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Birth Photographer & Doula

As a mama of two, a wife, a Doula, a Birth Photographer and a mama in the process to adopt, life can get a little crazy!….Ok maybe a lot crazy! But it makes those special moments oh so precious! Life with a new baby on the way can be chaotic so allow me to help you have the best stress-free birth experience you possibly can! 

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Having a baby can be stressful but booking your birth services shouldn’t be! Allow me to help you have a better birth experience and take care of everything you need. Booking your birth services is as easy as three simple steps. 

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Think about what birth services will best benefit you and your family. Give me a call or send me an email. 

Book your birth services and your in person consultation where we will plan and discuss your birth preferences.  

Take a deep breath and allow me to help make your birth experience the best it can possibly be. 

Your birth experience…

Your best birth experience starts at $850 and includes professional Doula services with both prenatal and postpartum care as well as full labour and delivery support.

Capturing your birth story starts at $1200 and includes discussions about your birth preferences and desires, full birth coverage and an in person image reveal to view your entire birth story.

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Stories

Life is a story waiting to be written, each memory and moment, it’s own page in the book. Some so significant they may even have their very own chapter. What’s your story?

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MATERNITY, NEWBORN & FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHY

Helping create the best experience for you and your family and memories that will last you a life time. Supporting you and your growing family.

To book your Maternity, Newborn or Family Portrait Session please contact Karen from Reflections of Life Photography for more details.

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  • I will be out of office starting tomorrow until June 28th. I’ll be taking some much needed family time this up coming week and will be taking a break from our weekly online prenatal series as well as daily posts, emails, etc. See you all in a week! 
#outofoffice #familytime
  • THE EPIDURAL…….thanks to modern medicine we are blessed to have things like the epidural for pain management during birth. The epidural is a regional anaesthesia that blocks pain in a specific area. It is administered through a small catheter that is threaded through the needle that is injected in the lower back region.  However, like many medications the epidural has both desired benefits and risks.
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BENEFITS: The epidural enables an exhausted mother to relax or rest during her labour. It may help to relieve pain. Epidurals are also useful for cesareans, allowing the mother to remain alert during the surgery. The epidurals are also known to lower blood pressure so for women with high blood pressure this may benefit them. Depending on the circumstance for some women the epidural may help with stress and anxiety related to previous birth trauma or trauma caused by sexual assault. .
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RISKS: In some cases the epidural will provide inadequate pain relief. There is a risk of a rise in the mother’s oral and vaginal temperature. The mother may also experience a drop in blood pressure. In some cases mothers experience a short or long-term back ache from bruising caused by the injection. Some women experience a headache and mild to severe skin itching.  Some women may even experience retention of urine requiring them to have a catheter. The epidural may also slow labour in which the mother will then require further interventions such as Piton to keep her contractions strong and consistent. Some women may experience longer times when it comes to pushing their baby out.  In some cases the unborn baby will experience abnormal heart rates that require further monitoring. .
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Although modern medicine has come a long way and epidurals are considered safe it is always wise to know the benefits and risks associated with any form of medication being administered. Knowing all of the benefits and risk will help you make the best decision for you and your baby.

#epidural #benefitsandrisks #birth #painmana #painmanagement #modernmedicine #effectsoftheepidural #knowyouroptionsinbirth

Photo credit: @docswithtwins
  • Now I know some of you have been waiting for this. There has been so much talk about natural pain management techniques but I know there are some mamas out there who are just like “gimme the drugs!!” And rightfully so! Birth is no walk in the park. I can remember with my first baby getting to a point where the epidural was all I wanted and with having a 38 labour let me tell ya….I got my epidural! However, no matter what your decision is for pain management, during your birth, it’s important you know all the benefits and risks of every technique, method, and intervention. So in the next posts we will be chatting all about the epidural, the risks and the benefits as well as possible side effects. 
#epidural #painmanagement #birth #birthtechniques #modernmedicine #birthtools #benefitsandrisks #knowyouroptionsinbirth #doulasupport #painmanagementduringlabor
  • Let’s talk about this peanut ball thing. It’s pretty simple. It’s like a yoga ball shaped like a peanut 🥜 but it acts as an incredible tool during birth. The peanut ball is great because it can be used during labour with or without the use of an epidural. For women who have an epidural this is a great tool since squatting and using gravity is not an option. It’s main use is to help open the hips, expand the pelvis and stretch those ligaments and muscles needed to allow baby to pass through the pelvis. Here are a few techniques of how to the peanut ball while in labour by @sacredsagebirthservices 
#peanutball #painmanagementduringlabor #gentlemethods #birthtechniques #birthttools #doulasupport #doula #openingthehips
  • I LOVE the peanut ball and one of the reasons why I love it is because its a tool I can use to assist mamas even those who have an epidural.Peanut balls are incredible for helping open up the hips, expanding the pelvis and helping stretch those ligaments and muscles allowing baby to descend into the pelvis. For mamas with epidurals things like squatting or using gravity isn’t an option which is why this handy tool works wonders! 
#peanutballs #birthtechniques #toolsforbirthing #painmanagement #painmanagementinlabor #doula #birthsupport
  • These are a few of my favourite essential oils to use during birth! 👉🏻 Helichrysum: great for treating wounds and healing. This oil can be used to aid in postpartum hemorrhages. 👉🏻Wild Orange: Is great for helping women focus and give that extra little burst of energy when needed. When combined with peppermint is a power house for boosting energy. 👉🏻Frankincense:  Can be applied to the soft spot on the top of baby’s head to help ground baby and adjust to the outside world, helping with cellular repair and firing off any foreign bacteria. 👉🏻 Ginger: Incredible for digestive issues and nausea. 👉🏻 Myrrh: Applied to the umbilical cord stump to help with healing and fight infection. 👉🏻 Clary Sage: Work with contractions to help keep them consistent and strong. 👉🏻 Lavender: Calming and relaxing
👉🏻 Peppermint: Great to help boost energy and assist with nausea. 👉🏻 Deep Blue: Can help release tension in muscles including the lower back of mom is experiencing back labour. I always keep these sample creams in my Doula bag because they are perfect size for individual use. And you know me, I am a bit picky about keeping things sanitary and clean and these individual packages help make that happen! 🌱 These are just a few of the oils that can help make your labour more comfortable! There are so many more for breastfeeding support and more but for today these are my go to oils for labour!

#essentialoils #essentialdoula #essentialoilsforbirth #naturalremedies #doulasupport #comfortmeasuresforbirth
  • Let’s be honest, essential oils are all the rage now a days and rightfully so. There are incredible benefits to using essential oils but what about during birth? I get so many questions about these. Do they work? Can they really help? What oils do I use? How do I use them? Will they harm the baby? So many incredible questions that I will be answering in my upcoming post. I’ll be sharing the benefits of using oils, the oils I recommend and how you can use them to benefit you during your labour & delivery. 
#essentialoils #essentialoilsforbirth #essentialdoula #essentialoilsduringlabour #alltheoils #naturalremedies #painmanagementsolutions #painmanagementduringlabor #birthdoulas
  • When it comes to pain management during birth there are many different techniques and theories. There is always new upcoming information. It’s one of the things that makes birth so exciting, always new information to learn. Here are a few books from my library about different pain management techniques and different things you can draw upon during birth. Some of these books are simply accounts of birth stories which can be extremely encouraging to first time mamas. Sometimes peace comes in the simplest forms such as knowing when you birth your baby millions of women have gone before you and hundreds of women will be birthing their baby at the same time as you are.

#books #birthbooks #birthbecomesher #allthebooks #birthdoula #birthprocess #painmanagement

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