Morag Hastings Vancouver’s Experienced Doula and Birth Photographer
Thank you for coming to my website and congratulations on your pregnancy. I am an experienced doula and birth photographer in Vancouver, BC Canada. I have attended over 300 births at home and in the hospital as a doula and birth photographer, since starting my doula business in 2011. Please feel free to reach out to me I would love to hear from you.
Before I became an Experienced Doula
Growing up on the Southern Gulf Islands I was introduced to birth at a very young age. I witnessed many animals give birth in my presence, which taught me to believe in the natural process of life and enjoy the beauty of birth. This is what began my passion for birth, women’s health, and the body’s natural ability to care for its offspring.
In 2001 I became a mother, labouring first at home then giving birth in the hospital. Then, in 2004, my son was born at home with midwives, my husband, and two close friends. My last child, born in 2009, was an induction at 34 weeks and he was born weighing 3lbs 12 oz. Each child has taught me different lessons in life, about birth and about parenthood. I am grateful for every one of them. This is what lead me to become a Vancouver doula offering my services to families living in the Lower Mainland.
My Doula Education
I am an experienced doula, Hypno-doula trained, and personally experienced in childbirth. In the summer of 2012, I participated in the Birthing from Within Mentor and Doula workshop. I completed the 18 hour Breastfeeding course and a Rebozo technique workshop in 2013. In 2014 I co-created and currently teach the first and only home birth specific childbirth classes in Vancouver, BC. I believe in always expanding and learning as much as I can about birth so I can bring all kinds of methods and theories when assisting my clients with their births.
My Roll as an Experienced Doula
As a doula, my role is to provide physical and emotional support and assist in gathering information for my clients during labor and birth. I offer help and advice with comfort measures such as breathing, relaxation, massage, movement, and positioning. I have a TENS machine and a birth pool for my clients to use during their labour and birth.
As your doula I will provide continuous emotional reassurance and comfort from the beginning of labour until your baby is born and the hours directly after. I specialize in non-medical skills and do not perform clinical tasks, such as fetal heart rate monitoring. Most importantly, I do not make decisions for you; I do not project my own values and goals onto you and your partner, instead, I help you use your own voice. Your partner is your main support, I am there as a secondary support for your whole birth team. Think of me as a birth guide. Like you would have if you were on an adventure in a wild jungle, that you had never been to before.
How I became a Professional Birth Photographer
I also offer my services as a birth photographer. In 2000 I graduated from Langara College Professional Photography Program. In 2012 I co-created the Canadian Birth Photographers Directory to help people from all over Canada find birth photographers. I continue to mentor many photographers all around the world. My images have been featured in many top magazines and websites including Elle, Cosmopolitan, Self, Redbook, The Independent, BBC, huffingpost.com, Today’s Parent, TED Talks and the Midwives Association of BC’s 2014 New Vision for Midwifery and Maternity Care public campaign. My image won the Best in Labour category in the 2016 International Birth Photography Contest and was voted one of Vancouver’s top Family Photographers on Vancouvermom.ca.
Check out these frequently asked questions about birth photography and doula care. If you still have questions or feel free to send me a message firstname.lastname@example.org. I love hearing from expecting families.
My goal as your doula is to help you and your support team have the best experience possible. Please feel free to contact me to schedule a free interview, or just to ask a question. To learn more about my services please click here.
Thank you and happy birthing!
778-836-6736 or email email@example.com
Feel free to ask me about breastfeeding, cloth diapering, baby wearing and attachment parenting.
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