We can talk financial breakdown, or more importantly, we can talk about value. It seems like everywhere you turn, society is heavy into encouraging self-care. Why? Because you are worth it.

We invest in things that have value. Things that bring joy or meaning into our lives. Personally, I invest in quality skin care, health foods, a good photographer, a skilled hairstylist, etc. Why wouldn’t we consider investing in someone who can help us navigate one of the biggest and most important life changes of our lives: becoming a mother?

How much do you value yourself? Do you see yourself as someone worth investing in? As mamas, we often shove our needs to the backburner, but maybe you need someone to tell you it’s ok to practice self-care. Maybe you need someone to tell you that you deserve it and that it’s ok if your needs come first sometimes.

Society is quite familiar with the labour and birth doula profession, and while the postpartum doula has been around for the same amount of time, it isn’t as well-known especially in Western Canada. Let me shed some light on this valuable service!

Hello! I’m Megan and I’m so excited to be partnering with Heritage Birth as a childbirth educator. My next class is coming up on November 17 and 18 in St. Albert and I’d love to have you there!

Why should you attend a prenatal class?

Would you study for an important test? Prepare for an interview? Train for a marathon? Birth is one of the most significant events of your life, you should do what you can to get ready for it!

Birth is something that our culture seems to misunderstand. If you’re pregnant or have been pregnant, have you noticed people telling you horrible stories of how awful their pregnancy and labour were? You’ve probably seen someone on TV having a baby with a lot of screaming and hospital staff rushing all over the place. I have good news for you. Birth does not have to be scary. Do you know what works well to take away fear? Knowledge.

What does it mean to be a size-friendly doula? And why does it matter? 

It’s accurate to say that because I myself am fat I am more aware of the way that plus-sized people are treated during pregnancy and birth. This had made me a passionate advocate for size equality. I want people to be treated with the same respect that I would like to receive. I want other people to experience love, feel valued, and be celebrated for their achievements regardless of what their body looks like. I want pregnant people to be proud of their bodies and what their body has a achieved. 

But being a size friendly doula is so much more than that. No matter what size you are, when you're pregnant, everyone has an opinion about your body and they aren't afraid to voice it! Oh, the things I have heard!

"You look so tiny, there's no way a baby's going to fit."

"Because you’re overweight, a C-section would just be easiest."

"You're going to have a huge baby (or a tiny baby, a high-risk pregnancy, gestational diabetes, a super long labor, a scheduled C-section)."

Heritage Birth Services has been nurturing and growing something new.

Inspired by the many requests we have had from Edmonton families, we knew it was time to conceive a new service. From many months of growing, cultivating our skills, and with lots of love, we are so pleased to announce the birth of placenta services for Edmonton families.