At Rebirth, our professionally trained Doulas are here to support you and your partner to ensure you achieve your most desirable birth experience. Numerous studies have shown that a doulas presence at a labour and birth:
often results in fewer complications
reduces the need for pitocin, an assisted delivery, and cesarean sections
reduces the request for an epidural, and narcotic pain management options
reduces negative feelings about one's experience
increases breastfeeding success and longevity
increases the family's feelings of self-confidence
increases feelings of security
decreases likelihood of postpartum depression
Your birth doula experience will begin with a free, no obligation meeting with our Doulas to allow you to decide which relationship feels like the best fit. The initial consultation is 30 minutes long.
Services and Rates
Birth Doula Package: 2 prenatal visits, birth, and 2 postnatal visits - $875 + hst.
Note on Payment Planing: We require a $250 deposit when you sign your contract as a retainer fee, and then the remaining amount is due 2-weeks before your due date. You can divide the remaining balance into 3 payments done monthly ($246.25 for each payment), or you can pay the remaining all at once. You will discuss the payment options with your doula when you sign your contract.
All of Rebirth's Doulas are professionally trained, and as such, their services may be covered under your private health insurance plans.
To book your initial consultation online, look under Appointments, and then Doula Services, and click Free Initial Consultation. You will see the names of the doulas listed there for who to book with.
You can call or email us too at 226.663.3243 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rebecca Robertson at email@example.com
Tasha Gilles at firstname.lastname@example.org
Keri Patterson at email@example.com
Alex Hall at firstname.lastname@example.org
Once you have decided which Doula will be supporting you, you will receive the following care:
Two prenatal consultations in your home (approximately 1.5 hours each) to discuss:
Your pregnancy and anticipation of the birth
Your preferences for your birth experience
Helpful information & resources
Anything else that you feel you want to talk about before your anticipated due date
Ongoing Support During Pregnancy
Reference material and resources when/as you need them.
Ongoing availability by phone and email for any questions or follow-up.
Your doula is on call for you 24/7, starting 2 weeks before your estimated due date, and up until your baby is born.
Support During Your Labour & Birth
From the time you would like your doula to be there (meet at home or at the hospital)
Throughout labour and approximately 1.5-2 hours after birth
Assist your partner in supporting you and protecting your space.
Your doula is your constant source of support, information, and advocacy -there to help you have the most empowering and blissful birth experience
Two Postnatal Visit in Your Home (within the first few days following birth)
Providing info and solidify your circle of support as you adjust to life with your beautiful new baby
Process the birth experience
What is a Doula?
The word "doula" comes from ancient Greek, meaning "a woman who serves", and is now used to refer to a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical (non-medical), emotional, and informational support to parents-to-be before, during, and following birth. As Doulas, we are honoured and thankful to families who allow us to support them during this monumental life moment. We work to ensure that each family we serve feels educated about their birthing experience and options, allowing them to feel empowered as their families grows. We encourage you to be an active participant, not a passive one, in your birthing experience, therefore however your birthing turned out, the things that happened and the decisions that were made were done so with your knowledge and consent
We help you to find the joy, peace, calm, and happiness in labour and birth. We assist you in working through fears, worries, negativity, and stress. We provide encouragement and emotional and mental support whenever and however often you need it. We provide physical, hands on comfort measures as much as possible for every stage of labour in which we are present. Finally, we provide in-home support for Parent(s) and Baby, as you adjust to one of life's greatest transitions
Meet Our Birth Doulas
Rebecca Robertson, Breastfeeding Counsellor, Birth & Postpartum Doula, & Childbirth Educator
I am a birth advocate, a breastfeeding educator, and especially an advocate for mothers and the choices they make. As a doula my main role is to support mothers and partners to ensure a satisfying and positive birth experience. I am trained in providing emotional and spiritual support, as well as physical comfort during labor. I completed a DONA training course in 2009 and it sparked my love for supporting laboring women. Since then I have been inspired to continue my learning to provide the best support I can with additional studies in lactation and natural medicine. Some of the things in my tool kit include massage, acupressure, and items to help with visualization and relaxation. I am trained in different stretches and birthing positions to improve pain tolerance and pushing efficacy, as well I give lots of encouragement! In 2012 I enrolled in a Lactation Medicine Program at the Centre for Breastfeeding Education. There I was instilled with this goal "To enable the mother to manage her own breastfeeding experience, so she will be empowered to achieve her own breastfeeding goals." I accumulated over 90 hours in lactation specific education, as well as hours in observation at their breastfeeding clinic. Since that time I have been supporting new moms as they transition to motherhood and begin the breastfeeding relationship. During my time studying Naturopathic medicine, I was fortunate to expand on my knowledge on lactation medicine as well as how naturopathic medicine can play a role in the perinatal care of women and their new babes. I am passionate about my job, and I bring lots of enthusiasm and love for what I do.
Tasha Gillies, Birth Doula
I’ve finally found my passion and my calling! Even though I’m a new doula, I’m absolutely in love with every moment of it and I know this is what I was made to do. Pregnancy, labour and birth is a very exciting and memorable part of a person’s life. It’s a complete honour to be a part of it to provide physical and emotional support as well as to educate and provide information.
My passion in life is helping people in any way possible. Being a doula has been life-changing for me. Being present to help someone through the whole experience and getting to see their reward at birth for all of their hard work is amazing. I am always looking to expand my knowledge to better serve my clients and to be the most informed I can about all aspects of pregnancy, labour, birth and postpartum. Most recently I took a course on VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean). I love empowering people to ask questions and use their voice. After all this is your baby, your birth, your experience. You have the right to informed consent and to make decisions based on what you think and how you feel. It would be my pleasure to meet with you and chat.
Alexandra Hall, R.N., Naturopathic Doula, ND medical student, Yoga Instructor
(Alex is booked until September and will be taking on new clients as of January 2020.) As a Naturopathic Doula, I have received specialized training in childbirth and prenatal care. Pregnancy and childbirth is such a special, sacred period of time. There is so much change going on both physically, mentally, and also spiritually as an expecting mother prepares to bring another precious life into this world. Thus, there can be so many different emotions experienced and so my goal is to be able to provide nurturing support during this amazing but often confusing time! I am currently able to offer traditional doula services as well as a few select naturopathic treatment modalities. I am currently halfway through my naturopathic medical school training at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine and upon program completion in another two years, I will happily be able to provide the full spectrum of services offered by a licensed naturopathic doctor and certified naturopathic doula during preconception, prenatal and the postpartum period. I currently offer lifestyle and nutritional counselling and childbirth education with my naturopathic doula services. I am also a registered nurse with experience working in labour and delivery and postpartum care obtained during my time at the Civic Hospital in Ottawa during my nursing training at the University of Ottawa. I have lived in London for four years now and have been a part of the London Health Sciences Centre Cardiac Care Program so I like to say that I wear many hats in health care! With that said, I am able to provide information from both a conventional and alternative point of view with the sole purpose of simply allowing my clients to make their own informed decisions. My priority is to simply be present and attentive to the needs of the expecting mama and her birth partner. My deepest and ever growing passion is certainly maternal health and so my ultimate goal is to empower and support women through the natural process of childbirth and help women build confidence and trust in themselves. Although I am still learning, I put my heart into everything that I do and I am deeply honored to have the opportunity to create a positive rebirth experience for all of you strong and capable women!
Keri Patterson, Full Spectrum Doula, & Childbirth Educator
(Keri will accepting birth clients for mid-Oct and is booked for Nov. She will be accepting new clients in Dec.) I was inspired to become a doula after learning of the invaluable support and transformative experience that close friends had with their doula during labour and postpartum, and I’m thrilled to have found my passion in this work. I work collaboratively with care providers, partners and families to help foster a supportive and informed team. As a Full Spectrum Doula, I extend the doula model of care to people across the reproductive spectrum, including pregnancy, birth, fertility, abortion, adoption, surrogacy, miscarriage, stillbirth, and postpartum. I am a trained professional and graduate of Fanshawe College’s Doula Studies Program and can provide emotional, physical and informational support that is individually tailored to fit the unique needs of each client.
Additionally, I believe that my Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and previous professional experience with working front line at a counselling agency has given me a deeper understanding and appreciation to the diversity and resiliency of individuals and has fuelled my commitment to build a practice of compassionate care, autonomy and respect. When I’m not supporting individuals and families, I’m most likely to be found hiking (hiking all of Canada’s National Parks is a bucket list item of mine!), listening to 80’s music, playing board games with friends and family and eating copious amounts of guacamole.