Birth Consultant, Childbirth and Parenting Educator, Breastfeeding Educator, Postpartum Doula, Ecstatic Birth ™ Practitioner, Placenta Specialist
Service Area: City of Vancouver
Debra's primary focus, having worked for 3 decades as a doula and childbirth educator is to share her extensive knowledge and wisdom with expectant couples and new parents. She provides consulting sessions for those desiring to understand more deeply, not only about the birth process, but about themselves and how they will navigate this utterly transformational journey. Sessions involve a very personalized approach, with one to one support/guidance that addresses each individual's specific concerns, fears and questions. Ultimately to explore, reflect, and shed light on what's real and meaningful for them. Topics can include understanding pregnancy tests, making sense of a previous experience (failure to progress, induction, cesarean, overcoming a traumatic birth, breastfeeding issues), planning for a VBAC/HBAC, for a homebirth, gaining clarity about induction and low fluids or big baby, GBS, and gestational diabetes. For new parents sessions focus on adjustment to parenting, making sense of your newborn's behaviour, normal infant sleep, practical baby care, and understanding attachment needs.
Debra completed doula trainings and a certified childbirth educator program in the early 1990’s. Over the course of 32 years she has taken numerous educational courses and attended conferences to keep well informed. She has supported hundreds of families during their pregnancy and parenting journeys. She continues to be passionate about providing accurate evidence based information to aid parents in determining what’s best for them. As a Certified Childbirth Educator she teaches The Doulas of Vancouver's Conscious Birth series and breastfeeding class, along with other short courses. She is a member of the Doula Services Association and mentors new doulas.
"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 MD
"Remember, you are not managing an inconvenience; you are raising a human being." Kittie Franz
OFFERED BY DEBRA WOODS
Discover how to birth with joy, celebrating this transformational experience, reclaiming birth as a rite of passage.
Ease your transition into parenthood, to enjoy the first months with your newborn, cherishing precious memorable moments.
Learn the essentials of the 'womanly art of breastfeeding' before your newborn arrives.
One on one sessions to explore the potential to experience an ecstatic birth.
Gain an understanding of your newborn’s attachment needs and what as a parent you can do to meet those needs.
Receive valuable wisdom and learn practical skills to care for your precious baby.
"In a mere 3 hour session, Debra had the exceptional ability to give my partner and I a huge number of helpful lessons that we have continued to use. Not only that but she inspired us to create a birth vision for our twins that was not fear based, high-risk or filled with doubt."
Kim and David
"I love Debra's sense of humor, her compassion, her joy in the childbearing process, and how she takes everything in stride."
"Debra's birthing preparation and post-birth classes were nothing short of amazing. Incredible teacher, highly supportive, and created a safe space to learn, share, and grow. We went in thinking taking 'a class' just made sense to do, but she had such a positive impact on us, she quite literally changed our lives."
Zac and Ingrid