3 years and 5 births attended
Type of practice: Partnership with 1 other doula
Clients per month: 1 to 2
Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Attends home births? Some Home Births
With the presence of a Registered Midwife
My fee includes a free initial consultation, 2 prenatal visits to build our relationship and prepare for birth, unlimited phone and email support throughout your pregnancy and early postpartum, continuous emotional and physical support during labour, and 1-2 postpartum visits to process your birth together and help you settle into life with baby. Prenatal education classes, placenta encapsulation, and additional visits can also be added on. Every birth is unique and support looks different for every birthing person, so I look forward to working with you to determine how best to support you and your growing family! Birth fee listed is a flat fee. For sliding scale information, please contact me. I believe every family deserves a doula and I will do my best to accommodate you.
North Vancouver, BC Service range 15 miles
Suzi was such a God send with the birth of our second child. I went into the pregnancy with a lot of strong emotions that weren’t addressed during the previous pregnancy. Suzi made space for them and dedicated such time and energy to make sure I worked through their depths pre labor. She also agree to our unusual request: dinner with our family multiple times, balloon animals, you name it Suzi provided it. She effortlessly support me and my husband while being such joy to not only during the birth but also the development of our child. She was the encouraging voice that gave me strength to preserver through the last moments of pregnancy and labour and delivery. The days leading up to our little ones entering the world was filled with her knowledge and reassurances for both my husband and me. I am eternally grateful for her calm encouraging presence, patience, and general gifting in this area.
"Suzi is an amazing doula! Suzi was exactly the support we needed during the birth of our second birth. It was our first time giving birth overseas and at this particular clinic. Her familiarity with the clinic was invaluable. It was very apparent that she is passionate about the birth experience and that comes across in your demeanor. Both my husband and I can attest to Suzi ability and knowledge. I wanted to complete childbirth naturally with no medication. Suzi was helpful in educating us in what to expect in the weeks leading up to the birth, the childbirth process itself, and what to expect postpartum. Due to circumstances that couldn’t be helped we ended up with a C-section. Suzi stayed with us during and after the surgery and provided support. Suzi was a great cheerleader. The birth of our son Creed, was an emotional moment in our lives and it was the support of Suzi and her knowledge that helped make it a positive experience. Her presence during the birth of our son was a tremendous help. I’m so glad she was with us during this life changing experience. We highly recommend her!"
Of my 4 very different birth experiences, #4 was hands down the best in large part thanks to the wonderful support of my doula, Suzi. My 3rd baby was a very hard delivery physically and emotionally so I really wanted to make sure delivery #4 was different.On top of that, for this 4th baby, I was in a new place, with an unfamiliar medical system and wasn't sure what to expect from the hospital I had chosen.
The support Suzi provided both leading up to and during labor was invaluable; she took what could have been a very difficult labor experience, and turned it into something empowering and beautiful. Before labor, she provided emotional support as together we talked through my expectations and fears about labor. During labor she deftly read the situation to determine what was most helpful - verbal coaching, physical support, or running interference with the doctors and nurses so that I could focus on labor.
I experienced tearing with all 4 of my babies, but with the 4th it was the least severe. And I attribute that entirely to Suzi's ability to coach me through some breathing as the baby was crowning.
Suzi's praise of my achievement and love for my little girl and me post-birth are sweet sweet memories that I will cherish forever.
I would highly recommend Suzi's birth support services to any one!
When I went into labour for the first time I was surprised by many things. That in itself was a surprise since I’m a midwife and familiar with the mechanics and emotions of birth. I was surprised by my intense need for privacy. I wanted people there... so long as they were in the other room. In light of this it might have seemed superfluous to invite my doula friend Suzi, in addition to my husband, mother, and midwife. After the tumult of my labour’s brought my son into the light, I felt such a cascade of emotion. Relief, elation and thankfulness mingled with worry, weakness and uncertainty.
From the aftermath of birth I have an enduring memory: washing the sweat and pain off my skin. I could barely do anything for myself, and the person who was there with me was Suzi. She washed, and clothed and encouraged me through every moment of “letting go” of labour, and it is such a beautiful memory. I was being taught a motherhood lesson ; embracing vulnerability, leaning into support, allowing my hard work to be recognized and praised. Suzi, who had earlier seen and respected my need for privacy, now poured out the care and attention which are so natural to her. She was my doula, shining in her ability to let me shine.
Our first daughter was also our first baby to be born abroad. My sister- in-law flew out to Cambodia to be our doula for this birth. Unfortunately, our daughter was not ready to be born while our sister was still around. Suzi became our back up doula. She had big shoes to fill, but she did so with grace. Her calming presence reassured me that all would be fine. This gave me the confidence to focus on my wife as she brought our daughter into the world. Suzi was thoughtful in giving me breaks so I could eat and rest. Suzi and I were like a team supporting my wife as she labored. At one point when the doctor came in to check on Noelle, she said confidently, “It looks like all is well, let me know if you need anything.” Suzi was a vital member or our birth team and I wholeheartedly recommend her to any couple looking for support and encouragement during their birthing time and after!
Suzi was with us for our first hospital birth. I’m not sure I could have done it without her. She was a peaceful presence and a source of encouragement. She offered helpful suggestions and supported my husband by giving him breaks and bringing food. She made sure I remembered to stay hydrated and rubbed my aching hips and back. She advocated for me when it was time to go in the delivery room. She trusted me and the process of birth. This helped me to trust my instincts and let my body do its work. I’m so thankful Suzi was with us during that sacred moment of bringing our first daughter into the world. She truly understood how important this time was and helped us guard and record those precious moments with our daughter. She also took our very first photos together.
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