I am currently still working on my Breastfeeding Counselor certification. During my training, for a limited time, I am offering up to 5 hours of combined support free of charge to any woman contacting me looking for breastfeeding support. This could include any of the services listed on my breastfeeding services page.
Reading this, you might be asking yourself, "Why is Criston offering breastfeeding counselor consultation services before she is able to call herself a certified breastfeeding counselor?" and that would be a good question! If you'd like to know my answer to that question, then read on!
UPDATE AS OF JANUARY 12, 2018:
Now that my 'baby' is no longer a baby but a toddler, I am excited to announce that my maternity leave is ending soon! I am planning to start taking on call birth clients again, now in the Saskatoon area, for those due as early as March 2018 (I will not be ready take breastfeeding-counselor-only clients until later in 2018).
UPDATE AS OF OCTOBER 2, 2017:
Approaching this little dude's birthday, I am currently still on maternity leave and unable to accept any new birth doula clients at this time in the Saskatoon area in which we now live (our new home for the time being). I am finally able to resume my breastfeeding counselor studies, however, and anticipate being able to take on breastfeeding clients early in 2018!
2017 has been crazy so far! You'll find out why by reading below what I posted on Facebook on January 1, 2017:
"2017 has arrived! I am looking back on 2016 today, and what do I see? I see the blessings I was given - especially THIS one! This birth doula had her 3rd baby (here with us) and I thought this day was a good one to share him with all of you! He was born October 28th and his name is Gabriel. What a wonderful year it has been!
As I look at 2017, I also have an announcement to make. At the end of January our family is going to be moving away from Southeast Saskatchewan, and as a result, Bundle of Love Birth Services will be moving locations too. Since I am also currently on my own maternity leave it may take a while to operate again in a new location, and we do not yet know where we will end up.
However, you can expect that I will continue to occasionally post on this FB page and eventually update here and on my website when we are back in operation again :) In the new year I also hope to resume and complete my breastfeeding counselor studies and certification process to provide even greater support to families at this time of their lives."
It's almost my turn!
As I'm entering into the home stretch of my own current pregnancy and after my upcoming birth sometime around October, I may be a bit slower to respond to inquiries that come by email, Facebook message, and website contact forms.
However, don't worry - I'm still around! I will still respond as soon as possible to all messages that continue to come in the next few months.
I welcome inquiries any time for due dates after April 2017 for on call birth doula support, and inquiries for services that do not require an on call period (some birth doula services, breastfeeding counseling services, etc.) starting as early as January 2017.
I appreciate your understanding in this time and look forward to continuing to serve Southeast Saskatchewan into the future!
Criston White, Certified Birth Doula (CBI) & Breastfeeding Counselor (In Training, CBI)