About Jen

I am super energized and into birth and birthing women, but my journey to get here has had its curves. Before starting my family, I worked for several years as a computer engineer before returning to school to complete my Master of Architecture degree. Shortly after that came my first daughter. My first pregnancy opened a door into the amazing world of birth. It is a world I knew very little about before becoming pregnant. I think this is a common ignorance in our part of the world today. I was excited about my baby, but also hesitant and scared about the birth. Isn't that natural? After all, it was something I'd never done before. Reading Ina May Gaskin gave me the confidence I needed, and planted the seed for what is now my birth obsession. Having hearts-open and skilled midwives, my calm and caring doula, and my supportive partner onside, sealed the deal. I have three daughters now. I birthed all three at home -- beautiful water births.  Those are days I will remember forever. My first daughter was born on a blue moon, literally. My second and third daughter's births were just as special but a whole lot easier :)

My perfect births though are just that; mine. Your birth story may be similar or very different. You need to dream it first, and I will do my very best to help you prepare and support you along the way!

I am amazed by the power of women's bodies, the state of bliss following birth and the satisfaction and personal growth that can come with this life changing event. My secret addiction is reading birth stories, and attending a birth is a real high.

A blue moon is an additional full moon that appears in a subdivision of a year: either the third of four full moons in a season, or a second full moon in a month of the common calendar. Owing to the rarity of a blue moon, the term "blue moon" is used colloquially to mean a rare event, as in the phrase "once in a blue moon". --wikipedia

Education and Self-Study

I am a life long learner. I am curious and I love to read. I devour books, articles, scientific literature, blogs and films on childbirth, physiological birth, the transition to motherhood, breastfeeding, birth stories, you name it! As part of my professional development I have completed the Wise Women Way of Birth Doula Training with Jessica Austin and Gloria Lemay. I am a DONA International trained and certified Birth Doula. I am a Hypnobabies trained and certified Hypno-Doula. I have completed training with Gena Kirby and am a certified Rebozo Novice. I have ninety months of cumulative personal experience with breastfeeding my three daughters and have completed the Breastfeeding Course for Healthcare Providers at Douglas College. This is an approved 130 Lactation Education Hours by the Lactation Education Accreditation and Approval Review Committee (LEAARC). I am abreast with the literature of childbirth and the childbearing year. I am a Sacred Postpartum Certified Mother Roaster and am honoured to celebrate mothers with Birth Sealing Ceremonies. I am a Sacred Baby Certified Mama & Baby Circle Leader and I am looking forward to leading new mama and baby Sacred Beginnings circles soon. I am a Childbirth Educator trained through Douglas College.

I believe in evidence-based informed choice.

I am a member of the Doula Services Association of BC and I am pre-approved as a birth and postpartum doula for the BCAAFC Doulas for Aboriginal Families Grant.

Trainings & Certifications

DONA International Birth Doula Training & Cert. (32+ hours)

Wise Woman Way of Birth Doula Training & Cert. (24 hours)

Hypnobabies® Hypno-Doula Trained & Cert. (30+ hours)

Breastfeeding Counselling for Doulas (3 hours)

Gena Kirby Certified Rebozo Novice (8 hours)

Douglas College Childbirth Educator Training

Sacred Baby Certified Mama & Baby Circle Leader (24 hours)

Sacred Postpartum Certified Mother Roaster (32 hours)

Sacred Scent for Birth Workers Training (12 hours)

Essential Oils for the Birth Kit (10 hours)

Evidenced Based Birth on Big Babies, Gestational Diabetes, Advanced Maternal Age and Inductions (6 hours)

Acupressure for Pregnancy and Childbirth (3 hours)

Rachel Ricketts' Spiritual Activism and Anti-Racism Training (2 hours)

Microbirth Training on the Infant Microbiome and Breastmilk and the Infant Microbiome (21 hours)

Microbirth Training on Human Milk Oligosaccharides (HMOs) (1 hour)

Pacific Rim College Training & Cert. Community Herbalist (100+ hours)

Douglas College Breastfeeding Course for Healthcare Providers (130 hours)