Prior to becoming a doula, I had a long and rewarding 30-year career as a Registered Nurse. I worked 15 years at Sunny Hill Hospital in pediatric rehabilitation and 15 years at BC Women’s Hospital in antenatal, labour and delivery, postpartum and surgical day care. I retired from nursing in 2016.
I’m passionate about working with women. In my time at BC Women’s, I have cared for countless pregnant women and have witnessed many childbirths. The inner strength and determination that women have in bringing their child to the world never fails to amaze me. A child’s birth is one of the most powerful moments in a woman’s life and I am always honoured to be a part of it.
Health, happiness, and safety are the main essential components that every parent wants to provide for their children. I believe that a healthy pregnancy to a healthy child starts even before conception. I have the knowledge and the background to support and educate the parents and the family in the prenatal period, during labor, and in the postpartum period. Having worked as a nurse for the majority of my life, I also strongly believe in prevention. I can teach about how to prevent postpartum hemorrhage, postpartum depression, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), Shaken Baby Syndrome, tooth decay etc.
I immigrated to Canada from Vietnam in 1980. As English is not my first language, I have particular empathy for people with language barriers at the hospital. I know firsthand the fear and frustration of not being able to communicate or understand the medical system. Through my personal experience and my time as a nurse, I’ve realized how essential it is to have a caregiver to advocate and communicate on your behalf during your time as a patient.
I am a wife and mother of two daughters. Other than work, my hobbies are cooking, dancing, hiking and travel. I love exploring different ethnic dishes and as a side passion project, I run cooking workshops on Vietnamese, Chinese and Thai cuisines.
- 15 years as a Registered Nurse in antenatal, labor & delivery, postpartum and in gynecology surgical day care at BC Women’s Hospital
- 15 years as a Registered Nurse in pediatric rehabilitation at Sunny Hill Hospital
- B.C.I.T Perinatal Nursing Specialty
- B.C.I.T Perinatal OR Nursing
- Douglas College DONA International Birth Doula Training Course
- Douglas College Breastfeeding for Health Care Providers