This is the first time we are offering our Wise Woman Way of Birth 4-Day Doula Certification Training on Vancouver Island. We know there are many women on the Island who have wanted to have the course closer to their homes. If there is an interest, we’ll be doing one course a year in future.

A student’s comment: “I learnt more in one day of this four-day course than I did during the whole doula training I took years ago. It is informative, real, and very in-depth. It touches all aspects of pregnancy, labour, birth and the post partum period. It gives you the tools in which you need to feel confident when beginning your doula career. On top of all of that, Jessica is a blast and keeps the atmosphere light and fun!” ~ Jazzmin Nagy

Over the four day doula training, you will gain:
*An understanding of the normal physiology of childbirth
*Insight as to the challenges that come with unnecessary interference with the birth process
*Hands-on techniques for providing comfort to a birthing woman
*Practice (through role playing) supporting a woman and her partner in all phases of birth
*Confidence in your ability to be informative and helpful in your prenatal visits
*Materials to use as handouts to your future clients
*Community! You will walk away from the course with new friends and a support network as you begin your journey into birth work
*Access to resources for new doulas, including contracts, intake forms, and materials to use in your prenatal visits

Want more info? Write to and ask for the FAQ document.

“… I felt I knew quite a lot before this course and quickly realized I knew only a fraction! I also realize there is lots more to learn. I love the way this course was taught. Jessica, your energy, your knowledge and your honesty are amazing – I aspire to be half the doula that you are and I am thankful for your expertise. I would recommend this training to anyone that was interested in a heartbeat!” ~Sara

People in the community have always supported each other through the birth process. As childbirth has moved into the medical system, some of the traditional knowledge and support we have always had access seems to have become lost from our communities. As a birth doula, you can contribute to bringing back some of that traditional support and knowledge to the folks in your community and be part of the powerful experience that childbirth can be for the family.

“When I did my Wise Women Way of Birth training, I was about 25 births in. I came to it after a recent stretch of difficult highly intervened births and was feeling tired. After those days with Jessica Austin, I felt that excitement and love for my calling renew! The training is unlike any other I have taken in the past. She brings you back to truly understanding the normalcy and beauty of birth. You get to really LEARN about the physiology of birth which you need to understand in order to have the trust in the process to do this work. I feel like I bring so much more to the table now. Thank you Jessica!”

Date and time:
July Long Weekend Intensive: Friday June 28, Saturday June 29, Sunday June 30, Monday July 1
Classes are held from 10am-5pm

Location: Collective Space, 166 Station St., Duncan BC

Email Gloria at to register.

More student feedback: “I can’t recommend this course enough! Jessica’s passion and humor shine through in her teaching. The weekend was a fabulous experience – full of laughter, tears, and most importantly, top-notch education surrounding the current culture of birth. I loved every moment!” ~ Jessi Connaughton

Price: $525. A $100 deposit is required to reserve your space, with the remainder due 5 days before the first class.

To register or receive more info, send your full name, phone number, and desired course date to

DVD: “Birth with Gloria Lemay”

This is the kind of delightful feedback I receive about the DVD. Gloria

From Donna Reicks:
“Gloria, I just have to tell you…..I loaned out your DVD “Birth with Gloria Lemay” as I do to any “English” ladies I serve. These are 1st time parents (after 7 years of trying!) and she loved your DVD and commented her favorite part was the extra features on circumcision!! They were on the fence if they had a boy. Now, their decision is made. Thanks Gloria!! Keep up the good work! Much love to you!”

From Gloria Lemay: “When I made the DVD, it was easy to add a few “extras” besides the footage of 9 home water births. One of the “extras” is a Director’s Cut-type film with me explaining what is going on in the film. The strange thing for me is how many women say, “After watching the version with you explaining what’s going on, my husband is now comfortable with the idea of birthing at home and he feels confident.” The conclusion I’ve come to is that I must have been talking to the back of the sound technician (a man) and that’s why the words seem to affect men. Completely inadvertent but I like it.

Then, there were 2 really good videos that really taught me a lot about the importance of the male foreskin so I requested the use of them from the owners. They were both thrilled to give me their material. Again, so much of the feedback that I get is that those two features have such an impact on people. Both of those intact penis features are available for anyone to watch online but, it seems, a couple sitting on their couch watching a DVD will keep going right to the end of the DVD and THAT has put the information in a lot of people’s hands. It’s so gratifying to know that those DVDs are all over the world. If you have one, don’t leave it on your shelf—get it out and show it or lend it to pregnant families!”

“Birth with Gloria Lemay”

To order the DVD, send $35 via Paypal or Interac to birthdvd(at)

Placenta Bowl, a family tradition

Lightened photo shows detail on the underside of the bowl.

Lightened photo shows detail on the underside of the bowl.

Copyright Gloria Lemay 2014

The birth of a baby is a time to really consider what family traditions should be kept and what family traditions should be discarded. It can be a time to get creative and design rituals that truly nourish the heart. This wooden placenta bowl was commissioned by a family and carved by a B.C. artist. It is now being used at the second generation of homeborn babies in the family and will be passed on for years to come.

Shared with the kind permission of the family.

Giving birth is another elimination process

It feels so much better when it's all done.

It feels so much better when it’s all done.

Why do I say that birth is an elimination process? Something large is within a body cavity and it must come out. When it’s time, it will come out. It will come out no matter where you are, no matter how smart/dumb you are, no matter if you want it to or not. Even if you want to call the whole thing off and come back to it another day, it will still come out. You’ll be very uncomfortable when the body messages say “It’s time“. You’ll get the right information from the messages of that discomfort and you’ll know exactly what to do. When you’re done, you’ll feel a lot better!

(Now, go back and read what I’ve said and apply it to vomiting, pee-ing, poop-ing or birthing and see how it fits.)