As your Postpartum Doula, my goal is to nurture and provide encouragement. I strive to create a safe space for asking questions and learning the language of your baby. I nurture new families by providing practical, informational and emotional support.
 

My professional background includes over a decade of postpartum nursing. I’ve worked with hundreds of families in the role of maternal child nursing. My focusing was on health promotion, teaching, and supporting new mothers’ mental and emotional health. I now use my nursing experience to offer evidence based guidance for families during the sometimes challenging and deeply meaningful period following birth.
 

I am the mother of 5 children. I speak three languages including English, Arabic and Somali. In my spare time I love gardening, cooking and nourishing my family with delicious and healthy food. I love essential oils and using aromatherapy in my day to day life. I also love practicing hot yoga!

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Meet Halima
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Jess Levasseur

I never imagined working in the birth world! I had no idea what a doula was until a friends mentioned the word. I did a little research and thought I'd probably hire one for my birth one day. Well I did and she was amazing! 

 

After doing so much of my own research during my pregnancy, I couldn't believe how much I didn't know about my own body and what birth was truly going to be like. I went from someone who was filled with anxiety about a human growing inside of her to someone who couldn't wait to birth her baby at home! 

 

I was six months pregnant when I knew I was going to become a doula. I had an amazing birth experience (planned homebirth-hospital transfer by choice). Two months later I started my doula training, then added reflexology training. One here later, I've had the pleasure of supporting multiple families. 

 

As a holistic full-spectrum doula, I enjoy teaching people about their fertility, whether they are trying to conceive or avoid pregnancy, educating families about birth or preparing families for the transition into the postpartum period.  It's truly a privilege to serve families in the way that supports them most.

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Meet Jess
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Monica McGuire

I have always been drawn to newborns at every stage of my life. Passionate about child development and the needs of infants and maternal care, I gain great satisfaction from helping people. 
 

When I discovered the doula profession, I couldn’t stop thinking about transitioning into the field. I had previously worked as an early childhood educator and holistic nutritionist but knew something was missing. The job description of a doula suits my personality unquestionably! 
 

I have completed my training with ProDoula for birth, postpartum, and childbirth education. I am also a certified Canadian Red Cross First Aid & CPR Instructor. From my previous job history, I bring a secondary love of nourishing others with delicious food creations. 
 

 I love being out in nature and enjoy the sunshine. Whenever I can get the chance , you can find me to be at my cottage, taking my dog for a walk, gardening, or hiking in the Gatineau Parks. I love being with my two children and husband & travelling to new places. I am currently in training to become a midwife.

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Meet Monica
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Elizabeth Foster

Hello! My name is Elizabeth and I am a birth and postpartum doula as well as a gentle infant sleep educator. My hope, in these roles, is to support families to help them feel empowered as parents and to gain the tools they need and want in order to parent the way that is best for their family.
 

 After the birth of my first baby I knew that supporting families during this time was something important and necessary. I knew in my heart that this work was for me and felt the pull to be a support person in the role of doula. 
 

 I am also passionate about supporting infant sleep and work with families to provide strategies that get everyone in the family the sleep that they need to feel happy and healthy. There is a lot going on for a baby (and the rest of the family!) at this time. Having an understanding of how your baby's sleep can look, and knowing ways you can still get the sleep you need can make the adjustment to life with a baby smoother. 
 

I love working with families while they welcome a new addition, and feel honoured to be there to be a support physically, mentally and through education.

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Meet Elizabeth
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