Accessible Doula Services for Toronto + Hamilton
 
 
 
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How We Help

Supporting you in your choices for yourself, your baby and your family.

 
 

PRENATAL &
BIRTH SUPPORT

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

  • Feeding support

  • Offering continuity of care

 

ABORTION
SUPPORT

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

 

POSTPARTUM
SUPPORT

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

 

PARENTING
SUPPORT

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

 

CHILDBIRTH
EDUCATION

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.

Services Include:

  • 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

  • Infant CPR

  • Naturopathic Care & Acupuncture provided by Sarah Winward, ND

  • Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy

  • Pre & Postnatal Yoga & Movement

  • Seed & Sprout: 2SLGBTQIA Programming

 
 
 
 
 
 
My experience with Birth Mark was wonderful. Everyone was friendly and welcoming. I had the pleasure of working with Monica, Patice and Shanika. They supported me through all the challenges a first time mom can possibly face and more. They were understanding and caring both towards me and my son. I also meet Mel who was a great teacher during our prenatal and postnatal classes. You all were excellent. Thank you.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Learn more about what classes and clinics are available for both you and your family

 
 
 
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