Category Archives: Birth

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.

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

Born to do this….


You know that saying…”Never give up on something you can’t go a day without thinking about.”

That is what birth and breastfeeding is to me. I have spent the past year or so trying to walk away from the birth world, trying to tell myself that I can live without it.

It’s NOT working. 😉 I still search out the blog posts and the articles about birth and breastfeeding everyday. I love posting new and/or old favourites to my Facebook page for people to read and expand their knowledge. I have missed helping women find their strength during labour. Seeing such amazing women birth their babies. I have not been able to devote myself as much as I would like to being a doula yet as I have been having my own babies over the last five years. Today my youngest turns two….very bittersweet. He is finally showing signs that he is secure enough to be with someone other than me for periods of time. My older two are growing up as well. The oldest is showing what a great source of help he can be with his younger two brothers. I will be able to take on one doula client a month over the next year or two until my littles are really mature enough to leave for the length of time I may be away at a birth and the time taken for prenatal appointments. I am always available for baby wearing and post partum work of course.

Thank you so much to my clients over the past five years….Welcome to all my new clients to come.

Encapsulating your Placenta

Human placentophagy, or consumption of the placenta, is defined as, “The ingestion of a human placenta postpartum, at any time, by any person, either in raw or altered (e.g., cooked, dried, steeped in liquid) form.” Numerous historical occurrences of placentophagy have been recorded throughout the world, whereas modern occurrences of placentophagy are rare since most contemporary societies do not promote its practice. Since the 1970s, however, consumption of the placenta believing that it has health benefits has been a growing practice among clients of midwives and alternative-health advocates in the U.S. and Mexico.[1]

Have you considered encapsulating your placenta after giving birth? While I do not recommend that the birthing mama does this herself after birth, it is very easy to do, your partner or a friend/family member could easily encapsulate the placenta for you in your home. I include instructions on how to do this in my lending binder that every client receives.

There are many paid services for placenta encapsulation popping up as well. If you are thinking about going with one of these services I would recommend finding one that has taken a Bloodborne Pathogens course(BBP) and conforms to local health department guidlines for food preparation and safety while preparing your placenta using sterilized equipment and in a sterile environment and while wearing disposable gloves. These services range in price from $150-200 usually.

These links will take you to detailed instructions on how to encapsulate your placenta.

Traditional Chinese Method –

Raw Placenta Encapsulation –

There are many, many different ways to consume your placenta, a few other alternatives are blending it into a smoothie, cooking it into meals or eating it raw.