Hello, My name is Cassie Sutherland, and I am a Birth Doula and Herbal Medicine Maker, living and practising on Coast Salish Territory, Vancouver, B.C. I am passionate about empowered birth, strengthening our communities intergenerationally, and supporting families through their childbearing year. Having been raised between the ocean and forests of mid-north Vancouver Island, I look to plants as medicine and our natural environment as a teacher. I love knitting, crafting, books, and babies.
Your birth. Your body. Your baby. Your choices. Your experience.
I believe that your body is capable of birthing your baby and that you intuitively know how best to do so.
I provide information regarding the process of labour and birth in order for you to make informed choices, normalize and demystify the experience, as well as reduce fear.
I support you in creating a space where you are grounded and empowered in your own birthing choices.
I respect your voice and decisions, and work to support you in realizing your ideal birth.
I listen and adapt my presence throughout your labour to meet you where you are at.
I offer herbal medicine as allies to aid you in your prenatal and postpartum periods.
Above all, I learn most from Family, whose births I am privileged to attend.
What Does a Doula Do?
A Doula is an individual who provides physical and emotional support to a family before, during and after their labour. Doulas are knowledgeable birth professionals who provide non-judgemental information to their clients, in order for them to make informed decisions regarding their birth. Doulas support not only the birther, but their loved ones as well, be they partner, family or friends whom may also be in attendance at their birth. Most importantly, Doulas remain with the family throughout their entire labour, providing constant reassurance that they are more than capable in birthing their baby, and that they instinctively know how best to do so.
After Your Baby's arrival
If desired, your doula care can extend into your postpartum period to support you and your family during this transitory time. As your postpartum doula, my role is to assist you and your partner in adjusting to your new roles as parents, by validating your experiences, facilitating healthy parenting habits, and assisting in daily tasks so that you may bond with your new Baby with confidence. The first few weeks are full of excitement as you learn about your sweet new Babe and journey into parenthood (perhaps for the second, third, or fourth time, etc!). While the initial postpartum period is full of joy, it can also be a time of great growth and challenges. While some families may have extensive support systems to help care for the new Mama and Babe, this is not always the case. Postpartum doulas step in to care and nurture the entire family.
what does "full spectrum" mean?
With regards to Doula services, "Full Spectrum" references care, advocacy, and a firm commitment to non-judgemental support through any and all reproductive choices, options, and outcomes. A handful of experiences where a family may choose Full Spectrum support, could be:
- Planned and Unplanned Pregnancy Loss
- Fertility Awareness and Conception Education
- Infant Loss and Stillbirth
Why Herbal Medicine?
Just as you intuitively know how best to birth your baby, your body knows best how to heal itself. There are times, however, when we all need just a little extra support to stay focused, in balance and true to ourselves. Having been raised in a family that supported me in cultivating relationships with the garden, ocean and forest, I learnt from a young age that the magic of nature is not found in it's consumption, but in actively engaging with each ecosystem with love and respect. It's not only the science of plant medicine, the "active constituents", that guide our bodies to health, but the power, joy, reverence and intention behind the creation and choosing of each individual's medicine. All herbs used are either organically grown, or personally wildcrafted. Just as I trust the power of our bodies in birth, I offer the magic of herbal medicine as a choice in your family's empowered health. Offered to clients as they may choose.
Learn which medicines are currently available in the Apothecary.
Birth Without Fear!
Conference and Training
Make The Partner Do It: Rebozo Training
FLOCK YEAH! Birth Conference
Featuring Whapio Diane Bartlett, Lesley Everest,
and Gena Kirby
International Placenta and Postpartum Association
Placenta Encapsulation and Holistic Postpartum Health
Breastfeeding Support for Doulas
Acupressure During Labour, Workshop
Dr. Erin Flynn of Yinstill Reproductive Wellness
Wildseed School of Herbal Studies
DONA Birth Doula Training
Douglas College Perinatal Education
When Survivors Give Birth, Workshop
Douglas College, Perinatal Education
My involvement in the birth community
Inclusivity in Birthwork: Supporting Queer and Trans Families
I currently facilitate a postpartum drop in group at Strathcona Midwifery Collective each Friday from 10:00-12:00. Lunch is served, as we navigate our postpartum experiences together.
I am an organiser with the "Emerging Doula Collective", mentoring new doulas and creating educational workshops within the community.
I am a volunteer birth doula with the Doula Services Association, as well as by direct referral from Midwives working within the City of Vancouver.
Previously, you would have found me each week at Pomegranate Community Midwives as their volunteer around the clinic.