Simone Richmond

She/Her
Postpartum Doula
Location: Vancouver & Lower Mainland
Families Served: 1 +
Experienced Supporting: LGBTQIAS2+ Families, Parenting and/or Caregiving, BIPGM Families, Immigrant and/or Refugee Families, Low-Income Families, Neurodivergent Persons, Chronic and/or Acute Illness(es), Pet Care

About

What languages do you speak?

English, some French, and Spanish.

What is your personal definition of “doula”?

A support person — a nonjudgemental listener, a sounding board, a resource. Someone who is there for the beautiful (and messy) parts of growing into yourself as a parent and family, however that looks for you.

What brought you to birth and postpartum work?

After having had a doula for my own birth and postpartum, I realized how impactful it could be. I have searched for a long time to find something meaningful when it comes to working, and when I found birth work, it really clicked. It’s community and it’s all connected. I believe everyone deserves to be seen and cared for during a big life transition like parenthood.

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

Listening to audiobooks, making sure to get some good belly laughs, fresh air, and being creative.

 

What is a standout book, movie/tv, etc about the childbearing/parenting journey that you return to?
BOOK
  • Like a Mother by Angela Garbes
    • I wish I had read this during/before my own pregnancy!
  • Essential Labour: Mothering as Social Change by Angela Garbes
    • It has an amazing framework for the current times and the value of carework for everyone, not just parents.
Trainings
POSTPARTUM
  • Sunstone Postpartum Training, Cornerstone
  • CPR/AED-C, Safe Beginnings
POST-SECONDARY
  • BA Spanish & Women’s Studies, Western University
  • Jewellery Art & Design Diploma, Vancouver Community College
FOR YOUR PERSONAL LEARNING, WHAT IS THE WORKSHOP/TRAINING ON YOUR RADAR?
  • Childbirth Educator Training
  • Abortion Doula Training
  • Loss/Grief training
  • Full Spectrum Doula Training
  • Pelvic Floor Health
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