As an experienced mother of three gently birthed children, I know from personal experience how a positive birth experience impacts the whole family, and leaves a lasting impression. I love sharing my passion for supporting positive birth with others through our Mindful Mothering Certified Doula Training program.
After graduating from The University of Guelph with my B.Sc. Biology I married my best friend and had our first child in a beautiful midwife assisted birth. Breastfeeding quickly proved to be very painful and difficult and I sought out a lactation consultant who helped us through those first bumpy weeks. Once we fixed our latch and treated our thrush, I healed quickly until one day were able to nurse pain free. I then realized why some women love breastfeeding! Having the right support and information really turned my postpartum life around and I was determined to be there for any other parent who asked me for help.
I began my career in maternal care in 2004 as a LLL Leader where I helped hundreds of wonderful women and babies achieve their breastfeeding goals. Very quickly I realized that many of the difficulties I was helping these mothers overcome began in the hospital at birth. After the gentle birth of my second child, I met two other mothers through LLL who felt just as strongly about the need for good mother-to-mother support in our area and in 2006 The Vesta Centre in St. Thomas was born.
It became clear that working as doulas teaching practical skills at Prenatal Education Classes, attending births, providing breastfeeding help, and holding Breastfeeding Cafes twice per week, we were helping women prevent and overcome all the early difficulties we had faced as mothers. Our natural parenting shop was thriving and we had a large following of satisfied parents.
Time passed and Mama working retail hours no longer worked for our family. I reluctantly left Vesta, which is still a thriving parenting centre operated by my former business partner, and friend for life, Shawn Devree.
I was sad to leave Vesta, but was happy to be home with my family. A few years later, after the quick, peaceful birth of my youngest child Mindful Mothering was born. I have Kelly Spencer of Indigo Lounge, Lori Arnold of Meyer Chiropractic in Tillsonburg, and doula Jodi Schott-Ramirez to thank for all the support they gave me and my fledgling business. In no time we had a thriving group of women attending the Mindful Mothering Cafe, who asked me to run prenatal classes and teach their partners. I also continued to offer in-home breastfeeding help as well as birth and postpartum doula services.
One thing led to another, and we began holding Mindful Mothering Cafes in Simcoe, Ontario. Business was taking off, and I wished I could clone myself! Or train more doulas...
In 2016 I decided to take my education to the next level with one of my favourite Canadian Midwifery Educators, Gloria Lemay. I saved up my doula money, flew to majestic Vancouver BC to attend Gloria's amazing Wise Woman Way of Birth Doula Certification Program, and flew home a Certified Doula Instructor.
In our first training program I trained two doulas, Laura Hitchon and Erica Vincent, and welcomed them both to the Mindful Mothering Doula Team! We are now able to provide even more local parents with high quality Birth Support, Prenatal Classes, Breastfeeding Help, Postpartum Support, and Mindful Mothering Cafes.
Our Certified Doula Team Members and I look forward to helping you Love Your Birth Story!
Wishing you a joyful birth,
Mindful Mothering Founder & Certified Doula Group Leader.
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MA Mental Health Counselling, Certified Yoga Teacher, Prenatal Yoga Teacher
Laura's extensive training and years of experience helping women and men become stronger and more relaxed through yoga, combined with her personal experience as a mother has made Laura an exceptional doula. Laura is currently accepting new doula clients, prenatal education students, and prenatal yoga students.
Contact us today to arrange a Complimentary Doula Consultation with Laura Hitchon.
Certified Doula, Robozo Expert,B.A., S.S.W.
Erica became a social worker over ten years ago because of her deep desire to help people. After the birth of her first child she discovered a new passion for supporting new and expecting families. Becoming a doula was the perfect way to combine these two passions.
Erica is a Robozo Expert and loves teaching birth partners how to use a Robozo to help relax and comfort mother during pregnancy and the birth process.
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