Birth Doula, Hypno-Doula, Postpartum Doula, Ecstatic Birth ™ Practitioner,
Placenta Specialist, Childbirth and Parenting Educator, Breastfeeding Educator
Service Area: City of Vancouver
Please note: Debra accepts expectant parents who are planning to birth at home. In 2022 she will be taking on a limited number of new birth clients. Book early if you would like to hire her.
Birth Doula Investment: $1700 ($1600 for financial hardship. Payment plans available.)
Birth is like no other life experience. It unfolds in a myriad of ways, unique to each individual. As a doula with 32 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 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. For many years with The Childbearing Society she taught childbirth prep classes, supported breastfeeding mothers and facilitated postpartum mothers' groups.
Keen to continually learn she has attended professional workshops 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. In 2018 she became certified as an end-of-life doula and offers support to parents who've experienced a loss. As a Certified Childbirth Educator she teaches The Doulas of Vancouver's Conscious Birth series and breastfeeding class, along with other short courses. She offers consultation sessions to prepare for pregnancy/birth, parenting and breastfeeding.
"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
OFFERED BY DEBRA WOODS
Support and guidance you can trust to optimize a safe, healthy, more comfortable and satisfying birth experience!
Birth in the comfort of your own home while our intuitive support enhances your undisturbed birth.
We are experienced in supporting birthing women with both Hypno-Babies and Hypnobirthing methods.
Ease your transition into parenthood, to enjoy the first months with your newborn, cherishing precious memorable moments.
Encapsulate your placenta to enhance your postpartum healing & recovery with a simple solution derived straight from your body!
Learn the essentials of the 'womanly art of breastfeeding' before your newborn arrives.
Discover how to birth with joy, celebrating this transformational experience, reclaiming birth as a rite of passage.
Receive valuable wisdom and learn practical skills to care for your precious baby.
Gain an understanding of your newborn’s attachment needs and what as a parent you can do to meet those needs.
"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."