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Welcome

my name is Deirdre, I'm a full spectrum doula & owner of Orchid Doula Services.

Please note that I have recently returned to school to pursue a graduate certificate in Sexual Health Education. While I complete my studies, I am working with a reduced client load to ensure I can maintain the best standard of care for my clients. I currently have some availability for in-person postpartum clients, & birth clients with due dates between March-June 2022.

If you would like to request service, please send me an email including your expected due date, your location (general area/neighbourhood is fine), and the reason for your interest in working with me. I'll be happy to set up a complimentary consultation to determine if we are a good fit! 

 

Services

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Prenatal Coaching

Informative & Compassionate

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Birth Doula Care

Hands On Support

Postpartum Care

Here for you

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Adoption & Surrogacy Support

Personalized Care

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About Deirdre

I'm a queer, nonbinary, full spectrum doula, childbirth educator, and sex educator in training.

I provide individualized, trauma-informed doula care to pregnant people & their families throughout their reproductive experiences. My guidance is available to families throughout fertility & conception, pregnancy, birth, postpartum, & abortion.  

I chose a career as a doula because I believe it's the best combination of my skills & interests, mobilized to nurture my community. In my work, I strive to create a trust & openness with my clients which allows them to see me as their friend, who's also their personal guide in pregnancy, birth, & parenting. 

My goal with each client is to foster a sense of self-confidence. Together we'll explore education & self-reflection, through which I'll encourage you to articulate your wishes for your parenting journey. 

I believe that by actively supporting bodily autonomy & informed choice, we can break cycles of trauma & make way for a culture that puts mental health & body sovereignty first. I practice doula work in the hope that by supporting wellness for parents, they will feel confident & nourished in caring for themselves and their children. 

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Perinatal Education

I offer a few unique courses designed to fill the gaps existing in childbirth education

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You & Your New Baby

Preparing for postpartum for solo parents & co-parenting families

Designed specifically to inspire confidence in single & co-parents, we'll take a deep dive into the early days of parenthood & understand how to care for yourself & your newborn.

Sex & Pleasure in pregnancy, birth & postpartum

Offered in partnership with

Venus Envy Ottawa

We'll discuss how to stay in touch with ourselves, how to initiate or maintain intimacy with partners, and how to explore new avenues for pleasure as our bodies and desires change.

Preparing for Birth

A non-judgmental, evidence-based approach to learning about birth

By teaching the physiological process of birth, & the realities of medical system within which we give birth, this course gives parents the tools to make informed decisions about their care & the care of their children.

 

COVID-19

Measures in place to protect my family & yours

Great news! It is still possible to receive virtual & in-person doula care during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Increased precautions need to be taken to stop the spread of the virus. 

Click the link below to learn how I am staying up to date on policies & procedures, and implementing safety precautions. 

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Olivia's Testimonial

"Deirdre is one of the warmest people I have ever interacted with. Her calm demeanour was what first gave me the impression that she was the right person to support me with the birth of my second child. I can hardly put into words how incredible her presence was during my birth and postpartum. She helped me prepare for a home birth, feel comfortable during the whole birth experience, and comfort my firstborn while I laboured. I don't know what I would have done without her, especially her postpartum support. I cannot imagine how I would have done without her."

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I would like to acknowledge that I have built my home and my business on the traditional & unceded territory of the Anishnaabeg people. 

I thank the Indigenous peoples of this region for allowing me to live & thrive here.

I stand with Indigenous peoples in what is currently known as Canada, & the world over. Their fight for land, resources & human decency is a fight for the liberation of all people. 

Read more on Orchid's commitment to dismantling systems of oppression at the link below.