A new feature that we are starting on the blog is a 5 Minutes With.... article to give you a bit of insight into the life behind the doula.
First up is Lisa!
So tell us about the woman behind the doula! What do you like to do on your off?
I'm an active mom of two boys, Ronan is 7 and Keegan is 5. When I'm not hanging out with them, I enjoy sewing (all crafting, really) and playing soccer.
What is your favourite birth support, and why?
I love the yoga ball or peanut ball. It's so versatile and can be used in a variety of ways, even if you've had an epidural.
Why did you want to go into birth work?
Ever since Ronan was born, I've been fascinated by birth. His birth was very quick and I wasn't really sure of what was happening at each stage. It would have been so helpful to have someone I could rely on to normalize the process for me.
What other areas of parenting and birth are you passionate about? Do they influence your work as a doula?
I'm passionate about breastfeeding and car seat safety, and I'm actually taking my certification as a Car Seat Safety Technician this month! I am also fascinated by the family dynamics and how they change when a new sibling is added to the family. I love helping people navigate this time and help ease the transition for the entire family.
What advice do you have for a new (or new again) mom as she nears birth?
Take time for yourself and don't be afraid to say no. Some people think they are entitled to know everything about your pregnancy (gender, name, choices, etc.) and you are absolutely allowed to say no. The same goes for people wanting to touch your belly or even medical decisions that you may be uncomfortable with.
To book your consultation with this fabulously knowledgeable doula, you can email Lisa or get in touch with her by phone!