Lisa Wass B.Ed, CLDT, CBE and Owner of Birth Rhythms
As a doula, I see my role as primarily providing important emotional, physical and spiritual preparation for birth. I am also a resource to the women and families I work with by helping navigate medical terminology, protocols and systems, while inspiring trust in a woman’s ability to Birth. I provide diplomatic communication skills with hospital staff and nurturing hands to mothers. Perhaps most importantly, I embrace your vision for birth.
My path as a support provider in birth began in 1998, while I was pregnant with my third child, before I even knew what the word Doula meant. It was trial by fire, but seeing birth from the other side was both shocking and healing. I did not know that my births, which to that point had felt isolating and traumatic to me, were the cultural norm. I did not know that I had choices in the way I planned to birth. After attending several births I was eager to share about my experiences helping women feel more in control of their births. Chatting with another mom in the library one day, the conversation shifted from our children, I have four boys, to birth experiences; so I gleefully told my stories. She said to me, “Oh, you are a Doula!” My response was, “A do-what?” And my life changed...
Previously, I completed my Bachelor of Education (1995) and taught Sex Education. Now, in addition to doula and childbirth education services, I am a counselor for women, specializing in mental health recovery, and birth trauma counseling. My experience also includes teaching dance, which I eagerly incorporate into our prenatal movement classes.
I completed the certification program offered by Mother Wellness in 2003. My further education includes Natural family planning, Herbs for Mothers and Babies, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, NRP and various workshops to keep my skills fresh. I am now certified as a national doula trainer through CAPPA and look forward to providing training series for both Birth Rhythms and Mother and Baby Wellness. My dream is to eventually serve Saskatchewan women as a midwife. I am currently a student of AAMI.
I believe that pregnancy and birth is a sacred time to be cherished and protected. It would be a privilege to serve you as you become a new family.