Jackie Dives sure knows how to carve a niche. In the world of childbirth, you would perhaps be hard-pressed to find a doula and photographer rolled into one. For those not familiar, a doula, also known as a labor coach is a person who assists a woman through the childbirth process.
A doula does not have a medical background. They also assist the woman’s spouse and/or family, by giving physical help, and emotional support. Dives takes the role a step further by bundling into her doula job description the item of photographer, offering families the option to document the entire birth event.
The 29 year old from Vancouver shared her thoughts on her very specialized field of expertise saying,
“Photographing a home birth is usually very peaceful and comfortable. At a home birth, the couple has chosen exactly who they want to have present, so they are able to be themselves, which I believe is a very important part of birthing, especially for the mother. Seeing a being come into the world is quite special, and to be asked to document that moment in time, is the pinnacle of documentary photography for me. Usually, when I am photographing a birth I am also very involved in the experience. It’s definitely up close and personal, which I love.”
Dives has been practicing this specialty for three years now. Part of her role as a doula/photographer is to also offer educational tips, massage, visualizations as well as relaxation methods.
Dives learned her craft by attending the DONA, accredited doula training at Canada’s Douglas College. She then signed-up to be a member of the Doula Services Association.
Childbirth has always been a passion for dives, as she shared in her website,
“Since my early teens I have been interested in women’s health, birth, midwifery, and do-it-yourself culture. After devouring books on these topics I was very adamant about incorporating them into my life and career. “
See her amazing work at helping women thru childbirth at her website.