Thank you for considering my doula companioning support for your unique reproductive journey. Companioning doula support is different for everyone, it is never “one size fits all” and is led by you, based on your own needs, beliefs, expectations and personal birth, loss or neonatal experience. My companioning philosophy is to center you, to build a relationship with you and to trust that you are the expert in your own life.
Navigating pregnancy, birth, abortion, loss of your baby or caring for your sick baby in the NICU can be overwhelming, particularly during moments when you feel things are out of your control, are moving too quickly, feel unable to use your voice or are unsure of the choices that you want to make. I am here, as a companion, to hold you in all of that, to slow things down and ensure that your needs are met.
An essential element of companioning is to bring your provider/care team together around you, through communication and conversation based on perspective, compassion and empathy, to center you, and/or your baby, one moment at a time. This is vitally important given the nature of healthcare systems today, which often require you to navigate policies and procedures which may be in conflict with what you want for you or your baby or which can leave you feeling overhwhelmed, steamrolled and disprespected. Bringing your provider and care team together in converstation around you, ensures that you are heard, that you fully know your options and are able to make the decisions that you believe are right for you. I am also here to hold you in your own critical thinking and decision making, to support you to confidently consent to (or refuse) care options and to advocate for what you want for you, and/or your baby.
As an advocate companion, I will work with you to create birth and advocacy plans, and will be your voice in the moments where you can’t find or use your own. I can support you through your birth, pregnancy loss, stillbirth, abortion or NICU experience physically, emotionally, in person or virtually. I can also provide you with information that you request, or signpost you to other resources or sources of support in your community, so that your needs are met both in the present and as your journey into the future.
I believe that everyone has the right to experience safe, respectful and dignified reproductive care, and I am committed, through my companioning work, to achieve this for you.