And BeYond is a
comprehensive, collaborative effort of three inspiring
women. Irena Baurle is a Certified Reflexologist and Holistic
Relaxation Therapist. Irena has achieved and practices Level 1
in Three in One Concepts and presently she is working on her
Masters in Reiki. Irena is a well-known
lecturer and guest speaker and presents many fascinating
workshops on a variety of topics including dream interpretation.
Her passion is formulating information she finds exciting and
helpful into seminars and presenting them
to persons who have the same interests.
Melissa Cowl is a Certified
Doula and a Doula Trainer with Doulas of North America and a
mentor with Birthing From Within. Melissa is a Co-ordinator for
Simcoe Birth Services - a
non-profit Doula group in Simcoe County. Melissa has been
teaching prenatal education for five years. As the tenth (there
are only eleven) Doula Trainer in Canada, Melissa works with
women from all over Ontario teaching Doula skills and
encouraging the growth of
the Doula movement. She also is the only Canadian member of the
DONA Certification Committee and as such certifies most of the
members of the organization. Along side of her husband Chris,
Melissa enjoys her family life with their six home-educated
children. Melissa is presently pursuing her third level
Wendy Topping is a Certified
Doulas of North America and a mentor with Birthing From Within.
Wendy volunteers her time in the obstetrical clinic at Stevenson
Memorial Hospital. She is a Co-ordinator of Simcoe Birth
Services, the county-wide,
community based Doula program. Wendy co-teaches Doula Training
Sessions across the province of Ontario. Wendy is an
entrepreneur who has achieved great success as the designer and
founder of BUMBEE'S CLOTH DIAPERS. Wendy has a vast interest in
women's health and emotional and spiritual well-being. Wendy has
just completed her second level Reiki and is working toward her
Masters. Wendy has successfully combined her family life with
and their four teenage children, her interests and her passion.
Starting with non-traditional
childbirth education for expectant parents Birth
And BeYond aims
to empower women and their partners by opening the mind, body
and spirit to the power within. We create a safe, nurturing
environment, which will invite parents to discover their
personal strength and wisdom.
Birth And BeYond
offers a full
range of services during the childbearing year that carries
through the full circle of life. From newborns to end of
life care Doulas will assist in your physical, emotional and
spiritual well being.
We offer complete Doula care,
which is vital for the emotional and physical wellness of
mothers to be. A Birth Doula refers to a supportive companion
who is professionally trained to provide labour support. She
provides information to the mother and her partner to enable the
woman (couple) to make informed decisions. She performs no
clinical tasks but through body positioning and positive
affirmations, she provides a gentle and calming
atmosphere for birth. A Postpartum Doula refers to lay women who
are trained or experienced in providing postpartum care - mother
and newborn care, breastfeeding support and advice, cooking,
child care, errands, and light cleaning - for the family. Doulas can also be a calming
presence in palliative care and assist people and their families
transitional time at the end of their life.
At these different stages in
life people become more aware of their own choices for healthy
living. They strive as parents to take care of
themselves and their children both physically and emotionally. Birth
And BeYond also offers an optimum, non-invasive, path to a
This state of harmony is easily achieved with aromatherapy, full
body massage, reflexology and reiki. A holistic experience will
circulation, normalize body functions, balance the body, help
the body heal itself; remove toxins relax muscles, boost the
immune system and create a sense of calm and well being.
Birth And BeYond
offers whole life care to enhance the quality of life. It is the
mission of this group to provide easy and affordable access to
services to those who desire it.
Services with Birth An BeYond include:
- One or
two prenatal visits prior to birth, as needed.
at your birth by primary and/or back-up Doula.
as desired or as time permits.
postpartum visit with parents and baby at home.