“Birth is an opportunity to transcend. To rise above what we are accustomed to, reach deeper inside ourselves than we are familiar with, and to see not only what we are truly made of, but the strength we can access in and through birth.” ~ Marcie Macari ~
Services: Full Spectrum Doula, Fertility Awareness Teacher, Belly Binding, Therapeutic Steaming, DAFGP member
My name is Hannah and I am a doula and farmer. The work that lights me up and makes me feel fulfilled is the work of nurturing the plants and animals so they can nourish the people and nurturing the people so they can nourish the next generation (hopefully a generation that will in turn be able to nurture the plants and the animals). I am passionate about supporting people in reclaiming their reproductive sovereignty, whatever that means to them.
To me, the idea of reproductive sovereignty is about exercising our fundamental rights to create and recreate our lives and our communities - if, when, and how we want to. It is about being informed, supported, and connected so that we are able to do what we know is best for ourselves and our families in our unique contexts. How we bring our babies into this world is a huge part of that, but so is how we feed them, how we take care of them, and what they learn from us and what kind of world they inherit from us.
I love working with the magical portal that is birth, but I believe that a solitary focus on birth can distort the importance of all the unique and significant experiences of existing in your body throughout the reproductive life cycle. We all exist within a society that has disconnected people from their bodies and the lands that sustain them, and we all carry stories and traumas in our bodies that can have unwanted effects on our pregnancies and birthing journeys. I have done extensive personal work as well as book learning and professional training to be able to offer trauma-informed care to people who are undergoing profound changes that are often somehow related to two extremely common forms of trauma in our society: childhood traumas relating to how we were parented, and sexualized traumas/traumas relating to our reproductive bodies. Birth can be a space of immense transformation and healing, or it can be a space where we become triggered or further harmed. This is why I love to look at birth through a wider lens in a way that I believe can have lasting implications far beyond the perinatal period.
It is my intention that through working with me, my clients will receive support, information, and tools that will make a lasting positive impact on their relationship to their own bodies, and by extension their power, their families, and their communities. I strongly believe that autonomy, health, and pleasure are your birthrights. Like so many others, I come to this work out of necessity because I recognize that historically and in many ways to this day, the field of obstetrics and gynecology is a battlefield where birthing people and families have been misinformed, coerced, and generally subjected to avoidable harm by the conventional systems. This has been (and is) worse for Indigenous, Black, and otherwise racialized and marginalized people. I am always on the lookout for systemic violence and my primary professional responsibilities are to serve my clients in the ways that they want me to. I am a member of the Doulas for Aboriginal Families Grant Program, meaning that I can help Indigenous people access free money to fund their perinatal care plans. I am always open to sliding-scale fees, trades or energy exchanges, and simply volunteering my services as a form of reparations to those who have been oppressed by the systems that have benefitted me.
Education: DONA International: Birth Doula Training (2020) Childbearing Society: Childbirth Education Class Childbearing Society: Home Birth Seminar Childbearing Society: Ecstatic Birth Seminar Childbearing Society: Healthy Pregnancy Seminar Lactation Education Resources: Basics of Lactation Management Training Complete Learn to Belly Bind: Belly Binding for Birth Professionals Learn to Belly Bind: Self-Binding for Postpartum Women Resilient Birth: Trauma-Informed Fundamentals for Perinatal Professionals Birthing Advocacy: Abortion Doula Training