HI, WE’RE THE DOULAS.

We’re a group of pregnancy, birth, and postpartum care specialists in Nanaimo. We’re experts in providing personalized one-to-one support, education, and hands-on guidance to growing families so they can feel confident and prepared to meet and parent their baby. We live and breathe birth, babies, and breastfeeding, and we love what we do.

Harbour City Doulas was “born” (see what we did there?) in 2017 as a way to provide genuinely unbiased, judgement-free, and evidence-based support, and since then we’ve helped hundreds of families in our community reach their goals. What does that mean? It means that we trust and believe in you to do what feels right. It means that we know you’re capable of making your own decisions. And it means that no matter what happens, we’ll answer your questions, alleviate your fears, and give you the tools that you need to meet your baby in your own unique way.

We get it: this whole having a baby thing can be pretty overwhelming. It’s likely one of the biggest transitions of your life, and we know that comes with a ton of uncertainty, vulnerability, and a few (okay, probably a ton!) of questions or anxieties. We also know that typing those questions or fears into Google at 2am doesn’t hold a candle to hearing the calm, reassuring voice of someone who knows you and whom you trust to have the most recent and up-to-date information.

Our goal is to help you meet your birth and parenting goals- whatever they may be. We know that you’re the expert in you, and your baby, and we’re here to help you discover your own unique pathway through pregnancy, birth, and beyond. Our promise to you is simple: No judgement, no shame, and no guilt. No matter what your journey looks like- we support that.

ANDREA HOWARD

Birth and Postpartum Doula

Lactation Counsellor

Newborn Care Specialist

With over ten years of experience and education in birth and newborn care, and a passion for helping new parents to feel supported, empowered, and confident to make choices for their families, Andrea brings experience, compassion, and a calm presence to growing families.

Andrea is passionate about providing inclusive care to people and families of all genders, orientations, and configurations.  She offers a practice that is evidence-based, supportive, and judgement-free. Andrea is excited to support your choices surrounding your birth, postpartum, and parenting experiences and to help you achieve your goals for this exciting time in your life!

CANDY WILSON

Birth and Postpartum Doula

Belly Casting Specialist

Bringing half a decade of prenatal and postpartum education with her, Candy is pasionate about supporting and encouraging her clients to achieve their ideal birth experience. As an artist, Candy has developed her belly casting art technique that so many clients love and is thrilled to be a part of “making keepsakes for life”. Protecting your experiences and ensuring your choices are respected are true passions of hers. Candy brings informative, compassionate support to her practice and a calming, reassuring presence to her clients’ birth experience. Candy is always humbled by the power that is shown by the body, mind, and spirit during birth. She loves the journey of birth and feels honoured to support our birth and postpartum community.

RETA KOROPATNICK

Birth and Postpartum Doula

Childbirth Educator

Reta is a birth and postpartum doula and is trained by the Childbirth Educators Training Program at Doulgas College. Reta started her career in the Vancouver birth community as a birth doula and she believes that pregnancy and birth is a sacred life-shaping experience for both parents and baby, and that having valuable support during the transitional phase is essential. Reta brings support, compassion, and dedication to the people and families with whom she is privleged to work. She loves the uniqueness of each special birth, and is honoured to be a part of such a special time.

RIANNON SETTERFIELD

Birth and Postpartum Doula

Pediatric Sleep Consultant

As an expert in all things birth, babies, and sleep, Riannon is passionate about helping families navigate the transition to parenthood. With an understanding that with your baby comes amazing parental instincts, Riannon offers gentle guidance and compassionate support to all members of the family. Riannon lives in Nanaimo with her family, two beautiful daughters, and her wonderful husband.

AMBER SHIPLEY

Birth and Postpartum Doula

Amber believes that birth can be one of the most empowering, emotional, and life-changing events in your life. She is in awe of the strength and instincts of people giving birth, and admires the uniqueness of each birth. Her favorite part of being involved in such an intimate event and watching the love and emotions shared between partners. Amber’s goal as a doula is to provide families with judgement free support and to help them achieve the most positive birth experience possible. Amber was born and raised on Vancouver Island and has three children. When she’s not working as a doula, she enjoys hiking, biking, and camping with her family.