Our Labour Assistants are mothers themselves who have come together to help serve women and families better.
We have all travelled different paths to get to this point, so please read our Biographies below and feel free to contact us individually.
Lindsay Matthews | Certified Birth Doula (toLabour), Lactation Concultant IBCLC (in process), Placenta Encapsulation Specialist
postpartum depression requiring medication. With little support from family or friends in my pregnancy, birth or postpartum, I know how lonely of a time it can be without someone there to support you.
A few months later an ALACE (now toLabor) training course was offered and I have never looked back. I am now a Certified Birth Assistant through ALACE/toLabor and am always reading and learning new things to help the women that have chosen me to join them on their birthing journey. I am working towards fulfilling the requirements for my IBCLC designation.
I am now a mother of 3, our next 2 birth were home waterbirths. And yes, we did hire a Doula!
Contact Lindsay at [email protected]
Erika Kafka | Birth Doula (Certification in process), Placenta Encapsulation Specialist, Mom Of Twins
I came from my hometown of Cornwall, ON to London after highschool to attend UWO. I got married soon after and found myself pregnant with twins. What a surprise! Even with all of my knowledge of birth and my passion to aid others through their journey, I felt like we had been ambushed.
"healthy babies, healthy mommy, right??" This did not sit right with us, how could I have no say when it was my body and my children being discussed? How could I be questioned on whether or not we wanted their birth to be SAFE? That goes without being said, but what was never said was that our feelings, needs and passions mattered. This experience caused my passion to burn hotter...
After the birth of my boys, I studied and read as much as I could about birth, C-sections, VBAC's (Vaginal Births After Ceserean) and breastfeeding. While pregnant with my third child, (two years later) we were prepared. We chose a midwife, not an obstetrician, and we hired a doula....I had my VBAC in hospital and delivered a healthy 9lbs 3oz baby boy. (A full 2 lbs over my heaviest twin). I was convinced! With the proper support, the interventions (especially C-section) were not necessary for me. A woman's body can and will do what it is meant to do if left to it's own devices.
Contact Erika [email protected]
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"Erika was our doula and she was amazing. What we loved most about her was the fact that she was the "Everything" woman! I could ask her any question any time. My husband asked h..."Deanna BloomfieldSatisfied Mom
"Renting a birthing tub was the best decision I made in regards to my labour. I got in the tub early on and it helped keep me calm and relaxed during my contractions. I got out o..."Alyssa KSatisfied Birth Pool Renter
"Lindsay provided me with techniques to help (my partner) with pain management during contractions. I would recommend her to anyone looking for a Doula. What impressed me the m..."Andrew PLabouring Father