❤ Words of Gratitude and Kindness
“Thank you for being such an integral part of Hannah’s birth. You were supportive in ways we couldn’t have imagined. We literally couldn’t have done it without you. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.” -Kelly, James and baby Hannah, Toronto
“We don’t even know how to begin to thank you - you made the single biggest different in the way I experienced the delivery of Alec. From the minute you arrived it all seemed far more manageable and possible. Your voice and hands helped rein everything in. Taking care of us through those first few hours, was above and beyond what had already been so far above and beyond - you kept us safe and hopeful. I can’t thank you enough - you were our saviour and our angel. You brought peach and calm and focus with you and we’ll forever love you for it all.” - Liz, Bill, Robbie and baby Alec, Toronto
“We will be forever touched by your compassion, commitment and love during our delivery. You are not only an outstanding professional but an outstanding human being.” - Pracha, Sheldon and baby Max, Toronto
“We can’t thank you enough for the love, support, advice, positioning and encouragement you provided during (and before and after!) Winnie’s birth. It was so reassuring to have you in our most life changing experience - we’re thanking our lucky stars (our friends) Jackie and Lorne found you!” - Monica, Danny and baby Winnie, Toronto
“Pregnancy and postpartum is a rich journey full of twists and turns that you can't entirely prepare for, and you won't entirely know what you need to know until you need to know it. Oh how useful and comforting it is to have a kind and resourceful guide like Kate. Our daughter turned breech at 38 weeks and instead of the natural birth we had planned, we ended up having a c-section. It was quite a surprise, but Kate helped prepare us for the procedure, reducing this mama's anxiety greatly, and was there the day of our daughter's birth as an incredibly soothing and grounding presence. In the weeks that followed, Kate helped us navigate breastfeeding challenges and again, helped us feel supported and reassured. Like a good mom, Kate's style of practice is both gentle yet strong. We are so glad we decided to work with Kate, and feel so grateful that she was part of the team that helped bring our beautiful, healthy daughter into the world, and helped set us up as first-time parents.” -Alex, Javier, and Baby Cecilia, Toronto
"Kate was extremely supportive and helpful, in so many ways. My labour was a traumatic experience, encroached with postpartum depression. She was very helpful in processing my story and provided emotional support and external resources for my PPD. As a new parent, I was concerned with bathing, burping techniques, kangaroo care, breastfeeding and help with infant sleep. Kate was knowledgeable in all aspects and offered above and beyond her expertise via being on call with text, email and phone accessibility. She took great initiative in making care sure I was well-fed and maximized the time I had with her, so I could do simple tasks that I so easily forget, i.e. make breakfast and bottle feed or rock our baby to sleep, so I could shower or sleep myself. Kate also took care to help my husband, teaching him how to bathe our baby and carry her in a wrap. Thanks Kate!"
-Jesselyn, Hassan and baby Maya, Toronto
"Kate's calm demeanour and strong consideration for my well being were a constant reassurance prenatally, during labour, and postpartum.
Her support throughout my pregnancy helped me to overcome many anxieties that I was dealing with, as I knew that having her by my side during my labour would provide me with all the confidence I needed to be strong.
Although I had a difficult labour, Kate supported me the whole time, telling me what a great job I was doing and that I should be so proud of myself. Having Kate at our labour also took a lot of pressure off my husband, Graham.
They made a wonderful team, feeling me ice chips and giving massages."
-Amanda, Graham and baby Felix, Toronto
"Kate Sissons' prenatal class was very informative and extremely interesting. She displayed knowledge and professionalism throughout, and her expertise in pregnancy, childbirth and beyond was extremely reassuring as an expectant mom. She eased many of my partner's stresses and anxieties as well and helped him understand his role in this journey. I definitely feel more confident about the impending birth and newborn phase upon completing this course.
There were several topics that stood out for me such as the importance of a support network, mindfulness and overall emphasis on options; there is no one-size-fits-all in pregnancy, birth, and parenting. It is important to follow our own beliefs and intuition and not feel pressured by society. So many useful topics were thoroughly covered, and I can't say enough wonderful things about this course. I highly recommend it to new and experienced expectant parents! Thanks again Kate!"
-Kristan and Loic, Toronto
“Kate and Ruth came to do a birth/labour refresher for my husband and I in Nov 2018 with our second child. The class was awesome. We exchanged emails before hand to determine exactly how they should personalize the session and it was perfect! Kate is super knowledgeable, answered all our questions and left us feeling calm, informed and excited about the experience. We've used midwives for both of our kids and I loved that Kate was non judgmental and unbiased when it came to birth choices. A very rare trait when it comes to this topic! She simply laid out the facts and offered choices. I absolutely would've loved to have used her as a doula if she'd been available.”
-Shannon, Ryan, Briar and baby
"Kate helped me ease back into my yoga practice, after the birth of my daughter. She had such depth of knowledge about postpartum recovery and gave me so much information as "homework". I would recommend that any pregnant or postpartum woman take a class with Kate!"
-Rachel, Toronto, Canada
I heard that having doulas helped with pain management during labour and I knew with my second baby I wanted a deeper level of support during my journey of birthing and postpartum. I also wanted to have mental and emotional support for postpartum, as my first baby was a challenging and particularly lonely experience with a lot of breast feeding issues.
I didn't want to have a repeat of my first birthing and postpartum experience.
The support alleviated my fears around pain management and helped me birth my baby more confidently and securely. The emotional support created space for me to let go during the birthing process, because I knew I had a knowledgeable and caring advocate by my side, and Max's side. A sense of greater wellbeing and trust in my body, myself and my baby. Having someone cheer you on and give you a boost of confidence and love in the early days with your new baby is an incredible feeling that sets a positive course for motherhood.
Being a voice for us with your health care providers, especially when labour started and we were discussing and being assessed over-the-phone by our midwives. Helping us arrive at the birth centre during labour, when (god bless) Max got a bit lost. Providing essential back pain-relief during labour and birth. Offering an extra pair of hands after my birth, by holding our baby, when we were dealing with my black-out post birth. And all the communication support for small and large questions and sharing thoughts, gave me piece-of-mind that I had a specific support network wanting to help and full of knowledge, expertise and ideas to share.
I highly recommend the support, care and knowledge Kate and Ruth will bring to the labour, birthing and postpartum experience.
Just a big thank-you for everything! And I love the whatsapp option to communicate as well - really handy.
-Carla, Max, Lilianna and baby Mila, Toronto
"Working with Kate has been a truly unique experience. She is the most down to earth teacher who makes you feel so at ease and supported. She was able to draw on her own experiences with her children and family which really endeared me to her even more as we share so many commonalities in terms of our journey through motherhood. I felt like we were able to have a discussion as opposed to just being talked at. She is so incredibly knowledgable and answered every question I had in the most thoughtful, comprehensive way. She is so understanding and caring. Kate puts a lot of thought into her teaching resources and I felt really special when I was with her. She made me feel at ease, empowered and confident in my abilities and my knowledge. I will continue to rely on Kate in the months and years ahead as our family evolves."
-Heather and Ryan, Toronto