Hello! My name is Riley and there are few things you should know about me to see if we are a match made in heaven.
First, you should know that I am an identical triplet. If you ever see me walking about and I don’t say hello, it's one of my two clones! Growing up, my Mom thought it essential that we know ALL of the fine details of how miraculous our conception and birth story was. This is where my obsession with all things pregnancy related began. I would stuff the belly area of my doll’s clothing and play pretend that they were giving birth. I also bought books like “What to Expect When You're Expecting” at only thirteen years old - my mother would take the book covers off when I would read in public.
When I am not working, I enjoy learning and evolving my doula practice. On the rare occasion that I am not obsessing over my passion for doula work, you can find me spending time with my soon-to-be-wife, learning new hobbies, dancing, reading, and eating as much sushi and pasta as I can find.
Certified Labour & Birth Doula (Doula Canada)- Certification requirements included coursework in maternal anatomy & physiology, fertility, pregnancy & fetal development, labour stages & phases, medical options & interventions, comfort techniques & labour alternatives, and postpartum support.
Practicum included prenatal and birth support for three families.
Final exam mark of 99%.
Certified Postpartum Doula (Doula Canada)- Certification requirements included coursework in postpartum physiology, nutrition, postpartum mood & transitions, infant care, and infant feeding practices.
Practicum included postpartum support for three families.
Final exam mark of 96%.
Practical Nurse Diploma- 2.5 year (5 term) program. Courses included anatomy & physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology, medical procedures & treatments, maternity nursing, pediatric nursing, mental health nursing, and more.
576 hours of practicum experience, with a focus on medical/surgical units.
Additional 320 hours professional preceptorship in high risk obstetrics & gynecology clinic, and gynecological surgery acute care.
Complicated Birth & Support Workshop- Continued in-depth education about labour, birth, infant, and postpartum complications and how to provide doula support in those situations.
Postpartum Topics Workshop- Continued education about postpartum relationship dynamics, trauma, anxiety, mood disorders, body changes, pelvic health, and sleep practices & strategies.
Holistic Practices & Knowledge Workshop- Continued education in perinatal self care, emotional health support, social well-being, and environmental considerations.
Intentional Doula Workshop- Continued education in defining my personal doula practice and serving my community.