At Doulaworks we understand the challenges that parenthood brings. We provide postpartum care for parents in addition to personal sleep education, sleep support for newborns, toddlers and their care givers.
Doulaworks will work with your family pre-natal and after you give birth so that you can avoid common pitfalls that a newborn can bring.
We are here for you when you realize you need help to get your family life back on track. We can provide teaching and tools to ease your transition to an expanded family.
At Doulaworks we are happy to provide professional care for you and your family. With many years of experience, we will give you the support you are looking for.
At Doulaworks we care about you. We can help during your pregnancy to set up and organize your nursery. We can be there for you immediately after your baby is born, in your home or in the hospital.
We are trained to support how you choose to feed your baby. We help with the adjustment to the changes and challenges that come with newborn babies.
Doulaworks offers daytime or overnight care to allow you to rest and recover. We will help you and your baby get the sleep you both want and need.
We provide New Parent Education, Postpartum Care and Infant & Child Sleep consulting.
Contact us and let us know how we can help you. We are based in Thornhill and serve the Greater Toronto Area, York Region and part of Durham Region.
Meet Petra Nobel
Before Petra came to Canada, her life started in the Netherlands, including the beginning of her professional life as a nursing assistant. Immersed in Dutch culture & philosophy, it was expected that all new mothers would receive the benefit of in-home maternity care as soon as the baby was born. After 18 months of training she became certified to assist midwives during home births and help parents with the ebbs and flows of an expanding family.
Petra furthered her education by entering the maternity care floor of the hospital working alongside obstetricians, paediatricians, registered nurses and midwives. Simultaneously learning from the women she was supporting, their culture differences, alternative ideals and time tested practices. While of course a more medical role, the ideal of making expecting parents feel at home was weaved into care, a truly comprehensive approach amongst the entire health care team.
In Canada she continued training and became a CAPPA Certified Postpartum Doula. Working with new families is her passion. Petra knows how important it is to have somebody to reassure and answer the many questions of a new parent, regardless if they are welcoming their first or subsequent baby to their family.
She knows that a Doula Works.
As a Doula, Petra saw how many new parents struggle with their child’s sleep issues. This of course sparked the desire to specialize further, as a Maternity, Infant and Child Sleep Consultant through the International Parenting and Health Institute (IPHI).
Petra is a mother of two fun and active teenage boys who will make sure that she is always on her toes. Whenever she has the chance she will visit family back in the Netherlands and make sure to bring home drop (Dutch licorice), one of her favourite things to eat.
Trained Maternity Care Nurse Netherlands
CAPPA: Postpartum Doula, New Parent Educator, Childbirth Educator
IPHI Certified Infant & Child Sleep Consultant
Newborn Care Specialist
She wants to make sure that her knowledge is up to date and continues educating herself in her field. A few of the courses and workshops she has taken are:
Working with Multiples
Breastfeeding 101 and 102 for Birth Professionals
Webinars and Conferences attended:
CAPPA conference in 2017 and 2020
Breast milk Scientific Webinar
Sleeposium 2019 and 2020
Specialized, professional care for you and your newborn.
Choosing Petra as our night doula was one of the best investments we have made for our family.
Petra gently guided us through the challenges that come with being new (twin) parents, and we trusted her wholeheartedly to care for them while we got much needed rest.
She is extremely kind, dependable, and she has so much knowledge that comes with her extensive experience. Petra also taught us to instill good sleep habits, and now I have two great sleepers that sleep through the night!
She is truly a special person, and we are grateful for her help in caring for our babies. I cannot recommend her enough!
J.C. Toronto December 2018