As a fertility doula, I work one-on-one with clients and help them navigate the world of infertility. I may attend fertility doctor visits, work with clients to find alternative care options to improve fertility, reduce depression and help balance emotions.
As your birth doula, we take the time to get to know you and the support services that best suit you. We practice comfort techniques including massage, birth ball, rebozo, temperature, deep breathing, visualization and positioning. We will be with you and your birth team during your labour and delivery as a constant support system, whether you are delivering at the hospital, birth centre or at home.
Postpartum support services begin with a complimentary 30-minute consultation. We take the time to learn about you and your wishes postpartum, as well as answer any questions you may have. Services include newborn care, postpartum parent care, sibling and partner care, household assistance and overnight support. We also provide education on newborn basics to help ease the transition of a new family member.
Fertility Yoga benefits anyone who is starting to try to conceive, has been diagnosed with unexplained infertility, has polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) or endometriosis, has had one or more miscarriages or is undergoing assisted reproductive technology treatments (ART). You will be encouraged to connect to your body and adapt your practice to how you are feeling and where in your monthly cycle you are.
Practicing yoga during pregnancy is a great way to stay active and help alleviate many of the common discomforts including nausea, back pain, swelling, fatigue, constipation, sciatica and leg cramping. Prenatal yoga also provides the opportunity to develop a greater awareness of your changing body and modifying your practice to your unique needs.
Postnatal yoga classes are designed with the postpartum body in mind. A blend of yoga and pilates targets the pelvic floor and abdominal core muscles, restoring and rebuilding the body. Classes focus on strengthening muscles and increasing energy levels. Choose from an individual class or a six-week pelvic floor and restore series. Classes are safe for both vaginal and caesarean delivery.
We offer group childbirth education classes in partnership with Evymama. Classes meet once a week for 2 hours for 4 weeks. Childbirth education will explore the following: Birth process, stages of labour, common interventions, birth partner communications, birth partner bag, early postpartum care and recovery, newborn care including feeding, non-medical pain relief & comfort measures, medical pain relief, positions for labour & birth.
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*not valid on doula services or childbirth education
“I wanted to send a note to say thank you so much for all your yoga guidance during my pregnancy. I very much enjoyed the class each week and believe it helped me relax and prepare for labour and delivery. Our little girl was born on her due date. Happy, healthy and adorable.”
“Thanks for everything Melissa, you helped get my body and mind ready for this! I was very calm and breathing and visualization really helped.”
“My weekly prenatal yoga classes with Melissa helped me so much to relax and to get my body prepared for the big day. During labour my daughter came into distress at some point. I was able to relax my mind and body with techniques that Melissa taught me – and it worked! I delivered the most beautiful girl calmly and it was the most amazing experience. I’d recommend prenatal yoga to all women.”
“Melissa was extremely helping in my emotional, physical and overall well-being. She was there from the beginning to the end providing any support we needed. We are so thankful for her!”
“Melissa is amazing! The class is challenging and very inclusive.”
“Melissa is an amazing instructor. I feel confidant and safe in her classes so I can let go and focus on my practice.”
“Beautiful and clean studio, friendly service and relaxing atmosphere makes Padma yoga a great place to practice. Convenient location with free parking at the back.”