Born and raised in the country, I ventured off after graduation to be a nanny in Calgary, but realized quickly, the prairies were home. I poked around working in daycare and certified as a Childcare Assistant, as well as participating in a Bullying and Aggression workshop and completing a Science of Early Child Development course. Still in search of my niche, I began nannying for two families and continued providing care over the next five years to each of their three small children.
In those five years, I received certification as a Healthcare Aide, but passion was still not found. I first heard of a “doula” from a friend, and after some research, I enrolled in Birth Root's doula course, and completed a breastfeeding course. I was accepted in to the Self Employment program through the YMCA/YMCW, and completed the course in September 2013 and Baby & Before was born.
Since building my business, I have completed extensive breastfeeding training through the International Breastfeeding Centre and certified through HERBAL as a Peer Lactation Consultant, and continue to learn through my own breastfeeding relationship with my son and through helping others. I am a trained birth doula through DONA and bereavement doula with StillBirthday.
I became a mother myself in April 2015, and it has ignited a new fire to provide the care that families need in such a vulnerable, mesmerizing time.