Shiela Mae Madriaga

She/Her
Postpartum Doula
Location: Vancouver & Lower Mainland
Families Served: 5 +
Experienced Supporting: LGBTQIAS2+ Families, BIPGM Families, Immigrant and/or Refugee Families, Low-Income Families, Neurodivergent Persons, Multiples (Twins +), Pet Care

About

What languages do you speak?

English and Tagalog.

What is your personal definition of “doula”?

A support person that not only gives informational advice and recommendations but also advocates for a pregnant person’s voice to ensure their birth experience and recovery is a positive and enjoyable journey.

What brought you to birth and postpartum work?

I noticed in school that the subject that I was most interested in was pregnant people and child development. Previously working in a community center, I had the opportunity to teach first-time parents about pregnancy and newborns. The more I learned, the more I knew birth and postpartum work was for me. As soon as I learned what a doula was, I jumped into this amazing opportunity and never looked back.

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

When not on-call or at a shift, I commit to my off days so I don’t overflow my workload — spending time with family recharges my energy, expanding my skills in hobbies like crochet and cooking.

What is a standout book, movie/tv, etc about the childbearing/parenting journey that you return to?
TV
  • ItsJudysLife, is a YouTuber.
    • I love watching her birth vlogs, her pregnancy journey for all 5 kids, and managing to adjust to life with one child, twins, having a baby during covid, and now a 5th child. I admire her family very much!
Trainings
BIRTH
  • Birth Doula Training, Doula Canada.
  • Infant and Pregnancy Loss course, Doula Canada.
POSTPARTUM
  • Postpartum Doula Training, Doula Canada.
  • CPR C Certification.
POST-SECONDARY
  • Health Sciences Clinical and Lab Training, SFU.
  • HighFive Training and Certification.
FOR YOUR PERSONAL LEARNING, WHAT IS THE WORKSHOP/TRAINING ON YOUR RADAR?
  • Placenta Encapsulation.
  • Childbirth Education Training.

Testimonials

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