Toronto Birth Doula and Postpartum Doula Services
Congratulations on your pregnancy. So you're thinking about hiring a doula or figuring out what a doula is or does...or how they work during a pandemic? We can help answer all of the questions you have.
We have been providing doula services in Toronto since 2012 and are proud to be partnered with some of Toronto's best birth doulas and postpartum doulas.
Whether you are just a few weeks pregnant, or expecting your baby in just a few weeks, we are here for you. Let's get started.
Your Next Steps
Are you ready to meet your doula? Fill out the interview form and receive a response within 24 hours.
Do you have specific questions and want them answered this week? No question is too small. We'd love to chat and answer them all for you. Schedule a complimentary call with our Doula Coordinator.
Are you just starting to learn about doula care? Register for our upcoming online free All About Doulas Info Night.
Our "All About Doulas" free info sessions runs every other month. They are an easy and efficient way to learn about doula care in Toronto, and meet some of the doulas on our team virtually.
Walk away understanding:
You will learn what birth doulas and postpartum doulas do, what a typical doula package includes, how much doulas cost and when to hire a doula.
All About Virtual Doula Care
In response to new COVID-19 hospital policies, we have added virtual birth and postpartum doula services to continue providing professional support to families throughout pregnancy and postpartum. While your doula may not be able to provide in person support, much of doula support remains unchanged and there are so many benefits that come with virtual doula support.
Benefits of Virtual Doula Support
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a doula? When should you hire a doula? Read more of our Frequently Asked Questions HERE.
Toronto Doula Testimonials
“We could not be more happy with the excellent support that Emily provided to us during the difficult circumstances of the COVID pandemic. Our meetings, which would otherwise have been in person, were on Zoom. During our meetings, Emily took the time to very clearly discuss with us, and show us using visual aids, everything from labour and delivery details to postnatal care. We always felt comfortable discussing our options and asking questions, throughout the months preceding the birth of our daughter. Emily also provided us with support via phone and text, always providing us with balanced information, based on which we were able to make the best choices for us. During labour and delivery, our hospital did not allow more than one support person, so we were sad that Emily could not attend; however, Emily was on-call by phone and text throughout the duration of the labour and delivery process. She provided informational and emotional support to both of us, and she helped us to make fast informed decisions when needed. Now that our daughter has been born, we continue to contact Emily with questions and for support. We were excited when we were able to finally meet Emily in person when she made a house visit for us, taking all of the necessary PPE precautions given the nature of the pandemic. We are so grateful to Emily for all of her support and we highly recommend her services.” ~ Jonathan, Adrienne and baby Ariella
“Although we would have loved to meet Adrienne in-person, virtual doula support is something we would consider even if restrictions change in the future. A once-in-a-lifetime experience such as the birth of one's child is only enhanced by a supportive doula to help promote a holistic and positive journey. Virtual doula support is just one of many ways we can use technology to help better access health and wellness resources and we greatly enjoyed working with Adrienne throughout the process!” ~ Joanna & pat
Having a doula for support before/during/after the birth was worth every penny. A huge part of my positive birth experience can be attributed to April’s services, as she prepared us so thoroughly that we were able to go into labour and delivery without fear, and she could anticipate the best way to support both my partner and I during the birth itself. I could relax during the experience knowing that we had a knowledgable person on our team, and that my husband could tag out with someone I could trust as need be. I would recommend hiring a doula 1000 times over. ~ Whittney
Dina was instrumental in making me as comfortable as possible in what ended up being a long and extremely intense labour, without any pain relief medications. I can't imagine how I could have managed without her support, and guidance throughout the labour. She is really well experienced and offered me excellent suggestions and guidance in preparation for labour/delivery, during labour and postpartum. She really takes the time to understand you and your needs and is there as a voice and resource to help through one of the most stressful and intense moments of your life! I couldn't speak highly enough of her. ~ Melita
I really enjoyed my experience with marj both as a doula and as a yoga teacher. She was so helpful with all of the physical needs around the baby and the house, and also allowed me to spend time with my older daughter by caring for the baby. She provided emotional support, as well as educational support and ideas for how to cope with the addition to our family, nursing, doing research on daycares for my daughter, I felt that I recovered much quicker and felt more well balanced with this birth as opposed to the birth of my first daughter because I had more support in the postpartum period. ~ Amy Makali
"We found Marj to be very calm and empathetic. She gave us actionable advice that helped me cope with the stress of going through labour and delivery for the first time. Looking back, I can't imagine what it would have been like to go through that experience without her support. I would highly recommend Marj as a birth doula and for postpartum support." ~ Merline
When my husband and I first decided we wanted to hire a doula we didn’t really know what to expect but we did know the kind of support we wanted to have during the birth of our son. Adrienne is an amazing support tool not only pre-birth but during labour and post birth. During my labour she always had my best interest at heart and the entire time she was in total control of my needs and well-being. The best thing we did for ourselves was hiring Adrienne, she really made a difference in our experience ~ Amy
Amy was an amazing Doula. She was extremely supportive and calming presence to both my husband and I. We are not the type of people that would ask for help when dealing with stressful situation, however Amy knew exactly what we needed and was also one step ahead offering support. Amy was always available when we had any questions, and after we were discharged from the hospital and I was having issues latching, she came over instantaneously offering any help and support. And she makes one helluva cookie!!!~ Jessica
I have to admit that my husband Pascal was doubtful about having a Doula. But when we first met Megan, he completely changed his mind and agreed that we found the perfect person to help us through this adventure. It was important for me to have a natural delivery and without Megan I have to say that I would have not been able to do it. Not only did she help me cope with the pain but she also helped Pascal be a great support during those tough hours. She allowed us to have the delivery we wanted in communicating with the hospital staff. Megan is a dedicated person that we could trust from day one. She was available at any time, very competent and knowledgeable. She knows how to reassure and have an answer to each question we could have on pregnancy, labor and after delivery. Thee is no words to express how grateful we are to have her as our Doula. I would recommend her to anyone. ~ Anais
Amy is an incredibly intuitive, knowledgeable, and loving doula! Having her beside me as I went through the journey that is giving birth made the experience of having my last baby an unforgettable memory. Throughout the process, she offered a series of gentle suggestions to help me ease the pain of labor. Her back massages were everything! It was exactly what I needed as I transitioned into v.painful back labor, she also encouraged me to take a bath, as well as go through contractions on exercise balls. She was so tactful and observant, she knew exactly when to step back and would intuitively step back in to support me. She respected and made space for my partner's presence as well, and actually a few moments after the baby's birth she asked if she could take a picture and captured such a beautiful moment with my partner and our brand new baby! Amy was truly an angel in disguise for me during my birth process. Her energy is so positive and loving in a really grounded and balanced way, she made a huge difference in my birth experience, and I'm truly happy and thankful that she was my doula.
"I think everyone should have a doula. It was a great experience for myself, but my husband felt so much calmer with everything when things were not going as we wanted. April made making the medical decisions easy and prepared us for anything (I ideally wanted no medical intervention) and at the birth centre things didn't quite go that way but I still found to a magical experience because I was prepared." ~ Leah Jones
The Yoga Mommas studio was not only a great prenatal experience, but also a wonderful postpartum resource. They had a postpartum doula package that fit out needs as new parents. Our doula helped us make the transition to new parents by allowing us to focus on our new addition while having a friend dedicated to helping us and answering our questions.
Maria was extremely knowledgeable and shared a variety of techniques for pregnancy and labour. She was non judgemental and supported my partner and I at every turn!
Hiring a doula was the best decision we made and many of my worries were alleviated with my doula. Having someone knowledgeable of childbirth and newborns there with you makes a world of difference. I would 100% hire April again if I have another child.
Both my partner and I believe that all first-time mothers should have access to a doula. We don't know what we would have done without ours. She filled the gaps in physical and emotional support thoughout labour and delivery and she was critical for assuring my partner as he watched me in pain. I felt completely supported and never feared the next step as labour progressed.
Maria was amazing. She’s very likeminded and we connected on a lot of issues. She helped me during such a stressful week by providing support in what would have otherwise been quite a lonely time.
I had a postpartum doula. My mom wasn’t able to help out as much as we had thought. Needless to say I was emotional.....What I loved was the emotional support, no question was too dumb and she made me feel like I was normal (I completely underestimated how hard the first few weeks would be). I had no idea what to expect or even how to ask for help, what I loved was Maria gave me suggestions and was never pushy. Also she provided a lot of encouragement- which helped my confidence so much as a first time mom.
"I had a birth plan and knew that it never goes "to plan". I wrote down my dream birthing experience as a first time mom - an unmedicated vaginal delivery. Everything that was on my birth plan ended up going exactly as I had hoped - Rhondda supported my vision without being pushy, so the doctors and nurses could do the best job in making my labour experience positive. In the end, I am confident that because I had a doula, I had the birthing experience I wanted. I would 100% recommend it to any first time mom and their support partners!" - Tari
"Having a doula provided my husband and I with the knowledge, care and support in the room with a positive energy to allow us to have the birth we wanted to have. Giselle was a fantastic support to us throughout the process - prenatal to birth to postnatal - they have an amazing energy that is warm, approachable and kind. There is nothing you can't ask and nothing they can't answer. We would highly recommend Giselle to anyone looking for more support in the healthy delivery of their baby"
"Adrienne is so warm and friendly which made her very easy to connect with right off the bat. She is one of those special people that helps you feel at ease right away. I felt so supported prenatally, and her presence was invaluable to help me understand what was happening during labour, empowered to ask questions and a huge calming presence. I had no idea of the support I would need postnatally and felt I had a trusted listener and source of advice from Adrienne. I would highly recommend her." - Lisa
"Rhondda beyond exceeded our expectations. Her calm and confident presence is exactly what you’d want when expecting a baby, experiencing labour, or having recently given birth. If you have any questions or concerns, she will provide evidence-based resources that’ll empower you to make the best decisions for you and your family. Rhondda never imposes her on own views onto your experience. Instead, she encourages you to follow what feels right, sharing in your emotion and supporting you with words of encouragement." - Taryn
"Emily supported us with the birth of our first child and her support allowed us to be confident, positive and in control throughout the birth. For our second birth, we knew right away we wanted her help.
Our second baby was born in May 2020, in the middle of the covid lockdown, so Emily’s support ended up having to be all virtual. Despite this, she was an incredible support and we couldn’t have done it without her. Emily helped us figure out the right time to go to hospital, the questions to be asking to make well informed decisions (about induction, epidural, supplementing feeds, etc.), and strategies my partner could use to help me with the pain. She was available whenever we needed before, during and after the birth on text, phone, FaceTime and sent us photos/videos/articles, etc, to guide us.
Thank you so much Emily! While all your support was virtual you were with us at every step and helped us have a very well informed and positive birth." Achana, Vish and baby Jai