Hello! I'm Ruth and it's wonderful to meet you.
I'm a mom to three amazing children, and I've been right where you are now! Having a baby is one of the most profound and intense experiences of one's life, even if you've done it before! It can feel overwhelming - there's so much to wrap your thoughts around! However, with the right support, it can be an empowering and positive experience.
I am a Toronto based Birth and Postpartum Doula, Childbirth Educator, Infant Sleep and Breastfeeding Educator.
I have experience working with OBs and midwives in all kinds of birth settings – hospital, birth center and at home. Check in here to read words of kindness, from the wonderful families I've been honoured to support.
I am also a Certified Pilates Instructor (STOTT), Master Instructor (Teacher Trainer) for Balanced Body Inc., and the Education Coordinator at Retrofit Pilates, specializing in Prenatal and Postpartum Pilates and exercise. I have been teaching people to move and become more connected to their bodies for over 25 years. Through the Pilates method, bodywork and dance I have enjoyed instructing and watching many bodies change, stay functional and become powerful humans. My personal movement practice and body-awareness was a tremendous asset when I gave birth to each of my children. As was the incredible support team that encouraged me through each pregnancy to parenthood experience.
I know how deeply the birth experience impacts families and I want each family I work with to have a story that they love to tell. Whether I am working with you through a Pilates practice to prepare you for labour, birth, and recovery, as your Doula or both, my goal is always to help you reach your goals, even if those goals change. We create support within your body by building muscular balance, better movement strategies, and strength. We create support through education, resources, and physical comfort measures. All while respecting your intuition and choices with zero judgment. Having a Doula should feel like an experienced friend who helps you and your family stay grounded and calm through the unpredictable business of birth and parenthood. I'll always have your back (and your belly)!
Education is at the center of my approach, both for my clients and myself. I believe that knowledge is power and that informing our minds and bodies will help build an extraordinary life experience.
How a Doula Can help you
My certifications & training:
Certified Maternal Support Practitioner (Doula), Bebo Mia
Infant Sleep Educator, Bebo Mia & Brandie Hadfield
Breastfeeding Educator, Bebo Mia, Ashely Pickett IBCLC & Laura Kent- Davidson IBCLC
Childbirth Educator, Bebo Mia
Master Instructor Trainer Certification, Balanced Body Pilates
Pilates Full Certification, STOTT Pilates
Infant and Family CPR trained
Professional Contemporary Dance Training - School of the Toronto Dance Theatre
Fine Arts - Dance, York University
Contemporary Dance Major, Concordia University
CDTA, Dance & Movement Teacher
Professional Contributor to Baby and Me Fitness Blog
Professional Contributor to Mommy Connections Blog
Professional Contributor to Core Matters, Pilates Blog
Regular speaker at Prenatal and Postnatal workshops across Canada & USA
Professional Contemporary Dance Artist - Lightning strike ART Productions, Ruah Dance Co.
I take on a limited number of births and postpartum families each month so as to be able to fully support each family. It’s never too early (or too late!) to Get in Touch and find out what Doula Support could look like for you!
No questions are too big or too small!
I am always happy to chat about anything related to your pregnancy to parenthood journey.