By Jennifer LeClair June 12, 2018
Every moment she gave felt like she witnessed me in my process and walked beside me and my little one as we found our way."
❈ Hi I'm Jen!
The prospect of giving birth can be overwhelming if not daunting for anyone expecting! I remember! You have so many questions of the unknown and are probably hearing many things you wish you hadn't heard. Maybe you even feel alone in your questions. Maybe you are wondering where the heck is this village that people keep talking about.
I'm Jennifer LeClair and I live in the west end of Toronto with my partner and daughter. When I was pregnant, I was lucky to attend the South Community Birth Program in Vancouver, BC. I also took an amazing prenatal yoga class every week taught by a Doula. She empowered me so much that when I left her class I felt like I could go into labour on the street and everything would be alright! (spoiler, I actually gave birth in a hospital that supported all of my birth preferences and everything was still alright!)
One thing became clear to me while surrounded by friends, midwives, and doulas is that it really does take a village to get through pregnancy, labour, and birth. But with a new baby and no family around me, I felt alone and isolated after my baby was born. It was during this postpartum period I realised I want to support others during their pregnancy and transition into becoming families. It is so important to me that you feel safe, comfortable and respected while in labour.
It is just as important to me that you feel supported and validated postnatally during the new baby phase: the Fourth Trimester. Your village is actually all around you in Toronto and I can help you find it. You should not be without a village and I want to show you how to have one.
I know firsthand how important the presence of a Doula can be. I love to see you empowered and able to trust your inner wisdom while recognizing and drawing upon your own inner strength. To witness the birth of a baby is something that I deeply cherish and am grateful to experience and be a part of each and every time.
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Why I DOU-la this
Regardless of the circumstances, you can feel joy during birth because you will be surrounded with LOVE.
It is my goal to be a catalyst for your positive birth experience
I TOTALLY believe your body knows how to give birth, your baby knows how to be born, AND I also know things can get real, and change quickly when it's all happening. It's important to have realistic expectations so you can still feel empowered and informed each step of the way, no matter how you give birth. YOU own the birth room and I will support you throughout the process as your own birth coach and nurturing "best friend" who is also a major birth nerd. I will offer non judgmental guidance, totally unbiased and inclusive reassurance. I will only pass on evidence based facts to you that I have researched meticulously. I keep things calm in your space for you so that you will feel comfortable and cherished. You will learn about trusting your own resilience and your own resourcefulness. During labour, you will discover your own willingness to do what needs to be done and I will support you the entire time.
You will feel safe telling me about your fears.. Like how you're afraid of pooping during birth! (one of the biggest fears about having a baby!!!) But here's some reassurance: IF you're poo-ing during labour (not everyone does), your baby is almost here, you're using the right muscles to push, and no one gives a crap about your poop! I promise! Sh*t happens, sh*t's gonna get real, and I am going to keep it real! Your birth can be AMAZING, COMFORTABLE and FULFILLING.
So let's chat over some tea to see if we are a good fit!
*yeah that's right, I just talked about poo. There will be lots of conversations that may feel like TMI between you and your DOULA*