Welcome! I'm Alex James, Toronto-based postpartum doula and nutritionist. I believe it’s possible for you and your family to have an amazing postpartum experience.

Does that sound a little too fluffy and optimistic? Yeah, it probably does. Before you run away, give me a moment to explain what I mean by “an amazing postpartum experience”.

To me, an amazing postpartum experience is one where the birthing person is honoured, celebrated, rested, and well fed. Their partner and family are also supported and empowered in their roles. This kind of postpartum experience is absolutely possible, because we see it in other cultures around the world, where more traditional postpartum care practices are followed.

...But what about stuff like sore nipples, constipation, getting pooped and peed on, a body that feels sore and unrecognizable, intense hormonal fluctuations, and having to get up several times a night to feed the baby? Of course these things are not uncommon; some are in fact very normal and to be expected. The postpartum period is challenging, in every way.

Here’s the thing, though: it’s absolutely possible to experience all the ups and downs of the postpartum period - all of it - and at the same time feel honoured, celebrated, rested, and well fed.

It takes good support. It takes a village, as they say.

It would be an honour to be part of your village.

I offer several services for postpartum families. Have a look, and when you’re ready, contact me and we’ll set up your free consult. I want to know what an amazing postpartum experience looks like for YOU.

“It is time to reclaim the postpartum period and reinstate it to its rightful place as the important conclusion of the childbearing story, one that deserves as much forethought as pregnancy and birth.”
— Heng Ou

Virtual Postpartum Support

Not in Toronto? We can still work together!

 

On the Blog

Check out my interview on CBC’s Fresh Air:

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FREE Workshop in Toronto on March 30/19: Creating a Postpartum Plan

12:30-2pm at Jill and the Beanstalk, 814 College St.