Erin Margetts-Helkaa is a qualified Labour and Postpartum Doula, as well as a Maternal Mental Health Specialist, Doula Trainer and Mentor, Childbirth Educator, WeeHands Instructor and Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist. With an honours degree, including a major in Psychology and minor in Child & Family Studies, Erin is passionate about all aspects involving the emotional and spiritual well-being of others. She worked in the mental health field for almost 12 years, supporting children and youth in care, developing, promoting and delivering mental health education programs/courses and facilitating groups.
Her passion to join the birth world was sparked after a series of difficult life events and the birth of her own daughter in June 2011. Pregnancy and postpartum proved to be challenging and included major breastfeeding complications and severe postpartum depression. The supports she had at that time inspired her to embark on a new journey.
She has experience in facilitating pre and postnatal groups, utilizing hypnobirthing techniques in pregnancy and throughout labour, assisting with a variety of breastfeeding challenges, supporting women through mental health challenges, infant loss and pregnancy complications/birth trauma.
She loves teaching families American Sign Language through WeeHands in order to facilitate communication and attachment.
Erin is also a certified Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist, providing a 5-point auricular acupuncture treatment to those experiencing addictions, mental health challenges, sleep disturbances and trauma. It is an effective, drug-free, complimentary therapy for anyone seeking other forms of treatment.
Additionally, Erin has completed extensive training to deliver Blomberg Rhythmic Movement therapy. This practice tests for retained primitive reflexes and teaches various passive and active movements, isometric exercises and self-disciplinary techniques to integrate these reflexes. Retained primitive reflexes can lead to developmental delays related to disorders like ADHD, sensory processing disorder, autism, and learning disabilities. The persistence of primitive reflexes contribute to issues such as coordination, balance, sensory perceptions, fine motor skills, sleep, immunity, energy levels, impulse control, concentration and all levels of social, emotional, and intellectual learning.
Erin lives in Guelph with her incredible husband and her sweet and spirited daughter. She has a huge love of baking and runs a home-based bakery business.