Birth Fee: $800 to $1000
Fee Details: Preapproved for BC Aboriginal Doula Grant which covers up to $1000 of prenatal education, doula care and postpartum support.
Birth Doula Experience: 17 years
Clients per Month: 2Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Pregnancy Care Center as a volunteer Birth Doula and Lamaze Childbirth Education Prenatal Classes and Private prenatal education sessions
Languages spoken: English
Service Area MapArea of practice: Kamloops, BC
Being a first time mom and someone who is away from her family, giving birth scares me and makes me worry all the time. My worries faded away when I met Janet. Our first meeting didn't even feel like a doula-client relatinship at all. She was so warm, cheerful, affectionate and kind and my husband and I knew instantly that we want her to be with us on my delivery day. She was quick to response to my questions and text messages even in the wee hours. She was with me in my prenatal visits and helped me ask the doctor questions I was shy to ask myself.'She even told me what I should expect in that appointment and the next, what the doctors might ask so I can decide beforehand. She paid mea visit at home to walk me through the labor stages.
Then came the most dreaded day. I was so scared when I started bleeding but she was so calm and supportive and just gave me instructions. She was with me in my hospital trips as my baby decided to stay inside my womb for few more hours. Came the real labor and she was already in the hospital waiting for me, with a wheelchair, in the hospital parking lot. She was with me all throughout my labor and I dont know how I could make it through without her calming support. She has lots of techniques to somehow lessen, if not ease the pain I was feeling. She is a mother, a friend, a midwife and a nurse rolled into one. She is someone I exactly needed. My husband and I are so grateful to have met her. She is amazing and you'll feel how much she loves what she's doing. I have found a friend in her.
When my husband and I first met Janet we instantly knew we wanted her to be part of our birth plan with our first child. She was so informative, such a great personality, and very eperienced. When going into labour she never made me feel bad about the multiple phone calls, she always reasured me and gave me helpful tips before heading into the hospital.
I highly recomened Janet to anyone. You can really tell she loves what she does and takes pride in her job.
There is no true way to describe the gratefulness my partner and I have for this woman. Janet was amazing right from the start. There was no awkward getting to know each other vibe, she made me feel at home - in my OWN home. I had searched aound desperately for some guidance and support to birth my second son. I was nervous and didnt want to feel pressured or taken advantage of by the labour ward staff, like I felt happened with my first born. I had a C-Section and desperately tried for a Vbac and Janet was completely on board. Without Janet I dont know how we would have navigated our journey. She was so polite and passionate and took charge while in the waiting room and the delivery room. Also, if it hadn't been for Janets great relationship with the staff at our hospital I feel like things could have taken a different path. She helped me get alllll the way through to 9cm dialated until the docs suggested a C-Section due to the babys heart rate and position etc. The nurse that was there understood every command I had told Janet to enforce from my birthing plan. I ended up still needing a somewhat emergency C-section but Janet made sure everyone knew that I was not going down without a great fight! I was starving, shaking and crying during the last minutes until I entered the OR and she stuck by my partner and I. Once the baby was born she quietly left the hospital and said she'd love to see the baby and I after a day or so of rest. She was the mom I needed during the entire experience seeing as mine passed away, she understood this and delivered immensley with the wisdom and guidance a fellow mom has to offer. She gave warm hugs and unconditional support. I'd do it all again with her when the time comes to have baby number three!
Janet came over and did a prenatal class with my husband and I a few weeks before our babies due date. She was great at relating to us both and able to help us feel at ease and more comfortable going into our delivery. She clearly cares about the women she works with, as she was there to answer any questions we had at the hospital and after about breastfeeding. If you are on the fence about prenatal classes I would definitely recommend Janet!
Janet was a wonderful help when it came to birthing my first child. Her friendly and kind heart stepped to my aid at all the right times and it worked out perfectly. She helped me follow my birth plan without even pulling it out because her techniques and gentle voice gave me the strength I needed. My mind was in the right head space too, knowing her professional help was there along the way. First children are scary, but having Janet on my team was a huge help. She not only helped me, but helped my support person as well which was very important. She was not just a doula, but a friend I could count on. She was very informational and did her best to answer all my questions.
When preparing for the birth of our first child, I knew that I wanted to have a doula present as a help for me and for my husband, as an advocate for us and how we hoped for our birth experience to be and for the comfort of having someone encouraging and knowledgable with us through the process.
Knowing Janet personally before asking her to be our doula definitely helped us make a decision as to who we wanted present, however now having gone through the expereince with her, I am even more convinced of her capability as a doula. Throughout the whole birth Janet was calm, knowledgable, encouraging, supportive and exactly what both my husband and I needed. During the times we met for coffee and labour preperation, in addition to pre-natal classes that she gave my husband and I privately, she was funny, encouraging and real - not sugar coating anything but being perfectly reassuring. Any time I had a question or concern throughout and following the birth of our son, she was quick to answer and be present if I needed.
In the recent rise in popularity of doulas and midwives, I think many have made pregnant women a business, and some have lost the intention and sincerity that led to their job. I deeply appreciate that Janet only takes on a couple of women a month in order to ensure as much as is possible that she is the one present at the time of delivery. You can also tell throughout the whole process how genuine she is, how much she loves what she does and that she only ever has your best interests at heart.
My husband and I highly recommend Janet if you are looking for that wise, calm support that so many of us need during one of the most intense and precious periods of our lives.
Janet Harder was, and is and amazing Doula! She was a great support to myself and my husband throughout my multi day labour. Janet was a joy to be around and brought a sense of calm during some stressful situations. She was awsome to have as a person who could clarify doctors medical terminology and when things were not clear, she wasn't afraid to ask questions. She is very knowledgeable about the birthing process as well as breast feeding and has continued to be a great resource. I would highly recommend Janet to anyone looking for a Doula. This isn't just her job, it's her passion and it made all the diffence.
Janet was wonderful! I felt an instant connection with her and knew right away that this was the doula I wanted next to me supporting me and my boyfriend. She was friendly, caring, approuchable, and had a touch of humour at the right moments. I enjoyed every meeting we had together and felt a sincer connection with her. She was also very informative with the birthing class I took with her. She knew what she was talking about and made me feel comfortable about asking any question that came up, no matter how personal! She was there for me around the clock to answer any question or concern I had. Even after baby was born, she is still asking how things are going and I enjoy letting her know all about baby and myself. One of my girlfriends had met her and told me, "I want her as my doula too!". I would definitely recommend her to friends and family.
Janet was very knowledgeable and supportive during my pregnancy with any questions and concerns in bad. I had a very lengthy delivery and she brought a wonderful energy to the room which helped myself and my support team keep going. Janet helped my husband and I to make informed decisions when things did not go as we had hoped. She has also been a fantastic support after delivery as we have had some struggles with baby's health and with breastfeeding and she has been there to help me cope and encourage me to keep going. I would definitely recommend Janet to guide others in their pregnancy and birth journey.
My experience with Janet Harder was great because she is very helpful with coaching the ones in the delivery room and helping me through the process of labor. She also helped me after I had my baby with questions I had and she even comes to appointment with me if I wanted support there also. I absolutely recommend Janet to be my birth doula again when I have another baby.
As a first time mom I really didn't know what to expect from pregnancy to delivery to post partum, so I felt I needed someone who was experienced to help get me through the experience. Janet was the perfect person I could have found to be the support I needed. During my pregnancy she was there to answer any questions and settle any concerns I had. Without her I would have been on the phone with the nurses hotline 24/7. I ended up having my baby boy (Lexton) at 35 weeks. During labour Janet knew exactly what to say to get me to relax and feel confident about having my baby. Before she arrived I was stressing out and couldn't think clearly. I can't remember exactly what she said to me when she got to the delivery room, but I remember thinking "I'm so glad you're here!". Janet was right at my side coaching me on how to get through labour. When I was ready to give up she made me feel like I could make it and for that I will be forever grateful to her.
I met Janet for the first time during transition in the hospital. This was my third labour and I had been handling everything pretty well at home until my water broke. Suddenly it was go time. We called our regular doula but she was out of town. Luckily she contacted Janet who arrived at the hospital shortly after us. She walked in and took command of the situation. It was so wonderful to feel like everything was back under control with Janet helping me vocal tone and giving amazing hip squeezes and massages. Her reassurance that I was doing great and letting me crush her hand at times really helped during the pushing stages. Janet was also very helpful when our baby arrived - helping me with the gas during stitches, helping with breastfeeding and feeding me. She stayed for a few hours after to help out and it was so wonderful to get to know her a bit. I would definitely recommend Janet :).
My husband and I were looking for a Doula for our upcoming labour as well as prenatal classes. We met with Janet and immediately felt she was the right choice for us. She was very easy to talk with and made my husband, who was unsure about the idea of a doula, comfortable and willing on the idea. Unfortunately our baby had some health problems which took us to another city for labour but we did get the privilege of a prenatal class with Janet. She came to our home making it very easy and comfortable, her rate was very competitive and fair and most importantly myself and my husband felt prepared. Janet provided easy reading materials for us to review after and has stayed in contact with us since. I would definitely recommend Janet for how incredibly kind, friendly, easy to work with, fair rates and just in general great person she is.
Jennifer & Nick
Janet was a really big help throughout pregnancy and labour to not only my girlfriend, but to me as well. I was able to learn a few things that I hadn't yet heard of and help my lady coast through labour and birth. She focused on my girlfriend throughout labour making her feel safe and confident in what she was doing. I would be happy to have her be apart of all our children's births.
Janet is an angel. She was there for us through our birth from the very start of my contractions, through all my doubts and fears and all the way to the end of the 26 hour birth of my son. Her knowledge and calm nature is invaluable and we are so glad we chose her to a part of our team. Thank you so much for being there for us, you helped make this whole experience as wonderful as it could have possibly been.
If I did not have Janet with me for my pregnancy and birth I know I would have had a much more difficult time. Not only with my emotions, but with the everyday questions of pregnancy and life with a new baby. She was always ready and willing to go above and beyond to make me feel comfortable and confident with my pregnancy and birth. She definitely made labor a little bit more relaxed than what I had imagined it to be. I would definitely recommend her to any mommy to be. She was also great with my hubby guiding him through our birth. Thank you so much Janet for helping bring my beautiful baby girl into this world!! You will always be a big part of the beginning of her beautiful life.
Being a first time mom, I'm going to flat out say that having Janet as my doula was such a great decision. Most people I knew always asked me why I needed a doula, well I knew nothing about pregnancy or how it was going to be for me as every pregnancy is totally different. Janet was there for me through the most intense, crazy and most beautiful experience in my life. She knew what to ask, say, supported me through every decision and making sure it's what I wanted. I definitely recommend Janet she is absolutely amazing, very kind, supportive and educated.
Having Janet be there for me before, during, and after my birth has been amazing! She's so calming, comforting, and understanding. If I ever have any more children I'll be asking her to be my doula again. I have been and will continue to recommend her to everyone I know. Janet knew what I needed even when I didn't know for myself and I'm so thankful for her ?
I recently had Janet help me with my new baby girl. The experience was amazing she was able to help me out a lot especially with all the medical terms used at the hospital. Janet wasn't just helpful for me but for my support system to. Having a doula was anew experience for me and my mom, If I know anyone who is pregnant I would recommend for them to use her knowledge.
I recently had the pleasure of working with Janet Harder during my foster daughters preganancy and during the birth of her child. Janet attended her Doctor appointments with us and built a trusting relationship with both of us. Janet was very imformative, professional, personable and caring. Janet was available any time of the day regarding any concerns. I really can't say enough or thank her enough for all her support during this whole process. She truly helped make this whole experience so calmimg and amazing.
I've first met Janet on my pre-natal class. She is the facilitator. One of the incredible doula that I would really highly recommend for all mom-to-be especially the first time mom like me. She will answer your questions on or beyond her capability. She is a part of my pregnancy that is why it isn't really hard for me knowing she's there to answer my queries. Through her, you will be feel so comfortable not just your doula but you can also feel the love and care that she give especially for your bundle of joy. She does keep follow up on what is going on etc. All I can say is she's great, amazing and a loving doula.
Janet was our doula for my pregnancy and the birth of our son Elias. During the later part of my pregnancy she set up a meeting so my husband and I could get comfortable with her which wasn't an issue at all! She is so easy to talk to and be around which was a must for me as I'm a little shy around new people. Also, a must during labour as nothing is more personal than labour and birth. Janet is very knowledgeable and answered any questions I had at anytime of the day or night. She made it clear she was available whenever I needed her!
My labour was very long and hard with trips back and forth to the hospital. She was there for all of it, providing calmness, explanations as to what was going on, drinks and heat/cold packs, humour, a voice for me and guidance for my husband. I felt like I still had my dignity during the unflattering and downright awful parts of labour. She kept on saying I was doing great and she made me feel so comfortable. Janet came for a visit after we were all home and said she was there for us if we needed anything.
Would I recommend Janet? Absolutely yes! If you want someone there for your labour, birth and beyond that is compassionate, knowledgeable & just all around a good person pick Janet Harder as your doula!
I can not say enough kind things about Janet. I recently moved to Kamloops shortly before this pregnancy and did not have a family doctor here and moved away from my support network. My first pregnancy I had a high risk pregnancy and had a planned c-section. I had really wanted to have a vaginal birth the first time and had midwives overseeing my care. This second pregnancy I could not get in to the midwifery clinic and was feeling completely unsupported. I desperately wanted to have a VBAC. I'm so happy I found Janet. She was so very professional and kind. I was so grateful to have her there every step of the way and Janet went above and beyond for me. She was there for appointments if I needed her and available for texts or calls at ANYTIME if I had questions or concerns. There were moments I thought I was going to lose my mind and she so very compassionately re-grounded me. She expertly read body language and moods between my husband and I and and was there only when she could tell support was needed. It was not always hands on support, if something was needed she went out of her way to find it. She was there to talk to the nurses and doctors explaing how my labour was progressing when I couldn't remember or didn't want to talk. It was surprising to me how knowledgeable she was during my labour. During contractions she gave me much appreciated advice on how to work through them and positions that could help alleviate pain. I do not think I would have had the succesful VBAC I did without Janet's care. I HIGHLY recommend her to any women.
I don't know what I would do without Janet, her knowledge and the comfort she gave to me through out this experience is not only heart warming but it was a really big weight off my husband shoulders.i will recommend her to all the mamas that expecting a baby, and we will definetly use her again if we ever have another child.. ??
Janet was my daughter's doula and was there for her from about a month before the birth until the birth itself and beyond. She was a great comfort to my daughter and a source of information for us both. She was able to reassure my daughter through her pre labour events including 2 incidences of false labour. During the labour itself Janet was able to instruct me on how to provide support and comfort to my daughter. She is very positive, encouraging, upbeat and soothing. Janet helped myself and my daughter's partner to truly assist my daughter. She has also been involved since the birth and I know my daughter counts on her as a support person to this day. I highly recommend Janet and her services! She is a wonderful person and believes in assisting each individual mom to be and her family and support people. Janet adds knowledge, empathy, support, fun and calm to this amazing life event.
my husband and I ,hired a doula Janet Harder for support in our birth.as We are first time parents and didn't know what to expect.and we couldn't of made a better decision.Janet was fantastic,in not just support for myself but also for my husband.she helped him and guided him in helping ease my labor.i don't believe we could've done it without her,guidance,support and knowledge.i would totally recommend her services. I had a long drawn out labor and felt very comfortable and she made me feel relaxed and in a stress free environment. My husband even says he appreciated her help as he wouldn't of known what to do to make me feel better.thank you Janet! would totally use her services again if we decide to expand our family even more.
I met Janet when I was about 24 weeks pregnant after we had decided to make the move from Grande Prairie to Kamloops BC. She was extremely supportive of my choice to have a TOLAC (trial of labor after a cesarean) and told me she would help me to reach my goal! We met numerous times after I finally moved to Kamloops to discuss what I wanted to see when I delivered and she was very caring about my concerns. I was terrified of labor and the fear of another c section and she talked me through it and helped me to not be so worried. I ended up going into labor at 38 weeks 3 days my water broke in the morning and didn't look right so I sent Janet a picture to see If it was normal and she told me it looked like meconium and that I should go in to get it checked out. She was amazing I hadn't made any arrangements for anyone to watch my son and she helped me to find someone to come and watch him until someone could take over. She met my husband and I at the hospital and waited for the results to see if my water broke or not and sure enough they had and I went into labor instantly! She made sure that I was breathing through my contrations and showed my husband some ways to help relieve the pain! After 24 hours of labor I ended up needing an emergency c section and she supported me through it all! She made sure even after she let that I was okay and messaged me almost every day I was in the hospital and even stopped by to see me and the baby after we had gone home! She is an amazing woman and is super caring and supportive! When I go for a vba2c ( vaginal birth after 2 c sections ) I will be using her again if I end up staying in kamloops for our next! Janet is definitely someone you want on your birth support team if you're looking for a doula!
Janet was very supportive during my pregnancy, especially in the last few weeks before my son was born. She came to my house so we could meet and get to know one another a bit. She kept in close contact during the last few weeks, checking in with me to see how things were going. She came to a couple of midwife visits and was always available and willing to answer any questions I had. I felt like she really knew what she was talking about and had obviously put the time in to learning what she needed to know to be a good support during pregnancy and childbirth.
She was very gracious, and willing to do whatever was needed. During the birth of my son, which was at home, she was very ready to jump in help out wherever she could, either with back massages during labor, or bringing water or whatever else I needed. She stayed very close the whole time, and I really appreciated her willingness to do whatever was needed!
Janet heard about me through a woman at her church who happens to be a good family friend of ours. I was contacted by Janet shortly after she spoke with our friend and she offered me her services. I greatly accepted and I am so thankful to have met Janet. I was 37 weeks when I first met Janet. She met us at the hospital because I thought something was wrong. She was amazing. Such a great first impression. She helped me understand what happens at the hospital if they are to admit you, what types of tests they were doing on me, helped cover me up ect. We left with peace of mind and assured everything is okay with baby. Janet coached me through a very frustrating labour and without her, I don't know if I would have been so calm or kept trying. I ended up having a c-section and Janet met baby afterwards. I was definitely blessed to have met Janet and had her there for support. If I decide to have anymore children in the future I will definitely want to have Janet right there with me again! I highly recommend her to all the expecting mommies. Even if this is your 1st or 5th child, she is absolutely amazing!
I hired Janet to be my Doula. But before we could really get started I found out my baby had severe spina bifida and would not be able to survive out of the womb. I messaged Janet to let her know and she asked to come to the hospital while I was induced. She ended up staying with us the entire almost 2 days while I was in labor and gave birth to my beautiful boy. Janet was amazing and I don't know what I would of done without her. She was the rock my other half and I needed during this hard time. She took pictures for us as well. Our boy stayed with us for just over an hour. Love Janet and will use her again when we get the courage to try again. Thank you Janet.
Hiring Janet was such a good decision! She visited us several time pre-labour, allowing us to get to know her while we did some prenatal education. Then when labour got going she was a huge help to have around. She stayed for my entire 26 hour labour, and was a great support both to me and to my husband. I was so happy that we made the decision to hire her, and would definately reccomend her to anyone looking for a doula.
Having Janet help me along this journey was an unexpected gift...I was hit hard financially and unable to have any family present thrpugh th my pregnancy and birth of my daughter. every was just to far away...and that really left me feeling lonely and lost. My Good friend ended up finding Janet and she was a God send to me! Not only was Janet a huge comfort to me, she was a wonderful guide and steadfast rock when I needed her to be. Thing is, because of how rock bottom ny Fiance and my finances were at the time, we didn't get to meet janet until I was 8months pregnant...and even in the small punt of time I knew Janet, she gave this Amazing sense of calm through my Labour and sleflessly provided not only for my in my time of need, but for my Fiancé as well. When I think of Janet, she reminds of an Aunt, warm and steadfast...treating you with firm guiding kindness. Her hands never once shook or left mine when I needed them to hold onto the whole time.
...and when my daughter was born, oh the joy she shared in seeing her!
As hazy as my mind may be now about the details of that night, so will not forget the smile on her face when she handed my little girl to me.
Thank you Janet for supporting me when I felt my strength would falter!
Your Gentle heart and healing hands are a wonderful gift to any mother touched by them.
When I found out I was pregnant I was so nervous because it was my first baby and I had no idea what to expect. I saw Janet's ad on Facebook and I'm so glad I contacted her because she turned out to be a life saver. She made me and my husband feel confident and secure. I was in labor for 36 hours and she was there with me at the hospital the whole time. Janet is an amazing doula and I would recommend her to anyone. If I get pregnant again I will definitely have her there with me for the second baby. I love you Janet!
Janet was an excellent support person for me and my husband in my VBAC. She gave helpful information prior to the birth and attended my last few midwife appointments with me. When I finally went into labor she stayed in contact with me via text until she arrived at my house. She then coached me through each contraction and encouraged me. At the hospital she showed my husband some ways to support me, which he really appreciated. I had a medication free birth that was painful but amazing and I know that Janet's support was a major factor in my success. In the end, we had a successful VBAC and a healthy baby girl. Giving birth is very personal and intimate, but Janet's presence was complete natural. I'd recommend her in a heartbeat to anyone looking for birth support.
I absolutely loved my experience while in labor with my daughter Raina because of janet. I had to have a emergency csection and I was so very scared however janet was exactly what I needed, she was able to explain what was going on through the entire process. Which made me feel comfortable and gave me the ability to stay calm, I don't think I would have been able to do so without her. My daughter is now 2 months old and I still text or email janet regularly with questions on if something is normal or what should I do in certain situations. She also replies and is still helping me be the best mom I can be. I would recommend her services as a doula to any women.
We decided to go with a doula for our first experience of childbirth. Janet was an incredible mentor and had a wealth of experience to share with us. She was very considerate of the father's role in the delivery room and provided invaluable help with labouring positions, breathing techniques and relaxation methods. We would highly recommend Janet to other expectant parents if they are looking for professional and attentive birth coaching.
Janet was an amazing support during my labour with my son. She not only helped me to stay calm, but she helped my partner stay calm as well. I found Janet to be very knowledgable and compassionate. She was available when i needed her and always answered my calls whenever I had questions or concerns. I highly reccomend her to other expecting mothers! She did more for me than I ever could have imagine. Janet went above and beyond what I expected of her. I will most definitely be using her for my next labour and delivery.
Janet assisted us with the birth of our daughter in June 2015. This was my first child and we were both very nervous. Janet was available for us before delivery, which made it very comfortable to be in such a vulnerable state with her once delivery time came along. Janet was very supportive and intuitive when it came to my feelings of fear and anxiety. She was there to help keep me calm and encourage me through the pain. She was also a saving grace for my husband, he was able to eat/shower/etc. while I went through a very long labor. Janet was also available for baby snuggles and information after our daughter came home. We are so glad we decided to have a doula, and so thankful to have had Janet share that special time with us. If/when we decide to expand our family, we would definitely be contacting Janet again!
Janet is a kind, loving and vivacious personality. She's the kind of person you immediately want to befriend because she makes you laugh and she also will do whatever she can to protect you. Seeing her as a doula comes as no surprise because she is passionate about babies and all things related to pregnancy. When I became pregnant I found her willingness to listen and her comforting words of support were everything I needed to hear. She also supported my husband and gave us great suggestions of techniques to ease the discomfort of early labour pains. There is not one person I can think of that has had Janet there as a support system from the beginning to the end and was not thankful for her time, commitment and heart when it came to her role as their doula. I highly recommend this wonderful lady to anyone looking for that extra support during one of the most exciting and nerve-wracking experiences of your life!
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