Lauren Taylor

She/Her
Postpartum Doula, Full Spectrum Doula
Location: Vancouver & Lower Mainland
Families Served: 12 +
Experienced Supporting: 2SLGBTQIA+ Families, Parenting and/or Caregiving, BIPGM Families, Immigrant and/or Refugee Families, Low-Income Families, Neurodivergent Persons, Perinatal Mood Disorders, Multiples (Twins +), Pet Care

About

What languages do you speak?

English.

What is your personal definition of “doula”?

A doula is a companion who offers you a safe place to rest. They are there to guide and empower you throughout your time of transition and turn it into an opportunity for transformation.

What brought you to birth and postpartum work?

When I was taking my Masters in Australia I took a class on maternal and infant health outcomes — we had a guest speaker from the Red Cross present a seminar series on nursing support in natural disaster scenarios. The emphasis on how parents could be supported throughout blew me away, it brought a new perspective to how impactful I could be! Coupled with my own journey with my body and womb, I was prompted to pursue care work through the postpartum journey.

In a climate of caregiver burnout, how are you caring for yourself?

Feeling resourced and like I can actually feel my body is essential for me in order to provide care that is attuned and helpful. I attend yoga classes week in my community, dance regularly, weight lift, and go for daily walks. I also make sure I’m getting enough alone time and eating nourishing food.

What is a standout book, movie/tv, etc about the childbearing/parenting journey that you return to?
BOOKS & PODCASTS
  • Someone who I look up to and admire in the birth and postpartum space is Kimberly Ann Johnson. Her book “The Fourth Trimester,” and podcast both hold such incredible wisdom. I relate to how she views the postpartum window and how we as a culture have significant work to do to restore this sacred period of rest and nurturance.
Trainings
BIRTH & POSTPARTUM
  • Postpartum Doula Training, DONA with AJ Hadfield
  • Conscious Conception Workshop, Cynthia Ingar Ph.D.
  • Nourishing Networks of Care (Supporting At Home and In-Clinic Abortions), Dora Zeliatl Martinez, Cera Merrick and Daena Horner
  • 9 Moons Mentorship Program, Samantha Zipporah
  • Alliance for Gender Diversity and Support, Trans Qathat
  • Doulas for Aboriginal Families Grant Program (DAFGP) Approved
POST SECONDARY
  • Masters of Health Communications with specialization in Reproductive Health and Sexuality, University of Sydney
  • Bachelor of Honours in Communication, Carleton University
OTHER
  • Holistic Peer Counselling Certification, Cascadia
  • Somatic Expression Movement Lab Series, Jamie McHugh
  • Trauma Informed Practice Training Level 1 Certificate: Trauma and the Body
  • Applying a Disability Justice Framework to HIV & AIDS, Bianca I. Laureano Ph.D.
WORKSHOPS
FOR YOUR PERSONAL LEARNING, WHAT IS THE WORKSHOP/TRAINING ON YOUR RADAR?
  • Cynthia Ingar is a Peruvian Medical Anthropologist who focuses on the Andean midwifery tradition throughout birth and postpartum. Her upcoming workshop on the Sacred Birth Way is on my list!

Testimonials

The most valuable aspect of support for my wife was our doula’s open and friendly disposition. This gave us full confidence in her right away. The support was excellent. Having the trust and confidence in your doula to leave your baby and know that they’re ok is the best. We had that from day one. — Morgan

Lauren is really good and gentle with babies. She really helped me with my son and gave me lots of support in the days she was here. — Paula

We felt safe to leave baby with Lauren! Awesome! —  Michael

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