I am Stό:lō and was raised in my home community, Soowahlie First Nation. I proudly carry the ancestral name, Tilyen. I have enjoyed living on the beautiful unceded, ancestral lands of xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh and Tsleil-Waututh peoples since 2009. I am a wife and mother to two young children.
I believe strongly in giving back to my community. I have spent the last ten years working professionally in Indigenous peoples’ health, including a variety of roles in health research, policy, planning, and education. I completed training to be a labour and birth doula and postpartum doula through Doula Training Canada in 2018.
From years of working in the health care system, and then becoming a parent myself, I have come to appreciate how significant an impact doulas can have on the experiences parents have during pregnancy, labour, and postpartum. In both of my pregnancies and births, my doulas supported me to own my role as a decision-maker, and to trust my body and my baby. I came out of those experiences feeling empowered. After the birth of my second child, I resolved that I, too, can help others to reclaim birthing and ease the transition into parenthood.
Pregnancy, birth, and the first year postpartum is a beautiful time for building and strengthening connections with our partners, families, communities and our ancestors. My goals as a birth and postpartum doula are to nurture the emotional, physical, mental and spiritual well-being of expectant and new parents; offer support to the family to welcome the new baby into their lives and their home; help build a community of support around parents and families through referrals and community resources; and give back to the Indigenous community through service to our babies, parents, and families.
Education and Training
- Bachelor of Science, with distinction (biology and psychology), University of Victoria
- Master of Public Health, University of British Columbia
- Postpartum Doula, Doula Training Canada
- Birth and Labour Doula, Doula Training Canada in partnership with Douglas College
- Standard First Aid and CPR-C
- Food Safe Level I
I have previously volunteered with the Chilliwack General Hospital, Vancouver Island Health Authority, Urban Native Youth Association, Vancouver Aboriginal Transformative Justice Services Society, Mavis McMullen Housing Society, and Canadian Public Health Association; and currently volunteer with the Pacific Post Partum Support Society.