Birth Doula, Hypno-Doula, Postpartum Doula, Ecstatic Birth ™ Practitioner,
Placenta Specialist, Childbirth and Parenting Educator, Breastfeeding Educator
Service Area: Vancouver, North Vancouver, West Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster
Birth Doula Investment: $1500 ($1350 for financial hardship. Payment plans available.)
Priority is given to clients with midwifery care.
Birth has the power to transform. It's like no other life experience. It unfolds in a myriad of ways, unique to each individual. As a doula with 31 years' experience, Debra recognizes how true this is and invites each person to find their way. She found hers and birthed her son at home, lovingly supported by a circle of caring women. This experience inspired her to become a doula.
Debra understands the uncertainty that arises when entering into the unknown territory of giving birth. She holds the space for birthers to show up as they are, digging deep, while navigating the ebb and flow of intense birthing sensations. Confidence overcomes doubt, trust replaces fear. She's observed countless times, the surrender to their body's instincts, trusting its inner wisdom, to embrace the power within and reap the benefits.
Debra helps couples uncover their beliefs and values, exploring what's essential for them. Together, they get to the heart of how they envision their experience. She encourages couples to discover the knowledge that will give them and their baby the very best possibility for a positive, satisfying and pleasurable experience. Debra brings her gifts of compassion, infinite patience, humour and mindful presence, attuned and responsive, to meet the individual needs of each family. She loves sharing her wisdom with both expectant and new parents and looks forward to being a part of their life changing journey.
In1992 Debra was one of the first D.O.N.A. certified birth doulas in Vancouver having attended an Advanced Birth Doula course with Penny Simkin. She also trained with N.A.P.C.S. and received her postpartum doula certification. In 2010 she trained as a 'Hypnobabies' Doula. She completed a CAPPA postpartum doula course to refresh her postpartum doula skills in 2013. Debra developed the first postpartum doula training course offered at Douglas College and taught it there in the late 1990's. She created the first postpartum doula in-home service, 'New Additions' in 1995 that provided postpartum doulas to low income and at risk Vancouver families.
Keen to continually learn she has trained with Dr. Jack Newman (breastfeeding), Ina May Gaskin (birth wisdom), Gail Tully from 'Spinning Babies' (advanced doula skills), Gena Kirby (rebozo skills), Whapio (advanced doula skills) and many others at conferences and educational events. Debra completed a year long training with Sheila Kamara Hay and graduated from the Ecstatic Birth Practitioners Program. She is a Certified Childbirth Educator and teaches childbirth preparation classes with The Childbearing Society, including a Home Birth class and her Ecstatic Birth class. She also offers private in home sessions on parenting, breastfeeding and infant sleep.
"Many women have described their experience of childbirth as being associated with a spiritual uplifting, the power of which they have never previously been aware. To such a woman childbirth is a monument of joy within her memory. She turns to it in thought to seek again an ecstasy which passed too soon." Grantly Dick-Read
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"Debra gave excellent support that was exceptionally compassionate and caring. I strongly recommend her for her talent, wisdom & intuitive support."
"I love Debra's sense of humor, her compassion, her joy in the childbearing process, and how she takes everything in stride."
"You helped us come through the most intense and life altering moments in our lives. Knowing you were there for support and guidance gave me the strength to keep going... your presence was invaluable."