Pam Badams The Story of Oola Doula


I've always loved children and babies, ask anyone. In fact, my parents learned early on in life that I was somewhat of a "baby magnet"...they were just drawn to me (and I, to them!) As my friends, coworkers, and neighbours began to have their babies, many of them came to me with questions about their health during pregnancy, and beyond! I realized that I could use my skills and knowledge about health and wellness in combination with my love of babies and helping others. How novel! How fufilling!

I feel that my passion for health, fitness, pregnancy, babies, and birth is demonstrated by my knowledge and continued education in these areas. As a doula, I provide physical, emotional and informational support to expectant parents during pregnancy, labour, delivery, and the postpartum period. I am excited to be a new doula in Victoria and very much look forward to supporting families during a most exciting and emotional adventure!


Philosophy

I believe that every woman has the right to be supported in the way she needs during birth and beyond. My role as a doula is to provide families with gentle, nurturing, co-operative support which enables them to be present, empowered and to feel safely supported. I am truly blessed to be a part of birth experiences and helping families welcome and get to know and love their newborn.


Goals

My goals as a doula are to ensure that you feel safe, supported and listened to during all parts of pregnancy, labour, and delivery.


Qualifications

I have a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education from the University of Victoria (2010). I have also completed Birth Doula training through Doulas of North America International (DONA) (2011). Also in 2011, I completed Postpartum Doula training and Breastfeeding Educator for Healthcare Professionals certificate through Douglas College.


How Oola Doula came to be!

After the better part of a decade studying at University, I discovered the world of doula. I came home from the library, where I had been researching doulas and the world of labour support and sat my husband down to excitedly explain that I had found my calling and I HAD to, just had to become a doula or I would surely die! After about a half hour of “panting” (Pam+ranting), my husband looked at me and said, “Pam, if you want to be an ‘oola’, that’s fine by me.” I just gawked at him…”It’s not an oola...it’s a doula!!” I shrieked, “Have you not been listening to a WORD I’ve said!!” (I was pretty chapped at this point.) “Oh, he replied...oola...doula, same thing.” To which I hotly stated “No. It is most certainly NOT the same thing! What kind of word is OOLA!?”

My husband just looked at me and said “The kind of word that would make a great business name! Oola Doula...you should call it that.” I conceded that he might in fact be right...just this once...and thus...Oola Doula was “born!”



"I love Pam!!! After having our girl very early she came and visited us at the hospital, taught me massage tickle shake, and made sure I was supported through emails, phone or whatever I needed. She has been part of a very challenging yet intimate part of our lives and I feel so grateful she was there for us. If you need a gal with courage, knowledge and one who can make you smile at times when smiling feels impossible allow Pam to become part of your birth process."
~ Dawn

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