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November 12, 2019

[Author's Note: This is my story, though names and details have been changed. I believe in sharing our truths so that we can grow.]

“I don’t want to,” Leah found herself saying out loud as she burrowed her face into the mattress. Shit, she thought. Not again. 

It was bec...

November 9, 2019

You know how they say many romantic relationships don't make it past the first three years? (Or, when you're in high school, the first three months?) Well, there's a similar saying about doulas. They call it the "three year burnout". After three years of being on call,...

June 16, 2019

People can be all over the map when it comes to the idea of adding a doula to their support team. Sometimes the pregnant person is certain that they need extra support, but their partner is hesitant. Sometimes the person who will be giving birth feels like they'd be al...

June 10, 2019

Alright, folks. Let's talk about cesarean birth in BC. Last year our province had 35% of births being surgically performed, with rates for Fraser Health being closer to 40%. The World Health Organization says an ideal c-section rate is about 10-15%. Some comm...

January 20, 2019

Every time I see a post featuring a "rainbow baby", with a blissful mother and her newborn baby covered in rainbow colours, I find myself cringing. For those who are new to the term, it refers to a baby born after a miscarriage or stillbirth. I think part of my unease...

December 13, 2018

An important part of our work as doulas is preparing our clients for what the birth process can look like. We know that it isn't the same for everyone, but we like to run through the basic stages, explaining how the birthing person might be feeling, what's important fo...

September 25, 2018

Some of you may know the song 'For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her' written by Paul Simon and sung by Art Garfunkel on their 1966 album. It's one of my favourites of theirs; it's so soft and pretty to start, and it ends with such a passionate and pain-filled declaration...

May 10, 2018

Well, it's done. My husband got 'snipped'. Vasectomy: accomplished. As long as we are careful for the next couple of months, we won't be having any more kids. That's good. Right?

A relief! Right?

That's what I wanted. Right?

Right! 

For now.

I am pretty sure that at some...

April 9, 2018

"Well, my baby was stuck a bit. So then we had to PUSH and PUSH and PUSH! And FINALLY our baby got borned!”

Julie was three years old. Her brow was furled and her pigtails bounced enthusiastically as she was telling me about her baby brother’s delivery. I was surprised...

March 9, 2018

I recently re-watched Forrest Gump. It's a great movie every time I watch it, and I always find myself getting something new from it. This time, it was the scene with Forrest and his Mom seeing doctors and professionals, who end up telling her, "Your boy's... different...

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