Wondering what a birth doula actually DOES, and want more information? Most Doulas will work on a sliding scale or will negotiate appropriate payment plans.

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"Pregnancy and childbirth are two of the most powerful and miraculous experiences in a woman's life.

It's an honour to be able to provide women and their birthing partners with quality information, intuitive support and competent care to ensure every birth is a positive experience for all."*Certified Birth Doula with DONA International, CD(DONA) *Indigenous Cultural Competency Training; provide Doula services for First Nations women for the BC Association of Friendship Centers *First Aid Training *Mother of 4 grown children: one cesarean, and three natural births and grandmother of 4 (Including the one in the photo!

I am in awe of women's strength and natural birthing instincts during labour and birth.

My goals as your doula are to help you and your birth partner tap into your strengths, to nurture you, to encourage you, and to help you achieve your most desired and positive birth experience possible; leaving you feeling supported, listened to, empowered and divine." Find me on Facebook: Pamela Tessman Doula About Me: *DONA Certified doula CD(DONA) *Mother of 4 amazing grown children including a midwife and 2 doctors *Experience with twin birth, teens, cesarean, hospital, and home birth *Certified in Aromatouch Therapy *Willing to provide postpartum doula support and care as well *Live in Black Creek, so can provide service in both Courtenay and Campbell River "I am honoured to support a woman and her birth partner through the miraculous process of childbirth.

See BCAAFC and First Nations Health Authority Grant * Certified Birth Doula with DONA International, CD(DONA) and Coordinator of Comox Valley Doulas * Mother of two phenomenal people, both premature and delivered naturally in hospital * Over 10 years' experience providing evidence-based compassionate doula care in home (water birth) and hospital environments * Experienced in supporting mothers through planned and urgent Cesarean birth, VBAC, teen births, twins, premature labour/birth and stressful pregnancies * Qualified to support First Nations clients eligible for FNHA funding * Supported clients through pregnancy loss * Excellent communication skills, respectful of each mother's unique needs, as well as the needs of her partner, midwives/physicians, and hospital staff * A research geek: MA in Educational leadership, researcher/educator and professional coach & mentor * Provide resources, dvds, workshops, and evidence-based research for your questions and concerns before, during and after your birthing experience.

* Offer responsive, non-judgmental post-partum breastfeeding support and newborn care tips and resources.

For individual quotes/fees, please review the list of all the doulas listed below and contact your chosen Doulas at their respective numbers or emails as listed below.

Many of our doulas are Certified with Doulas of North America (DONA).

Freedom is felt in the embrace of your power." * DONA Certified Birth Doula, CD(DONA) * Mother of 2 wild boys - 1 hospital birth, 1 home birth * Early Childhood Educator since 2002 with extensive experience supporting and guiding families of young children according to their needs. * Knowledgeable in current resources and information pertaining to conception, pregnancy, birth, the early postpartum weeks, and breastfeeding.