Stages Family Services
Port Coquitlam, BC Service range 25 miles within an hour in lower mainland.
$1575 to $5000
$35 to $40
Availability Remarks: I am part of a team and believe in building community. If I am not available, I have like-minded supports who can meet with you.
$1575 to $5000
$35 to $40
10 years and 260 births attended
10 years and 50 families served
Type of practice: Doula agency owner
Clients per month: 2 to 4 births and 1 postpartum families
Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
No birth centres currently in BC
Attends home births? Any Home Birth
Homebirths include Birth pool and Birth kit in cost.
Candice volunteers her services as a doula and talents as a photographer, to families experiencing loss. We have a Spanish Speaking Doula on our team.
Fee includes : unlimited access, monthly meetings, access to our community, team dynamic. We believe in building connections and community. Planning for your postpartum should start during pregnancy. While we give you the tools to have a powerful birth, we also set you up with the tools to have a supported and powerful postpartum.
Port Coquitlam, BC Service range 25 miles within an hour in lower mainland.
Candice was a wonderful Doula to me, my wife and our first daughter! She was by our side through the most important day of our lives, she advocated for us when we needed another voice and she was kind and funny throughout the long hospital waits! She is an incredibly talented photographer and went over and above for us when she didn't have to. We will cherish our pregnancy and birth story photos for the rest of our lives and our daughters life! She comes highly recommended by our family~
We had such a wonderful experience with Candice from Stages doula. I didn’t have a doula for my first birth experience and there were a lot of things that I wished had gone differently that made my recovery much more difficult than it could have been. I didn’t expect things to go exactly according to a “birth plan” this time because there are reasons that can’t always happen.
Candice really took the time and energy to really get to know me and what my wants were when it came to my labour and delivery experience. Any time I had a question or concern she was so helpful. She was comforting, supportive, encouraging... everything you would want in a doula.
Candice was there for me as I laboured at home and had she not been there I know I would have been at the hospital much earlier and I would have had a much harder time sticking with my birth plan. She helped keep my husband and I at ease and helped coach us through the whole process. They advocated for me when there were things I wasn’t comfortable with. My recovery was soooo much better this time because I didn’t have the complications that resulted from the epidural last time. I was able to labour and deliver without an epidural which was important to me this time. After my baby safely arrived, I kept saying out loud, "We did it.. we did it.." and along with my baby, my husband and Candice were part of that "we". My experience would not have been the same at all without her.
I couldn’t recommend Stages Doula enough. They were a game changer for us!
When we told our friends that we were expecting, we were flooded with numerous tips and advice for new parents. One of our friends strongly recommended hiring a Doula. We did not know what a Doula was, and were not sure if one was "needed". After interviewing a few Doulas, we found our perfect match with Candice.
From the initial consultation email to today, Candice was always available through phone or email during my pregnancy as well as through the process of labour and delivery. Candice always replied in a timely manner and has taken her time to go through our questions and concerns with great detail. We learned a lot from her, and were amazed by her knowledge and passion for the job.
When I started having contractions, she gathered all of her equipment and came to our home, all ready and prepared for us to have our first baby. She supported both my husband and myself through this exciting and nerve-wracking time of our lives and I would have not had it any other way.
I felt very comfortable around her and am so thankful for all that she has done for us. We strongly recommend Candice as a Doula to anyone who is expecting.
Candice was a wellspring of positivity and confidence for my daughter as she prepared to try for a VBAC after a disappointing emergency c-section for her first baby. During her successful labour and delivery, Candice was their for her in every way - knowing exactly how to squeeze her hips during the peak of each contraction - suggesting positions to try, applying cool clothes to her forehead and cheering her through the hardest pushes at the end. Candice worked collaboratively with the excellent midwife (Dana from Aveta) and wonderful nurses, to help my daughter achieve the labour and delivery she so hoped for. And on top of that she managed to take powerful photos we will treasure forever. I highly recommend Candice!
I highly recommend Candice and her team. As soon as she came over and helped me with pain management I felt a huge difference in pain relief. She was by my side every step of the way throughout my long labour. She went above and beyond to make sure I was comfortable and well taken care of. She has a great knowledge and intuition for problem solving issues that may come up. A very valuable ally to have by your side!
She also had very helpful recommendations and referrals for after the baby was born. Such as an amazing midwife and a baby chiropractor. My birth experience wouldnt have been the same without her and her colleague Katherine. I cant recommend them enough!
Candice was amazing! We highly recommend her as a photographer, videographer and doula.
I never thought I'd be one to want photos of the birth of our baby, let alone a video of it! We are so glad we did. The emotions it brings when we look at the photos and watch the video are incredible. Some of them I didn't remember happening, even though it was days earlier. I love seeing what was going on around me while I was in my own world.
The images are wonderful and so powerful. Candice did a remarkable job of capturing the feel of the room, the rawness of the labouring and delivery and the beauty in all of it.
Candice is experience and knowledgeable, bringing a great energy with her. She was the right mix of passive and assertive, helping out whenever she was needed. This was our first, so we truly appreciated having the extra support and education available to us.
Candice will be at the birth of our next babe too.
Thank you for everything!!
Candice provided the confidence and support I needed to have my home birth VBAC. It was what I had wanted with my first and was terrified of a repeat c section. She was there every step of the way and even pointed me on the right direction of who would be supportive midwives for the experience I envisioned. Her words through my birth provided me with confidence and comfort to being my little girl into the world intervention free and with my toddler near my side. She also documented my birth in such a magical way I will forever be grateful, including my husband and son in the whole experience, making the transition for my son becoming a big brother that much easier. Candice captured moments on film throughout my pregnancy and birth and now with my newborn here in this world and her lively and loving easy going and compassionate personality are ones to be cherished and added to the ease of my homebirth! Highly recommended !
Candice was amazing. She was always there during my pregnancy to answer questions and provide information that allowed me to make informed decisions during pregnancy and birth. During my labour Candice was there from the start, reassuring me and being my cheerleader. My labour was 26hrs and My daughter was ROP thus being a hard long labour. Candice was my advocate, my person to bounce ideas/information with so I made the decisions that we right for my
labour. I don't think I could have done such an intense time in my life without her and my other support. I look back at my labour and think that it was right for me in that situation and Candice was a key factor in that happening. Thank you Candice for being so amazing :)
My husband and I hired Candice on to join my birth team as our doula and birth photographer. From the moment we met her we knew we loved her genuine spunk and our values for our natural birth plan aligned with her perfectly.
This was our first pregnancy and we truly didn't know what to expect out of the labour and delivery experience. After a lengthy induction process that propelled into active labour in the blink of an eye, Candice was there to support and advocate not only for me but to be a voice alongside my husband as well. Her constant positivity and overall belief and encouragement that we were in control and we would get through the birth as desired was truly irreplaceable.
Not to mention, aside from her doula support, that she took magnificent pictures of the last moments before we became parents to the first moments we looked our daughter in the eyes. I cry every time I look at them. I have recommended Candice to expectant friends and will continue to do so!!
We hired Candice as our doula. Since it was our first child, my husband and I were very nervous and wanted some help and support during labor. We interviewed quite a few doulas, and when we met Candice, we instantly knew she is the one! Her lively personaaltiy really set her apart from others and you can see her passion towards child birth, and her easy going nature and supportive approach really made us feel at ease and we knew we can trust her 100%! If we are going to have another baby, Candice will be our doula again! Thank you Candice! You made such a big difference in our birth experience! :)
I can't thank Candice enough for her encouraging voice and positive energy throughout the birthing experience. She made me feel like a warrior! We are so grateful for her support and were so glad we found her when decided to hire a Doula. She made all the difference for me and I would hire her again in a second. Her sense of humour also made what can be a very anxious time, very enlightening! She's is also an amazingly talented photographer. We will cherish the precious moments she captured forever. Thank you for everything Candice!
For our first time experiencing childbirth - my husband and I decided that a doula would be an important addition to our team. Not only for laboring support for myself, but for my husband as well (he was definitely more stressed about how he would react during labor and delivery than I was). We met Candice and got on right away. She was humorous, informative, matter-of-fact and encouraging and supportive of our desires for delivery. She helped guide us to flesh out exactly what we were hoping for (while still understanding that birth is crazy and can go in any direction!). During early labor, she was at our home - reminding me to relax, change positions, be more mobile or less mobile depending on how I was feeling - I absolutely needed someone to break through the 'zone' of labor to remind me of simple things (relax my face, drink, eat, etc). She was also a calming presence for my husband to feed off of. He was able to feel confident that everything was progressing normally because of her assurance. Throughout our birth - she continued to encourage me (expecially during transition when I started to feel like I was losing control!). Because of her and our midwive team, we got to experience an intense and beautiful natural waterbirth... and receive a collection of INCREDIBLE birth photos (I recommend birth photography to everyone as an incredible way to process your birth story - we will cherish these forever). We would recommend and re-book Candice again in a heart beat. She is a gem of a gal who cares so much for the work she does and people she comes in contact with. We loved her!
Candice has a passion and that passion is being a doula. You can sense it in her the moment you meet her. She is approachable and thorough. She is a fantastic photographer, capturing the most precious moments of your labour and birth. I highly recommend hiring Candice.
We knew Candice was the one simply because of her experience and her personality. (She also reminded us of my younger sister!)
We wanted our doula to mesh with our wants and needs and most importantly someone who advocated for the birth plan we wished. I wanted to have a natural birth at the hospital but I was flexible and not too rigid if my baby had other plans or if the pain was too much for me. Luckily, I got exactly what I wanted. I was able to have a natural vaginal delivery with my husband and Candice beside me. I honestly do not think I could have made it without Candice. She was amazing!!! I remember her telling me how strong and amazing I am throughout my labour. Candice kept me comfortable and hydrated through all of it. She was a perfect addition to our birth team.
Candice is not only a doula but also a photographer. We had her do our maternity shoot and she captured us beautifully.
We highly recommend Candice. She is understanding, warm, bubbly, experienced and accountable. We are glad to have Candice as our doula. She will never be forgotten to us.
Victoria & Bryan
It was a bit of a last minute thought for us to hire a birth photographer, and I am SO glad we did. Hands down one of the best investments we made around Alice’s birth. It’s hard to remember or even be aware of everything that went on while giving birth ... like the joy on my sons face when his baby sister emerged, or loving connection the 1st time my husband held his daughter. Our photographs help bring those special moments to life.
I truly believe that Candices expereince as a doula is a HUGE asset to her birth photograpy craft. She knows the stages of labor and what to look for in captuing those precious moment. She is an absolute professional, yet super nurturing, fun and easy presence. If you are on the fence about hiring a birth photographer, this is your nudge to hire Candice to document one of the biggest days of your life.
We used Candice for the August 2017 birth of our daughter. It was our first child. Candice provided us with both doula services and photography services (maternity, birth & newborn photos). In short, we loved her and it was a great experience.
We found Candice to be honest, open and generally a great person. She was always willing to back us up and act as our advocate. When things went a bit quicker than normal with our birth, she kept things in control until the midwife arrived. After the midwife arrived, she was great at looking after both mom & dad.
The photos we got from Candice were incredible. No complaints or even suggestions with those! She took our preferences into consideration and came out with some fantastic results.
We have no reservations with recommending Candice’s doula or photographic services.
Katie & Mike Romaniuk
My experience with Candice as my doula was fantastic. Leading up to the birth, she was available for any questions and concerns I had, and as a first-time mom, I definitely had some! She listened to my husband and I and respected all of our choices.
It was a huge comfort to have her at my labour and birth, and she knew exactly what to do and suggest to make me as comfortable as possible throughout the process. I'm sure that she was a huge reason I never felt the need for any pain medication. She also remembered all of my wishes and concerns, and made sure that the doctors and nurses understood them as well, which was very important as I wasn't able to properly communicate them in the moment.
I would recommend Candice to anyone, and wouldn't hesitate to use her again.
Having Candice as my doula was just amazing! Being a first time mom, and a mom planning a home water birth, it was very important for me to have someone beside me who was more knowledgeable about birth, and someone who could advocate for me when I didn't have the guts or the energy to do so. Candice was exactly that person. She has a very happy and friendly persona, and that made for a very nice atmosphere. My husband and I were very comfortable with her, which was important for us as we would be sharing a moment that was so raw and personal.
Candice was also amazing during the labour and birth. She took initiatives. She guided me through contractions. She helped my husband take care of me, etc, all the while taking pictures! It was nice to not have to do any set up and clean up as well: she did every thing! You wouldn't even have known a birth happened at the house.
Overall, I'm so glad to have gone with Candice as my doula and birth photographer. I would go with her again without any hesitation.
We hired Candice as our birth photographer after I met with her I just fell in love with her outgoing and bubbly personality, I knew she would be a great fit for our family. Besides being our photographer she also helped with my placenta encapsulation and transported my placenta to have it encapsulated and also delivered the pills to me once it was completed. This was an amazing perk as it left little for me to stress out about after labor. Before our birth she even provided me with resources and videos on tips and tricks to induce labor (knowing we were on a tight timeline).
On the night of labor my daughter decided to come extremely fast and while she may have missed the pre-labor and delivery she was able to capture the amazing moment when I got to hold my daughter for the first time. She was so professional yet still such a happy pressence in our home it was as if we knew each other forever and she was part of our family! We will cherish these photos forever and I thank you for being part of a special, yet rapidly fast, evening!
Candice was our doula for our sons birth in Dec 2016. It was the best decision we made for the birth of our second. I wanted a doula for our first but didn't know where to start. Candice reached out to me during a very difficult time, the loss of a niece, and when I found out I was pregnant it was a no-brainer to ask her to be apart of our team.
The one thing that stood out the most for me initially was that Candice always followed up with phone calls/emails/information when she said she would. To me, that was really important. On the blessed day of our sweet little man's arrival, Candice stood by my side and helped with my hypnobabies scripts and kept me watered and calm during what was a fast and furious birth. Inbetween all this, she managed to photograph his first moments on earth and the raw emotions felt by both my husband and I.
Candice felt like a friend, apart of the family and her kindness and passion for what she does will never be forgotten.
We used Candice as our Doula of our first baby, she gave us the information and confidecnce needed to feel comfortable throughout the preganacy and birth process. Although the labour did not go as we had hoped for she provided amazing labour support in the hospital and we could not have done it without her support. Candice has an amazing ability to provide information without bias and was incredibly knowledgable, providing tips and suggestions during pregnancy and the transition into parenting. We really appreciated how Candice took the time to understand our questions or concerns. We felt very comfortable with her approach with laughter and positive energy. She also provided a Swag Bag with some helpful items to bring with us to the hospital. Candice also has many connections within the industry in which to draw from that where helpful.
We also used Candice for our Pregnancy and new born baby pictures. The pictures where amazing quality and her ability to capture moments and features will allow us to enjoy the memories for many years to come.
We would definitely recommend Candice for friends, family and will be using her with our next baby!
As first time parents, we weren't informed on anything about birth and trusted what we were told to do. Fast forward to last year, I was 9.5 weeks pregnant by the time Cliffs first birthday rolled around... and I miscarried that baby on his birthday, within 45 minutes of Cliffs own birth. I was inconsolable for weeks, and devastated for months. I wasn't sure that I was going to be able to emotionally handle giving our wonderful boy a sibling, especially considering that miscarriage was not my first.
I then found myself pregnant again in January of this year. My husband and I were determined to ensure this would be a completely different experience than our first born. Candice was always there for me when I needed her even early on. My two preterm labour scares? She was there. All of my questions, she was there. Most important, she supported my husband and I's desire for an HBAC (home birth after c-section).
With Candice's support, I was able to look at my husband and see his excitement, not the fear written all over his face at the birth of our first. Thanks to Candice, I found the strength to keep on going, even when I wasn't sure I was able. And thanks to Candice, I was able to do it at home, in my own bed, completely drug and intervention free. My birth took 4 hours and 7 minutes from the first contraction to the time my son, Stockton, was born. He was caught by his dad and immediately given to me. Every little thing that happened with my first born is now erased as being traumatic for me. I've been able to heal from Cliffs birth, and I was able to heal from my miscarriage just one year before. And the person I owe a big portion of that to is Candice. She started off a stranger, and now she's like family. She gave me so much of myself back that I had lost the past two years, and I am forever grateful.
Thank you so much for giving my family my power back, Candice. My family loves you and we will be forever grateful for what you gave us.
My experience with Candice as my doula is one that I truly have no words for. But here is to trying! Candice is a woman filled with so much knowledge, and passion for what she does. From the very beginning, I knew Candice was going to be the perfect fit. Her energy and spirit create an atmosphere of positivity, empowerment, and inspiration. Candice stood by me through the absolute hardest moment of my life. She held my hand, and guided me. I had a birth plan that didn't go as planned. I ended up having to have a c-section, and my partner and I were devastated as I had just suffered through intense labor for so long. I felt like a failure, and I felt like I was going to lose the special birth that I had been anticipating. Candice stood strong with me and for me to ensure that at least some of my choices in my birth were followed through. She was even allowed to enter the OR to document my story (which NEVER happens), and went above and beyond to have the nurses and OR staff allow my partner do a long cord cut. This woman changed my life and I will ALWAYS be eternally grateful for her efforts in supporting my partner and I throughout this entire experience. I truly couldn't have done any of this without her. Candice will always have my highest recommendation!
If you’re wondering if you should hire a doula – the answer is YES! And if you’re wondering if you should hire Candice – the answer is also YES! I am a fiercely independent person who wasn’t sure if a doula would “work” for me, but it was hands down the best decision I ever made. Candice is just the right amount of support paired with a relaxed sense of humour. She instantly put my husband and I at ease after meeting her. Not only that, but she has a wealth of knowledge and resources that she is extremely generous with. Her prenatal and postnatal visits were extremely helpful. She was always available to get in touch with while “on call” for me, and would periodically check in to see how I was doing. I had a crazy birth experience to say the least and I couldn’t have survived it without her. I am so grateful and happy that I had a doula for my first child and feel it was “meant to be” that I chose Candice.
Candice is a wonderful doula and I would recommend her to anyone in search of support for their pregnancy and labour! She is fount of knowledge and information. Right from the beginning, I trusted her experience and valued her encouragement. She provided me with many resources and supported my decision to have a home VBAC (HBAC).
On the day I went into labour, she never made me feel bad for calling her every hour from midnight onwards! In fact, she showed up at 4am full of energy and excitement! I can attribute our smooth birth experience to Candice’s presence. She gave me excellent suggestions for comfort, took charge of setting up the room, told us when to call the midwife and participated in the huge clean up.
As a bonus, we were happy to discover that Candice is a full-service doula! She has a birth pool, home birth kits, a TENS machine, provides prenatal classes and is a photographer!
We weren’t sure we wanted any pictures of the labour and birth but the photos she took were so tasteful and are priceless memories for us now. I know we will look back on these photos and remember our wonderful home birth experience. We also hired her to take newborn photos for us and they turned out wonderful! We were very impressed with her home studio and all the preparations she made for a successful shoot.
We are so thankful to have met Candice. She is a wonderful doula and photographer! She truly loves her job and she helped make the birth of our son a success!
We knew Candice was the right fit for us when we first met her. Our personalities clicked, she was informative, helpful, made us feel at ease and in good hands, and had a sense of humour! Our experience with her as a doula went beyond our expectations. Besides the multiple visits before birth and being available on-call 24/7 prior to and beyond the birth, she happily took professional photos of our little one and our experience in the delivery room. These are truly priceless and we are so grateful we have them. During my time with Candice (and during the entire labour process in particular), I felt so comfortable, supported, encouraged and heard. Candice had the best techniques (hip squeezes in particular!) to relieve my pain (she knew what to do and when to do them without being asked!), was a huge support to my husband and a helping hand to the nurses and doctors which made the overall process smooth and positive. She was my cheerleader, was attentive 110% the entire time and was extremely professional, all while staying true to who she was (she did what she said she'd do) and who I wanted to be during my labour. I can't thank Candice enough. We had all the necessary information we wanted from Candice about birth and the birthing process and she was always open to providing us with more if we needed it. She constantly checked in and this made me feel I was top priority and well taken care of. I never once felt silly asking the same question over or that my limited knowledge of the entire process was frowned upon. You know when you have a good match and Candice was indeed that for both my husband and I. I am thankful I had the services of a doula and will be forever thankful to Candice. She was meant for this profession!
You can count on and trust Candice helping with your precious child needs! We were visiting Canada from the US and she helped us overnights at a hotel and friends house and was a ifesaver. Our sensitive little boy really took to her. She has great energy!
Candice was a huge help leading up to the birth of our first baby with all the necessary information we needed to know that can't always be found in books. She had really good references for us and helped guide us through this unknown time. Having her there provided me with ability to be more relaxed leading up to the delivery. During labor she helped support my husband be an active partner during my labor at home and at the hospital. I think every women would benefit by having the support of a Doula by her side.
Candice was very efficient from the beginning. I felt comfortable from my first contact with her that she was on top of things and that took a lot of stress off of me during my preperation for labor. Candice was full of information, always sending me lots of resources when I inquired about different things (and I inquired about a lot). I was never made to feel that I was inconveniencing her no matter what questions I had at any time of the day.
When labor finally started she was ready whenever we needed her and replied instantly to any calls or texts at all hours of the night. She was great with recommending things to try to keep me confortable and was hands on when needed. Our labor was unusually long and Candice was there and supportive through it all, helping me to make informed decisions and never judging or persuading. Once our precious baby finally did arrive Candice truely was excited and overjoyed with us!
Candice, thank you so much for being our supportive doula. As first time parents we weren't sure if a home birth would work, but with your support we had our dream home birth! Your reassuring words coupled with your tens machine and birth pool made everything feel fully achievable. I would recommend you to anyone looking for a doula :-) Thank you once again!!!
Carolyn & Tysen
I was going to be delivering at a clinic and didn’t feel super comfortable with the 24-hr rotation of nurses and doctors. So I hired Candice out of 22 available doulas at the time. She came with the experience, knowledge and the “package” that I was looking for. I really wanted someone that I felt comfortable with, that would be a nice option that would during delivery possibly reduce induction, interventions and less need for medical pain relief. She did just that! Thanks Candice for an excellent experience and thanks for the outstanding care and amazing photos of our new son!
Had an amazing experience with Candice as my doula. Decided to attempt a VBAC for my second pregnancy and knew I would need as much help as possible to make that happen. The support i received from Candice in the weeks before the birth was great and after a slight scare at 32 weeks I knew I'd made the right choice. When my labour started hard and fast 4 days early, Candice was at our house immediately. Though the plan had been to stay home as long as possible, this baby decided she had no time to wait and we rushed to the hospital on the advice of my midwife. Candice was there the whole time offering support, guidance and encouragement. In the end i was successful with the vbac and was so glad to have the extra help and guidance as I'm positive that's one of the reasons I was able to find the strengh to have a vbac. My husband was also incredibly thankful to have Candice there as he felt he could stay calm and focus on the situation knowing he had extra help as well. All in all I was so thrilled to have Candice assist with my birth and would happily refer her to anyone I know having a baby
Candice was a valuable member of our birth team, and I'd recommend her to anyone considering a doula. I didn't have a doula at my first birth and felt that I had missed out. Candice was very knowledgeable, providing resources and links to information to assist in formulating a clear and concise birth plan. She was also very enthusiastic and excited about birth, supporting our decision to have a home waterbirth. My husband was relieved that she took on the role of assembly and takedown of the birth pool. She was quick to respond to emails and texts and came quickly once I knew she was needed during labour. She supported my family in many different ways during my labour and we all appreciated her presence.
I have nothing but wonderful things to say about Candice. From the night we met her for the first time, I knew she was the doula for me. Her bubbly, honest and outgoing personality was the perfect match.
We chose to have a doula because I wasn't sure just how much of the delivery process my husband could cope with (he's been known to pass out :-) I wanted him to be involved and be my support as much as he felt he could without any pressure but also know, for myself, that I alsways had the support that I needed. Having Candice there, did just that and more.
Candice is very knowledgable and provided me with the information that I needed so I was able to make informed decisions on any questions I had throughout my pregancy. She was so supportive of my birth plan; I knew she would do everything she could to make it happen. I felt like I had an amazing team behind me though a labour and delivery that I am very proud of.
The start of my little boys life was rough and Candice was a great support thought that. My son and I were separated after the birth. My husband was able to stay with our son without worrying too much about me, as I had Candice by my side. In the stressful days that followed, I felt that I could lean on her for anything; she was absolutely there for us.
She is also a very talented photographer. She captured some incredible moments after the delivery as well as beautiful newborn shots.
Candice shows a great love and passion for what she does. I certainly wouldn't hesitate to recommend her. Thank you so much for everything Candice :-)
I am so glad that we decided to hire a doula! When we found Candice's amazing website we pretty much knew she was the one. Candice was always there to answer any questions we had from the moment we hired her. She is so passionate and knowledgeable about her job and it shows, she was always checking in to see how things were going and giving us webpage links to help us make informed decisions. She made sure that she fully understood our birth plan and helped reinforce it when our doctor was trying to steer us away from it for no good reason. The use of her TENS machine and rebozo was a life-saver! Her knowledge in different birthing positions really helped when I was having a lot of back pain from a posterior-facing baby. She came to our house in the middle of the night and helped me find positions and activities to cope with the pain and progress things along. She was such an important and invaluable member of our team that we couldn't have done it without her! We both felt supported every step of the way. She was so encouraging and supportive while I was in labour and really helped keep me on track with my birth plan! I gave birth to a healthy 10lb 10oz boy, and his hand even came out with his head, naturally without an epidural or a c-section. I am so grateful for everything Candice did. I highly recommend her and want her there for the next baby we have!
Candice gets 100000000 stars out of 10 ! We could not have done my labor without her. She was by our side for 37 hours of hard labor and helped us stay calm when my birth plan got thrown out the window. She helped my spouse when seeing me in pain was breaking his heart and kept him fueled on Tim Hortons when he refused to leave my side or sleep. She was a great clam presence in a situation that would have made us go crazy if we were by ourselves.
She is also an amazing photographer and has already done for us my maternity and newborn photos, which are amazing!
I highly recommend that you chose Candice for your doula and/or photographer if you have the chance, it will be a great asset to your pregnancy and delivery.
Thank you so much from the bottom of our hearts, we can never repay you.
Working with Candice was an overwhelmingly positive experience. She stuck with me when things were slow and was there to help when things were fast and furious. She reassured me repeatedly that she wanted to be with me and that I wasn't wasting her time even when the contractions died down for a bit. She really helped contribute to the positive wonderous feeling of that birth. I felt truly precious. The use of her tens machine was really helpful getting through the last two hours. I hired Candice primarily because the birth of my first son there were many changes and some complications for which I wish I had an advocate to explain what was happening and push for what I wanted. I think just the fact that she was there and ready, gave me the confidence to focus on the birth, which went amazing!!! If you are looking for someone to support you through your birth I highly recommend Candice! Also I reccomend checking out her birth and new born photography which she is insanely talented and has a wonderful manner with babies.
Not enough wonderful things can be said about Candice. I met Candice on a mom's site when I was going through a very difficult time. I had an over medicated,poorly managed pregnancy labor and birth experience in which was traumatizing. Candice was so supporting when I called her upset about the meeting with the OB GYN that delivered my daughter. Candice helped me heal from my birth trauma, and I had the strength to go on the journey of pregnancy again. She supported me during my successful VBAC journey from afar, as I had moved to the Okanagan but would have hired her if I lived on the coast still. Candice is very talented and meant to be a doula. She also captures beautiful moments of birth through the lens as well. A very gifted lady for sure and reccommend her to anyone in the lower mainland, and I have recomended her to some friends as well!
I had a very positive experience working with Candice, both pre and post natal. I would recommend Candice for anyone looking to work with a doula - she will definitely help make your birth experience more calm, informed, and help you make good decisions along the way. Candice is a wealth of knowledge, and can provide many referrals in the community such as for prenatal education, breast feeding support and how to find a midwife. Also, she is a great photographer and I recommend adding her photography to your birth experience, you won't want to miss capturing those once in a lifetime moments !
Candice attended our home water birth in September 2013. Although Candice was failry new to home birth at the time, she was very respectful with my boundaries and requests. My husband was my main support and Candice worked around that well. She provided and did all the set up, clean up, and water temperature maintenence of the birth pool throughout the labour. This was a huge help and relief for my husband so that he could be with me the whole time. When my husband needed a break, Candice was quick to get into the support person role and took instruction well. Candice also did photos of the labour and birth and did a fantastic job. She was always very helpful and friendly, doing whatever was asked of her. It was a great relief to have an extra set of hands throughout our experience. She was a great help and support when we had no one else to help us. I would recommend her to anyone looking for a Doula or photographer. Candice was ready to stand up for what I wanted and needed in the labour and birth and was also very knowledgable about my rights. I not only had a fantastic experience with Candice, but I also made a friend throughout the experience. She was so supportive and encouraging. I would highly recommend Candice.
Candice was great. When my wife first suggested a doula I felt like it was taking something away from me. My experience was the opposite. I felt Candice offered as much support to me as she did to my wife. Having Candice there allowed me to fully support my wife and not have to run for all of the logistical support. Whatever we needed Candice was there to get it and make timely suggestions that reassured both me and my wife. Her knowledge and experience was obvious and she was extremely supportive of everything that we wanted. I felt she exemplified a supportive attitude and made me feel more confident about what I was doing to support my labouring wife. I would recommend Candice to anyone embarking on the journey of pregnancy and labour.
Candice was an absolutely integral part of our successful home water birth. I had a highly medicalized and traumatic first birth followed by postpartum anxiety and badly wanted this birth to be a healing experience. All her logistical supplies (awesome lending library, birth ball, tens, birth pool and accessories) made it easy to plan for! She takes her doula work very serious and is passionate about all things birth and had the supplies, and knowledge to help women through this amazing process. When I was 40wk5d I had an intense false start that she arrived for, in the middle of the night of course, and immediately got to work setting the house and birth pool up. Despite labor stopping she remained with us all night and provided many suggestions to kick start it in the morning. I felt foolish calling her out only to have it stop, but she was so professional and personal all at once, reassuring me that everything would be fine. When she left, she gave me and my husband some homework and later that night it was on! When she arrived she immediately started massaging me and showing my husband how to do it too. Her touch was strong, confident and soothing. As labor was fully established and the midwife here, she was always there when anyone needed anything. The little things made all the difference and she had some absolutely perfectly timed moments where her touch and massage and suggestion was just what I needed. She was great! It turned out I wanted my husband to be my person through each pressure wave and Candice totally, 100% supported him in that role. She was the grease that made my labor support team a well oiled machine, and in the end our daughter was born at home, in the water, just as we wanted. As we bonded with our new baby, she was so fast to clean up everything, all the logistical support was just amazing! Made home birth such an amazingly simple choice. I would so highly recommend Candice to any parents looking for a doula!
I have known Candice a very long time. I was so happy for her when she decided to pursue doula work, she has a tremendous passion for moms and babies, it was the perfect choice for her. In my most recent pregnancy, my husband and I received a devastating diagnosis, our baby had anencephaly, a fatal neural tube disorder. We were devastated, and given all the options and information, we chose to have an early induction at 22 weeks. I asked Candice if she'd like to be there as a doula for me, this would be the first time I ever had a natural birth (my two previous were c-sections). Despite knowing our baby was going to die, or possibly be stillborn, Candice maintained the utmost professionalism during my labor, helping me with the contractions (misoprostal, the medication they give you to induce labor early, has a habit of causing stacked contractions, there was about 2 hours where I was in a solid contraction, very little respite between them). After my son was born, Candice offered her services as a birth photographer as well, taking pictures during the precious few minutes we had with him alive, and after his death as well. Though it was an incredibly tragic and emotional time for us all, Candice was a wonderful support to myself and my husband, and though my situation was a bit unique, I would not hesitate to recommend her, both as a doula and photographer, to anyone looking for some great knowledgable birth support. I would love to have her come to my next birth, hopefully with a much happier outcome.
Candace was extremely supportive. She spent alot of extra time with us which was greatly needed. I would highly recommend her! Thanks Candace.
My experiance with Candice was amazing. she was there whenever I needed anything or when I had a question about anything she was there and was able to answer it. She did a great job at keeping me calm during labour and delivery, plus she took the most amazing photos. She is an amazing doula. Im very glad we hired her.
We found Candice to be a great help and a good fit with what we were trying to achieve with our birth. Although we were not able to have our planned home birth, with her support we had a very empowering intervention-free birth, despite it being in a hospital setting. I am planning on recommending her to a pregnant friend of mine. =)
My doula fell ill shortly before my due date and referred me to Candice. We didn't have a chance to do much pre-birth, but we did get together to meet and do some acupressure in an attempt to get my past-due baby to get his act together and come out to meet us. I ended up being induced due to several concerns, and Candice was amazing when my labour intensified suddenly and dramatically. She organised my family, having everyone do something that helped me cope. I honestly don't know what I would have done without her, and I can't praise her care enough. She's done some postpartum support for me as well, and has been so helpful, always available if I need anything.
Candice was such a great support. My labour was quick, but I was so glad to have Candice there for keeping me calm, comfortable and focused. A great source of info and resources. Very sweet lady to work with.
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