Geraldine Tait (she/her)

Before I had children, I worked as a clinical massage therapist for about eight years. During that time, I attended a continuing education course on labour support, and my mind was blown. I fell in love with birth that weekend, and shortly after, I became pregnant with my first child.

Unfortunately, my pregnancy, birth, and postpartum experiences were physically and emotionally traumatic. I suffered from Hyperemesis Gravidarum throughout my pregnancy, and also developed preeclampsia. My baby's growth was restricted, which prompted an induction of labour that came with a high level of intervention. My son spent close to four weeks in the Neonatal Intensive Care Units at McMaster and Grand River Hospitals. He overcame necrotizing enterocolitis, and we faced what felt like all of the breastfeeding challenges.

It was a long road back to some semblance of normalcy. The recovery process, however, ignited my passion for improving birth experiences. I wanted to be the support for others that I did not have myself. I slowly started reading, researching, and making connections in the community. When I became pregnant again, I knew I would face similar obstacles. Armed with more knowledge, resources, and continuous care from my own fabulous doula, my second time around - though still challenging - was a much more positive experience.

Over the last year, I have taken courses with Revolutionary Doula Training and Spinning BabiesⓇ. This training builds on my diploma and practical experience in massage. I also hold a degree in Communications Studies from Wilfrid Laurier. This journey has finally led me here, to Circle, where I am honoured to use my experience and education to support birthing people and their emerging families.

I offer Hyperemesis Gravidarum, birth, and postpartum support. If you have questions or would like to connect further, please send me an email.