Instructors

Pomegranate Postpartum Drop-In

Aleksandra Henderson

Birth and Postpartum Doula, Childbirth Educator, Breastfeeding Counselor

The miracle of birth has made an everlasting impact on Aleksandra’s life and for this simple reason she chose to be part of the birthing and new family community.

A mother of three, she has been a doula since 1996 and in that time has attended over 250 births
and works with each of these families as they transition into their postpartum.

Jasmine Cairo

After the empowering home births of her two sons, Jasmine fell deeply in love with anything to do with birth and babies. She is honoured to be able to support families through their birth experiences as a birth doula, breastfeeding counselor, and childbirth educator for the Childbearing Society.

Melina Auerbach, BA, MPH

My passion is to help parents have a smooth transition to parenthood. Ever since the birth of my son in 2003, I have been involved with supporting new mothers. I first trained as a breastfeeding counselor in the Netherlands, where both my children were born, and have been a post partum doula since 2008. Before becoming a doula I worked for 15 years in community health– in Canada and abroad.  Working with new families brings together my interests of birth, breastfeeding, culture and community.  I feel it is a privilege to support families in their parenting journeys.

www.smoothbeginnings.com, www.motheringwithheart.org

Aimee Sturley

I feel privileged to provide parents with support through the childbearing years. It is my goal to nurture your confidence throughout pregnancy, birth and parenting. I really adore what I do; it’s a tremendous honour to share in this deeply intimate journey.

Aimée is a birth and postpartum doula, prenatal educator, massage practitioner, and baby sign language teacher. She also rents TENS units and Birth Pools, and organises Vancouver’s Doula Speed Dating events.

Learn more about Aimée’s care at www.AdarBirthServices.com.

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Birthing From Within – Dancing Star Birth

Arwen Brenneman and Judy McLaren
Co-owners Dancing Star Birth

As long time mentors with Dancing Star Birth, we are blessed to take new roles as owners in April of 2013. We are honored to work with Pomegranate Midwifery, and the engaged community of families they nurture in dynamic Hastings-Sunrise. Bringing Birthing From Within classes to Lower Mainland families is a passion for us. We love those special moments in class when birthing families find their strength, wisdom, and determination. No matter how your birth journey unfolds, we aim to give you the resources, support, and information you need to help you rise to the challenge – and to melt into the joy.

 

judyJudy McLaren is a seasoned birth doula, breastfeeding counsellor and Birthing from Within Mentor. She was drawn into birth work through the quality care she received in her first pregnancy and birth, and is now the mother of three wonderful children. She loves that Birthing From Within helps families go beyond the surface to their intuitive knowing, and offers a chance to practice the mindset needed to birth, no matter what happens.

arwenArwen Brenneman is a mother of two children, a Certified doula, and Birthing from Within mentor. She came from a science and research background, and loves when the tools of that approach are used to empower and help people – but she was drawn to the compassionate and inclusive approach taken by Dancing Star Birth that honours the powerful, individual, and transformational personal experience of families going through their pregnancy, labour, and first post-partum year.

martaMarta Becker
Marta is a mother, Birth Doula and Birthing From Within Mentor. She feels it joy and a privilege to witness how birthing-in-awareness holds such potential as a profoundly transformative and positive life experience. She feels that Birthing from Within challenges us to look at what is real, preparing for childbirth and the rite of passage into motherhood with intelligence and compassion. Learn more about Marta’s doula services at http://www.dancingstarbirth.ca/Marta.html.

bethan_webBethan Stewart
Bethan is a mother of three busy boys, a Mothers Unfolding mentor and a Birthing from Within doula and mentor. After the life changing experience of becoming a mother, she felt compelled to change my career path and to connect with other parents, build community and work intensely in the field of birth and parenting. “

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Cloth Diapering 101

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Jill Colpitts

Safe Beginnings – First Aid

Safe Beginnings First Aid exists to train new families and caregivers in the most up-to-date CPR and first aid standards. It is amazing to watch young children grow, learn, and explore their environment. Learn how to keep your young children safe, prevent common injuries, and react if the unthinkable does occur.

This course is a must for new parents, but also recommended for grandparents, nannies, and babysitters.

Register for a prescheduled course, or get your own group together, save money, and work around your own schedule!

About Jill Colpitts -

Jill Colpitts is a mother and first aid instructor with the Lifesaving
Society of BC. Her background is in childcare, aquatics, and
childbirth/early postpartum (she is a DONA certified doula). Due to her many
years of taking care of small children, she brings a wealth experience and
practical advice to her infant safety courses. She lives with her husband
and daughter in North Vancouver, and teaches courses around the Lower
Mainland.  www.safebeginnings.ca

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Jenn King

Hypnomammas

I am honoured to be bringing Hypnobabies Childbirth Hypnosis prenatal classes to the Pomegranate community!  I am a clinical hypnotherapist & birth professional (childbirth educator & doula).  I have been been supporting pregnant and birthing families since 1997 when my passion for everything pregnancy, birth and babies was ignited with the birth of my nephew.  I became a clinical hypnotherapist specifically to work with women from preconception through to postpartum & was the first Hypnobabies Instructor in Canada.

Hypnobabies is a popular 6-week, 18+ hour complete childbirth education program that incorporates the best hypnosis for childbirth tools available.  Over the course of 6 weeks you will learn natural comfort measures for pregnancy, important information on nutrition and staying healthy and low risk, to the stages of labour, choices in childbirth (including interventions as well as benefits, risks and natural alternatives), signs that your birthing is beginning, when to call your care provider or go to the hospital, setting up a birthing environment, positions and movement during labour (using your Eyes Open Childbirth Hypnosis!), and much more.  We also provide complete birth partner training and work at letting go of the fear and limiting beliefs which is overwhelmingly present in our society when it comes to birth.  Yes, you CAN enjoy your baby’s birth!

http://jennkingcht.com/

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