Certified Birth and Postpartum Doula CD(DONA)


I’m Pamela, mother to three insanely awesome little ones, partner in crime to my husband, a certified birth CD(DONA) and postpartum doula, Laction Educator, and a Birthing From Within© mentor. I’m so lucky to help women conquer their fears and birth in a way that matters to them. How awesome that my job doesn’t seem like a job – but the most amazing gift ever. Thank you for allowing me the honour of supporting you through your labour.

My adventure to become a doula began after the birth of our first daughter. Having a doula present prenatally and for her birth changed me. It opened my eyes to the knowledge, love, and support that so many women don’t know they’re missing. I knew without a doubt it was my calling to support women during the most important day of their lives.

Birth is truly my passion. I love helping women discover and create the type of birth that’s important to them!

I provide doula support services at homebirths and hospital births in Oakville, Burlington, Milton, Hamilton, Mississauga, Brampton, Toronto and surrounding areas.

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What changes when a doula attends your birth?

Shorter Labour
Reduction in Epidural Requests
Reduction in Cesarean Rate
Reduction in Pitocin Use




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What is the difference between a Birth Doula and a Midwife?

So what is the difference between a doula and a midwife? This is the question I get asked most frequently.

The simplest way to explain would be to say that a midwife’s primary role is your medical well being. During your labour some of the things you may see your midwife do (depending on your birth wishes) would be; checking your cervix, listening to baby’s heartbeat, checking blood pressure, taking blood, administering an IV, releasing bag of waters, applying heat to the perineum etc. A midwife will come to your home or be with you at the hospital close to the onset of active labour which is roughly 4-5 cm dilated or contractions at 4 minutes apart for roughly an hour (obviously this is approximate and is different for every birth). The care that I provide as your birth doula is different in that it is completely non-medical. My role is to provide you with informational, physical, and emotional support. Informational support prenatally would include discussing birth preferences, learning about whats important to you during labour, understanding different procedures and interventions, building a birth plan. During labour this means being the neutral person in the room that gives you the pros and cons of different aspects or decisions needed during labour as they arise, and help you to advocate for yourself based on your preferences. Physical support means showing you and your partner different positions prenatally and practicing contractions to learn what coping mechanisms work well for you. During labour this can including anything from counter pressure, massage and acupressure to physically labouring with you as you lean into me. Emotional support is key during labour as much of the ability to cope during labour is mental. We will discuss fears or apprehensions around birth or labour, use visualization and relaxation techniques through contractions as coping mechanisms.

Most importantly, I am the person in the room who is there to ensure that both you and your partner have an enjoyable birth filled with love – that you can look back at and say, I felt like she was always there for me and only me.

Do I have to want an unmedicated birth to have you as my doula?

This is one of the biggest misconceptions about doulas. You do not need to have or want a “natural” birth to have a doula support you and your partner on one of the most important days of your life. I work with parents that choose epidurals, laughing gas, have cesarean births, birth without medication, birth at hospital or choose home births. There is no “right” way to birth your baby. Only the way that feels right to you. My role as your doula is to honour your choices.

Will having a doula interfere with my partners role?

Some dad’s are nervous that having a doula will take away from the special connection they want to feel with their labouring partner. Having a birth doula present actually does the opposite.

When most women think of their birth, they want their partners there with them, they want them to know what they want when they want it, how to comfort them, what’s normal, when to go to the hospital, etc. Unfortunately, most partners have never been to a birth before! This is a lot of pressure on dads!

Having a doula actually creates a special connection that is free of worry, doubt, wondering what’s normal, and wondering how to comfort a loved one. Doula’s facilitate creating a birth where partners feel comfortable doing as much or little as they feel comfortable with. Your partner will know how to massage hips, when to use a cold cloth, how to slow your breathing down – all through the support of a doula. Or if you prefer, your partner will simply be there to hold your hand while I do the rest!

What is a DONA Certified Birth Doula?

I am honoured to be a Certified Birth Doula with DONA International.

DONA International: We are the world’s premier doula organization

Pardon us for bragging, but we are the oldest, largest and most respected doula association in the world. Our founders are among the foremost experts on doula care, and DONA International certification is a widely respected measure of quality and professionalism. We are an international, non-profit organization of doulas that strives to have every doula trained and educated to provide the highest quality and standards for birth and/or postpartum support to birthing women and their families. To that end, we promote continuing education for doulas and provide a strong communication link among doulas and between doulas, families and the medical birthing community.

We are an amazing community with a shared passion for families that reaches around the world. DONA International doulas and the families they serve are in more than 50 countries.

– DONA International


Are birth doulas covered by extended health insurance?

Yes! Some health insurance companies cover Certified Birth Doulas as part of there extended health care plans. Often those with flex spending accounts can claim doula services and have a portion of, if not the entire cost paid! All you need is an invoice with my certification details. I encourage you to inquire with your insurance company for more information.


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Oakville, Ontario, Canada

(416) 843-8048

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Servicing Halton Peel Region including: Oakville, Burlington, Milton, Waterdown, Hamilton, Ancaster, Georgetown, Mississauga, Brampton and Toronto.