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Lauren Calleja

Beautiful Blessings Birth Services

Edmonton, AB Service range 50 miles

7802221521

Birth Fee

$600 to $1200

Birth Fee

$600 to $1200


Birth Doula Experience

2 years and 7 births attended


Doula Training

  • DONA International, October 2016

Type of practice: Partnership with 2 or more doulas

Clients per month: 1 to 2

Attends hospital births? All Hospitals

Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers

Attends home births? Any Home Birth


College Education

BA/BS


Special Services Offered

  • Birth pool rental
  • Lactation consultant/counselor services
  • Miscarriage support
  • Pregnancy, birth and/or newborn photography
  • Satellite doula (for remote and rural clients)
  • Sibling support (for your older children at the birth)
  • Surrogates and intended parents

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

Birth and Baby Talks Coordinator - ASAC (Association for Safe Alternatives in Chidbirth), HIV Edmonton - General Volunteer, Sexual Health and HIV Eduction, Canadian Red Cross - International Humanitarian Law Program, Global Youth Health Educator; Global Maternal Health

Languages spoken

English

Edmonton, AB Service range 50 miles

Client Testimonials for Lauren Calleja

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Becky Smith

12/12/2018

Lauren was everything I didn’t know I needed. I am beyond thankful I asked Lauren to be there to support me during the birth of my daughter. We got together twice during my pregnancy, worked together to create a birth plan, and she was always available with any crazy questions I had leading up to the big day.

Due to certain circumstances, I had to be admitted to the hospital early on, and Lauren met us at the hospital as soon as I needed her (with energy balls in tow as I had forgotten mine at home). Once labour progressed, she was there to support me in ways I never would have anticipated. From hip squeezes, to spraying my abdomen with warm water, to suggesting position changes, and literally hours of feeding me ice chips off a spoon (yes, she really did that!) Lauren remained steadfast in supporting me every way she could. She also provided great support to my partner. She explained things to him when he was unsure, and supported him emotionally- when things were too intense, and when plans began to change.

Looking back on my birth experience, I truly believe having a doula made a world of difference. She made what turned out to be a rather traumatic birth experience feel less scary. While we had worked together to devise a perfect birth plan early on in my pregnancy, due to many circumstances, I was unable to follow it. Actually, everything went completely opposite of the plan. With each challenge I faced, however- I ALWAYS felt supported. Lauren took the time to explain things to me, and I ALWAYS felt that the choice was still mine to make.

The physical and emotional support that I received during pregnancy, labour, and postpartum was absolutely amazing. I couldn’t have asked for anything more.

Kayla Fitzpatrick

12/4/2018

I have known Lauren almost my whole life. I never really had thought about having a doula until I saw that was something she was starting to do. I was intrigued, so I messaged her and asked for a whole bunch of info about doula services. She was super helpful and knowledgeable, so I decided to go that route and use her services at my home birth. She was always willing to answer any and all questions, no matter what, and that was through the whole pregnancy and after. Her before, during, and after birth care are phenomenol. Even my husband was impressed. I recommend Lauren 100%, and I'm so grateful she does what she does, because she does it well!

Bre Schabert

6/1/2018

Lauren was my birth doula for the arrival of my first little one on May 16, 2018. I inititally wanted a doula because I was shocked at how little information was available to first time moms and for someone like me (big on information) this was challenging. 

I knew within minutes of meeting Lauren that I wanted her to be my doula. She was incredibly calm, kind, patient and had ALL of the information. In the months leading up to my birth she provided me with evidence based research that allowed my husband and I to make our own decisions on what we wanted for our labour and delivery. Even though I bombarded Lauren with questions on a fairly regular basis, she never ever made me feel like I was a hassle and continued to answer them even after my son was born. 

On the day of,  Lauren arrived shortly after we did at the hospital. The entire day she supported both my husband and I as well as the nurses at the hospital. When something wasn't as we had planned or talked about, Lauren made sure to double check with me. I also felt as if she was an advocate for myself and the baby when suggesting different movements/techniques that would help the labour move along more efficiently. I know that without Lauren there it would have been a different experience and things may not have gone as smoothly as they did. Even my husband said that it felt like him and Lauren were a team throughout the day which could not have made me happier. After our babe was born, Lauren stayed to ensure we were all healthy/happy and then checked in on us for the next few days. She came to visit a week after he was born and stayed for a few hours while making sure I was able to nurse properly and that everything was going as well as it could be for a week post partum. 

I would highly recommend Lauren to any of my friends or family. She is truly an asset when it comes to bringing a baby into this world. 

Candace Gegolick

5/21/2018

I chose Lauren to be my doula for the birth of my third baby born on April 23, 2018.
Throughout my entire pregnancy Lauren exceeded all my expectations of what I thought a doula would offer to me. She always went above and beyond to provide me with links to information on any questions I had so I could make an informed decision. She found me a birthing pool and helped me prepare all of the things I would need to have a water birth. She was there every single time I needed her for advice or information. Lauren was always extremely professional and knowledgable, and also very easy to talk to and I always felt very comfortable with her. When the time came for my birth, Lauren stayed in contact with me all day and gave me advice which ultimately helped me get to my hotel birth just on time. I was doubting myself all day as to whether or not I was in actual labour but Lauren didn’t, she was reassuring me that this was “it” and that I should be heading to the hotel. Thank god I listened to her because I only just made it to the hotel with less than 15 minutes to spare and my baby was born! I didn’t get the water birth I wanted, but I wouldn’t change it for the world! My midwife didn’t make it to my birth on time, which left Lauren a huge responsibility, and she handled it amazingly. In the days after my baby was born Lauren stayed in contact with me, again, answering any and all questions I had for her and even visited me at my home, which is over an hour drive for her. She brought me a book on breastfeeding/latching, she watched how my baby was nursing and offered advice to me and even brought me a baked treats! Lauren is an amazing doula and I would recommend her in a heartbeat to anyone! Thank you Lauren!!!

Aislin McIntyre

5/5/2018

We chose Lauren as our Birth Doula based on her kind heart, calm nature, and extensive experience with home births. The choice to have a Doula present was made later in my pregnancy - I first met with Lauren around 30 weeks - as my husband began to feel generally more anxious about the birth. Taking off my own Birth Doula hat was difficult but Lauren was exceptional at answering every question, guiding us through comfort measures, and easing Steven’s anxiety with knowledge, options, and encouragement. We both felt completely relaxed around her. 

Lauren was steadfast through each stage of my labour. She checked in for regular updates through my early labour and arrived right when we needed her (after many, many hours of mucking through latent contractions). Both Steven and I chose to simply trust in her suggestions as they came: the shower, double hip squeezes (GLORIOUS!), backwards chair straddle, bouncing on the birth ball, squatting, hands & knees, drinking water, eating bites of anything. Her timely suggestions of changing positions allowed me to give my energy to moving through each contraction, instead of pondering the physical state of my labouring body.

She was a godsend in helping Steven set up and fill the birth pool; nobody should ever have to do that alone. Once I got into the pool, it was often Lauren’s face I was looking up to or her hands I was squeezing through contractions. Equally so, she had a knack for seemingly disappearing when Steven was supporting me. That’s a true & rare talent to have. She was so calm as I transitioned then pushed, which helped Steven to stay calm as well. I vividly remember her telling my husband that I was doing absolutely amazing - something every birthing woman should overhere! 

Lauren’s birthing intuition, mindfulness, and peaceful aura completed our birth team. I feel incredibly grateful to have had her present at the birth of our son. 

Laura Daniel Keough

3/26/2018

After having a terrifying first birth experience with my daughter in 2015 I decided that this time around I would hire a doula to have some extra support and guidance for my second labour and delivery.

I am so grateful to have met Lauren and to have had her attend the birth of our son. From our initial meeting at my house to 2 weeks postpartum and beyond, Lauren offered amazing support, knowledge and kindness. Meeting with her prenatally to discuss goals and plans for the birth increased our confidence about labour and delivery and helped me to feel at ease.

Having Lauren present for active labour and delivery kept me calm and helped my husband to be more helpful during labour and also allowed for him to step out to get a quick bite to eat so that he could be at his best for me. She was extremely attentive in the delivery room and guided me through different techniques for contraction and pain management and helped  us to follow our birth plan as closely as possible to help me obtain the birth I had dreamed of.

Lauren exceeded all expectations I had hoped for with hiring a doula for my birth experience.The beautiful birth photos she took during labour and delivery are something I will always cherish and will be forever grateful for.

If you are looking for a sweet, down to earth, knowledgeable doula then Lauren is the one for you!

Thank you for helping me to achieve the birth that I wanted Lauren!!

 

Kylene Alexis

11/13/2017

I can’t express how happy and thankful I am to have had Lauren attend and assist with the birth of our son. Throughout the pregnancy we connected a few times. She always made sure I was doing well and was available to answer questions. During labor she was my rock. I am a first time mom and of course a new experience for my husband and we never would have fully known how to cope. Thanks to Lauren I made it through drug free which is what I had hoped for and she made sure our birth plan was followed. I am thankful for the check ins afterwarday and some tips and tricks to help with our first days as parents. I would never hesitate to have Lauren as my doula again and would highly recommend her as anyone else’s doula! 

Katherine gray

11/8/2017

Lauren was our doula for the planned home birth of our second son on October 3rd, 2017.

Leading up to the birth, we met with Lauren a few times to discuss what our birth preferences were. This gave us the opportunity to go over all the things we would like to see happen in the case of a hospital transfer which is something we didn't consider in our first birth. We were also able to go through our first birth experience with her and evaluate what we would like to see happen differently with this birth. These are two things we likely never would have done without her guidance and are so thankful for.

Lauren was always available to talk via phone call or text to answer any questions or concerns, and to simply reassure me when my body was preparing for delivery in the days and weeks leading up to it. She was comforting and supportive every step of the way.

When it came time to call Lauren and let her know it was time, we were both so excited to do so. Lauren arrived and moved effortlessly into her role as our doula by matching how my husband effectively supported me and what I felt comforted by in those moments. She also suggested different positions, encouraged me, and even cuddled with our older son at one point until alternate care arrived.

In transition, Lauren's positive energy really shone through. In those moments when I started doubting myself and feeling like I couldn't do it, she was steadfast and strong in telling me that I would soon meet my baby and I WAS doing it.

Having Lauren at our birth was amazing. I feel that the care we received truly changed the outcome of our birth and let us walk away from the experience feeling empowered, confident, and redeemed. Lauren was a huge part of what made that feeling possible. We are so honored to have been under her care. 

Warmly,

Stuart and Katie Gray

Katherine gray

11/6/2017

Lauren was our doula for the planned home birth of our second son on October 3rd, 2017.

Leading up to the birth, we met with Lauren a few times to discuss what our birth preferences were. This gave us the opportunity to go over all the things we would like to see happen in the case of a hospital transfer which is something we didn't consider in our first birth. We were also able to go through our first birth experience with her and evaluate what we would like to see happen differently with this birth. These are two things we likely never would have done without her guidance and are so thankful for.

Lauren was always available to talk via phone call or text to answer any questions or concerns, and to simply reassure me when my body was preparing for delivery in the days and weeks leading up to it. She was comforting and supportive every step of the way.

When it came time to call Lauren and let her know it was time, we were both so excited to do so. Lauren arrived and moved effortlessly into her role as our doula by matching how my husband effectively supported me and what I felt comforted by in those moments. She also suggested different positions, encouraged me, and even cuddled with our older son at one point until alternate care arrived.

In transition, Lauren's positive energy really shone through. In those moments when I started doubting myself and feeling like I couldn't do it, she was steadfast and strong in telling me that I would soon meet my baby and I WAS doing it.

Having Lauren at our birth was amazing. I feel that the care we received truly changed the outcome of our birth and let us walk away from the experience feeling empowered, confident, and redeemed. Lauren was a huge part of what made that feeling possible. We are so honored to have been under her care. 

Warmly,

Stuart and Katie Gray

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