Hey, I'm Chelsea and I am a mother of four, a wife of 13 years to a bearded ginger man, and a collector of skills!
My main trade and schooling is in sewing and garment pattern drafting, but ever since I was a kid, I had also been fascinated with pregnancy, birth and babies. So in 2014, while I was pregnant with my fourth baby, I decided to dive in and give this new career a go, and it's been life-changing!
Since taking my original doula training, I've completed many other trainings and certifications (which you can find on my website), and have also found a love for birth photography and videography (no, it's not all about crowning shots!).
In my roll as a birth doula, I have a huge passion for pelvic and muscular roles during pregnancy and labour, as well as fetal positioning, and how they can aid in an easier and safer birth. A priority for me, is educating prenatally and helping my clients prepare both their body and mind – working through fears and learning how to fully relax and breathe, to help them feel confident in what they need to do, in order to have a more positive birthing experience, however the outcome may look.
I know how important every role is in the delivery room, whether that’s in the hospital or at home, and I am not there to replace anyone, but rather help everyone work as a team, making sure you feel supported and encouraged during the entire process, while also helping partners feel confident in their role of support.
"Having confidence in what your body can accomplish, the knowledge of what to expect, and receiving the support you need, can greatly change the way you give birth - a doula can help with this!"
As your photographer, I really enjoy just being a fly on the wall and documenting people as they are, looking for moments and angles that are most flattering or emotionally engaging.
We all know that memories don't always last forever, but photographs and videos can spark these memories, helping to round out your story. They can also be incredibly healing!
"You will never regret taking the photos, but you will always not taking the photos."
Certified full spectrum birth and bereavement Doula,
Photographer, Videographer, Certifying Breastfeeding Educator
Chelsea Bootsman Doula.Photo.Film
Phone: (403)506-5452 call/text