MY TRAINING + EXPERIENCE


I am a professional, DONA trained and HypnoBabies certified Doula. Since 1996, I've supported hundreds of families through their birth experiences. I'm one of the Fraser Valley's most experienced doulas. Throughout the years,  I've worked seamlessly to establish positive relationships with local Midwives, Physicians, and Obstetricians where I'm welcomed into the birth space to support their patient's birth story.


I have an abundance of experience in home birth, hospital birth, cesarean sections, water birth, VBACs (vaginal birth after cesarean), natural birth, medicated birth, hypno-births, surrogate/intended parent births, multiples birth, high-risk birth, and inductions. Everyone was unique and miraculous!


I proudly attend births at Chilliwack General Hospital, Abbotsford Regional Hospital, Langley Memorial Hospital, and Home Births within my service area of Chilliwack, Abbotsford, Mission, and Langley.​​


MY AVAILABILITY


I pour my heart into my work and the families who choose to invite me to be a part of their Birth Year. In order to give my Doula clients the kind of exceptional care, availability, support and loving attention they deserve, I only accept a limited amount of births per calendar month. Please contact me as early as possible if you are interested in adding Doula Support to your birth team.


THE ESSENCE OF BIRTH - DOULA SUPPORT PACKAGE


  • ​​​Complimentary Consultation: This is a great opportunity to get to know one another, go over any initial questions you may have, and see if working together feels like the right fit.
  • 2 Prenatal Planning Sessions: We will meet for two prenatal visits to discuss your hopes, goals, and fears, understand your options, create a birth plan and learn tools and relaxation techniques so you can go into your labor feeling informed, supported, prepared & confident.
  • Prenatal Support: I am happy to answer any questions, concerns or requests for information you have from the moment we begin working together by means of phone calls, text and/or email.
  • Lending Library: You have full access to my comprehensive lending library with a variety of books and videos on pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, and parenting.​
  • On-call: I am on call for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, beginning at 37 weeks and ending only once you've had your baby.
  • Continuous Labor Support:  I will be by your side from the moment you ask me to join you in labor until your baby is settled into your arms; at your home and/or the hospital.
  • Comfort Measures: To every birth, I bring comfort measures that are available for use including hot and cold packs, a TENS unit, massage oil, massage tools, a rebozo, aromatherapy essential oils, homeopathic and herbal remedies, and Ener - C vitamin & electrolyte drink.
  • Photography: As a Birth photographer I can't imagine not capturing some images for you. I bring my camera to your birth to document the first 2 hours of life with your new arrival. I gift you with approximately 5 images (of my choice) of those tender and priceless first moments of your life as new parents. Clients have the option to purchase the First Glimpse Photography Package to receive the remaining 20 images. If you are interested in documenting your entire birth experience, you can add on Birth Photography to your Doula Package.
  • 2 Postpartum Visits: I will come to your home for two postpartum visits in the first few weeks after your baby's birth to discuss and process your birth story, provide breastfeeding support, make sure you are adjusting well to your new routine and answer any questions you may have.
  • Postpartum + Breastfeeding Support:  I am available for postpartum and breastfeeding support throughout your fourth trimester (12 weeks postpartum recovery) to answer any questions, concerns or requests for information you have by means of phone calls, text and/or email. However, the end of your fourth trimester is not the end for us. Your birth story and the memories of our time spent together will be forever etched in my heart, and it would be an honor to remain available to you as a friend.


Investment - $1025. To reserve your due date, a signed contract, and a $450 retainer fee is due at the time of booking. Your retainer fee is applied to your doula package. The remaining balance is due by our last prenatal appointment. Since Doula Support is and should be considered an investment, I offer flexible payment options and custom payment plans to clients who book in advance. 


​WORDS OF LOVE FROM PREVIOUS CLIENTS


"Jen is absolutely amazing at what she does. She completely went above and beyond any expectations, I had when I thought about hiring a doula. She was always there for me for any questions I had. She was encouraging, comforting, and knew exactly what to do to support me in every way possible.  I can not thank her enough and can not explain in words the difference she made to my pregnancy, labour, delivery and postpartum experience!!! Highly, highly recommend Jen as your doula!"
  

- Jennifer | Birth Client


"Having our first child with Jen as our doula was a great experience. Her calming influence and expertise allowed me to be fully present to support my wife. I didn't need to worry about remembering all the things I had read and learned about the birthing process - Jen knew everything. I was able to focus on keeping my wife as comfortable as possible through the birth experience. I honestly can't really imagine what the birthing experience would have been like without Jen's amazing knowledge and calming presence."

- Karl | Birth Client


​"Jen is amazing. She was so loving and patient and made me feel safe during every minute of the experience. I felt that as long as she was with me, I could do it. She truly cares about women and families. She not only supported me in the birth of my first child, but she supported me as I learned to speak up for my right to have the birth I wanted. She will be the first person I call when I find out I'm pregnant again!" 

- Krista | Prenatal, Birth + Postpartum Client


The Birth Year-Doula and Birth Photography in Abbotsford, Mission, Chilliwack, and Langley
Newborn Baby cuddled by mom as dad smiles in Langley Hospital Birth


​An average of 350,000 beautiful babies are born around the world each day. However, birth has the ability to do so much more than bring a baby into the world. Childbirth is an incredible experience that not only results in a baby, but also in the birth of a family. It is one of the most wondrous, impactful and transformational chapters of the human experience.  


​AS ONE OF THE MOST SIGNIFICANT DAYS IN YOUR LIFE, YOUR BIRTH DESERVES TO BE LOOKED BACK ON AS A SAFE, SATISFYING AND POSITIVE EXPERIENCE 


Assembling a birth team that is truly respectful and supportive of your birth preferences and goals is one of the most important steps in preparing and planning for the transformational journey of your sweet baby’s arrival. Enhancing your birth team with Doula Support ensures you will get compassionate, individualized and undivided care and attention throughout your pregnancy, birth, and transition to parenthood, helping you achieve a positive childbirth experience.


BIRTH DOULA SUPPORT

Langley family celebrating birth with Doula and Birth Photographer Jennifer Strilchuk

Specialized and nurturing Doula support throughout the Fraser Valley including the areas of  Abbotsford, Langley, Mission and Chilliwack BC


​​Postpartum + Breastfeeding Support - I am available for postpartum support throughout your fourth trimester (12 weeks postpartum recovery) to answer any questions, concerns or requests for information you have by means of phone calls, text and/or email. However, the end of your fourth trimester is not the end for us. Your birth story and the memories of our time spent together will be forever etched in my heart, and it would be an honor to remain available to you as a friend. 


newborn cradled by his mom at Chilliwack home birth with Doula Jennifer Strilchuk and Grow Midwifery
emotional moment captured during home birth with Mission Midwifery

Doula support in Abbotsford, Langley, Mission and Chilliwack BC

Postpartum Support Appointments - I will come to your home for two postpartum visits following the birth of your baby. These visits provide the opportunity to spend time processing your birth story through discussions of memories. I will also answer questions you may have about breastfeeding, infant care or postpartum body health, and provide appropriate referrals to other professionals in the community if needed. Should further need to arise, I can transition into providing additional Postpartum Doula Care or Breastfeeding Support Visits to ensure you have all the support you need during this time. 



YOUR DOULA SUPPORT EXPERIENCE 

Holistic Doula support for home births and hospital births in Abbotsford, Langley, Mission and Chilliwack BC


The birth of your baby comes but once and is a day like no other. 
There is nothing I love more than sharing in your excitement.
​I can't wait to get to know you.


Birth Doula Support offered in Abbotsford, Langley, Chilliwack and Mission BC

Holistic Birth Doula Support in Abbotsford, Mission, Langley, Aldergrove, Fraser Valley, Fort Langley, Chilliwack BC Canada


Birth Doula in Abbotsford, Mission, Langley, Chilliwack BC

Initial 30-60 min Complimentary Consultation - Our first visit is free of charge and carries no obligation. We will meet to discuss your pregnancy and hopes and wishes for your upcoming birth experience. This is a great opportunity to get to know one another, go over any initial questions you may have, and see if working together feels like the right fit. Choosing the members of your birth team is an important decision and I want you to be comfortable with my energy and presence. The right doula is out there for every woman. If I'm the right doula for you, we'll begin this exciting journey together. If it's not a good fit, I am happy to offer referrals to other excellent doulas in the area. 


​Prenatal Appointments - My role as your Doula begins during our Prenatal visits, where I can learn what your birthing wishes are, any priorities you may have and how I can best support you. These visits take place in the comfort of your own home in your third trimester between weeks 30-38.  They are an important time to get acquainted, build trust with one another and also learn about any fears or apprehensions surrounding birth you may have so that we can begin to address them. During these visits, I offer guidance in understanding the birth process and will work with you to practice various techniques to manage the intensity of labor such as position changes, rhythmic movement, breathing techniques, guided relaxation, affirmations, and massage, and we will begin to explore what methods will work best to help you cope and find ease during labor.  We will discuss your birth options, the choices you may need to make during labor, and how to be at peace with decisions that are both within and out of your control. I will provide resources to help you gather evidence-based information so that you are completely well-informed about all of your options, giving you complete confidence in your decisions. My goal is to ensure that both of you have the tools to discover the innate power and wisdom that lies within you and achieve an informed, confident and supported birth experience.


Documentary Birth Photography and Doula Support

Serving families in the beautiful Fraser Valley and Lower Mainland including Chilliwack, Mission, Abbotsford, Langley BC, and surrounding areas. This is a safe space for all types of births and for all birthing families.

​All rights reserved |  © Jennifer Strilchuk   |  The Birth Year  |  jennifer@thebirthyear.ca

Doula Support, holistic birth, home birth, Abbotsford, Mission, Chilliwack, Langley, Fraser Valley BC, midwife


​​Your Birth Day - Once labor begins, I will arrive to offer support when you decide you need or want me. I will meet you either at home or at the hospital, depending on your preference. During labor, I will provide continuous emotional, informational and physical support, reassurances, encouragement and an absolute belief in you!  My style is totally flexible and geared to your needs at the moment. I take my cues from you, offering at any moment, privacy, guidance or more intensive verbal and physical support. ​​

Couple welcome baby boy at Abbotsford Hospital Birth
The Birth Year - Jennifer Strilchuk, Doula and Birth Photography services in Abbotsford, Mission, Chilliwack and Langley BC

Birth Doula services in Langley, Aldergrove, Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Mission, Fort Langley, Fraser Valley, Lower Mainland BC Canada.

TRANSFORMED BY BIRTH - ULTIMATE DOULA SUPPORT PACKAGE


Honor your transformational journey through pregnancy, birth, postpartum and parenthood with comprehensive support, guidance, education, information, and knowledge.


  • Everything that is included in the Doula Support Essentials Package listed above PLUS:
  • Prenatal Essentials Education Class: Learn the essential components of the birth process and equip yourself with information and tools to approach the expected and unexpected of your birth experience with a sense of confidence and positive anticipation.
  • Breastfeeding with Confidence Prenatal Education Session: Learn how to establish a breastfeeding relationship with your baby at birth, latching and positioning, pumping and milk supply, how partners/families can help, information and how to troubleshoot any issues that may arise.
  • Postpartum Planning Session: Learn how to navigate and thrive in the postpartum period with topics covering postpartum planning and support.
  • [M]otherboard subscription: Create a personalized, visual birth plan to share with your birth team. Research your options and move through pregnancy and birth feeling informed and empowered.
  • Transformed By Birth Book: Discover childbirth as a transformational experience that alters your knowing of who you are and lasts long after pregnancy and birth are over.
  • The Fourth Trimester Book: A holistic guide that offers practical advice to support women through postpartum healing on the physical, emotional, relational and spiritual levels, providing a roadmap to this very important transition that can last from a few months to a few years.
  • Build Your Nest Postpartum Planning Workbook​:Postpartum planning workbook with a detailed outline of how you will get the rest, support, and care you need when your baby comes.

Investment - $2000. To reserve your due date, a signed contract, and a $450 retainer fee is due at the time of booking. Your retainer fee is applied to your doula package. The remaining balance is due by our last prenatal appointment. Since Doula Support is an investment, I offer flexible payment options and custom payment plans to clients who book in advance. Please ask me about the details.

Nurturing and holisitic Birth Doula Support offered in Abbotsford, Langley, Chilliwack and Mission BC

 ​​I will help you stay comfortable with suggestions of massage, acupressure, various rebozo techniques, position changes, the shower or bath, counter-pressure, heat or cold therapy, the Tens unit on your back, sips of water and bites of food. I bring with me the experience and knowledge from my own six births, information from my training and wisdom from previous births I've had the honor to attend. I will be a calm, confident presence in the room and ensure your birth space is set up how you want. This may include taking care of ambiance and lighting, setting up your playlist and/or getting your diffuser working with your favorite essential oils. Working with your partner is an important part of my supportive role. I will give information, guidance, model support measures and offer reassurance to your partner as well. I encourage your partner to take the central role in supporting you but am also able to step in during those times when your partner may feel overwhelmed, uncomfortable or has a much-needed break. I will work together with your entire birth team, making sure you are well supported and your wishes are upheld. As your Doula, my goal is for you to be knowledgeable and equipped to advocate for yourself. I will ensure you are fully informed at all times and help facilitate open communication for you and your birth team so that you feel informed, listened to and respected. After delivery, I remain at the birthplace for approximately two hours to assist you with early breastfeeding and attend to your comfort so you and your loved ones can simply focus on your new baby. ​​


​​​BUILD YOUR PERFECT DOULA SUPPORT PACKAGE


Custom create a perfect Doula package to suit your individual needs. All customizations are in addition to the Doula Support Packages listed above. 


+ La Basinne Birth Pool Rental  and Supplies | 100

Birthing Again or Toolkit For Labour Prenatal Workshop  | 125

+ Breastfeeding With Confidence Prenatal Education Workshop  | 125

+ Postpartum Planning Prenatal Session plus Build Your Nest Postpartum Workbook  | 125

+ Resource Bundle - Motherboard Subscription, The Positive Birth Book, The Fourth Trimester Book | 75

Placenta Encapsulation  | 175

+ Additional Breastfeeding Support Visit  50

4-hour Postpartum Support Visit  | 100

+ ​Birth Photography  | 975

Newborn Family Photography Session  | 350

 First Glimpse Mini Birth Photography Session   | 350