Birth + Postpartum Doula
Navigating Pregnancy Facilitator
Harbour City Doulas Co-Owner
Tell us about your life!
My life over the last 12 years has been shared with my Husband Cory. Together we have two daughters Lily (8) Lilah (6). They are bright shining stars, enthusiastic learners and lovers of all things living in nature.
How long have you lived on Vancouver Island? What’s your favorite part about island life?
I have lived on Vancouver Island for the last 12 years ! My favourite part is the unlimited exploring you can do. We love to spend time in nature. I am a huge lover of trees. So finding all the hidden giants over these past 12 years has been so fun!
If you could write a book about your life, what would the title be and why?
A book? Oh gosh….okay. “Life without a recipe”. I love to cook but I hate to follow recipes. I guess I enjoy the challenge of creating food relying on my own senses. I hit it out of the park some times and my husband will always joke, “Can I get the recipe for this one??” Nope, and never! I think in all areas of my life I approach things “without a recipe”. Following my heart and not worrying about the “should do” or “must do” elements. It translates nicely….. I will never follow the recipe in the kitchen or in life!
What song would you sing at karaoke night?
Karaoke night would be fun! I suspect I would belt out Sugarland’s “Stuck Like Glue”, not holding back or carrying any shame for my ridiculous performance!
What series can you binge-watch on repeat?
My guilty pleasure when binge watching is anything from the 90’s. I can watch and re-watch the Nanny, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Home Improvement, and the Golden Girls. They just never get old! (See what I did there 😉 )
What takes up way too much of your time?
I don’t think there is one thing that takes up too much of my time… but I guess maybe talking on the phone. I am not much of a texter so when I want to connect with someone, I call. I am old school! Often this leads to “visiting” for hours on the phone.
What’s something most people don’t know about you?
Most people don’t know that I have Celiac Disease. It’s not often something that comes up in conversation unless we are eating out together or you have taken on the daunting challenge of making me a meal!
Describe your ideal weekend!
EASY!…. outside, warm sun, with family, hiking amongst nature and trees. New experiences for my kids, ending with ice cream and a view of the ocean.
Tell us about one of your most memorable moments as a doula.
After so many years as a doula, it’s hard to have just one. Watching friends give birth, catching a fast delivery with my own hands, watching a baby born “en caul”, witnessing young men transition into fathers in an instant, daddy tears (oh, they still get me!), seeing the strength and sacrifice of mothers, unforgettable loss and heartache, celebrating the hard fought victories, it’s all so memorable! The victory chant of, “I did it”!!! accompanied by tears of joy and relief. It never leaves me and it never will.
What made you become a doula?
I became a doula after becoming a mother myself. Going through the process brought an awareness that there was room for improvement. There were gaps where there should have been support. I realized families needed and wanted more. They want more help, more education, more guidance, more love, more kindness, more options, more informed choice. Just more of everything we should all have when venturing into the land of parenthood!