A Story About a Birthworker

 

I'm Chelsea, the face behind Pathways Prenatal!

It all started in 2015 when I was pregnant with my 4th baby. Birth work was calling, so I dove in (feet first), soaking in everything I was experiencing and learning. I started writing down all the things that I was learning and turning them into guides to teach to my clients at our prenatal visits.

In 2021, the Pathways Prenatal name was created through some brain power between a group of birth working friends and a desire to teach in person group prenatal classes. I quickly found that this program was too good to keep to myself and it needed to be shared. So I decided to shift to more of a behind the scenes role and provide other birth workers the opportunity to teach the program to their clients, with minimal effort!

I am continuing to create new content as I learn and gather through my own client birth experiences, the stories from others, professionals that I speak with and courses that I take. I can then provide easy to teach guides to other childbirth educators around the world.

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Chelsea Bootsman

Full Spectrum Birth and Bereavement Doula, Breastfeeding Educator, Certified Body Ready Method Practitioner, Birth Photographer & Videographer

I am a mother of 4 between the ages of 14-7 (two boys and two girls) and have been a birth doula since 2015, with trainings through Stillbirthday, DONA International, Bebo Mia, Body Ready Method by One Strong Mama, Rebozo For Birth, Spinning Babies, Birthing Advocacy Trainings, H.E.R.B.A.L. Trainings, Crisis Pregnancy, and Psoas for Labour and Birth with Liz Koch.

Reminiscing about how it all started, and why I became interested in birth and teaching others, has me wondering why birth and postpartum preparation isn't shouted from the mountain tops.

I had four babies (three in the hospital and one at home), and even took a birth doula training before having my last baby, but still felt like I knew NOTHING about birth, my body, or postpartum. 

Today, after having taught close to 100 women and families about birth, I feel like my clients are better prepared for their births, than I was after having my fourth baby, and having taken a doula training.

So rather than shouting it from the mountain tops, I figured why not help others "spread the word" on how to have easier and healthier birthing experiences.

We've all heard that knowledge is power, so let's all get powerful together!