Holly Malashewsky

Birth Doula, Aspiring death doula, Nurse, Childbirth Educator, Placenta Encapsulator, Prenatal Yoga Teacher and Doula Mentor

For so long now, I have felt a deep soulful yearning to nurture, honour, support and connect with birthing women and their families. This time is so sacred, so full of love and joy that I can’t help but be drawn to it.

I myself am a mother of three beautiful children, each birth was so special and empowering; they inspired me to continue delving deeper into my passionate work as a doula. 

I have over fifteen years experience as a birth doula and have attended hundreds of births. I teach childbirth education, counsel new mothers through breastfeeding challenges and provide postpartum care. I’m also a certified 250 hr Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance, teaching pre and post natal yoga in Salmon Arm.

Currently, I am also working at our local hospital as a Licensed Practical Nurse, with the intention of working in palliative care in the future. I see the need for a re-creation of ritual and ceremony surrounding death; looking at end of life care through a broader, more traditional and connected scope. I want to help bring back the sacredness of death, by honouring it as a part of life.

My intention, my purpose as a human being creating and exploring this experience we call life, is to reach out to humankind that are about to embark through murky waters of leaving familiar time and space and to stand strong as the gatekeeper to another existence as they pass through. As a baby is welcomed earth-side, as a woman transitions from maiden to mother, when a soul is ready to depart from a body that no longer serves them, as families ebb and flow in this space, I will not waiver, I trust the process. I honour life/death and the transition, the transmutation that happens in that moment. I am deeply committed and deeply connected to all that choose my support and I am so very grateful to those I have and will serve. 

hmalashewsky@gmail.com


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Kayla Vannieuwenhuizen

Birth & Postpartum doula, cpst, breastfeeding educator, infant sleep educator & eco conscious living educator

Through my own three childbirth experiences, my innate passion to become a Doula emerged. I want all women and their families to have as much access to education, options, and all the loving support they deserve while going through this momentousness life change. Be it first or fifth time. I want mothers to know they have a voice, and it deserves to be heard and respected, and to guide them to release the confidence they already have within themselves to birth their babies. I believe there has been too much fear for decades centered around childbirth, and I want to bring light into a place that is not scary. It is warm, loving, and beautifully raw and deserves to be celebrated. I reside and work within the Shuswap & Okanagan region, in beautiful British Columbia. I believe it truly takes a village, to raise a child, starting in the womb.

kayla@maternaloakdoula.com

www.maternaloakdoula.com


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Vanessa Flavin

birth doula & CPST

After the birth of my first child via an unplanned home birth it ignited a passion in me for everything birth and babies. I loved how empowered I felt in my birth experience and I wanted to help other women feel what I did. I attended a DONA workshop while living in the Fraser valley and shortly after moved up to Salmon Arm to be closer to family. I have been casually working as a doula and working towards my DONA certification. I recently welcomed my second son into the world and am ready to dive into attending births again. I can’t wait to help mothers achieve the birth they desire and feel empowered in the process and respected in all their decisions. I am also a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician with the Child Passenger Safety Association of Canada. Another passion of mine is providing information to parents and caregivers about car seats and passenger safety and I provide seat checks by donations.

vanessa@lakesidedoula.ca

www.lakesidedoula.ca


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Sheona Prentice

Doula in training & nurse

I am the face behind Sheona’s Doula services - Belly to Bambino Birthing! I live in Vernon BC, a small town in the Okanagan Valley. I have a crazy love and passion for children, newborns and their mommas, which all started when I was a little girl with a newborn sister by my side. I was a nanny to four beautiful little girls for over four years until I decided to go back to school to become a nurse. I am now a License Practical Nurse who works at the Vernon Jubilee Hospital, and I am currently completing the Maternal Support Practitioner (Doula) program!

I am excited to say that I am now taking on families as a Doula in Training in the Okanagan and Shuswap areas, which is an amazing opportunity to have a low cost doula! If you or any of your family/friends have questions, please feel free to send me a message!

sheonadoulaservices@gmail.com