Chelsea Bootsman

The "baby spinning doula"

Serving Red Deer & Central Alberta

Chelsea Bootsman Doula

I'm Chelsea!

I'm a mom of 4 (I'm older than I look) and I've been married for 14 years to a bearded ginger man.

When I'm not doula-ing, I do a lot of designing and sewing, and I run my clothing pattern business called Socialite Patterns.

As a doula, I'm wildly passionate about stretching and balancing muscles and ligaments for an easier birth, because I've seen it work over and over!

The reason I doula is because I know that birth doesn't have to be what our culture has made it out to be. We all deserve support and proper education surrounding the perinatal period. It's a right that we should all have.

5 Reasons to hire a Doula

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It's proven that having a doula present for labour and birth, can significantly reduce the need for interventions, helping you to recover more quickly and have a better overall experience.

2

Doulas know birth. They know what's normal, what isn't, and how to help and adjust their support if something changes.

3

Doulas help you feel prepared and confident to get through labour with a bit more ease, while feeling more in control of YOUR birth.

4

Your doula may be the only person you know, in the birthing space. Most doctors and nurses are on rotation, while your doula is a consistent support.

5

Your partner may not know what you need, so a doula can guide your partner in knowing how to help you.

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Doula Testimonial

"Chelsea was my doula and birth photographer for both pregnancy’s/ labour and deliveries. I can’t recommend her enough. She went above and beyond to make sure that I felt valued, comfortable, knowledgeable and heard. She automatically felt like a part of the family, as you can feel how deeply she cares for her clients. She’s professional and personable and a really good human. She knows her stuff. She’s also an outstanding photographer! If you haven’t considered getting your birth professionally photographed, you really should. They helped me move forward after two pretty traumatic deliveries. I can’t say enough good things about Chelsea!"

Sam B.

Private Classes

Body Balancing & Labour Positions

This private class is essential for anyone expecting a baby.

Living our day to day lives, especially with minimal movement, repetitive motions, overworking, poor posture and habits, or even living with injuries can imbalance our bodies.

Our pelvic and uterine muscles and ligaments play a HUGE part in how baby engages and descends through the pelvis.

If our pelvic muscles and ligaments are imbalanced, it can put the baby into an off position, making labouring baby down even more difficult, resulting in a longer harder labour.

By lengthening and balancing your muscles before you go into labour (daily, to maintain balance), then your contractions and body can work more effectively to bring baby down and out.

During this workshop (which can be done privately or in a group setting), I will teach you which stretches to do during your pregnancy, so that hopefully you can have a smoother labour and birth.

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Childbirth Preparation

This class can be done as a private or group workshop. We go over my birth guide that's been years in the making (and is constantly being added to), which includes;

  • Common Birth terms

  • Birth preference plans and interventions

  • Words of affirmation

  • Preparing your body for labour

  • Psychology of labour

  • Contraction patterns

  • Labouring at the hospital

  • Stages of labour

  • Physiology of birth

  • Working through contractions

  • Comfort measures and labour positions

  • Stalled labour

  • The golden hour

  • Breastfeeding basics

  • The fourth trimester

  • And more!

 

Professional Birth Photography

Professional quality birth photography can be added on to any doula package.

Photos can help you heal and they can also help put all of the pieces together that are easily forgotten or missed.

Birth photography is less about the crowning shots and more about love, connection, strength, emotional healing, and just documentation of one of life's most memorable experiences.

 

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"When you change the way you view birth, the way you birth will change"

~Marie F. Mongan

Shop Birth Prep Guides

Click on the image to be taken to my etsy shop, in order to purchase a guide.

 

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