Some Very Kind Words

As our doula, Aimee was formative in our birthing process. Her guidance and calm assurance helped me to feel confident and positive in my and my husband’s strength; comfortable to embrace the difficulties and indignities of the labour process without shame or anxiety; and individually and thoughtfully cared for as a woman and a mother.

When I found out I was pregnant, I wanted to be pro-active about having a positive pregnancy and labour.  My mother had two traumatic births, and I had some anxiety about complications, being in control, and feeling supported by my husband as we deal with high stress situations in very different ways.  We were certain we wanted Aimee as our doula-- we had known her for many years, and knew that her character would be a grounding force for the labour. Aimee is gifted at being gentle yet direct and I knew my husband would take direction from her well during the throes of labour. She was a force of calm in what for us was such an unknown situation, helping to measure contractions and deciding when to call the midwife. She did not take over but gently guided Jordan how to massage my back and when to give me encouragement and nourishment. Aimee gently explained to my mother the various steps that were going on, and made her feel included yet did not allow her anxious energy to interfere.  

Finally, Aimee is trustworthy, straightforward and strong. She is the type of person who seeks to understand and advocate for your needs. She is very confirming, and makes you feel like you are a better person than you think you are. We were fortunate to have a very positive home birth with little anxiety and stress. Aimee ensured we were comfortable with a clean space and snacks, and followed up the birth with us a few days later and helped answer and assure our concerns about breastfeeding and the millions of other questions we had as new parents. Aimee loves birth, and she will sit with you and support you in your joys and struggle. I would fully recommend her as a worthwhile investment in your confidence, comfort and sanity during the birthing process- it was a real joy to share the miracle of birth with her.

Kristen - mother of Gloria Joan

Welcome Here Baby Girl

Photographing births has got to be one of the best jobs ever.  I'm so grateful to have been invited to document the arrival of this little girl at St Paul’s hospital in Vancouver.

In this visual birth story you’ll see outstanding partner support, the use of a variety of positions for comfort during birth, attentive midwifery care and the use of birth affirmation cards.  There are many ways to move through the birth process and each has so much beauty and strength in it. 

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  This was my first chance getting to work alongside registered midwife Marie-Laure from Sage-Femmes      Her care was absolutely exceptional - competent, warm and calming.  She is deeply invested in the work she does and that shows in the birth space – and in the photos I was able to make of her.  I look forward to working with her again.

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At the end, after their baby had arrived, and all the checks and after-care was done, their peaceful contentment was so beautiful.  A sigh of relief.  The time of waiting and working was done and the time of welcome had begun. I just love the moments of them soaking in their new daughter.     

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When the families I work with have a positive experience with my support and decide to share a bit of that experience with others I’m so glad.  Here are some words from the mother:

“Aimee has a beautiful calm spirit. At my daughter's birth, she was experienced, competent and supportive in all the ways I needed. Prior to, she provided me with resources that were relevant to my situation, as I asked, and didn't flood me with unsolicited advice.  At the birth, she had the capacity to be present but not overpowering. Aimee also brings with her a real understanding of the sacredness of the moment of birth. Her birth photography is a testament to this.”

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