Kimberley Cranbrook Doula Returns after Maternity leave!

Hello Everyone!

Kimberley birth doula

Meet Wyatt!

Mandala Birth has been quiet for the past 11 months as I took time for my own maternity leave. After a challenging pregnancy with my third child I birthed my final munchkin and welcomed him last February into our family. At home surrounded by his daddy, brothers, aunties and our fabulous midwives. I gave myself a long recovery time as I had some pretty big health issues during the pregnancy. I sure learned a lot to bring back to my practice though.

With winter just around the corner I wanted to let everyone know about the upcoming courses and services available some old, and some brand new!


Doula Services

Birth doula services will officially resume in January of 2018, so if you’re due in early 2018 please inquiry quickly as I’m only going to be taking one client a month as my family eases back into on call life. Availability will increase in May, as per usual all my doula clients receive my 25 page guide book, Prep for Birth which we go through during our prenatal appointments so you and your partner can be confident and prepared when labour begins!

Placenta Encapsulation

Placenta Encapsulation has been going on even during the ‘maternity leave’ so if you are hoping to get your placenta turned into consumable pills please give me a shout. I am ready, and actually have one on the go as I type this.

Prenatal Classes

Private prenatal classes have been taking place over the past couple months but group classes will resume in February/March 2018. Dates and times can be found on the prenatal page. Confident and Prepared Prenatal Classes are 7 weeks long and are hosted in a group setting, these are fun and interactive classes.

Celebrate Pregnancy Classes will take place three times next year; in January, May and October. I will have a calendar up of the year shortly for all the prenatal classes. We had a great session this past June, one mom sent us this lovely note part way through the course,

I wanted to share that I have really loved the Celebrate Pregnancy classes; it has been a really positive experience, and after every class I take away something new I have learned and more confidence and courage for my upcoming birth!  Thank you for offering such a fantastic experience in a safe and supportive environment. -Nadine, 1st time mama, Cranbrook, BC

Now the exciting news! BRAND NEW CLASS!

Breanna Fast and I have been collaborating again by request from some of our past clients who have urged us to host a postpartum class. So we are unveiling Celebrate Motherhood!

Celebrate Motherhood is a warm and welcoming workshop style class, created for birth integration, mother honouring and of course celebrating your new role as a mama! You’ve done the hard work of birthing your baby, now bring your baby introduce them to the circle and have us wrap you in congratulations. We’ll start the class with a mom and baby yoga session, then move into our circle activities. A baby welcoming, story circle to share what we can or want of our birth experience followed by a potent closing of the bones ceremony. It’s a relaxed, safe and open space, we’ll be serving our favorite local tea from Purcell Organics again!  Please know we are all mothers in this class, your babies are welcome to come for the whole class or to pop in and out to a caregiver if you wish. We understand that babies coo, cry and fart so please don’t be shy about bringing them along.

And…. Dancing for Birth

I’ve also managed to become a certified Dancing for Birth Instructor during my maternity leave and I hope to start running classes in the new year. More on that later as they come together!


That’s it for updates! If you have any questions about my services please send me a message!

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PS. Awesome family photo by Lucy Hamilton!

Celebrate Pregnancy!

I’m very excited to begin offering these classes in the new year. A good friend of mine Breanna Fast and I have collaborated and brought our passions together to bring you Celebrate Pregnancy.

Celebrate Pregnancy is a 4 week mini series blending prenatal yoga and circle activities together during a 2 hour class. Many activities come from Birthing From Within and are focused on a more emotional and spiritual preparation for birth as well as activities to celebrate your sacred time now being pregnant! These are not comprehensive childbirth education classes. These classes are for you as a woman becoming a mother, they are for connection and celebration!

Classes begin Thursday January 12, 2017 and are being held at Meadowsweet Yoga and Wellness, at 100 Deer Park Ave, Kimberley BC.

Register through the website here to reserve your spot! Looking forward to seeing you!


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Spring Recap!

2016 spring prenatal class series is coming to a close next week, and  it was a wonderful class. We had lots of laughs and I know all the couples are feeling ready and confident for their upcoming births! I’m booking dates now for fall and spring classes and will get them up on the website asap. If weekly classes don’t work for your family feel free to send me a note and we can get you booked in for private classes in your own home.

I have a FREE Placenta Encapsulation Education Discussion coming up on June 28th, 7pm. I’m being hosted once again by our lovely midwives at the East Kootenay Midwives clinic. 1617 Baker St, Cranbrook, BC. See the facebook event for more info. Please call or message me to reserve your spot!

I am already receiving doula inquires into next year (2017!!) so if you’d like to schedule a free interview CLICK HERE and we’ll make that happen. We can go over all your questions as to what exactly a doula brings to the table and how it benefits you.

As always I have birth tubs, TENS units and home birth supplies available for rent and purchase. Click on the Rentals + Supplies section above to learn more!

Hope you all have a wonderful summer!!


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VBAC: Is it for you?

Cranbrook VBACAre you faced with the decision of attempting a vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) or a repeat c-section? I know you want to do what is best and safest for baby and yourself. I want you to make the right choice for you! So I decided to gather some of my favorite resources and post them all here so you can read through them and make your informed choice!  -Darla




VBAC: making a mountain out of a molehill

I really love this article even though it is based out of Australia, she does a fabulous job of explaining the risk of uterine rupture and describing the numbers and what they really mean. She gives suggestions on how to prepare during pregnancy and what to expect while you’re in labour! I highly recommend this read!

To be honest, as a midwife uterine rupture is the least of my worries when caring for a woman having a VBAC. I actually think the mountain that has been built out of the risk-molehill requires more energy and attention. These women do need special treatment, but not in the form of disempowering fear-based counselling or practice. They have often had a previous traumatic birth experience and are dealing with fear from family, friends, and the medical system, in addition to their own worries. They have been labelled ‘high risk’ and are constantly reminded of the potential disaster waiting to occur. They also risk ‘failing’ if they encounter any complications or end up having a repeat c-section. This impacts on their ability to trust their body, follow their intuition and allow the physiology of birth to unfold. Often these women need more nurturing, reassurance and support from those involved in their birth.”

VBAC Facts!

This is the place to go to get great info, myth busting at it’s finest!

“Many women believe that the only safe choice after a cesarean is another cesarean. Social pressure plays a huge role in a woman’s decision making process and the prevailing American conventional wisdom is greatly influenced by persistent and pervasive myths about vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC). The result is a 86% repeat cesarean rate in America among women with one prior cesarean (1) despite the fact that most women are candidates for VBAC and most VBACs are successful.  Let’s draw a clear line between myth and fact.”


VBAC or Repeat C-Section

So much great information, it’s very thorough in answering questions many women face.

What is the bottom line?

If you do not have a clear and compelling need for a cesarean in the present pregnancy, having a VBAC rather than a repeat c-section is likely to be:

  • safer for you in this pregnancy
  • far safer for you and your babies in any future pregnancies

When thinking about the health and safety of your baby in the present pregnancy, there are trade-offs to consider: VBAC has some advantages, and a repeat c-section has others.


ACOG VBAC Guidelines

This is the gist of the guidelines put out by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, if you want to read the full in depth report you can find it here.

“Attempting a VBAC is a safe and appropriate choice for most women who have had a prior cesarean delivery including for some women who have had two previous cesareans.”


BC VBAC Guidelines

Here you can find the benefits and risks laid out for you as well as answers to some of the more frequently asked questions!

My last thought is to take into consideration your birth team. Having your care provider on board with your hopes of a VBAC put you on the path to a good birth experience. Consider hiring a doula to help your prepare prenatally through working out any fears or doubts you have, and releasing your previous birth story. The extra support during labour can be a game changer!
I hope these resources help you and your family make the right choice for YOU!


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Confessions from a Placenta Encapsulator

I have a confession to make.

I adore being a doula; I love birth, I love supporting and empowering women and families. I love the intensity, magic and power you feel in the birth room. The intimacy and sacredness, I am privileged to be a part of each time I attend a women in labour.

Cranbrook placenta encapsulationBut I confess I wasn’t so in to placentas. They were fascinating, definitely an important part of pregnancy but they weren’t my bag. Until…until I realized that women wanted to eat them. Women were looking for someone to help them take the placenta in it’s ewwey gooey form and make it into a neat, little, easily ingest-able supplement. I took my training because women were looking for help, they wanted this service. I started out doing it because the community called for it! Once I took my placenta encapsulation training I understood why women wanted this. The touted benefits list is pretty awesome:

  • Increased iron
  • Better milk production
  • Nicely balanced postpartum moods
  • More energy from all the B vitamins
  • Shorter postpartum bleeding phase
  • Less pain and easier recovery

Once you hear all that it seems like a no brainer.

Cranbrook placenta encapsulationNow….

Now I drive home with a placenta in my truck, giddy to open up the cooler and discover this placenta, this totally unique, beautiful little organ. I love tracking the stats, how much it weighs, if it’s got calcification, the colors, length of cord, how many pills it resulted in. It may seem weird and I totally give you that, you can put me in the weirdo category. But each one really does tell a story, and has a its own energy.

Some people say that every child is a twin and its placenta is it’s sibling, some people do placenta readings, and say that you can get an idea of the child’s personality from their placenta. That may sounds crazy but I get it, there is a special magnificence to these organs, one that people may never understand. But after you’ve handled hundreds of placentas you start to have their magic rub off on you. Processing a placenta becomes therapeutic, I get to honor the placenta and it’s part in the pregnancy, thank it for it’s work and send it on it’s way to continue to support mom and baby in the postpartum period. I get to bless each mother who entrusts her placenta to me and I put a little blessing in each pill, “peace, love, joy, good milk production, easy recovery, and good family bonding”. My gift to you! Now…. I love placentas!

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I was so excited recently to get home and process this set of twins placentas. They were gorgeous!