Ilithyia Birth Support Services
Phone: (604) 799-1981
Birth Fee: $600 to $650
Fee Details: Sliding scale fees are optional. I will consider barter arrangements.
Birth Doula Experience: 5 years and 50 births attended
Clients per Month: 1 to 2Attends hospital births? Some Hospitals
I do volunteer labour support for the local Better Beginnings program.
Languages spoken: English, have a working knowledge of Japanese
Service Area MapArea of practice: Chilliwack, BC
I found Shân to be extremely well informed and professional. She immediately put my husband and I at ease and helped to make our birth experience the best we could have imagined. It really made all the difference to have someone there who understood our hopes and wants, and who understood the birth process entirely. She enabled me to find my own strength and to trust my body. She will foster your need to "judge for yourself" by helping you attain the information needed to make informed decisions during our Pre-labour visits via home, phone and internet. I was a "high-risk" birth simply because I was a VBAC after 2 cesareans. I knew that I wanted a vaginal birth to ensure the best start for my baby and myself. I assessed the risks and did the research. With Shân's support and understanding I was able to stand up to the OBGYN's who were trying to force another cesarean and "scare" me into complying. I did not comply. I trusted my body, my knowledge, and my support system (my husband and Shân) and had a successful VBA2C. Birth might not ever go "as expected", but because of Shân's expertise, calm, soothing manner, and faith in my body and strength, I had an amazing birth. I would never go through labour and delivery without a knowledgeable doula like Shân. Post-delivery Shân has been there to help with breastfeeding, dealing with jaundice, and any concerns I have had about my own body or my baby's. If she does not know, she finds the answer or the research about the question.
= Available. Calendar last updated: Updated 6/3/2013