My Transformation Into Fatherhood: An Interview with Peter Jennings

My Transformation Into Fatherhood: An Interview with Peter Jennings

Peter Jennings is a realtor, a husband, a father, and a fierce friend. For this Father’s Day, Peter shares his experience of becoming a father and using doula support during his transformation into parenthood.

Peter and I have been married for five years and partnered for ten. Together, we have two daughters and had two very different birth experiences. Our first daughter, Hazel was born in hospital under obstetric care with birth doula support and postpartum doula support. I had an epidural and an augmented labour with pitocin. For the birth of our daughter Zoe, we had a home birth with midwives and doula support.

Read on to hear about Peter’s firsthand experience of becoming a father, how each birth transformed him, and how doula support impacted each experience.

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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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You Deserve A Doula. You Deserve A Back Up Too. Part VI.

You Deserve A Doula. You Deserve A Back Up Too. Part VI.

We recognize that one of the reasons that people hire a doula for their birth is for continuity of care. In other words – you’re banking on a familiar face being by your side the day your baby is born.

We would love to be able to guarantee that we will be at your birth, and while we make every effort to ensure that we are, it would be irresponsible of us not to make arrangements for the possibility that we may not be.

Sometimes there are events entirely beyond our control (an illness, an injury, two babies at once) that mean we can’t be your person on your day, as planned. That is why we have carefully chosen some of the best doulas in Calgary to step in for us if we can’t be there on your day.

Still, you may be wondering what it’s actually like to have a back up doula attend your birth.

Here is what some of the clients within our collective had to share about their experience with a back up doula.

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You Deserve A Doula. You Deserve A Back Up Too. Part V.

You Deserve A Doula. You Deserve A Back Up Too. Part V.

This is part five of our back up doula series. Over the last few months, we have shared a bit more about who each of our back up doulas are so that you can get to know them and love them as much as we do. We are really looking forward to sharing the final installment of our series next month where we will share some our clients' thoughts and experiences with back up doula support.

(Did you miss Part IPart II, Part III or Part IV?)

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You Deserve A Doula. You Deserve A Back Up Too.

You Deserve A Doula. You Deserve A Back Up Too.

You love your doula. Every time you imagine your birth, it’s your doula who’s there – cheering you on, squeezing your hips, bringing cool cloths for your forehead, and supporting your partner in supporting you. You literally can’t imagine your birthing day without your doula playing an essential part.

Your doula is also imagining supporting you in all of those ways. She is aligning her life to ensure that she will be there, no matter when labour starts, or how long it takes. She feels that connection with you too.

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