Meet your Winnipeg Doula and Birth Photographer
I love Winnipeg, but wish it was near the ocean. An open window, a heavy rainstorm and a book is heaven to me. Water is my happy place.
My idea of a perfect Friday night includes take out, a cozy blanket and a sappy movie. I'm an introvert at heart, and love nothing more than a quiet cafe with close friends.
I love photography, and capturing moments that otherwise fly by without a thought. I have 31 photo albums on my shelves, and still love being transported back to my childhood just by cracking the cover open.
Music makes my world go round, and I love nothing more than dancing in the kitchen with my husband and kiddos.
My three tiny humans keep me on my toes every day. Their births solidifed my love and passion for birth work. One hospital birth and one (unexpected!) unassisted birth led me to the calm homebirth of my third babe. His birth was healing and grounding, full of empowerment and wonder. Watching them each grow into their personalities each day brings me smiles and grey hairs in almost equal amounts.
After years of planning to be a clinical psychologist, I found my calling in the birth world instead. I completed my degree and lovingly refer to it as my most expensive piece of artwork. After getting my feet wet as a doula, I started offering birth photography as well, and have been supporting Winnipeg families for over ten years now. I fall more in love with each birth that happens. This work is busy, and intense, and absolutely wonderful. I wouldn't have it any other way.
I started Embrace Birth Services because I believe birth is this amazing, emotional, transformative experience-- and sometimes it's scary and overwhelming too. I believe that how you feel during, and the memories you take away from this day will stay with you for the rest of your life.
Let's get to know each other a bit more. Send me a message and let's meet for coffee. Give me a cozy chair and I'm an open book. Still wanting more? I bared my soul over here too, go look!
My belief about birth.
♥ I believe birth is an amazing, wonderful, exciting event that is inherently normal.
♥ I believe pregnancy, labor and birth have a profound effect on birthing people and their families. It is an experience that is never forgotten.
♥ I believe we intuitively and instinctively know how to give birth. Those caring for and supporting birthing people need to trust and respect that inner wisdom.
♥ I believe one’s confidence and ability to birth is either enhanced or diminished by those who care for them and the environment around them.
♥ I believe that fear increases pain, and understanding and respecting the birthing process is an important part of a satisfying birth.
♥ I believe each baby has a different journey to come earthside. It is not always the one we expect, but it can still be a positive experience with the right support team.
♥ I believe a birthing person has a right to give birth free from routine medical interventions if they choose. If interventions become necessary or desired, all information needed to support and understand the intervention should be provided.
♥ I believe education empowers families to make informed choices in health care, and to trust their intuition, instinct and inner wisdom.
♥ I believe holding space as families grow is the best job in the world, and one I do not take lightly.