Meet Your Doulas
Each of the doulas of In Bloom brings something unique to the table; different strengths, personalities, interests, and backgrounds are what make our team versatile and able to meet the vastly different needs of our clients. But each one of us holds one thing in common: compassionate, unbiased support, for all families and all kinds of birth and parenting philosophies and approaches. We all strongly believe that our clients and their ideals are the centre of our model of care, and we love to empower families to feel confident in their choices, and supported to make the decisions that fit them. We are a passionate group of women that realize that the passage into parenthood is powerful and transformative, and we want to see you thrive as you confidently navigate every aspect of the journey with a doula alongside. You'll find our individual bios below; take a read and get to know us a bit more, and then let's chat! We'd like to hear from you, find out what your needs are, and talk about how we can support you best over a cuppa and some good conversation; it's what we love most!
Andrea Postal CD(DONA), CCBE
Certified Birth Doula, Childbirth Educator, Postpartum Doula
Andrea Postal is the owner and founder of In Bloom Births, located on Vancouver Island in the beautiful Comox Valley.
Long before becoming a mother of three, Andrea had a genuine admiration and interest in everything related to birth. From a young age she was fascinated by pregnancy and yearned to be inside the world of babies, bellies, and birth. With the empathy of pregnancy, labor and motherhood, along with a background in Early Childhood education, Andrea's interest in birth and the postpartum period only grew, shifting her focus from childcare and education toward maternal care. Andrea is a certified DONA Birth Doula, a Pre-certified ProDoula Labor and Postpartum Doula, Childbirth Educator, and Postpartum Placenta Specialist.
It is her greatest passion to see women having the best possible birth and postpartum experience - one where they are given access to information, are supported in their choices, and are lovingly cared for throughout the entire process. Her genuine, empathetic nature and attentiveness to listen sets her clients at ease prenatally, all the way through to the transitional weeks and months of early parenthood.
When Andrea isn’t doula-ing, she can be found basking by the ocean (there’s no better place), writing and performing as a songwriter-musician under her stage name, Andrea Rose, or cooking up something in the kitchen with her three beautiful boys.
Jody Richards, CD
Certified Labour and Postpartum and Infant Care Doula
Jody is originally from Northern BC, and later Victoria, and now lives in Black Creek with her partner and daughter. She has always held wonderment and curiosity about all aspects of pregnancy, childbirth and babies. In 1999 Jody was invited to the birth of her nephew, an experience where the inspiration to become a doula was kindled.
In 2000 Jody trained as a birth doula with DONA, beginning almost two decades of supporting families during the birth of their babies. Jody worked as a medical researcher while she attended nursing school, and although she was unable to complete her nursing degree due to an accident, her ability to offer nurturing support to her doula clients was unaffected . Her medical knowledge is invaluable in helping to navigate the medical aspects of birth, as well as having a great appreciation for the role of medical providers. In 2016 Jody decided to refresh her training and is now a Certified Birth Doula and Certified Postpartum and Infant Care Doula. She is now very excited to be working with In Bloom Births and particularly delighted to offer clients the benefits of working in partnerships with other doulas.
Jody feels passionate about how she can provide support to families during this monumental time, from pregnancy to the postpartum period and beyond. Her life experience has given her the skill of being able to relate to people at their most vulnerable, while attuning to what they need, making them feel deeply nurtured and safe. Jody's best tool she brings is her warm, gentle and calming presence.
When she is not being a doula she is spending time with her family. She can often be found buried under a mountain of needle felting, or she covered head to toe in dirt in her veggie garden.