Phone: 250 882-3329
Birth Fee: $950 to $1450
Postpartum Rate: $30 to $35
Fee Details: Payment plan welcome! Sliding scale available, please let me know what your needs are. We can always work something out. I don't want anyone to not have this valuable service because of hard times!
Birth Doula Experience: 5 years and 42 births attended
Postpartum Doula Experience: 5 years and 34 families served
Clients per Month: 1 to 2 births and 2 to 5 postpartum familiesAttends hospital births? All Hospitals
7 years as a LLL Leader, On The Board Of Directors Doula Services Association Of B.C., Volunteer Doula Best Babies in Fernwood
Languages spoken: English
I can't say enough wonderful things about Janice. Janice was brought to me by what I feel was a greater power. I saw her car in a parking lot with her name and services on it and when I went into the event I saw this woman walk past me and I knew she was the doula as she just exuded that spirit. I wrote her name down as I hoped to need her services in the future and a little over a year later I did! Janice is an instant safe space. She embodies the energy and spirit I envisioned the birth of my third child being welcomed into. Janice is warm, open, nonjudgemental, and pure. She is there with you on YOUR journey helping to guide you where you need and hope to go. After my 20 week ultrasound I sadly found out I had full placenta previa with a low chance of changing which drastically altered the course of how I hoped to birth my child. I now was faced with a high risk pregnancy and little chance of having a natural birth where I would have to have a c section at 37 weeks. Throughout this Janice helped me stay positive but also mourn the loss of the hope to have a natural, vaginal birth. I ended up having some complications from PP and had to unexpectedly rush to the hospital at 34 weeks pregnant. Janice met me at the hospital and didn't leave my side till we knew what was going on and I was settled into what turned into my home for the next three weeks in antepartum. Janice continued to visit me almost daily to support me in those final weeks. And she was there with my husband and I on the day we gave birth to our third child in a gentle, peaceful planned cesarian birth. I was able through her guidance, meditation, and mantras to experience a joyful, peaceful, beautiful birth with a rapid and very low pain recovery. I am so thankful she accompanied me in my journey, a journey very different than I had originally begun with her but one just a beautful in the end.
Janice is an amazing Doula! She is very personable and extremly knowledgable. She taught me all the Gentle Birth techniques and it really helped me put together my birth plan and I used those techniques during labor and still use them today (3 mobths post partum). She is wonderfully supportive and always there for me. Although the birth of my baby wasn't even close to my birth plan of staying at home as long as possible while in labor ( I was induced at the hospital and was required to stay until my baby arrived), Janice was by my side from the very beginning to after my beautiful baby was born, doing everything she could to give me comfort and support! She also provides amazing post partum support (and yummy lactation cookies). I am so thankful that she was and still is part of my pregnancy, birth and baby journey. I highly recommend her!
I cannot say enough good things about Janice. She supported us as post partum doula through our second twin pregnancy and has worked with our family up until 6 months post partum. Janice is supportive both emotionally and physically, she is so very calm, kind and gentle. She comes to our house and can see what needs doing straight away whether it be picking up a baby, doing some laundry or helping with our older twins. We don’t have any family support around but Janice has helped fill that gap.
We are so lucky to have Janice as our doula, we are first time parents, and we don't speak english very well (sorry for my pool english), it was the best choice we have made for our birth plan, she guides us through the pregnancy, labor and postpartum and always been extremly responsive, gentle, passionate! I was affraid of the birth but she made me more and more confidente, and make sure everything were maximum prepared for the birth! I was aiming for a natural birth at hospital, even if I had a very long labor (2 days) and ended up with an epidul, I'm always greatful for her helps and accompaniments, she was been here with us at the very begining of my labor, and she was so encourage and reassuring! Can't imagine if she was not here with us. As I said, even if the labor was long, but I really appreciate this birth experience. I think if she wasn't there, I would totally ended up with a much less happy memory.
Just want to thank Janice from bottom of our hearts. Hope she can help more and more familly to have very positive and happy birth experience!
I met Janice at a doula speed dating event in Victoria and knew she was the one to hire after getting a sense of her supportive and positive personality and also very clear passion for working as a birth and postpartum doula. This was my second pregnancy and I really wanted to focus on having less birth injuries and a better sense of how I could better prepare myself for birth the second time around. Janice gave me all the tools and confidence to have the birth and labour I was looking for and I really credit my fast and drug free labour and delivery to her and the guidance and tools she provided. I really believe that everyone should have the benefit of having a doula at your side, and Janice is a wonderful choice - I definitely would recommend her!
We chose Janice based on a friends recommendation and positive experience with her, and we were happy that she was along side us for our journey through pregnancy, giving birth and post partdum. She was always very positive, a wealth of information, (especially about breastfeeding) and support through this challenging time of unknowns with our first child. We found it very helpful that we could call or text her whenever we needed her. We wanted a doula because we don't have any family in town and wanted the extra support especially after the birth, and Janice was perfect for the job. She was very helpful in encouraging when I was learning to breastfeed and when we needed a break from sleep deprivation. She was that person that we all need sometimes to say "you are doing great and everything is going to be ok". We would recommend Janice to anyone who is seeking a motherly, supportive, well informed and passiontate doula to guide them through this life changing experience!
Janice has provided incredible support and has been an amazing source of information for me as a first-time mom. Not only does my daughter absolutely love her, but she has provided genuine care for me during challenging times, and has been available 24 hours a day for anything that I may need. She is so knowledgeable on everything to do with baby and motherhood. From breast-feeding to lullabies, she knows it all! Janice is very intuitive and seems to always know just what is needed. She enjoys helping in anyway she can. I have enjoyed having her work with us and highly recommend her.
We have been most fortunate to enjoy Janice’s help and wisdom these past several weeks. We would continue indefinitely if we weren’t moving back to the US in a week.
Janice has arrived promptly and amazed us with her ability to multi-task, notice and tackle whatever needs to be done, and does so with cheer and warmth.
A precious first for us was hearing her soothe and sing to our baby Griffin. Her role-modeling has helped my partner and I get our bearings and orient to this awesome responsibility and opportunity.
Janice has been much more than a post-partum doula for us. She’s brought the gentleness and care of a counselor and exhibited the unconditional love and support of a parent or close friend.
She deserves the highest recommendation.
Janice is a dedicated, generous and knowledgeable doula and I am grateful to have received her support and care leading up to and during my baby’s birth. From the first time I spoke to Janice on the phone I felt encouraged and supported. During her visits, prior to our baby’s birth, Janice generously shared her time and knowledge to help prepare my husband and I for a positive birth experience. I really appreciated her warmth and light-hearted spirit, which dissolved any fears I had about labour and delivery. Janice provided me with the use of a TENS machine, which I found very helpful during the initial stage of labour. I also really enjoyed learning about using a rebozo to assist with the birthing process. She shared links to very helpful articles and was always available to respond to calls and texts. Janice also gifted us with a collection of beautiful photographs that she took during the birth of our baby. I wholeheartedly recommend Janice as a doula. Her commitment to this work is obvious and I’m grateful for her presence and support before and during our baby’s birth day!
Janice was such a caring loving postpartum doula. I loved her personality the day I met her, and she was amazing with my newborn son. Not only she cared of my son, but she also made me tea, snacks, dinner plates, did dishes, laundry etc.. and she was a great person to chat with as well, especially I felt like I was all alone with my newborn son all day. I also appreciated how flexible she was as there were some times when I really needed her in the last minutes. I don't think I could have gone through the first two months without her! My husband and I would love to have her again for sure. Thank you so much Janice:)
From the second we met Janice I knew I wanted her with us during our wonderful journey. She is kind, passionate, knowledgable and professional. The support we received with the prenatal and postnatal visits were phenomenal.
She was available to us via phone or text at all times and made the extra effort to take some great photos of the big day, which she provided at no added charge.
Having a baby can be scary but she was there for us to answer all of our questions.
Janice was absolutely wonderful through the prenatal home visits, my entire birth and postpartum visits as well as offering support by phone and text. Very warm, caring, supportive and non-judgmental. She was just so extremely calm and encouraging, she made me feel like I could do anything. And that whatever choice I made was the absolute best decision for me.
She was a really important part of our birth plan, helping to keep both of us calm and giving a really confident and experienced kind of assistance to us. She was always ready to help in absolutely any way way we needed, often before we even asked. Using a variety of methods for comfort was greatly appreciated and helpful. Her professionalism is outstanding, she came equipped with numerous resources to prepare us for both the emotional and physical aspects. She is honestly invaluable. I could not ask for anyone more nurturing and genuine.
I can't recommend her enough.
My experience with janice was absolutely wonderful she helped me conquer the most beautiful thing life could give us and made me feel comfortable in a place where most of us feel overwhelmed. I highly recommend janice as a doula she absolutely wonderful and so sweet! She won't let you down. ??
Janice provided the emotional and spiritual support my husband and I needed both leading up to our son's birth and his final delivery. Her encouraging heart and mentoring nature helped relieve a lot of the fears I had surrounding pregnancy. Even in the delivery room, her presence and guidance allowed me to handle my long and traumatic birth with freedom and rest in being myself. She was always mindful of my needs and made sure my husband was nurtured during the whole process.
I highly recommend Janice. My mother had passed away nine years ago and having Janice's experience and care provided safety and guidance that I needed in my mothers absence.
We chose Janices doula services for her compassion and experience with birthing. From the first meeting she was able to answer all of our questions in depth and provides great pre and post natal follow up. Although she was unable to attend our birth due to being at another birth, she was quick to provide us with a great backup doula. I felt fully prepared at our home birth from the time we spent with Janice and also benefited from the Robozo wrap she gifted to us. We were fortunate to use her birthing tub as well which I highly recommend for labour and birth, Janice provided all the supplies and did a great job explaining how to use it. If your looking for a doula that has the experience as a mother and doula and positive caring attitude, Janice is your choice!
Janice is responsive, flexible, and knowledgeable. She presented many options to us as new parents and encouraged an open mind and was open herself to our choices. She suggested techniques that we thought we may not have used, but ended up being very grateful we had the tools when labour came. Above all, Janice is kind hearted, supportive, and so excited to be apart of everyone's journey.
I would recommend her to knew families who are looking for an upbeat and passionate support person for their journey.
Janice was our postpartum doula for the birth of our second child. My wife gave birth via cesarian section and I had to look after our toddler so wasn't able to help as much as I would have liked during the nights while mom and baby recovered in the hospital.
Janice was wonderful; she took recovery room newborn photos for us (she brought her own camera and gave us the pictures later on a USB stick!), staying overnight each night with my wife to help with soothing, breastfeeding, and letting mom get as much sleep as possible! Once mom and baby left the hospital and I had to return to work Janice was invaluable helping out at home in the mornings. She helped get the toddler ready for preschool and helped with breakfast during thosse stressful first weeks of settling into the new morning family routine.
We have continued to rely on Janice throughout this past year when we've needed help as neither of us have family in town who could.
Janice has a calming energy and an incredibly positive outlook which bnoth of us really appreciated. We would highly recommend her to anyone!
There is no way to properly sum up how grateful we are to have Janice in our lives, but I will try.
I contacted Janice post-partum when I was struggling getting out of bed in the morning. I had a very medicalized pregnancy, a high risk delivery, and a baby in the NICU for weeks. To say I was struggling with anxiety is an understatement.
Janice somehow sensed the need in my initial email searching for post-partum support, and came to meet my family in our home that day. Immediately I had a sense of calm. Janice was able to not only provide physical support for my baby and I, but also the emotional support I needed to start recovering. I never felt judged, and I was able to share more with Janice than I had with anyone else.
She organized a team to help my family, including scheduling overnight and daytime help. She was always available by telephone or text to provide a constant pillar of support.
My little one LOVED Janice right away, and I knew she was in good hands. The very first time she helped us, I was able to sleep knowing Janice had my tiny baby girl.
We are now nearing the end of needing Janice so often (a happy and very sad time), but I know that she will always be in our lives. I will go out of my way to ensure that we never let her forget how much she is loved, and how we felt like she saved our family.
Janice supported our family for the first two months after our second child was born. I am so glad that we had Janice's help and kindness during this time! She is truly a lovely human being and a knowledgable and capable doula. Janice would step in to help with whatever we needed. She would play with my older son, tidy our house, do dishes and laundry, hold the baby or take him for a walk while I napped, and help with breastfeeding. She was compassionate and encouraging when we were tired and unsure about what to do. Her experience as a parent and as a doula makes her the perfect person to support families with new babies. I am so grateful that we had the opportunity to work with Janice, and I know we will stay in touch. I would highly recommend her as a birth and postpartum doula.
We feel very fortunate to have retained Janice's birth - and post-natal doula services for the birth of our second child. Janice is everything we could have asked for in a doula - kind, positive, nurturing, professional and an experienced mother herself. She provided excellent support leading up to our son's planned home birth, making herself available any time for meetings, phone calls and text messages. Her willingness to learn new birthing methods (HypnoBirthing) and avail herself to phone calls with our HypnoBirthing coach in Vancouver, was beyond what we could have hoped for. As it turns out, Janice can now add baby-catching to her resume, as she helped successfully delivery our son without the help of midwives (who were on their way,) and still managed to take some lovely photos! Her post-natal night-time support was immensely helpful - she is an absolute angel! Her flexibility in adjusting her schedule to our needs, as it's impossible to predict how much post-natal support you'll really need, was also very much appreciated. Overall, Janice is someone we trust completely, and would be more than happy to recommend!
Re: JANICE MILLS
From the moment we met Janice Mills we connected on so many levels. The fact that Janice has 6 kids of her own was all i personally needed to feel very comfortable with our choice (her extensive studies also helped) She has always been so generous with her time & knowledge, never making us feel like we were just clients but instead part of her extended family (which i would say we now are)
Her visits before the birth were very helpful to my wife and helped us mentally prepare for what was ahead and allowed us to ask all of the questions we had both big & small. Her extensive studies in breastfeeding have proven to be of great help and i know for some new moms this is the largest hurdle to overcome. Luckily the birth itself went very easy fur us but we knew already, everything would be OK because we had discussed several alternate plans ahead of time just to be prepared. I do feel her biggest value to us has be the post birth visits. She made the transition into our new life very comfortable and my baby just adores her time with Janice.
Janice is full of life experience and to me that is most importantant (some dhoulas we interviewed didn't even have children of their own which concerned me a little) She's been so kind & patient with my wife thru this entire process. English is not my wifes 1st language either but Janice has went above & beyond to make this easy for her
I can't say enough good things about Janice Mills. She has made this entire birth experience a very positive one and i don't know what we would have done without her. Thanks Auntie Janice we all love you very much
Health & Happiness Always, CHRIS & KIYOKO & BABY MIDORI Victoria, BC
I didn't expect to hire Janice, because I wasn't pregnant and I wasn't thinking of myself as postpartum anymore. My son was ten months old, and I was returning to work (I'm a freelance writer). I thought what I needed was a nanny, and I asked a friend to help me find one. She suggested a postpartum doula, and since I was out of options, I decided to give it a try.
One of the first things Janice said to me was how she loved to come into an environment where there was a new member of the family, and support the parents. I could have cried. My kitchen was heaped high with dishes, the laundry overflowed its bin. After spinning up the flywheel of my business, landing a big contract, hiring and then letting go someone whose childcare skills didn't match our needs, and coping with an early-walking baby who seemed to hate sleep, my husband and I were run ragged. I had thought all we needed childcare, but we also really needed some support.
Janice was marvellous. Calm, centred, organized, warm, and wise, she took care of my son, answered my questions about developmental stages, sleep, and breastfeeding, and did household chores too. I left her a list of things from the practical ("please do the dishes") to the fantastic ("please bake a cake"). She did it all.
While Janice was a huge help to me, maybe the best thing was how well she and my son got along. Our previous caregiver had probably been in over her head, and things had gone rather badly sideways. But Janice let my son come to her on his own terms. She talked to him and played with him, and from the very first my son absolutely loved her.
A few weeks after her first day with us, I found myself referring to her as "Aunty Janice". That's what we call her now. It feels like she's family. I'd recommend her to anyone.
Janice is a very sweet and genuine person. I feel very comfortable welcoming her into my home, and would recommend her advice and services to any new mom. I've been having issues with breast feeding, and getting my little guy to latch properly. She has been very helpful in researching and informing me on various topics. She also loves to check up on me to see how I'm progressing, to ensure that her information has truly helped. I am new to Victoria, and don't have any family here, so Janice has been a godsend in lifting my spirits and ensuring that I don't give up on breast feeding.
The decision to have Janice with us during the birth of our son was one of the best and most worthwhile decisions my husband and I made. Having Janice gave us the confidence, knowledge, and support we needed to fully embrace and enjoy the experience. She listened to our concerns and provided clear and concise information. She helped support my husband in becoming an active partner by providing him with the tools and resources to assist me while I was labouring. She brought a wealth of experience in a variety of areas which were tailored specifically to my needs. She provided ongoing support which were essential in the transition after child birth. I believe that every woman can benefit greatly from the support that Janice brings to the table. She is a patient and postive person with all of the right attributes to support families or individuals going through pregnancy. I recommend her services to anyone going through pregnancy.
Janice Miles was an awesome Doula. We were grateful for her support before, during and after the birth of our third child. We felt comfortable with her right away at our first initial visit but then she suggested we might want to visit a couple more times to really get to know her and that was lovely. I didn't realize that part of the package was support afterwards, which was wonderful. She gave a great suggestion on how to help nurse in a position that will allow the milk to flow slower when it was coming out too fast. Janice has been learning many great new ways to make labour easier and shared a few. Most of all she was willing to follow my lead on how I wanted the labour to go. With all of her own personal experiece as well as training she has been going thru makes her the best doula for anyone needing a nurturing supportive person during this amazing exerience.
Janice is a very passionate, gentle, authentic woman who is always striving to learn more and be the best doula and person she can be. She goes above and beyond the call of duty as both a birth and postpartum doula. I first met her at an LLL meeting where she freely shares all of her breastfeeding knowledge she has gained from a lot of life experience.
She answers any questions promptly, and puts you at ease with her knowledge and gentle nature. Janice has an amazing bag of tools to work with, and helped us to successfully have a VBAC. The pictures she gave us have provided some wonderful keepsakes, and are very authentic.
My husband and I would both highly recommend Janice to anyone looking for birth or postpartum support.
Janice went above and beyond of what we expected. We recommend Janice to anyone considering using a doula. She was there for us every step of the way and with her vast knowledge and experience is was like having a second mother. There was never a time we couldn’t contact her and never a question she couldn’t answer. Janice is not just our doula now but a close friend. Thank you so much for everything Janice.
Mike & Joanna, parents of Mia
Janice is an amazing doula and I would highly recommend her! I wasn't planning to use a doula. However, I got a few names and called her toward the end of my pregnancy. We talked for about half an hour and I felt extremely comfortable with her and knew I wanted her at my birth. I was struggling with a lot of issues including extreme anxiety about labour and delivery. She helped me immensely. I had essentially given up on finding a solution to my anxiety and it was a big, forbidding wall that I couldn't seem to get past. Her compassionate nature and enthusiasm to help and her specific strategies made a huge, qualitative difference for me and I am very grateful for that. She is also a skilled birth photographer and took some awesome pictures for us! She is overall just a really wonderful person with exactly the right fit for this job. She really wants to help people and I think many new moms (people in general) have a hard time asking for help. But Janice makes it clear that she is always available to be a listening ear and support and made me feel comfortable seeking help and support from her.
From the first phone conversation I had with Janice I knew she was going to be an amazing help. I was very nervous about everything and she managed to help me stay calm through every single hurdle. I ended up needing a c section and even though she couldn't be in the operating room with me, she helped keep my husband calm, and was there for me as soon as I was wheeled into recovery.
I don't think I could recommend anyone better for help getting through pregnancy and birth. Janice really went above and beyond to help my whole family get through it all and I really can't imagine how we would have done it without her.
Janice helped me through my post-partum care when my baby was about 2.5 months old. We were having difficulties with our fussy, refluxy, colicky and very high needs little one and Janice was able to come in and help relieve me during the day while my husband was at work. Baby didn't like the swing or car seat and was unable to fall asleep on his own making it a long and tiring day of holding, walking, bouncing and rocking. Janice spent a few hours per visit helping by burping, holding or changing baby so I could eat, shower or go to the bathroom - things taken for granted! Janice was knowledgeable about many aspects of mothering including breastfeeding, sleep training, comforting high needs babies and support for partners and mothers. It was great to have her support during a very challenging part of being a new parent.
Janice Miles is a Godsend! My family and I are grateful for the time she spent with us from preparing our birth plan, coaching us through comfort measures to the big delivery. Our son had a rough start and had to stay in the NICU for 5 days. Janice was proactive and reassuring throughout the laboring process, stayed a while after our son was born, and made multiple visits to make sure we were taken care of! Janice is a passionate, nurturing and a dedicated doula. We appreciate Janice for going above and beyond for us!
We recently moved to Victoria in 2013 to support my husband in continuing his Education. After finding out we were expecting in 2015, not having our family close by was our biggest worry as new parents! Having Janice as a Post-partum doula has been a breath of fresh air! Janice has been wonderful in helping me transition from the hospital. She has been a great help in supporting me during my initial adjustment to make sure that I can provide the best care for my newborn. She helped me in breastfeeding, accompanied me when I go out for walks, and she even went the extra mile by helping me maintain the order of my home. Thank you Janice for everything and for making me feel at home!
Janice absolutely loves being a doula, and it shows in every single thing that she does. She is an incredibly caring woman with a huge heart! My labor was 15 hours long and a bit traumatic, Janice stayed with me and my husband from start to finish and continued to check on us all through the following weeks while we were experiencing the steep learning curve of being first time parents to a newborn.
Neither my husband or I have family in Victoria so it was incredibly comforting to have Janice around to support us and help us transition in to new parenthood, especially during those first few weeks while my body was recovering and we didn’t have enough hands between the two of us! Janice washed dishes, helped with grocery shopping, did laundry, cooked dinner, cleaned up, comforted me as my hormones made me extra emotional, and held the baby so my husband and I could get some sleep. Having her help was a miracle!
I’d recommend Janice Miles as both a birthing doula and a postpartum doula to anyone who is looking for someone trustworthy, reassuring, kind and gentle to help during one of the most magical times in life - the birth of a child!
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