2018: Year in Review

2018: Year in Review

2018 was a year of joyous hellos for Five Elements Birth Services. We welcomed Emilie Sanmartin, Stephanie Gould, and Jules Kisiloski-Cope to our team of incredible, heart-centered doulas. Christine Jennings, Peter Jennings, and big sister Hazel welcomed their newest addition, baby Zoe, in March. What a joy to have Zoe as part of our extended Five Elements Birth Services family.

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Doula Partnership

Doula Partnership

Most doulas work in a solo practice for their clients.  All interviews, prenatal visits, on-call time, labour and birth support, and postpartum visits are done by the single doula.  Many doulas will work with a select back-up doula (or two) to ensure her clients are covered, if she is called to another birth or is unable to make it.  Both Rachel and I began...

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Dream Boarding: Mapping Reality

Dream Boarding: Mapping Reality

When you’re doing the work you love, it doesn’t really feel like work.  I didn’t buy into that until I started exclusively doing the work I love - full time.  There are a lot of people in my life that were doubtful of the financial stability my new career choice would offer.  There are no RRSP options, added-on health plan, or employer pension plan.  There is no company issued credit card, or vehicle allowance – it’s a pretty bare bones operation… but it’s ours.  It wasn’t until our first pay period came around where I paid all of my bills (and then some) on money we made ourselves.  It was a feeling so satisfying the only comparison I can think of is what it might feel like to be trapped in the woods and to have caught and cooked a rabbit for my family and myself.

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