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 is 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. Three decades later, Debra continues to be in awe of the power that comes to mothers, amazed at their inner strength, courage, and instinctual wisdom.
Debra helps couples uncover their beliefs and values, exploring what's essential for their experience. Together, they get to the heart of how they envision their birth. She encourages couples to discover the knowledge that will give them and their baby the very best possibility for a positive and satisfying 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 The Doulas of Vancouver's childbirth prep classes, as well as a Home Birth class and her Ecstatic Birth class with The Childbearing Society. 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."