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Wendy Muir

Small Wonders Childbirth Services

Website: http://www.smallwonders.com

Phone: (250) 768-2562

Birth Fee: $500 to $1100

Fee Details: Fees for my services range from $500 to $1100. Working with a sliding scale based on combined household income, the average family in our area pays about $600-$700. Although a 50% retaining fee is required when you decide to hire me to guarantee my availability, I also permit clients to make payments in any increments that work for them, provided that the remaining amount is received by our last post birth visit. Some families want a "Birth Story," a written narrative of the birth process; this option adds $120. If finances are an issue, I am open to negotiation. As well, there are doulas available who are finished their training, but need to get more experience so they can be certified. I can help connect you with one of these doulas, who can assist you with your labour for as little as $200 to cover their expenses. Please check out my website for more info. www.smallwonders.com

Birth Doula Experience: 13 years and 356 births attended

Birth Doula Certifications

  • DONA International - Certified Birth Doula

Doula Training

  • DONA International, November 2005
Type of Practice: Solo practice

Clients per Month: 1 to 2

Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Many of the hospital births I attend are at Kelowna General. Recently I have been at births at Vernon Jubilee Hospital.
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
If we had one, I'd attend there.
Attends home births? Any Home Birth
Any home birth attended by a midwife.

Childbirth Education Certifications

  • Lamaze International
  • Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator

Breastfeeding Certifications

  • 18 Hour Breastfeeding: Making a difference Course, as well as some short courses on brestfeeding support.

Other Relevant Certifications

  • CPR Certified - Red Cross
  • From 2011 - Feb 2016 I was an Accredited Second Attendant for the College of Midwives of BC. In the past I worked as a Maternity Nurse.

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Adoption
  • Cesarean birth
  • Clients on bed rest
  • Expected stillbirth
  • Families conceiving with ART and IVF
  • High risk
  • Home Birth
  • Induced and high medical technology labor & birth
  • Multiples
  • Over 40
  • Plus size mothers
  • Postpartum mood disorders
  • Prematurity
  • Relinquishing mothers
  • Remote and rural clients birthing away from home
  • Single parents
  • Special needs babies
  • Survivors of Previous Life Trauma
  • Survivors of childhood sexual abuse
  • Teens
  • Twins
  • Vaginal breech birth
  • VBAC
  • Waterbirth
  • Women and Families of Color

Special Services Offered

  • Birth Pool rental
  • Cloth diapering education
  • Military famiies
  • Reduced rates for women considering adoption
  • TENS units rental

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

In the fall of 2009, when Interior Health had to withdraw their free breastfeeding classes and breastfeeding drop-in assistance due to H1N1 preparations, my colleague, Nicki Albrecht and I organized, and provided these services at Trinity Baptist Church. As in the past, I continue to provide some pro bono labour support to single moms, as well as other underserviced families.

Languages spoken: English

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Area of practice: Westbank, BC
Travel Range: 40 Miles

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Client Testimonials for Wendy Muir

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Jess and Tristan McEwan

Our midwife highly recommended hiring a doula and I’m so glad we had Wendy as the birth of our first couldn’t have gone better for my husband and I. We would recommend her to anyone because she shares her wealth of experience before, during, and after the labour.  She armed us with the most up to date information leading up to the due date, so we felt prepared and ready. Her support during labour was essential with endless ideas to make things as comfortable as possible! I still can’t believe I laboured and delivered unmedicated. She was so caring, attentive and never tired out the whole day. I felt secure with her help and so did my husband. Her postpartum support helped us get through the first weeks as parents. She’s a true caregiver.

Posted 11/16/2017

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Sara Green Eddy

We first met Wendy attending her birthing classes. We were new to Kelowna and I was 7 months pregnant with our first child. She was a wealth of knowledge and had so much great advice during the class of how she helps families through labour, delivery, and breastfeeding support. Since we were new to the area, without local friends and family, and my husband wasn't sure how well he would do during labour and delivery, we asked Wendy to be our doula. We were so lucky she was available.

She was a calm energy and so helpful and knowledgeable throughout the experience. Although I ended up needing medical interventions (induced/epidural) due to the circumstances of the birth she walked us through our choices so we made the best possible decisions for us. She worked with me through every contraction (with breathing, massage, tens machine, and suggestions of position), helped my husband to take part and help, and was extremely supportive in my recovery and learning to breastfeed. After this I joked that I wouldn't consider getting pregnant again without checking her schedule.

About a year and a half later I contacted Wendy again to let her know I was pregnant with our second child. She was available again and right away I looked to her for advice as I was considering trying a midwife rather than a doctor this time. She gave me lots of information on pros and cons and I decided to give it a try. This pregnancy went even better than the first and I was able to spend the early labour at home with Wendy's support. Things progressed quickly in the end, our midwife came and we ended having a home birth. Again Wendy was an amazing support offering encouragement, suggestions, and massage throughout. I can't imagine either labour without her there. With her extensive experience as a mother, grandmother, nurse, midwife assistant, and doula, she is such an amazing resource and support. She is worth every penny and more!

Posted 7/7/2017

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Sarah Gumpinger

Wendy was our doula for our first baby. She was absolutely amazing. We were feeling a bit overwhelmed leading up to the birth. However after hiring Wendy, much of our apprehension was eliminated. Her calming approach and weath of knowledge put our minds at ease. 

On the day of the birth, Wendy (as always) responded immediately. She came to our house and guided me through the contractions and helped us understand when to go to the hospital. Throughout she guided us through the process. lt was so great to have someone present who understands the process and the hospital system. She was amazing at assisting me with me pain as well - always knowing which areas to apply pressure and massage to. I cannot imagine labouring without her support and guidance. She ensured that my husband was involved and also allowed him time to rest when he needed it. 

After the birth, Wendy stayed with us until we were feeling comfortable on the maternity ward. She then visited several times in the days and weeks following the birth. She also checked in via text and phone. It was a god-send having her to support me in those precarious first few weeks.

Wendy kept careful documentation of the entire birth process and gave us a comprehensive summary of the birth story. This keepsake is something we will treasure. 

In summary, we cannot say enough about the amazing support and guidance Wendy provided us. I cannot imagine doing it without her. We look forward to working with her for baby #2

Sarah and Dustin Gumpinger 

Posted 6/7/2017

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Tamara Freeman

 This was my first pregnancy; I didnt know what to expect.  I was sceptical and nervous about the whole process, including the labour part.  When my husband and I met with Wendy, we were greeted with such knowledge, experience, and excitement.  Wendy let us borrow books, gave us different studies, and answered any questions we had.

When I went into labour, Wendy was there from the get go. It was very calming and reassuring that she had our back and was with us the whole time.

From the guy's perspective, it was great having a highly skilled doula to guide us through the whole process!  I had no idea about pretty much anything coming into this and having someone to tell you "this is a normal thing" and "you should eat something" really helped us both of us.  We went a lot of hours without sleeping much and having that extra person to take care of things and give us both a break now and then was wonderful!  One of the best parts was having someone to answer my hundreds of questions and reassure us that we were doing great!  I would recommend a doula to anyone expecting a little one.  Especially if it's your first child!  The thing that made me want to hire a doula in the first place was I figured the whole time around birth is intensely challenging so why not have a highly trained, very encouraging, doula in our corner!

I'm so glad that we met Wendy!  Her calm ways and bountiful knowledge set our minds at ease.  I would ask her to be our doula again if and when we have another little bundle of joy!

Posted 1/22/2016

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Megan Kavanagh

Wendy was a fantastic addition to our birth team. She was always quick to offer help and suggestions when asked, and worked with us to make sure her services matched our needs and interests. Our first child was born without a doula and I can't get over what a positive difference Wendy made to the experience. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend her. 

Posted 1/31/2014

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Andrea Roxburgh

Being first time parents, we were uncerctain of what to expect from the labour and birth experience. We believed that birth should proceed naturally with little medical intervention (unless necessary) but felt that we needed an experienced 3rd party like Wendy to to provide support and to advocate on our behalf. Wendy's support throughout pregnancy, labor & delivery and recovery was invaluable. Not only did she provide ample support in the months leading up to the birth of our son Kaden but her tireless physical and emotional support throughout labour and delivery kept us both calm and confident. After the birth Wendy again provided valuable emotional and practical support by assisting with breast feeding. She spent what felt like hours in the hospital and after discharge helping us settle into our new roles as parents whilst providing valuable resources we could reference should additional support be needed. Thank you Wendy!

Posted 11/15/2013

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Jacqui & Steve

Wendy's presence at the birth of both of our children was invaluable.  She brings a calm, reassuring spirit that provides support and encouragement throughout labour.  Wendy goes above and beyond and will exceed your expectations.  She provides information and support before baby's arrival, and she is a fountain of information and experience after baby has arrived.  I am so grateful to Wendy for her role in bringing our children into the world.  I can't imagine having done it without her.

Posted 12/9/2011

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James and Tara

As a father-to-be, I was somewhat nervous as to how I would hold up during the birth experience, so I was the one telling my wife, "I think this is a really good idea". Wendy wasn't just good... she was a Godsend. My wife showed early signs of labour in the evening and of course I fell asleep, but when things started getting more serious around 2am my wife woke me up, I checked her contractions, and by 2:30am I called Wendy to let her know that things were getting serious. Even though it was the middle of the night, Wendy was over to our house within minutes. From my perspective, Wendy's involvement at this stage was invaluable. Not having any experience with this sort of stuff, I would have immediately taken my wife to the hospital. However, with Wendy's guidance, we helped my wife through contractions for about another hour or so before we headed to the hospital. It was perfect timing. Wendy helped my wife into the hospital while I parked the car, and once the nurse assessed my wife, Wendy suggested that my wife spend some time in the shower that was in our delivery room. Wendy did a great job of suggesting delivery positions and making sure my wife was as comfortable as possible. From my perspective, it was awesome to have Wendy there both to assist my wife and to be an example for how I could best be there for my wife at the same time. Throughout, Wendy's suggestions and direction also really helped to ease the overall experience for my wife. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Wendy to anyone who is looking for amazing support through the delivery process. Wendy followed up with us a few times after the birth, and given the chance, I would definitely have her at our side again during another birth experience.

Posted 4/21/2011

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Michelle Living

We had wendy Muir for the birth of both of our children. She has a very calming presence and really helped me to stay relaxed and calm during labor. She was so encouraging, whenever I felt like I couldn't go on she gave me the encouragement I needed to persevere. She was extremely helpful in suggesting different labor positions that were very helpful. And used a lot of massage to keep me mellow and calm. She suggested I use a tens unit for pain which was an invaluable tool for me. She made our birth experience wonderful, offering support and encouragement to both my husband and I. She was also very helpful with breastfeeding and even suggested a great potty training book for my oldest child. If you are looking for a doula I would definately recommend Wendy. I cannot possibly sing her praises enough. She is just wonderful at what she does. We loved her so much with the birth of our first child, I told my husband I would not have another child until we could afford to hire her again!!!

Posted 4/5/2011

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Jennifer and Matt

Having Wendy as a doula for the birth of our first child was the best decision we could have made! Instantly we felt comfortable with her, and so supported in the build up to the birth. Wendy is extremely experienced, very knowledgeable, and is a complete natural at what she does. We feel she went above-and-beyond what we expected - checking in to see how I was doing as the due date approached, passing on valuable information and resources, and just being there for us. During the birth she was an invaluable source of support to both me and my husband, and just made for a very calm and comfortable environment. Wendy is a great compliment to a midwife, and we believe would be an absolute essential service should you have a doctor. Wendy will definitely be there if we have future births!

Posted 4/3/2011

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