Based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on the briny Atlantic coast of Canada, I have been working in the service of pregnant women for seven years and teaching yoga for three years. Starting my journey in the birth world as a volunteer doula, I immediately knew, in my bones, that this work was a calling. After several years of offering support to women birthing in hospitals, gaining ever more experience, much of the standard protocols and common procedures of medicalized birth ceased to make any sense to me at all. I yearned for something more, to be witness to births that were treated with reverence, as the sacred rite of passage that they are. University midwifery programs in Canada didn’t excite me with their lack lustre curriculums, and regulated “modern” midwifery fell short of meeting my expectations of the art of woman-centred care. In my transition through this awakening I was fortunate enough to meet a traditional birth attendant, a practitioner of the art of traditional midwifery, who took me under her wing. I studied with her, in apprenticeship, and through her I have been privileged enough to study with other inspiring midwives from Canada and the U.S.A. including Carla Hartley, Sister Morningstar, Maryn Green, and Molly Dutton-Kenny.
I now offer autonomous birth-attendant services to wise women, and am lucky enough to witness physiological births, taking place in homes, surrounded by love and deep trust. I also make placenta remedies for postpartum nourishment, offer exploratory birth preparation workshops, host women’s circles, and lend guidance and safe space to women experiencing pregnancy loss. I have a deep reverence for traditional knowledge, natural healing, and innate wisdom, and I stalwartly believe in the healing powers of plants and whole-foods. My practice abides by the following manifesto:
Birth is a normal physiological process.
Childbirth is a transformative event in a woman’s life.
We have the right to birth in the location of our choice, surrounded only by those we have chosen to be present, in a supportive, trusting atmosphere, where the birthing woman is the only authority.
When birth left the home and entered the hospital the process of medicalization began; we stopped trusting our brilliant physiology and surrendered trust to a patriarchal institution, which treats pregnancy as it treats illness.
Pregnancy is not an illness.
Birth is not a process from which we must be *delivered*.
Educated choice is the only true choice.
Women are brilliant, intuitive, and want what is best for their babies and their families.
We are each the highest authority on what we personally need.
My journey into yoga started twelve years ago. Having spent many years studying dance, I was first drawn to yoga as an exercise regime that incorporated flexibility and dynamic movement, but the practice quickly became much deeper to my personal awareness. I started to notice patterns in my body’s movement, thought habits that regularly repeated themselves, and even some aches and pains that I had been masterfully ignoring.
This led me to seek out a deeper understanding of the practice and tradition of yoga. I completed a 200 hour YTT in 2014, alongside an intimate class of six students, in a beautiful boathouse on the Atlantic ocean. Furthering my study, I completed training in prenatal and postpartum yoga in 2015, and have studied mantra and bhajan, two of my personal passions, in Laxmanjhula in northern India for the past two winters.
My training is in hatha yoga and my personal practice, as well as my teaching, focuses on dynamic movement with an emphasis on breath, accessibility, and safe alignment. Mantra, meditation, and honouring the body’s daily needs are cornerstones of my practice and offerings.
I, like all women, am so many things. I am also a singer, a song-writer, a lover of words and writer of poetry, a believer in magic, and a grower of flowers for beauty and healing. You can find my musings and more about me here.