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!


Naturopathic Prenatal Care, Kimberley BC

I had the pleasure of meeting with Dr. Darcie Pawlick from Roots To Health, this past month to discuss her new prenatal care packages she’s just started offering! I’m so excited to share this news with local Kimberley & Cranbrook mamas as I’ve seen how well combining naturopathic/acupuncture care and modern prenatal care work together.

prenatal care Cranbrook, BCDr. Darcie has been practicing naturopathic medicine for three years and has always had a special interest in women’s health care; this past fall she took further training to become a naturopathic doula. Although she won’t be attending births at the moment, she is happy to announce her new prenatal services created specifically for women’s main health concerns during pregnancy.

Through diet and lifestyle counseling, botanical (herbal) medicine, supplements and acupuncture, Dr. Darcie can address symptoms such as:

  • anemia
  • nausea
  • fatigue
  • edema
  • constipation
  • adrenals

She can also work with you before your Group B strep test, and help with acupuncture to prepare your body in the late weeks of pregnancy for labour!

Check out the different packages available for your prenatal care, there’s something for every woman. Whether you’re looking for a few tips in one visit or you want to go all in, with the comprehensive multi-visit package with acupuncture until your due date.

One thing I really loved about Darcie, aside from her passion and love for what she does; was her dedication to providing evidence based care. This is a pet peeve of mine in the birth field so it cheered me to hear her speak of research documents on best practice and care! I’m really glad we made the connection and I know I’ll be sending lots of moms to visit her. I look forward to being able to work together with Dr. Darcie in providing women of the community with the best prenatal care available. And I hope in the future to be able to attend births with her, if her clients load allows.

Dr. Darcie is accepting clients at Roots to Health Clinic here in Kimberely and is also available Fridays by appointment in Cranbrook at Cranbrook Chiropractic and Wellness Center. 


Roots to Health
734 Rotary drive,
Kimberley, BC V1A 1E3

Cranbrook Chiropractic
1516 6th St N,
Cranbrook, BC V1C 3M5

Why Walk During Pregnancy?

Dear Mamas,
I passionately want you to prepare for birth on every level, emotionally, spiritually, mentally, and physically! In this day and age we have so many conveniences at our finger tips we have become a fairly sedentary species; often spending many hours of our days sitting on our behinds. Back in the day everyone walked a whole lot more, including pregnant women. Today there are many prenatal workouts available locally and shelves full of prenatal pilates and yoga dvds to help us increase our activity levels. But I am here to remind you of the completely free and highly accessible exercise of walking.

abbotsford doula blog walkWalking is the most simple and basic form of exercise you can do and is safe for each trimester. Walking 30 minutes a day will help increase blood flow to baby, improve your stamina and help prepare you for birth. Walking burns calories, helps you stay fit, and decreases your chances of developing gestational diabetes and preeclampsia. Walking can ease constipation and helps your muscles stay toned which can decrease your overall aches and pains in pregnancy.

Walking is a great stress reliever, and improves moods by releasing endorphins, it can also aid in warding off postpartum depression in the 4th trimester by going for walks with baby!

Walking helps keep the muscles and ligaments of your pelvis aligned allowing baby to engage and sit optimally on your cervix, as you approach your last month of pregnancy walking helps baby move lower into your pelvis and settle into a good position for birth.
Walking right up until labour has been found to help bring on contractions and ripen the cervix!  It may even help you have a shorter labour. In fact, going for a nice walk in early labour may help labour pick up. Just don’t walk to the point of exhaustion you’ll need your energy later!

Always remember to bring a bottle of water, rest as needed and be aware of your shifting center of gravity as your baby grows.


“You have been walking the ocean’s edge,
holding up your robes to keep them dry.
You must dive naked under and deeper under,
a thousand times deeper. Love flows down.
The ground submits to the sky and suffers what comes.
Tell me, is the earth worse for giving in like that?
Do not put blankets over the drum.
Open completely.”