Featured Doula: Claire Anne Gallagher
My name is Claire Anne I am a Birth and postpartum Doula in Whitby Ontario Canada.
My website is www.birth-bythedoulaway.ca I am certified with Doula Training Canada and I have a very special place in my heart for Indie Birth and have attended their workshops and retreats and continue to study with Indie Birth. Now for a bit of my story: and I am mother to two amazing, genuine and sensitive
grown children, who are parents to my six beautiful growing grandchildren.
1.What inspired you to begin your doula journey?
My love affair with motherhood began at a very young age, as far as I can remember
I wanted to be a mother. I must have expressed these desires with my mother
because one Christmas, I was so excited to find under the tree a beautiful newborn
doll, all soft bodied with a full head of hair. I also got a baby bath for her, one I could
put real water in, and a tiny crib just for her.
Soon after, a neighbour who looked after me when my Mom worked had a baby boy
I was so taken with him, every minute I was there I was helping her with baby. A few
years later my sister became a Mother and I became a Mom too. I was there at his
birth, I guess thinking about it now, that was my first birth as a Doula, and from that
moment on I was bedazzled with birth and babies. He was the most gorgeous baby.
Years passed, and my turn came to become a mother. By this time, I owned my own
farm in Alberta and I had studied Animal husbandry, nutrition and large animal
I managed the farm, a farrow to finish operation, as well as a cow calf operation,
with every one of their births I witnessed their behavior and calmness and
envisioned the same for myself. Although my birth was a longer process than what I
had worked with the animals, the serenity and calmness prevailed and my daughter
made her entrance earth side naturally, I was elated and filled with an indescribable
energy and motherly love and thus my Motherhood journey began.
Almost three years later my son was born, a much easier natural birth and I was
again blessed with that beautiful exhilarating feeling of Motherhood and all that it
encompasses. Following his birth, I was even more determined to one day pursue
my passion of birth and helping Mothers through this rite of passage from
womanhood to Motherhood. Many years went by before I could follow my heart,
and now today, I am focused on the magic of birth and being a Doula enables me to
work with families who are wanting to make informed birth choices about their own
pregnancy and birth.
I am an avid reader and an insatiable student, I am constantly registering for new
courses and programs, so that I may offer my clients the best possible care.
I work diligently with my clients as soon as possible and often even before
pregnancy to get them on a proper nutrition program. So passionate am I about
birth, that last October I attended a three day midwifery skills workshop with Indie
Birth, in Sedona Arizona. A wonderful experience, that has enabled me to be
empowered and empowering about the natural wonderment of physiological birth.
I am confident, caring, calm, with a very centered heart.
2.What training/experience do you have?
I am certified with Doula Training Canada and I have a very special place in my heart for Indie Birth and have attended their workshops and retreats and continue to study with Indie Birth.
Birth Doula-DTC- Doula Training Canada
Infant Sleep Educator Certified
Dancing for Birth Instructor
Indie Birth Midwifery Skills Completed
3.What is your purpose/mission/style as a doula?
My purpose as a Doula is to raise awareness about informed birth choices, that women do have the power to birth and they do have a voice in childbirth.
4.What makes you unique as a doula?
What makes we unique is my serenity and belief that birth is Power .
5. How do you think doula’s positively impact birth?
Doulas positively impact Birth by teaching and reassuring women about birth and by protecting and guarding the birthing field.
6.What advice would you give someone looking to hire doula?
I would advise the woman looking for a Doula to find one that she is at ease with and who understands her in an intimate way. Together they can create a harmonious relationship where neither one needs to speak to know what each one wants to say. A simple eye contact and body language suffice.
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