Abby Barclay (she/her) is a Full Spectrum Doula, Reiki Healer, and the Development Manager at Birth Mark. She trained as a birth & postpartum doula with DONA, and as an abortion doula with The Doula Project NYC.
After leaving New York City and her 15 year career in fashion, Abby moved to Toronto to create a life shift and pursue heart-centered work as a doula. Becoming a doula felt like a true calling for her. It fulfilled her desires to be of greater service to her community, and to support birthing people in their reproductive health journey. Her passion for supporting & empowering birthing people and her desire to create and hold a safe space for the entire birth and parenting experience deeply motivates her as a doula. She believes that becoming a parent is one of the most transformational experiences of a person's life, and one that can often feel overwhelming and even scary at times. She aims to be a nonjudgmental, unbiased source of support while helping her clients navigate the experience of parenting, mitigating the sense of overwhelm and helping them feel they are not alone.
Abby practices under a trauma informed, anti-oppressive and evidence-based model of care. She approaches each client with the belief that they are unique, and that their choices deserve to be honoured. By truly meeting her clients where they are on their journey, Abby provides individualized care & service that suits her client’s needs and goals.
Working at Birth Mark, Abby has had the privilege of supporting many families and individuals who otherwise would not have had access to doula services. Being a part of an organization whose mission is to make doulas accessible to everyone, has been the perfect alignment of Abby’s ideals & goals in offering doula support.
Abby lives in Toronto with her wife and 13 year old Chihuahua, Poncho. While she’s not working as a doula, Abby enjoys practicing yoga, being outside in nature and cuddling with Poncho.