Baby Ryker Brooks

postpartum doula

Motherhood takes many shapes and forms. As a new mom and Doula I am constantly astounded by the bravery, strength, and courage of mothers. I’ve learned that being a mom is a gift, blessing, and is truly indescribable (oh, and it’s also hard too). I write this with one incredible mommy in mind (and all mothers who can relate). A fellow boy-mom and my dear friend: Layla. I write this with her permission unable to contain my tears and heartache. Layla lost her newborn son Ryker Brooks who lived just 5 days before being carried on angel wings to heaven. She may not see or know it yet, but she’s a super mom and one of the strongest mothers I know. She personifies love, selflessness, gratitude, and openness, even during the worst sorrow a parent will ever go through as described by Layla. Continue reading

Doula Services

Distance & In-Person Postpartum Doula Services: 
Kaleigh Betty Photography
It would be my pleasure to support you and your family with postpartum Doula services. A postpartum Doula supports infants and families with their unique needs – the options are infinite. Each parent / family has different needs, thus it is difficult to define the multitude of ways in which I can support you. Essentially, you dictate the best ways I can support you. As a certified, registered, and insured yoga teacher, I can also combine yoga services (Postpartum, family yoga, kids yoga, and/or Yoga for Women, etc…) with my Doula supports. Feel free to visit my online yoga profile with the Canadian Yoga Alliance to view my credentials here.

If this is not your first time having a baby, what you want from a postpartum Doula would be very different from a first time mom. This is the beauty of having a Doula, your postpartum care supports are designed specifically for you and your desires and wishes. You might not want to spend much of your postpartum time focusing on after delivery hygiene and care, post c-section wound care and recovery, Postpartum Depression, Postpartum Anxiety, transitions at home, etc…, depending on what you already know, but you might rather focus your postpartum time on infant sleep, baby-feeding, postpartum yoga, childcare, light house keeping, etc…, and how I can support your partner and family so they can best support you, etc…

Here is a brief overview to give you an idea of the types of services I can provide, but my services are dictated by my clients in consultation with them. These services are à-la-carte, i.e. a postpartum visit could be swapped for a yoga session, etc…We can tailor/modify these to meet your needs.

Free Consultation
All postpartum services include one free consultation via phone / FaceTime to determine the family’s / mother’s needs. I will also be available via text for support outside of our scheduled sessions throughout the time period in which I am supporting a family/parent.
In person services: In person consultation. 
Support for Mom
Unconditional and nonjudgmental emotional support, education and resources, holistic solutions and community supports, recovery process & postpartum healing, mood support, postpartum relationships, breastfeeding support (help with latch, positions, breastfeeding education, ect…), etc…
In person services: Accompany on outings if needed, donated breast milk pick up, preparing bottles, etc…
Support for newborn/children
Information and education on diapering (cloth or disposable), infant/toddler feeding options, nutrition & healthy habits, sleep strategies, etc…
In person services: Assistance with baby care so mom can take a nap, shower, or care for older children, etc…
Support for family
Family nutrition, infertility support, routines, and scheduling, etc…
In person services: Meal prep, light housework, laundry, caring for older children, grocery pick up, caring for family pets (walking a dog or cleaning a litter box), overnight support, any task you or your family need to make the transition with baby easier, etc…
Pricing
$30/hour
$200 – 8 hour package
$250 – 12 hour package
For distance clients, purchased hour blocks can be divided into 30 minute (and other) chunks to accommodate scheduling.

Labour and Birth Doula Services: 
Kaleigh Betty Photography

So, what do Doula’s do? In brief, a Doula is a support person – or a birthing coach – for the birthing person, their support people, and their family. As your Doula, I would support you and your family with your unique needs – the options are infinite and tailored specifically to what you want. Each parent / family has different needs, thus it is difficult to define the multitude of ways in which I can support you. Essentially, you dictate the best ways I can support you. As a certified , registered, and insured yoga teacher, I can also combine yoga services (Prenatal, Postpartum, family yoga, and/or Yoga for Women, etc…) with my Doula supports. Feel free to visit my online yoga profile with the Canadian Yoga Alliance to view my credentials here.

If this is not your first pregnancy or delivery, what you want from having a Labour & Birth Doula would be very different from a first time mom. This is the beauty of having a Doula, your prenatal, labour, and birth supports are designed specifically for you and your desires and wishes. You might not want to spend much of your prenatal time focusing on the stages of labour, pain medications, medical interventions, c-section overview, etc… depending on what you already know, but you might rather focus your prenatal time on prenatal yoga positions, optimal positioning of the baby, comfort measures during labour, your birth plan, and how I can support your partner so they can best support you, etc…

Here is a brief overview to give you an idea of the types of services I can provide, but my services are dictated by my clients in consultation with them. These services are à-la-carte, i.e. a prenatal visit could be swapped for a postpartum visit, etc…We can tailor/modify these to meet your needs.

Free Consultation
Complimentary meeting to get to know one another and to discuss your pregnancy and upcoming labour and delivery. We would also discuss your prenatal and postpartum services  and to what extent. There is no obligation after this meeting if you choose to have another Doula support your birth.
Prenatal Sessions
Two 60-90min prenatal visits after 32 weeks to discuss your pregnancy, all aspects of labour, expectations, coping techniques, comfort measures, labour and delivery positions, health history, birth plan, breastfeeding & feeding options, and to go over any questions or concerns.
Continuous Support
Available to you via phone, text, or email from date of contract signing and 24/7 availability after 38 weeks.
Labour & Birth Support
Dedicated active labour support including at home and/or hospital support, up to, and including the birth
Immediate After Birth Postpartum Support 
1 to 2 hours of immediate in-hospital/after birth postpartum support to tend to needs of mother & family, take pictures if desired, assist with breastfeeding if desired, etc…
Postpartum Support
1 or 2 90min postpartum visits to discuss labour, lend emotional and breastfeeding support, and provide any other postpartum support, information, or care as needed
Pricing
Sliding scale pricing, unless otherwise discussed. Choose the cost which best suits your family and your financial situation. 1/3 of the fee is due at the time of contract signing. The second  payment of 1/3 is due at the first prenatal.  The remainder is due 10 days prior to your expected due date unless otherwise agreed upon.
$700-$900

Distance & In-Person Prenatal Class:
Alyssa Martin Photography
Providing new parents with information and support to help make informed choices regarding pregnancy, labour, childbirth, and in the postpartum period.  We will discuss pregnancy, biology of labor, interventions and pain management, comfort measures and so much more!
Pricing:
$80 – 3 hour childbirth preparation class

Distance & In-Person Fertility & Reproductive Health Yoga Services
Prenatal Yoga

Prenatal, Postpartum, and/or Yoga for Women:

  • Virtual/In-home/On-location sessions
  • Private, partner, and group sessions
  • Introduction to yoga & benefits
  • Yoga fundamentals & anatomy
  • Breath linked movement
  • Guided yoga practice
  • Guided meditation practice
  • Hands-on assists
  • Self-guided yoga postures – home practice
Visit my online yoga profile with the Canadian Yoga Alliance here to view my credentials.
$30/hour
$75 – 3 hour package
$120 – 6 hour package

*The investment for yoga services when added to Doula services will be considered on an individual basis.
*Group class pricing to be negotiated 


Distance & In-Person Fertility Support Practitioner Services
Infertility

It would be my pleasure to support you on your fertility and reproductive health journey. As your Fertility Support Practitioner, I would support you with your unique needs – the options are infinite and tailored specifically to what you want.

Fertility Support Practitioners support individuals with the following and beyond:

  • Birth control & natural birth control
  • Pregnancy achievement & pregnancy prevention
  • Reproductive health
  • Fertility Awareness Method
  • Fertility obstacles & Infertility
  • Reproductive health conditions & treatments
  • Assistive Reproductive Technologies & treatments (i.e. AI, IUI, IVF, ICSI, etc…)
  • Hormone balancing
  • Regulating cycles & cycle charting
  • Pregnancy Loss
  • Menopause
  • Holistic living & nutrition

Each individual / couple / family has different needs, thus it is difficult to define the multitude of ways in which I can support you. Essentially, you dictate the best ways I can support you. As a certified, registered, and insured yoga teacher, I can also combine yoga services (meditation, fertility & reproductive health yoga, Yoga for Women, etc…) with my Fertility supports. Feel free to visit my online yoga profile with the Canadian Yoga Alliance to view my credentials here.

The beauty of having a Fertility Support Practitioner is that your supports are designed specifically for you and your desires and wishes. You might not want to spend much of your time focusing on birth control, natural birth control, pregnancy achievement, pregnancy prevention, reproductive health, Assistive Reproductive Technologies, etc…, depending on what you already know/need, but you might rather focus your time on hormone imbalances, cycle charting, regulating cycles, reproductive health conditions, healthy living, available resources, and how I can best support the other individuals who are involved in your journey, etc…

Here is a brief overview to give you an idea of the types of services I can provide, but my services are dictated by my clients in consultation with them. These services are à-la-carte, i.e. a fertility session could be swapped for a yoga session, etc…We can tailor/modify these to meet your needs.

Services by the hour:

Free Consultation
All Fertility services include one free consultation via phone / FaceTime to determine needs and wishes. I will also be available via text for support outside of our scheduled sessions throughout the time period in which I am supporting you.
In person services: In person consultation. 
Sessions & Support 
Individual and family support: Unconditional and nonjudgmental emotional support, education and resources, holistic solutions and community supports, recovery process & healing, mood support, relationships support, nutrition & healthy habits, accompany appointments, etc…
In person services: In person meetings.
Pricing
$35/hour
$240 – 8 hour package
$300 – 12 hour package
For distance clients, purchased hour blocks can be divided into 30 minute (and other) chunks to accommodate scheduling.
Reproductive Health Treatments and/or Assistive Reproductive Technologies
Support Packages:
Free Consultation
All Fertility services include one free consultation via phone / FaceTime to determine needs and wishes. I will also be available via text for support outside of our scheduled sessions throughout the time period in which I am supporting you.
In person services: In person consultation. 
Support Sessions
Two 60-90min information visits prior to your treatment to discuss all aspects of the treatments, expectations, coping techniques, comfort measures, health history, plan of wishes, recovery, etc…, and to go over any questions or concerns.
Continuous Support
Available to you via phone, text, or email from date of contract signing and 24/7 availability during the specified period of medical treatments.
Medical Treatment Support
Dedicated support including at home and/or appointment/hospital support, up to, and including the medical procedure(s) if wanted/permitted. Ability to act as your support person.
Immediate After Treatment Support 
1 to 2 hours of immediate home/ in-hospital / medical centre support to tend to needs of individuals.
After care Support

1 or 2 90min after treatment visits to discuss treatment, lend emotional support, any other post medical treatment wound care / recovery support, information, or care/help as needed.

Pricing
Sliding scale pricing, unless otherwise discussed. Choose the cost which best suits your family and your financial situation. 1/3 of the fee is due at the time of contract signing. The second  payment of 1/3 is due at the first prenatal.  The remainder is due 10 days prior to your expected due date unless otherwise agreed upon.
$300-$500

Baby’s First Christmas Present-Custom Screen Printed Birth Stats Poster

Birth Stats Poster

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. My favourite “season” so to speak, other than summer, is Christmastime and it is finally here. It’s the only acceptable time of the year for snow. I love everything about this holiday – the music, the movies, the lights, the tree, the decorations, the festive gatherings, the outings, the holiday-themed baking, the turkey dinner, and the creative and meaningful gift-giving (I could go on and on). I especially love writing cards, making presents, homemade advent calendars, and all things sentimental and DIY. Every year I am excited to kick off the celebrations, but this year is extra special: my first year celebrating Christmas as a family of THREE.

Emotion-Evoking Newborn Lifestyle Photography Session by Kaleigh Betty Photography

Kaleigh Betty Photography
Kaleigh Betty Photography I love surprises! One of the greatest gifts I have ever given myself was keeping the gender of our baby a surprise. Despite it being torture for my poor husband who would have preferred to find out the gender at 20 weeks, he humoured me and we waited. The wives tales, guessing, and anticipation was exciting and I waited anxiously for one of the greatest surprises of my life. Few things in life are surprises, but I knew this would be one worth waiting for. By not knowing the gender, I also found that preparing for the baby’s arrival (who we lovingly referred to as “baby”, “piña” – pineapple in Spanish, or “they”) was easy and enjoyable.

Nothing Says Travel Decor Like PinkSky Co

PinkSky Co

With a natural born love for travel and the fact that I’m married to a commercial pilot, it’s no surprise that we decorated the nursery in a travel theme. Prior to our baby’s birth, we didn’t know the gender. I couldn’t wait to have the greatest surprise of my life – even though the waiting was torture for my poor husband. For that reason, we wanted the nursery to be unique, yet remain gender neutral. As for the colour scheme, we went with crisp white, pale greys, various shades of turquoise, and pops of vibrant primary colours. I knew once the baby arrived, I could add more gender-specific colours and decor to the room if desired – although I’m not a fan of gender-specific anything. I knew my colour choices would work perfectly for both a boy or a girl. Continue reading

✨Laura Lotus Love Custom Mala 📿Rekindled Clarity, Creativity, and Connection ✨

Laura Lotus Love Mala

Laura Lotus Love Mala

Over the years, I learned how to truly face my fears to make my dreams come true so to speak and to do it over and over again. Whether the dream was small, big, tangible, or intangible, I taught myself to approach what I was afraid of in different ways and to repeat the process over and over. I had to get to know myself really well to face my fears, take risks, and put myself out there to blindly say “yes!” to life. I experienced new and unexpected places and I was able to accomplish what felt like the impossible. Continue reading

Facebook Link Love Initiative

Arriving back in NBHello Dreamers! “Like” and “follow” these fabulous Facebook pages of small businesses, blogs, and social communities to UPLIFT, EMPOWER, and VALIDATE these boss babes.

Pilot Wife Pages:

Turquoise Compass Yoga & Wellness

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Keeping Mexico Alive in our Home with Modern Map Art

Modern Map Art

Modern Map ArtViva Las MEXICO! Mexico is a country that’s near and dear to mine and my husband’s hearts! From backpacking, turquoise adventures, all-in-luxury, to a hideaway honeymoon, our hearts remain and will forever stay with Mexico! As much as we love visiting new destinations (and we try really hard to do so), there is something special about Mexico that keeps luring us back. My husband Corey didn’t quite understand what I meant when I talked endlessly about my backpacking days in Mexico until he experienced it for the first time himself. Now that he’s been for our honeymoon and one year anniversary, Mexico has its full grip on his heart too! Have you ever been somewhere and left a part of yourself behind? Mexico is that place for us. Our hearts belong to Mexico. Mexico is a place where you can lose yourself, find yourself, and rediscover yourself all in one trip. Its white sand and turquoise waters has the mesmerizing power to transform your thinking and give your a clear perspective. It’s not surprising that when I heard of Modern Map Art’s (founded in 2016) new & fresh map prints,  I just HAD to get my hands on one of their Enhanced Matte Mexico Map Posters for our home! Now we can put our love (and memories) of Mexico in the center of house!

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Halifax’s Maritime Mala Movement Inspires Clarity, Communication, Connection, and Creativity

 Maritime Mala Movement
AMaritime Mala Movementre you feeling muddled, disconnected, or foggy? That’s exactly how I felt when I first moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia. My husband and I finally had the blessing of moving back to the East Coast, but after living in four cities in less than twelve months it takes a toll on the mind, body, and spirit. Although we finally made it to the city where we wanted to be–our “home”, I felt ungrounded, disillusioned, and a bit lost. After numerous moves, countless flights, and world travels over the last few years, I couldn’t remember what ‘home’ felt or looked like. Although I’m originally from Nova Scotia, I never had the opportunity to live in Halifax. Our arrival was both exciting and overwhelming and with that came many unknowns. I didn’t know where we would live, where I would work, or what my life would look like being settled in one place after nearly 3 years of bouncing around and living out of suitcases. Halifax would be another new beginning and start over–the typical life of a pilot’s wife.

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Moving in Progress! See you on Social Media!

moving in progress

Many of you may have noticed that I have me M.I.A. If you read my July blog post We’re on the Move Again|Moving with the Tides to Halifax then you know that we’ve left Toronto behind for another adventure–we’re heading back to the east coast and to my home province this time: Nova Scotia. I haven’t lived in Nova Scotia since I graduated high school some 15 years ago and I’m ecstatic to make Nova Scotia my home once again. We are moving to our FOURTH city in less than 12 months and with this new transition, I have been consumed with the move and all that it involves as you would expect, especially when relocating to a new province. Although I am not actively posting here on the blog, I am regularly posting on social media: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest . If you want to stay up to date with what’s going on in my life reach out to me on social media as I would love to hear from you. Continue reading