Beautiful Blessings Birth Services

Beautiful Blessings Birth Services We are a collective of Edmonton birth & postpartum doulas who are passionate about positive birth experiences and health equity for all.
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Prenatal, labour, birth, and postpartum care | Lactation & infant feeding support | Placenta encapsulation | Childbirth education courses & newborn guidance | Birth photography

Our collective has retired, friends 🤍 We are the luckiest to have been brought together by doula work, and to have staye...
12/09/2023

Our collective has retired, friends 🤍

We are the luckiest to have been brought together by doula work, and to have stayed together by an indescribably powerful & deeply shared appreciation for offering quality community care work to families. Leaning on & learning from one another – through the peaks & valleys of birth land, alongside clients’ intimately shared experiences, and during so many momentary & monumental times in our own personal lives – has been a beautiful blessing, in the truest sense of the words.

So thank you, thank you, thank you! From the three of us, then the five of us, then the seven of us, then the all of us, over so many good, good years. We’re feeling grateful, honoured, tender, and ready.

As of January 2024, this account will no longer be monitored for inquiries. But! Some of us will still be doing this meaningful & transcendent work, living life on-call for birth & postpartum clients, and advocating for accessible, evidence-based practices. If you see us out & about, hug us! If you see us online, heart us! And if you need any of us, please reach out: everyone’s updated contact information can be found in the comments 🫶

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Our team enjoying summer, and hoping you’re enjoying it too 🫶☀️💛🌼✨🗓️ Remaining 2023 Availability 🗓️We’re full of wonderf...
07/27/2023

Our team enjoying summer, and hoping you’re enjoying it too 🫶☀️💛🌼✨

🗓️ Remaining 2023 Availability 🗓️

We’re full of wonderful clients for August & September ♌️♍️♎️! It has been a busy summer already; we’re incredibly grateful & equally as honoured.

Birth & postpartum support (including overnight packages) for October & November is very limited and dependent on your guess date ♎️♏️♐️♑️

For the first time in many years, most of our team is hoping to welcome in a new year off-call ❄️⌛️🎆! As such, December & January birth support is also very limited and dependent on your guess date ♐️♑️♒️it

Laughing in labour: don’t knock it ‘til yah try it ✨☀️🫶💗
07/17/2023

Laughing in labour: don’t knock it ‘til yah try it ✨☀️🫶💗

06/21/2023

From elders to infants, the torch of ancestral wisdom shines bright!

Art by Chief Lady Bird Art on IG
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To the moms 🌷🌷🌷! Good gifts include time alone, time together, dinner in, dinner out, accessible universal childcare, lo...
05/14/2023

To the moms 🌷🌷🌷! Good gifts include time alone, time together, dinner in, dinner out, accessible universal childcare, loan forgiveness, free physiotherapy for life, FREE THERAPY FOR LIFE, eager deconstruction of the wage gap, ample distribution of the mental load, plenty of birth & postpartum support, starry nights, and soulful poetry (thanks for the inspo, 🫶).

It's been a busy few weeks over here 👶, so we are a little late in announcing BB's newest member, Sarah! Sarah is an LPN...
03/18/2023

It's been a busy few weeks over here 👶, so we are a little late in announcing BB's newest member, Sarah! Sarah is an LPN-IBCLC and will be working alongside Lauren, offering in-home lactation support to rural communities, including Parkland and Sturgeon County & more! She also offers virtual support in Sherwood Park! We are so excited to have such a knowledgeable, evidence-based practitioner on our team! 💫

She really is spending the summer off-call, and then some ☀️🌊! Aislin, one of our cherished co-founders, will be steppin...
02/17/2023

She really is spending the summer off-call, and then some ☀️🌊! Aislin, one of our cherished co-founders, will be stepping away from birth work, postpartum care, and the city of Edmonton this summer, as her family settles in to life on the west coast in North Vancouver. Luckily for us, she’ll be staying on administratively and will continue to support our collective with trusted mentorship, steadfast empathy, quick wit, quicker problem solving, & quickest choke-on-your-coffee-laughing-kinda-comments. We’re going to miss her a lot, and if you cross paths with her at a hospital or birth centre or local birthy gathering before she goes, get a hug or a hip squeeze, okay? She’s great at both, but we’re especially going to miss those hugs 🤗! See you by the sea, Ais 🥹🥺😭

This is how every member of the hospital staff should greet and care for birthing people who have transferred in from a ...
02/16/2023

This is how every member of the hospital staff should greet and care for birthing people who have transferred in from a planned homebirth. Enough of this “failed homebirth” rhetoric. Enough of the attitude and the eye rolling. Homebirth is safe. Home birth is even safer when birthing people and their midwives are respected and treated with compassion.

You know what makes homebirth transfer unsafe? Uncaring and biased hospital staff.

- Midwife Heather

We couldn’t agree more 🤗🤍!!!

⚡️TRANSFER⚡️The other day I was with a client, fully dilated, pushing her baby lower and lower when the baby began to make it clear that they were no longer tolerating labor very well. We all could hear the heart beat changing, dropping, and when I took my client’s hands in mine to tell her my recommendation to transfer to the hospital she clearly understood. We drove quickly (but safely) to the closest hospital, I called ahead to share what was coming and sent the records over, and when we arrived the hospital team was ready. As soon as they heard the baby’s heartbeat the chief resident got down on one knee and held my client’s hand.
“I know you were planning a homebirth, which many people do, and this isn’t at all how you saw your birth going. However, baby isn’t tolerating labor well, and in fact I’m concerned enough that I recommend we go back to the OR for a cesarean section right now. This has become an urgent situation and now that you’re here we have the tools to help your baby be born as safely and quickly as possible. Do you understand?” My client nodded.
Now, I have no idea how this particular doctor feels about homebirth, but what I do know is that they showed incredible compassion and respect to my client when we arrived. This may not be everyone’s experience with homebirth to hospital transfer, but I have the incredible luck and privilege to have transferred to respectful, sensitive, and smart OBs and midwives every time I’ve needed to do so throughout my homebirth career so far. VERY PLAINLY STATED, I COULDN’T DO THIS WITHOUT THEM. Homebirth is a fantastic first plan for a majority of people, and in an ideal world everyone who was medically appropriate for homebirth would have access to it to at least consider it as a first option. However, it is not the correct option for everyone, either because of their medical health, their social situation, or their desire for options that the hospital offers. We can do homebirth safely because of the hard work that our hospital colleagues do to make their care as compassionate and evidence based as possible.
PART 2 IN THE COMMENTS.

Friday feels for sure 🤩🤭! Our 2023 babies are starting to make their grand entrances, the summer months are filling up f...
01/13/2023

Friday feels for sure 🤩🤭! Our 2023 babies are starting to make their grand entrances, the summer months are filling up fast (don’t worry, we’re not full yet!!!), and we had a good chuckle yesterday over an inquiry we received for September (yes, already 🤯🍂) that began with: “So we had a lot of Netflix and chill time when we got snowed in out in BC and now I guess we need a doula …” 🤣❄️❤️‍🔥

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11/17/2022

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Cute is not happening round here

It’s a bittersweet day for us as we wish Lynne, one of our co-founders & our beloved Scots, endless off-call adventure &...
11/10/2022

It’s a bittersweet day for us as we wish Lynne, one of our co-founders & our beloved Scots, endless off-call adventure & lots of rest in her retirement from birth work ❤️‍🩹. Beautiful Blessings was born over five years ago in Lauren’s kitchen: first as a duo, then a trio, now as a collective of eight! Ever present, Lynne offered incredible compassion, bottomless cups of tea, gentle hands, and go-to support during pretty much any wee-hours-of-the-morn drivin’-home-from-the-hospital need-a-debrief kinda birth. She has held space for each of us during transitions in our personal & professional lives and while we know she’s only a text away, we’ll be missing her lots. Long may your chimney smoke, dear friend 🫖🤠📚💕🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿✨

The healing rule of 5-5-5 🛏✨🌱🤗
10/30/2022

The healing rule of 5-5-5 🛏✨🌱🤗

Have you heard of the 5-5-5 rule for postpartum?

Rest is an extremely important part of the postpartum period. When a mom lacks proper rest, she is at higher risk for postpartum complications. Your body heals the best when it has rest, nourishment, hydration, and less stress.

The first 5 days are spent in the bed, lying flat, not sitting up unless you are eating or nursing, where the focus is on skin to skin and bonding with your baby, resting, and sleeping when the baby sleeps. The only time you should get out of bed is to use the bathroom.

The next 5 days are spent on the bed. During this time you should still limit sitting up, activity and focus on resting, mostly lounging in the bed.

The last 5 days are spent being near the bed. During this time you can try light activity and being away from the bed for 30 minutes, but then resting.🌸

🥄🍼Three upcoming opportunities to meet & learn from our Certified Lactation Educator, Lauren Calleja, in-person in Novem...
10/27/2022

🥄🍼Three upcoming opportunities to meet & learn from our Certified Lactation Educator, Lauren Calleja, in-person in November 🥛❕:

🤍 November 8, 12:30-2:30pm - drop by Bosom Babies to chat all things infant feeding gear, from bottles & breast pumps to SNS systems & safe milk storage!

🤍 November 20, 10-12pm - Breastfeeding/Chestfeeding Basics: this is a 2hr in-person group class taught by Lauren! It is best suited for first-time feeding families who want a thorough, evidence-based understanding of the basics of human lactation, typical newborn feeding, the most common challenges, and the most over shared myths. Please register via email at [email protected]

🤍 November 29, 12:30-2:30pm - drop by Baby and Beyond in Sherwood Park to chat all things infant feeding gear, from bottles & breast pumps to SNS systems & safe milk storage!

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10/18/2022

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☀️🍒Summer ⛱🍉 babies ♥️🗓 We’ve finally decided on an easy way to showcase our little ones as they arrive throughout the s...
09/28/2022

☀️🍒Summer ⛱🍉 babies ♥️🗓 We’ve finally decided on an easy way to showcase our little ones as they arrive throughout the seasons! August had our collective greatly appreciative of one another & our own supportive villages; the on-call & backup aspect of birth work is probably the single most under recognized piece of our role! Thankfully, September has known just what we needed before Autumn brings us our Libra, Scorpio, and Sagittarius babes!

ash’s world 🌎 coastal grandmother doula edition, plenty more bike rides & bookstores, beautiful summer nights, and cheri...
08/23/2022

ash’s world 🌎 coastal grandmother doula edition, plenty more bike rides & bookstores, beautiful summer nights, and cherished summer traditions!

tia’s world 🌎 time in the mountains, several kms cycled, a couple births selfies to commemorate her last birth before sc...
08/19/2022

tia’s world 🌎 time in the mountains, several kms cycled, a couple births selfies to commemorate her last birth before school starts + a very exciting new apparatus 🩺🧘🏼‍♀️🚴🏼‍♀️

kiarra’s world 🌎 some off call time in Ontario including canoe dates and solo time doing a fav activity, stand up paddle...
08/16/2022

kiarra’s world 🌎 some off call time in Ontario including canoe dates and solo time doing a fav activity, stand up paddleboarding 😊

lauren’s world 🌎 babes, dinos & a whole lotta love 🤍
08/12/2022

lauren’s world 🌎 babes, dinos & a whole lotta love 🤍

kelsey’s world 🌎 kiddos, four legged friends & birthday cake 🎂 💓
08/09/2022

kelsey’s world 🌎 kiddos, four legged friends & birthday cake 🎂 💓

💫 The theme for this year's World Breastfeeding Week is "Step up for Education & Support" which is truly the main factor...
08/05/2022

💫 The theme for this year's World Breastfeeding Week is "Step up for Education & Support" which is truly the main factor that influences an individual's perception of their breast/chestfeeding success. Knowing that feeding your baby may not come as seamlessly as you thought it would, while empowering yourself with evidence based information & surrounding yourself with the right kind of support, can make all the difference. Whether you exclusively feed at the breast, exclusively pump, supplement with formula or donor milk, chestfeed with an SNS or any combination of feeding modalities, know that there is support out there for you to reach your feeding goals! Happy World Breastfeeding Week to all the families out there feeding their babies, however that looks for them! 💫

08/05/2022

The larger-than-life uncensored breastfeeding mural, which aims to spotlight a rarely celebrated yet common reality of being a new mum, portrays two women breastfeeding and pumping. Baring breasts, ni***es and all, one woman feeds her four-month-old and the other woman her 18-month-old.

The piece aims to send a powerful message to the community that motherhood is supported and that women have the right to choose how, when and for how long they choose to feed their babies: https://bit.ly/3oPZXbZ

Hi! I’m Grace, the newest birth & postpartum doula on the Beautiful Blessings team! My hope for everyone I support is to...
07/26/2022

Hi! I’m Grace, the newest birth & postpartum doula on the Beautiful Blessings team! My hope for everyone I support is to feel proud & empowered after they give birth, no matter what path the journey may take us on. I am also a certified baby wearing educator & really enjoy teaching families how freeing wearing your kiddos can be! My one year old son, Rhodes is my tiny sidekick and you can usually find us outside, playing with the dog & enjoying yummy food!

I am so excited to be joining this collective & can't wait to welcome more beautiful babies earthside 💛

grace's world 🌎️ time spent in beautiful places with her very favourite people ✨
07/23/2022

grace's world 🌎️ time spent in beautiful places with her very favourite people ✨

aislin’s world 🌎 After a fun mum-sun weekend in Vancouver, the rest of summer is for bicycle rides, market runs, and boo...
07/19/2022

aislin’s world 🌎 After a fun mum-sun weekend in Vancouver, the rest of summer is for bicycle rides, market runs, and bookstore wanders 🚲☀️📚

07/18/2022

“AFTERSHOCK”, will premiere on Hulu, Disney+ and Star+ NEXT Tuesday, July 19, 2022


AFTERSHOCK depicts the tragic and preventable death of Shamony Makeba Gibson who died in 2019, just died 13 days following the birth of her second child. The film picks up two months following her death, as Shamony's surviving mother, Shawnee Benton Gibson, bereaved partner, Omari Maynard, their family and community begin navigating their new normal.

Amber Rose Isaac, a 26-year-old first time mother, died due to an emergency c-section after medical providers failed to address a treatable condition that she had during her pregnancy. Within weeks of Amber's death, Omari reaches out to Amber's surviving partner, Bruce McIntyre, and a lifelong bond is formed. Together, Omari, Bruce and Shawnee begin the fight for justice for their lost loved ones while caring for the children that were left behind.

Through the film, we witness two families who become ardent activists in the maternal health space, seeking justice through legislation, medical accountability, community, and the power of art, ritual and healing. Through their collective journeys, we find ourselves on the front lines of the growing birth justice movement that is demanding systemic change within our medical system and government.

IMPORTANT: We encourage every person who is able, to watch Aftershock individually to amplify the views on the Hulu platform and to demonstrate that we are committed to stopping the scourge of black maternal morbidity and mortality.

Please visit hulu.com to access the film. If you don’t have an account, create a free trial today!

For more information about the film, visit:
https://www.aftershockdocumentary.com

lynne's world 🌎️ a junior high grad, shopping for said junior high grad & family adventures (including Lynne's first 🐠) ...
07/16/2022

lynne's world 🌎️ a junior high grad, shopping for said junior high grad & family adventures (including Lynne's first 🐠) ✨

Kate’s world 🌎 | A pup, a bump, and a yard, all in bloom 💫🌷🌿 Kate’s fourth baby will be here in time for the holidays! S...
07/15/2022

Kate’s world 🌎 | A pup, a bump, and a yard, all in bloom 💫🌷🌿 Kate’s fourth baby will be here in time for the holidays! She is accepting birth clients until October & placenta encapsulation clients until November, and will return to placenta work in the spring.

lauren’s world 🌎 baby wearing with a coffee in hand 🙌🏻
07/12/2022

lauren’s world 🌎 baby wearing with a coffee in hand 🙌🏻

07/05/2022

This is the truth.
Parenting is hard.

It’s beautiful and tender and it tears our hearts into a thousand pieces and stitches them back together again.

I loved the newborn phase and 3 year olds wore me out. As I begin to parent a teen, I feel as lost as I did back at the beginning.

This is a journey of humility, for sure.

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We are a collective of four Edmonton birth doulas, who are passionate about health equity and positive birth experiences for all birthing persons. Our goal is to provide as many facets of support as we can, as we each possess different backgrounds, training and skills.