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Cassie Sutherland

Bramble and Birth- Doula Services and Herbal Care

Website: http://www.brambleandbirth.com

Phone: 604-441-3938

Birth Fee: $1500

Postpartum Rate: $35

Fee Details: Please contact me for a free consultation, or see www.brambleandbirth.com for specifics. I offer a sliding scale to low income families, and reduced fees to single parent families.

Birth Doula Experience: 7 years and 250 births attended

Postpartum Doula Experience: 7 years and 200 families served

Doula Training

Not Specified

Type of Practice: Solo practice

Clients per Month: 1 to 4 births and 1 to 4 postpartum families

Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
I am happy to support you at your hospital of choice, and am particularly familiar with both BC Women's, and St.Paul's.
Attends birth center births? No Birth Centers
No Birth Centers in the lower mainland.
Attends home births? Any Home Birth
I am more then happy to support you in your home.

Other Relevant Certifications

  • CPR Certified - Red Cross
  • Reiki Practitioner
  • Herbalist

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Addiction Recovery
  • Cesarean birth
  • Domestic Violence
  • Expected stillbirth
  • Families conceiving with ART and IVF
  • High risk
  • Home Birth
  • Induced and high medical technology labor & birth
  • LGBTQP Families
  • Multiples
  • Over 40
  • Plus size mothers
  • Postpartum mood disorders
  • Prematurity
  • Remote and rural clients birthing away from home
  • Single parents
  • Special needs babies
  • Survivors of Previous Life Trauma
  • Survivors of childhood sexual abuse
  • Twins
  • VBAC
  • Waterbirth
  • Women and Families of Color

Special Services Offered

  • Abortion Support
  • Acupressure
  • American Red Cross First Aid and CPR
  • Antepartum doula
  • Aromatherapy
  • Babywearing education
  • Belly binding
  • Bereavement doula (pregnancy & infant loss)
  • Cancer patients and survivors
  • Childbirth Education Services
  • Cloth diapering education
  • Elimination communication education
  • Infant massage education
  • Miscarriage Support (Before, During or After)
  • Placenta encapsulation
  • Pregnancy, birth and/or newborn photography
  • Prenatal or postnatal massage
  • Reflexology
  • Satellite Doula (For remote and rural clients)
  • Sibling support (for your older children at the birth)
  • TENS units rental

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

I volunteer once a week in the clinic at Pomegranate Midwifery, and as a Birth Doula both in the general Vancouver community by referral from Midwives, and with the Doula Services Association.

Languages spoken: English

Client Testimonials for Cassie Sutherland

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Andrea Potter

We had Cassie's support as our doula for both of our daughter's births. Her presence is immediately grounding and calm, she is absolutely in her element supporting us in our most powerful moments. I have drawn upon her knowlege of herbs and everything pre-natal and post-partum including which teas to make, lactation/feeding support and even baby-wearing. She is generous with her time in prenatal visits and support as well as post-partum follow-ups.

The first birth was a marathon; Cassie pulled a 25 hour shift and was 100% present with me the entire time. While we had planned a home-birth, we ended up at the hospital and she was right there with us every step. During the transfer and while we had our first moments with our daughter she took great care to help us feel sheltered and cozy with each other despite the busy hospital atmosphere.

The second birth was much different than the first, and this labour and birth happened much faster. She was the first person on the labour scene with her toolkit of things to facilitate and sooth during labour, which along with her soothing presence was so welcomed. This birth happened so quickly that she actually was the person to catch the baby! While the birth was smoother than last, in the post-partum period I hit an unexpected intensely dark and anxious time with ppd. Cassie was the first call we made and she came directly to our aid, providing immediate support, referring to other mental health supports and following up frequently.

My partner and I see Cassie's support as essential to us having had our two very different, but both positive and powerful birthing experiences.

Posted 11/5/2019

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Sabine Bosklopper

Cassie was an excellent doula for us!  She's kind, patient, knowledgable and extremely helpful.  As a post-partum doula she helped us after birth and guided us in the right direction with bonding, nursing, sleeping and any other questions that we had about our newborn. We were very pleased and glad that we hired Cassie for the first few weeks of parenthood!

Posted 6/7/2016

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Alex Boston

This is from Alex and Barbara Boston.  Cassie helped us after the arrival of our daughter Isabelle.  We are first-time parents and didn't know how to take care of a baby, and were worried about this.  Cassie helped us to gain confidence in taking care of a baby.  She showed us how to bathe a baby, how to hold her, how to feed her, etc.  Cassie had several good breast-feeding tips.

Cassie is very knowledgable and answered all of our questions.  She had several very good tips about baby and nursing mother care, as well as household organization.  She was also quite helpful with housework and very eager to do all kinds of chores (showing initiative and seeing what needed to be done - Barbara was particularly impressed).     Cassie is a very polite and tactful person.

It would be our pleasure to recommend her to those who are looking for a wise and kind doula.

from Barbara, Alex and little Isabelle

Posted 5/30/2016

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Randi Gustafson

Cassie is a kind, gentle, down-to-earth person, who makes you feel instantly comfortable. She has a quiet and calming presence, which I found very soothing. I absolutely loved having Cassie as a doula because she was supportive and non-judgemental when I discussed that I was interested in pain medication (which was a nice change of pace from others whom seemed to have strong opinions on having “natural” births).

I am a first-time mom, and this was my first pregnancy, so I was a little nervous about labour and delivery. As it turned out, our little girl ended up coming about 3 weeks early, and she came fast! Only 10 hours after my water broke, she was born (and in our apartment too! We chose to do a home delivery with my midwife, since things were moving along so quickly). Overall, labour and delivery went very smoothly and I contribute a lot of this to Cassie. As my midwife and family was preparing for the unplanned home delivery, Cassie remained by my side. She seemed to magically know exactly what I needed (and when I needed it) without having to say a word—whether it was a cold washcloth, rubbing my lower back, or needing to squeeze her hand.

Since my daughter arrived 3 weeks early, I had only met Cassie once before. Regardless of this, I felt extremely comfortable having her there on the day of delivery, and as soon as she arrived, she instantly began to help and comfort me through my contractions.

After our daughter was born, she stayed and continued to support me through my stitches and initial recovery. She even came for a follow-up visit to check in on how we were doing, and was kind enough to stay so that I could take a break and make myself some dinner (and have time to eat it!)

I’m not sure if I'll ever be able to thank Cassie enough for all she has done for me and my family. I am so glad I can look back at my birth experience as a positive one. Thank you Cassie!

Posted 4/19/2015

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Liezl Tengco

My husband and I knew Cassie was our doula after our first meeting. And all of our subsequent meetings confirmed our decision. She set both my husband and I at ease with her open and warm demeanour. She was kind enough to lend us her books, birthing ball and baby wrap. Cassie’s calm presence kept me focused during labour which resulted in a successful birth plan (with no outside intervention) and a surprisingly short labour for my first baby, just 3.5 hours.

Cassie is sweet, caring and an all round amazing human being and doula. I am so happy with her invaluable service and will be hiring her again in the future.

 

Posted 4/7/2015

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Laura Moore

My husband and I were lucky enough to work with Cassie for the birth of our first child. Unlike some other Doulas I met who seemed to have stronger opinions about things (epidurals, role of the husband etc.) , she was clear that my labour was my experience and she was willing to support us in any way we preferred. I knew that I would not feel pressured at anytime to conform to someonelse's expectations of the labour process.

Cassie was very helpful in the weeks leading up to labour as she came for a prenatal visit to discuss our birthplan and ease our concerns. When we went overdue she visited us again to provide some suggestions to ease discomfort and encourage labour. She was always timely, professional and most of all supportive. Outside of our in-home visits, she was always available via text, email or phone. 

During our labour Cassie worked to support my husband and I as we navigated through our labour. She helped provide me with whatever I needed, and would also provide support to my husband. She would often have things ready (water, cold cloth) to hand to my husband so that he could be the one providing for me. This aspect was really important to my husband because he wanted to make sure that the role of the Doula did not take his place. She actively assisted and reassured me throughout the labour and in the end we were most satisfied with her support. After the birth, she helped by taking some family photos and made sure I was comfortable before she left us to be with our new family. 

She kindly followed up with us a week later and answered our new parenting questions. Overall, our experience with Cassie could not have been better! We highly recommend her to anyone considering using a Doula. She was caring, supportive and really helped us have a great birth experience. 

 

Posted 2/20/2015

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She was so kind to us and very earnest doula. We really recommend her for everyone! She is also very responsible and always on time for everything. We met another doula before Cassie but she was totally different than the other one. Most biggest difference is Cassie was always with us. She spent some time with us before giving birth to get to know each other and she try to get some ideas/grasp how we want to have birth. Not only that, she came to our place twice to check our facility since we had planed to have home birth and shared some of her method how to support mother. She is very reliable doula. We could reach her any time via phone/text/email to answer our questions. She always said that please feel free to contact whenever you need me. I'm here for you. The day before we had baby, we call her suddenly to see my wife's condition. She was already well prepared to stay over with us on that night when she arrived our place. And keep in touch with our mid-wife. She did stay our place with us until we had baby. One day after we had baby, she came back to our place to teach breast-feed and to answer some of our questions. My wife said that we could not have safe birth without Cassie! She was always with my wife.

Posted 11/3/2014

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Ester Lin

Since I was going to be a single mom with very little family and friend support, my midwife insisted that I find a doula. After talking with many people, I saw the advantages in having a labour support with the experience and wisdom in helping me achieve the natural birth that I much desired. When I first met Cassie in my living room, I knew that I had found someone who not only had that willingness and knowledge to help me achieve this desire but also someone who had a genuine compassion for me despite the fact that we had just met. At 34 weeks, I found out my baby was breeched and my hopes for a natural birth may no longer be possible. Cassie came alongside of me time and again to help me with all the breech exercises to help the baby flip and spend time answering all my questions and concerns as well as listen to all my fears and doubts. In her gentle, quiet way, she made me realize that I was not alone in all of this and that she was there for me no matter what. At 40 weeks, I was persuaded by my midwife and consulting obstetrician to be induced due to my advanced maternal age. Since I had only one week from making this decision to the day of induction, I was under a huge amount of stress as I tried everything to natural induce labour. Cassie was always gave me her support and kept me positive through it all. Despite all of my efforts, it was meant to be that I go through the 23 hours of painful back labour and subsequent complications needing the caesarean after all. I depended completely on Cassie to carry me through those seemingly endless hours. Knowing she was there for me and cared genuinely for my baby and I made all the difference in the world. I couldn’t have done it with her by my side. She has been a huge blessing for me as I walked this journey to becoming a mother of a precious healthy boy. More than once, my midwife complimented about Cassie to me and saw the gem that I had found in this amazing doula.

Posted 10/20/2014

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Anja Wienecke

There are very few words I can use to truly explain how helpful and essential Cassie was in our birth story, but I will try my best. Having her as our Doula was the best decision we made.She was there for us weeks before the birth, answering questions, meeting once a week if required, coming to our home and making sure I was doing ok even before anything started. She made sure she knew what we were feeling about labour as well as our concerns and fears for after the birth.

When the day came, I was in early labour for already 36hrs before we called Cassie who then was with us to the very end when our daughter was born. (total labour 51 hours) Having someone next to me who is so nurturing and attentive during a very long labour was unbelievably essential. From feeding me water between contractions, to holding and squeezing my hand during a contraction, to giving me the most encouraging words when they were needed the most.She was not overbearing or forceful with any decisions we had to make. She was not only essential to me but for my partner too. She was able to answer questions or concerns he had without disrupting my concentration. She stayed calm throughout my contractions and took over when my partner got tired.I would not birth anymore without a doula. The relationship is important and needs to be one of trust yet openness. I believe it physically takes two people to help with birth and having Cassie gave my partner all the help he needed.Even after the long time of labour and giving birth Cassie stayed with us and made sure we were well looked after and came back the next day to check on us at the hospital. She gave me great post partum care as well, coming over after my partner had gone to work, cooking for me, cleaning up a little bit, helping me where i needed it. Also just having someone to talk to helped a lot.

We would recommend her without a doubt.

Regards

James, Anja & Ava (Born 8.8 pounds 26th July 2014)

Posted 10/20/2014

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