A Different approach
At True North Doulas, we work as a team to provide you with the best possible birth experience. This means that when you hire one of us, you hire BOTH of us. We will spend equal time with you at your prenatal meetings and one (or both) of us will attend your birth. You get access to twice the knowledge and experience and the comfort of knowing that we will never miss your birth (or have to send in a backup). We have you covered!
Erica Gipson, B.Sc./M.Sc., Doula
Erica wears many hats. Here are a few:
Doula--Erica is certified through MBC Doula School and is proud to volunteer with Montreal Birth Companions. She has been working with families in Montreal since 2012.
Scientist--Erica earned her combined Bachelors/Masters degree in Biotechnology from the University of Nevada, Reno. Her research on the uterus and the molecular changes it makes during pregnancy and birth planted the seed for her future doula practice. She has worked professionally in biotech and academia (in Reno, Boston and Montreal) but now prefers to support families one-on-one.
Mother--Erica was a doula before she ever gave birth, but her son’s arrival in September of 2013 completely changed how she relates to pregnant and birthing families. She now recognizes the need for birth workers to truly honor the intuition and choice of the birthing mother. She had a fantastic support team at her birth and strives to give that back to others.
Guide--Erica’s personal practices are deeply rooted in the body/breath and this, in turn, informs her practice as a doula. Through a combined 20 years of competitive swimming, Aikido practice and training as a yoga teacher, she has learned how to listen when the body speaks and how to respond gently and appropriately to what may arise. She is passionate about sharing this information with the clients she works with, guiding them to tap into their own inner strength and wisdom.
Liz lives a busy, full life and understands how precious time is. She chooses to focus on that which inspires her (family, friends, clients, birth work).
Doula(CD)-- Liz understands how difficult it can be to find great information and support during pregnancy, birth and early motherhood (particularly in Montreal). Her own two pregnancies were each difficult in their own way. Liz's children’s birth stories inspired her to become a resource for other women transitioning into Motherhood. She received her doula certification through Montreal Birth Companions Doula School in 2014.
Child Passenger Safety Technician(CPST)—Many of Liz's clients have asked her to help put their newborn into the car seat for the first time. As a doula, she felt that this was out of her scope of practice (and beyond her comfort zone) so she thought that it would be best to develop those skills rather then continue doubting herself. She became a certified with the Child Passenger Safety Association of Canada (CPSAC)in the summer of 2015 and is currently one of a handful of practicing CPSTs in Montreal.
Community-- While at the University of British Columbia, Liz was offered the opportunity to work with newly stablished organic coffee farms in Central America. After a few years of working with these organizations she decided that she needed to spend more time contributing to her local community she continued to do so until the birth of her son, it was then than that she moved to Montreal. Today, Liz continues to work with organizations in which she is able to contribute her time and skills to support individuals and families. When she’s not providing support, Elizabeth can be found baking rum cakes. A favourite pass time that has a taken a life of its own, it was even featured in the Montreal Gazette.