“Before you were conceived, I wanted you. Before you were born, I loved you. Before you were an hour, I would die for you. This is the miracle of love.”


― Maureen Hawkins

 
 

meet your Calgary

devoted doula

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 Warm, Caring, Professional Support

Natalie Borden CD(DONA), CBC(CBI), CLE

I have always had a passion for caring for others. Originally from Saskatchewan, my husband and I moved to Calgary in 2006. After the birth of my daughter, my eyes were opened to the wonder that is motherhood. Two more daughters followed her, and our household was complete. It was shortly after the birth of our youngest that a close friend asked me to be at her side during her upcoming birth. I was thrilled and very excited. It was a moment that is etched in my mind and on my heart forever. Over the years I have been invited into the homes of many to help them transition into parenthood and to expand their families. I have been able to utilize my vast personal experience and education to help others during an intimate and emotional time. I felt honoured that the people in my life could lean on me to help them through this time in their lives. It is my belief that birth and breastfeeding are natural processes that are better experienced with additional support.

To me birth is a life changing moment. As a Certified Birth Doula, Breastfeeding Counselor and Certified Lactation Educator, I am able to provide you with warm, compassionate, professional care. Many of the support and services I provide can be reimbursed through your health plans. I offer evidence-based information to the families I work with in the Calgary area while providing physical, emotional and educational support.

 
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Doula Support Services

 

Birth Doula

Whether this is your first baby or your 5th, it is important that you have a supportive team by your side providing you continual physical, emotional and educational support. As a Birth Doula, I work in hospital, at home or the Birth Center; Whether you’re with a Midwife or a Doctor. After a no-obligation meet and greet, then the signing of our contract I am available to answer questions, field concerns and provide resources. When labour begins I will be there from the moment that you need me -- until you are settled with your new baby(ies). You need not worry with your Devoted Doula as part of your birth team. I offer a birth story from me to the baby and first candid family photos. We will meet postpartum to discuss how things went and make sure you are settled with your new addition. My mission is to ensure that you receive the full Birth Doula Experience you deserve!

Investment: $900

Natalie is fantastic! We hired her to be our Doula for our first baby and couldn’t have been happier. She is calm, grounded, knowledgeable, attentive, and has a good sense of humour. She was the one person in the room that I focused on (and listened to!) during labour as there were so many different staff in and out. My partner also really appreciated having her support so that he didn’t have to worry as much and could just enjoy the birth. Having Natalie there definitely helped us achieve our birthing goals. Her pre- and post- care were also very helpful and reassuring. We will definitely ask her to be our Doula again if we have another baby.
— Melissa H.

POSTPARTUM DOULA

Congratulations on the recent birth of your baby! Let me help you transition to parenthood. The first weeks can be beautiful, special and unforgettable but can also include moments of fatigue and feelings of being unsure. Postpartum Doulas provide hands on information,support, resources and tricks as you gain experience taking care of your new baby(ies) night and day.

Investment: $25/hr

When I first met Natalie, I knew immediately that she would be the best fit for me. She was open, kind, very knowledgable and a calm presence. I appreciate all of the support she provided either in person, or via text, when I was feeling like I wouldn’t be able to handle another day of breastfeeding. I would say Natalie is one of the main reasons I kept persevering with my journey, despite the struggle I had, and I’m happy to report I’m still breastfeed almost 15 months later, and I love the bond my son and I have because of it. I cannot recommend her enough.
— Sarah M.
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Breastfeeding Support Services

 

 Best Start Visit

Get breastfeeding started on the right breast … umm, I mean foot. Breastfeeding in the first couple days after baby arrives can be overwhelming. It doesn’t have to be though. A Lactation Specialist will meet you within 48 hours of baby’s arrival to guide you in the right direction with a focus on latch and milk supply. I leave you with the confidence to carry on with your breastfeeding journey. Plan ahead for your best start to breastfeeding.

Investment: $90

S.O.S. Home Support

HELP! Sore nipples, struggling with milk supply, things aren’t going to plan? Asking for help from a qualified professional can put you back on the right track. No need to head to the clinic, a breastfeeding specialist comes to you, in your home, ASAP!

Investment: $125

 
 

Prenatal Breastfeeding Class

Breastmilk offers everything your baby needs for nutrition and health in the first 6 months of life. This 2.5 hour class is designed to teach you the importance and benefits of breastmilk, how to achieve a good latch, how to realize and maintain a good milk supply, how to pump effectively, and more.

Investment: $100

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virtual breastfeeding help

Do you have questions regarding milk supply, sore nipples, nursing strikes, etc? Are you tired of wondering which Dr. Google is correct but aren’t sure a full assessment is required? Give me a call, email, text or video chat and we can discuss many of your pressing concerns from the comfort of your own home for a price that is more comfortable to your pocketbook.

Investment $25/Half hour

Natalie is absolutely amazing at what she does! We had a hard time breastfeeding due to bad latching encouraged at the hospital. Our newborn was so fussy and we were so sleep deprived, I was very close to switching to formula. Natalie helped us establish a good latch and gave us great advice and tips on newborn care.
She’s so passionate about breastfeeding and so easy to work with, very personable, professional and such a sweetheart! I highly recommend Natalie to anyone who is struggling/seeking help breastfeeding!
— Oana C.
 

 

Testimonials

I have had Natalie attend the births of both of my children. The first was an unplanned home birth and the second was a planned water birth at home (with my first child present). Both births were completely different, and both times I found Natalie to be extremely valuable to me. She is comfortable in joining you at whatever stage of labour you feel you need her, and she made me and my support people feel comfortable around her. She offers information that is relevant and useful, and respects your feelings and decisions throughout the pregnancy and the labour. The physical support helped me cope with each contraction, one at a time. Her verbal cues helped me cope with any mental anxiety that arose during labour. The photos and the birth story she provides afterwards are beautiful gifts that our family cherishes. I would highly recommend Natalie to anyone considering a doula because I feel she has the knowledge, the experience and the right kind of personality to honour you and your partner through the process of childbirth.
— Tori S.
Natalie was an incredible support to me and my husband from prenatal all the way through to post natal. We had not initially planned to use a doula but at the suggestion of our midwives decided to meet with Natalie a few weeks prior to our due date. She was both professional and personable and after our initial meeting it was a no brainer to ask for her services. She helped us refine our wishes for how the labor and delivery would go and was incredibly client-centered throughout! During the labor and delivery Natalie worked tirelessly and fluidly to support me and my husband and collaborate with the midwives. With her different suggestions and ideas for positioning and moving, her vast knowledge, and her loving hands and heart she enabled me to successfully labor at home for as long as possible before transitioning to the hospital where she continued to assist. I would not have been able to have the birth I did without her support. I also really appreciated how she coached my husband to help me which made him a much more active member of the labor and delivery than I ever would have imagined. Her post natal care was also exceptional and the birth story she shared with us will be treasured always! Natalie truly has a gift for supporting families to bring their little ones into the world - I would recommend her services to anyone and everyone and would not even consider having another baby without her
— Justine G.
When my husband and I first found out we were pregnant, we knew we wanted some support and a go-to person for all our pregnancy related questions. We met Natalie and knew she’d be a great fit for us because of the unlimited texting support and her ability to speak openly about our birthing and parenting style. Natalie was able to give me the birthing experience I wanted. She was able to calm all my anxieties prior to my due date and never made me feel bad for asking too many questions. She made sure my husband felt helpful during labour and also provided extremely helpful breathing and relaxation techniques. She was able to keep me in a state of mind that allowed us to work through each contraction together and I never felt helpless. Her knowledge about breastfeeding helped set us up for success. Her education and support has been priceless. When times are hard, she’s there to remind me how well I’m doing. She has pushed me to think constructively about any issues that arise, which helped me be confident in my choices. The birth story she provided after was an amazing way to help bring closure to the birthing experience but also begin a new chapter of love and memories of our newborn. My husband and I have already decided Natalie will be with us for our next pregnancy and birth. We couldn’t have had such a positive and stress free experience without her. We were able to put our trust in her and let our worries go because we knew she would be there to help us through it all.
— Rachel M.
After coming home from the hospital with our newest addition we felt very overwhelmed by the information and guidance we were given by the hospital in regards to breast feeding. After struggling at home with breast feeding, followed by the feeling my baby wasn’t getting enough milk so I would then bottle feed as a top up then pump to ensure my milk supply was coming in I was ready to call it quits to breast feeding. That’s when we met Natalie! Natalie came to our home the very next day after we called. Her professionalism shined through the moment we met. She has a very laid back approach and just went with the flow of the evening offering assistance as the night went on, adjustments here and there and we talked lots about the mechanics of breast feeding. Natalie is truly passionate about what she does and has followed up with us regularly to ensure we are still on the right track and answers any of our questions whether it is Breast feeding related or not she is there fully supporting us!
— Chrissy A.
I sought Natalie’s care when I embarked on the journey of breastfeeding twins. I had successfully breastfed my two older children, but tandem feeding two tiny babies seemed like it was going to be a whole new ballgame. Prior to the birth, I worried the possible struggles with latch due to the likelihood that the babies would be younger and sleepier, and just the general mechanics of how to tandem feed. Thankfully, I had recently met Natalie, so I looked her up in that heady postpartum period when my initial attempts at tandem feeding weren’t going as well as I’d hoped. Natalie’s response was prompt, warm, knowledgable. and enthusiastic. She literally and figuratively supported me through the process of tandem feeding: she reviewed and guided each twin’s latch, she made sure that my posture and seating were comfortable and appropriate, and she made sure to touch base with how I was feeling physically and psychologically/emotionally. Natalie also has a wealth of information at her fingertips that was both good for practical use and based on the latest research, which I really appreciated. She checked in on a regular basis after the in-home support had ended to see if she could help with any issues that had cropped up later on. Natalie is incredibly compassionate, well-informed, and easy to be around: I strongly recommend her to anyone looking for support with breastfeeding!
— Natalie F.
 
 
 
 

 Birth Photos

The photographs shown below have all been shared with permission. Any photographs taken are owned by the clients of Devoted Doula Birth Services and will not be shared unless expressly stated.

 

 

CONTACT US

Do you have questions about Pregnancy, Birth or Breastfeeding? Reach out today, I'd love to hear from you!

Calgary Telephone:  (403)616-6651                 Email: natalie.borden@hotmail.com

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