About Nicole Alexander
Nicole is a DONA certified Birth Doula, supporting women and families in Calgary, Alberta.
- "My journey to becoming a birth doula began at a very early age in Toronto, Ontario, where I spent a few years volunteering, and then continuing to work, at a Midwifery Practice after high school. Being surrounded by a community of empowered women, joining together to support each other through the incredible journey of pregnancy, birth, and all it has to offer, solidified my intent to do the same. From there I transitioned to a more hands on role, by completing my degree, as a Registered Massage Therapist, and Hydrotherapist in 2005 at Canadian Therapeutic College - moving on to specialize in pre/post-natal care, and infant massage. After a few years of working as a therapist, I was given the opportunity to move to California, and assist with the establishment of a new production and post company, that was shooting a Canadian television show, in Los Angeles. Why not!
This was a time of much learning and growth. There were opportunities I am still grateful for to this day, but those years left me aching for the connection of community - the connection and support of women, and the empowerment, I experienced when I was young.
After moving back to Toronto, and feeling as though I was given a second chance, I decided to live a life that inspired me, fulfilled me, and richly supported others, as others had so richly supported me.
Since then, life has been a whirlwind! I met and married the man of my dreams (a move to Calgary was required for that whole thing), and we now live in Sunnyside.
I now know that there is nothing that inspires me more, than supporting and journeying alongside a woman as she gains access to her greatest power, during childbirth. Whether you intend for a natural birth, use of epidural, planned or unplanned Cesarean, hospital or home birth - my role is to support you and your partner, emotionally and physically, creating a safe and fully informed space, where you feel free to make the decisions that are best for you and your family at that time."
Nicole Alexander CD(DONA)
My Birth Philosophy
I believe a woman's body knows what to do.
I believe that by encouraging women and their partners, to take hold of their rights to education, physical and emotional support and accurate information, their birthing process can be one of empowerment, respect, dignity, and love, regardless of birth plan or values.
All women have the right to support during their pregnancy and birthing experience, and all women have the right to trust themselves and their decisions, during that time.
Women Centered Care Model
The woman maintains power and authority over herself.
Responsibility is in the hands of the woman, shared with her care provider.
The goal is to assist the woman toward self care (and self knowledge) as a healthy person in a state of normalcy.
The woman’s body is a well-functioning complex organism with needs and workings best known by the woman.
The care provider guides the woman.
The best health care is compassionate, caring
Health is ensured through physical and emotional lifestyle approaches.
The care provider supports and assists."
Adapted From Aviva Romm’s “Pocket Guide To Midwifery Care”