Heather has spent 17 years working with thousands of pregnant and parenting individuals through issues including infertility, miscarriage, adverse prenatal diagnosis, premature birth, stillbirth, birth trauma, NICU stays, infant loss, postpartum depression, Subsequent Pregnancy After Loss (SPAL), physical/developmental disability and mental health issues (for parents or children). She has experienced infant loss herself as well as raising two children, each with multiple disabilities. She has also supported numerous individuals in their LGBTQ journeys. Heather has worked as the Founding Support Director for the Trisomy 18 Foundation, the Client Services Director of a local non-profit, attended over 50 births as a High Risk Doula, trained under Penny Simkin on Childbirth After Sexual Abuse, and is a Life Coach with thousands of hours of clinical experience. Whether working with issues related to pregnancy, parenting, partnering or personal life - whether dealing with the traumatic or the mundane - Heather believes strongly in the power of honesty and connection to lead to true, tangible transformation. As one client recently said, "I just have to tell you - our meeting yesterday has changed the way I view myself in a very positive way. What you are doing is lifechanging!"
- Birth Doula
- When Survivors Give Birth
- Quest (Life Coach)
- University of Toronto - BA with Honours with Distinction
- Mount Carmel Bible School - Honours Diploma
$99.00 per appointment
Newborn Disability Doula/CoachAppointment Length
1 hour 30 minutesService Description
Maybe you knew before you gave birth. Maybe it was a surprise. Either way, you've just given birth to a beautiful baby: a baby who also has a disability. Often disabilities at birth come with more than just the shock of the unexpected. They may include extensive time in the NICU, painful procedures for baby, new medical techniques and care requirements that you were never prepared for in 'What to Expect When You're Expecting': NG Tubes, pulse oximeters, physiotherapy and occupational therapy, and so much more. And then they sent you home. Now you're left wondering "how do I process my child's diagnosis and also connect with them and attach to them in deep, meaningful ways?" "How do I support them and nurture them when I'm feeling anxious, depressed or ungrounded?" That's where newborn disability coaching can come into play. Drawing on almost 18 years' of personal and professional experience as a high risk doula and disability coach (along with being disabled herself and parenting three kids with severe disabilities), Heather will walk you gently and carefully through processing your own complicated feelings and give you the strategies you need to feel comfortable and confident as you care for your child.
If you are a new client, please complete an intake form at https://forms.gle/1jNGc4E2dvSAXquXA prior to your first session.