Hi, my name is Minette and welcome to Birth of Hope! I am a certified doula and birth photographer serving Southern Vancouver Island.
My love for everything baby related started as a young child. Whenever someone asked me what I wanted to become when I’m all grown up, my response was always “a mommy”. After suffering a miscarriage and struggling with infertility for over two years, my dream of becoming a mother was finally realized. It was through the kindness and support of my care providers and birth team that I was able to have a beautiful birthing experience. Whenever I was ready to give up on myself, my birth team was there to encourage me, empower me, inspire me and most importantly, believe in me.
My own birth experiences inspired me to want to provide the same support to other women and families. I used every opportunity that I had to read and research birth related subjects. I just couldn’t get enough! -And still can’t.
I have a great respect for a woman’s birth choices and happily support women in any birthing environment or choice in care providers. I also have personal and professional experience in both hospital and home settings and have tremendous respect for the benefits that each environment has to offer.
Aside from being a doula based on Salt Spring Island, I am also a Lifestyle Photographer specializing in maternity, birth, newborn & family photography. My photography style is mostly un-posed (candid) and I don't use a flash. My objective is to capture the raw emotions surrounding such a beautiful time by using natural light.
I obtained my doula certification through "Wise Women's Way of Birth". I am also a Early Childhood Educator and worked as a facilitator with Little Knapsack Club for three years. I am a Co-Founder of "In Our Hearts" - a peer support group for anyone who has experienced miscarriage, termination, stillbirth or neonatal death.
And last but definitely not least - I’m the proud mamma to Moira & Elora - my vibrant and highly energetic rainbow babies and the wife to Chris - the best husband and baby daddy that anyone could ask for.
I'm so grateful that I've discovered two passions in my life - birth support and photography. The outcome of the two combined is something extraordinarily beautiful. I truly love my job!
I offer a complimentary meet and greet session with my doula and birth photography packages with no obligation. This session will allow you the opportunity to determine if I am the right fit for you and your family. Click here to book your complimentary session.
Thank you for taking the time to visit my website and I look forward to meeting with you.