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The Elm City Doulas Difference

This is your place to find great support from our team of Doulas.

Elm City Doulas provides each of its clients with unwavering support by a team of two professionally trained doulas. Each doula has been carefully hand selected by owner, Melissa Arbeau to ensure each client receives complete satisfaction.

With a team of two doulas, this ensures that you and your partner will never have the worry about not having your doula by your side when you need her. Our doulas go on call from the moment of hire and offer 24 hour support.

Trust me, they are worth looking into.

I am thrilled to hear about this new service ! I had Melissa as my Doula and assisted me at my daughters birth. My whole pregnancy, I knew something was wrong, Melissa knew that something was not right. She prepared me for what was to be expected at the hospital, prepared me a birth plan. Everything was organized with her !  Everything went down smoothly ! Trust me, they are worth looking into. We only have a chance to birth a few times in our life time.. why not make it amazing !

Joleen Dable

What to Expect in the Labour and Delivery Process.

I attended prenatal classes today with my sister through Fredericton Maternity and I wanted to let all expecting moms know that it’s well worth it in my opinion. It’s been 8 years since I’ve attended one, but it was just as informative as I remember. I’m very happy about how thoroughly they explained everything, and how they were very eager to answer everyone’s questions. I’m sure my sister feels a lot more prepared and hopefully more confident on what to expect in the labor and delivery process!I’m sure my sister feels a lot more prepared and hopefully more confident on what to expect in the labor and delivery process!


Stephanie Steeves

Best Experience Possible!

Melissa was very informative, and a great help even though I ended up having a scheduled c-section. She is very quick to answer any questions along the way before and after birth. She helped us have best experience possible.

Kerry Woodward

Birth Doula Services

Birth Doula Service

Birth Doula Services

Experience your labor and birth in the caring hands of a professionally trained doula. Our services are guaranteed by having a primary and secondary doula as part of your birth team.

Postpartum Doula Services

Postpartum Doula Service

Postpartum Doula Services

You and your partner need rest, recovery and time to bond with your new arrival. We are here to assist you through this time.

Childbirth Education

Childbirth Education

Our childbirth classes will keep you well-informed on your new arrival.

Placenta Encapsulation

Placenta Encapsulation

Placenta Encapsulation is a terrific way to heal yourself after you deliver your child.

Top Baby Names of 2016

Sometimes one of the most challenging things you do as a parent is decide on a name for your precious baby.   Now that we have entered into 2017, lets take a look back at the most popular names (according to baby center) of 2016 and see if you have any...

Midwives Vs Doulas- The Differences

On December 5th 2016, the New Brunswick Government made an official announcement that it would finally be implementing midwives and the clinic would be up and running in 4-6 months. Since the announcement has been made, we have been flooded with questions on what the...

Skin to Skin With Your Baby

This post is courtesy of Ashley Fry, a doula with Fredericton Maternity    If you are currently expecting a baby you may have already heard about “skin-to-skin” contact. Perhaps your doctor has handed you a pamphlet, or a friend has mentioned it, or it has come...

Preparing For Baby Series | Packing Your Hospital Bag

In this 4 part blog series, you will find 4 weekly posts that help you prepare for baby. For our final post, we talk about packing your hospital bag.  Ok, you've got the essentials for your baby, attended a prenatal education class and hired your doula, but have your...

Preparing For Baby Series – Hiring Professional Support

In this 4 part blog series, you will find 4 weekly posts that help you prepare for baby. For our third post, we talk about professional support.  Have you or your partner thought about who would support you during labour, birth and the postpartum period? Many couples...

Preparing For Baby Series – Prenatal Education

In this 4 part blog series, you will find 4 weekly posts that help you prepare for baby. In our second post we talk about prenatal education.   What is prenatal education? Prenatal education includes prenatal classes, newborn care classes as well as reading...

Preparing For Baby Series – The Essentials

In this 4 part blog series, you will find 4 weekly posts that help you prepare for baby. For our first post we talk about baby essentials. So what do you really need to buy? You may be surprised to learn it's not as much as you think. If you are having a baby shower,...

Caring for your Baby’s “Baby Teeth” By Dr. Burns

Your child is considered in primary dentition from infancy until the time their 1st permanent molars begin to erupt, around the age of 6. Baby teeth function as space maintainers for permanent teeth, meaning they preserve the path which permanent teeth follow to enter...

What This Williams Syndrome Mom Is Thankful For On Thanksgiving

Today many families are sitting down to their thanksgiving dinners and I thought I'd share what I'm thankful for this year.    I began this month thinking I wouldn't be seeing any of my family around the dinner table enjoying a roasted turkey dinner with all the...

Top 10 Baby Shower Gifts

This post has been created with the help of several parents by conducting a survey to discover what their most useful baby shower gift was. We bring you the top 10 baby shower gifts If you have been invited to a baby shower, this post will give you an idea of the best...

What Not To Say When I Tell You I’m Pregnant

Is it me or do a lot of people seem to give their unwanted opinions about the size of other people's families? Just yesterday, a friend had announced her fifth pregnancy and honestly the comments I was reading made me roll my eyes harder than I ever rolled them...

I Ate My Placenta, and Here’s Why

When I told my family and friends that I planned to consume my placenta, I was met with shock, horror and questions like, “Why on EARTH would you want to do that?” No one around me had  ever heard of placenta consumption. There were immediate assumptions that I would...

Don’t Post My Birth Announcement!

In the day and age we live in with social media so readily available at any time, we can sometimes find ourselves posting some pretty personal information and sometimes even making a few faux pas such as making an announcement that wasn't our place to make.   How many...

My Struggle With Infertility

Throughout my entire childhood anytime anyone asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up my answer was always the same: a mommy. Little did I know how hard of a journey that would be!

Is It Safe To Eat While In Labour?

You may be pleased to know that new Canadian research has come out to suggest that eating a small, light meal during labour is ok for most healthy mothers. Since the 1940's, we were previously told to forego any eating due to the risk of pneumonia caused aspiration....

Do You Want To Be A Doula?

Are you interested in becoming a doula? Great news! ProDoula is bringing their exclusive doula trainings right here to Fredericton, NB in November! Trainer Leanne Palmerston is ready to train those who are interested in becoming birth doulas as well as postpartum...

When The Midway Turns Terrifying

When most of us think of the midway, we think about fun, rides and junk food. However over labour day weekend, fun was the very last thing on one little girl’s mind as well as her parents.

Postpartum Doula Services

The idea of pulling back the sheets of your soft and cozy bed and drifting off for a cat nap in the late afternoon sun probably sounds like a fantasy. Especially if you're a parent of a newborn. In fact you’re probably fighting to keep your eyes open reading this blog...

Elm City Doulas | Birth Doulas

Why would anyone hire a doula you may ask? Evidence suggests that having a doula present during labour and delivery is actually more beneficial than going without. Many people have thought that doulas are only for women attempting a natural birth. Not true! A doula...

10 Ways To Prepare Your Child For A New Sibling

Baby on the way? Many parents worry about how to prepare their older child for the anticipated arrival of their new sibling. Lots of these parents worry that their older child won’t understand a new baby coming home or fear that they will feel left out. This post...

Your Postpartum Body

Congratulations, you’ve just given birth to a beautiful little baby. You’ve experienced your body make many significant changes over the last nine months but your body will continue to make changes during the postpartum period. Here are 5 things that happen during the...

How to Heal Your Vagina After Birth

Congratulations, you’ve just had a beautiful little baby! Labour went great but you’re feeling a little sore down in the nether regions. This blog post will give you some tips on how to make your lady bits start feeling better, faster. 1) Sitz Baths Have your partner...

Lactation Cookies

Alright, I'll be honest. I love cookies. Who doesn't? They're even better when you're a nursing mom and they help to increase your milk supply and I mean REALLY increase your supply and happen to taste great too! Here is what you're going to need: 1 cup of butter 1...

5 Books to Read When You’re Expecting

As Doulas, we often get asked by our clients for book recommendations, so we have compiled a list of our favourites! We hope you enjoy them. 1)What to Expect When You’re Expecting This book is filled with lots of wonderful information and we like that it breaks it...

Ten Foods to Avoid While you are Breastfeeding

You've spent 9 months avoiding certain foods and now that your pregnancy is over, you may be surprised to know that there are new foods to avoid if you're breastfeeding. 10) Peppermint We are currently in the Christmas season and you may want to indulge in some...

My Partner Can be my Doula Right?

The simple answer is no, but lets talk about the differences of a husband’s role and a doula’s role. The role of a doula does not and cannot overtake the role of the husband during birth. Here’s why. A husband knows his partner in an intimate way and knows what things...

Family Centered C-Section

What’s a family centered c-section anyways? Have you been told that you may need a c-section? Perhaps you are planning a repeat c-section for your upcoming birth. Depending on your unique needs, you may have the option of a family centered c-section. The Traditional...

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