Meet your Winnipeg Doula and Birth Photographer
Hi! I'm Jenine- your friendly Winnipeg doula and birth photographer! I am a wife to my high school sweetheart, lover of chocolate, comfort food and country music.
I have three wonderful and busy tiny humans that keep me on my toes every day. My oldest was born in the hospital with a great support team. Our second baby decided to surprise us in an unexpected precipitous unassisted birth. And my youngest babe was the perfect calm home waterbirth I'd been longing for. His birth was healing and grounding, full of empowerment and wonder, everything I believe a birth should be. Watching them each grow into their personalities each day brings me smiles and grey hairs in almost equal amounts.
I love snowfall, but hate the cold. I love Winnipeg, but wish it were located near the ocean. My idea of a perfect Friday night includes Chinese food and cheesecake, curling up with a warm blanket, my husband and a Lego Wii game. I'm an introvert at heart, and love nothing more than spending simple time with friends. I love photography, and capturing moments that otherwise fly by without a thought. I have 31 photo albums on my shelves, and still love being transported back to my childhood just by cracking the cover open.
After years of planning to be a clinical psychologist, I found my calling in the birth world instead. I completed my degree and lovingly refer to it as my most expensive piece of artwork. I am glad to have the background I do, but even happier than I get to use to it work with growing families, rather than in an office setting. I never expected to fall in love with pregnancy and birth, but it has felt like home since the very first DONA training course I took in 2006, and I knew this was where I was meant to be. I have been supporting women as a Winnipeg doula since 2008, and as a photographer since 2016 and have been blessed to support families both at hospital and home, with midwives and OB's, with a variety of circumstances and hopes for their labors. I fall more in love with each birth that happens. This work is busy, and intense, and absolutely wonderful. I wouldn't have it any other way.
Send me a message and let's get to know each other a bit more. Give me a cozy chair and I'm an open book. I'd love to meet you! Still wanting more? I bared my soul over here too, go look!
My belief about birth.
♥ I believe birth is an amazing, wonderful, exciting event that is inherently normal.
♥ I believe pregnancy, labor and birth have a profound effect on birthing people and their families. It is an experience that is never forgotten.
♥ I believe we intuitively and instinctively know how to give birth. Those caring for and supporting birthing people need to trust and respect that inner wisdom.
♥ I believe one’s confidence and ability to birth is either enhanced or diminished by those who care for them and the environment around them.
♥ I believe that fear increases pain, and understanding and respecting the birthing process is an important part of a satisfying birth.
♥ I believe each baby has a different journey to come earthside. It is not always the one we expect, but it can still be a positive experience with the right support team.
♥ I believe a birthing person has a right to give birth free from routine medical interventions if they choose. If interventions become necessary or desired, all information needed to support and understand the intervention should be provided.
♥ I believe education empowers families to make informed choices in health care, and to trust their intuition, instinct and inner wisdom.
♥ I believe holding space as families grow is the best job in the world, and one I do not take lightly.