Lynn Shinto

She/Her
Birth Doula, Postpartum Doula
Location: Vancouver & Lower Mainland
Families Served: 30 +
Birth Package: $1,700 - $1,200 + Agency Fee & Taxes
Experienced Supporting: Parenting and/or Caregiving, BIPGM Families, Low-Income Families, Single Parenthood, Neurodivergent Persons, Perinatal Mood Disorders, High Risk Pregnancy Care, Pet Care
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Birth Doula Package

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Prenatal Care
  • 2 prenatal visits.
  • Text and phone support, as needed.
  • Includes Brood’s Family Membership, with access to our 5 online courses, virtual private clubhouse, and the member’s area.
  • Colostrum collection kit with written and video instructions.
  • Optional car seat check (sliding scale).
Birth Attendance
  • Continuous in-person support throughout labor and until 1 – 2 hours after birth.
  • Support with comfort techniques and pain relief, including a TENS machine.
  • First feed and newborn care support.
  • Birth photography & videos.
Postpartum Support
  • 1 postpartum sessions, focusing on newborn care, emotional support, and easing your transition into new parenthood.
  • Unlimited text, phone, and email support up to 6 weeks postpartum.
  • Personalized referrals to postpartum resources.
  • Belly binding add-on, inquire within.
    • Includes a customized bind to fit your body and a warming belly message each visit.

About

What languages do you speak?

English and basic Japanese.

What is your personal definition of “doula”?

To me, “doula” means heart-work. To be a doula is willing to give your undivided, unbiased, and wholehearted care and attention to someone during their most vulnerable, yet transformational periods in life — while holding space without judgment. As a doula, I also believe it’s important to take the parents’ lead on how they wish their baby to be cared for — since everyone has so many opinions on how you should parent, but a doula can be the one person who believes that you will know what’s best for your own child.

What brought you to birth and postpartum work?

I’ve lived many lives throughout my career (pivoting career paths thrice now!), but I’ve always been drawn to caring for others, particularly through the influence of my late grandmother who loved people so deeply.

It wasn’t until having my own baby and experiencing a series of unfortunate events (perinatal mental health struggles and additional emotional trauma within my first three months postpartum) that I didn’t want to continue sitting in isolation as a new parent treading water. I decided to go through birth doula training during my maternity leave out of pure curiosity and through that experience, I became absolutely hooked on the birth world! A few weeks after my training, I jumped right in to support my dear friend as her bonus doula, and eventually trained to become a postpartum doula, a childbirth educator, and became certified as a child passenger safety technician (car seat technician).

I became in awe of the birthing body, and the strength and resilience we possess at times of potential uncertainty in birth. Drawing on my own experience, I understood the importance of caring for both parents or primary caregivers following the arrival of a new baby.

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

Forest walks with my pup, being outdoors with my family, and spending time with people in my life who lift me up. Long baths, yoga, acupuncture, and therapy!

What is a standout book, movie/tv, etc about the childbearing/parenting journey that you return to?
PODCAST
  • Evidence Based Birth by Rebecca Dekker, PhD, RN
BOOK
  • Expecting Better By Emily Oster
Trainings
BIRTH & POSTPARTUM
  • Birth Doula Training, DONA
  • Lactation Support: Breast/Chestfeeding Class for Doulas (Advanced Doula and Perinatal Professional Workshop), DONA
  • Postpartum Doula Training, DONA
  • Lamaze Childbirth Educator Training, Doula School
POST-SECONDARY
  • Bachelor of Arts (Communications, Public Policy, and Certificate in Liberal Arts), Simon Fraser University (SFU)
  • Human Resources Certificate, British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT)
  • Chartered Professional in Human Resources, CPHR BC
OTHER
  • Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician, CPSAC
  • CPR-C/AED, Safe Beginnings
  • Supporting Neonatal Resuscitation, Safe Beginnings
  • Infant/Child CPR, Choking and Injury Prevention, Safe Beginnings
WORKSHOPS
FOR YOUR PERSONAL LEARNING, WHAT IS THE WORKSHOP/TRAINING ON YOUR RADAR?
  • Bengkung Belly Binding
  • Chinese Postpartum Confinement Practices and Meal Preparation
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
  • Acupuncture and Herbology

Testimonials

We met Lynn when we were looking for a CPST to do a car seat check for us before our baby came. She was super responsive and accommodating, and really put our minds at ease. She was a great teacher and gave us lots of confidence. After my baby was born, the postpartum doula that we initially hired flaked out on us. We were skeptical of trying to find someone totally new and going through the process of interviewing people or having a total stranger in our house during such a stressful and vulnerable time. We reached out to Lynn and she agreed to work with us. We will forever be grateful for her willingness to help us out so last minute! Lynn is so kind and helpful. Her presence is so calm and grounding which is very much needed during such a challenging time. We had her come for several different shifts, which allowed us to catch up on sleep and take a break. She was very accommodating when it came to scheduling time. Right away we were so comfortable having Lynn in our home and caring for our baby. She helped us with washing bottles and pump parts, preparing food, keeping the nursery tidy, but most importantly snuggling, feeding, and playing with our baby girl. Lynn was also an incredible ear to my husband and I as we navigated the transition to parenthood. Her pep talks helped our confidence and she always had lots of great tips to tackle the many challenges that arise in those early weeks. Lynn always provided a breakdown of each shift which made it seamless for us to take over care again and know when our baby had last ate and slept. She was also always available by text to help us out between visits. We would highly recommend Lynn to anyone looking for car seat help, or support through their birth and beyond. We look forward to working with Lynn again in the future! — Melanie

Lynn has been an absolute blessing throughout our journey into parenthood. From day one, she impressed us with her exceptional listening skills and unwavering attentiveness to our needs. Her wealth of knowledge and responsiveness made us feel incredibly supported, and she was always just a message away, ready to provide guidance and reassurance. Lynn’s frequent check-ins were a testament to her dedication, ensuring that we felt informed and confident at every stage. What truly sets Lynn apart is her genuine care and empathy. She surprised us with thoughtful care packages and heartfelt cards, demonstrating her deep understanding of what new parents go through. Lynn’s approachability created a safe space where we could be open and transparent about our fears and hopes. We knew she would do everything in her power to enhance our experience, and that meant the world to us. Moreover, Lynn’s resourcefulness was a game-changer. Her extensive network of specialists and doula connections provided us with a wealth of insights and tips that proved invaluable. Lynn went above and beyond, ensuring we had access to the best support and information available. We can’t thank her enough and would wholeheartedly recommend her to any new parents! — Alex

After a really difficult pregnancy, I was nervous, exhausted, and burnt out going into my labour and delivery. I’d heard so many nightmarish birth stories that I anticipated disaster for myself, which is when I decided to enlist a doula to ease some of my stress. Knowing that she became a mom herself not too long ago, I was confident that Lynn would be the perfect choice with the wealth of knowledge that she has. I wasn’t sure what to expect in working with a doula, but Lynn made the process easy and painless, checking in with me regularly (which I really appreciated since I was so deep in dealing with my gestational diabetes) and meeting with us both virtually and in-person. Lynn was patient and thorough with the car seat check and installation (what a great skill and certification for a doula to have!), which really gave us peace of mind. When it came time for my induction, Lynn was there with us through all of my labour, making sure we were fed, that I was going to the washroom regularly, and that our needs were being met by the hospital staff. Once I entered active labour, Lynn busted out the pain coping mechanisms and kept me focused using counter pressure and breathing techniques. Through most of my labour, she was the grounding force that stopped me from breaking down. Although I hadn’t planned on an unmedicated labour and delivery, I ended up only using laughing gas, and this is largely due to Lynn helping me work through the pain. This was absolutely amazing to me given how frequently I have used Tylenol or Advil to deal with even the slightest menstrual cramps, but wow! My husband and I weren’t 100% comfortable with me getting an epidural so we can’t be happier with how my delivery went — we had the best experience that we could’ve ever imagined! In terms of postpartum care, I so valued Lynn coming over, making dinner for us, taking care of some household chores, and just generally taking care of us. In that first sleepless month, those days when she came over were such a bright glimmer as I knew we’d finally be able to get some uninterrupted rest. There are so many things that you don’t know as a new parent, and everything is just so darn overwhelming in those early days. Lynn was invaluable as our birth and postpartum doula. She broke down all of the scary unknowns and gave us agency when we didn’t know it was there. I’d highly highly recommend Lynn as a doula, and I look forward to her unwavering care and no-BS attitude for any future pregnancies we may have. — Victoria

Lynn was exceptional and went far above and beyond what was expected. Our son’s birth did not go as expected and he arrived 3 weeks early. When I was faced with a scary situation and a longer than anticipated hospital stay, Lynn was there for me and my husband throughout the experience. I was able to reach her at any time of the day and she communicated very well with me and the entire health care team. She listened actively, helped me relax by giving me massages, helped me get comfortable, comforted me when I was feeling overwhelmed. She had a TENS machine that I used throughout the labour that I found very helpful. Lynn, my husband and I also had a lot of fun listening to music and dancing earlier on in the labour. As things progressed, Lynn’s gentle coaching and words of encouragement helped me stay calm and in the zone. When it was time for my son to make his entrance into the world, she was ready and pro-active, never forgetting to give me sips of water, juice or coconut water. As my husband currently lives overseas, she kept him and his family informed of what was going on. She facilitated continuous video chat so that he was able to see the birth of our son, which was of utmost importance to all of us. My husband and I are forever grateful and consider Lynn to be part of our family now. Lynn had a very positive impact on this birth and we cannot thank her enough! — Sara

Having Lynn as our doula was one of the best decisions my husband and I had ever made regarding the birth of our son. The support she provided both of us was invaluable. When I was admitted, I had to be continuously monitored and a lot of decisions had to be made quickly. I really appreciated how Lynn gave me context and options when my husband and I both felt overwhelmed. She was someone my husband and I could express our fears to and have that communicated to the rotating team of doctors we saw during our hospital stay. Post labour, Lynn came to our house and eased our transition into living at home with a newborn. She was always patient about answering questions my husband and I had as new parents and guided me through some of the insecurities I felt about motherhood and breastfeeding. I cannot recommend her enough! — Rachel

I first met Lynn when I was nearing the end of my pregnancy and needed someone to help me install my babies car seat. She was amazing and super knowledgeable! Then, what are the chances she becomes my post partum doula as well! I was super thrilled to have her help yet again. I honestly knew she would be amazing, but my expectations were completely blown out of the water! She not only helped with my two girls, but also took the time to help me fold laundry, cook meals, and allow me to have some much needed “me” time. Lynn is seriously the best post partum doula I could have ever asked for. I am forever grateful for the many hours she committed to helping my family when I didn’t have anyone else. They say it takes a village, and I’m so lucky to say that Lynn was my village. I definitely shed a tear on her last day! I know all the families she supports in the future will be so glad to have her. We are wishing Lynn the very best as she moves on to other families and other babies. — Loren

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