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Sarah-Jane Steele

Birth Space Doula and Yoga Care

Website: birthspace.ca/

Phone: (778) 977-3685

Birth Fee: $400 to $800

Postpartum Rate: Not specified

Fee Details: I, like many other doulas, believe no woman or couple should be without a doula. I am open to discussing your financial situation and my training and experience and coming to a mutual agreement on what would be an acceptable fee. I offer a discount to military families and single mothers.

Birth Doula Experience: 5 years and 95 births attended

Postpartum Doula Experience: 2 years and 5 families served

Doula Training

Not Specified

Type of Practice: Partnership with 1 other doula

Clients per Month: 1 to 3 births and 1 to 2 postpartum families

Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Attends home births? Any Home Birth
Birth Pool Rental an option.

Breastfeeding Certifications

  • Certified Breastfeeding Counselor
  • Emergency Medical Responder (EMR)

Other Relevant Certifications

  • DEM - Direct Entry Midwife
  • Neonatal Resuscitation Certified (American Academy of Pediatrics)
  • Certified Midwife Assistant trained by Ina May Gaskin ( June 2013)

College Education

  • MA/MS

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Cesarean birth
  • Clients on bed rest
  • High risk
  • Home Birth
  • Over 40
  • Prematurity
  • Single parents
  • Survivors of Previous Life Trauma
  • Survivors of childhood sexual abuse
  • Twins
  • Waterbirth

Special Services Offered

  • Acupressure
  • Antepartum doula
  • Aromatherapy
  • Babywearing education
  • Birth Pool rental
  • Cloth diapering education
  • Military famiies
  • Placenta encapsulation
  • TENS units rental

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

Prenatal Yoga Teacher, Postnatal Yoga Teacher, Volunteer at MFRC, Victoria, BC, Assistant at the Midwives Collective, Victoria, BC, Mama meditation instructor, Babywearing Yoga teacher, Aboriginal Friendship Center

Languages spoken: English/ French

Service Area Map

Area of practice: Victoria, BC
Travel Range: 25 Miles

Client Testimonials for Sarah-Jane Steele

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Vicki Weber

Sarah-Jane is very knowledgeable in many aspects of pregnancy.  During labour, it was reassuring to know she was always there for me and my family.  I will always recommend her to any mommies.

Posted 4/7/2016

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Deanna Cowley

I can't say enough great things about Sarah-Jane. We can't imagine having gone through labour without her. We did not realize just how valuable a doula could be until the big day arrived. SJ eased our worries and answered our many questions as we got closer and closer to bringing our baby into the world. She was a rock when it came to game day. She knew just what we needed at all the right times. She communicated with us at all hours of the day and night during the earliest stage of labour, she made sure that we were always well hyrdated and fed, she was a wealth of info when it came to getting just the right position to make me as comfortable as possible, she made helpful suggestions for ways that my husband could comfort and support me, she helped baby latch minutes after she was born, she stayed with us in the hospital until we were are all settled in an comfortable with the new babe, she checked in regularly during our first days and weeks at home and she even brought us a homemade meal and healthy treats. Sarah-Jane did all this (and more!) with compassion, love, and humour. She is simply the best. You want SJ on your team!

Posted 2/13/2016

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Barbara Tencer

Sarah-Jane was a great support, we wouldn't have been able to make it to the hospital without her! Her sweet and calm voice helped me relax during labour, and she was always there to answer all our question after our little one was born. Invaluable person to have around during such an important time in your life!

Posted 2/9/2016

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Marissa Major

From the moment we had our first introductions with Sarah-Jane, she made us feel extremely comfortable.  It was as if we had known each other for years and were great friends.  All of my husband's and my worries drifted because of how personable and friendly she was.  Communication was clear and dialoigue among us was easy.  Sarah-Jane would reply in minutes from messages being sent, which gave us a sense of security and trust.  Without her I know my delivery would have not been as smooth.  We highly recommend Sarah-Jane to anyone thinking about a Doula.  From day one until the last visit, she was appreciated in every way.

Posted 1/18/2016

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Adam Cowley

Sarah-Jane was a phenomenal Doula!

We are incredibly grateful for her support, knowledge, skills, and nurturing care.

We will definitely ask SJ to be our Doula for all of our future births.  We had no idea of all the things that she could help with until our actual birthing-day, and we feel very lucky to have had her at our side.  She was invaluable and we continue to recommend her to all of our friends.

I just can't imagine anyone more capable or more interested in her vocation.

Sarah-Jane is worth her weight in gold!

Posted 11/18/2015

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Marie Specht

Sarah-Jane was incredibly supportive and positive throughout my pregnancy and birth experience. We had a very long labour (50 hours from the time my water broke!) and her unwavering support bolstered my strength throughout the process. If we had not had Sarah-Jane with us, I know we would not have laboured at home as long as we did and some of my fondest memories of our birth journey happened at home. Very early in the labour, SJ encouraged us to take a short walk to the ocean near my house. It was shortly after sunrise and many of the homes on my street feature beautiful gardens. I'm so glad she got us out of the house and because of that I now have this lovely memory of the early light playing on the water while I experienced contractions and contemplated meeting my son in the next few hours. I didn't end up getting the home birth we had planned, but the experience was none the less incredibly empowering.

Posted 10/13/2015

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Lindsay Scott-Moncrieff

We had a very positive labour and delivery experience with the birth of our first child, in large part thanks to Sarah-Jane.  During our two pre-birth meetings, we found Sarah-Jane to be very knowledgeable and receptive to our questions, concerns and preferences.  After my water broke, I did not begin my contractions right away.  I was told by the doctor that I would be induced if my contractions did not start within 24 hours.  During this period of time, Sarah-Jane checked in with me via phone and text every few hours and helped me understand the induction process and the options available to me.

During the labour, Sarah-Jane was very attentive, calm and positive.  She helped me to change positions regularly which allowed the labour to progress quickly. When I was struggling with the pain, she encouraged me to use my coping technique (counting).  I found Sarah-Jane to be very reassuring and she helped me to stay calm and get through labour without needing any medication. She brought my husband coffee and gave him tips on how he could help me.  She was never pushy or intrusive and worked cooperatively with the doctor and nurses.

Immediately after the birth Sarah-Jane helped me to breastfeed our baby.  She brought us food and helped us get settled in the mother and babe unit.  She checked in with me via text and stopped by to visit while we were still in the hospital.  Because of her support the first few days with our baby were wonderful - we did not feel overwhelmed.

During our post-birth visits, Sarah-Jane helped me troubleshhot some breastfeeding issues I was having.  Overall, we were very happy with Sarah-Jane and would highly recommend her.

 

Posted 7/18/2015

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Anna Murphy

Sarah-Jane was the perfect doula for our family.

My husband and I braved the birth of our first child alone, and I think we both felt a little lost. We decided to hire a doula the second time around, and we clicked with Sarah-Jane right away. She easily sensed what was important to us and helped with abolutely everything - from planning our home birth, to bringing and setting up the birth pool, all the way through to checking on us postpartum and bringing delicious, healthful meals after our daughter was born.

Her presence during labour was amazing - she happily chatted with us to keep things light when that was the right thing to do, she stayed silent when we needed that too. She made sure my husband and I were fed and watered, she brought homeopathic remedies to assist with labour and with afterpains, provided physical support, and when all I wanted was to run from my labour, she had exactly the words I needed to hear to face it and keep doing the work I needed to do to bring my daughter earthside.

When you meet SJ, you'll feel it immediately - she lives and breathes birth. I don't know for sure if another baby is in the future for us, but if it is - I would never do it without her again.

Posted 3/3/2015

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Heather Bowness

Sarah-Jane was a wonderful doula. She was strong, confident, kind, and gentle. She was there when I needed her most, with words of encouragement, and strong hands. I loved that she had been through having her own child and completely understood the emotional vulnerability that comes during childbirth. No matter what, she was there with smiles and support. We had a home birth and my husband appreciated having her there as well. It took some of the pressure off of him to remember which positions to help me move in to, and where to press to help relieve pressure in my back etc. I would have her again in a heartbeat. 

Posted 2/23/2015

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Kerri Morash

Sara-Jane was a great match for us. this was my second birth, and my background was in nursing so it was important for me to have a doula that was experienced medically and she   not only holds an EMR training but that she has also trained at one of the finest midwifery care centers called The Farm. With years of experience and a larger number of births she has attended I felt confident that she would facilitate our home birth with comfort and confidence. 

Her positive attitude towards trusting a birthing mothers intuition helped relax me the day of birth. When she would come for a prenatal visit, or the birth day I always felt that she completely present and always responded to my needs. She is a natural doula, because she cares for not only the birthing mother, but her physical and mental well being, but also recognizes the family unit needs to be in good health too before a new member arrives. SJ, is a great cook and brought a meal for our family, she offered great wisdom in juggling the stressful family dynamics and was very knowledgable in offering yoga poses, practical websites to help with the physical demands of pregnancy. 

She is great at what she does, she loves her job and it shows in her availability, attention to the health of the birthing mother, and she has a humble nature to serve the labouring momma. 

One last memory of my time with SJ, is during my labour there were times that I preferred to labour on my own, at her own initative she made us a 'groaning cake' and after our baby was born we enjoyed her 'birth'day cake!! It was a joyfilled morning - the house smelled of baked cake, sun rising over the clouds, and baby in my arms. Everybody enjoying The moment. 

Ps. She has also captured that day beautifully in her writing the story of the birthing day to the baby!

Posted 11/19/2014

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Shannon Schubert

Sarah-Jane is an absolute angel.  From our first meeting, my husband and immediately felt comfortable with her and knew that we wanted her at our birth. During my pregnancy she had a wealth of information to share and she put me at ease with her cheerfulness and sense of humor.   When I went into labour 10 days early she sprung into action.  She came over to our house early in the morning directly from another birth that she had been at all night and sprung into action. She helped me to relax in my breathing, took us for a refreshing walk, and helped us to get a little rest at home before heading to the hospital. Once at the hospital she was there massaging me, squeezing my hips, putting cold peppermint compresses on my neck, holding my hand, and reminding me of my visualizations. She helped to keep me as relaxed and grounded as possible throughout my labour.  I know my husband really appreciated not having to worry about anything like timing contractions. He was able to stay with me and enjoy the experience while Sarah-Jane kept her level head throughout.  In the days following the delivery, she was available to answer all my breastfeeding questions and her burritos and bliss balls were amazing.

Throughout my labour and delivery I felt a sense of calm, confidence, and joy.  I know Sarah-Jane's presence there was a big part of that.  Sarah-Jane is a gifted and passionate doula and a remarkable, compassionate woman.  She is exactly what we needed and I'm looking forward to my next pregnancy so I can do it again with her!

Posted 10/31/2014

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Satnam Sidhu

We decided to hire a doula to support us at the birth of our first child and we were blessed with Sarah-Jane. She was everything we hoped for and more. She truly felt like a part of our family and never left our side. We appreciated her ability to know what we needed even before we did, both during the birth and postpartum. She has a very relaxed and patient personality. She is very knowledgeable and was always open to answering any questions we had. Sarah-Jane gave us the confidence and support for us to stay at home as long as possible, along with our midwife, before heading to the hospital. She also helped us through our challenges at the start of breastfeeding. The care she provides is genuine and she does it with a warm smile. We highly recommend Sarah-Jane as a doula and would definitely use her services in future.

Thank you so much Sarah-Jane.

Posted 9/20/2014

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heather fedchuk

Sarah-Jane was like super-woman for me when I went into labour! Not only did she step up to be my doula with no notice other than seeing me run into the hospital while she was giving a tour, but she aided me to return to my self during the active labour, reminding me of the power of breath and that I could do it. She kept me cool, hydrated and as calm as could be with a very fast and premature delivery, brought me great food and essentials the next morning, and was an absolute doll in supporting me when I had questions or concerns with breastfeeding and self care after baby Adrien was born. Ladies, you are in good hands with SJ!

Posted 6/11/2014

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Brooker Kray

Sarah Jane was an incredibe addition to our birthing team. We had such a positive experience. From her initial visits she was full of great advice, knowledge and expertise. As a yoga instructor and lactaction specialist she had tons of insight and ideas for us to try in prenatal, during labour, and post partum. She is such a loving, kind, enthusiastic spirit and it feels like we've known her for years rather than weeks. Her presence alone made me feel comfortable and confident in my ability to give birth. She helped me during contractions by squeezing my hips, using acupressure, encouraging me and helping my husband feel empowered to help me. She captured the birth on camera and along with her written birth story, we now have a wonderful documentation of our first born child. She visited us many times both in hospital and at home, bringing us homemade burritos and homeopathic remedies. She had been a fabulous resource postpartum and is always available to answer questions, offer resources and give helpful advice. I trust her completely and am so thankful to have had the opportunity to share this experience together. 

Posted 5/2/2014

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Jim Harker

Sarah-Jane Steele,

What can I say.  After extensive research on Doula's and recomendations from other mothers we chose Sarah-Jane.  I was unsure about the cost and usefulness at first but she proved to be a wonderful asset.  I really don't know what i would have done without her. 

Leading up to the birth she was a plethera of information, during the birth she was instantly there, it was a 51.5 hour labor and she was there for all of it.  I would have been lost without her.  Her knowledge and skill set was indespensible.  She knew what to do, and when to make the calls. 

After the birth she did not just disappear either.  She was available for calls, lots of calls, about feeding, rashes, etc.  She followed up with many visits and delicious meals on occasion as well which was a huge help.

Again it was my wife's first birth and a home birth and i can't say it enough, she was fantastic.  Worth triple her very tiny fee and just a joy to have around and talk too.  I recomend her as high as i can. 

My email is attatched and if you have any hesitations just email me and i would be happy to talk her up some more.

Thank you again Sarah-Jane from Me, my wife and my little girl. :)

Posted 4/2/2014

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Kristen Voghell

Sarah-Jane was a very fortuitous encounter for us. I was in contact with her very early in my pregnancy to ask about yoga and other services. She became my prenatal yoga teacher throughout my pregnancy, often making great personal effort and sacrifice to ensure I was cared for and thriving. Sarah-Jane became our doula shortly thereafter and I immediately felt very confident and lucky to have her on our birth team. Sarah-Jane is a deeply compassionate, loving, knowledgeable and amazing person, doula and friend. I was lucky enough to have a perfect, healthy homebirth and I absolutely credit Sarah-Jane for being a crucial person in making that a reality. I am forever grateful to her for helping me bring a healthy, beautiful little boy into this world. If you are fortunate enough to become a client of Sarah-Jane's, you will not only never regret that decision; but your pregnancy, labour & delivery and memories of that day will forever be changed for the better with her by your side.

 

Posted 1/24/2014

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Tracy Urquhart

If not for Sarah-Jane, I would not have had the natural birth experience I did. Through conversations before the birth, I became aware that it was possible to have a positive and natural labour and birth by using relaxation methods and preparing my body through exercises such as yoga and strength training. With the help of Sarah-Jane, I learned how to use breathing and relaxation techiniques to get through labour without the aid of pain medication.

Sarah-Jane helped me labour at home until it was the right time to go to the hospital. With her patience, caring and expertise, she and my husband provided a supportive and secure environment. She was a calming presence and utilized various methods to ensure I was as comfortable as possible. I never felt pressured at any time to do something I was not comforable with. Having her present during my labour at home and birth at the hospital helped me get through the most difficult thing I have ever done in my life. She continues to be a resource and I it brings me great comfort to know she is available should I have any concerns or questions.

We can't imagine having done this without her, and we recommend to all our friends that are having or will have babies that they utlize the services of a doula.

 

Posted 12/23/2013

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erin smith

2000 words isn't enough space to describe how thrilled we are with our experience with Sarah-Jane.  Simply put, it was amazing.  She was 100% there to support my husband and I prior to our delivery, during our delivery and in the weeks after our daughter was born.  Her comfort techniques during labour helped get me through a very fast and intense labour intervention free.  She worked with my husband so well, supporting him as well, gently guiding him in ways he could help support me.  She also allowed us to vent and guided us through a much needed conversation at about 7 months.  We were extremely stressed out and she helped get us through this phase so that we could enjoy the last weeks of being 'just the 2 of us'. She also created a wonderful prenatal yoga plan for me to help with some back pain, while supporting an old knee injury.  She always made us feel heard and respected and provided us with some comic relief often.  It felt like having a friend over whenever she was here.  I don't know how our labour would have gone without her help.  We are so grateful for her and think we made a pretty brilliant decision going with SJ.  We had interviewed a number of Doulas and we just clicked with her.  It was important to me to find someone who was open to interventions, drugs, bottles, formula etc as I'm a NICU nurse and have seen the complications that can occur.  SJ was 100% behind us in whatever we decided to do. I was also so impressed with how respectful she was of the medical staff's space.  She never got in their way or tried to stop them from doing their job.  I know our LDR RN was extremely impressed with her and truly enjoyed working with her as well.  I would recommend SJ to my loved ones in a heartbeat and I hope that our family gets the chance to work with her again.  She is a peaceful presence who exudes love, happiness, and joy. Thank you SJ!

Posted 9/6/2013

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Morgan Evans Bley

It is very challenging for me to express in a few short words the impact SJ had on my birth experience with my second child. I met Sarah-Jane towards the end of my pregnancy, feeling a combination of terror and detachment about my approaching due date. SJ helped me to identify the roots of these emotions and gave me tools to work through them so I could move forward in my pregancy feeling calm and empowered. When labour began, SJ was there for me immediately and her presence and skills, both emotional and practical, made me feel incredibly taken care of. Through every single contraction, and all the moments in between, Sarah-Jane was there with encouraging words and strong hands, doing exactly what I needed without me really having to direct her in any way. Looking back on my labour and the delivery of my beautiful baby girl, I can honestly say it was exactly what I dreamed birth could be. Thank you, Sarah-Jane, you are truly meant to have this role in families lives and I am so grateful to have found you!

Posted 8/17/2013

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Claire Sullivan

Sarah-Jane, I cannot tell you how much it meant to me to have you be a part of Elizabeth's birth. It really would not have gone as smoothly if you hadn't been there. Thank you so much for your support, you really were a comfort to me.

Posted 4/13/2013

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Niki Marshall

Having Sarah-Jane beside me during labour/delivery was a blessing. While my husband was next to me biting his nails and panic stricken (in his supportive way), Sarah-Jane was there to remind me to focus, to tune out what was going on around me (doctors and nurses consulting this and that) and to BREATHE. At no moment did Sarah-Jane exhibit any sense of alarm to the possible complications arising, she focused on ME and the space I was in. I was honoured to have her by my side and extremely thankful for her coaching which, in the end, lead to the birth of a healthy baby boy.

Posted 3/1/2013

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