Mother and certified childbirth educator looks at her baby son with love in Sydney, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada

My Why

 

I'm Sarah: mom, wife, and owner-educator behind Belle Vie Birth & Baby. I have always valued education, which brought me to my first career path as a French teacher in 2009. Belle vie stems from the French phrase for beautiful life. My goal is to support your parenting journey before, during, and after this new little life changes yours. 

In between the uninformed birth of my daughter in 2014 and the empowering birth of my son in 2017, I realized that there had to be a better way to give birth. Educative support through comprehensive prenatal classes were the missing key to helping families to make informed, confident choices preparing for their baby. Being a lifelong learner, I took my experience as a teacher in a new direction. I first trained as a birth doula (DONA), then trained and certified as a childbirth educator (Lamaze) and infant massage instructor. I want you to feel confident that the education you receive comes from a place of both passion and practice.

Every societal shift starts with one seed being planted and nurtured. It may seem small and insignificant now, but I hope to see a rebirth of maternal care and the birthing culture in Cape Breton. Families need more support, more education, and more value placed on their needs and wishes. This is especially true of marginalized communities, including BIPOC, LQBTQ+, and those facing socio-economic disparity. I'm here to provide ALL Cape Breton families with equitable informational and emotional support—through pregnancy, birth, and beyond.

 

here while you grow

Mother and certified childbirth educator plays with her children who had very different births in Sydney, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada

Services & Support

For birth with confidence.

It’s not about getting the ideal birth experience you dream about, because birth is only predictable in its unpredictability. Prenatal education is about growing your confidence so you can face any birth experience and make it positive. You will learn everything from pregnancy to postpartum, coping skills and comfort measures, how to make informed, empowered decisions along the way!

For unconditional support.

A birth doula provides informational, physical, and emotional support before, during, and after your baby’s birth. Doulas ensure you are unconditionally supported in every decision you (and your partner) face, and help you find your voice. Whether you get the birth you hope for or some curveballs alter the course, a doula will be there to make your personal journey is as safe and positive as possible.

For better bonding.

The benefits of infant massage go beyond your baby! If you are looking to make postpartum connections with other parents and to bond with your baby through nurturing touch, infant massage is for you! You will learn about massage's many benefits, practice and build the routine that can relieve baby’s discomforts, learn to read baby’s cues, and so much more. Make infant massage a part of your day!

 

Pregnant woman feeling prepared for her birth smiles for maternity photos in Sydney, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia,Canada
Birth doula prepares and supports pregnant person woman mother for labour so she feels prepared to cope with her birth
Mother caregiver learns infant massage techniques taught by certified infant massage instructor during an outdoor workshop to learn skills to bond with baby through nurturing touch in Sydney, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada

"Why do I need
prenatal education?"

"Why do I need a
birth 
doula?"

"Why does my baby need
infant massage?"

“Let choice whisper in your ear
and love murmur in your heart.
Be ready. 
Here comes life.”

—Maya Angelou

 
 

Calendar

  • REGISTER: Best Birth Forward
    May 12-June 30: 8-week series
    Zoom
    The ability to give birth is innate, but doing so with confidence doesn’t always come easy. This comprehensive 8-week childbirth education series helps you navigate the vast sea of information in an open and safe space—online! Your best birth is an empowered birth, however that looks for you.
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  • REGISTER: Better Bonding
    May 31-June 7: 2-session series
    Zoom
    Get support in bonding with your baby with infant massage! Classes are unique way for parents to create meaningful at-home routines through nurturing touch. Learn the many benefits, practice the strokes, read baby’s cues, and make meaningful postpartum connections with other families.
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  • PRE-REGISTER: Best Birth Forward
    August-September (dates TBD): 8-week series
    Zoom
    The ability to give birth is innate, but doing so with confidence doesn’t always come easy. This comprehensive 8-week childbirth education series helps you navigate the vast sea of information in an open and safe space—online! Your best birth is an empowered birth, however that looks for you.
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Childbirth educator, doula, and infant massage instructor smiles for a photo in Sydney, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada

Contact

Sarah Landry
(BEd, LCCE, CIMI, Birth Doula)
Sydney, Nova Scotia

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