I am of Sto:lo and mixed settler ancestry. I was raised in my home community, Soowahlie First Nation (near Chilliwack, BC). I proudly carry the ancestral name, Tilyen. I have enjoyed living on the beautiful unceded, ancestral lands of Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Peoples since 2009. I am a wife and mother to two young children.
I have worked for ten years in Indigenous Peoples’ health planning, policy, education, and research. I hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Psychology, and a Master of Public Health Degree. I am passionate about Indigenous Peoples reclaiming our authority as decision-makers in our own health and well-being.
I was called to birth work after the birth of my second baby. I believe in the inherent wisdom of our bodies to birth our babies. We deserve the best of modern medicine and our ancestral knowledge – the best of both worlds – to feel empowered as we birth. I believe strongly in giving back to my community. As a doula, I support Indigenous and non-Indigenous families to reclaim birth and ease the transition into parenthood. I proudly practice as a member of the ekw’í7tl Indigenous Doula Collective.
My Doula Philosophy
It would be my honour and privilege to accompany you on your sacred journey of pregnancy and parenthood.
I believe that pregnancy, birth, and the first year postpartum is a time for building and strengthening connections with our partners, families, communities and our ancestors. The changes that come with pregnancy and parenting can leave us feeling exhausted and overwhelmed, but we don't have to face it alone. Having support in place during this transition can be the difference between merely surviving the experience and thriving together as a family.
I am humbled each time a family invites me into their lives during this intimate time. My goals as a birth and postpartum doula are to nurture the emotional, physical, mental and spiritual well-being of expectant and new parents; offer support to the family to welcome the new baby into their lives and their home; and help build a community of support around parents and families through referrals and community resources.
I also aim to give back to the Indigenous community through service to Indigenous families; attending volunteer births; and practicing as a member of the ekw’í7tl Indigenous Doula Collective.
Education & Training
Bachelor of Science with distinction (biology and psychology), University of Victoria
Master of Public Health, University of British Columbia
Certified Birth and Labour Doula, Doula Canada
Certified Postpartum Doula, Doula Canada
Certifying Childbirth Educator, Doula Canada
Standard First Aid and CPR-C
Food Safe Level I
Pacific Post Partum Support Society Telephone Support Volunteer Training
Infant and Pregnancy Loss Workshop, Doula Training Canada
Miscarriage and Abortion Support, MORE WISE Continuing Education for Doulas
Rebozo Workshop, Gena Kirby
(One heart, one mind)
I support all persons and families, with an open heart and open mind.