the stages team

Serving Port Moody, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Langley, Surrey, Mission, Abbotsford, New Westminster, Pitt Meadows, Maple Ridge and Vancouver. 

Team Leader + Owner of Stages Doula, Birth Photographer, Story Teller, Space Holder and Home Birth Doula

Candice Tizzard

Candice is a superwoman specializing in: photography, videography, loss photography, fertility, sleep, breastfeeding, spinning babies, American Sign Language (ASL), homebirth and complete kits, and telling really bad jokes at the worst times. Holding Space and Life Coach Designation coming soon. 

Candice has a passion for pregnancy and birth, and capturing the ethereal birthing journey. 
The birthing journey is an experience of a lifetime, each one unique in their own incredible way.
Candice is here to documment your adventure through Preganncy and Birth as a photographer and doula; capturing your experience through artistic and journalistic photography while supporting you and your family in an empowering way. She'll work with you to create a positive, love filled, experience that honours who you are. 

Birth Doula, Postpartum Doula + Breastfeeding Councilor

Kelsey Mizener

Kelsey is a superwoman specializing in: birth and postpartum support, infant feeding, newborn care, sibling support, cloth diapering, baby wearing, placenta prints and newborn and postpartum massage.

In 2001 after the arrival of her first baby, Kelsey began work with birthing families. At the time she didn’t even know what a “Doula” was! She just fell in love with this amazing and surreal transition, showing up for friends and family every chance she got! Kelsey brings a warm and grounding personality to the birthing experience. She is passionate about helping every mother discover their innate strength;  equipping them with confidence, unwavering strength, and self recognition during the birthing journey.

When not tending to Doula families, she spends time with her three teenagers and walks her fur baby on the local trails. She enjoys spending time baking and cooking, tweaking her recipes for clients and taking drives- exploring roads less traveled. Kelsey enjoys taking part in all of the amazing learning and friendship opportunities with our local Doula groups, travelling the world, one step at a time, playing cards and being a Doula Dino with Candice

Postpartum Doula

Katherine Blanco

Katherine is a superwoman specializing in:
Pre/Postnatal Yoga, Reiki, Breastfeeding Support, Holistic Fertility Support, Reflexology

Katherine is called to serve families during their childbearing years. She is an avid believer in meeting her clients wherever they are in their reproductive journey. While she has been enthralled with childbirth since her first pregnancy, fifteen years ago, Katherine has more recently developed a strong pull towards all aspects of reproductive health including preconception, early postpartum care, and end of pregnancy support.
Along with completing many different perinatal related courses, Katherine completed the Birth Doula training with Doula Canada and is a certified doula with Wise Woman Way of Birth. Always on the pursuit for more knowledge, Katherine is currently enrolled in a two year Holistic Reproductive Practitioner program with Michelle Stroud of By The Moon. Not only is she cross-certifying as a birth doula and certifying as a postpartum doula through this two year program, she is also working toward certifications in both reflexology and energy healing with a focus on reproductive wellness.
In her downtime, you can find her preparing yummy meals for her three kids, on a trail with her dogs, stretching on her yoga mat, or curled up on the couch with her latest read next to her husband.

 Birth and Postpartum Doula 

Justine Jandu

Justine believes birth is sacred, intimate and should be a powerful, positive and a peaceful experience. She is passionate about supporting families in feeling prepared for birth and becoming new parents. She advocates for families making informed decisions and her goal is to help them feel confident in their abilities by empowering them through education and fear clearing.

Justine became interested in becoming a Doula after being present for the birth of her first niece. She witnessed an 18 hour unmedicated birth and marveled at her sister's ability to harness her own strength, go deep within herself and her persistence in birthing how she chose! After everything was done and baby was nestled in mom's arms, the midwife asked Justine if she had ever considered being a Doula and commented on her calm demeanor, assistance in both encouraging and comforting her sister... Justine then realized her calling.

When Justine is not supporting families she enjoys being outdoors, reading, yoga, meditation and anything to do with wellness! She is training to become a Reiki practitioner, and aspires to become a prenatal and postpartum Yoga teacher in the future. 

Justine is a superwoman specializing in: hypnobirthing and infant massage.

Birth and Postpartum Doula

catrin HugHes

Catrin is a superwoman specializing in:
Birth & Postpartum Support, Multiples, Holistic
Nutrition, Reiki, Infant Feeding, Newborn Care, Sibling Support & Integration and Yin Yoga.

Catrin’s passion for birth work has been a lifelong love for babies, expectant mothers and
the inner working of the feminine body. Catrin believes that everyone has the right to
make choices about their own body and that empowering birth is an extension of
reproductive justice. As a doula, Catrin practices holistic, empowering, and
nonjudgemental care. Catrin encourages women to step into their divine feminine power
and optimal wellbeing, whether that be through birth, postpartum, menstruation,
preconception planning or fertility care. Catrin’s clinical practice focuses on food as thy
medicine, hormone balancing, simple supplementation, learning to interpret and listen
intuitively to the body and develop self-awareness.

As a Birth & Postpartum Doula Catrin proudly supports families throughout the Lower
Mainland, including Vancouver, North Vancouver, Burnaby, White Rock, Surrey, Langley,
Delta, New Westminster, Abbotsford & Mission.

Catrin spends her spare time at hot yoga, hiking, camping, further educating, reading or
divulging in her practices of astrology, tarot, reiki, meditation and modern mysticism.

Certified Holistic Nutritionist Practitioner, Birth & Postpartum Doula, Period Coach and Feminine Embodiment Facilitator

We had such a wonderful experience with Candice from Stages doula. I didn’t have a doula for my first birth experience and there were a lot of things that I wished had gone differently that made my recovery much more difficult than it could have been. I didn’t expect things to go exactly according to a “birth plan” this time because there are reasons that can’t always happen.

Candice really took the time and energy to really get to know me and what my wants were when it came to my labour and delivery experience. Any time I had a question or concern she was so helpful. She was comforting, supportive, encouraging... everything you would want in a doula.

Candice was there for me as I laboured at home and had she not been there I know I would have been at the hospital much earlier and I would have had a much harder time sticking with my birth plan. She helped keep my husband and I at ease and helped coach us through the whole process. They advocated for me when there were things I wasn’t comfortable with. My recovery was soooo much better this time because I didn’t have the complications that resulted from the epidural last time. I was able to labour and deliver without an epidural which was important to me this time. After my baby safely arrived, I kept saying out loud, "We did it.. we did it.." and along with my baby, my husband and Candice were part of that "we". My experience would not have been the same at all without her.

I couldn’t recommend Stages Doula enough. They were a game changer for us!

— Juliana

KIND WORDS from past clients

I couldn’t recommend Stages Doula enough. They were a game changer for us!