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Vicki File ~ Birth & Baby Services

12 Wilkes Street Brantford, Ontario N3T 4V6 View Phone Number
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About Vicki File ~ Birth & Baby Services

What is a Doula?
A doula is a professional person whose role is to provide emotional, educational, physical and consistent support to an expectant woman (and her partner) during pregnancy, labour, and after birth.

*A Doula does not provide medical care or advice, do physical examinations, or deliver babies.

Benefits of a Doula**

50% reduction in the cesarean rate
25% shorter labor
60% reduction in epidural requests
40% reduction in oxytocin/ pitocin use
30% reduction in analgesia use
40% reduction in forceps delivery

**Information obtained from Mothering the Mother: How a Doula Can HelpYou Have a Shorter Easier and Healthier Birth, Klaus, Kennell, and Klaus (1993)

Service Details

The Doula Package includes:

Pregnancy Support: includes a minimum of 2 prenatal visits lasting approximately 1 hour each (at your home within Brantford, or I can provide alternate location)

Birth Preference Preparation: creation of a document outlining your preferences for your Birth Experience.

Email/ Telephone Support: unlimited email and telephone support and conversation from date I'm hired to 2 weeks postpartum.

Labour Support: I will be on call for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week beginning 2 weeks before your due date. When labour starts I will be available as soon as you're ready, throughout the birth, and for an hour or two after to make sure you are comfortable and help you to initiate breastfeeding, if requested.

Photography Highlights: I am a trained photographer, and I will capture some pictures of your new baby immediately after birth, and with you & your partner. I will provide these images for you on a disc.

Birth Notes: I will take notes of times, procedures, and memorable moments during your labour, when possible. I will provide these notes for you as a keepsake.

Postpartum Visit: I will visit you at home within 2 weeks following the birth of your baby, to provide you with your photos & birth notes, and make sure you are settling in to your new routine. I can recommend local professionals & resources where needed.


Childbirth Classes

BIRTH: Your BODY was made for this
Prepare your mind with Childbirth Classes

- discussion based, personal, customized & very informative
(click here to see what topics are covered in the full class)

- conveniently designed to fit YOUR schedule
(2x 2 hour evening sessions)

- private classes for you & your partner, or group up with your pregnant friends!

- learn in the comfort of your own home (within Brantford)
alternate location available if preferred

- personal email follow up in the weeks leading up to birth...
all your questions answered, as you think of them!

- a focus on alternative pain management techniques & positioning for natural,
drug free birth, while still covering all the medical options, so you can feel
empowered when making decisions. No judgement, no pressure.


HypnoBirthing® - The Mongan Method is a unique method of relaxed, natural childbirth education, enhanced by self-hypnosis techniques.

HypnoBirthing® provides the missing link that allows women to use their natural instincts to bring about a safer, easier, more comfortable birthing.

Emphasis is placed on pregnancy and childbirth, as well as on pre-birth parenting and the consciousness of the pre-born baby.

As a birthing method, HypnoBirthing® is as new as tomorrow and as old as ancient times. It is presented in a series of five, 2 1/2-hour classes.

Qualifications Details

Certified Hypnobirthing Practitioner (Mongan Method)

Certified Labour Doula

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