Mid Island Baby & Kids Market and Doulas!

We are excited to be participating once again the Mid Island Baby and Kids Market on Sunday, November 5 at 10:00-4:00 at the Native Sons Hall in Court...

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Money and doulas. Wouldn't it be nice if money, AND doulas grew on trees!? This would definitely stir things up! We live in a world where invest...

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Doulas co-sponsor the Mid Island Baby and Kids Market May 15, 2016

We are excited to be co-sponsoring the Mid Island Baby and Kids Market on Sunday, May 15 at 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM at the Native Sons Hall in Courtenay, BC...

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Contact a Doula

FEES FOR SERVICE

Fees for Doula services on the North Island range between $600 and $1200 depending on experience, certifications, or unique expertise/services included. Most Doulas will work on a sliding scale or will negotiate appropriate payment plans. Don't let fees keep you from having the birth experience you deserve. It is worth having a conversation with a few of us before you decide.

A typical Doula package may include:

- A free introductory information session
- 2 prenatal and 2 postnatal visits
- Attendance/support during entire home or hospital birth

* There is also the option of hiring a postpartum doula (for support after your baby is born), the going rate is $25-35 per hour. This fee is separate from Birth Doula fees as the service is customized to your specific needs. Not all doulas offer this service, so this is a good question to ask when interviewing a doula.

For individual quotes/fees, please review the list of all the doulas listed below and contact your chosen Doulas at their respective numbers or emails as listed below. Many of our doulas are Certified with Doulas of North America (DONA). For more information see http://www.dona.org

"However, when choosing a Doula, the right personality match can be more important than any other factor and, therefore, we encourage women to interview a few of us before making their decision."

Note: Only the names listed below are members of The Comox Valley Doulas. Please SCROLL DOWN to see all of our doulas!

If you wish to become a member of Comox Valley Doulas, please use the Contact link in the upper right hand corner of our web page.

If you are from Victoria area, you may want to try contacting Doulas of Victoria www.doulasofvictoria.ca

If you self identify as Aboriginal, there may be resources available for you to pay for your doula care. See BCAAFC and First Nations Health Authority Grant for some information and contact BCAAFC doula program


Our Doulas

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Name: Leah Taylor
Phone Number: 250-218-3796 | Email:leahbirthdoula@hotmail.com
About Me:

* Certified Birth Doula with DONA International, CD(DONA) and Coordinator of Comox Valley Doulas
* Mother of two phenomenal people, both premature labours, delivered naturally in hospital
* Over 10 years' experience providing evidence-based compassionate doula care in home (water birth) and hospital environments
* Experienced in supporting mothers through planned and urgent Cesarean birth, VBAC, teen births, twins, premature labour/birth and high risk pregnancies, including supporting those who experienced prior miscarriages or loss
* Qualified to support First Nations clients eligible for FNHA funding
* Excellent communication skills, respectful of each mother's unique needs, as well as the needs of her partner, midwives/physicians, and hospital staff
* A research geek: MA in Leadership, researcher, educator and professional coach & mentor; active member on multiple perinatal committees and research teams
* Provide resources, dvds, workshops, and evidence-based research for your questions and concerns before, during and after your birthing experience
* Offer responsive, non-judgmental postpartum breastfeeding support and newborn care tips and resources
* Serving clients in the Campbell River and Comox Valley region

"Pregnancy and childbirth are two of the most powerful and miraculous experiences in a woman's life. It's an honour to be able to provide women and their birthing partners with quality information, intuitive support and competent care to ensure every birth is a positive experience for all."

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Name: Kerry Collier
Phone Number: 250-337-8700 | Email:ak.collier2@gmail.com
About Me:

*Certified Birth Doula with DONA International, CD(DONA)
*Indigenous Cultural Competency Training; provide Doula services for First Nations women for the BC Association of Friendship Centers
*First Aid Training
*Mother of 4 grown children: one cesarean, and three natural births and grandmother of 4 (Including the one in the photo!)
*Experience with teen birth, cesarean births and VBAC
*Good communicator; employed part time in School District 71
*Photo book option

Find me on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HelpingHandsBirthDoulas/

I love the miracle of childbirth and how unique each birth is. I like to empower women and their partners to have the most powerful birth experience they can have. I bring a strong, calm presence to birth. I give the option of documenting your birth with photos and notes.

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Name: Kirsten Werner
Phone Number: 250 897 6258 | Email:kirstenmassage@gmail.com
About Me:

*DONA trained Doula since 2000

*Registered Massage Therapist focusing on pre/post natal and post C-section massage.
*Mother of 2 - one home birth/one hospital birth
*Certified Infant Massage Instructor (IAIM certified)
*Experience with home, hospital and VBAC births
*Offer Couples perinatal massage courses

* www.kirstenwerner.com

"As a Birth Doula I accompany women in labour and I draw on my knowledge and experience to provide emotional support and physical comfort to help ensure a safe and empowering birth experience."

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Name: Andrea Postal
Phone Number: 250-650-4432 | Email:inbloombirths@gmail.com
About Me:

About Me:
*DONA Certified doula CD(DONA)
*Pre-certified ProDoula Birth and Postpartum Doula
*Certified Childbirth Educator
*Pre-certified Postpartum Placenta Specialist
Owner of In Bloom Births, a full service Doula Agency offering Labour Support, Postpartum Care, Childbirth Education, and Placenta Encapsulation.

Website:www.inbloombirths.com
Find me on facebook: www.facebook.com/inbloombirths

“As a doula, I understand and honour that each woman’s desires and needs for her birth and postpartum are vastly unique. My hope is to be a calm and empowering presence, leaving you feeling as though you have been compassionately supported throughout your entire experience as you make the passage into parenthood.”

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Name: Serena Oliveira
Phone Number: 250 465 2367 | Email:doulaserena@gmail.com
About Me:

*Completed my Wise Woman Way of Birth Doula Certification with Gloria Lemay in 2009
* Experienced in providing holistic nurturing care and advocacy for home, hospital, cesarean and VBAC births
* Comfortable and experienced supporting families of various backgrounds and walks of life, including LBGTQ and young families
* Provider of comprehensive breastfeeding support
* Seasoned at offering informed consent, choice and up to date evidence-based education for the childbearing year (conception, pregnancy, birth & postpartum)
* Mother of 2 wildly-willed boys, both born at home in the Comox Valley

*www.birthingfreedom.com
Or Find me on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/birthingfreedom.doula

"On the other side of fear, there is freedom. Freedom is felt in the embrace of your power."

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Name: Pamela Tessmann
Phone Number: (250) 650-6655 | Email:ptessmann@live.com
About Me:

* DONA Certified Birth Doula, CD(DONA)
* Mother of 2 wild boys - 1 hospital birth, 1 home birth
* Early Childhood Educator since 2002 with extensive experience supporting and guiding families of young children according to their needs. Currently a StrongStart Program facilitator.
* Knowledgeable in current resources and information pertaining to conception, pregnancy, birth, the early postpartum weeks, and breastfeeding.
* Experience supporting mothers and their partners in both hospital and home settings.
* Open and welcoming to all expectant parents, including LGBTQ and teens.

"Birth is a powerful, life-changing event in your life. I am in awe of women's strength and natural birthing instincts during labour and birth. My goals as your doula are to help you and your birth partner tap into your strengths, to nurture you, to encourage you, and to help you achieve your most desired and positive birth experience possible; leaving you feeling supported, listened to, empowered and divine."

Find me on Facebook: Pamela Tessman Doula

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Name: Sandy Falk
Phone Number: 250-337-8759 or 250-331-2429 | Email:b_sfalk@hotmail.com
About Me:

About Me:
*DONA Certified doula CD(DONA)
*Mother of 4 amazing grown children including a midwife and 2 doctors
*Experience with twin birth, teens, cesarean, hospital, and home birth
*Certified in Aromatouch Therapy
*Willing to provide postpartum doula support and care as well
*Live in Black Creek, so can provide service in both Courtenay and Campbell River

"I am honoured to support a woman and her birth partner through the miraculous process of childbirth. My desire is to give emotional and physical support with wisdom, sensitivity, and gentle care. I see preserving the birth story as an important part of my service, with written and photographic documentation compiled in book form."
*Find me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HelpingHandsBirthDoulas

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Name: Chelsea Reid
Phone Number: 250-792-3097 | Email:chelseareiddoula@hotmail.com
About Me:

*DONA Certified birth doula CD(DONA)
*Mother of a son - Home birth
*First Aid Training (OFA Level 3)
*Comfortable interacting in French
*Experience in both home and hospital births
*Provide tools and knowledge during prenatal care, Labour and delivery, and postpartum period.
*Willing to provide postpartum care as well
*Provide care to both mother and partner
*Certificate in Exercise and Wellness, including prenatal exercise.

"As a doula I strive to provide the mother and her partner
with a calm, positive, and comforting birth experience. Birth
is an empowering and incredible journey, and I am honoured
to be apart of a woman's journey into motherhood. Each birth,
and woman is different and it is important that during the birthing
process each women finds the comfort and strength to birth her
way, and as a doula, I can bring a knowledgeable perspective
and help each women find her inner strength during the miraculous time of birth."

Find me on Facebook: www.facebook.com/lavenderbloomdoula

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Name: Valerye Benner
Phone Number: (250) 465-2011 | Email:Valeryebenner@me.com
About Me:

About Me:
*Moved to Vancouver Island after spending years working as a doula in Vancouver
*Birth Doula-DONA International
*Postpartum Doula
*Childbirth Educator
*Hypno-babies Doula
*Breastfeeding Counselor
*Comfortable supporting women and partners during and after high-risk pregnancies (including those with chronic health conditions, complex medical histories, depression and anxiety issues)
*Experience providing support and advocacy for youth (including at risk youth aged 13 to 21) throughout their pregnancy, birth and postpartum.

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Name: Penny Currie
Phone Number: 250-218-4642 | Email:islandredhead@telus.net
About Me:

About Me:
*Mother of 4 beautiful grown children - born naturally and in the hospital.
*Certified Doula training with Eva Bild at Mothering Touch in Victoria BC
*Part time Educational Assistant in the Lifeskills class at Mark R Isfeld high school, a tutor, and and a respite worker for a teenage boy.
* Confident in my ability to respectfully work with all involved in the powerful process of childbirth – mum, partner, family, midwife, hospital staff and/or physician.
*Option: I will document your birth story complete with photos.

Being pregnant and giving birth was a such a joy for me that once my children were grown and independent (relatively), moving into empowering women through their own experience was natural. As your honoured Doula I will bring a sense of humour, non-judgmental support, plus strive to provide peace through a calming presence and emotional and physical support through listening and attentiveness.

“There is a power that comes with women when they give birth. They don’t ask for it, it simply invades them accumulates like clouds on the horizon and passes through, carrying the child with it.” Sheryl Feldman

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Name: Hannah Rennie
Phone Number: 250-650-9607 | Email:anewmoonbirth@gmail.com
About Me:

About Me:
* DONA Trained Doula, DONA Candidate
* Mother of 2 spirited boys, both born at home
* I offer placenta encapsulation
* I offer birth pool rentals with my Doula services

Find me on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/New-Moon-Birth

"Birth is full of magnificent, life-changing wisdom."-Christiane Northrup

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Name: Vanessa Groult
Phone Number: 604-369-5892 | Email:vanessadoula1@gmail.com
About Me:

* Pre-Certified Postpartum Doula with ProDoula
* Mother of two, one premature and one full term
*French Native born in a multicultural family, fluent in English & intermediate in Spanish
* Provide feeding & breastfeeding support
* Comfortable supporting new mother & family during postnatal period
* Experienced in caring for & entertaining siblings including children with special needs
* Emergency Child care First-Aid/ CPR / AED Level B

Follow me on Facebook: vanessadoulaincomox

“As a postpartum doula, my mission is to facilitate the life-changing experience created by the arrival of a new baby by providing encouragement, support and coaching to the new parents until they gain confidence in their parenting skills.”

"En tant que doula postpartum, ma mission est d’aider les parents à aborder avec plus de sérénité la période d’ajustement suite à l'arrivée d'un bébé. J’ai à cœur d’aider la nouvelle maman et d’apporter mon soutien aux nouveaux parents."

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Name: Maggie Thomson-Kurz
Phone Number: 778-350-9138 | Email:i.magyinhealing@gmail.com
About Me:

About me:
* DONA trained birth doula (working towards certification)
* Yoga teacher and youth outreach worker
* Able to provide postpartum support as well as during birth
* Willing to do low-cost/no cost births while I am in the certification process
* On request I offer songs and chants before, during and after birth as a way to calm the body and mind

“My intention is to help a family create a birth that will feel beautiful and empowering to them. I am honoured to support womyn and families to transition into a new stage of life, to watch a family blossom. I stand in awe of the strength and power that is childbirth.”

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Name: Jody Richards
Phone Number: 778-992-0123 | Email:richards.jody@gmail.com
About Me:

* Experienced Birth Doula, DONA trained since 2000 and Prodoula pre-certified (2016)
* Postpartum and infant care Doula, pre-certified Prodoula (2017)
* First Aid and CPR certified
* experience with VBAC, cesarean birth, epidurals and homebirths
* Member of Andrea Postal's doula team at In Bloom Births

I feel passionate about how I can provide non-judgmental support to families during this monumental time, from pregnancy to the postpartum period. My life experience has given me the skill of being able to relate to people at their most vulnerable, while attuning to what they need, making them feel deeply nurtured and safe. My best tool I bring is a warm, gentle and calming presence. When I am not being a doula I am spending time with my family and can often be found buried under a mountain of needle felting, or up to my elbows in my veggie garden.

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Name: Christine Pritchard
Phone Number: 250-248-7658 | Email: christinebirthdoula@hotmail.com
About Me:

* DONA trained birth doula(working towards certification)
* Mother of three daughters(hospital births with a midwife)
* Willing to do low cost/no cost birth while working on certification

Pregnancy and childbirth can be one of the most wonderful yet frightening times in a women's life.
It is my wish to provide mothers, their partners and families with reassurance through this time to make the wonderful more wonderful and the frightening a little easier to cope with.