My name is Andi and I am a DONA trained Birth Doula in Calgary, AB. I took the birth doula training through DONA International back in June 2009, and worked in Lethbridge, AB for 3 years before moving to Calgary. I have attended a variety of births including those in hospitals, at home, in birth centres as well as waterbirths in a variety of locations. I believe in every woman’s right to be empowered, educated and supported during the birthing process, which can help ease the transition from pregnancy to motherhood.
In April 2010 I travelled to The Farm to learn from some of the highest regarded Midwives in the birth community. Ina May Gaskin, Pamela Hunt, and the rest of The Farm Midwives were an invaluable source of resource and information. My experience at The Farm really confirmed my calling to birth work.
Aside from my DONA Birth Doula training and the Midwifery Assistant Training, I have attended various conferences and workshops about pregnancy, childbirth, and parenting. What I haven’t learnt from my own birth experiences of my four children, I have most certainly learnt from seeking knowledge and supporting women and families over the years.
I think it’s fairly obvious how much I love birth (maybe?), so here is a little more about me personally. I have been playing roller derby for the past 5 years, and currently play for the CRDA Cut-Throat Car Hops as well as the CRDA All-Stars. I am a mother to 4 children ages 7-15 and a 9 year old step daughter, all of who have challenged and taught me more about compassion, unconditional love, and stress management, than I could ever imagine.
**That’s me with the stripe on my head… I’m not scary, I swear.
I love hoop dance and I make hula hoops on the side. Hey! Did you know that hula hooping is a great way to keep your fitness level up while pregnant?! I can help you with that! I am a co-leader of Babywearing Calgary, and I love love love teaching people the art of babywearing.
I recently graduated with a B.A. from the University of Lethbridge in Psychology, Sociology, and Anthropology. It took me a very long time to complete that degree (having 4 children during, and then single parenting), I’m pretty happy to be done. I’ll be returning to school again, working towards the requirements for the Midwifery program.
That’s about it! Drop me a line and we can chat more about who I am and how I can assist you in your journey.
PS…. I run an inclusive doula business.