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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Why Doula?

Why Doula?

Almost every single time that we interview with a potential client, Christine and I are asked why we became doulas? Why do this work? It seems a little crazy on paper: being on call all the time, leaving for work and having no idea when you'll be home, spending hours on your feet and only taking bathroom and snack breaks if it's an appropriate time to do so...

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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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