The Yin part of my name means cherry blossom and I was named by my father who said I was like a cherry blossom at birth. A new beginning, appearing at Spring to welcome in a new year of growth and abundance.
My background is in nursing and midwifery. I trained as a nurse in 1989 and a midwife in 1993. I worked with the NHS in Bristol and Nottingham, UK until my husband's career moved to Trinidad and Tobago in 2009. In 2010, we moved again and this time to Toronto, Canada.
At Cherry Blossom Doulas Inc., based in Thornhill, GTA, I am focused on providing doula services with the highest quality of care and support – I will do everything I can to meet your expectations.
Originally from Malaysia I am fluent in several languages including Bahasa and Cantonese. I am CAPPA trained and certified postpartum doula. I have a wealth of knowledge and experience in looking after women and their babies from my career as a nurse and midwife in the United Kingdom. I looked after women and their families in hospitals and in the community. I am passionate about promoting breastfeeding and am a lactation educator (LE). There is nothing more rewarding than seeing a mum and baby getting breastfeeding established if they want to breastfeed.
I have two healthy children of my own, aged 18 and 20 who I breastfed for a total of nearly 5 years. I truly believe that mothers and their families who get good support following childbirth have better health outcomes and a more confident outlook towards raising children.
I am respectful of all traditions and cultures and approach my work with energy and enthusiasm. I am equally happy and dedicated to supporting mums who choose not to breastfeed.
I enjoy preparing nutritious meals and can cook dishes from a wide variety of cultures. My clients all tell me what an amazing cook I am and that I should be on Masterchef, but I think I will stick with being a doula.
Working with children of all ages is a delight and I think it is important that the whole family is supported during this special, amazing if somewhat busy and emotional time.
How I can support you
I will work together with you, baby and family to ease you into parenthood. Prenatally I can help with getting the baby's room ready, make lists of must haves to welcome the baby into the world. We can discuss what you would prefer for your birth and I can help explain anything that may be of concern regarding labour, birth and the first few hours of childbirth.
When you come home with your baby, I can help with light housework, preparation and cooking of nutritious meals and anything else you deem necessary. This will give you the time you need to recover from the birth and bond with your baby. I will assist you in getting breastfeeding established if this is how you have chosen to feed your baby. You can do this with peace of mind if you are not worried about the cleaning and cooking.
I will assist you with all aspects of newborn care and help you gain confidence in looking after your baby. This encompasses feeding your baby to diaper changes, baby washes and baths, baby skin care to what to dress baby in and baby sleep. We will discuss the importance of "Back to sleep" and current guidelines in reducing the risk of sudden infant death syndrome.
Choosing how to feed your baby is a very emotive issue and whether you choose to breastfeed or formula feed your baby, I will support you in your decision. I am passionate about breastfeeding and will help you learn how to breastfeed your baby, ensuring baby is properly latched on from the word go to try to prevent any problems from occurring.
If you choose to formula feed, we will work together to ensure that you have all the equipment needed to bottle feed a baby. We will also look at the different formula preparations available on the market and this will enable you choose one that you are happy with.