Chelsea Bootsman

Birth Doula, Birth Photographer,

Family Photographer, Videographer



Serving Red Deer and Central Alberta

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©2019 Chelsea Bootsman Doula.Photo.Film

Chelsea B. Doula Services

Red Deer and Central Alberta

newborn photo, baby, birth photography, doula red deer

Birth is not only about making babies. Birth is about making mothers...strong, competent, capable mothers who trust themselves and know their inner strength.  ~Barbara Katz Rothman

What is a doula?

A doula is a support person who serves and educates a woman or couple during pregnancy, birth and postpartum. During a birth, we act as a non-biased, continual emotional and physical support system, while encouraging and informing our clients during the process.

Studies have shown that when doulas attend birth, labors are shorter with fewer complications, babies are healthier and they breastfeed more easily {from the DONA website}.

What do I do for you?

  • Prenatal education:  I try to educate my clients as much as possible about birth terms, their birth options for hospital or home, we go over stretches to do beforehand, to make sure muscles are balanced and stretched out, to allow baby to properly engage for labour, as well as various other info to help my clients feel as prepared as possible.

  • Birth support:  When you go into labour, I will join you from the time you call me in, till one to two hours postpartum. I suggest labour positions to help make you more comfortable, and activities to encourage better fetal positioning for hopefully a quicker, easier labour.

  • Advocate:  I help you and you partner feel more in control of YOUR birth, making sure you voice your concerns, ask appropriate questions, and know what your options are, for labour and delivery.

  • Partners:  I will guide your partner, allowing him/her feel more confident in how they can help you. If your partner needs to go home and rest, or let the dog out, I will stay with you.

  • Postpartum:  After you have your baby, I try to stay with you for a little while, to make sure you've had something to eat, and help with the first latch, if you need it.

  • Everything in between:  Birth can be messy and demanding. I will make sure you are well watered and fed during and after labour/birth. I will bring you warm blankets, cool cloths, help you feel as comfortable as possible. For homebirths, I will make sure your home is tidy and you have a load of laundry going, before I leave.

  • I bring the calm:  Flameless candles, music, dim lights, all you need to do is find your happy place!

  • Photography: The birth of your baby will be one of the most memorable experiences of your life, so I can capture those first moments for you to treasure.