Doula Services

Virtual & 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
$275 – 12 hour package
$300 – 15 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: 
Virtual options available 
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 ($700-$1000), 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.
$1000, regular price

Virtual & 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

Virtual & In-Person Yoga Services for the Whole Family
Prenatal Yoga

Prenatal, Postpartum, Yoga for Women, and/or Family/Kids yoga:

  • 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
  • Mom & baby yoga, stroller yoga & fitness, kids yoga, and family yoga
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 


Virtual & In-Person Fertility Support Practitioner Services
AKA Fertility Doula / Coach / Specialist 
Infertility

It would be my pleasure to support you and your family 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
  • TTC Journey
  • Tying to Conceive after a loss
  • Menopause
  • Holistic living & nutrition
  • *Specialization in IVF

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
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.
$500, unless otherwise discussed

My Forgiveness Fast

Toronto

Why was I fasting yesterday?

After being inspired by the founder of Yoga in Schools Canada, Breathing Space Yoga Studios, and MY incredible yoga teacher Jenny Kierstead, I decided to take a day for myself and fast for 18 hours! 18 being significant and representing the number 108, a sacred number in the yoga tradition–the distance between the earth and the sun is apporx 108 times the sun’s diameter, there are said to be 108 energy lines converging to and from the heart, among MANY other significances. Yesterday I reflected, wrote, and observed nature during my fast. I’m called it my FORGIVENESS FAST! Continue reading

The Perfect Gift this Holiday Season: Harmony Box

Tis the season for giving
Harmony Box

After receiving my November Harmony Box, a Canadian subscription box, I quickly realized that Harmony Box is the perfect gift to give this holiday season. Since opening my first ever Harmony Box this past may, I’ve fallen in love with the company and the concept. My June Harmony Box hit the mark and blew the May box out of the water. From that moment on, I was hooked! Who wouldn’t want to receive a monthly gift box filled with products to enhance and compliment your life? The November Harmony Box is filled with 100% natural, cruelty-free, organic, eco-friendly, hypoallergenic, vegan, vitamin rich, and yummy products. November’s box is designed to protect your sensitive skin, guard against environmental elements, and to make you feel good about the products you are putting on your body. So much goodness in one box! Sleep with an easy conscious knowing that the products you gift this holiday season are good for the mind, body, and spirit. Your gift won’t be forgotten this year and you’ll be thanked for months to come as the products are made to last.

This holiday season gift: wellness – tranquility – health – yogi lifestyle – and holistic living! Continue reading

Dusky Leaf’s Natural Rubber Mat: Foundation of a Solid Practice

Dusky Leaf Yoga

Dusky Leaf YogaAs a yoga practitioner and newbie yoga teacher, I’m feeling strong and confident with my new Dusky Leaf Natural Rubber Yoga Mat (you can also find the mat in the Canadian store), which provides one of the highest-traction surfaces available. Since graduating from my Yoga Teacher Training, I’ve started teaching yoga this fall and have been teaching for two months now. Using Dusky Leaf’s Natural Rubber Mat gives me a superior degree of slip resistance provided by the open-cell structure of the natural tree rubber, which is essential when teaching and demonstrating postures. Using a yoga mat that is made from natural rubber gives me a level of cushioning and resilience that is not often seen in a synthetic material, which is crucial when practicing up to 6 days a week. When teaching and practicing on my Dusky Leaf rubber mat I don’t have to worry about what my mat is doing or whether or not my hands and feet are slipping, but rather I can focus on the articulation of the yoga posture–my yoga practice itself. With my hands and feet rooted, I can move with ease from posture to posture. The natural rubber mat’s cushioning, resilience, and traction has become the foundation of my solid practice–strong and supported. Continue reading

Saying Yes! Starting my 500 Hour Advanced Yoga Training

Halifax, NS

Breathing Space Yoga StudioWhat’s next for me? Well, aside from taking a huge leap of faith to move to the north, starting a new job, and teaching yoga, I’ve decided to start my 500 hour advanced yoga teacher training! I started my 500 hour advanced with Breathing Space Yoga Studio in October with my first training weekend taking place in Halifax, NS. My first workshop was focused on yin yoga. I’m excited to broaden my yoga knowledge, where my first 400 hours of training focused on vinyasa yoga and yoga for schools. Starting my program this fall gave me a good excuse to head back to the east coast. I was away from the east coast a month and was already itching to return. Continue reading

I’m a Canadian Yoga Alliance Registered and Insured Yoga Teacher

Canadian Yoga Alliance

To add to my vinyasa based yoga teaching certificate which is recognized by the Yoga Alliance Registry, I am now a registered and insured yoga teacher with the Canadian Yoga Alliance! My online yoga profile is listed under the registered yoga teachers tab.
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I’m a Certified Yoga Teacher!

Certified Yoga TeacherI graduated from my 400 hour double certification Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) with Breathing Space Yoga Studio on August 14th, a mere 3 days before departing for the Dominican Republic for my wedding. My graduation couldn’t have come at a better time. My full-time yoga training prior to my wedding was exactly what I needed to keep me grounded and Zen before my big day. My 7 month YTT provided me with a 200 hour vinyasa based yoga teacher certification and a 200 hour yoga in schools certification recognized by the Yoga Alliance Registry (RYS). I never would have thought that my dabbling in yoga during my full-time travels around the world would lead me to becoming a certified yoga instructor. Although going down the yoga road started years ago and I have been practicing full-time for over a year now, I feel like my journey has just begun. It’s far from over. I’m excited to see where the journey takes me. I truly have found my passion. Continue reading

Dusky Leaf’s B.I.G Yoga Bag is Perfect When on the Go

Dusky Leaf

As a modern day yogi and woman always on the go, it’s as if Dusky Leaf’s – cerulean blue B.I.G Yoga Bag was created specifically for me, not only for it’s fabulous turquoise colour, but also because of its massive size and features. From the minute I received my big yoga bag, I fell in love with it. Its easy adjustable shoulder straps, wide carrying handles, heavy duty zipper, inside and outside pockets, and its rugged cotton canvas exterior (among other things) make my life easier, especially when living out of my yoga bag. This particular yoga bag is designed for anyone who seems to constantly be on the go (or a busy-bee traveler like me). No need to run back and forth between home and the gym/yoga studio; you can take everything you need for the day (or weekend) in the one bag. From a heavy duty extra long natural rubber yoga mat (as shown in the image below) to a change of clothes, this yoga bag has room for it all. Continue reading

My YTT Journey with Breathing Space Yoga Studio is almost Complete

Breathing Space Yoga Studio-Yoga in SchoolsZeroslip Yoga TowelIt’s hard to believe I’m almost finished my Yoga in SchoolsYoga Teacher Training with Breathing Space Yoga Studio. I have one full week of the program left (August 10th-14th) and then I graduate as a yoga teacher on August 14th, 2015. I’m so excited! My 7 month Yoga Teacher Training has been an incredible journey–one that will have a lasting impact on my life. The lessons I have learned have been applied to my life and big changes are happening! Even though I had only been practicing yoga full time for 7 months prior to starting my Yoga Teacher Training, the program is set up to welcome yogis of all levels (me included). Prior to practicing yoga full time, I had only dabbled in yoga during my travels around the world on my year off (2013-2014) when I visited 22 countries. I was always involved in other fitness avenues, but never yoga. It wasn’t until my year of travels that I realized “I found my thing”! Yoga changed my life in so many ways. When I started my Yoga Teacher Training the first weekend in February I immediately was welcomed and made to feel at “home”. I was exactly where I was meant to be. Although my Yoga Teacher Training is coming to an end my yoga journey is far from over. Continue reading

Embracing Change at Kripalu Yoga & Beyond

Kripalu Yoga & Beyond Kripalu Yoga & Beyond To help spice up my summer routine, I had the opportunity to try out a new yoga studio this week–one with an exceptional view of mother nature’s best! Kripalu Yoga & Beyond provided me the opportunity to get out of my comfort zone, practice somewhere new, try a new class, and rejuvenate my fitness journey. It’s refreshing to be able to hit the reset button and try something completely new, while expanding on my yoga experience. As a Yoga Teacher in Training, it’s easy to get caught up in a routine in efforts to grow and establish my yoga routine, yet the true essence of growth happens when subtle changes occur. Without some change, growth will never occur. I reminded myself this week that change is good and that I do indeed crave it. Kripalu Yoga & Beyond helped me to discover what I already knew in my heart–embrace change even when it seems unknown or frightening. Some of the best things in life are right around the corner, but we’ll never find them unless we go looking.

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