Current Training & Certificates
My name is Jaz Wilson, thank you for visiting my website!
I am a gardener, painter, dog lover, nursing student, Birth Doula and Certified Childbirth Educator living in Campbell River BC.
It is a huge honor to work with people during this special and trans-formative time in their lives, especially when it comes to helping people feel informed and confident in their options regarding labour and birth. Knowledge and support are so powerful; which has inspired me to pursue this work.
What drew me to birth work initially wasn't exactly the desire to attend births; it was the strong desire to nurture. At the young age of 18, a co-worker of mine had just returned from maternity leave. I was eager to listen to how the birth went and was fascinated to hear she had a Doula- a term I had never heard before.
Her answer to my question, ''What is a Doula'', was so simple and so impactful- ''A doula is someone who looks after you while you give birth.'' She continued to explain that unlike her Midwife, her Doula was by her side during her whole labour, and was there solely to support her; not to deliver the baby or perform any medical tasks. From then on, I planned on becoming a Doula someday.
Four years latter, in 2015, I was trained as a Birth Doula by DONA International. Here, what began as a genuine interest became something much stronger. It felt like a switch inside of me had turned on and would never turn off. I became obsessed with all things birth and read every book and watched every documentary I could get my hands on.
Here I experienced the collision of two desired lifestyles; I had been living on Cortes Island where I enjoyed growing food and other homesteading hobbies, but as time went on, the reality of my secluded island not being ideal for birth work grew and grew.
The challenges presented by where I had been living only fueled my passion. Since I was only able to attend 2-3 births a year in the beginning, my thirst for knowledge sent me to the world-renowned Farm Midwifery Center in Tennesee to attend a Midwifery assistant workshop taught by my idols: Pamela Hunt, Joanne Santana, Deborah Flowers, Carol Nelson, and UmmSalama Abdulah.
Shortly after attending the workshop, I began my certification as a childbirth educator. This was also when my partner and I began our search for a home on Vancouver Island, so I could pursue my career in birth work and attend school at NIC. My current dream is to become a maternity nurse, while still offering services as a doula. I was offered a job teaching at Bloom into Mothering immediately after our move, and was very excited to be more available for my Doula clients. I love getting to know my class members and watching them grow more confident as they learn. This work is such an honor; I am looking forward to spending the rest of my days learning and supporting people and families as they give birth.
Thank you for reading. I am always happy to chat and answer any questions.