CD(DONA), PYT, ECE, LC
Thank you for taking the time to consider hiring me as your doula! I am self employed, therefore, I do not work for doctors or midwives, I work for you!
I have 2 boys of my own - one born in hospital, one born at home. I devoured books on pregnancy and birth and before having my second, knew that I would someday become a doula.
I found my births to be incredibly empowering and exhilarating. However, because I hadn't hired a doula, I also found them very scary at times! I aspire to help other birthing people feel strong, capable and fearless in whatever way they envision themselves birthing - using evidence-based techniques and information, along with genuine care and guidance.
In 2015 I was trained and quickly certified by DONA International. Training included physiology of pregnancy, labour and birth; pain management techniques; supporting pregnant people and their partners in the emotional aspects of pregnancy and birth; meeting needs in the early postpartum weeks; and breastfeeding support.
I have experience with, and am comfortable supporting pregnant people and their partners in both home and hospital settings - including cesarean sections. I welcome any and all expectant parents, including LGBTQ and teens.
I have been a certified Early Childhood Educator since 2003 with extensive experience supporting and guiding families of young children according to their needs. I teach Prenatal Yoga here in the Comox Valley on a regular basis and am also training to become a Lactation Counselor through Childbirth International.
Birth is a powerful, life-changing event. I am continually in awe of the strength and natural birthing instincts pregnant people have during their labour and birth. My goals as your doula are to help you achieve your most desired and positive birth experience possible by helping you and your birth partner tap into your strengths. I nurture and encourage you, and help you become as informed as you feel necessary, leaving you feeling supported, listened to, and empowered.
It is my personal and professional goal to maintain your well-being and privacy throughout our time together. I conduct my professional doula services in the utmost confidential and ethical manner. This continues even after you are no longer in need of my services.
Certified Birth Doula
DONA International 2015
Certified Prenatal Yoga Instructor
MamaBe Yoga 2019
Early Childhood Educator
North Island College 2003
Currently training for Certified Breastfeeding Counsellor
Serena of Birthing Freedom is a Certified Doula through the Wise Woman Way of Birth based out of Vancouver, BC. She has been practicing herbalism with and for her family for 11 years. She is an outdoor preschool teacher, prenatal instructor, and has been facilitating the weekly postpartum group Mamacentric, sponsored by the Cumberland Community School Society since 2015. She also volunteers as the Vancouver Island Chapter Leader for the International Cesarean Network. She weaves together her diverse heritage, passion and holistic wisdom to nurture new and growing families of all ages and spectrum of choice.