Hello there, my name is Heather Houle. I live in Edmonton with my two teenage kids and 2 furbabies. My Cree grandparents raised me from infancy and we originally come from a small Northern Manitoba community of Pikwitonei, and also lived in bigger towns of Churchill, Thompson and The Pas. I have lived in Edmonton for 25 years now.
My path as a support provider for birth began 20 years ago while I was pregnant with my daughter. I felt wonderful and special being pregnant! Although, I did not feel that I was treated in that way be the visits to the doctor or in the hospital system. I had this innate knowing that there was a better way to birth so I sought out an alternative. I wasn’t sure what I was looking for or even where to go. Then I found ASAC (Association for Safe Alternatives in Childbirth) and they directed me to the midwives. Meeting the midwife was amazing. She came to my house, answered every and all questions that I had about “what if something goes wrong?” for over an hour. Comparing that to the 3 minute check ups at the doctor’s office, I felt comfortable with her and knew in my heart that this a better way for me. The birth of my daughter at home in a birthing pool was a beautiful experience. The birthing community that I was surrounded with in other like minded mothers and parents was and is the way it should be. When I was pregnant with my second child I took the DONA Birth Doula training and had the privilege and experience of helping women in birth.
I first did doula training while pregnant with my second child and have helped family members in birth in those early years. Since then my career has taken me through a long road of diverse range of work experiences in office, sales and marketing environments.
I am now at a point in my life where I have the opportunity to fulfill more of my responsibilities to myself, and have come back to seeking work that is directly related to my passions such as Indigenous maternal heathcare and have the opportunity to interact with like minded individuals, in holistic health. I have started doing doula work again and it is really lighting my fire! I have taken the Birth Doula and Postpartum Doula training through DONA again and also have training in breastfeeding though Douglas College’s Breastfeeding Course for Health Care Providers. My goals are in becoming an Indigenous Birthkeeper and Breastfeeding Advocate and offering Spiritual birthing & postpartum practices. As a doula, I see my role as primarily providing important emotional, physical and spiritual preparation for before, during and after 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 and Be a Mother.
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. As a postpartum doula. I provide encouragement, emotional support, newborn care, guidance, sibling care, nutrition and more, for new mom and her family.
I am also a certified yoga instructor from the Sattva Yoga School with 200 RYT and have current CPR certification. SATTVA Yoga uses four guiding principles of the body, breath, mind and stillness, with Hatha Yoga as the foundation.
I am also a JourneyDance instructor! JourneyDance is holistic dance fitness for mind, body, and spirit that uses elements of yoga and dance in guided imagery.