I am excited to tell you a bit about myself – and why I have chosen to certify as a Doula (Labour/Birth and Postpartum) as well as Perinatal Educator.
My history supporting new parents through pregnancy goes back to when I was 19 years old. While taking the Social Service Worker program at Centennial College, I interned at a pregnancy home located in South-Western Ontario. It was there that I came to understand the challenge of a crises pregnancy.
Fast forward to a few years after my second child’s birth in 2003. I found myself without my former spouse during most of my pregnancy and birthing experience. This was not what I had expected. But, once I had settled into the hospital, I was fortunate that my sister and friend showed up to provide support and comfort.
Soon after this experience my heart’s desire became obvious; I wanted to provide the same support and comfort to other new parents. No birthing person should be alone during pregnancy, birth and postpartum. I volunteered as a birth coach at the Pregnancy Care Centre in Toronto and had the privilege of volunteering as a birth coach at the birth of 4 babies while supporting their mothers prenatally and a few weeks postpartum.
Despite the experience as a volunteer birth coach, I recognized I needed training. And that is why I started to train with Doula Canada in May 2020 and certified in June 2021. I am also a contract doula with Birth Mark Support based in Toronto. (www.birthmarksupport.com ).
As your Doula, my goal is to provide you with compassionate, non-judgemental and evidence-based education and support during your pregnancy, labour, birth and early Postpartum.
Your Doula, Angela (she/her)
“I believe that women’s bodies are powerful and with the right support, we are UNSTOPPABLE!”
Mandy Irby, The Birth Nurse
Additional courses and education:
Social Service Worker Diploma (Centennial College)
Diverse Families and Prenatal Support (Doula Canada)
Working with Diabetic Clients (Doula Canada)
LGBT2SQ Foundations Course (Rainbow Health Ontario)
Breastfeeding (Toronto Public Health)
Grief and Loss (4 Well-Being Miyo Maskihikya)
Supporting Nutrition from Preconception to Postpartum (Doula Canada)
Understanding Systemic Racism in Maternity Care: The Voices of Black Researchers (VBAC Facts)
Complicated Births (Doula Canada)
Novice Rebozo Credential (Gena Kirby University)
Member: Association of Ontario Doulas
Why the “ladybug”. My dear friend, Adeline, loved the ladybug. She had a vast collection of ladybug items (some of which she shared with me). Adeline understood me and my dreams to serve new parents. Whenever I see a ladybug I think of my dear friend and decided to honour her memory by using the ladybug in my logo and material.