I became a Doula for many reasons. I consider myself a ruthless pro-choice, action-oriented, how can I help?, kind of a woman. I want to fight in the trenches! I want to get messy! So naturally, helping people have the best possible birth experience seems like a good place to get my hands dirty and smash some patriarchy.
That’s why I’m a Doula. To help put the power back into the hands of the pregnant person. To help cultivate the space that’s wanted. Whether that’s making the space for a person at an abortion clinic, or in a labour and delivery ward, or in someone’s private bedroom: it makes no difference to me unless it makes a difference to you.
My training and educational background is predominantly in sexual health. I went to the University of Waterloo, St. Jerome’s College and majored in Psychology and Sexuality, Marriage, & Family. My first passion was teaching young people about sexuality and forming relationships. I love that I can bring my experience and expertise in sexuality into my Doula work. Did you know that sperm has natural prostaglandins that can encourage the softening of the cervix during the labour progress? Did you know some women have orgasms during birth? Did you know that nipple stimulation releases oxytocin in the brain and can also help labour move along? It’s sexy and nerdy; I love it!
And finally, as a queer-identified person, I have a particular soft spot for how we address reproductive needs in LGBTQ populations. If you need a Doula to remind your care-providers that you in fact go by John as stated in your written birth plan despite the name Joanna printed on your health card while you ride a contraction, I am more than happy to provide that service.
I became a Doula because I thought maybe I could be of service.
- Tynan, Full-Spectrum Doula and Sexual Health Educator. Sisterhood Wellness Collective.