From Tash...

My husband and I were incredibly lucky to have had Kayla as our doula for the birth of our baby girl, Wyatt. From the first time we met Kayla, we knew she was passionate and totally committed to supporting both of us through the birth process. We learned very quickly how important it was to ensure that our doula and my husband got along well and could work together. They were an amazing supportive team through a very long labour journey. In de-briefing the experience with my husband he was incredibly grateful for her accessibility and constant support first via text and then in-person as we moved through a 3-day long induction labour process. There are so many things that Kayla offers as a doula including her professionalism, wisdom, ability to listen and support in a personalized way that met our needs, follow-up support, as well as her genuine care throughout the entire journey. Her knowledge of pregnancy and labour meant that she was able to prepare us for the many possible tough decisions that had to be made along the way while respecting our space in making those decisions. She was flexible, non-judgemental and always had a positive perspective to help us through the most challenging moments. Because of Kayla's guidance, I (mama) was able to have a birth experience that I can feel good about and my husband was able to feel helpful and totally present during the long long long (days long) journey. We would recommend Kayla to anyone. Neither of us can imagine having to go through that experience without her. We love doulas, but more importantly, we love Kayla and anyone that has her to count on is incredibly lucky!

From Kris...

As someone with over a decade of healthcare experience, I figured that I had everything planned when it came to childbirth. I am so glad we decided to go with Erin as our doula because babies sure don't care about plans! Erin is extremely knowledgeable and she helped me stay calm and roll with the punches when my original birth plan went out the window - coaching me through three days of an induced labour ending in an emergency c-section. She's supportive, down to earth and a great patient advocate - I can't imagine having anyone else for all my future babies!

From Thomas...

When we approached Kayla to be our doula, we never could've imagined what it was going to be like having that kind of support throughout the whole process. Being a highly inexperienced soon-to-be dad, a lot of what labour entails scared me as I had no idea how to be helpful in such a tense situation. Kayla did a wonderful job of explaining what each step of the process would look like and what I could do to help. We learned many different techniques to cope with pain, nervousness, and even how to deal with a newborn baby. The one moment that really sticks out for me for our birth was when I had to wait outside the surgery doors by myself but then was greeted by Kayla running down the hall. She calmed me down and made me feel strong and ready to deal with what was ahead. After the delivery, we were all so happy that our beautiful baby daughter had been born healthy and happy. We couldn't have done it all without Kayla's help.

From Mattison...

Erin, no words or bad parody could ever explain how much your light and laughter helped me through my 30 hours of labour. You knew exactly what I needed and helped advocate when I was in too much pain to talk. You helped me make some tough decisions while giving me information, guidance and support. You doing this, all while 36 weeks pregnant is a testament to how much you love what you do, and how mother loving badass you are. 
Thank you, to Neverland and back.

From Rebecca...

Kayla was absolutely amazing, from our first meeting to our first hour with our new baby. When we first met, she was not only personable and knowledgeable, but she worked to address our anxieties, concerns, and hopes regarding our birth experience. During our prenatal sessions, she guided us through a variety of tools, techniques, and exercises in a way that was easy for both of us to engage with - and she did so with a sense of humour as well as lots of empathy! These tools became central in the labour process, especially the Spinning Babies positions which helped speed things along when it looked pretty slow! During labour, Kayla came to our house as soon as I needed her - even though it seemed as though things weren't progressing as fast as we expected. She gave us lots of ideas to get moving and, most importantly, kept me from being discouraged. When we arrived at the birth centre she helped my husband stay focused and helped me to find my "zone". She was a calming and encouraging presence and made both of us feel confident and secure. She was such an essential part of our birth that we asked her to cut baby's umbilical cord! Kayla stayed with us for a while after the birth and helped us to adapt to this new little person, which was really welcomed! And ensured that he had latched on and was on track to breastfeed. We cannot thank Kayla enough or recommend her highly enough.

From Lindsay...

Words cannot express the love, support and encouragement that I felt having Erin by my side during the birth of my first babe. Her presence provided comfort and care to both myself and my husband. Erin provided me with the tools and the knowledge to create a sense of empowerment through my process of labour, and into my first days of momhood. Erin is professional, respectful and exceptionally knowledgeable. It was a privilege to have Erin with me on such a special journey and I hope to have her by my side for the next babe.

From Stephanie...

I had an awesome experience with Kayla. I felt incredibly supported throughout. The prenatal visits were informative and helpful to prepare for labor. We were able to formulate a labor plan to work as a team with my husband. She took her time to listen to all my concerns whenever I had them, provide support and resources of information. When I went into labor we were in constant communication, and she came to help when I felt I needed her. I had a stressful labor and her support for myself and my husband was invaluable! She was able to help in so many ways, I am able to reflect on the birth of my daughter in such a positive way because of her. The postpartum visit was therapeutic, it was really helpful to me to be able to talk to a professional about our experience and debrief. I would absolutely recommend her as a doula to anyone looking.

From Dave...

When my wife and I went to the hospital, I was fully prepared for anything and everything. I had read all the materials and reviewed everything that she and I thought would be needed. Then we got to the hospital and I quickly discovered that things are capable of being in an entirely different ballpark, let alone somewhere in left field. And just when I felt like I was starting to hit a wall of stress and exhuastion, Erin was there like a merciful angel who took over being alongside Kris to let me get a few hours of sleep. The level of comfort and security that she gave not just to my wife but also to me is something I will always be grateful for and remember.

 

From Elayne...

As a very young girl I was told I was a carrier for a genetic anomaly that would make bearing children difficult for me. Miracles do happen and I was able to conceive. In evaluating our options to maintain a healthy pregnancy Jesse and I had already underwent the stress of genetic counseling. Then we met Kayla. Her empathy and knowledge of some of the details of our specific situation was apparent in that first meeting. She counseled us on specific techniques that may encourage a breech baby to turn, she force fed me dates, we discussed hydration options, she taught Jesse techniques to help with pregnancy related pain, and she listened to me talk about our situation. If I remember correctly I was frank, emotionless and as scientific as the ICU nurse I am. I carried joy in my heart for the life growing in me but the process had become disinfected of emotion and very… medical. It was Kayla’s salt bowl ritual and setting intentions for prenatal visits that helped me realize I had suppressed any outward joy and had even tempered my private joy to prepare for the worst eventualities. During the rest of my pregnancy there was countless non-stress tests, numerous ultrasounds and many doctors visits due to complications and related to our daughter’s breech presentation. I don’t regret this experience; it was important for Jesse and I to know that our baby was safe. Kayla helped us through emotionally every step and helped me trust my body on the day I gave birth. She was there when she was needed, helped me in the tub and normalized Jesse’s feelings of exhaustion. She set battery powered candles up in our room to make it seem less medical. It was a relief that she just knew when to be attentive and in the foreground, when to take photos, and what we needed even before we did. That intuition and kindness will never be forgotten. It could have been anyone’s birth story but it was ours, and I’m so glad Kayla was a part of it!

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