How We Help
Supporting you in your choices for yourself, your baby and your family.
Our birth doulas provide unbiased, non-medical, emotional, physical and evidence-based informational support. We work with you during your prenatal period, stay with you during your labour, delivery and support you during the immediate postpartum period. Never leaving your side, our doulas provide continuous care that makes you feel confident and supported in your birthing journey. Most of all, you won’t be alone.
We offer assistance with:
Obtaining up-to-date, evidence-based information to encourage self advocacy and informed decision making
Formulating realistic birth preferences that match your values, needs and chosen place of birth
Modelling and encouraging effective communication strategies for you and your support person within your birthing team
Suggesting comfort measures such as: position changes, comforting touch, acupressure, movement, visualization, encouragement, relaxation and breathing techniques
Offering continuity of care
We have professionally trained abortion doulas on our team. Our abortion doulas provide unconditional, non-medical, emotional, physical and evidence-based support. We offer this to you before, during and after a medical or surgical abortion. We will stay by your side, holding the space you need throughout this process.
Abortion support includes:
Unbiased emotional support, helping you process feelings about your abortion
Encouraging self advocacy and informed decision making
Assistance in formulating realistic preferences for your abortion that match your values and needs
Modelling and empowering you to communicate effectively with your medical team
Suggesting comfort measures such as position changes, comforting touch, acupressure, movement, visualization, encouragement, relaxation and breathing techniques
Helping to create a nurturing, restful atmosphere after the abortion in which you may eat, shower, nap and take time for yourself as needed
Offering evidence-based information on emotional and physical recovery after an abortion
Offering short-term continuity of care after the abortion
Offering referrals when a situation arises that requires additional attention and/or support that falls outside the doula’s scope of practice
Our postpartum doulas care for you, your baby and your family in your space following the birth of your baby. We provide unbiased, non-medical, emotional, physical and evidence-based one-on-one support and companionship that relate to your parenting goals. Our postpartum doulas do not tell you how to parent, they support your choices along the way. We’ll help you find those tips and tricks that make the postpartum period that much easier.
Doula Services Include:
Unbiased emotional support, helping you process feelings about your birth
Assisting with all elements of newborn care and sibling adjustment (feeding, bathing, diapering and calming techniques)
Creating a nurturing, restful atmosphere in which you and your supports may eat, shower nap and take time for yourselves as needed
Empowering you to learn skills that will enable you to cope with your new responsibilities
Meal preparation, shopping for groceries, light household cleaning (laundry, washing dishes, sweeping floors), bottle preparation and sterilization
Offering evidence-based information on newborn feeding, newborn sleep, newborn development and emotional and physical recovery from childbirth
Offering referrals when a situation arises that requires additional attention and support that falls outside the doula’s scope of practice
Giving you hands-on and informational support for your unique journey into parenthood. Helping you make a healthy, happy and supported transition.
Support services Include:
Individual coaching and education
Group coaching and education
Partner/Non-Birthing Parent Support
Providing customized one-on-one birth workshops or small group education classes that are unbiased, non-judgmental, inclusive and culturally sensitive. Our childbirth educators are constantly updating our curriculum with the most current and evidence-based information. We help you understand the ups and downs, ins and outs and surprises of giving birth.
One-on-one customized workshops
One-on-one childbirth education classes (provided by a CBE Certified Instructor)
Small group customized workshops
Small group childbirth education classes (provided by a CBE Certified Instructor)
Classes & Clinics
Childcare is provided by request for most of our optional services. Pay-what-you-can option is available for non Birth Mark clients. Birth Mark classes and clinics include:
Breathing & Meditation Workshops
Feeding & Lactation Support
Infant Craniosacral Therapy
Naturopathic Care & Acupuncture provided by Sarah Winward, ND
Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy
Pre & Postnatal Yoga & Movement
Seed & Sprout: 2SLGBTQIA Programming