Jaz Wilson, PDCCE, SBD

Current Training & Certificates

-Current student: Bachelor of Science in Nursing, class of 2023

-Certified Birth & Bereavement Doula, SBD, Stillbirthday University 2020

-Certified Childbirth Educator, PDCCE ProDoula Organization, March 2018

 

-The Farm Midwife Assistant Workshop, The Farm Midwifery Center TN, September 2017 (7 days)

 

-Breast & Belly Cast Workshop, The Farm Midwifery Center TN, September 2017

-DONA International Trained Birth Doula, 2015

Thank you for visiting my website!

My name is Jaz Wilson, creator of Wise Womb Childbirth Services, located in Campbell River BC. I am a nursing student, Certified Birth and Bereavement Doula, and Childbirth Educator trained to provide education and support throughout all outcomes of pregnancy and birth.

 

I chose the name ''Wise Womb'' because I believe that you and your body are strong, and that you know yourself, your body, and what feels right for you and your baby better than anyone. I am only here to give you tools that will help make navigating your choices during birth a little bit easier. 

 

My goal is for you to feel empowered about birth whether it is a home birth or a hospital birth, with a Midwife or a Doctor, with or without an epidural, as long as it feels right for YOU.

 

My services are inclusive to LGBTQ2+ families and respect all individuals and families from any background.

 

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.

My story

 

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. From then on, I wanted to become a doula.

 

After four years of waiting and dreaming of the right time, 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 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. I was then hired as a childbirth educator at Bloom into Mothering. 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.

My work as a doula and childbirth educator ultimately lead me to want to provide holistic, compassionate and supportive care to expecting individuals and families from within the medical system.  I talk more about why I decided to go from doula to nurse in the story of my logo down below. My current dream is to finish my BSN degree and become a maternity nurse, which will allow me to be able to provide the kind of advocacy and care that I want to provide for families. I hope to always teach childbirth education classes, both in person and virtually. In an ideal world, I would work as a labour and delivery nurse and part time as a doula and childbirth educator!

 

 

My logo

This symbol is near and dear to my heart. Pictured here is my mom and I holding hands, showing off our mother-daughter tattoos of the Celtic symbol for pregnancy, or mother and child. If you look closely, you can see a baby being cradled in the arms or the womb of the mother.

It is an honour to wear this symbol with my mother, and honour our Celtic heritage. I chose to have it tattooed on my hand so that whenever I look at it, I remember why I am pursuing the path that I am pursuing. As much as I LOVE what doula's do, I found that while attending births, my attention wandered away from providing emotional and physical support and wavered towards the clinical tasks that the nurse or midwife were performing.

I found myself wanting to check my clients blood pressure, babies heart tones, fetal station, and other clinical skills. I had to acknowledge that my heart was not fully happy, and that due to this I was not being fully present with my clients, even though everything else about being a doula felt so right.

My tattoo reminds me to follow my heart, even when it means making difficult decisions.

Thank you for reading. I am always happy to chat and answer any questions.

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