Birth Mark Doula, Toronto
Specialties: birth, lactation support & education, hypnobirthing, baby-wearing
Vera (she/her) has been attending births and supporting parents as a doula in Toronto since 2014. She is a Certified Labour Doula (CAPPA), Postpartum Doula, Lactation Educator, Placenta Encapsulator and Hypnobirthing Professional. Her commitment is to fostering confidence in women and pregnant people to have beautiful birth experiences that leave them empowered and ready to be the kind of parent they want to be for their children. She has attended births in hospitals, at the birth centre and in private homes; in Canada and in Mexico.
Vera teaches breastfeeding and childbirth classes, and regularly hosts free and low-cost workshops to new parents with a focus on enviro-parenting and eco-friendly ideas for childrearing (such as minimalist living, cloth diapering, reducing waste, DIY and baby wearing).
Vera’s particular niche is in supporting single parents, mature (age 40+) birthing people, non-conforming family arrangements, and unmedicated births. Some of her additional skills include rebozo techniques, acupressure for labour and birth, and supporting birthing in water. She’s been told that she has a calm personality suitable for gentle birth environments. She herself is a mother to 2 teen children, both born in hospital with midwives.