Jill and Paula
“A skilled doula empowers a woman to communicate her needs and perceptions and actualize her dream of a healthy, positive birth experience.”
– Vonderheid, Kishi, Norr, & Klima, 2011
We support clients choosing to birth with any type of care provider at Lions Gate, Burnaby, and BC Womens hospitals, as well as at home.
People birth best when they feel they are in a safe and supportive environment. We offer information and support to families in all birthing situations, whether it is a scheduled c-section, induction, medicated birth, or without intervention. It is our goal that you will feel heard and respected by your chosen care team in all circumstances and situations.
Jill also mentors newer doulas to help them grow their doula practices. Jill is involved every step of the way through the prenatal and postpartum process and is available for phone (and sometimes in-person) support during the birth process as well. By choosing a mentored doula you have access to the same services package, but for a reduced fee.
Included Birth Services
When you hire Jill and Paula as your doulas, you will receive the following services:
• An initial interview with no obligation
• 2 prenatal visits (one with each doula)
• Unlimited phone/email support
• Access to an extensive lending library
• Use of an Elle TENS machine
• On call 24/7 (or able to supply reliable, qualified back-up) from the point of hiring until the birth of your baby
• 1-2 postpartum visits as desired
• An in-home infant CPR and choking lesson for you and family members, friends, or care givers (up to 10 people) through Safe Beginnings First Aid
• Use of a birth pool and accessories (including set-up and take down!) – if desired and the situation is appropriate. This can be utilized whether you are planning a home birth or hospital birth, as many people enjoy water immersion for labour before heading to the hospital.
The fee for all of these services with Jill and Paula as your primary doulas is $1400.00 + GST
The fee for the same package but with a mentored doula as your primary doula is $800.00 + GST
Flexible payment plans are available upon request.
Reduced fees are available for repeat clients (clients who have had Jill or Paula as their doula for previous pregnancies).
Paula is a highly experienced postpartum doula who is able to assist you with your transition into having a newborn. She is available both for day time shifts only. Savannah is available for both daytime and nighttime shifts.
Some examples of support could be:
– assistance with breast or bottle feeding
– support adjusting to parenthood including:
processing the birth and navigating postpartum mental health
– newborn care
– sibling support
– sleep support (day or night)
– meal preparation
– light housekeeping
– baby’s laundry
Fee: $28/hr daytime (4 hour minimum), $32/hr night time (8 hour minimum)
Jill also collaborates with other practitioners to add additional services on to packages to best meet the needs of her clients. She has an extensive network of practitioners that she works with to find the service that best matches her clients’ needs, budget, location, and personality. Examples include:
• Professional Photography
• Food Preparation Services
• Placenta Encapsulation
Current Mentored Doula
Savannah Howard is a birth and postpartum doula working in Vancouver and the Greater Vancouver Area currently under the mentorship of Jill Colpitts. The ability to marry both her genuine love for body literacy, informed choice and reproductive health led Savannah to this field of work.
In the months following her graduation from Emily Carr University in 2015, she began her first doula course. Her emphasis focuses on nourishing, supporting, and creating a space for people to make informed choices spanning all stages and phases of pregnancy, birth, and the early stages of parenting.
As a birth doula, Savannah is here to provide customized care in the form of informational, physical, and emotional support through the prenatal phase and birth. Her goal is that all her clients feel confident, informed and safe by providing client specific care.Savannah has a humbled respect towards the magic of the birth process.However birth unfolds, and wherever it takes you, Savannah is there to follow and gently guide.
As a postpartum doula Savannah will support you through the early days of parenting transitions. Whether you are new to parenting or your family just expanded, she understands that the postpartum period is a time of adjustments. Through providing personalized care, her goal is to make your fourth trimester supported and special, leaving you with the confidence to take-on the many stages of parenting in the years that follow.
Qualifications and Relevant Experience-
LGBTQ2S Inclusivity Care for Birth Workers – November 2017
Child & Infant CPR + First Aid Certification through the Lifesaving Society- March 2017
Douglas College DONA Postpartum Doula Training (Trained) – January 2017
Douglas College Prenatal Class Observation – Jan to Feb 2016
Douglas College 18 Hour Breastfeeding Course – November 2016
Wise Woman Way of Birth Doula Training (Certified) – November 2015
Douglas College DONA Birth Doula Training (Trained) – October 2015
Bachelors of Fine Arts in Film, Video, and Integrated Media from Emily Carr University of Art & Design – May 2015