Birth Doula Services



A doula:

  • Recognizes birth as a key life experience that the mother will remember all her life
  • Stays by the side of the labouring woman throughout labour and delivery
  • Understands the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of the woman in labour
  • Assists a woman and her partner in preparing for and carrying out her plans for birth
  • Provides emotional support, physical guidance and comfort techniques, an objective viewpoint, and information to aid in decision making
  • Facilitates communication between the labouring woman, her partner, and the other care providers
  • Complements the care provided by her partner, other family members, and friends

Countless scientific trials examining doula care demonstrate remarkably improved physical and psychological outcomes for both mother and baby. Doulas have a positive impact on the well-being of the entire family.

Why choose a DONA certified doula?


Families who work with a DONA certified birth or postpartum doula know that they’re getting someone who has completed in-depth, high-quality, evidence-based training. DONA International upholds the highest standards for certified doulas, and you can rest assured that you will receive the highest level of support from a DONA certified doula!

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Choosing a Doula who will be present at your birth is an important decision that is shaped by many factors, including experience, training, and philosophy of care. Contact me to set up a time to meet either at my office in Ashcroft or a neutral location that is convenient for you.  A no obligation initial consultation allows you to learn more about doulas, my experience and philosophy on birth.  This meeting carries no obligation and I am happy to answer any question you and/or your birth supports may have.  Although I do provide doula support packages to women within 100km of Ashcroft, Initial Consultations are generally held closer to my clinic centre.  However, I am happy to coordinate an appointment if I am in one of the outlying communities.


Casie Menhinick, CD(DONA), CIMT
Casie holds current certificates with Food Safe, Adult and Infant CPR with AED and PFA.  She is offering specials for Postpartum Doula Support  while completing her  practicum for DONA PCD credentials.

A doula:

  • Recognizes birth as a key life experience that the mother will remember all her life
  • Stays by the side of the labouring woman throughout labour and delivery
  • Understands the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of the woman in labour
  • Assists a woman and her partner in preparing for and carrying out her plans for birth
  • Provides emotional support, physical guidance and comfort techniques, an objective viewpoint, and information to aid in decision making
  • Facilitates communication between the labouring woman, her partner, and the other care providers
  • Complements the care provided by her partner, other family members, and friends

Countless scientific trials examining doula care demonstrate remarkably improved physical and psychological outcomes for both mother and baby. Doulas have a positive impact on the well-being of the entire family.

Why choose a DONA certified doula?

Families who work with a DONA certified birth or postpartum doula know that they’re getting someone who has completed in-depth, high-quality, evidence-based training. DONA International upholds the highest standards for certified doulas, and you can rest assured that you will receive the highest level of support from a DONA certified doula!

Free Initial Consultation – Click Here to Book

Choosing a Doula who will be present at your birth is an important decision that is shaped by many factors; including experience, training, and philosophy of care. Contact me to set up a time, to meet either at my office in Ashcroft, or a neutral location that is convenient for you.  A no obligation initial consultation will allow you to learn more about doulas, as well as my experience and philosophy on birth.  This meeting carries no obligation and I am happy to answer any question you and/or your birth supports may have.  Although I do provide doula support packages to women within 100km of Ashcroft, Initial Consultations are generally held closer to my clinic centre.  However, I am happy to coordinate an appointment, if I am in one of the outlying communities.

Casie Menhinick, CD(DONA), CIMT
Casie holds current certificates with Food Safe, Adult and Infant CPR with AED and PFA.  She is offering specials for Postpartum Doula Support  while completing her  practicum for DONA PCD credentials.


Within A Woman Doula Care est. 2008 (Find us on facebook), is passionate about providing access to women and their families in bc’s smaller communities.  Offering access to the same level of pre and post natal supports as women have in city centres.  I offer care to the communities of Ashcroft, Cache Creek, Clinton, Spences Bridge, Lytton and Lillooet.  With most of our parturient community having to relocate from their home community to birth, my doula support services help to bridge continuity of care.  As a mother who has also experienced the dynamic of birthing away from home and  organized birth around services I am passionate to help you prepare for this day and aid in making this a memorable chapter in your lives.  I support your birth wishes, whether you choose hospital birth without/with medicated options or home birth with a midwife. Home birth for rural women often involves being at 


friends/families or a hotel in town and I am accustomed to helping you create your birth nest in the location you choose.  I recognize what an amazing time this is in your life and am there to provide all the resources and professional guidance you need to make this day precious to you.  Our clinic location located at The Ashcroft HUB offers a extensive lending library, video collection and a space for childbirth education.  The Ashcroft Hub provides many other valuable programs such as United Ways Community Health and Wellness Worker and Make Families First office. I would be happy to tell you more about their other social supports and facilities.

Doulas for Aboriginal Families Grant Program

This fund is available to all Mothers or Partners who identify as First Nations, Metis or Inuit – it covers up to $1000 towards our Doulas fees. The client must apply to the fund directly.  I am willing to help guide you through this.  You will find more information about that atwww.bcaafc.com/programs/doula-support



DOULA FAQ

  1. What is a birth doula?
    A birth doula is a person trained and experienced in childbirth who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational birth support/labour support to the mother before, during and just after childbirth.
  2. What effects does the presence of a birth doula have on birth outcomes?
    Numerous clinical studies have found that a doula’s presence at birth tends to:

    1. result in shorter labours with fewer complications
    2. reduces negative feelings about one’s childbirth experience
    3. reduces the need for pitocin (a labour-inducing drug), forceps or vacuum extraction
    4. reduces the requests for pain medication and epidurals, as well as the incidence of caesareans
  3. What effects does the presence of a birth doula have on the mother?
    When a doula is present during and after childbirth, women report greater satisfaction with their birth experience, make more positive assessments of their babies, have fewer cesareans and requests for medical intervention, and less postpartum depression.
  4. Does a birth doula replace nursing staff? 
    No. Doulas do not replace nurses or other medical staff. Doulas do not perform clinical or medical tasks such as taking blood pressure or temperature, monitoring fetal heart rate, doing vaginal examinations or providing postpartum clinical care. They are there to comfort and support the mother and to enhance communication between the mother and medical professionals.
  5. Does a doula make decisions on my behalf?
    A doula does not make decisions for clients or intervene in their clinical care. She provides informational and emotional support, while respecting a woman’s decisions.
  6. Will a doula make my partner feel unnecessary?
    No, a doula is supportive to both the mother and her partner, and plays a crucial role in helping a partner become involved in the birth to the extent he/she feels comfortable.
  7. What if I can’t afford a doula but really want labour support?
    It is my philosophy that anyone who wants a doula should have one. Ask me what options there may be for you for sliding scale, volunteer doula student services. I would be happy to refer you to those resources.  If you are aboriginal, you may qualify for the doula grant which is available to cover prenatal education, birth and postpartum doula care, as well as breastfeeding education.
    www.bcaafc.com/programs/doula-support

BIRTH DOULA PACKAGE – $1075


BIRTH DOULA PACKAGE – $1075


The Support You Need During Labour

You want someone who knows your wishes and can help you express them when you’re in the throes of labour. You want someone to fill in when your partner unable to do so, as well as provide direction on how you might like to be supported. You want someone focused solely on you, whose only goal is to make you feel comfortable and safe during childbirth.

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Birth doulas do that.

Casie Menhinick, CD(DONA) provides an unconditional source of strength and encouragement when you need it most. In busy moments, birth doulas are your source of calm. If things get intense, your doula knows what your goals are for labour, she can help ensure they’re being communicated.as well as provide both, the psychological and physical support, you and your partner may need.

Your doula can direct your partner, suggest different positions for comfort, or simply offer encouragement and take pictures. If your partner becomes too tired or overwhelmed, your doula can step in by providing them with the rest they may need. If you’re experiencing birth alone, your doula becomes your right-hand (wo)man, honouring you and your body’s needs.


Our doulas work without bias, serving only to support you in the choices you’ve already made and discussed with them. And unlike your doctor or midwife, whose primary concern is the physical health of you and your baby and whose attention is divided, your doula is focused on you and you alone.

Plus, your support from your doula starts long before you go into labour. In fact, you get 24/7, on-call support from 37 weeks. That means any pre-labour questions are answered, whenever you think of them.

Having an expert in the room, dedicated to your needs, enhances your birth experience—no matter who else you’ve got in there with you. Book your free consultation to discover how you can benefit from a birth doula today.

Birth Support Includes:


  • Complimentary consultation
  • Two prenatal visits, generally 1-2 hours each
  • 24/7 on call support from 37 weeks on
  • Assistance/Guidance with writing your birth preferences
  • Continuous physical and emotional support during labour
  • Assistance establishing breast or bottle feeding
  • TWO postpartum visits, up to one hour each, to review birth memories,and assist with breastfeeding support, or infant care in the comfort of your home
  • Continued Text/Email or drop in support, as needed, 7 days postpartum.