“The one thing that is always a life line is showing up for other people.” ~ Amber Ashley James ~
~ Shania Lane ~
My mother always said that people weren’t sure how I was born so wise and nurturing. She would drop me off for playdates, and the mother’s would tell her upon my retrieval, that I didn’t play with the kids; just sat and chatted with the moms, helping around the kitchen. I was always trying to lighten the load for the womxn around me. I’ve always done my best work for, and amongst womxn.
As I grew older, I became wildly fascinated with the reproductive system and the magic it possesses. While all the kids around me were covering their ears or growing embarrassed in health class, I was smiling ear to ear learning the ins and outs of periods and pregnancy.
After years of volunteering at womxn’s crisis centres, and empowering womxn through art and cultural events, I have somehow found my way home, to the world of birth work.
Advocating for womxn and minority people will always be my first passion, and I believe that behind every confident birthing person, is someone they believe trusts their decisions, and is willing to not only support them but also advocate for them.
I chose to do my doula training with Doula Trainings International (DTI). I completed my Childbirth Educator course with Birthing Advocacy Doula Trainings (BADT), as I find them ahead of the curve when it comes to language used surrounding birth people and the birthing process. And it is one of my goals to continue to push inclusivity amongst birthing spaces and practices.
I believe that all people should have the right to a safe, positive and comforting birth experience, regardless of sexual orientation, race, or gender. Every family makeup is unique, and this is what makes them all so special.
I began this journey as a Full Spectrum Doula just over a year ago, and in this time I have helped over 45 couples bring their babies earthside. Each one its own unique journey, each birth adding more gratitude and abundance to my life.