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Beth Parsons Blackburn

BPBirth

Website: http://www.bpbirth.com

Phone: (403) 988-1270

Birth Fee: $1500

Fee Details: Discounted services offered for returning clients. For clients who cannot afford my fee, I am willing to work on a sliding scale or barter for services.

Birth Doula Experience: 9 years and 45 births attended

Birth Doula Certifications

  • The Matrona - Certified Holistic Birth Doula

Postpartum Doula Certifications

  • The Matrona - Certified Holistic Postpartum Consultant

Doula Training

  • DONA International, February 2010
  • The Matrona, July 2017
Type of Practice: Solo practice

Clients per Month: 1 to 2

Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Attends home births? Some Home Births
I only attend home births with a registered midwife present. I attended Barbara Harper's Waterbirth Workshop in July 2010.

Other Relevant Certifications

  • CPR Certified - Red Cross
  • Neonatal Resuscitation Certified (American Academy of Pediatrics)
  • Reiki Practitioner
  • RN (Registered Nurse)
  • The BOLD Method Birth Facilitator
  • Moon Mother (Womb Blessing Attunements & Healing), Birth Story Listener, EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), Abortion Support Skills Training, Yoga Birth Method Certified, Trauma Informed Care

College Education

  • AA/AS

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Cesarean birth
  • Expected stillbirth
  • Families conceiving with ART and IVF
  • Home Birth
  • LGBTQP Families
  • Plus size mothers
  • Previous birth trauma and/or birth injury
  • Single parents
  • Survivors of childhood sexual abuse
  • VBAC
  • Waterbirth

Special Services Offered

  • Abortion Support
  • American Red Cross First Aid and CPR
  • Aromatherapy
  • Baby-led weaning
  • Babywearing education
  • Miscarriage Support (Before, During or After)
  • Mother blessing celebrations
  • Pregnancy, birth and/or newborn photography
  • Reduced rates for women considering adoption
  • Sibling support (for your older children at the birth)

Languages spoken: English

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Client Testimonials for Beth Parsons Blackburn

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Rachel & Tom Lam

We were expecting our 3rd child and had no family available to care for our 2 young sons when the new baby arrived. We began searching for a doula to provide "sibling support" for labour and birth and our midwives recommended Beth, commenting on what a lovely person she was. Beth lived nearby, had several options for childcare for her own children and took immediate interest in us and our children when we met with her. She kept us updated with her schedule and also provided us with the contact info of a backup doula in the rare case that she wouldn't be available when we went into labour. Beth also answered our questions and addressed any concerns we had leading up to the birth. The night our labour began, Beth arrived at our home quickly after receiving our phone call. She did what she could to make me comfortable in addition to taking excellent care of our little guys, who really enjoyed her. Beth took many notes and photos during our labour and birth (which all took place at home) and these are precious mementos that we will treasure for a lifetime! She also came several days after the birth to help out with the kids and the house so that I could rest for a couple of hours, which was wonderful. I would highly recommend Beth as a doula and would use her again in a heartbeat if we were to have another baby.

Posted 4/19/2011

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Tanya and Randal Woo

Beth did such a fabulous job helping us through my labor! I honestly don't know how we would have gotten through it without her. She was so encouraging and helpful, even the nurses and doctors commented on how good she was. After giving birth I loved reading through the birth notes she wrote (so detailed). I didn't realize that I would appreciate the birth notes and even the pictures so much, but it helped me to realize exactly what I had accomplished. Beth is so gifted in the support she gives and you can tell she genuinely loves helping women through labor and birth. We are so lucky we found Beth and have already recommended her to people.

Posted 3/12/2011

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Bethany and Steve

We had Beth as our doula for the birth of our first baby boy, Brendan. I was so nervous (as many first time moms are) but after our very first meeting with her, both my husband and I felt much more confident. Beth was great before, during and after labor. With having two meetings with her before going into labor, she helped us understand so much of what may or may not happen. As it turned out, I had to be induced early (due to high blood pressure). From the moment we found out, we informed her and he stayed in contact (even while we were waiting at the hospital to be induced), told us to let her know when we wanted her to be there and, without question, she was there as soon as we needed her. Beth knew I was trying to go through as much of my labor as possible without getting the epidural and she had many techniques for us to try in order to help ease the pain. She worked very well with the doctors and nurses and was so supportive to me as well as my husband. Both my husband and I are very grateful to Beth for all of her help in bringing our baby boy into this world. Her knowledge, experience and support are truly one of a kind.

Posted 2/28/2011

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Marika and Clay Moss

We used Beth for the birth of our first child. Throughout my pregnancy she was there for us. We were having some difficultly finding a care provider that we were happy with and she offered us support and suggestions. She is a down to earth wonderful person. When I was in labour she came over to our house, she has some excellent tips to help me deal with my contractions, she also tracked them for us so we didn't have to. If it wasn't for her we would have went to the hospital way too early. Once we were at the hospital she was a huge help. Her strategies and medical background came in handy, I don't think I would have been able to stick to our planned natural birth without her support. She sent regular text messages to my mother who was stuck in the waiting room, she really appreciated this (She did this on her own for us, we didn't even have to ask her). She took pictures for us throughout the entire process. When I was nearing transition and having a really hard time she convinced me to get back in the shower and turned off all the lights and has little electric tea lights, it made it so much more peaceful in the hospital bathroom. She was never intrusive and helped Clay to support me. After Orion was born she helped latch him on and stayed with me until I was ready for her to leave. Again I say Beth is a wonderful person and gifted at what she does.

Posted 2/17/2011

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Bonnie Elliott

Beth was the doula for the birth of our son, Jacob. I had quite a lengthy labour and Beth was there whenever we needed her. She was able to answer questions for me (before and during labour) and reassured me when I needed it. I was 5 days overdue when I went into labour and Beth offered to come to my doctor's appointments with me so that I wouldn't be pressured into being induced (which neither myself or my husband wanted), unless of course it was medically necessary. This is something that I am very greatful for as it took a lot of stress off of me.

Throughout the labour Beth was very encouraging and helpful. She kept track of the contractions so that my husband could focus on helping me through them. She also brought a variety of different mechanisims to help with the contractions. These came in quite handy when things started to get tough. When we thought that the contractions were close enough, we went to the hospital. Beth was wonderful while I laboured in the hospital. The heart monitoring machine that was attached to me kept malfuntioning so I was required to labour on the bed, which was very painful. Beth helped tremendously while this was happening, suggesting that when a contraction hit, I roll onto my side and she held the top leg up so that I would have a little relief.

As planned, we did not have any medication, except gas, and Beth was a huge reason why this happened. She was encouraging, while not being fake, kept me and my husband in the loop as to what was happening and took some amazing pictures of the births and afterwards.

Although not required, after I was home and was having trouble breastfeeding, Beth came by to help me out. The advice and encouragement that she gave me during this tough time was a huge factor in how I overcame the pain and finally got the baby to latch properly.

Thank you Beth from the bottom of our hearts,

Bonnie and Brad Elliott

Posted 1/31/2011

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Tamara Hughes

We had Beth as our doula for the birth of our third child. Knowing that I was likely to have a long labour, I wanted someone who could support not only myself, but my husband as well. Beth was awesome. She always had ideas for us to try when I was having trouble coping with labour. We had a few scary moments and Beth was a rock. It really helped to have someone who kept their cool (and knew their way around a hospital room!) when things weren't going so well. Also, her nursing background allowed her to translate the medical-ese for us. The labour notes we got from her were excellent and we really appreciated having that record of our baby's birth. I wouldn't hesistate to recommend her to a friend!

Posted 12/3/2010

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Samantha Mathie

We used Beth as support for the birth of our second child. We had a doula for our first, and while I felt like I knew enough to get through this with just my husband, having her there was the extra bit of metal & emotional support I needed to be comfortable through pregnancy, labour, birth and early post-partum weeks. Her experience is invaluable, and she's simply a wonderful person to be around. I couldn't imagine a more caring, thorough and involved doula, and we will certainly be returning to her should we have another child. As soon as a local friend tells me they're expecting, my first thought is to refer them to her!

Posted 11/29/2010

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Julia Wirch

"We are grateful that Beth accompanied us during the birth of our daughter. I felt very comfortable around her and her flexibility was encouraging. She provided my husband and I reinforcement wherever she could. Her massage techniques assisted me tremendously during labour. We were first apprehensive about giving birth at the hospital, but Beth's presence provided us with reassurance. Her knowledge gave us confidence and her humour made us laugh. Beth's collaborative effort with hospital staff offered a supportive environment. She captured the memories of this extraordinary event by taking pictures and by writing a birth story. She followed up with us to see how our new family was adjusting. We are very glad that we could share this special moment with her."

Posted 9/8/2010

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Jillian Cochrane

Beth is positive, knowledgeable, caring and confident and this made her an integral part of our birthing 'team'.  We discussed the role we wanted her to fill and she honored our requests beautifully, stepping in when she saw a need to, and back when we had things on our own.  She went above and beyond the role of a Doula... keeping detailed notes as the events unfolded, photographing special moments and offering thoughtful advice and care throughout the 14+ hours she spent with us.  Our birthing experience was complete with Beth's involvement. We would gladly recommend her to anyone.

Posted 9/2/2010

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Kristin Diaz

I cannot say enough good things about my experience with Beth. She helped both myself and my husband through the birth of our first daughter.  It was a long labour (40 hrs) and she stayed with us the whole time and provide emotional, physical and mental support for the two of us.  Although I had only met with her a couple times before the birth, within only a few hours I felt very comfortable with her and was leaning on her for physical support (literally).  She also supported my husband and provided backup for when he needed to rest.  She was an integral part of the birthing process without interfering with the special and personal time it was for me and my husband. 

Posted 8/9/2010

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