Everything Happens For A Reason

Angie Stenback

Angie Stenback

It’s amazing how things happen for a reason sometimes.

Angie Stenbeck hates reading the news. She rarely picks up a newspaper because the bad always outweighs the good. However, on a trip to Vancouver several years ago, Angie was staying in a condo where she received a newspaper every day. She grudgingly picked it up and started to read. It was a pivotal moment for Angie. She had an insight that would change her life.

Angie realised how big the world is and how interconnected we all are. A dream for the future and a calling presented themselves in that moment. Angie decided she wanted to go to a third world country and help women. But she wanted to help them in certain ways. Angie’s goals were to help women with child birth education, lactation education and by being a Doula. But Angie wasn’t a Doula. Yet.
Angie worked as an Employee Wellness Coordinator in Toronto for over six years. While on maternity leave, Angie started to follow her dream path and trained as a Doula. Three weeks after returning to work, she was laid off.

On the very same day that she received the news, Angie had coffee with an amazing woman called Lorri who gave her a hug and told her ‘Congratulations’. This moment showed Angie that there was an opportunity to view her ‘misfortune’ differently. Lorri became Angie’s Doula Mentor, future business partner and all around ‘go to person’ and not long after, the Halton Doula Group was born.

The Halton Doula Group does all the things that Angie wanted to do with third world women and so much more. It offers education around childbirth and lactation and has a number of Doulas providing support without judgement to moms and families having babies. Angies’s aim for all of her clients at The Halton Doula Group is for them to ‘love their birth’. Angie is enthusiastic about and committed to birth being a peaceful, calm and joyful experience for all women. And the Halton Doula Group works hard to help take the fear out of birth for both parents.

Unlike many first time self-employed people, Angie had little fear about becoming an entrepreneur. Her dad had always run his own business and it had seemed like a secure way to make a living. Her husband has also been one hundred per cent supportive and has crucially backed her up by looking after their kids when Angie has been called out to births at any time of day or night.

However, running the business has not been without its difficulties. The biggest challenge Angie has faced has been in trying to make a 3 way business partnership work.  It is never easy trying to work with groups of 3 but in business it can be especially tricky if not everyone shares the same goals. In the end, it was decided that two of the partners would move forward together. So Angie and Lorri kept going with an even stronger vision of what they wanted to achieve.

And the business has absolutely thrived. The Halton Doula Group has Birth and Postnatal Doulas, Childbirth Educators, Lactation Consultants and Pre- and Post-Natal Fitness and Yoga Instructors. It offers pre and post natal classes of all kinds as well as day and night time support.

And it does not stop here.

The next step for the Halton Doula Group will be to open an organic pre and post natal wellness centre. The centre will be called ‘The WOMB – The World Of My Baby’ and will offer pre natal Yoga, Doula support and Mommy Bootcamp classes. It will be a place of relaxation and support where moms can have a massage while their babies are being looked after – a rare offering! It will also be a place of healing with access to naturopathic and chiropractic help. The Group are now looking for a property for this wonderful new dream to unfold.

You may be wondering what happened to Angie’s dream of going to the third world. Well, it is still there! In fact, it is more than a dream now. It is a promise that Angie has made to herself for her 50th birthday. Angie will travel to learn more about birth in another country and she will bring and share the gift of knowledge, wisdom and understanding she has gained in running her own woman centred business.

Angie’s story is proof that we do not have to wait. Some or all parts of our dreams are available to us at any time. It’s up to us when we make them happen.