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About Trusted Instincts Birth Services

Family of five….Mom is a SAHM as well as a Professional Babywearing Educator/Birth Doula/Postpartum Doula/Childbirth Educator and studying to be a Breastfeeding Counselor, Dad is a Rig Manager and three boys are so far, just boys ;). Life is never dull lol. Unschooling, Homeschooling, Cloth diapers, Breastfed full term, Babywearing, Joy, Peaceful, Whole foods, Child led…everything. :)

Birth Ways International: Certification – Birth Doula

Birth Ways International: Certification – Birth Doula.

via Birth Ways International: Certification – Birth Doula.

Check out the program being offered in Regina on June 12-14. If you have wanted to become a birth doula get in on this!

Birth Ways International Birth Doula Certification Requirements


  • Minimum 16 hour BWI Birth Doula Training workshop (including prerequisites).
  • Tour of hospital, preferably where you’ll be working.
  • Minimum 4 hours breastfeeding seminar provided by an IBCLC or professional breastfeeding counsellor, in person or online.
  • Attend a minimum of 2 peer-supported breastfeeding meetings (e.g. LLL meeting, mothering circle).
  • Attend a minimum of 3 births after doula training (one may be a caesarean birth).  For each birth, submit forms for:
    1. Client feedback
    2. Doula report
    3. Feedback form from an experienced birth professional (senior doula, nurse, midwife, or physician)
Note: Papers are to be submitted as completed so your instructor can provide feedback, answer questions, and debrief while the clients are still fresh in the doulas mind.


  • Attend a child-birth education series, minimum 10 hours, from a professional childbirth educator as a doula-observer e.g. Bradley, Birthing From Within, Hypnobirthing, public health, or private classes. 
  • Read and submit book report from five books on the BWI Reading List.  Other birthing books or educational videos may be considered; please ask your trainer.
  • Submit a list of pregnancy, birth and postpartum resources local to your area.
  • Read, understand and sign:  Scope of Practise, Code of Ethics, and Social Media Policy.
  • Submit a paper demonstrating an understanding of scope, ethics, integrity, and insight.  Describe what you would do in various circumstances (scenarios are provided). 
  • Order the BWI Birth Doula Certification Package and pay the certification fee.  Fees include the package with forms to document all requirements, feedback from your BWI trainer, processing all documents, and your official BWI Birth Doula Certification once all the steps are complete. 

 There is no membership fee.  There’s no need to repeat the entire certification process as long as you are an active doula or participating in continuing education (details with cert pack). 

* There are modifications or equivalents available for rural doulas, in case some of these requirements aren’t available locally.  Please ask your trainer for details.

Safe Sleep

Do you know how to sleep safely with your baby? Did you know that sleeping with your baby can be done safely? This post goes into the different terms involved in the hows and whys of babies and sleep.

Bedsharing ~ sleeping with your infant/baby/toddler in the same bed
Co-Sleeping/Room sharing ~ sleeping in the same room with your infant/baby/toddler, they can be in a bassinette/crib/playpen
Couch/Chair sleeping ~ falling asleep in a couch or chair with your infant/baby/toddler

I would never recommend the couch/chair sleeping as it very dangerous and can easily become fatal for the infant/baby/toddler involved. Unfortunately when some people talk about Bed sharing they really mean Couch/Chair sleeping, these two terms are very different and should never be confused. There are many fabulous resources out there that explain how to sleep safely with your baby. These are just some of them.

This is a video of James McKenna PHD talking about the hows and whys of all these forms of sleeping and how it can be done safely. He is the director of the Mother-Baby Behavioural Sleep Laboratory at the University of Notre Dame. You can view the site here

If you are wondering now what exactly bedsharing can look like when it is done safely….

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Call to help us grow our midwifery program in the Cypress Health Region

Advocating for more midwives in our area(as well as across the province) has been a passion of mine for a long time now. Midwifery has had its ups and downs since it was registered in the province of SK in 2008 but it has proved itself to be a service that is needed and asked for. The wait list has been very long in each area it has been implemented since the beginning and each month sees women that are asking for care turned down because there simply isn’t enough room without our midwives becoming overworked. We need more funding for midwifery care so that there are no longer women that feel they have no choices or control over their births.

I think what many people do not realize is that it is up to the consumer to ask for help with growing this program. Our government is funding the program in our province of SK but not well enough to employ the number of midwives needed to meet demand. It is set up differently in each province in Canada, here in SK our midwives work for the health region they are serving. The government funds the midwifery program by allocating monies to each health region which has employed midwives. There is only so much our health region can do with the amounts they receive.

I hope that you will consider signing this petition whether you prefer the care of midwives, family doctor or need an OBGYN. Whether you are done having children or haven’t even considered the option. Your children may wish to have the care of midwives for their children, or midwifery care may enable more space in the hospital when you need it. The more women that are able to access midwifery care will mean that there will be better access to our family doctors for the women that want their care prenatally and during birth. Same with the women that need the specialized care of our OBGYNs.

Every woman should be able to have a choice of preferred caregiver, will you help those that wish to have midwifery for theirs? Sign the petition here—->

To find more information on how to help our midwives locally join the facebook group Supporting Midwives in the Cypress Health Region

To find more information on how to help our midwives across the province “like” the facebook page Where’s My Midwife? Saskatchewan

Birth Rhythms Future Fund

I couldn’t have said it better myself….have a look at the indiegogo campaign and help out if you can.

Thank you.

Birth Belongs to Mamas

I believe in the power of community.  I believe in my local birth community, the larger birth community of my province (Saskatchewan, Canada) and even beyond that–I have faith that the worldwide community works together for the betterment of birthing women and their families.  We all help each other out.

This post is about a very special centre located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan:  Birth Rhythms.  It’s the only one of it’s kind on the Canadian prairies, perhaps all of Canada.  Birth Rhythms is the hub of the grassroots birthing community in our province and provides many indispensable services to families ranging from childbirth education, doula support and training, lactation support, fitness programs, studio space, postpartum support, birth professional development, daddy boot camp, cesarean and vbac support groups, trauma counseling…the list goes on.

As circumstances have it, Birth Rhythms is going through some transitions and could use some support, just for…

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