I am a professional, DONA trained and HypnoBabies certified Doula. Since 1996, I've supported hundreds of families through their birth experiences, and 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. Every one 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.​​


THE BIRTH YEAR - ​DOULA SUPPORT INCLUSIONS


  • ​​​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'll discuss your hopes, goals and fears, create a birth plan and learn tools and relaxation techniques that can help ease the fear surrounding birth so you can go into labor feeling calm & confident.
  • Phone And Email Support: I am happy to answer any questions, concerns or requests for information you have from date of hire through to 12 weeks postpartum.
  • 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 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: I bring my camera to your birth to capture 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 images. If you are interested in documenting your entire birth experience, you can add on a Birth Photography Package.
  • 2 Postpartum Visits:  I will come to your home 1-3 weeks after the birth of your baby to provide breastfeeding support, make sure you are adjusting well to your new routine and answer any questions you may have.
  • Back-Up Doula Support:  A back up Doula is available for the rare occurrence that I am unable to make it to your birth.​


Investment - $925. To reserve your due date, a signed contract and a $450 reservation fee is due at the time of booking. Your reservation fee is applied to your doula package. The remaining balance is due by at our last prenatal appointment. Since Doula Support is an investment, I offer flexible payment plans to clients who book in advance. All payments are due by our last prenatal appointment.


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​WORDS OF LOVE


"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 


"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


​"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


The Birth Year-Doula and Birth Photography in Abbotsford, Mission, Chilliwack, and Langley


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 trainings and wisdom from previous births I've had the honour 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 favourite 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 listened to, respected and you get the birth your heart desires. After delivery, I remain at the birth place 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. ​​

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 a wondrous, powerful and transformational experience that should leave families feeling strong and empowered.  


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.



BIRTH DOULA SUPPORT


​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 birth. 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. 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.


​Two 1.5-2 hour Prenatal Planning Appointments  - My role as your Doula begins during our two Prenatal visits, where I can learn what you expect during the birth process, what your birthing wishes are and any priorities you may have. These two visits take place in the comfort of your own home in your third trimester between weeks 32-38.  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 positive birth experience.



Langley family celebrating birth with Doula and Birth Photographer Jennifer Strilchuk

Doula support in Abbotsford, Langley, Mission and Chilliwack BC

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


MY TRAINING + EXPERIENCE

newborn cradled by his mom at Chilliwack home birth with Doula Jennifer Strilchuk and Grow Midwifery


MY AVAILABILITY

Doula support during Abbotsford BC home birth

​CUSTOMIZE YOUR DOULA SUPPORT PACKAGE


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


La Basinne Birth Pool Rental - includes set up/take down and all necessary supplies | + 100
Birth In Confidence Prenatal Workshop | + 250
Birthing Again or Toolkit For Labour Prenatal Workshop  | + 125
Placenta Encapsulation  | + 175
Breastfeeding Support Visit  + 50
4 hour Postpartum Support Visit  |  + 100
Welcome Baby Fresh 48 Documentary Photography Session | + 350
Newborn Family Photography Session  | + 350
Document and preserve your very own unique and beautiful birth story with Birth Photography | + 750
 First Glimpse Mini Birth Photography Session   | + 350


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.



​​​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 in the moment. I take my cues from you, offering at any moment, privacy, guidance or more intensive verbal and physical support. ​​

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

Birth Doula in Abbotsford, Mission, Langley, Chilliwack BC

As one of the most important days in your life, it deserves to be looked back on memorably and positively.

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

Couple welcome baby boy at Abbotsford Hospital Birth
emotional moment captured during home birth with Mission Midwifery

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

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.


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

postpartum doula support with The Birth Year Jennifer Strilchuk
The Birth Year - Jennifer Strilchuk, Doula and Birth Photography services in Abbotsford, Mission, Chilliwack and Langley BC

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


WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN WORKING WITH JENNIFER STRILCHUK FROM THE BIRTH YEAR

Assembling a birth team that is truly respectful and supportive of your birth wishes and goals is one of the most important steps in preparing and planning for 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 entire birth experience, helping you achieve your ideal birth! ​​


Two 1-2 hour 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 discuss memories and impressions of your birth experience, answer questions you may have about breastfeeding, infant care or other postpartum concerns and provide appropriate referrals to other professionals in the community, if needed. Should further needs arise, I can transition into Postpartum Doula Care or provide Breastfeeding Support Visits to ensure you have the support you need.