Saskatoon's Professional Birth Support
An Integrative Approach To Birth
Hi, I'm Jenel Maruk, a mother, a healer and a wife. I am also a Women's Medicinal Practitioner, Movement teacher, RMT, and Traditional Birth Companion, passionate and experienced in preconception, pregnancy, birth support and postpartum care. I am the SUPPORT you have been searching for, rooted in ancestral knowledge and a holistic approach. I provide a paradigm-shifting version of continuous support. I have had the honours to support, witness, educate and provide bodywork to families for over a decade.
My studies on Prenatal and Postnatal Health are ongoing, and I am continually adding training and skills to improve. My training focuses on physiology, anatomy around women and newborn health, and strong mentorship with my family. I am trained and teach skills for optimal pelvic and baby positioning before and during birth to tools to help you navigate & and prepare to give birth in awareness, not to achieve a specific outcome.
I utilize all of my training and body knowledge to support you
the way you want during your birth.
Don't hesitate to contact me to arrange a free meeting.
"Jenel was such a valuable member of my pregnancy and birth team." Faye
Training & Education Breech Without Border In-Person & Hands-on Skills worlshop - Aug 2023 Physiological Baby Care Innate Traditions -2023 Traditional Birth Attendant - Present Matrona Quantum Midwifery 2022 - present Certified Herbal Pregnancy and Birth w Wild Rose College - 2022 Certified Innate Postpartum Care Practioner 2022-2023 Arvigo Therapy - 2022 CranioSacral Therapy Level 1 + 2 + for mom and baby - 2022 Certified Pelvic diaphragm Bodywork w Martin Beaudoin Bodywork - 2021 - 2022 Body Ready Method Certified PRO w One Strong Mama- 2022 Bundle Birth Physiological Birth & Gilligan Guide - 2022 Spinning Babies Workshop, Shoulder Dysoctia & Body Balancing- 2021 Certified Birthing From Within Mentor & Childbirth Educator - 2021 Evidence-Based Birth Professional Member - 2020 Bachelor of Science - Human Sciences, Athabasca University - 2020-Present Continued Studies Musculoskeletal & Prenatal specialties - 2014-present Homeopathy for women's health, birth and postpartum Nancy Tam & Dr. Hoe Saskatoon - 2013-2015 + ongoing studies with others Registered Massage Therapist - Feb 2013 DONA International Doula Training - Feb 2012 Certified Yoga Teach Training: Beginner, Intermediate & Pre/Postnatal - 2011
Birth & Bodywork
Caretaker of the Body
Your Local Wise Woman
Birth & Beyond
Saskatoon's Traditional Birth Companion
Preparation for Birth is a Profound Rite of Passage
Work with someone who truly understands what parents need to give birth - and it's more than just data and breathing techniques. By beginning from within, Jenel is a professional who weaves scientific knowledge and concrete coping strategies with heart-centred, creative exploration to provide parents with authentic preparation for the transformative initiation of the childbearing experience. Birth support services are for those who know that self-inquiry, connection with their partner, building community with others, and taking risks are part of preparing for birth and beyond. Of course, things like pain-coping strategies, nuts and bolts about how labour unfolds, and other practical resources are provided, but we also want to dig deeper.
If you feel a significant shift coming on, know that the transition to becoming a parent is a HUGE rite of passage and are drawn to this support, reach out today.
It is acknowledged that unexpected events may happen during labour. Parents receive support for any birth option which might be right for them, including free births, homebirths, use of epidurals or required medical inductions, and cesarean births. Our main focus during our time together is on education about physiology and the birth environment you will be birthing in, specifically its interaction with your biological patterns and how it could impact your birth experience. Partners are the priority here, enhancing their presence and building confidence in loving, practical support.
With a strong understanding of medicalized birth and the hospital system, Jenel provides care outside the allopathic Western medicine lens as a Holistic Doula, a Traditional Birth Companion. She supports you through informational, emotional, mental and physical support. Birth support by a doula is scientifically proven to impact labour and birth positively. Birthing families hire for a TBC for many reasons: birthing outside the medical system, an alternative care system, continuous support, previous birth trauma, a history of sexual abuse, anxiety, fear of birth, mental health challenges, or seeking a different approach to birth through up-to-date information and continuous support throughout the process.
My role in birth does not duplicate or circumvent medical professionals' purpose. My role in the birth space is not that of a visitor. How I engage in the birth is not replicated by a spouse, partner, other family members, or medical professionals. My mandate is the well-being and comfort of the mother, baby and their partner. However, they choose to give birth. As a TBC, I will help you feel in control and work with you to facilitate important communication with your medical team. Together, we work to ensure families understand what is happening and what questions they can ask while providing reassurance, calming anxieties and fears, and offering consistent hands-on physical support to relieve pain, fear and tension.
Jenel's experience and wisdom over a decade in birth and bodywork will ensure accurate and evidence-based knowledge. It allows her to utilize specific massage techniques to align your pelvis to help encourage the smooth passage of the baby through the birth canal. With breathwork, kind words that motivate and promote optimal body position, natural remedies (optional) and hands-on support, you will feel fully supported throughout your pregnancy, birth and postpartum.
"Nearing 3 years of being in Jenel’s space, she never ceases to amaze me with her ever-expanding wisdom and depth of the sacred feminine and connection to women’s bodies." Tanys
I am looking out for expectant parents or couples who want to make their birth experience a cherished memory. I am passionate about educating mothers and their partners on all their options regarding birth. I have many references from past families and other birth professionals.
Don't hesitate to contact me today to learn more about how our services can benefit you during your labour and birth—getting you aligned for birth.
"I immediately felt like she is the one, I felt comfortable from the start. She has a calm but strong vibe. She has lots of experience, and that is one of the reasons we chose her."
- Irini & Lampros
Working with me can help you...
Explore the internal landscape for labor.
Connect with their birth team.
Focus on solutions
Cope with intensity
Release attachment to outcome
Tune into their internal resources
Prepare for birth physically, mentally, and emotionally
Have a postpartum care plan in place and knowledge of complete healing
Feel confident in physiological baby care
Benefits of Hiring Jenel
* Integrative birth preparation & support; Innate Physiological Baby & Postpartum Care.
*Birth Photography &Videography
* Professional and up-to-date, evidence-based care and advocating during birth with your medical team.
* Education & information for common pregnancy concerns and preparing your unique birth recipe
*Preparation and knowledge about postpartum healing and how to implement a comprehensive care plan
*Prenatal Massage Therapist with a Pregnancy Massage Table
*Postnatal Massage, Pelvic Pre&Rehab & Reiki Services
*Breech Without Borders
* TENS Machine, CUB Inflatable Birth Stool, Birth Sling, Birth Pool, and A full Doula Bag of tools to use throughout labour and birth.
*Closing The Bones Ceremony
*Birth Story Healing
25% deposit due at the time of hiring.
Cost of Hiring Birth Support
Our initial Consultation is FREE; don't hesitate to contact us to book that at our location in Saskatoon.
Included in all packages:
Access To Prenatal Village - a monthly in-person gathering for mother-led prenatal care
Nourished Postpartum - a monthly in-person gathering for postpartum nourishment and connection
Optional holistic birth pelvic care, optional herbal support
Postpartum Herbal Sitz Bath & Traditional Women's Health Care Practitioner support
Womb Wrapping & Healing, Scar tissue remediation
full access to a Doula Drive with Hours of Prenatal, Postnatal and Birth Education.
The option of having a birth blessing or group prenatal class in place of a 1:1 prenatal session
Some Extended Health Benefit Plans can cover the cost of a Doula.
My experience with Jenel has been nothing but positive! I've had the privilege of having her attend the births of both my children, once in 2014, and now again in 2017.
Jenel is very talented and a well of knowledge in many areas that all seemed to come together when she was my doula. She not only was there for me during the birth, but made herself readily available weeks prior. Whether it was to pop over to give me a massage to ease pre-labor discomfort, relax my mind when baby was taking longer than expected, relax my hip muscles in preparation for birth or answer my late night text messages to give me invaluable advice and tips easing my anxieties and reassuring me all was okay. I knew I could trust her and felt comfortable sharing my concerns with her.
When it came to the birth itself, the moment Jenel arrived at my house I immediately felt more at ease with things. She was able to subside the intensity of my contractions substantially by using massage, counter pressure on my hips, and suggestions of movements. She also gave me confidence in how I was doing by giving gentle words of encouragement and affirmations.
Jenel is very good at what she does and I would recommend her services time and time again. Choosing the right doula for your birth is a decision that can make a world of difference in your experience and, in my opinion, you can't go wrong in choosing Jenel! After all, I did choose her twice;) E.D
Have you already experienced a birth? Process it through art! So many benefits from having a Birth Art process be part of childbirth debriefing and healing experiences for parents and working professionals. Birth Art is a fantastic tool that touches each birth worker or parent who attends.
Most of a parent's childbirth preparation involves "getting informed" and learning lots of information about pregnancy and labour. This is a good thing, but parents often become distracted about looking forward to how the birth will end. Even if we have watched videos, read birth stories or birthed a baby previously, each birthing experience is different, and we can forget that an essential part of labour involves descending into the unknown. Birthing From Within's Birth Art Process steps away from intellectual, cognitive or verbal information of what we know and dives into what has informed our ways of knowing and what's already in our hearts and minds. Creating art allows us to go deeper, go underneath our everyday conscious thoughts, and get curious about different symbols and images in life and birth.
Bring internal stories, judgements, and expectations into the light, where they can be examined and integrated.
Help us access our subconscious minds, where we may find instincts and coping skills that we had not known that we possessed.
Give us practice in interacting with perinatal topics without using our intellectual, “book-learning” brains — which will probably not be accessible in labour.
Give us practice feeling uncomfortable, out of our element, unsure what to do next, out of control, and (literally) messy – and then allow us to watch ourselves make it through anyway.
Open us to the possibility that the answers to our birth-related questions may exist within ourselves.