About Jill

I have a passion for supporting families through pregnancy, birth, and the early postpartum period. This passion was ignited when I attended my first birth in May, 2007. Soon afterward, I took both the birth and postpartum doula courses at Douglas College, and certified with DONA international. I have since then also received my Water Birth Credentialing certificate from Water Birth International, and training to assist moms that are choosing hypnosis for labour. I am currently working towards my certification as an infant sleep educator, and also co-lead the North Shore chapter of La Leche League Canada (peer-to-peer breastfeeding support).

My husband Paul and I (along with our doula and midwives) welcomed a daughter into the world from a birth pool in our apartment in February, 2009. It was a powerful, life-changing experience. Since then, I have had a desire to learn and observe more about water immersion for labour and birth. In October, 2009, I attended a waterbirth credentialing workshop from Waterbirth International. In April, 2013, I gave birth to my son at home in our big green Aquaborn birth pool, and it proved to be as grounding and empowering as his sister’s birth.

When I support families through childbirth, I strive to create a birthing environment where they feel safe and in control of their surroundings and experience. When birthing people feel safe and empowered, they are better able to relax and surrender to the birthing process. Childbirth is something a person remembers for the rest of their life. This is something that I always keep in mind as I support families through this amazing journey.

Qualifications

DONA Birth and Postpartum Training – 2007
First aid and CPR Instructor – 2003-present
Neonatal Resuscitation Program (American Heart and Stroke) – 2014
Water Birth Credentialing – 2009
Hypnobabies Hypno-doula training – 2011
Pre-approved doula for the Aboriginal Grant Program
Fertilty Care Practitioner (2011-2013)
La Leche League Leader – North Vancouver – 2012-present
20 hour Breastfeeding Course for Professionals – 2013
Past board of directors for Shanti Uganda
Past board of directors for the WOMB Birth Centre Project
Infant Sleep Educator (training in process)
Canadian Distributor for BabyCare TENS and La Bassine Birth Pools

I have a passion for continuing education, and I am often attending conferences around the country and updating my skills.