I am Laurie McGowan, the owner and Chief Operating Mom of Adventures of Little. I am a certified Birth Boot Camp Instructor and a certified Birth Boot Camp DOULA in Calgary, Alberta. I bring an open mind, empathy, genuine caring, and a little humour to each class and client meeting. I love coffee, pastry and Netflix.
My job is to help couples simplify childbirth through empathy and education so they too can have the empowering birth they wish to experience wherever they choose to birth.
Birth Boot Camp is a 10-week modern and comprehensive pregnancy and childbirth class designed for couples wanting a natural birth in Calgary Alberta. Classes are set-up to be started around 20 to 25 weeks pregnant, but can be started as early as 15 weeks or as late as 30 weeks. I offer up to 4 classes that can be taken online if there are issues with a few of the class dates. Life happens! Let me help you and your partner through education and birth support.
I am a mom to four lovely and spirited girls, each with a different birth story. I have experienced both a medicated birth and unmedicated birth in hospital settings. Not only were my husband and I unprepared for the labour and birth of our first child after attending the typical hospital class, we were unprepared for breastfeeding and postpartum care. I feel blessed that our doula with our second child opened our eyes to natural childbirth through empathy, education and empowerment. Our second hospital birth was quick and joyful with no interventions. My twin pregnancy pushed me to my limits for understanding what's normal and making sure I was making informed decisions. Their birth was unmedicated and my most empowering birth yet. The decisions you make go beyond birth...into feeding, sleeping and parenting.
I operated Adventures of Little as an online eco-boutique for over three years until July 31, 2014. The store specialized in cloth diapering supplies, natural skin care, eco cleaning products, reusable family products and hand crafted items.
Over the past few years, I have run workshops, frequented trade shows, had numerous speaking engagements, and attended local customer's homes to educate people about the benefits of cloth diapering and eco living—education is one of my personal mandates. I received a Diploma in Chemical Sciences and a BTECH in Environmental Engineering from the British Columbia Institute of Technology, and have 8 years as an environmental professional under my stylish belt. I am an official GreenMom contributor on the Green Moms Collective.