2017 is just about over and we wanted to take some time to reflect on what’s happened in this amazing year as well as tell you about some exciting things we’ve got coming 2018.
In the summer of 2017, we underwent a name change from Fredericton Maternity to Elm City Doulas. We wanted a name to more appropriately reflect on the services we offer and Elm City Doulas was born in July 2017. With the name change came this beautiful new website.
In the fall, we made the decision to expand our service area to Saint John in early 2018 and to get ready for this expansion, we welcomed seven doulas to our team! All members of our team are both labour and postpartum doulas. We’ve also expanded the Placenta Specialist Team. This way we are able to meet the demands of the number of inquiries we receive for placenta services.
We held the first annual Diaper Dash. A 5k run that helped to raise funds to provide diapers for low-income families. In addition to raising funds, we held a diaper drive and had a wonderful response to this need. In total, we collected over 5,000 diapers for Fredericton’s smallest citizens. We can’t wait to do it again in 2018 and we hope to double what we were able to achieve in the first run.
What Is Happening in 2018
Begining 2018, Elm City Doulas will be able to provide services in Saint John. To start we will be offering birth doula support as well as postpartum support. In March we will bring our placenta encapsulation services as well. In Fredericton, we are known for providing the safest placenta encapsulation in the province. We only encapsulate placentas in our client’s homes. This provides a level of safety that you do not get anywhere else and we wanted to bring this service to Saint John families.
2018 Diaper Dash
In 2017 with the help of several sponsors and the amazing citizens of Fredericton, our first Diaper Dash collected over 5,000 diapers for low-income families. The 2018 Diaper Dash 5K run will be held on May 27th. 9 AM. Stay tuned to our Facebook page to find out when registration will officially open. Your registration fee will go towards buying a box of diapers for our smallest citizens and will be donated to Linking Lives INC. A registered Not-For-Profit Charity. We hope to double the number of diapers we got for our 2017 run and we cannot do it without your help.
With the arrival of registered midwives, Elm City Doulas will be attending home births and we couldn’t be more excited!
Begining 2018, we will be offering professional grade birth pool rentals for home births in Fredericton.
Elm City Babies Expo
Our first annual Elm City Babies expo will be held on June 2nd at the Fredericton Legion, Downtown Fredericton. We will also be bringing this expo to Saint John in October! This year’s Fredericton show is sponsored by East Coast Chiropractic & The Sleep Boss INC. During the expo, you will have the opportunity to attend pre-scheduled information sessions from experts in various fields. Best of all, admission is FREE! Check out the Elm City Expo Facebook page for more information!
Group Childbirth Education Class
On behalf of the team at Elm City Doulas, we’d like to wish you and your family a happy new year! May 2018 bring you happiness, health and good fortune