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
Pregnancy After TraumaAppointment Length
1 hour 30 minutesService Description
Trauma - medical trauma, sexual assault, emotional trauma, the death of a loved one - is something we are beginning to talk more about in society. Many will experience it before they give birth. While birthing individuals often seek to connect with their pregnancy, birth and postpartum period, many of these traumas (big and small) can make it difficult to connect well, and can even lead to triggering during pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period. So what can be done? With additional training through 'When Survivors Give Birth', Heather brings more than a decade of trauma-informed practice to her work as a high risk doula and coach, to helping you create grounding practices during pregnancy, clear and intentional plans for the birth you have (not just the birth you hope you'll have) and practical strategies for addressing triggers during the postpartum period.
If you are a new client, please complete an intake form at https://forms.gle/q84gQ8KjqdAvP77W6 prior to your first session.