Mindful. Conscious. Family Led.
Providing Breastfeeding, Postpartum Care, and Education.
About Candice
I have been living and breathing all things birth since I was asked to attend my first birth over 15 years ago.  Through studying birth with traditional birth attendants, midwives and doulas I have gained a great respect for true physiological birth. I feel a deep innate knowing of the undisturbed birth process.  As an extension of my birth work I organically began supporting breastfeeding. Eventually, I became someone who midwives and other doulas called on to help families with feeding challenges. This role meant I spent a lot of time in people's homes unintentionally acting out the roll of a postpartum doula. I enjoyed my time with families postpartum but until I had my own babies I didn't fully understand the importance of supporting someone through the postpartum period. Suddenly what I had always known, respected, and held space for I felt first hand. I now understood what it meant to be a sleep deprived anxious new parent. Acts of service for postpartum families now hold the same weight for me as attending people during birth does. Perhaps even more since it is so under supported. I love serving families while they are find their footing and consciously creating their bonds to one another. - Candice Johnson, Owner
Breastfeeding
My approach to breastfeeding is wholistic. I will work with you and your baby through the days, weeks, or even months as you find your way. My presence in your home will initially be over a few hours, observing feed(s), sleep, baby's behaviour, and the overall wellness of you and baby. I will bring my education and intuition as a breastfeeding counsellor, wrapped up with my training and skills as a postpartum doula. I am not a lactation consultant. I highly respect the amazing lactation consultants in our community and refer to them when their expertise are needed.
Cherish is inclusive of all genders and family make ups.
Postpartum

20% of women are reported to experience a postpartum dis-ease or condition of mental health. Knowing this stat is based on self reporting we can only assume the rate is actually much higher. Postpartum care should not be a luxury, it is a necessity. Your health is your baby's health, and healing happens with extended rest and support.
We have lost our village, and with it so much wisdom and knowing about how to be with new parents as they unfold themselves.
Postpartum care covers many tasks, it would be impossible to list them all, but you can think of me coming into your home as a member of your village. What would the people in the village do for a new family to support them? I will tend to these acts of service while bringing my training, education, and intuition for this period of life to your family.
"It takes a village to raise a child." Cherish is inclusive of all genders and family make ups.
Education For Doulas
Wise Woman Way of Birth Postpartum Doula Training

Upcoming dates:
Saturday, October 23, 2021 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Pacific Daylight-Saving Time)
6 weeks. Final Class November 27, 2021
Cost: $525 (Canadian) or $400 (U.S.)
6 Classes Live on Zoom 2.5 hours each

Wednesday, February 16, 2022 from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (Pacific Daylight-Saving Time)
6 weeks. Final Class March 23, 2021
Cost: $525 (Canadian) or $400 (U.S.)
6 Classes Live on Zoom 2.5 hours each

Description:
This course will prepare you to be with families in the months after welcoming a baby. It includes all the aspects of the “fourth trimester” from practical feeding skills, to understanding the postpartum person’s body and how to support the family as a whole.Our societal structures provide little care for new families. Having a trained eye and calm presence in a home in the early days is invaluable. Postpartum Doula care is proven to improve breastfeeding success, family bonding, and postpartum dis-ease disorders. Postpartum Doulas are in high demand! Please email if you need more information or to register.
waterbirthinwoman@gmail.com
Education For Parents
What is important to you about this birth? I love helping families find the answers to this question. Cherish prenatal classes draw from my experience with Birthing From Within, Wise Woman's Way of Birth, and over a decade of attending births to customize your prenatal classes to you. Classes generally are one on one and are offered as follows depending on you preference and both of our availabilities.

Three x 3 hour sessions
Two x 4 hour sessions
One x 8 hour session