May 2018

Hiring a doula is extremely helpful for new parents like ourselves. Brenda and Erin was a huge help before, during, and after my wife’s child birth process. They provided us advice on how my wife can stay comfortable during pregnancy thru exercises and massage techniques, provided a  very good detailed overview of the entire birth process and informing us of what we should be expecting, help ensure we installed the baby car seats properly, assisted my wife in the whole breastfeeding process, and wrote my wife’s birth plan by surveying my wife to determine what she is comfortable during labour process (i.e,what acceptable pain relief techniques to use,  environment of the labour room, who cuts the cord, feeding process after birth, etc) and help us with a contingency plan if birth doesn’t go as expected. We shared our birth plan with our doctor, so he would be informed.They were also always there for my wife before, during and after the the labour process. They came to the hospital right away once my wife was in labour and tried and help anyway they can. During post postpartum, they were always available via text messages to answer any postpartum questions we had, parenting tips, tips/tools/techniques on how to put a fussy baby to sleep, and checked up on us frequently. They also provide photo services during the birth process if you want to have detailed memories.

I would recommend Brenda and Erin to any upcoming new/existing parents who are looking at improving the overall health of the mother and baby, and minimizing potential birth complications during the pregnancy process. They have a vast amount of knowledge and experience (Brenda has five children/Erin has two children) and can share information to assist parents in reaching their needs and goals during the pregnancy/child birth process. I was able to get doula claim thru my insurance benefits.

Thank you Brenda/Erin for all your help, support, advice, and guidance!

David Lee

April 2018

Hiring Brenda was the smartest thing I did for my pregnancy. I was in a rough place as my partner died during the pregnancy and I didn’t have family in town to help. Brenda was warm and considerate from our first meeting, and patient with me while I agonized for too long over which doula to hire. She understands birth as a holistic journey and was equally supportive of the scientific and the spiritual aspects. When she saw I was struggling, she recommended an excellent grief counsellor whose help also contributed to the birth ultimately going well.

I am on the autism spectrum and I had a lot of concern about sensory overload during the birth. Brenda has previous experience working with people on the spectrum and intuitively understood what to ask to make sure I was supported. She helped me prepare what to bring to the hospital, and she was able to run interference between me and potentially intrusive doctors and nurses. She has plenty of experience with the medical system and knows how to speak their language.

Brenda supported my desire for a natural birth at the hospital even when doctors were advising otherwise. I was overdue and hospital staff were pushing for an immediate induction despite the fact that baby and I hadn’t reached the risky time period yet. It was Brenda‘s support that gave me the courage to sign out of the hospital, which turned out to be the right decision because labour started naturally that night. I was able to avoid a cascade of medical intervention that would probably have ended in a cesarean.

During the birth itself, Brenda was a brilliantly calm and steady presence. She knew just how to prompt me to get through contractions, and I was able to do the med-free birth I’d hoped for.

Afterwards, during an extended stay at the hospital, Brenda went above and beyond to help me out, bringing home-cooked food that fit my dietary restrictions, as well as a gift bag full of things to help with recovery.

Pyraxis T.

April 2018

We did a private class with Brenda and Erin and are very happy we went with them. They were very accomodating in working with my husband and I’s schedule and showed up very prepared. They covered everything we could have thought of in relation to both the process of pregnancy as well as labour. I was especially appreciative of the labour portion as there was information presented that I had no idea about before and it helped me to develop my ideal birth plan. I never felt silly for asking a question and they both created a very relaxed and comfortable atmosphere!

Jillian Martin

April 2018

Brenda was great from the very beginning. I was looking for an in-home prenatal class for my husband and I and Brenda was very accommodating with our last minute request. I really appreciated that the class was not only focused on educating us about the physical side of pregnancy and labor but also the emotional and holistic side. I liked that we were able to ask questions at any time. She and Erin were great at including my husband in all aspects of the class and he even said at the end “That was better than I expected, actually! I’m glad I took the class”. He even wore his mala necklace the next day. I highly recommend the class!

Jeanette Sesay

March 2018

I had the privilege to work with Brenda as my Doula for the birth of my daughter in January 2018.

I am still blown away that I found Brenda and Erin at Peaceful Passage Doulas! From our very first meeting, I knew that Brenda was the one I wanted to help me through my transition into motherhood and I could not have asked for a better or more supportive Doula. Brenda is not only a seasoned momma herself, but she has so much knowledge, education and compassion.

Her big heart and passion for what she does was evident upon our first meeting and just grew as our work together developed.
I feel doubly lucky because I had the benefit of working not only with Brenda, but also with her Doula partner, Erin as well. Erin’s help with breastfeeding changed my life and made my experience amazing! My husband and I could not have been better prepared for our first child. We learned about various techniques and exercises to prepare for labour during my final weeks as well as what to expect during labour and delivery.

On the big day, Brenda knew exactly what to say and do and helped us with communicating with the doctors and best of all, helped me labour as pain free as possible without drugs – she knew so many tips and tricks that I would have never thought of! I know that I would likely not have been able to bring the vision I had for my birthing plan to life had she not been by my side. Her professionalism, expertise and big heart kept me calm and powerful when I needed it the most. I felt like an absolute warrior because of all the preparation and support that I got from Brenda. My husband was so grateful that she was there to help him support me the best he could too!
Hiring Brenda was without a doubt the best thing my family did to prepare for the birth of our daughter. I cannot express enough just how much value Brenda brings to the table. I want her to help me with any future deliveries I am blessed with. We love you Brenda!!

Iman Gatti

January 2018

We started looking for a doula for all the reasons one should but especially due to my heart condition, spina bifida and ptsd. Then we found Brenda. She was the one that stood out because of her calming nature, organized, patient and professional manner. She never hesitated to support us even if my pre-existing conditions would be challenging. Little did we know then what an asset she would be to our family. At 36 weeks we found a complication that no first time family wants to hear; gestational hypertension and pre-eclampsia.She assured me we would get through it together.With her support and guidance and direction of my Ob we were able to carry to 39w5d. I couldn’t believe how dedicated she was to us. She relentlessly sat, rubbed, talked and monitored me in and out of the bed. She didn’t leave my side and always kept my birthplan in mind. She supported my decision for an epidural then worked using techniques to help me dilate, she directed my family traffic and ensured nurses and doctors permission to intervene or touch me. The Dr. urged a cesarean delivery due to faliure to progress. Brenda knew this was not in my plan. She stood up for me and suggested we ask for more time. The baby was not in danger and Iwas good. The Dr. came in and just asked quickly but we denied the cesarean. We knew with Brenda there we had the strength to get through this. After 29 hours our son was born. Without her the outcome would not have been as good as it was. After the birth she was there as well. She helped us breast feed and continually checked in. She took photos of the experience and wrote a letter to my son. She continued to answer every question I ever had. This woman is more than a doula. She is an angel, a warrior, a supporter, an educator, a friend, a coach and best of all now our family member! We will continue to recommend her to everyone we know and we will have her as a part of our future and hopefully another pregnancy and birth. Anyone who hired this amazing woman won’t regret it.

Caitlin Grolway

October 2017

Brenda was my Doula for both the birth of my son in December 2015 and the birth of my daughter in July 2017. I have to say I learned more about pregnancy, childbirth and newborn care from our meetings with Brenda than I feel I ever could have in any class or book. She played a huge role in both pregnancies and births and I not only consider her my Doula but now a part of my family.

For the birth of my daughter in July Brenda and I came up with a birth plan that reflected what I felt comfortable with but she also helped me understand that birth is unpredictable and that keeping an open mind is important. When it came time to meet at the hospital Brenda was an encouraging coach to both my partner and I giving us suggestions on what may help us both relax together. Throughout the birth Brenda was always quick to offer different laboring position suggestions and she helped me use the TENS unit for the pain. In addition to her active coaching, Brenda also provided music, candle lights, massage & essential oils. Even though our birth didn’t go quite as we had planned Brenda still helped us achieve our ideal labor and delivery. My daughter was born naturally which wasn’t the initial plan but thanks to Brenda’s warm nurturing spirit and encouraging nature I exceeded my own expectations. Brenda was an incredible cheerleader in moments where I thought I would not be able to deliver my daughter. She is beyond awesome and we love her dearly!

Cynthia Meinke

October 2017

It’s difficult to put into words our gratitude for the enrichment & support that Brenda brought to our birthing experience. Brenda was highly recommended to me by a friend, & after our first meeting, my husband & I knew that, between her warm demeanor, wealth of knowledge, & own personal experiences, we wanted her support & expertise. Prior to our due date, Brenda helped us develop our ideal birth plan & prepare for its execution. She was also available 24/7 to answer any questions, no matter how silly they might be (like how to tell the difference between your water breaking & peeing your pants). We learned so much from her & felt completely prepared for the adventure that lay ahead. At that point, I felt that the education & support she had already offered was the biggest value that she would provide us, but boy was I wrong. You can read all the books & take all the prenatal classes you like, but when you’re in the throws of labour, the contractions & adrenaline seem to erode all that preparation away. Enter Brenda! She was able to ground us in all the chaos & keep us focused on our birth plan. From the moment I started to go into labour to when we met our little munchkin, Brenda was there, coaching us every step of the way. A lot of my labour experience seems like a blur now, but one moment that I remember distinctly was when I was in transition. I was leaning on Brenda as I tried to change positions & as a contraction subsided I literally just slumped over her shoulders & hugged her. I’m sure it only lasted a minute, but the relief from the pain that I felt in that moment was incredible, & it gave me the mental & physical energy to start pushing. The support that she offered both my husband & me was invaluable. No-one knows what the future holds, but should my husband & I be lucky enough to have a second child, we know for certain that we want Brenda to be there again!

Krystil Jones

September 2017

Brenda was a godsend. I truly believe I could not have done this without her! She kept me calm, comfortable and informed from the day we began our pre birth visits right up to the day I gave birth. Brenda was available to me 24/7 to answer any questions I had. She was without a doubt worth every penny. She is knowledgeable, professional and compassionate. I definitely recommend Brenda to anyone who is expecting a baby.

Cheryl Cook

April 2017

Erin was our Doula for the birth of our son in December. She helped us feel confident going into the birth and the early days as new parents.

During the birth, her compassion, support, and experience were invaluable. I was unable to get a midwife and was very apprehensive about a hospital birth, but Erin’s knowledge and advocacy for our birth experience provided the reassurance we needed. She also provided us with helpful pain management techniques and support during my labour.

While my labour did not go according to plan, I feel it was a positive experience, and this is largely due to Erin. I would definitely recommend her to anyone seeking a Doula.

K CULYER

April 2017

My husband and I knew Brenda was a great match for us with our second child after our first meeting with her. Brenda is very professional, organized and personal. She has a quest for knowledge that made us feel comfortable to share our potentially ‘high risk’ pregnancy and delivery with her. Brenda researched and educated herself on our possible complications that may occur in our pregnancy and delivery making us feel that we were well supported and in safe hands. Brenda has a confident and calm demeanor that allows her to control stressful situations. Brenda also has many techniques to aid in minimizing pain and assisting one to have a positive birthing experience. Not only has Brenda assisted with 40 plus doula births, she has personally birthed 5 babies which adds to her wealth of experience and relatability. We are so thankful for Brenda‘s support during pregnancy, though out labor and into the postpartum period.

Nicolette Patry

March 2017

I hired Erin, from Peaceful Passage Doula Services, for my 3rd birth, & after I wish I’d had her for my 1st 2 as well! My 1st birth I had an epidural & 2nd degree tearing, the healing process was long. My 2nd birth I planned on another epidural but my son was so eager to arrive that I barely made it to the hospital & I missed my chance of pain relief, I tore again however this time I didn’t take quite as long to heal. My 3rd pregnancy I feared I may have a repeat of my 2nd birth & knew I had to have a back up plan, only I didn’t know how about it that’s where Erin came in.
She went over all my options without pressuring me to do 1 thing or another, with the options laid out I decided to go drug free, I knew I could do it since I did it in the past, but I thought if I went into it planning to forgo the epidural it might be less scary. Erin gave me ways to stay relaxed & offered me the use of her Tens Machine for early labor.
When I woke up in labor I quickly woke up my husband & called Erin. We got to the hospital around 2 in the morning, Erin joined us shortly after. I used the Tens Machine with each contraction & it helped ease the pain amazingly well. An hour later we moved into the delivery room & as my contractions got worse Erin helped me work through them, soon enough my water broke & in 3 pushes my beautiful daughter was here & what’s more I didn’t tear!
Giving birth isn’t easy work, but with Erin it wasn’t an awful and terrifying experience either. In fact at some points in time it was even fun! If she wasn’t with me to work me through my contractions I would have wavered from my drug free birth plan, & I’m so glad that I didn’t. I’m not sure words can accurately describe how thankful I am to have had such a wonderful person with me and my husband during 1 of the best days of our lives & I hope she knows when I say thank you, I’m really saying so much more than that.

Lauren Detta

March 2017

We absolutely loved our experience with Erin and I would highly and enthusiastically recommend her to anyone. She’s friendly, easy going, and fun to be around. We really prioritized having someone involved in our pregnancy and birth process that put us at ease and made us feel comfortable with them. Erin achieves this easily and quickly feels like a friend who so happens to be extremely knowledgeable about birth! Erin is a wealth of knowledge and I loved being able to go to her with any questions or my concerns. More than once she put my fears and anxieties about birth to bed and really made me feel like I could accomplish the type of birth I was after. She was a lovely and calming presence in the labour and delivery room, always giving lots of encouragement and affirmation that I was making progress. Her aftercare is personal and another wonderful thing to have. It’s great to know someone will check in on you and ensure everything is going well and assist you if need be in your struggles. I would encourage you to include Erin in your pregnancy and birth, you won’t regret it.

-Allena Whittaker

March 2017

We recently just had our 4th child. My husband works out of town and there was a large possibility he could miss the birth. We started to explore having a doula as an option. Brenda came to meet with us and instantly put us at ease! She has a warm, calming nature. We instantly hired her. Having her at my birth was amazing. Even though my husband made it! (Hooray!) she was a great support! She made sure my wants and wishes were heard and met. (My hubby called her my birth body guard hehe). She was my voice throughout the entire process so I could focus on my delivery. She had some great tips and ideas. She was also a bucket of information that was greatly useful when it came time to make some decisions on my birth plan. I felt very informed and very much at ease!

If we decide to welcome a 5th Brenda will most definitely be by my side!!

Thank you for everything Brenda 🙂

Cerra Jarvis

 

 

January 2017

Erin is a wonderful doula. Her kind and caring nature, competence, calm demeanour and patience made my long, uncomfortable labour much better. My husband and I both appreciated everything she did for us, from the prenatal planning visits where she helped us understand the labour and birth process, to the actual labour where she stayed up with us overnight and helped empower us to both be active and capable participants, to the postpartum visits where she helped me with breastfeeding and ensured me that I was getting the hang of things. We are so glad we chose Erin, would definitely hire her for future births and would recommend her to anyone.

Nataile Johnston

January 2017

 Brenda is an excellent doula. She stepped in to take over as the backup doula when our other doula had to leave during the end of my labour. Brenda was able to take over seamlessly and supported me through the entire pushing part of my labour and delivery. She ensured that my husband was able to be actively involved in the process and helped me to make decisions and advocate for myself when I was struggling during the end of my labour. Her experience with forecepts delivery helped me to remain calmer than I would have otherwise been, and made me appreciate her breadth of experience as a doula and mother. I would highly recommend Brenda to anyone looking for a Doula.

Nataile Johnston

November 2016

The first time I met Brenda, I was impressed with how genuine and thoughtful she came across.  At the time, I had absolutely no experience with childbirth and was interviewing doulas’ to help me.  Talking with Brenda was easy and her calm nature helped me relax. I am grateful that Brenda and I were able to work together. She was extremely knowledgeable and had resources for anything and everything that I would require for before and after childbirth.

Because of Brenda, my goal of a natural birth was actualized. She educated, prepared and coached me through the process. Even when labour was hard and my spirits low, Brenda stuck by. She was strong when I wasn’t and she knew exactly what I needed as things progressed.

Once my little one had arrived and I brought her home, Brenda made sure that we were settled in ok.  She took the time to ensure that we were both happy and healthy.  Her services were invaluable.

Evelyn Dotimas

November 2016

Brenda was a great support as we planned and went through our birth process. She took great care to listen to our questions and concerns and always supporting our decisions 100%, providing my husband and I with thorough information and resources so that we understood our options at every step. I would recommend her to anyone looking for a Doula who is open-minded, friendly, caring and informed.

Caitlin North

November 2016

Having Erin as a doula was a real pleasure. When we met her for an interview we knew right away that she was the doula for us, we actually called her a few minutes later and told her we made our choice. Erin is very open, caring and full of knowledge. She catered to our unique situation and brought a calm and relaxed attitude to all of our meetings. Working with her during the delivery was amazing. We would have not had the same experience without her. We highly recommend Erin to anyone looking for a doula!

Chris Martin (Dad)

October 2016

The birth experience we shared with Erin was truly beautiful. As first time parents we researched many options for our pregnancy and birth. Our original plan was to have a natural birth at a birth centre so I viewed Erin’s services as a pain management tool for myself. However, after our first meeting with Erin, my husband and I knew she would be much more than that. Throughout my pregnancy Erin stayed in close contact – always answering questions but never suggesting what choices we should make. Instead, when we had questions about specific procedures or practices she would provide useful and educational information so we could make our own choices. As my due date grew closer, we learned that our baby boy was breech and a C-section was a likely possibility. When I shared this news with Erin she provided continued positive reinforcement as I tried many procedures and practices to try and flip my baby. Erin kindly reminded us that a c-section is still a birth and we should not feel disappointed. She highlighted what was really important – our upcoming birth experience and the arrival of our baby. The morning of my scheduled C-section Erin arrived at the hospital to support us through the last few hours before the birth. I do not believe I can truly explain the amazing energy that she brings into a room. There is a true sense of love, peace, and happiness – exactly what we needed. I drew upon the affirmation cards she had given me for support and focus. As I was taken back to the surgical room, I repeated the mantras in my head. Erin quietly documented our experience, took pictures, and left us with a sweet momento before departing. Our first day home from the hospital when I was struggling to get baby to feed, it was Erin I called for support – not my mother or friends. She calmly talked me through my tears and worries and allowed me to feel empowered as a new mom. I highly recommend Erin‘s services to anyone looking to enrich their experience.

Jenn Smith Creelman

 

September 2016

My husband and I hired Brenda Giourmetakis in summer 2016. Brenda was wonderful to work with before, during and after the birth of my son. Her experience and knowledge was extremely helpful. I was 41 weeks when I delivered and she helped me ask the doctor the right questions about being overdue and the anxiety that went with that. During the labour she was a great support to me and my husband. She was able to give him direction on how to assist me and allow him to take some breaks so he was able to be a better help to me. She also knew how things worked in the hospital which was really helpful. My goal was to have a natural delivery without medications and the least amount of medical interventions which with Brenda’s help I was able to do that. The experience was exactly what I had planned and wanted. She also provided so many additional pieces that were fantastic including but not limited to pictures during labour and delivery, birth plan, birth story and her amazing bag of tools that she brought to the hospital. It was also nice having someone to text before and after to ask questions or give referrals to me. Having the extra support went a long way. I am super glad that I hired Brenda as my Doula as she exceeded my expectations throughout the process. I would highly recommend her to others.

Carmen Gunthorpe

September 2016

The birth experience we shared with Erin was truly beautiful. As first time parents we researched many options for our pregnancy and birth. Our original plan was to have a natural birth at a birth centre so I viewed Erin’s services as a pain management tool for myself. However, after our first meeting with Erin, my husband and I knew she would be much more than that. Throughout my pregnancy Erin stayed in close contact – always answering questions, but never suggesting what choices we should make. Instead, when we had questions about specific procedures or practices she would provide useful and educational information so we could make our own choices. As my due date grew closer, we learned that our baby boy was breech and a C-section was a likely possibility. When I shared this news with Erin she provided continued positive reinforcement as I tried many procedures and practices to try and flip my baby. Erin kindly reminded us that a c-section is still a birth and we should not feel disappointed. She highlighted what was really important – our upcoming birth experience and the arrival of our baby. The morning of my scheduled C-section Erin arrived at the hospital to support us through the last few hours before the birth. I do not believe I can truly explain the amazing energy that she brings into a room. There is a true sense of love, peace, and happiness – exactly what we needed. I drew upon the affirmation cards she had given me for support and focus. As I was taken back to the surgical room, I repeated the mantras in my head. Erin quietly documented our experience, took pictures, and left us with a sweet momento before departing. Our first day home from the hospital when I was struggling to get baby to feed, it was Erin I called for support – not my mother or friends. She calmly talked me through my tears and worries and allowed me to feel empowered as a new mom. I highly recommend Erin’s services to anyone looking to enrich their experience.”
JENN SMITH CREELMAN
September 2016
Having Erin by my side during my pregnancy was an amazing experience. Especially during my delivery.  She brought so much to the table and was a great help for both me and my husband.  She had many pain method techniques and was fully supportive of my birth plan. I will definitely have her by my side for our next child! Thank you Erin!
JAIRA GROVER
September  2016
My experience with Erin is very hard to write out as she was the best Doula and birth coach I could have ever had. She was always available to answer questions before we had the baby. She wouldn’t just give quick answers, but always give me more information by sending a link to an article or a great book that might help me. When my son was late on arrival, she checked in daily to make sure I was feeling good, relaxing and enjoying the quiet time before babe came. When I went in to be induced she was there to coach us through the whole thing. It can be very scary and intimidating to talk to doctors and nurses especially when you are trying to have a very natural birth without a lot of medical intervention. Erin helped to give me all the information and we discussed all the procedures of induction and then which one I was comfortable with. Then I was able to make the best choice for me and babe and not be forced into something I didn’t want. The entire birth experience was so much fun and exciting because Erin was there. She was so happy and fun to be around that it put my husband and I at ease. When I was going through a very strong contractions she would do hip squeezes that made Me feel so much better. She did the hip squeezes for hours and never once backed off because she was tired. Erin reminded my husband to eat and take a break so that he would have energy for later. This made a big difference for later when babe was born. Erin stayed beside me during the whole process, walked with me, did lunges held my hand when I was pushing and hugged me when I needed it. She is the reason why my birth was exactly how I imagined it would be and was a calm and loving environment for Theo to be born into. I could not imagine giving birth without her and will have her for my next birth. Any mother who gets to have Erin as a doula is very lucky and is in the best hands possible! “
VIRGINIA CLAIRE

August 8, 2016

Brenda is an amazing Doula! Her presence and knowledge during the birth of my son was a tremendous help. This was my first pregnancy and I wanted to have an experienced and encouraging coach to help me along the way. It was my decision to have an epidural and Brenda was respectful of my choice and very helpful in educating me in what to expect. She was also a huge help and educator in the weeks leading up to the birth, the childbirth process itself, and what to expect postpartum, offering all natural remedies of her own or of other respected Doula’s that helped a lot. My son, Grayson, was born at the Sturgeon Hospital in St. Albert, AB. Brenda was very professional and nurturing throughout the labor and delivery. I found her coaching and knowledge to be beyond encouraging. Brenda was quick to suggest laboring positions and to ask questions and make suggestions that were in my best interest. In addition to her active coaching, Brenda also provided music, candle lights, massage & oils. She also took beautiful candid photos throughout the entire labour and delivery process which she provided me with via USB stick afterwards. That is a gift I could never thank her enough for. Brenda was a great cheerleader in moments where I thought I would not be able to deliver the baby she also helped me achieve my ideal labor and delivery! If I could describe Brenda in one word it would be PRICELESS! I highly recommend her. Thank you so much Brenda! I’ll be in contact with you for the next baby!

Cynthia Meinke

May 17, 2016

I took both the Sacred Pregnancy class with Brenda and Eldyka, as well as the partner class with Brenda. My experience was completely positive. The two ladies guided us with joy and creativity through explorations that allowed us to safely delve into our hopes and fears regarding our pregnancies, labour, and new role as parents. I didn’t know it at the time, but all the focused work I did in those classes enabled me to embrace the birth of my daughter with peace in my heart every step of the way, even though her birth was the exact opposite of what I had invisioned. The conscious work I did, intelligently guided by Brenda and Eldyka in the Sacred Pregnancy classes, didn’t make me have the birth I wanted, rather it helped me embrace and accept with grace the birth that life gave my daughter and I and set the stage for a smooth and joyful transition into motherhood. I would, without hesitation, recommend Brenda and Eldyka’s Sacred Pregnancy workshops to any expecting woman or couple.

Rachel S.

March 25, 2016

We had a wonderful experience with Brenda as our doula. We interviewed several doulas, but felt like we ‘just clicked’ with her and knew she would the best fit for us. We weren’t wrong.

She was a wealth of information and was always available to answer any questions or to discuss any concerns we had through pregnancy.During my labour and delivery (which was very long and tiring) Brenda was the calm and knowledgeable presence that we needed to keep us going and grounded. I highly recommend her services.

Laura M

February 1, 2016

I found Brenda’s support prenatally and during the home water birth of our second child to be incredible and so important. I look the birth journey class Brenda offered near the end of my pregnancy, and it really put me in touch with my body, my baby and the birth process. We also hired Brenda to put on a mother blessing for me, it was a truly wonderful and empowering evening with myself and the other women I am close to. I found the class to be very healing and informative, bringing out some really great parts of pregnancy that are so easily lost in the preparation for a new baby.  For the birth itself Brenda was so attentive, especially in helping my husband to feel confident and a helpful part of my labor. She was such a comfort to have in our home; just her presence alone helped me to feel at ease. There were moments where I wasn’t sure what I wanted but she knew exactly how to switch directions and help us to find something to bring me comfort. She filled our birth pool while I was laboring and took some really amazing photos of the birth; not to mention emptying and cleaning up the pool after the birth as well. If you are considering Brenda as a doula I highly suggest you meet with her, you will not be disappointed! She was truly a completely invaluable part of our gentle birth team.

Erin Reilkoff

January 27, 2016

I am part of Brenda‘s collective and when it came for me to choose my doula for the birth of our second little girl I knew I wanted Brenda. Her calming nature and friendly personality meant she was the perfect fit for me. During my birth she helped me, hubby and the Midwifes and I couldn’t have done it without her. She is an amazing doula with a true warmth.

Michelle Bressler

January 22, 2016

The day I went into labour, my doula ended up being ill so Brenda was contacted as her backup. Of course I was a little nervous when my doula plans changed but from the moment we met Brenda was warm and made me feel at ease. She met us at the hospital, brought us coffee, stayed in touch when I was in the assessment room for what seemed like forever, then found a way to come in and help me there.

Brenda was easy to talk to and a mothering presence. Since I had lost my mom years before, it was nice to have someone to take care of me like that during labour. She made suggestions for new positions and coping strategies just at the right time. The baby was facing backwards so Brenda had me do some side lying and he turned right before the pushing which was a big relief. Brenda has patience and a calming presence which helped us stay in the moment and appreciate the birth of our son as the special time it was instead of being stressed about the process.

After the birth Brenda visited us at the hospital  with a wonderful gift bag of useful mom and baby items. She also came to our house out of town a few weeks after the birth to visit even though it wasn’t in our contract. I felt a great bond with both Brenda and our original doula and it was nice to start this journey of new parenthood with such a feeling of being cared for.

I would definitely recommend Brenda as a doula and would ask her to join us again for any future births!

Michelle Norenberg

December 12, 2015

I am so thankful for finding Brenda, and having her as my Doula. She was amazing in so many ways and went above and beyond all of my expectaions. My pregnancy came unexpectantly and at a very rough time in my life. Brenda, was nothing but suppourtive and comforting and was a wonderful presence during this stage in my life.  I was more than fortunate to have Brenda, there to guide and eductae me through my doctors appointments and go over all of my concerns. She came prepared and full of knowledge. I couldn’t have asked for a better Doula and would recomend her in a heartbeat.

Thank you so much for everything Brenda! We truly appreciate all that you did for us.

Tara Gillispie

December 3, 2015

The Sacred Pregnancy Class brought me this sisterhood that I needed so much in preparation for my birth, being a foreigner with no family and few friends here. It gave me support to overcome some fears. What I liked most was the emphasis on us, on the beauty of our pregnancies, with all the honoring that was involved in it! It brought back a feeling of Sacredness into this incredible journey!

Thank you so much Brenda and Eldyka!!!!
Love!!
Gwladys

November 30, 2015

“I feel like I don’t have the words to express how thankful I am to have had Erin as my doula. Childbirth is as scary, as it is exciting, because it’s unknown to us. We don’t know how we are going to think or feel. The talks with Erin previous to Willa’s birth helped to guide me in the direction I wanted to go. The support that she offers is incredible, my significant other Adam was so very helpful but he had no idea what to do for me. Erin helped me to manage the pain, things as simple as rubbing my legs and keeping me calm and relaxed, really helped. What I hadn’t thought of previous to asking Erin to be a part of my birth, was how beneficial it would be for Adam. He also raves about Erin because as much as he was there for me he took a lot of guidance from Erin through my labor. The fathers are as much apart of the experience as the mothers, so knowing it helped to ease his nerves was really great to hear!
Erin really helped me to feel more confident about the big day, I really had no idea what to expect, without Erin I don’t believe it would have been nearly as pleasant. It’s one of the most amazing days of your life, and I couldn’t have imagined it without her. My experience wouldn’t have been as beautiful as it was if I didn’t have Erin there. I look forward to having many more little bundles in the future, and I hope to have her by my side for everyone of them. Her talents are truly a gift, and I wish I had the words to express my gratitude! If you are thinking of hiring a doula, she’s the girl for the job. I promise you, you won’t regret it!”- Jeanna Walker

 

November 30, 2015

“I am so glad that my husband and I agreed to hire a doula! I have known Erin for many years and was sure that her positive, calm, and encouraging demeanor was one that I wanted at my birth. At one of our appointments prior to the birth or our child we went over my birth plan – what kinds of pain management I wanted, and the benefits and risks associated with each options. I learned so much at that appointment! A few weeks later my husband and I took the prenatal class at the hospital we were to deliver at and they did not cover even 1/3 or what Erin told us! This alone made it worth it. We also discussed what going into labor looks like and things to expect, which was very helpful for a first time mom like myself.
I ended up being induced and I was pretty upset about it. She helped talk me through those feelings and helped for me to let go of them. When I was finally induced and the action started happening my husband contacted her and asked her to come. She arrived within an hour and proceeded to help me with various pain management techniques. She reminded me to be an advocate for myself when a nurse started getting pushy about certain things that were not 100% necessary. Most importantly of all, she provided my husband with the knowledge and support that he needed. Having a child is an overwhelming experience and having someone present who is a wealth of knowledge present, who has your best interests in mind is a very valuable resource. If we decide to have another child we will definitely be having her present at our birth again!”- Heather Allan

November 30, 2015

“When my partner and I learned we were expecting our son, I was of course elated but at the same time wondering about what would happen if my partner (who is VERY nervous and squeamish in hospital settings) were to faint or become too overwhelmed during labor. Who would guide me on this journey that could go in any matter of directions? We quickly agreed that having a doula was crucial for the both of us.

After meeting with Erin to discuss our birth preferences, the night finally came when my water broke. I let Erin know right away and was immediately calmed with her poised and relaxed response as my partner ran around the house looking like a deer in the headlights! Later on at the hospital, my labor stopped progressing and Erin was able to get me back on track by showing me various movements, positions and pressure points. Finally, nearing the end of my labor I was feeling physically and emotionally drained; unsure if I could handle another contraction. Miraculously, Erin managed to get me into the shower and on to a birthing ball. She then had Michael hold the shower head against my belly which allowed the heat to give me some much needed relief from the pain. She herself then got into the shower with me, massaged my shoulders and spoke of my birthing intentions. Her soft voice and powerful words reminded me of the way I wanted to bring my child into this world, and of the fact that my body was built to birth this miraculous life. I do not remember how long we were in that shower but I do know that I will never forget it. It was a long and emotional labor but I could not help but feel how much love and support was being radiated on to me in that moment and that is something I will never be able to thank Erin enough for.

No matter what your labor/birth experience has in store for you, you and your partner will most certainly be grateful for Erin’s expertise. She is a truly amazing woman with a heart as deep as an ocean.” -alanna posteraro

February 9, 2015

I really can not say enough good things about Brenda. She was absolutely an asset to us during the birth of our second daughter. I attempted a VBAC and had a lot of anxiety about it because of my experience with my first. She was a huge emotional support as I prepared for labour, she educated both my husband and I on a multitude of ways to manage the labour. She was an excellent balance of encouraging and pushing me but also being very respectful of my wishes as well. She created a wonderful environment during my labour that was incredibly calm and peaceful. Calmness just sort of flows from her. Any time I started to feel out of control and unable to cope she was able to ground me and refocus me. Although I ended up with another section, I absolutely would not have been able to labour, especially unmedicated, for so long. Even though my VBAC was not successful in that I ended up having surgery again, it was very successful in that Brenda’s emotional support while I was pregnant and her emotional and physical support during my labour, resulted in a very pleasant experience overall, a very cathartic and healing experience, after the chaos that my first daughter’s birth was. If I decide to have another baby I will absolutely ask Brenda to be present again. I could not have done it without her.

Ana Sommers

January 2015

Really want to thank Erin for everything she did for us yesterday, the day before, and every day leading up to the birth of our child. She helped so much with not only helping my wife and helping her stick to her goal of staying natural with the birth but all the support I was given throughout as well. Ladies, if you are trying to decide on if you want a doula or not and/or your husband/SO is leery of it or the cost or for whatever reason, it was worth a million times what it cost. There is no amount of thanks I can give for helping us have such a great first birth. If we have more children we will definitely be having Erin or another Doula (hope she can be the one but who knows lol). Again thank you Erin for everything I can not express how thankful I am for everything and good luck with your new one as well!!

Corey Allen

November 1. 2014

To begin, after my experience with Brenda, I don’t know how anyone could give birth without a doula. It all began with her first visit to our home where we devised a birth plan, she was very knowledgable and not opinionated towards any choices I made. She had many techniques that she showed my partner and I how to relieve pain and stress during my third trimester and birth. As my doula, Brenda held a Blessing way celebration for me. Close family and friends whom were mothers themselves attended. The celebration unlike a baby shower was all about me. It was very emotional, heart warming and empowering. When the time had finally come and labour had began, Brenda was by my side every minute. She was my shoulder to cry on and my focal point in times of pain. She remained very calm and focused on her commitment to my baby and I. She made sure the nurses and doctors stuck to my birth plan and at the times interventions were needed Brenda informed me of what was to be expected and made me feel confident in my choices. During labour Brenda was very focused on redirecting my attention to my breathing and remaining calm in times of panic. She had many great tools to help with the pain. I truly do not believe my birth would have gone as smooth without her. Following my delivery Brenda helped me through my breastfeeding struggles, provided me with great contacts to rectify my sons tongue and lip tie, and performed a tuck in ceremony, another wonderful experience. Beginning with a relaxing bath with rose petals to warm body oil and a belly wrap. Brenda kept my spirits up when they were down, and always kept me positive and focused on my goal, my baby! Brenda is an unbelievably caring and giving person, I could not imagine an occupation better suited for her! My entire experience with Brenda was amazing! I thank her daily for all that she has done for my family. I would recommend Brenda and her amazing skills,knowledge and techniques to anyone!

Thank you Brenda!

Cassie C.

November 2, 2014

My experience with Brenda was just amazing. At the beginning i was searching for a doula because i was so scared of going throught this journey alone, but brenda reasured me that everything would be just fine. We met up at my house where brenda went over all the question and concerns i had about everything. I was super nervous and scared. The reason why i wanted a doula is because my husband was terified for the whole delivery experience and i needed all the support i can get since this is my first baby and pregnancy. Brenda was always available to answer all the questions i had even if it wasnt during our meetings. I could call her or text her about any concerns i had. she was just amazing. She was like a second mom to me because my mom isnt in canada and i was just so sad about that. Brenda was there for me during my delivery and after. I really appreciate all the help and advice she gave me. im very greatful that i got the chance to meet her and have her as my doula.

Miran

June 13, 2014

Brenda was a huge help assisting us through our labour process. Her experience, wisdom and knowledge was really reassuring, and gave us the confidence and information we needed to handle everything. We were fortunate enough to secure her services late in our pregnancy, and with what little time she had, she was able to arrange a visit to get to know us and get us feeling comfortable. She was very informative and gave us things to think about, and was available 24/7 through text if we had any questions. When the big day came she was with us through the labour and birth, talking us through things, giving advice, offering suggestions, covering for us, and helping keep things together when we were unsure. After being with us for 12 hours, our baby finally arrived and she was waiting right outside the operating wing to greet him and welcome him. She visited us again at the hospital the next day, and again some weeks later, making sure we really had the support we needed to feel confident. Some of my friends and family are thinking about kids and I would totally recommend them to have a doula, and Brenda would be first on my list of who to call.

Sylvester and Krista

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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