Wendy Muir CD(DONA), LCCE
A little about me:
Presently I am a prenatal instructor at Okanagan College and Parkinson Recreation Center, a certified DONA International doula, a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, the mother of five wonderful children and married for over thirty-five years. I have enjoyed being involved with pregnancy and the birthing process ever since my Registered Nurse’s training where I discovered my love for maternity nursing. The whole birthing process continues to be amazing and wonderful to me. As a doula and former maternity nurse, I have taken part in hundreds of births.
After the birth of our first child I began providing labour support for friends and my husbands colleagues. Since 1999 I have been teaching prenatal classes at Okanagan College. In 2005, with our children in their teens and twenties, I decided to become a DONA certified doula and attend more births. Over the years I have accompanied women through their labour in a wide variety of situations ranging from the average woman and her partner with their first baby, to single moms, teen moms, women who have had more than two babies and one couple with the last five of their ten children. Their choices in labour have varied greatly from those who want as few interventions as possible to those who prefer an elective caesarean. For each family my goal is to help them have the best birth they can, according to their preferences, given the specific labour or situation they find themselves experiencing.
Continuing education is important to me; I attend workshops, training sessions and keep up with recent periodicals and research. In the fall of 2010 I attended the Lamaze Mega-Conference Webinar and completed the Neonatal Resuscitation Program so I can become a Second Attendant at home births for the local Midwives. As well, in 2009 I became a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator. July, 2008, I attended the DONA International Convention and spring of 2007, I participated in the BC Reproductive Care Program – Breastfeeding: Making a Difference, an 18 hour breastfeeding course. Other courses in the last six years include Lamaze International Advanced Skills Series: Mission Possible and DONA International: Boundary Skills for Doulas.