Em Bailey

Birth Doula, Postpartum Doula
Location: Vancouver & Lower Mainland
Experienced Supporting: LGBTQIAS2+ Families, BIPGM Families, Immigrant and/or Refugee Families, Low-Income Families, Single Parenthood, Disabled Persons, Neurodivergent Persons, Chronic and/or Acute Illness(es), Perinatal Mood Disorders, Pet Care, Rural Living


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What is your personal definition of “doula”?

A doula is someone who has the capacity to hold the breadth, complexity, and care of a transformational experience — so that those centered in the experience can turn up the dial on their own needs, instincts, and inner wisdom. Working with a doula is an invitation to strengthen the pathways of community care and mutual aid networks in our lives and best serves the needs of birthing people when participating in a co-creation of relationship, trust, and consent.

What brought you to birth and postpartum work?

I am drawn to birth and postpartum work as a site for pleasure, healing, and justice in our lives. Birth and postpartum work is a magical landscape for being deeply met, supported, and cared for in ways that have the ability to ripple throughout our own lives and the lives of our little ones.

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

I have retired to a new and emerging gentle pace and work with myself each day to unlearn the rhythm of “the grind”. As a capital “T” Taurus, I love to luxuriate and treat myself to nourishing and glamorous foods, spend long stretches of time nestled in bed, and romance myself with gifts and pretty things to look at!

What is a standout book, movie/tv, etc about the childbearing/parenting journey that you return to?
  • I have learned so much from returning over and over again to bell hook’s All About Love.
    • bell so gently pulls apart all of the ways parenting maps onto our lives and how we understand our relationships to love. All About Love, helps me keep my love radical and carry the strength of the word and concept with me as I move into all my relationships and work.
  • Moonstone Birth & Labor Training, Cornerstone.
  • Sunstone Postpartum Doula Training, Cornerstone.
  • Abortion Doula Training!
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