Mandala Birth: a one-stop-shop for everything pregnancy and birth-related in Kimberley, B.C.

These doulas dole out support and deliver babies

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Darla Sparrow has sandy blonde hair and wears brown glasses.

Darla Sparrow wears many hats. She is the owner and founder of Mandala Birth, a birth and postpartum doula, prenatal educator, registered holistic nutritionist, placenta encapsulation specialist, ordained minister and mother of three boys. — Photo courtesy Darla Sparrow

Giving birth is complicated. Rather than just conferring with a doctor, many soon-to-be mothers prefer to have a more encompassing support network that they can reach out to. Enter the doula.

Darla Sparrow, owner and founder of Mandala Birth, is a birth and postpartum doula, prenatal educator, registered holistic nutritionist, placenta encapsulation specialist, ordained minister and mother to three rowdy boys.

“I enjoy assisting women and families through pregnancy and birth in an empowered and holistic manner,” Sparrow said. “The more time I spend with couples leading up to labour, the better outcomes they tend to have. As a childbirth educator, I’ve created my own course materials and teaching has become one of my favourite parts of Mandala Birth. I love sharing stories, tips, techniques and encouragement with expecting families.”

The roots of Mandala Birth

Sparrow’s business is based in Kimberly. There are a number of reasons she chose to set up shop in the Bavarian City. 

“Kimberley is a bustling and growing little town and I have so many clients who live here,” she said. “I know Kimberley folks appreciate not having to drive to Cranbrook for classes and I hope that Cranbrook residents will take the opportunity to come have dinner or shop before classes or events and get to know our town a little better.”

A doula assists a woman giving birth.

Mandala Birth provides quality, knowledgeable, evidence-based care. — Photo courtesy Darla Sparrow

Sparrow has a decade of experience as a doula and has been in the Kootenays since 2014. She recently doubled down on her commitment to Kimberley residents by moving into a new studio space at 345 Marks Street, behind Togs ’n Toys.

“It’s a lovely bright room with space for up to five couples for our prenatal classes,” said Sparrow. “Having a brick and mortar space makes meeting clients and holding classes and workshops more feasible. We’re excited to hold community events going forward. We hope the Mandala Birth studio will be a community hub for expecting and new parents for years to come.”

Plenty of support

2019 has also brought about some other big changes for Mandala Birth. The business was a one-woman show until this year. There are now three doulas who work under the Mandala Birth umbrella.

“We work as a collective, which makes our on-call lifestyle more manageable for ourselves and families, as well as giving clients the peace of mind to know they will undoubtedly have one of our doulas at their birth,” said Sparrow. “We back each other up and share care so that women get to know us during pregnancy. All of our doulas are such incredible, caring and compassionate women who are passionate about birth. I know how much the village makes a difference in the birth experience and those first months postpartum.”

Mandala Birth offers more than just doula services. The company provides placenta encapsulation, lends books, hosts classes and workshops and offers rental equipment, such as birth pools and TENs machines.

“I’m passionate about families having support through such a life-changing event,” Sparrow said. “The time we put in with clients benefits them so much through labour and postpartum. It is my absolute joy to hold space for women as they labour, witness their strength and afterwards hear them say, ‘I did it!’ ” 

Kyle Born

Kyle Born is a writer for Kootenay Business and his initials match that of the magazine—it must be fate that brought them together. View all of Kyle Born’s articles

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