I am a mother of three school aged children. Having went to french school my entire life, I speak both English & French.
For as long as I can remember, I have had a love for children and have been passionate about working within the community. After the birth of my third child, I realized that I could bring both of these interests together, and set out to become a doula.
Over the last four years, I have completed training as a birth doula, a postpartum doula, breastfeeding counselor and as a childbirth educator. I am also an active member of the Ottawa Valley Doula Association, and a co-leader of the Ottawa chapter of the International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN). In my spare time (haha!) I host meet ups for new parents at Buy Buy Baby.
5 random facts about me:
1. I was born in Timmins Ontario.
2. My favorite food is poutine.
3. I don't like coffee or wine but have a mild tea addiction. Specifically fruit teas.
4. I love to dance but I'm not very good at it.
5. I love reading and usually have a book with me wherever I go.
One of my greatest strengths in supporting families is my unbiased, non-judgmental approach to birth and parenting.
I gets to know my clients – their values, their beliefs - and guide them in discovering their own individual philosophies without endorsing my own.
I have experience with:
-VBAC- vaginal birth after cesarean
-VBAMC- vaginal birth after multiple cesareans
- Non-medicated births
- Medicated births
"Sherry was with us during our most beautiful and intensive times when our baby was born and for the first weeks. Sherry helped us to plan and prepare for birth. With her help I felt more comfortable and had a great delivery experience. After the birth, she provided support with information and her experience to address challenges of the first weeks with baby at home."
-Mother of 1, B.L.
“Throughout my pregnancy and into the postpartum period, Sherry was always available to provide support and answers to my questions via email. She established a wonderful relationship in which I felt supported and respected. She always encouraged me to trust in my body and its natural abilities without questioning it. She encouraged me to transfer care providers to ensure I was being followed by a team whose approach better matched my needs. Sherry made her lending library and TENS machine available to us to prepare and handle the early stages of labour.
Given the speed at which my labour progressed, Sherry arrived at the hospital and provided a calming presence to a labour that was well-established. She provided support by ensuring I had food and water as needed, and she stood by my side after delivery when my husband had his turn having skin-to-skin with our baby.
All in all, a great experience.”
-Mother of 2, T.L.
I was skeptical when my partner said she wanted a doula since we had both done this before.
Sherry provided me with the support I needed to be a better support person. She showed me tricks to help relieve her pain and took over when I needed a break.
If we are blessed with more children, we will be calling her again.
-Father of 2, D.W.