Testimonials We are so grateful to Pia for helping us create an extraordinary and natural birthing experience. She came highly recommended to us by friends as well as other health practitioners — and, during our time with Pia, we repeatedly saw why Pia was so respected in her field. Pia is experienced, caring and unquestionably dedicated. The insight that my spouse and I gained and the techniques we learned were transformative and empowering.
In retrospect, we could not imagine having gone through the birth without the knowledge and tools that Pia had equipped us with. Pia was also our Doula during the birth itself — and what a godsend it was to have her. She assumed her role with the serene confidence of someone who has experienced over births. My labour was long — and it was beautiful. I was able to create the birth I had dreamed of despite the induction. I truly feel I could not have done it without Pia and that her presence was a game-changer for my spouse and me.
She guided us, supported us and problem-solved effectively, and worked seamlessly with the medical personnel. My spouse and I are deeply grateful to her for having helped us birth a healthy, smiling and engaged baby boy.
We will never forget the experience. Thank you Pia — it was magical and powerful. I took that class because I was highly afraid of giving birth.
I like to be in control and knowing as much as I can. Not knowing what the experience of giving birth would be like for me made me extremely nervous.
We live in a society where birthing has mostly been taken over by the medical field. It has cast a shadow over the power we have as women and made us afraid of the process. I know this because I see it all of the time. When a woman repeatedly absorbs the idea that giving birth is very painful and must be medically managed, it becomes true. Most of all she helped me become fearless. During a class I asked Pia if she was available to be my doula and I got lucky because she was.
She went over all sorts of topics: She was always available if I had a question and would inform me on my options. She was not there to tell me what to do, and I felt that she did not judge my choices.
She gave me the best tool: She was always smiling and relaxed. At 40 weeks and 2 days my midwife told me I had to go to the hospital to get induced because my water broke, but labour had not started. Even if going to the hospital or getting induced were two things I did not really want, I did not let this bring me down. I was able to ask for extra information and weigh the risks induction versus no induction.
So essentially, the decision to go to the hospital and get induced was mine. This made a big difference in my head. I took charge of my birthing experience, just like Pia had shown me. My labour was fast. I got induced at Pia was on standby because I called her to let her know I was asked to go to the hospital to be induced. I think I called her at around 2: She came super quickly and I was instantly relieved. That made me super confident. Second, I knew I now had someone who could properly assist me.
I could feel that Pia was relaxed and not alarmed or worried for me. I know that this trust I had in her is what kept the fear away.
I remember some things she told me that were said at the perfect time. Pia reminded me that changing positions during labour would probably feel uncomfortable at first so to try to stay in this new position for two to three surges and then decide. Boy was she ever right! This gave me hope and reminded me of my main job in this process — to stay focused on relaxing and opening-up; She also told me to take the surges one at a time and reminded me that my body knew what it was doing, and that I should trust it.
This really helped me calm down. Pia was the perfect birth partner. She was trying to make me as comfortable as possible and this made a huge difference. After I gave birth she reminded me to eat something and helped me get in the shower and dressed. She even helped me figure out how to breastfeed.
I was out of the hospital three hours after the birth. Pia visited me at home a week later and brought me a beautiful and delicious braided loaf of bread she had just baked it was still hot!
My birthing experience was magical and empowering. I know that Pia had a big part in the way it went and the way I felt and still fell. All this being said—If you are thinking of hiring a doula I highly recommend Pia.
She possesses all the qualities a doula should have and more. She has a heart of gold and is truly amazing at what she does. And it was fabulous! Despite my initial skepticism about my ability to handle birth well, I did great and became a hero for my family, and that is in a big part thanks to what I learned from Pia.
What a big difference the birth experience makes in how I feel about parenting, and about my ability to handle challenges! Thank you endlessly, Pia.
Larysa, Ottawa Pia was our doula through a challenging pregnancy. I would gladly recommend Pia to anyone considering a doula, in particularly those who face challenges. Christine and Rob, Ottawa Pia was an invaluable resource for us during labour and indeed throughout the pregnancy. Her encouragement and support, as well as her knack for knowing just the right thing to say at the right time, were a pleasure to experience.
She made us feel so strong and made each contraction more manageable. We would highly recommend her services to anyone considering birth in any setting.
I wanted to let you know that back on July 3rd, Michael and I welcomed our son into the world. Unfortunately, I was induced due to concerns with the placenta function that was discovered on an ultrasound. I went from 3 cm to 10 cm in under two hours, and I was at 10 cm by the time I got the epidural. From the time of induction to delivery it was only a total of six hours. He came very quickly, and I unfortunately ended up with a post partum hemorrhage.
He is doing very well at this point, and I am recouping slowly, but well. Thank you so much for everything you did! Her office is welcoming and comfortable, and she ensures an endless supply of water to keep mommy and baby hydrated!
She tailored the course to meet our individual needs and took extra time to answer ALL of our questions. She is an expert in her field and when I mentioned her name to other physicians or care workers in the field of gynaecology and obstetrics, she was held in high esteem and respect for her professionalism and compassion.
We hope you will welcome Pia as part of your Team Baby! I dilated quickly enough with no issues. Corey was shocked as well and so grateful that we took the course. We agreed to break my water to see if that helped.
Now almost a month later we are doing well and getting to know our baby! This was my first pregnancy and my labour did not go according to the schedule we had learned in pre-natal class. As soon as Pia arrived with her calm and reassuring presence, the environment changed and my anxiety was immediately diminished. I was so relieved to hear this, and re-gained my confidence that I could do it. Pia held my hands and breathed me through every contraction, allowing me to stay calm, relaxed, and focused on the present.
Her psychological support helped me to believe I could do what my body was fully able and made to do. Pia provided knowledge and guidance during my pregnancy and comfort and reassurance during my labour. Having her there allowed me to surrender to my body and have the natural birth that I wanted.
I was a mixed bag of emotions — nervous and excited. Pia helped me work through all my fears with HypnoBirthing and her ability to answer all of our questions. She was the first to arrive at our home when the baby was ready to come. She was so supportive and caring and her knowledge about the birthing process is out of this world. She held my hand through my labour and allowed me to lean on her, physically and emotionally.
Her post-partum support was second to none. We would definitely recommend Pia as a doula and we plan to hire her again in the future! She walks in the house and brings a breath of calm.