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Ayda De Souza
A Laval Doula serving Greater Montreal communities
Hi, my name is Ayda! I am a proud mother of four children. I gave birth to my first child in a hospital and while my birth went well, I would have liked more support. When I became pregnant again, I looked for different options this time around and decided to give birth in the birthing centre with the help of the lovely midwives. It is then that I truly began thinking of ways that I could be a support to birthing women.
My passion for birth and supporting women started when, as a young girl growing up in a small town in the Middle East, I watched my mother help the women in our village give birth to their babies. She was a nurse/midwife and worked tirelessly at different clinics around town. I was extremely lucky to be able to follow her on her rounds and watch her serve the women in our community. Her passion inspired me and I knew that one day I would follow in her footsteps.
My Doula Journey
It was after the birth of my third child in 2004 that I decided to become a birth doula. I trained in Montreal with two renowned doulas in the Montreal Doula community: Rivka Cymbalist and Lesley Everest. My certification through Montreal Birth Companions in 2006 prepared me to offer a wealth of information to my clients and serve women during such a beautiful time in their lives.
Over the past 12 years I have attended well over 200 births and have had the privilege of assisting many birthing women during their entire motherhood journey, through pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period. Even after so many years, I know that I am truly on the right path and following my passion!
A few fun facts about me:
- I love essential oils and use them at home all the time
- the longest birth I ever attended was one of my first ones and lasted over 40 hours! Yours hopefully won’t be that long!
I am a member of the Association of naturotherapists of Québec and I am able to provide insurance receipts for private insurance purposes.
I look forward to chatting with you about your upcoming birth and sharing my passion of birth with you!
“Throughout the entire birth, Ayda made me feel safe and supported, explained our options, and was such a calming presence. In the end, we had a successful VBAC and I know that’s in part to Ayda. Thank you!”
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