Meet our MACFE Doulas
Julie Western (currently not taking clients)
I have been a Doula with MACFE since 2011. I have attended over 70 births which have ranged from natural, medicated, induction, c-section, breech birth, VBAC, vacuum and a forceps birth. I have been married for 20 years and I have 3 children of my own which I gave birth to all naturally in a hospital with a midwife. I think having the constant one on one care with a midwife is what I loved the most and why I think having a Doula at a birth is so important. It was from that experience and the fact that I love talking and hearing about birth is why I decided to become a Doula.
Sometimes in labour, things don't go as planned but there is always a beautiful baby as a result and it is so exciting! As a Doula, I want to make your birthing experience as wonderful as I can and I hope to make all your requests on your birth plan happen. In our Prenatal visits we will get to know each other better and talk about what your expectaions are for the time of birth. After the birth I will be there for you to help you out with breastfeeding and any questions you may have.
In the fall of 2012, I started teaching the MACFE prenatal class, which I enjoy a lot. I love teaching excited expecting parents what is to come and how their lives will change!
My husband and I have been married 35+ years and have 9 children and a bunch of grandchildren. I first heard about a doula when I was pregnant with baby no. 5. I had a doula for the next 3 births and my last 2 births my doula was my midwife. The care and support I felt during pregnancy, labour, delivery and postpartum led me to want to become a doula. I wanted other women to feel that same support I did. Being a doula, to me, means supporting the couple in whatever choices they make. I want to empower them and have them come out feeling strong and ready to be great parents.
I have been with MACFE since 2008. I am also a prenatal educator and doula instructor. I have attended over 100 births, in the hospital, Birth Centre, home birth, wherever a person wants to birth. I also enjoy taking photos of the birth journey.
My husband and I own and operate a dairy and grain farm. Some of my other personal interests are gardening, raising monarch butterflies, reading, photography, and hiking.
I have been a Doula with MACFE since 2014, As of this year I have attended over 80+ births. My births range from natural, medicated to c-sections, in hospitals, birth centres and at homes. Things don't always go as planned so I help you with a wish list for your birth journey and always try to take pictures during your birth if you want. I love being part of welcoming a new life into your family unit what ever it may be. I enjoy being part of an organization that helps everyone no matter what, so you have support before, during and after you have your baby.
I was raised in the country and love plants and animals, I am always looking for new crafts to do or planning trips all over the world.
Rachel Burak (currently on maternity leave)
I remember very well the first birth I ever attended - I was a child at the time, and I went home that day feeling an overwhelming sense of amazement that I had just witnessed something incredible. My journey in becoming a birth doula began in 2014, and in these years of offering birth support, that feeling I had at first never left me. Every birth I have witnessed is different. Each one is unique, and each is special. As a doula, I see my role as offering care, support, and resources that fit your own family's needs and goals. I firmly believe that families and individuals should have the opportunity to make informed decisions and choices surrounding their birth. My heart is that you would gain confidence and self-assurance to not only birth your baby, but also start the next chapter of life with confidence. My experience varies from supporting unmedicated births, homebirth, belly births(c-sections), bereavement support, and offering services in a cross-cultural setting. In 2018 I completed my Birth Doula Certification with CBI(Childbirth International). When I am not at a birth or reading books about birth, you can find me out discovering new places with my son and husband...or in my garden with a cup of strong earl grey tea!
Hello! My name is Karisa Morrow, and I am a MACFE certified doula. I have always had an interest in childbirth and women’s health education. I am currently doing my pre-requisites at the University of Manitoba in Midwifery. I am a mother of four and I live in rural Manitoba. I love the outdoors and that is where I feel most at home! Some of my hobbies include kayaking, running, yoga, gardening, traveling, reading novels, spending time at the lake, and enjoying the sunshine whenever I can! I have a range of experience including young mothers, c-sections, natural childbirth, and breastfeeding education. I am a caring and compassionate doula who believes that all mothers deserve support as they labor as well as access to education, knowledge, and resources throughout your pregnancy. I am here to help you with any questions or concerns that you may have about childbirth, labour, and delivery as well as newborn care. I work alongside a great group of women, and we will support you and the birth that you have in mind. I can help you with making a birth plan if you so choose as well as assist you with positive perspective and reassurance as you labor, suggesting ways that you can speed labor as necessary. I also help with easing physical and emotional discomforts, communicating with hospital staff, relaxation, focus techniques, breathing, and comfort measures such as massage and positioning. I so look forward to meeting you.