I share my knowledge. I share my story. I am an open book.
Through my perinatal supports, I provide parents with the education and supports they need to prepare for birth, baby, and postpartum. These services reduce family stress and the likelihood of traumatic birth experiences and postpartum mood disorders (e.g. postpartum depression). Parents need accurate information about birth and postpartum, and the sharing of real birth and postpartum experiences so they can prepare for life with a newborn. I build trusting relationships with families, help them prepare while they're pregnant, AND provide informational, practical, and hands-on supports postpartum. I am there to answer all the questions - nothing related to birth and postpartum is off limits. The outcome is empowered parents who are confident in their decision making, knowledgeable about what to expect, and ready to reach out for support when they need it.
Through my counselling supports, I help parents and those planning to become parents address mental emotional health issues and increase their wellbeing. I provide trauma-informed counselling that identifies and addresses underlying issues and practical advice to help increase wellbeing - all in the context of relationships and parenthood.
I am the mother to an amazing little boy.
I have bachelor's degrees in sociology and social work, as well as a master's degree in social work. I have been a registered social worker since 2008 and am a certified postpartum doula with Doula Training Canada.
My professional development is focused on health and wellbeing, brain development, trauma, prevention and early intervention, perinatal and infant mental health, solutions-focused and narrative therapy, and collaborative practice. I have completed the Brian Story Certification with the Alberta Family Wellness Initiative and am a Certified Strategic Doing Practitioner with the Agile Strategy Lab.
I am a member of the Perinatal Mental Health Alliance NL's Board of Directors (www.pmhanl.com), and am the Vice President of Board of Directors for the Atlantic Summer Institute on Healthy and Safe Communities (www.asi-iea.ca).