Rossana Keay is a Certified Birth Doula and Postpartum Doula. Her company my doulove is a Calgary-based solo-practice and birth boutique of services relating to pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period.
If you are pregnant and considering the support of a doula, let me take a moment and congratulate you for embarking on a wonderful journey. You may be wondering what I can do for you. Let me share, first and foremost, I will support you with every choice you make and help you achieve your ideal birthing experience. My goal is that you feel empowered and know that your birth will leave you with a beautiful memory.
Imagine having someone in your life that knows everything there is to know about birth and babies, someone who will have those conversations with you and you partner during pregnancy to calm your nerves, discuss your fears and emotions and help to build your confidence and knowledge around childbirth. Imagine that someone who will drop everything to be by your side for your entire birth, someone who will answer your call in the middle of the night when you think you are in labour and someone who will always remind you how great you are doing and how powerful and amazing you are. Imagine that someone who helps you create your most ideal birth experience, listens for what you hope to accomplish and guides you through various ways to achieve all your birth goals. Imagine having that person in your life that knows that you trust your body, reminds you of the strength you have, someone who believes in YOU. That someone is called a DOULA.
As your doula, my job is to make sure you are happy, comfortable and have the best birth experience possible. I am there with you from the moment you are in labour up until an hour or two after baby is born and never leave your side. I offer emotional, physical and informational support and also help your partner fulfill their role during your labour by showing them how to provide previously discussed coping techniques that work for you. I can offer informational support, soothing touch and words of encouragement to help you progress during your labour. I can also provide breastfeeding support immediately after birth for you and baby should you desire it. My main goal is to create an environment where you feel relaxed and safe.
I feel very strongly that when women and partners have their voice and are comforted and cared for during childbirth, their experience can be a memorable one. I am committed to creating the space for you to achieve just that.
~Rossana Keay CD(DONA)