Ridge Meadows Doula Services is a team of birth professionals that offer Birth and Postpartum Doula Support, Childbirth Education, and Placenta Encapsulation. We all strongly believe that families should experience birth feeling educated and informed. Our team consists of DONA International and Wise Woman Way of Birth trained doulas, and we provide service from Chilliwack to Vancouver and all over the lower mainland.
Our Doula Collective contains 2 birth doula teams, as well as 2 postpartum doulas and a few on maternity leave! We operate using an on-call schedule, similar to that of midwives and obstetricians. This system allows for a well-rested doula 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for your birth. We each have a vast array of experiences and specialty training which we share among the Collective to broaden our overall scope of tricks and tools.
NICOLE CHAMBERS – Local Team Birth and Postpartum Doula, Placenta Encapsulation Specialist, Childbirth Educator, and the original doula and owner of Ridge Meadows Doula Services.
Since 2000, Nicole has experience in Early Childhood and Infant and Toddler Education working with children from age 6 weeks+. She then decided to take a step further and train to be Doula.
-2012 she completed her DONA (Doulas of North America) International Birth Doula Training
–2013 I took the DONA international Postpartum Doula course at Douglas College.
-2013 Nicole trained under Full Circle Placenta as a Placenta Encapsulation Specialist
-2014 trained at Intuitive Childbirth for Childbirth Education
-2015 trained at the Wise Woman Way of Birth Doula Training
-2015 Hypnobabies Doula Training
-2017 StillBirthdays birth and bereavement training
-2018 pre/postnatal yoga training
-2018 became a volunteer La Leche League leader
-2019 Nicole became Spinning Babies trained
-2020 Diverse Families certificate thought Doula Canada
When she’s not working as a Doula she works one day a week at a non-profit agency teaching parenting classes and has a private counselling practice that focuses on perinatal mental health, birth trauma/loss, parenting, and play therapy for children. Nicole enjoys lakes, coffee, hiking, gardening, spending time with her family, and playing volleyball.
TRACEY CAROLAN – Birth/ Postpartum Doula, breastfeeding 101 facilitator, Sleep Educator
Tracey is a mother to a spirited little boy she is a volunteer leader for La Leche League and has extensive knowledge on babywearing and dealing with sleep challenges. Tracey‘s own mother was also a LLL leader passing on the love of supporting families through those early months. Experiencing her own difficult birth with her son Tracey has become a strong advocate for birthing the way you choose and she can usually be found talking about birth or breastfeeding with whoever will listen. Tracey is trained through Bebo Mia excited to join RMDS while supporting families through her love and passion for pregnancy, birth, and babies. in 2020 Tracey is trained with Bebo Mia as a Sleep Educator.
DAWN BEAVON NEUFELD – Birth Doula, Postpartum Doula, Belly Binding Expert
Dawn is an IPPA postpartum doula and a Wise Woman Way of Birth and StillBirthdays doula. With experience in birth and all things postpartum, Dawn is a doula that can truly do it all. She has first-hand mothering experience with breastfeeding, cloth diapers, baby carriers, and challenging sleep behaviours. Dawn has a great presence and is always reading and educating herself in hopes to train as a midwife one day soon. She is a strong birth advocate and a positive force in the delivery room. Dawn is currently on maternity leave until 2019 taking care of her 2 little ones (Nicole was the doula for her second birth!) Dawn also became a La Leche League Leader and volunteers at the Maple Ridge Chapter.
Trisha Russell- Postpartum Doula
Trisha is a mother to boy/girl twins and an older son. After having had her own difficulties on her breastfeeding journey, Trisha wanted to give back by helping others with their challenges. In March of 2019, Trisha trained with DONA International to become a postpartum doula & breastfeeding educator and in April 2019, she completed the Breastfeeding for Healthcare Professionals course through Douglas College. She has a very heartfelt interest in helping families bond and nurtures one another. She has vast knowledge on breastfeeding & its’ issues, babywearing, twin life,the chaos of parenting and the love through it all. In her spare time, she can be found hiking with her dog Evie, doing yoga, or biking with her spouse and their kids.
Cassandra Alford- birth doula (currently on maternity leave)
has always had a strong drive to ask questions and make an informed choice for herself and her family so completing The Wise Women Way of Birth doula course was the perfect fit. She feels passionate about being an advocate and helping to support birthers to have the birth they envisioned.
Cassandra is a mother to three incredible boys, which means life consists of a lot of coffee and a lot of Minecraft! Cassandra is an attachment parent, extended breastfeeder, co-sleeper, and babywearing expert. She’s happy to help you on any of these topics at your prenatal visit. Cassandra has supported many new mothers and supported many newborns.