"I engaged Samantha of Ficus Doula to encapsulate my placenta. I ended up having an emergency cesarean and my dear friend A delivered my placenta to her given that babe and I had been transferred to an urban centre. Thus began the role of this extraordinarily caring and open-hearted spirit during my postpartum period.
Sam sent a gift package to me in hospital that was full of every imaginable thing that would nourish my traumatized heart and soul as well as my body during theupcoming days, weeks and months. There were numerous homemade goodies, crystals, special wood from a tree dear to her heart, beautiful inspirational words and much much more. When I was able to reach out and thank her, we began an occasional email connection that was equally astounding, given that I had yet to meet this soul.
While always extraordinarily caring, what struck me is the respectful way in which she spoke and the very healthy boundaries by which she governs herself I cannot recommend highly enough this wonder-ful individual for your family's journey." SA
"Sam is extremely attentive, gentle, brilliant and a joy to be around. She was full of amazing ideas and immediately connected with my baby before he was even born! She encapsulated my placenta within two days being Postpartum. Sam also made me an umbilical cord keepsake!! It's beautiful and so is Sam! I'm so grateful for her support and friendship!" SM
"Choosing Sam Jenkins to be my doula was one of the best choices I have ever made: From prenatal to postpartum, her care is exceptional. Sam is nurturing - she has brilliant ideas for self care,including her very own home made natural products, which are an absolute treat! And she has a magical touch - I received the best leg and foot massage of my life after I gave birth to my daughter.
Sam's capacity to embrace and love a new family like they are old friends is endearing and refreshing. She and my husband got along fabulously! She holds space for judgement-free conversations - I cherish the thoughFUL discussions we shared about anything from new research and diet, to feelings of baby blues. No matter the topic, I felt I could really open up to her. Her care goes above and beyond!
She cleaned our home after our homebirth, made us dinner and snacks, and prepared my placenta encapsulation medicine. She did all of this in a quiet and respectful way, making us wish she would never leave our home!
Sam's calm demeanor paired with her 'always ready to step in where ever needed attitude', makes her the perfect addition to any birth team. Our post partum relationship is alive and strong.
This doula is a genuine wise woman and one that you want to have in your life as you and your family grow. I am forever grateful for receiving your care!
"Sam went above and beyond as our Doula. She took care of everything after the birth. We didn’t have to lift a finger, which was so wonderful because we got to really focus on connecting with our newborn daughter and sleeping…..
Sam has a presence that is extremely warm and calming while at the same time she is an absolute pleasure to have around. I was shocked by how much she got done while being so quiet.
Thank you," RH
"Sam is warm, professional, positive, nurturing, non-judgemental and above all kind. As our doula and childcare support for our two young children, Sam’s care has been golden—she was truly a blessing during such a potentially stressful time. My husband and I felt so supported by her on so many levels.
Prenatally, Sam was a wealth of wisdom in helping me maintain a healthy pregnancy, guiding me through a lovely breath work session, and always having something helpful to suggest for any discomfort I struggled with. During my labour at home, Sam’s presence was extremely grounding. The words and touch that she offered were positive, gentle, and calming. And, during the adjustments of the postpartum period, Sam took care of our two busy kids, giving them the attention they needed while letting us settle in and get to know the newest member of our family. To top it all off, the lotions and balms that Sam made for me were delicious, daily luxuries that both helped me take care of myself and our newest little baby…such wonderful treats during a very busy time!
Sam exudes generosity and care in so many ways and any couple or family who has her as a doula is lucky." DE/ DT
"I was given the gift of meeting Samantha while we attended Pacific Rim College together. I was new to the city and because she is so easy to talk with, we quickly became friends.
Over the course of those 4 months she became my confidant and my shoulder to lean on. Because of her compassion, she never passed judgement on me or my choices. Due to her wisdom, she is able to give you the advice you need to hear. And from her generosity, she takes the time to help you heal.
Sam reminds me that self care is number one and has been kind enough to gift me some goodies. Whether it's cookies she's made from scratch or her handmade body scrubs, she is thinking of how she can better the lives of those she cares about.
She was always there for me and I'm glad to say that she still is to this day :)" CD