Holly Malashewsky

Birth and (aspiring) death Doula, 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. 

My journey to doula work started when I applied to the Midwifery Program at UBC in 2003. At that time I had no experience assisting women through the birthing process, nor had I even given birth myself, so it was suggested to me that I try out being a birth doula. I took a DONA approved workshop in 2004 and have been loving my “job” ever since. I became certified with DONA in 2006 and held a certification with them for almost ten years.

I have over thirteen years experience as a birth doula and have attended hundreds of births. I encapsulate placentas, teach childbirth education, counsel new mothers through breastfeeding challenges and provide postpartum care. I’m also a certified 200 hr Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance, teaching pre and post natal yoga in Salmon Arm.

This fall I will be attending Okanagan College in the Practical Nursing Program, with the intention of working in palliative care after training. 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. My desire is to be a part of the change within and outside of the system. To 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


 

Kara Kwasny

Birth Doula & Placenta Encapsulation Specialist, IPPA Certified
 

I am a mom to two handsome boys and one beautiful girl. I live in Vernon, BC and am fortunate enough to be able to stay home with my children. I have always been fascinated with a woman’s body and what we are able to create and do! Birth really is amazing and wonderful! I believe in the process of birth and all its variations.

My doulaing journey started when I first learned about doulas and what they do! I didn’t know that it was a reality for me until I had my daughter and spoke more with my doula about what being a doula was all about. I took a doula training course in October of 2013 and dove head first into my doula career right after! I am passionate about women birthing the way they feel is best and tapping into that inner strength that every woman has!! It is important to me that you feel supported and confident with any and all the choices you make and I am happy to support you in any way I can. I am an avid breastfeeding advocate and love seeing the bond that mothers and babies have while breastfeeding. 

I service the Armstrong to Kelowna area offering birth doula services, birth pool rentals and placenta encapsulation (I am IPPA certified). I also offer inclusion keepsake jewelry.

kara.kwasny@live.ca


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Whitney Good

Birth Doula
 

Hi, my name is Whitney Good, I am a stay-at-home mother of 3 wonderful children. We are currently living in Chase, BC. I am studying to become a certified Birth Doula through Childbirth International.

My desire to become a doula really sparked in me after the birth of my second child. After having 3 pregnancies and 2 births where I had felt uneducated, overlooked, and powerless when it came to making decisions in pregnancy and childbirth, I decided to begin my journey to getting educated! Since then I have been learning as much as possible about birth and love to help mothers have the best possible birth experience. And to my knowledge, fully informed decisions by both parents can lead to the optimum pregnancy, birth, postpartum, and breastfeeding experiences. Regardless of whether your birth goes how you planned or not, you should always be able to look back on it and know that you were fully prepared, made knowledgeable decisions, and received the best support. 

Bringing new life into the world can be such a beautiful, inspiring, and profound experience that deserves to be celebrated. Every baby is a miracle to be treasured!

whitneyagood@gmail.com


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Bree Redding

Birth Doula & Placenta Encapsulator
 

Hello! My name is Bree Redding. I am a Birth Doula and Placenta Encapsulator living in Armstrong B.C. I am an extremely fortunate mother to a beautiful boy named Jude and blessed partner to an amazing husband. I took my Birth Doula course with DONA and was trained by another Doula member on Placenta Encapsulation. In the future I hope to take my Post Partum Doula course with DONA and explore Becoming a Breast Feeding Consultant. 

I pride myself on my ability to be incredibly open minded, witty, and my sense of humour. My favourite colour is orange and if I had to wear it for the rest of my life I wouldn’t be too upset. I have always adored the arts but my heart has been stolen by science. I am amazed by this incredibly complicated and fascinating world. I am an insignificant little bit of carbon trying to fulfill my purpose whatever it may be, and that amazes me! 

As a Doula I hope to make your pregnancy comfortable, open, happy, memorable, pleasureful, knowledgable, and exciting! I am a firm believer in developing a relationship based on trust and understanding of one another’s (as well as your family and partners) needs until and how your little one becomes earth side and beyond! 

Transportation is not an issue as I’d love to helps mothers and their families all over the Okanagan. So please feel free to contact me where ever you reside. 

Much love and know that I’m looking forward to meeting and developing memorable relationships with so many of you amazing  women and your families.

reddingbree@gmail.com


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Meegan Rouck

Birth Doula
 

Hello & Congratulations on your pregnancy!

My name is Meegan and I live in the beautiful town of Salmon Arm, B.C. I am a Holistic nutrition student, big sister, wife-to-be, and a mom to a precious pup named Ida. I am often found practicing yoga, cooking, reading, drinking tea, out for a walk, and visiting with friends and family, whom I love to pieces.

I have been a student at The Canadian School of Natural Nutrition since September of 2015. I love nutrition, health, self-love, food, and everything in-between. This program explains the significance of whole foods and how they impact the body, mind and spirit. The philosophy, “you are what you eat” is also a concept that is heavily emphasized.

I became a certified birth doula in September of 2014, where I completed the DONA birth doula training in Penticton, B.C. During this training I also participated in a breastfeeding workshop. Working as a doula fills my heart with so much joy as I am passionate about pregnancy, birth, the postpartum stage as well as breastfeeding.

I believe that having unconditional support during the beautiful stages of childbearing is so very important. As a doula, it is essential to me that mothers (and fathers too!) are emotionally supported, encouraged, have access to information, and are empowered to make personal choices when the time comes to bring their little ones(s) earth-side.

Now that you know a little bit about me, I would love to connect with you.

meeganrouck@gmail.com


 

Nicole Dupont

birth & postpartum doula
 

Hello, my name is Nicole I’m a mother of 3 beautiful children, a boy and two girls. I grew up in the Shuswap, then moved to Vancouver for eleven years where I received my birth and postpartum doula training through DONA. My family and I decided to move back home with the impending birth of my third daughter to be closer to family, and to pursue my passion in a community that is dear to my heart.

I feel a strong need in supporting women through pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum period. These soul changing phases in a woman’s life whether positive or negative have a long lasting impact on her ability to mother and how she goes on to perceive and interact with the world. I want to lead women and their partners through a wonderful birth and make their transition into parenthood as easy as possible to empower them and give them the confidence they need to move forward.

“Just as a woman’s heart knows how and when to pump, her lungs to inhale, and her hand to pull back from fire, so she knows when and how to give birth.” ― Virginia DiOrio

nicolesdoulaservices1@gmail.com


 

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