My call to work as a doula comes from my nature as a healer and as a caregiver, and my commitment to creating a world in which every person receives the love and support they need to thrive.

As a doula, my mission is to help you feel safe and supported through your experience – what might possibly be some of the most intense months of your life. I bring my grounded, loving energy, as well as an array of information, skills and tools to help you navigate this time. Ultimately, I believe in you – your power, your choices, your experience.

I strive to keep my services as accessible as possible, which in part means that I do my best to use language that does not assume the identities of my clients or their support people (for example, not everyone who gives birth is a woman, and not every support person is a husband/father). It also means that a certain percentage of my time each month is available for a reduced cost. Low-income individuals and/or families, Indigenous people, people of colour and queer and trans folks will be given priority for discounted services. 

I currently live and work on the traditional territories of the Lekwungen people (Victoria, BC), although I was born and raised on the other side of the Salish Sea, primarily on Musqueam territory (Vancouver, BC). I have a background in theatre, which instilled in me the importance of being in touch with our bodies and our breath along with strategies for getting there, and a passion for comprehensive sexuality education for all ages and abilities.

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Choosing the name Arms Around

My Granny - my mum’s mum, my last living grandparent, and one of the most deeply loved people in my life - died just as I began the process of fulfilling my dream to be a doula. “Arms around” is how she used to sign off on written notes, and even though she wasn’t a very cuddly person, it filled me with the sense that no matter where I was or what I was going through, her love was always there. Arms Around is a tribute to her and to my matrilineal line, who as far back as I know, are all fiercely loving healers, caregivers and community builders. May I honour them and the life they have given me through this work.

 

 
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Certifications

Education

Holistic Doula Certificate

Pacific Rim College, 2017

70 hours total, including: 

Bachelor of Fine Arts

Concordia University, 2015

Major: Theatre and Development

Minor: Interdisciplinary Studies in Sexuality


Facilitation Trainings

Lay Chaplaincy Basics Training - Weddings, Memorials and Infant Dedications

Canadian Unitarian Council, 2015

Our Whole Lives Sexuality Education Facilitator Training 

Unicamp of Ontario, 2012

Health & Safety Certifications

CPR-C/AED for Doulas

Lifesaving Society, June 2017

FoodSafe Level 1 (June 2017)

Vancouver Island Health Authority

Bloodborne Pathogens Course

Canadian Red Cross (May 2017)


Alternative Medicine & Healing Trainings

Queen Anne's Lace as Herbal Fertility Management Workshop

Molly Dutton-Kenny, 2016

Reiki Levels 1 & 2

Emily Barrie (Level 2), 2015

Léla Billows (Level 1), 2011