$900 to $1000
$25 to $35
9 years and 152 births attended
9 years and 120 families served
Type of practice: Solo practice
Clients per month: 0 to 3 births and 0 to 6 postpartum families
Postpartum limits/restrictions: I'm allergic to cigarette smoke so cannot support families who have smokers who smoke IN their home.
Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
I enjoy supporting women in the hospital and am proud of the positive relationships with hospital staff that I've maintained throughout my time working there.
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Attends home births? Any Home Birth
Home births are lovely. I thoroughly enjoy supporting women in their own home with a registered midwife in attendance.
I provide some volunteer birth doula services for clients of the Victoria Pregnancy Centre. I am on the “Program Advisory Committee ” for the Holistic Doula Certificate program at the Pacific Rim College. I was a volunteer office assistant at the Victoria Midwifery Group for 2 years.
Please see my website (www.oakandacorn.ca) for more personal information about me and for a full listing of my services and fees.
Victoria, BC Service range 20 miles
I had a great experience with Corinne and if I have a second baby, I would love to have her again during my birth. She is attentive, supportive, well experienced, and super competent. She was also very helpful after the birth, coming to my place to check on me and giving me supportive advice, even over the phone.
We were skeptical about needing a doula but it was our first baby and we wanted all the support in case things went wrong and we were so happy with our decision to work with Corinne. After 26 hours of early labor, 6 hours of active labor and 2 hours of pushing we ended up having our baby boy by emergency C-section under General anaesthesia. Leading up to birth Corinne was so easy to communicate with, super organized and so resourceful. She showed us all her birthing tools and toys and we felt really connected from the get go. When we finally showed up at the hospital Corinne was already on the second floor waiting for us and I remember the elevator opening and I was crying so hard in pain but I saw Corinne and fet the hugest amount of relief knowing everything was going to be okay. She was AMAZING through labor - for me she said everything I needed to hear when I needed to hear it and she held my hand through contractions and got me juice and water when I didn't even know I needed it. She was anticipating so much for me. My husband doesn't know how he would have got through any of it without Corinne, especially when he though he was going to scrub in for the C-Section but suddenly was told only "there were complications and we had to put her under. You can't come in." Corinne was a huge support for my husband that day. Just when we thought she was done, postpartum care was through the roof. At first she came over, answered questions, gave us tips, taught me how to pump and helped with breastfeeding and then as weeks went on we realized our baby was very colicky and high needs. Weeks and weeks later we reached out for help as we were buried in holding our baby 20 hours a day. She reached out to her network and got doulas to volunteer to help us during a very busy time. She cares so much about her clients and we feel blessed to have known and worked with her! We would recommend her to everyone!!!!
Corrine was the most amazing Doula. Her support during our pregnancy, and on the labour day, was everything I had hoped for: she integrated seamlessly with my partner's support as he guided me through each breath, Corrine was there just as if hoped with warm and cold cloths that helped me give birth naturally. I will not look further in terms of having found the best Doula in town! I highly recommend Corrine to anyone looking for a smooth, and sacred birthing experience. I am so glad I went with her during our hospital birth, as having a Doula gave me enough confidence to follow through on my birth plan and avoid interventions. Thanks Corrine!!! You are simply fantastic.
My husband and I are so grateful to Corinne for the support she provided before, during, and after the birth of our son. She is both knowledgeable and intuitive. She drew on her ample experience as a doula and as a mother to answer our many questions and help us navigate the hospital setting. Her familiarity with the process allowed us to relax and focus on the birth.
By visiting us several times during the pregnancy, Corinne also developed a keen awareness of our personalities and preferences. After only a few months, Corinne seemed like an old friend, and during labour, I wouldn’t have been able to articulate the things that Corinne intuitively knew I needed.
We felt completely safe with Corinne. In addition to being an exceptional doula, she’s also a lovely person. I hope we’ll be lucky enough to work with her again one day.
I instantly felt comfortable when we met Corinne. She was warm, confident, and caring. Even my normally shy children warmed up to her very quickly!
After just completing her doula duties at another VBA2C, Corinne was ready and willing to support my plan for a VBA2C. We ended up choosing a scheduled cesarean and Corinne was kind enough to offer her services in other ways.
We used Corinne's support for one overnight in the hospital after the baby was born. My husband was able to go home and get a full night's sleep and I was able to sleep for most of the night too! Corinne is an absolute natural with newborn babies and was able to snuggle my new little girl all night while I slept nearby.
We also had Corinne encapsulate the placenta. With this being my third baby and the first time I've ever had my placenta encapsulated - I noticed a huge difference in my mood and energy levels post-partum. I definitely credit the placenta capsules!
I can't thank or recommend Corinne enough!
My partner and I decided to hire a doula to create a support system for labour and birth that would allow us the greatest potential of acheiving our birth goals. Corinne was the perfect fit. She has a calming energy and her own personal experiences of birth and labour resonated with me. During my birth, I drew on her presence for support and encouragement. Corinne is gentle, non judgemental and passionate about her role. Her experience is evident as she provided support post partum that as a first time mom was really valuable to me. My birth would not have been the same with Corinne by my side.
I had my placenta encapculated by Corinne. Corrine was very easy and flexible to deal with. My husband called her about half an hour after I delivered my daughter. She arrived within the hour to pick up my placenta and dropped off my capcules to me at the hospital the next morning. It was incredibly fast and efficient! The instructions were easy to understand. The whole experience was flawless. I will definitely use Corinne for any future pregnancys.
Corinne was our doula at the birth of our first baby. She was amazing! She made both of us feel so comfortable and empowered right from the start. During labour, she knew where we were at at any moment and could make helpful suggestions, plus she knew what was coming and how to prepare for it. She worked very well with our midwife as well as the hospital staff, and we really appreciated having her weigh in when it came to breastfeeding and so many of the other challenging things for brand new parents. We felt so lucky to have her come to our house for several post-natal visits during that vulnerable first week. She also encapsulated my placenta for me in a speedy and discreet manner. I have recommended her to several friends, and we would be fortunate to have Corinne as our doula again!
Corinne was an absolutely wonderful support in the birth of my son. I had a lot of axieties and she met with me many times before the birth to answer all my questions and put me at ease, also lending me some really helpful books on natural childbirth. I ended up having a very long birth with almost 3 days of labour, and Corinne hung out with me at home, giving me strength and reassurance when things were very difficult. During the birth she knew just what to do and say to make me more comfortable and to stick the goals I had set. I am so happy with my whole birth experience which I was able to do naturally, and wouldn't change a thing. She also did a very professional job encapsulating my placenta and I think taking it was helpful in my recovery!
Corinne was absolutely amazing as our Doula!! Corinne is a lovely, warm individual who was a perfect fit for both my husband and myself. Before, during and after the birth Corinne had incredible grounded, calm and positive energy. She was totally open to doing anything that would be helpful, nothing was beneath her, and she didn't wait to be asked - it was incredible how she just knew our needs even before we did! Corinne always ensured that we could reach her, and she gave very useful advice regarding pre/early labour experiences, positions and excercises. She is very strong too, which is great for the double hip squeeze!! Corrine also encapsulated my placenta, which I believe provided valuable nutrients essential for postpartum recovery.
Corrine is an amazing, experienced Doula who we are so grateful for and fully recommend!!
Corinne was fantastic. I contacted her in advance of babies arrival and she gave me all the pertinent info about the process to get my placenta encapsulated. She explained the different techniques and told me about the benefits of placenta encapsulation as well as helping us with what to do to get the placenta after our hospital birth. She handled the process with care and respect for our time. She was quite busy and kept us updated with the eta of the capsules. Her packaging was nice and instructions were concise. I would definitely reccomend her to friends and would also use her services again myself.
Corinne is amazing! I was a bit wary at first thinking what am I doing? I would 100% recommend placenta encapsulation for anyone and everyone who is able to have it done. I had a c-section and started taking them the next day...I was fully recovered 100 times faster than anyone thought I would have been. I had energy (well as much as you can with a newborn) and I was feeling good. I can't thank Corinne enough for all the help and the visit in the hospital! :)
What can I say about Corinne that hasn't already been said? A year ago I was looking at these reviews, trying to find a doula who would help me navigate my first pregnancy and birth. Within minutes of meeting Corinne, I knew she was a gem. She made me and my husband feel so comfortable and reassured. She met with us a number of times before the birth of our daughter, answering any and all stupid questions we had, lending me books from her library, checking in to see how things were going. As my due date approached, she checked in more frequently and kept us posted on her whereabouts, just in case she was going some place where it might be harder to reach her. I really appreciated this, and never once doubted that she'd get back to me.
When I went into labour, she let me decide when I wanted her to come over, and then was there within half an hour. Our planned home birth ended up having to be moved to the hospital, and it turned into a very long night, but Corinne was nothing short of amazing. I know my husband was so grateful for her presence, as she kept both of us feeling calm and capable. I keep telling people that despite not having the home birth I had long planned for, I am still so happy with my birth experience because I felt totally and completely supported by everyone around me. Corinne was a HUGE part of that, and when I finally gave birth to my daughter, I'm pretty sure Corinne looked happier than I did! She continued to be supportive after giving birth, and was so helpful when I was having some breastfeeding problems.
It's so clear to me that Corinne was meant to do this work, and despite telling my husband during labour that I was NEVER going through this again, if Corinne could be there, I totally would. Basically: WE LOVE CORINNE!
Bebe Josephina and I met Corinne when bebe was approximately 2 months old. We loved her instantly! She became our postpartum/night doula and spent many nights and evenings just cuddling and rocking bebe so I could sleep. Honestly, I don't know what we would have done for the few months that she helped us; she is a godsend! Completely prepared and professional at all times and so great with babies! I highly recommend Corinne as a doula/posrpartum doula!!
Corinne Bargen was an invaluable member of our birth team during the unexpected arrival of our daughter in October, 2013. Unlike many doula-client relationships, we welcomed Corrine into our birth experience only after labor had commenced. Despite the lack of opportunity to build a pre-birth relationship with Corinne, her confidence, compassion, professionalism and humour were evident immediately which allowed us to integrate her into our experience without reservation.
One of the best things about Corinne is her ability to read a situation, quickly assess what is required and what she can do to contribute, and then gently take action....all the while checking in with both mom and dad to ensure everyone has a shared understanding of roles and that she remains respectful of expectations regarding her involvement during such personal and intimate moments.
We are thankful that Corinne was part of our daughter's entry into the world and for Corinne's calming presence during some very stressful times. Not only was Corinne very attentive to my wife's needs, but she also provided me (the dad) with a great deal of support without ever causing me to feel displaced or pushed aside.
Corinne was also faithful in her follow-up contact with us to ensure that everyone transitioned home as best as possible.
Corinne was a valuable partner in our experience and I would strongly recommend her as an excellent addition to any couple considering doula services.
When I first mentioned the idea of having a doula to my husband he was hesitant. He worried that the doula would push him aside or minimize his experience. However once he met Corinne he was totally on board. Corinne was warm and kind and patient with all of our questions in the last few months of my pregnancy. We appreciated hearing her own experiences as a mother and her observations from previous clients and were really impressed by how organized and prepared she was. Her birth kit is amazing! She also has an unassuming sense of humour - so we really clicked.
I went into labour 5 days before my due date and had a fast, intense home birth. When Corinne arrived she talked me through what was happening and reassured me all was normal. She was there with anything I needed and anticipated things I didn't even know I wanted - and she worked beautifully with our midwives. After the birth I was stunned that Corinne had gone above and beyond to tidy our home. I really think it was because of Corinne that we had such a positive home birth experience.
We are so grateful that Corinne was there to help us welcome Elliot into this world.
My wife and I had twins Oct. 27, 2013. Corinne was perfect in every way!!! She met us twice before our birth and instilled confidence with her nurturing nature and her well thought out questions. As the birth approached, she continually checked in to make sure we were feeling comfortable.
On the day of the birth Corinne showed up 45 minutes after I called and she was a lifesaver! Always in the right place at the right time. She is very intuitive and went from cheering my wife on, to massaging her legs and lower back, keeping her focused and present, and ensured we were all hydrated in the process.
She is a very calming presence and I can't offer enough praise for her services.
It is obvious that Corrine is passionate about all things related to pregnancy, birth, babies and children! Corrine exemplifies a pillar of strength. She was completely engaged throughout my entire labour – there to provide support but in no way infringed upon my space. She has the unique ability to read situations well and to know when to “be there”. For this particular labour I ended up needing someone to provide a lot of physical support – Corrine was amazing (as I’m sure she would be emotionally too). She doesn’t have a personal agenda during labour, she simply supported me through whatever was needed. Corrine has a warm personality and is also very professional. I enjoyed all of my meetings with her. She also encapsulated my placenta and delivered the pills the next day – I highly recommend this service. My experience with Corrine was overwhelmingly positive and I would highly recommend her as a doula to anyone!
Corinne was our birth doula for our first child. She used her considerable knowledge and quiet confidence to guide us through the lead up to the birth of our son.
The labour an delivery had several unexpected turns and Corinne was with us every step of the way. She was a dedicated, focused partner during the birth.
What I didn't expect was her consistent help during the post-partum weeks. She comforted me when I had fears and answered many newborn questions over, email, phone and in person.
Being an experienced mother herself, Corinne has lots of insightful stories to share. She is a caring doula with practical wisdom and warmth.
I contacted Corinne while I was pregnant about helping me out in my post-partum period as I have a young toddler and was anticipating a bit of an adjustment period with the new baby. She was very quick to get back to me and was very helpful in accomodating my schedule.
Corinne fit easily into to our lives and was incredibly attentive to our needs. She was great with my almost-2-year-old son as well as the baby. Corinne has an amazing ability to just see what needs to be done and get it done. She worked non-stop throughout our sessions.
Corinne noticed little details of the way that I did things and it was just like having two of me. I never had to micromanage or worry about things being done. I found my times with her to be restful and helpful in my transition to managing two kids under two on my own. Corinne was invaluable and I would recommend her wholeheartedly.
Corinne was an incredible addition to our birth team during the labor and delivery of our second child. From our initial meeting to the postpartum visits, Corinne was always professional, attentive, and calm. She listened to our questions, concerns and desires and helped to put our minds at ease. We knew that we could trust her to be an advocate for us at the hospital. During the labor and delivery, Corinne was encouraging and empowering and was genuinely excited with us when our baby boy arrived. Corinne has a true love for children and families, which is evident in the interactions we have with her. If we are blessed with another pregnancy, we will have no hesitation in inviting Corinne back into the journey with us.
Corinne supported me as my doula during the birth of my first child. I chose Corinne because I knew her to be extremely caring and intuitive, as well as dependable and calm under pressure. She was a perfect match for me and my husband, as we can both experience serious anxiety in unfamiliar or challenging circumstances. But even more importantly, Corinne has a kind and generous heart and a real passion for supporting women and their partners as they bring new life into the world; we saw both of these qualities manifested in her dedication both to us as clients and to her profession in general. She is extremely talented at what she does.
Corinne was our doula for our first child. During what turned out to be a really long labour ending with a caesarean, Corinne was a pillar of strength for both of us. Her warm and loving manner combined with her confidence and skill in supporting both myself and my husband was so helpful and calming. We had a wonderful midwife but we really appreciated having Corinne there for us throughout the long process, especially as Corinne was able to give my husband breaks from supporting me during contractions and helped us to remember the types of choices we had made during our birth plan. Corinne has a wonderful, gentle strength about her and a care that is so obviously genuine. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a doula!
Thank you Corinne for your amazing support before, during and after the birth of our twin girls. You were there within minutes when labour started in the wee hours of the morning, all the way until the next night when we were resting comfortably with our girls in our hospital room. Your extensive knowledge of the birthing process, calming and reassuring presence and thoughtful help was so valuable to our birth experience. We couldn't have imagined doing it without you. Thank you again!
Ashley, Jeremy, Madeleine and Avery
Corinne was amazing! She sat down with us to discuss what we were hoping for out of our birth experience, and what we hoped her role would be. She was quick to offer ideas and suggestions when we needed them, as this was our first child and we were open to learning and getting lots of new ideas.
Corinne was everything we were looking for during labour and the birth. She gave space and helped out when needed and showed so much support for me and my husband. We made a great team, along with our midwife.
I would highly recommend Corinne to anyone seeking a doula.
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