National Capital Doulas
Modern Doulas for the Modern Family
As birth doulas, we accompany women and their partners in labour to help you experience a positive and satisfying birth experience. As postpartum doulas we provide you the help you want as you get to know your baby.
National Capital Doulas offers top quality services to help you through pregnancy, birth and parenting. Our Ottawa birth and postpartum doulas are trained by the leading doula training organizations. The owners, Amie Scharfe and Danielle James, are DONA certified birth doulas and trained postpartum doulas. They have also completed additional training with Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association (CAPPA), Birthing From Within, The Gena Kirby Rebozo Method, and hold additional breastfeeding certification.
National Capital Doulas will be by your side through birth, labour and early parenting. Our birth and postpartum doulas work in pairs, guaranteeing you that you will always know and have built a relationship with the doula by your side. The road to birth and parenting is filled with lots of information and opinions. We encourage our clients to find the path that fits them and their family. We'll stand by you offering you unconditional support and information when you wish it.
Collectively we offer you our years of varied experience and the knowledge we have gathered through attending numerous workshops and trainings. What this looks like differs from one family to another and is as unique as the people involved.
Complementing your existing team is very important to us. We believe your partner and anyone you choose to have by your side is well suited to you. We enhance that team and are all strengthened through shared suggestions, support and encouragement.
We have been in your shoes and know the difference it makes to be met with compassion, warmth, calm confidence and lack of judgement.
We pride ourselves on being modern doulas for the modern family and providing the highest quality services available.
Together we approach support with a combination of thoughtfulness, open mindedness, and empirical evidence.
We look forward to joining you on this path.
Andria attended the birth of our son three years ago and was invaluable helping us through some stressful complications after he was born. We could not have been more excited when she attended the birth of our daughter this fall. She is warm, professional, and so deeply supportive. As second time parents, having our memories jogged prenatally was so helpful - you just don’t realize how much you’ve forgotten since the last time around! During the birth, I was deeply reassured with just her presence alone. She also had the instincts to jump in with great suggestions through the tougher contractions to ease the discomfort. The birth of our daughter was simple and straightforward because I knew my birth team had my back the entire way through. Andria was a huge part of this and it’s hard to imagjne giving birth without her!
We were grateful for Amie's support during my pregnancy and birth. Amie's warm and friendly approach immediately made us feel comfortable. She was highly available and responsive, and we never felt pressed for time. Amie was resourceful and knowledgeable, and tailored her approach to our needs. Amie's presence during my labour was extremely reassuring and she presented me with options, which always left me feeling in control.
- DONA International
- Association of Ontario Doulas
- Ottawa Valley Doulas
- DONA birth doula training
- Rebozo Training - The Gena Kirby Method
- Postpartum doula training
- Canadian Babywearing School - babywearing educator
- Birth Trauma with Julie Keon
- CAPPA Lactation Educator
- Birthing From Within educator and mentor training
- Hypnobabies method
- 10+ years experience
- Supported 250+ couples
- Supported women at home, in all area hospitals, both local birth centres
- Obstetricians, General Practitioners, and Midwives
- First, second and third time parents
- Supported LGBTQ families
- Natural birth
- Cesarean birth
- Hypnobirthing and Hypnobabies
- Breech birth
- Low risk and high risk