Our Team of Doulas is Growing!
I have the absolute best team of doulas ever! Who knew that when I began Rock the Cradle six years ago, that I would have the honour and pleasure of working with such extraordinary and talented women dedicated to serving families in the Greater Montreal community.
Without them, Rock the Cradle wouldn’t be able to offer our clients so many amazing services! Birth doula services, postpartum doula services, group and private prenatal classes, pre- and post-natal yoga classes and yoga therapy, aromatherapy workshops, hypnobirthing, belly-binding, Open Houses and our very popular Mommy and Baby Montreal Playgroup! And so many more to come.
Let me just say that we’ve got your back during pregnancy, birth and throughout This Motherhood Journey!
So, who are these amazing women I chat with every day to serve you better? You get to meet one every week for the next 5 weeks!
Meet Doula Yvonne Pelling, our Mindfulness Maven
I actually heard about Yvonne way before I met her. My brother kept going on about one of his lovely employees who was also training to become a doula. Little did I know she would be the first doula to join RTC. (Yes, I sort of stole her from him!). We soon realized that we had a very similar career path having both studied classical voice (a doula choir anyone?), veering off towards administrative work, and now serving our community as birth workers. Talk about coincidence!
Yvonne is amazing doula and one of the most intuitive and grounded people I know. She has the ability to see things as they are, in the moment, and not stress out about the details. Her love of learning is infectious – because of her I now use essential oils and am practicing mindfulness more and more in my personal and work life.
When did you know you wanted to become a doula?
I became a doula after the birth of my first child. It was such a transformative experience for both my spouse and I, in part due to the help of our amazing doula. I knew then that I wanted other women to feel as amazing as I did during and after birth!
How many births have you now attended?
I have worked with over 100 families in Montreal in the past 5 years. At the beginning, I was working elsewhere and doulaing part-time, but now I work as a birth and postpartum doula full-time, and I teach monthly group and private prenatal classes.
Do you have a favourite labour-coping technique?
Watch and wait. Intuitively trusting that women know how to labour and how to birth. It’s not uncommon to find me in the birth room silently holding space for my clients, giving them room to come together as a couple, then as a family.
What is your favourite part of the job?
Connecting with families on such a deep level and at a very intimate time. It’s an authentic way of caring for others.
What classes are you taking right now?
I have recently become a member of the Canadian Federation of Aromatherapists and enjoy incorporating essential oils into my work. Essential oils are powerful tools and should be used under the guidance of a licensed Aromatherapist, particularly when pregnant or when using with newborns.
I am also exploring mindfulness and have recently completed a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course. Meditation helps me greatly at home with my family and in my work, particularly at very long births!
How do you handle long hours and lack of sleep?
I spend time taking care of myself. Self-care is so important during a birth. When I have filled my cup then I am at my best to care for my clients. If a birth is particularly long, I will nap at appropriate times. I usually meditate doing the body scan and breath awareness so that I can tap into how I am feeling and know how to care of my body. I practice mindfulness to stay present with clients and work with their moment to moment experience. Time is then no longer important. My work becomes something to be lived rather than something to be done.
What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
I am an part of a Pan-Canadian Research project called ACCESS Open Minds and am a member of the National Family and Carers Council. The project is for youth and led by youth, with the goal of showing how the outcomes for success are higher when youth lead their own treatment. It is research based so that material can be submitted to government for revised policy making.
I am an artist and I am currently working on a multi-media installation that looks at birth, beauty and women. Asking What is beautiful? And exploring exterior vs interior vs. within. I am really looking forward to sharing this project with everyone soon!
I practice meditation and try and get out to group sits at least twice per week.
Going out for dinner with friends is always a pleasure. Spicy foods are my favourite!
I also have 2 daughters, ages 6 and 3. They keep me very busy and on my toes!
What’s the most interesting thing in your doula bag right now?
A feather, a fairy bell and a rose quartz crystal. Sometimes we, clients and myself, need a little magic.
If you think Yvonne might be THE doula for you and you’d like to meet her, call me at 514-975-8973 to book a consult or come out to our next Open House, every 3rd Wednesday of the month.
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