Welcome

Congratulations on your pregnancy!

Embrace Doula is based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and offers birth and postpartum doula services to women and their families.  As a doula,I specialize in helping families create special birth memories.  It is my goal for the families that I have the privilege of working with have the most positive experience throughout their labor and delivery.  For them to feel confident, prepared and embracing of their upcoming journey into parenthood.

Please take a look around and if you have questions please feel free to contact me,       Amy MacAulay, at 902-817-4744 or amy@embracedoula.ca

Warmly,  Amy

 

 

 

Now a Postpartum Doula!!

I am very excited to announce that I recently took the training to become a Postpartum Doula through DONA.

A postpartum doula is there to help a new family in those first days and weeks after bringing home a new baby. Research shows that moms, dads and babies have an easier time with this transition if a good support team is in place.

As a postpartum doula I provide evidenced based information on infant feeding, emotional and physical recovery from birth, mother–baby bonding, infant soothing, and basic newborn care.  I work with each family individually to find out their particular needs. Some of the duties that a postpartum doula will perform include:

  • Help with the emotional and physical recovery after birth
  • Breastfeeding support
  • Light housekeeping so that mom does not feel so overwhelmed
  • Assistance with newborn care such as diapering, bathing, feeding, comforting and baby soothing techniques
  • Light meal preparation
  • Sibling care
  • Referrals to local resources such as parenting classes, pediatricians, lactation support and support groups

If you are looking for more information contact me at amy@embracedoula or 817-4744

Learn more about Play

Play is a child’s work.

Through play, toddlers learn to move, communicate, socialize, and understand their surroundings. The playful interactions we have with our children set the foundation for future learning.

The Play is a Child’s Work Workshop will help you stimulate your toddler to reach his full potential.  The workshop will provide you with ideas for activities that help foster your child’s exploration and allow you to fully  embrace the wonder of their magical growth.

At this workshop you will  learn more about:
• why play is so important
• different types of play
• age group-appropriate play and activity ideas
• how to make the most of play in everyday situations

Place: Fiddleheads Kids Shop, Dartmouth
Time: 9-10am
Cost: $10 per workshop

April 5th for 0-12 months olds
April 12th for 13 – 24 month olds

To register call Fiddleheads at 405 – 8801

Workshop Wednesday

Are you looking for upcoming workshops around birth, postpartum care, new babies or anything pregnancy related?  Be sure to check out Embrace Doula’s Facebook page (click “like”) every Wednesday for an updated list of workshops in the Halifax area.

New Infant Massage classes in 2013!

Parents, parents-to-be and family members are welcome to join us for classes designed to educate and support you in the beautiful art of baby massage.

Studies have shown that babies need loving touch to grow emotionally and physically strong. Infant Massage can relieve symptoms of colic and gas, stimulates babies body systems, relieve stress, can help regulate sleep patterns and so much more.

At these classes you will learn the benefits of infant massage for the babies and parents, infant massage strokes, songs, conversations on infant care and meet other parents.

Classes are best for ages 4 weeks – 7 months/ precrawling.

Location: Fluffy Bottom Babies.
Dates: January 4th – 25th, from 10:30 – 11:30am
Cost: $75 for 4 weeks
To register please call them at 818-2223.

MORE Infant Massage Classes

Parents, parents-to-be and family members are welcome to join us for classes designed to educate and support you in the beautiful art of baby massage.

Studies have shown that babies need loving touch to grow emotionally and physically strong. Infant Massage can relieve symptoms of colic and gas, stimulates babies body systems, relieve stress, can help regulate sleep patterns and so much more.

At these classes you will learn the benefits of infant massage for the babies and parents, infant massage strokes, songs, conversations on infant care and meet other parents.

Classes are best for ages 4 weeks – 7 months/ pre-crawling.

Location: Fluffy Bottom Babies.
Dates: November 16th – December 6th, from10:30 – 11:30am
Cost: $75 for 4 weeks

To register please call Fluffy Bottom Babies at 818-2223.

Play for 13 – 24 month olds

Play is a child’s work. Through play, toddlers learn to move, communicate, socialize, and understand their surroundings. The playful interactions we have with our children set the foundation for future learning.

The Play is a Child’s Work Workshop will help parents stimulate their toddlers to reach their full potential, exploration and activity ideas, and at the same time share in the wonder of their magical growth.

At this workshop come and learn more about:
• why play is so important?
• different types of play
• what play is for that age group and activity ideas
• how to make the most of play in everyday situationsAges: toddlers age 13 months – 24 months

Cost: $10

Registration: Register with Fiddleheads by dropping by the shop, calling (405-8801) or by  email to classes@gofiddleheads.com. Payment confirms your spot.

About the presenter:
Amy MacAulay is a Early Childhood Educator (BAA, ECE), Certified Birth Doula CD (DONA), Infant Massage Facilitator (IAIM) and owner of Embrace Doula (www.embracedoula.ca). Having worked with infants and young children for the past 20 years her love for play and child development continues to grow and feels lucky to witness it everyday with her 20 month old son.

Workshop on Play

Through play, infants learn to move, communicate, socialize, and understand their surroundings. The playful interactions we have with our children set the foundation for future learning.The Play is a Child’s Work Workshop will help parents stimulate their
infant to reach their full potential, exploration and activity ideas, and at the same time share in the wonder of their magical growth.

 

Ever wonder what you can do with your baby?
Do you ever say to yourself “how should I play with you”

 

At this workshop come and learn more about:
• why play is so important?
• appropriate child development
• what play is for that age group and activity ideas
• how to make the most of play in everyday situations

 

Date:  Friday, September 7th from 9-10am
Cost:  $10 per family
Registration:  You can register with Fiddleheads by dropping by the shop, calling 405-8801 or sending an email to classes@gofiddleheads.com.

Payment confirms your spot.

NEW Infant Massage Classes at Fiddleheads

Parents, parents-to-be and family members are welcome to join us for classes designed to educate and support you in the beautiful art of baby massage. Studies have shown that babies need loving touch to grow emotionally and physically strong. Infant Massage can relieve symptoms of colic and gas, stimulates babies body systems, relieve stress through increased relaxation for parent and baby and can help regulate sleep patterns and so much more. Infant Massage also offers special individual time for communication that builds love and respect. At these classes you will learn the benefits of infant massage for the babies and parents, infant massage strokes, songs, conversations on infant care and meet other parents, I hope to see you there!

Location: Fiddleheads in Dartmouth at 300 Prince Albert Road
Length: These classes will run for 4 weeks for 1 hr each
Dates: Friday’s, Septmber 14th – October 5th, 2012
Time: 9-10am
Cost: $75 per family

Register with Fiddleheads on Facebook, drop by the store or call 405-8801.