Birthing a Business

Hey bossbabes!

I’m Kaitlyn Breederland, labour doula and co-founder of Heritage Birth Services, an Edmonton-based doula agency. I married young, and shortly after became a mom. Before having kids I worked with seniors in a long-term care facility, but I never really found a traditional career I was truly passionate about.

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After my first daughter was born, I started to think about becoming a labour doula. It all started so naturally, having become a mom before many of my friends, they came to me for support and encouragement during their first pregnancies and births. I became passionate about nurturing that relationship and found real joy in empowering them in the months and days leading up to their births. Then, a friend asked me to attend her birth as a support person. I knew it was time to embrace this calling and take doula training. So I did.

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Ever since, I have never doubted that I was created to do this. When I started out, I just knew that I wanted to be a doula. What I didn’t realize, at first, is that to practise my passion I also had to embrace being a business owner. I would have to do the “business stuff” first in order to be able to get to the part that I was super-passionate about.

Birth work is a heart-centred industry, so turning my passion into a profitable, sustainable career was easier said then done. I quickly realized, however, that if I wanted to do this (and do it well!) I had to treat it like a business. I had to give it my all, and I had to charge my worth. I can empower women through birth and postpartum till the cows come home, but the turning point for my business was when I firmly decided to empower myself. I decided to charge my worth and in so doing have turned my passion into a career.

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This does not mean there have not been times when I wanted to quit! Absolutely I have had moments when imposter syndrome has hit me like a ton of bricks, when my inner critic tells me “I can’t do this! I can’t be a boss and run my own business … are you kidding me?” But. Just like when a woman in labour looks at me in the eyes and says “Kaitlyn, I can’t do this” and I reply “It’s too late, you’re already doing it. You’re in it, and you’re doing amazing!” Just as I encourage women in that moment, I too have to encourage myself. Like a woman giving birth, I’m too far into it to just up and quit, so I do the only thing to do and just keep moving forward! And it’s been a beautiful, thrilling, eye-opening experience.

My goal and my dream now is not just to work with and empower women in birth, but also in business. Heritage Birth Services has blossomed in the past year to become a doula agency where women—labour doulas, postpartum doulas, childbirth educators, and lactation consultants—can come alongside us and work with mothers and mothers-to-be without ever doubting that their work is a viable career and that they deserve to earn a living doing it.

I’m not really in a place to give advice. This is all still so new. But one thing I know to be true is this: Value yourself and always charge your worth. And when you doubt yourself and your abilities doula yourself through it. Look in the mirror and tell yourself “I’m doing this, and I’m doing awesome!”

Well, there you have it. I’m Kaitlyn, a doula, turned accidental business owner, turned passionate entrepreneur, and now a #bossbabe!

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“WOW” a simple but powerful 3 letter word that we could not stop saying about the turnout of our Spring Mixer! Did you know that this was the biggest YEGBOSSBABES event yet!? We are so excited to share some more details and photos from the evening!

The Foundry Room graciously hosted our event and the staff from the venue was absolutely amazing! They were fun, accommodating and we cannot wait to collaborate with them again in the future! We had some great prizes for our attendees and even better conversations. The room was buzzing with energy and chatter before we even kicked off the evening with our speeches.

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YEGBOSSBABE mixers are a time for women in the community to meet like minded individuals across diverse industries who are all doing their best to succeed and grow as business woman and as people. We were so happy to share with our community the story of how YEGBOSSBABES came to be and how far we have grown since September. Grateful is just ONE of the ways we feel when we talk about the evening. Our vision for the YEGBOSSBABES community is coming together through our hard work and the dedication of others who see our vision as well.

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To all of our attendees at this mixer and past mixers, THANK-YOU. Thank-you for joining a community that is driven by supporting each other and learning from one another. A community where real talk and genuine conversations are the back bone to making our events such a success every time. You all bring us great support and motivation and we keep working hard to bring you an evolving supportive community that all women in business can relate to.

To our amazing speaker, Courtney Buhler, Founder & CEO of Sugarlash PRO. WOW. We were so spoiled by your genuine presence and priceless advice. We appreciated you sharing your story with us and answering our questions. We were all infatuated to hear about how you built your successful empire and how you still keep your home town HOME. Thank-you!

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This was our first event with “official” volunteers – and it was so great to see how many other women were interested in getting involved with YEGBOSSBABES. We cannot wait to see what the future holds for our team as it expands with ambassadors and volunteers alike. Thank you to our volunteers, Orlandice, Danae, Glenda, Dianne, and Ashley. The images on this post are beautiful snap shots of our Mixer taken by the talented Ashley Lazette Photography. & Dianne Stainthorp from Small Wave Photography.

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We were lucky enough to have Honey Bees Booth on site for our attendees and it did not disappoint! We had so much fun dressing up and being goofy with the beautifully designed magic mirror that was customizable to our event!

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Our sponsors – you spoiled our guests and we so thank you for it. Thank you to Tristan from YEG Lash Room for the free set of lashes! And thank you to Justine and her team over at Lipstick Empire for the amazing free facial giveaway.

For all the ladies who attended and were interested in some of the feedback we received here is a list of the FAV YEG HANGS!

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Foodies of Edmonton’s Top 5 Restaurants in YEG

1.Sabor

This spot has to be my top choice for this exquisite list for top 5 restaurants in Edmonton! Featuring the flavours of Iberian coastal cuisine using sustainable seafood, served alongside the passion and energy of live music with a Latin flare you are sure to enjoy your experience! The atmosphere is lovely along with caring service. Choose from an array of delicious handcrafted drinks using fresh ingredients, with an interesting variety of tapas and well thought out selection of seafood and as they like to call it “landfood”. Too top it off there are many gluten free options!

My dinner of choice would have to be the “Rack of Lamb” with roasted potatoes, vegetables and fresh mint-parsley.

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2. The Marc

The Marc is one of those places where you leave and say, “I’ll be back!” Named one of the top three dining experiences in Edmonton and four-time winner of “Best Steak” by Avenue Magazine, it is sure to impress. The decor is simple and unpretentious, with a smooth casual but professional feel making in comfortable and relaxing. There is also the quaint street side patio available, of course in Edmonton weather permitting 😉 The service and attention to detail is simply admirable with choices of a variety of traditional bistro fare.

My dinner of choice is the “Arctic Char” With precisely executed pan seared fish, served with couscous, and vegetable pieces. This colorful and summery dish will not disappoint!

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3. Central Social Hall

This gastropub is the epitome of the meaning, while serving high-end beer drinks and food. Central began with a focus on its night time atmosphere but following renovations and months of re-working the menu it’s clear that they value fresh, unique spins on classic pub fare. Particularly being impressed with the effort they put in to locally sourcing their food. Not to mention the free chicken wings on Friday from 3-6pm 😉

My dinner choice has to be the “Tokyo chicken” with crisp fried ginger + soy marinated chicken, crispy won ton chips with srirancha mayo accompanied by “The Beautiful Salad” grilled herb chicken, avocado hummus, ribbon carrots, candy cane beets, watermelon radish, spinach, cucumber, quinoa, grape tomatoes, toasted sunflower seeds, apple cider vinaigrette

4. Kabuki Sushi and Grill

My top-rated sushi spot by far! Kabuki Sushi has a mind-numbingly wide selection of items on the menu; the sushi, sashimi, tempura, noodles, katsu and don buri (rice bowls), and a higher level of “exotic” variants. There’s an adventure in figuring out what to order, and another adventure in consuming your catch! Fancy sushi rolls, easily big enough to share for two on date night. Sometimes the whole adventure is just searching through the menu, pinpointing those rolls which perfectly match the mood.

My dinner choice would have to be and order of “Dragon Eye Salmon”-House special combination of deep fried salmon, green onion and rice drenched in house sauce with the “House Roll”-Shrimp tempura, crab with unagi, avocado, tobiko on top

5. RGE RD

Last but certainly not least RGE RD! As they say it is “off the beaten path” with this Canadian cuisine inspired by our country’s fields and forest, our mountains and oceans. Source ingredients and provisions from farms and small-scale producers across Western Canada. Decadent farmhouse to table food! Those comfort foods you love elevated! Some special points about this dazzling restaurant are that RGE RD organizes a lineup of Farm Dinners across Alberta as well as having a butchery for some freshly prepared terrines, rillettes, sausages and selection of cured meats along with offering fresh baked breads!

My dinner of choice is the “Four Whistle Farms Duck” with roasted duck breast, duck tourtière, oven roasted pear, garden greens, cardamom duck jus. Delicious!

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