Companioning support during pregnancy, birth, loss, termination or in the NICU, 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 journey. 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, termination, loss of your baby or caring for your sick baby in the NICU can be overwhelming, particularly during moments where you feel out of control, unable to use your voice or feel unsure of the choices you want to make, and I am here, as a companion, to hold you in all of that. An essential element of companioning is to bring your provider/support 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 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, loss, termination or NICU experience physically and emotionally, in person or virtually, and provide you with information that you request, or signpost you to other resources or sources of support in your community. I believe that everyone has the right to experience safe, respectful and dignified reproductive care, without trauma, and I am committed, through my companioning work, to achieve this for you.