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Vanessa Shynkaruk

Full Circle Birth Collective & VANgrow


Phone: 780-243-7352

Birth Fee: $1000

Fee Details: My fee includes: Customized prenatal visits, pregnancy resources and support through text, email, & phone; on call support and continuous care throughout your labour, breastfeeding support, customized postpartum visits, babywearing, photography, use of birth tools such as TENS machine and birth pool etc., access to library of books and videos, footprints keepsake +more. »»»»» Payment plans are ALWAYS available! • Open to trades & barters • Discounts for repeat clients • Sliding scales (for low income families, with proof) • I often partner with Doula, Jeanelle Sloan for a Shared Care approach! * Have you checked with your Health Insurance Benefits? Some companies are now reimbursing for Doula Services through Health Spending Accounts (ie. Sunlife, AB Blue Cross, Greenshield) with a copy of the receipt & proof that your Doula is certified.

Birth Doula Experience: 6 years

Birth Doula Certifications

  • Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association (CAPPA) - Certified Labor Doula

Doula Training

  • Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association (CAPPA), March 2013
Type of Practice: On-call doula service

Clients per Month: 1 to 3

Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Attends home births? Any Home Birth

Other Relevant Certifications

  • CPR Certified - Red Cross
  • Rebozo Training
  • Spinning Babies® Aware Practitioner
  • CBS Certified Babywearing Educator

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Cesarean birth
  • Clients on bed rest
  • Families conceiving with ART and IVF
  • High risk
  • Home Birth
  • Induced and high medical technology labor & birth
  • Multiples
  • Over 40
  • Postpartum mood disorders
  • Previous birth trauma and/or birth injury
  • Remote and rural clients birthing away from home
  • Twins
  • VBAC
  • Waterbirth

Special Services Offered

  • Acupressure
  • American Red Cross First Aid and CPR
  • Aromatherapy
  • Babywearing education
  • Birth Pool rental
  • Breastfeeding Consultant Services
  • Childbirth Education Services
  • Henna belly designs
  • Infant massage education
  • Mother blessing celebrations
  • Mother Roasting
  • Parenting consulting
  • Placenta encapsulation
  • Pregnancy, birth and/or newborn photography
  • Prenatal or postnatal massage
  • Sibling support (for your older children at the birth)
  • Surrogates and intended parents
  • TENS units rental

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

Certified CAPPA Labour Doula, and trained Postpartum Doula. Member of the Doula Association of Edmonton and DAE Executive. Certified Babywearing Educator through Canadian Babywearing School.

Languages spoken: English

Service Area Map

Area of practice: Sherwood Park, AB
Travel Range: 50 Miles

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Client Testimonials for Vanessa Shynkaruk

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Ashley Provencher

First time mom shout out to my Doula Vanessa Shynkaruk at Full Circle Birth Collective. I booked her through word of mouth. Boy am I glad I did. If you are looking for an ally in birth and hands on support at your birth book her. My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed their prenatal class that was fun and informative. She brought many tools to assist in my pain at birth. She kept us both calm and was able to help us advocate for ourselves and navigate birth options. She took photos, provided me with scholarly info and recommended amazing chiro and accupuncture for birth. Vanessa also has payment plans to suit you. Booking her was the smartest thing I did for the birth of my son. @vangrowyeg @fcbcdoulas Thanks Vanessa!

Posted 8/15/2019

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Originally I called just to get familiar with the idea of a doula. Sonya was amazing and very informitave. I decided not to go with a doula and she was very understanding. A little bit later we changed our mind. I really wanted to go with FCBC because a friend had used Vanessa and had amazing things to say. Vanessa was our doula and she was above expectations. She was knowledgeable, approachable, and spent time on the details making sure my husband and I were ready for our birth. My birth went in a different direction than hoped, and was nothing like I expected. Vanessa was my calm, reasonable person who told me what I needed to hear (that I was safe, and that the doctors would take care of me, and that this was all my birth story) while my husband held my hand and helped make the right choices for us. I had an emergency cesarean section and because my husband had to make dad choices and be with the baby, Vanessa advocated for me so I didn't wake up alone. She took amazing photos of my husband bringing our son to me, and because I was waking up from the cesarean section I don't have a very good memory, so they are photos and videos I will cherish forever.

Four days later after being realised my husband said to me it was the best money we'd ever spent, even though he wasn't sure about hiring a doula in the very beginning.

I am so thankful for Vanessa and her support.

Posted 8/6/2019

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Vanessa wasna game changer for me throughout my pregnancy, labour & delivery and the first 20 postpartum days. Vanessa has a longstanding relationship with peri-partum caregivers in Edmonton and very willingly shares her contacts and referrals for services such as physiotherapy, and chiropractors. Vanessa is also very knowledgeable, and has a wealth of resources that she shares, and with it, she supported my early pregnancy discomfort, as well as my labouring at home as long as possible. 

After my delivery at a hospital, all the staff (doctor, nurses) commented on how good it was to work alongside Vanessa, which I agree. Vanessa was an integral part of my care team in delivery. She coached with confidence, comforted without hesitation, and supported both verbally and non-verbally when it came time to make decisions. Vanessa was a great advocate in instances when my husband and I were unaware that we could seek support. 

I would recommend everyone hire Vanessa. Her energy and knowledge are priceless, and will be an asset to any woman in her pregnancy and labour.

Posted 7/21/2019

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Vanessa is an amazing person, and an awesome Doula. She was a rock for me during my labour, a great source of comfort. She was able to support me physically and mentally so my husband was able to take a back seat and just enjoy the birth of our second baby after a very hands on and traumatic first birth experience. She was able to anticipate what I needed during labour without me having to ask. She is very non judgmental, honest, and has a great sense of humour. I would recommend her to anyone looking for a rockstar Doula.

Posted 7/20/2019

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Emmy Grabowski

Vanessa was my doula for both of my births. She was an incredible support in our long labor, transfer to hospital and unexpected c-section both times. Since we had planned a homebirth but ended in a c-section twice, I had a lot of disappointment and grief to process through and she helped me so much. She encourged me and reminded me that I am stronger than I thought, which every mom needs to believe!  Vanessa was a calming, strong and conditioner support for me and my husband. We can’t imagine either births without her there! 

Posted 7/19/2019

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Nicki Porritt

I had never planned on hiring a doula, but after taking her prenatal class I couldn’t ignore the intense feeling that I should reconsider. Adam and I are SO THANKFUL for Vanessa and her role in the birth of our first born son, Finnick. I have absolutely no idea what I would have done without her. From random questions, to middle of the night texts and calls about my going into labour- she was there for us.

She never once made me feel bad for asking silly questions,  or sharing my anxieties. My birth was a whirlwind and it left my partner stunned, he did his best but felt way in over his head. My mom was running around like a chicken with no head, grabbing cold cloths for my forehead while Vanessa was my rock. When I was sure that I wasn’t going to make it through, she held steady and kept me going. She even retied my bun while they wheeled me to the delivery room and thought to ask where it should be placed (if that isn’t love, I don’t know what is.) Vanessa is so thoughtful, and goes above and beyond for her clients. 

She helped us get through the most intense day of our lives, and I will be forever grateful. I have told every expecting mother I know about her and the impact she has had- I think everyone needs Vanessa as their Doula. Heck, I’m sad that I won’t have her again for another few years - because she’s that cool. If you have any doubt in your mind on whether a doula is right for you, let me be the one to convince you that you owe it to yourself to have this amazing woman be a part of your birth experience! 

Posted 6/26/2019

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Beth Cheung

We had Vanessa Shynkaruk as our doula for our first baby this past March. My husband and I don't have our parents in Edmonton with us and wanted someone who could support and advocate for us during birth. My labour and birth came surprisingly quickly, but Vanessa made it a priority to make it there and be all she promised and more. What I was surprised by most from her services was how much she helped us before and after birth as well. It wasn't a one-and-done kind of deal by any means. Vanessa never felt bothered by my random questions about pregnancy or my tear filled texts as I struggled through breast feeding in the first few weeks after birth. I felt very encouraged by her during a very beautiful but difficult point in my life. She also teaches a fun birth class, takes photos during birth for you and will show you how to wrap and wear your baby! I would recommend her to anyone!

Posted 5/22/2019

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Whitney Sosnowski

We were referred to Vanessa by a friend and was told that she would be an incredible asset to have at the birth of our first baby. They wouldn’t have been more right. My husband and I are beyond grateful for Vanessa’s natural ability to provide support, guidance, education, ease and grace through such a milestone in our lives. From our very first meeting, I immediately felt empowered as a woman and driven to remove all fear associated with the birthing process. We were fortunate to be able to go through with a natural birth in hospital and I 100% could not have done it without her by our side. Vanessa is incredibly gifted at what she does and we are beyond grateful for her skills. I don’t think anyone should ever go through the birthing experience without her!

Posted 12/29/2018

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Hannah Lloyd-Jones

We had Vanessa as our doula for the birth of our second son, and we had a fantastic experience with her - thank you so much for your support, your positive presence, your practicality and your amazing photographic skills!

Posted 9/6/2018

Birth Availability for Vanessa Shynkaruk

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