Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Slow Birth return!


Look who's back at Vancouver Doula ...and Slow Birth! My daughter, Sarah, is returning from her maternity leave to provide doula services to clients, as well as providing additional breastfeeding services. Welcome back!

"Born and raised in Vancouver and mentored by my doula mum, Jacquie, I have always been passionate about women's health. Since the age of 4, I have watched my mum care for hundreds of families -- slipping out in the night to attend births, coaching women through breastfeeding struggles, chatting with them over tea about the life changes a baby would bring.  
As an adult, I initially (and naively) resisted the calling to support childbearing women and pursued graduate studies at the University of British Columbia, studying women's sexuality and reproductive lives in early modern literature. This work naturally evolved into more contemporary studies of childbirth and in 2007, when I completed my Master's degree, I began working actively in doula care. In 2008, to better support mums postpartum, I gained my certificate in Breastfeeding Support for Health Care Professionals from Douglas College. 
I've pursued my other passion, academic research, in parallel with my doula and breastfeeding practice. I am currently on leave from doctoral studies, in which I explore informed choice in the childbearing year. Through my work with the Rural Maternity Care New Emerging Team at UBC, I have published qualitative (interview-based) research on midwifery in Canada, decision making for caesarean delivery, and sustainable rural maternity services. Slow birth and slow parenting are also a research passion, and I weave those philosophies into my doula and breastfeeding practice. 
Since the birth of my twin boys, Jack and Finn, in 2010, my desire to support new mothers has only intensified and I am excited to return to doula care with some new experiences under my belt, including both a home birth and a hospital delivery, and nursing twins into toddlerhood (we're still going at 19 months).  
I am honoured to be part of Jacquie's practice again and to support families through birth, breastfeeding, and beyond."  - Sarah Munro, BA (Hons), MA