Doula Services, Prenatal Yoga & Birth Supply Rentals

Birth Services Pre/Postnatal Yoga Birth Pools TENS machine

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I offer complete prenatal, labour and postpartum doula support in Guelph, Fergus, Elora, K-W and Orangeville areas, at reasonable rates. I support women: of any age and income; who are seeing midwives, obstetricians or family doctors; with plans to give birth at home or in a hospital; who are single or with a partner. To arrange a complimentary consultation, or if you have any questions about my services or rentals, please contact me. For more information about doulas, click here.

Birth Services

Each family's needs are different, and my role will be defined by the wishes of the mother and her family, but my services can include:

  • 2 prenatal meetings (plus the complimentary consultation) to discuss information about your pregnancy, your birth preferences, any questions or concerns, and to help prepare for labour.
  • Phone and/or email support anytime from the time of hiring until your baby is 6 months of age.
  • Access to my lending library of books and DVDs.
  • Assistance with formulating a birth preferences list, if requested.
  • I will be on-call for you (reachable by pager 24/7) starting 2 weeks before your due date until the birth of your baby.
  • Early labour support over the phone or in your home, as needed.
  • Labour support from the time you request it until 1 to 3 hours after your baby has been born. Support can include massage, comfort measures such as hot or cold packs, relaxation guidance, suggestions for position changes, encouragement, perspective, information about what is happening, support and breaks for your partner, sibling care, photography/videography, and practical help such as fetching drinks and food.
  • Support for women having planned c-sections.
  • Help with initiating breastfeeding, if that is what you choose to do.
  • Two postpartum visits: the first during the first week postpartum, and the 2nd between 4 and 6 weeks postpartum.
  • Copies of a log of your labour and birth, as well as a written birth story.

I charge a flat rate for the birth doula package. Contact me for information on rates. While doula services are not covered by OHIP, some private insurance companies cover doulas, or you can claim my fee on your income tax return, under "Medical services not covered by the provincial health plan". For more information, click here.

Prenatal & Postnatal Yoga Classes

I am pleased to offer group Prenatal Yoga & Mom & Baby Yoga classes at Shakti Power Studio in Fergus, above the General Store.

Prenatal Yoga ...Come take an hour out for yourself and your baby... learn breathing techniques that will help you in labour, build strength and health, stretch out any aches and experience deep relaxation. No yoga experience necessary. Please check with your midwife or doctor before starting any new exercise in pregnancy.
Next session: Sundays from 7:00pm-8:00pm starting January 11, 2015. 6 weeks, $70. (Shorter sessions available for those with close due dates).

Mom & Baby Yoga... A class designed specifically for postpartum moms and their babies! Classes focus on regaining core strength, stretching out those "mom muscles" (neck, shoulders, lower back!), connecting with your baby and other local moms, and relaxation. Please check with your doctor or midwife before resuming exercise after birth.
Next session: Wednesdays, 10:00-11:00am starting January 14, 2015. 6 weeks, $70.
To sign up, contact me or visit Shakti Power Studio.

Birth Pool Rentals

Water can be a tremendously helpful and relaxing tool to have while in labour. I am pleased to offer two styles of birth pool for rent:

Waterbirth International's "Birth Pool in a Box Eco".
Features of this inflatable PVC pool include:

  • Comfortable, portable, easy to set up and take down.
  • The first FDA-approved birth pool.
  • Deep enough to cover your belly - float and change positions with ease, or rest on the built-in seat. Four handles give you a grip when you need it.
  • Roomy enough for two people - 6x5 feet.
  • Three inflatable chambers for safety and adjustable height.
  • Patented form-fitting disposable liner for added leak protection and hygiene.
  • One of the only pools made without phthalates - better for the environment, better for you and your baby.

The Birth Pool in a Box is available for rent for $200 per month. Rental fee includes birth pool, new liner, tap attachment, electric air pump for inflating, thermometer, debris net, lead-free non-toxic filling hose, patch kit, submersible water pump and hose for emptying, and instructions. Home delivery and pick-up available for a nominal fee. I also have a smaller version of the Birth Pool in a Box available for $175 per month.

For more information or to reserve a birth pool, contact me. You do not need to be a client to rent a pool.

TENS Rentals

TENS (transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation) can be used for pain relief during labour. A TENS unit consists of 4 adhesive electrodes (usually applied to the woman's back), attached to a controller by 4 wires. The labouring woman holds the controller and turns the current up or down based on her comfort level. A 9-volt battery sends mild electric currents through the electrodes; this current stimulates the large muscle fibres, which can interfere with pain signals, and stimulate endorphins (the "feel good" chemical produced in your brain). TENS can actually shorten labour, help the mother to feel in control, and is especially helpful in easing back pain.

I have taken a workshop in TENS, and have a TENS unit available for rental for $20 per week with a 2 week minimum. If you're interested in adding TENS to your comfort measures "tool kit", contact me. You do not need to be my client to rent the TENS unit.



Contact Meredith at 519.787.8575 or by email


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