Before Tayla discovered her love for motherhood she started her career as a paramedic. She has worked in many cities as a paramedic and eventually moved to Fort McMurray in 2008. Tayla later went back to school to become a firefighter and was hired by the Fort McMurray fire department where she currently works.
Tayla have always been fascinated with pregnancy, labour and delivery. Her medical background has granted her opportunities to study these subjects in detail and also put it to practice. She has personally delivered and assisted many births in Canada and largely Africa. Since then she has been blessed with two healthy pregnancies and two polar opposite birth stories. Between the births of her children is when she first became interested in who Doulas are and what they do.
“After I became pregnant with my second I was adamant that I would have a VBAC (vaginal birth after C section). I felt pressured to schedule a section. It was then that I began looking for support. Doulas! That’s the support we wanted and needed!” In the end Tayla had a successful VBAC.
Tayla is also a member of the Baby Friendly Initiative in Fort Mcmurray and works as a CLC(Certificated Lactation Counselor) doing in hospital and home lactation assessments. Tayla has had professional training and is certified through The Academy Of Lactation Policy And Practice. Tayla supports La Leche League and is currently working towards her IBCLC. Tayla has a true passion for breastfeeding and helping moms with any difficulties they may have. “I have personally dealt with lip ties, tongue ties, poor latch, late milk production, poor milk supply, topping up, pumping, as well as successful breastfeeding!”
Given her experience with both C section and VBAC as well as her pass experience in the field she feels that she would be a great choice for parents who need prenatal education and that extra support come push time. “Since my doula training I have discovered the beauty and power behind women helping other women through the most amazing time in their life. My goal is to be there for you AND your husband and support all of your decisions throughout your birthing experience. I want to make this memory one of the best memories you will ever have. I will work with you prior to your birth to determine what your hopes and goals are and build a trusting relationship were you feel valued, heard and comfortable. Although I love being a paramedic/firefighter my true calling is helping mamas with their own motherhood journey. This is what I’m good at and what I love.”
Check out Tayla’s website at www.mamasaurus.ca