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As a professional Doula and certified Breastfeeding Counsellor, I will work by your side as you prepare to give birth; present in each moment with a spirit of love and compassion. As your doula I’ll provide the emotional, educational and physical support you need not only during labor, but throughout your pregnancy and postpartum as well.
I'm also pleased to offer breastfeeding support to moms with babies of all ages. From supply issues to breast or nipple pain, to challenging issues such as nursing strikes, I've weathered many of them as a mother myself and have completed the Douglas College Breastfeeding Support for Health Care Professionals course. Feel free to send me an email any time of the day or night. When faced with a challenge that is outside of my scope I can make recommendations to connect you with the appropriate resources.
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My name is Leslie Dowler. I have been a resident of South Delta for most of my life and have two children of my own. I am a prospective midwifery student and have recently set out on my journey as a Doula. I offer personalized prenatal, birthing, and postnatal care to women in Delta, Surrey, Richmond, Vancouver, and New Westminster. As your birth doula my goal is to give you and your family the support and knowledge you need to make informed decisions about your pregnancy, labor and birth. I am a DONA certified birth doula and am currently in the process of becoming certified as a postpartum doula through Doula Canada. I have a current certification in First Aid & CPR for Health Care Providers and have a diploma from the Doulgas College Breastfeeding for Health Care Professionals program. I have two children who are now teenagers, if you'd like to read up on the stories of my personal birthing experiences, click here.
The presence of an experienced labor support person can help you find your inner strength, hold you up (quite literally), and keep you focused on your goals. I can help you navigate your options during labor and help provide clarification if needed. I am there to reassure you and your partner throughout your pregnancy and beyond. I believe that birth is a personal event and I encourage you to express yourself freely whether you want essential oils and chanting Budhas, or Steven Tyler and a stress ball. I am currently working towards credentials as a Hypnobabies doula and am happy to help support families who wish to use all forms of hypnosis for childbirth. And don't worry dads and partners, we are all in this together, let me help you to help her.
I also specialize in breastfeeding support offering in-home consultations with email and telephone follow-up support. Breastfeeding support is open to anyone, not just to doula clients. However, as a doula client you'll get some great breastfeeding help right from day 1! To learn more about me and the services that I offer, please get in touch.
Leslie Dowler CD(DONA), PD (Doula Canada - pending)
Summary of Services
As a Doula, I accompany women in labor to help ensure a safe and satisfying birth experience. I will support you in facilitating the kind of birth you have envisioned for yourself and your family; I am a non-clinical provider who will draw upon my knowledge and experience to provide emotional support, physical comfort and communication with your health care provider to ensure you have the information needed to make informed decisions in labor. I can provide reassurance and perspective to you and your partner, make suggestions for labor progress, and help with relaxation, massage, positioning and other techniques for comfort. As your doula, I am working for you, not your care giver or hospital, I am independently self-employed. Our journey starts with a meet and greet where we can get to know each other, talk about what's involved with doula care and review the contract.
If you decide to hire me we will try to meet twice before your labor at approximately 36 weeks and 38 weeks. During our visits, I will want to become familiar with your plans for labor, birth and postpartum. We will discuss when to call during labor, and what to expect when you arrive at the hospital or what to expect of a home birth. We will also review your plans for postpartum and basic newborn care. In between visits I will be available by telephone or by email to answer any questions or concerns. Starting at 37 weeks until the time of birth, I will be on-call for you 24/7.
As a doula, I do not perform any clinical procedures such as blood pressure, fetal assessments, vaginal exams, etc. I am present to provide for your physical comfort, emotional support and advocacy. I will not make decisions for you or your partner. I will help you get the information necessary to make an informed decision.
As your due date draws closer please alert me to any changes you may be experiencing. I prefer that you call me when you think you are in labor, even if you do not yet need me. I can answer questions and make suggestions over the phone. We will decide at this time whether I should come to your home right then or wait for further change. Please allow 2 hours for me to get to you from the time you request my presence, although I may be able to get to you sooner. Except for extraordinary circumstances, I will remain with you throughout your labor and birth. In the event that I am unable to attend your birth for any reason I will provide an alternate doula at no extra charge.
After birth, I usually remain with you for about two hours, unless you are comfortable and your family is ready for private time together. I can also assist you with breastfeeding if you wish. I will come to your home (or hospital if you request) for two postpartum visits, which we will schedule before I leave the hospital on the day of your birth. The purpose of these visits is to check in on your overall wellbeing, answer any questions you may have and assist you with breastfeeding (if requested). We will also review the birth, so if you have visitors you may wish to schedule some privacy for those visits.
Some families decide that they would like to continue to receive doula support for the first few weeks after the birth of their baby. Some families want that support to continue for months. Postpartum doula services are different for each family, sometimes it is focused around caring for the baby while the parents rest or run errands. Sometimes the doula does housework, laundry, prepares food, and provides emotional support. I'm happy to provide any sort of help that you may need, please contact me to discuss details.
Pre-booking postpartum services is highly recommended to ensure that you get the coverage that best suits your needs. If your baby is already here please reach out and we will work together to find a schedule that works for both of us. As your postpartum doula I will come to your home and help you in your adjustment to parenthood. My services include breastfeeding support, baby care (including bathing, diapers, soothing), and providing emotional support to the family. I will also help with light housework such as dishes and laundry, meal prep, and grocery shopping. My job is to mother the mother (and partner and other children) so we will have plenty of open discussion about your needs and what I can do for you. Sometimes we just need some moral support and encouragement, sometimes we need more hands on care. I can help you find your way and provide suggestions on baby care and parenting if requested. Postpartum visits may range from 4-8 hour shifts during the day, and 8-12 hours during the night, you can book me for just one shift or multiple shifts spanning several months depending on your needs. I'm also available to be on hand for anticipated challenging times such as immunizations or a travelling partner, or medical concerns for either parent.
I will conduct myself with professional care and consideration to your privacy. I will not disclose your name, address, medical history, or details of your birth with anyone except for our alternate doula. I will not photograph or record you or your family members without your direct consent. I will store and transport my records in a confidential manner. I will take notes of the events that happen during your labour and birth and provide you with a written summary of your labour and birth at our postpartum visit. I will also take pictures, if requested, using your phone, iPad, or camera. Please be sure that there is sufficient space!
Let's Get Personal
Our relationship begins with a meet and greet appointment where we can discuss how Doula care works and what your specific needs are. At your second visit we will create a personalized birth plan and go over your wishes and concerns. I am available to accompany you to an appointment with your doctor or midwife if you'd like for us to meet before your birth. As your doula I will be there to provide you with continuous emotional and physical support, and answer any and all questions you may have.
Here for You
Get extra personal support throughout the entirety of your birthing journey. As a Doula, I promise to offer unwavering support to you and your family before, during, and after birth. I will stay in close contact in order to routinely check how you’re doing as your due date approaches and offer any support needed. If your goal is an unmedicated birth I come equipped with a TENS machine and other techniques to help you conquer labor. I provide all clients with a detailed timeline of their labor and birth as a keeepsake.
Adjusting to Motherhood
You conquered labor and delivery, now what? Maybe you are in need of a little more postpartum help? What does a postpartum doula do? Services are focused on helping ease your transition into parenthood. I'm available to help with breastfeeding and self care, as well as infant care, parent coaching, and respite. Visits range from 4 to 12 hours and can be flexible based on need. Overnight care is also available.
For more information on Postpartum Doula support please click the link below.
This Mama's Been There
Breastfeeding is a wonderful way to nurture your child and yourself but it's not always easy. We will discuss breastfeeding before the birth it will be the focus of our postnatal appointments. Getting breastfeeding off to a good start sometimes needs a little help. Whether you have problems with latch, pain, supply, or find yourself with an older baby who is on a nursing strike, I'm here to help. I have several years experience breastfeeding my own babies and am Certified by Douglas College. For fastest service please text me at 604-910-9916.
Please be aware that I only take 1-3 clients per month. I do keep a waitlist, so feel free to touch base if your month is not available. Bookings are done according to due date and only considered to be booked when the deposit has been paid and the contract signed.
I believe in maintaining a healthy work-life balance so I do schedule time off to spend with my family, take vacations, and enjoy my hobbies which include competitive 3 Day Eventing with my horse. Breastfeeding support is a different story and much easier to accommodate. Please call or email to set up a breastfeeding appointment, chances are good that I can see you the same day! If you are in need of breastfeeding support please text me for the fastest response. 604-910-9916 Even weekends and holidays!
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Links and useful information
$40 per visit
Includes an initial assessment in your home plus follow up by phone and email. If you are in need of breastfeeding support please text me for the fastest response. 604-910-9916
If I was your birth doula breastfeeding support is available at no extra charge.
Includes a meet and greet visit, birth planning visit, attending your birth, and two postpartum follow up visits. If you have been referred by Pomegranate Community Midwives please email me to discuss fees.
Funding for my services is available through the BCAAFC for qualifying Indigenous families. Please email me for details.
Additional Postpartum Care:
$30-$35 per hour, packages available.
What does a Doula do?
A birth doula is a professional who is hired to provide emotional and physical support to a woman and her family during childbirth. To provide the best care we need to get to know you, so you will also receive two prenatal visits and one to two postpartum visits. Doulas do not replace doctors, nurses, midwives, or partners, but instead we work with you as a team to support you through every step of the way. Check out the DONA links on this page or this cool graphic display courtesy of Doula Training Canada.
A postpartum doula works with your family to support you as you make the transition into parenthood. I provide emotional support to the family, and help with infant care such as soothing, bathing, diapers. If you are breastfeeding I am available to offer support in that journey, if you are bottle feeding I'm happy to help hands on with that too. I can keep your baby content while you have a nap, run to the grocery store for you, help with meal prep, laundry, dishes, and lend a hand with other children in the house.
Do you offer postpartum support?
Absolutely! As your doula I will stay with you for approximately two hours after your baby is born to ensure that you are comfortable and breastfeeding is initiated. We will then set up a follow up visit in either the hospital or at home, typically within the first 24 hours. I encourage clients to check in via text and let me know how they are doing and reach out for extra help if needed. Our final visit is usually 7-14 days later. Additional visits to help with breastfeeding can be booked on an as-needed basis at no extra charge if I was your birth doula. If you are looking for ongoing postpartum support please click here for more information.
How do you deal with complications at birth?
The birth of a baby sometimes doesn't go according to plan. I'm here to help you understand what your choices are and support you through those decisions. In our birth planning visit we will go over some of the potential situations and discuss how we might handle them so we are all on the same page before the big day.
What if I can't afford a doula or breastfeeding help?
Us doulas are a compassionate bunch, please send me an email and we will make an arrangement. Finances will not be a barrier to receiving care. As many breastfeeding issues are often time sensitive please just pick up the phone or send me a text. I am approved for funding through the BCAAFC for qualifying Indigenous families.