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Doula Services

Your Partner in Birth

What is a Doula?

The word "doula" comes from the ancient Greek meaning "a woman who serves" and is now used to refer to a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support  before, during and just after birth.

Doulas are birth coaches who help families become informed decision makers by educating, empowering, guiding and valuing the importance of birth memories, from pregnancy to birth and beyond.


Studies have shown that when doulas attend birth, labours are shorter with fewer complications, babies are healthier and they breastfeed more easily.  


Point of Difference

Together, Cheryl and Chari are Birth and Beyond GTA: certified birth doulas and childbirth educators, offering a system of support for women and their partners. They are certified as birth doulas through DONA International and as Lamaze International Childbirth Educators. They are also recognized as Registered Doulas of Ontario through the Association of Ontario Doulas (AOD). The have been dedicated to serving the lives of children and their families in the field of education for over 20 years. Their goal is to ensure and demystify the birth experience.

What makes their service unique is that you hire two doulas together!  
You benefit from a service where both the doula and her backup are introduced to you at the same time.
You meet them both and are guaranteed to have at least one of the doulas for your birth experience.


Doula Services

Birth and Beyond GTA doulas provide the support you need no matter what your birth plan or outcome is.  Whether delivering with an OB or Midwife, whether your plan is for a medicated or unmedicated birth, at home or in hospital - Birth and Beyond GTA doulas are there to support you.

Our services include:

  • Prenatal consultation

  • 2 Prenatal visits

  • Postpartum visit

  • On call support and advise throughout your pregnancy

  • 24-hour on call in the weeks leading up to birth

  • Continuous care throughout labour and delivery

  • Resources on pregnancy, labour, delivery, and postpartum care


"Cheryl and Chari’s compassion and understanding came through as soon as I spoke to them. The doulas supported my husband in a way that allowed him to fully focus on me throughout the birth.

I knew I wanted a more relaxed experience. We were planning for a vaginal delivery of our twins and knew that we would need two doulas to help us through. Cheryl and Chari were by side from the moment I connected with them.  

Things didn’t go as I had planned. I was pushing for a long time. I was tired. Although my baby ended up being born as a c-section, I felt the most attended to during my birth experience by my doula team. They reassured me that I was doing a great job and never left my side."

"With an enormously irreplaceable help of Cheryl Wise & Chari Schwartz(Best Doula Team EVER!♡)  WE DID IT! ♡♡♡ ♡♡

All Natural Home Birth After C-section ♡ baby & mama feeling great!

‪#‎AlwaysFollowYourHeart‬ !

If anyone in the Toronto area is looking for a doula, I have the perfect girl for you.  Last night I was lucky enough to have Chari come over for the night. She was AMAZING. She was so warm and caring and instantly clicked with my baby. Her knowledge on motherhood and baby care was exceptional.  There was not one question that I had that she couldn't answer. She was there for me throughout my pregnancy and she could also be there for you delivery.

My husband and I were expecting twins in July and we couldn’t figure out how we were going to make it through the beginning stages after birth with two newborns and a toddler at home. On the recommendation of my Aunt, we met with Cheryl and Chari and instantly felt comfortable with them. We knew it was going to be a good fit. With their  help, I was able to get the rest I needed to tackle the challenge of newborn twins.