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Katrina Fortin

Cedar Sisters Doula Care

Website: http://www.cedarsistersdoula.com

Phone: 604-992-0191

Birth Fee: $1200

Fee Details: The body benefits from movement, and the mind benefits from stillness. -Sakyong Mipham This is especially true in labour! I love supporting birthing people to trust their bodies and to ease their minds during pregnancy and birth. I am pre-approved for the BCAAFC grant.

Birth Doula Experience: 2 years and 25 births attended

Birth Doula Certifications

  • Wise Woman Way of Birth Certified (Trained) Doula

Doula Training

  • DONA International, November 2016
  • Wise Woman Way of Birth, November 2018
Type of Practice: Partnership with 1 other doula

Clients per Month: 1 to 2

Attends hospital births? Some Hospitals
Surrey Memorial, Peace Arch, Langley Memorial
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Attends home births? Any Home Birth

Other Relevant Certifications

  • CPR Certified - St. John Ambulance
  • Reiki Practitioner
  • Spinning Babies® Aware Practitioner

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
  • LGBTQP Families
  • Over 40
  • Plus size mothers
  • Previous birth trauma and/or birth injury
  • Special needs babies
  • Survivors of Previous Life Trauma
  • Survivors of childhood sexual abuse
  • VBAC
  • Waterbirth
  • Women and Families of Color

Special Services Offered

  • American Red Cross First Aid and CPR
  • Birth Pool rental
  • Miscarriage Support (Before, During or After)
  • Reflexology
  • Sibling support (for your older children at the birth)
  • TENS units rental

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

I am the Vice President of the BC Doula Services Association. I host a free drop-in group for new and expecting mothers in Surrey once a month. Check out my facebook page Cedar Sisters Doula Care for details!

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Client Testimonials for Katrina Fortin

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Reg Harbeck

We are so happy to have asked Katrina and Kasia to help with the delivery of our baby. Their attention, expertise and support were invaluable!

Beginning well before the big day they met with us, got to know our location and journey, and were ready to help us when the time came. And what a delivery: 36 hours of exhausting labour later, Katrina was there for over the last 24 straight hours, helping us through the early stages at home, joining us to the hospital, and encouraging and facilitating the entire process in ways that neither of us would have thought of or had the energy to accomplish.

If we have more kids, we certainly will look forward to benefiting from their assistance again, and we enthusiastically recommend them to anyone who is expecting. We are happy to not have any idea what we would have done without her, because she allowed us to focus on what we could do instead.

In addition to the delivery, the consultations and advice such as exercises to deal with pain and fatigue beforehand were very helpful, and the experience of having Katrina there was also like having a caring and able family member present, which was important as our mothers were unable to be there in person.

Posted 1/18/2019

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Anna B

Katrina helped my husband and I get through the challenges of my child birth. Never once did I want to give up and a big part of it was due to Katrina's strong, yet calming, presence. She helped me cope with induction and back labour and now I am only left with good memories of our little girl's birth. We are so grateful that Katrina was a part of our story.

Posted 11/14/2018

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Maryam Rahnumah

I had the wonderful experience of having Katrina as my doula for my second pregnancy. My first pregnancy was a very long one. I had read a lot of books, mentally prepared myself but still child birth is never how you expect it. I had my mother and husband by my side, but after 26 hours from start to finish I can see how exhausted both were. I knew with my second pregnancy I needed a different kind of help and support. During my early labour I called Katrina to come over my house and she helped me to stay calm and focused. Right away I felt taken care of. She helped to set the mood in my room and made sure I was hydrated and calm. She used techniques to massage and redirect my pain, her voice was soft and calming. At the hospital her focus was my comfort in every way. I won’t forget how thoughtful she was, in bringing me juice to keep my energy level up after my daughter was  born. After coming home with the baby, Katrina was thoughtful & brought me muffins and a little tree for my baby. She even watched the baby while I took a quick shower. Katrina provided amazing support both before and after my daughters birth. My birth experience the second time around with Katrina was like night and day. Im so happy I hired her as my doula and highly recommend her. 

Posted 10/25/2018

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Katelyn V

We worked with Katrina for the first time during the pregnancy and birth of our second child. I was interested in having a doula this time around because during the birth of our first, I felt alone (even though people were there) overwhelmed, and often out of control during the whole process.

We chose to work with Katrina for several reasons, one of the main ones being her calm presence and the comfortableness she exuded. Katrina was the perfect balance of providing us helpful information and suggesting new things to try, but also listening to what we said and respecting what was important to us.

Katrina was available and supportive to both me and my husband from the minute we hired her, until weeks after baby was here.
During labour, she did little things that were so memorable for me and made this birth experience much much better.
She was present and supportive the whole time during labour, but wasn’t at all over bearing.

I felt that Katrina prioritized my physical comfort and was emotionally supportive and for those reasons I would hire her again in a heartbeat.

 

As a bonus, I grew up on a tree farm and trees have a special place/meaning in my my life. Katrina not only provided a beautiful tree for our new baby, but also my oldest child as well which was so thoughtful and the perfect keepsake! 

Posted 10/8/2018

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Frank Seminara

Katrina was fantastic!  My wife gave birth earlier than expected and we hadn't had a chance to meet Katrina in person before we hired her.  Best decision we made. This was our first child and we had some anxiety especially because the baby came out early.  Katrina met us at the hospital and brought a calm soothing energy that helped us get through it.  At times the hospital room felt more like a spa and really helped my wife relax which was very important.  We highly recommend Katrina to anyone looking for a great support person during the birthing process!

Posted 6/27/2018

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Nadine Turner

Katrina was our doula for our second baby, Oliver. I was excited to have her on our team the second time around, we had no idea what we were doing the first time. I felt reassured knowing we'd have someone experienced in the room for any complications. We wanted a hospital birth, but I feel in hospitals that doctors decisions aren't always in the patients best interest, they sometimes seem to be more like whats faster or easier for the medical team. We felt more in control knowing Katrina would be there for us when we were too tired or distracted to make our wishes known. She was also a great supporter pre-birth, always available to answer questions or provide additional info. Oliver decided to come early and very quickly, so we didnt have the chance to have Katrina in the room. But she eased our minds and paved the way for a smooth delivery. Thanks Katrina! 

Posted 6/21/2018

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Anne Bullen

We are so glad that we hired Katrina. Her always calm and gentle demeanor was exactly what we needed. She had lots of helpful ideas and suggestions in the weeks and months before the birth as well. If you are looking for a calm, kind and gentle support person, Katrina would be a great choice.

Posted 4/27/2018

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Jessie Jasra

Katrina was an incredible part of our birth story! From the moment we met her, she had this very calm energy to her and we knew she would be great during our labor. She arrived right when we asked her to, was supportive right from the get go, making sure I was hydrated, endlessly massaging my head and back, helping me breathe through contractions, and encouraging my husband to help me labor in different positions. My husband agrees that we would have had a completely different experience without her presence, and we are so thankful! After our birth, the doctor commented TWICE on how supportive and great our doula was, and according to the nurses, this doctor has never complemented or paid attention to the role of a doula during any previous births, so it was a tremendous compliment for her work! Highly highly recommend Katrina! 

Posted 7/6/2017

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Tanya Woodside

Katrina was my doula for the birth of my first baby. She was wonderful! She was a calming encouraging force and talked me through each contraction as they became stronger. My goal was to aim for a drug-free labor as long as I could. Having been induced, the contractions became quite painful. With Katrina's love & support, I got all the way to 9 cm without drug intervention. More importantly, when I was simply too exhausted and had reached my pain limit, Katrina supported my decision to get an epidural without any judgment. She was present during every push, keeping me strong & focused when I could feel myself waning. Afterwards, during stitches & cleanup (when everyone was understandably excited to meet/hold baby), Katrina stayed by my side and continued to be attentive to my needs.

Under Katrina's care, I felt confident and supported throughout my entire labor. My husband is especially grateful for her calming presence during the delivery, as birth is an emotionally difficult time for our partners, too. I'm so happy with my decision to have Katrina present at the birth of my beautiful baby girl. I can't imagine going through the process without her and will absolutely ask her to be there for the birth of my next child, too!

Posted 1/28/2017

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