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.Read More
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If you've been hanging around for a bit (especially on our Facebook page) you may have noticed that Christine and I are a bit dorky...geeky...nerdy. We love sci-fi/fantasy and we both have our respective fandoms. Christine is waiting for her letter from Hogwarts and I'm a Browncoat through and through...Read More
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...Read More
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.Read More