Prenatal Educators

"There is no way out of the experience except through it, because it is not really your experience at all but the baby’s. Your body is the child’s instrument of birth."
~Penelope Leach

Jen Strilchuk
Hello! My name is Jen Strilchuk. I live in Abbotsford BC with my wonderfully supportive husband and 6 children!

My journey began when my first born son was placed on my chest immediately after he was born. I felt so empowered and amazing! I remember thinking to myself that I want to find a job where I can surround myself with pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding… I didn’t have a clue what that might be but I knew my dream job was out there somewhere…I felt a calling!

When my best friend became pregnant, I attended her birth and provided labor support for her. I felt so honored to be invited to her birth and the experience left me feeling once again so awed by the strength of women and the miracle of birth…I knew what my dream job was going to be! I took my Dona certified training at Douglas College in 1999 and haven’t looked back! I have a love of learning and am incredibly passionate about pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding...this has led me to enhance my knowledge and expand my experience through continuous, ongoing education in the form of personal exploration, workshops, lectures and conferences.

I have over 16 years’ experience as a Perinatal Consultant with a background in holistic nutrition and health. I bring my own deep experience as a mother of six children to my practice and am honored to offer a continuum of care as you awaken into your new identity as parents.

It is a privilege for me to support you and your partner in this profound transition as you celebrate the life within you and your initiation into parenthood. Currently I offer private prenatal education, birth and postpartum doula services and breastfeeding counseling throughout the Fraser Valley…Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Mission, Aldergrove and Langley areas. For more information about me and the services I provide, please visit my website, read my blog, “like” me on facebook and/or contact me for more information. I would love to hear from you!


Teri Quinn
The birth of your baby is one of the most important events of your life. How a woman feels about her birth has an impact on how she feels about herself, her partner and motherhood.

As a Childbirth Educator and Doula I am trained and qualified to support you through this life changing event.

 As a mother of five, I have firsthand experience of what pregnancy, birth and postpartum brings. It was through the birth of my children that I became very passionate about educating and empowering others to achieve a positive birth experience.

I offer private Prenatal Education, Christ-Centered Prenatal Education, Birth Doula and Postpartum Doula Services in the Fraser Valley. Currently not taking clients.

Carmen Schultz
My name is Carmen Schultz and I live in Chilliwack BC. I am certified as a birth doula, I am a birth doula studies instructor through the Online Birth Doula training program via the College of the Rockies, and have studied Childbirth Education, which has led me to become a Private In Home Prenatal Instructor. Recently, I have become a Bereavement Doula, supporting families during the time of loss during any stage of pregnancy and early postpartum.

I am a mother to two beautiful teenagers. This is by far, my proudest accomplishment.

Throughout the years I have been a Crisis pregnancy counselor/manager and have assisted with the Postpartum Depression and Adjustment groups in Chilliwack, after having participated in the Postpartum Mental Health focus group for professionals through BCWH.

I began my journey 20 years ago when I supported a teen mom through her pregnancy. After 2 less than satisfying births myself, I then went on to take an intense labour support training program via Chilliwack Community Services. This then led to formal doula training. It was my passion and purpose to assist women to have a better birth experience. To know their choices and to feel empowered on their individual journey. Currently I am providing back up doula services and have chosen to work more in the prenatal education field and the training of other doulas. 

After the loss of 2 babies, I felt that as with my birth experiences many years ago, I needed to make the pain have purpose. I am currently involved with Perinatal Loss group through the Chilliwack Hospice Society and independently speak with women on their loss journey.

I am thrilled to assist you with personalized in home prenatal classes and on your journey to becoming a labour doula.

Michelle Dennill
In 2006 I began my journey to providing support to women and families to prepare for birth and parenthood. Shortly after the birth of my second child I began to explore the possibility of becoming a doula. I was inspired by the care I had received during birth and postpartum. This inspiration turned to passion, verging on obsession. After many months of reading birth books, searching the net and watching birth shows, I knew that the passion for birth was not subsiding. I turned to Douglas College and enrolled in a DONA approved doula training course which I completed in 2006. I completed the requirements for DONA certification later the following year. It wasn't long before I also completed the comprehensive breastfeeding course for health care providers at Douglas College. Since that time I have attended many workshops and conferences to deepen my knowledge and understanding of birth and breastfeeding to continue to support women and babies in my work as a doula. I am active in my community volunteering on several baby-friendly committees and leading the La Leche League breastfeeding support group to support women to meet their breastfeeding goals. Recently I started sharing my experiences and knowledge as a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator with Douglas College offering 6 week prenatal classes. It is extremely exciting and gratifying to support families for birth. There is a movement towards normal birth and I am hopeful that every mother will embrace it.