“Emmet and I met Shaz about 3 weeks after the birth of our son, Levi in December 2015 (who was born a few weeks early). We had trouble breastfeeding from the beginning. We used all the available resources and met with many great lactation consultants, nurses, midwives and other mothers. However, no one had been able to help Levi learn to breastfeed and no one seemed invested in our situation.
Shaz was so different than anyone else we had met. She was so warm, friendly and open with us. We instantly connected with each other and Emmet and I really felt like she cared and wanted to support our family to achieve our breastfeeding goals. She made a genuine effort to get to know us as a family.
She was also very intuitive and present with our son. She had mentioned at our first session that she noticed something was not quite right with Levi. That night we ended up taking him to emergency and he was diagnosed a serious but very treatable illness. Our doctors told us we were lucky we caught it so soon. I know that we would not have gone to the hospital as soon if I had not have met Shaz. I will be forever grateful to her for speaking up and saying something to me.
After my son was treated (he needed brain surgery), we met with her many times over a period of many months (for breastfeeding support and craniosacral therapy). The first few sessions of craniosacral therapy with her and her mentor, Brenda, were extremely powerful in healing all of us from the trauma of his surgery and the shock of his diagnosis. We left one of our first sessions after his surgery and cried in the parking lot for about 10 minutes. We felt so seen, heard and appreciated as parents and we knew our son was going to be impacted in such a positive, loving way.
Each and every time we worked with her, the bonds in our family were strengthened. Although we never reached our breastfeeding goals (to breastfeed exclusively) , she made such an extraordinary difference in all of our lives. With her support, I have been able to donate 16 litres of breast milk to the hospital (so far- I plan to keep my pumping schedule to give all my extra milk away). So not only did she really help us, there are many babies that will get donated breast milk because of her! Levi has been fed my milk exclusively (breast and bottle).
We will never forget her kindness, wisdom and generosity. I can honestly say, no one has made a bigger impact on my son’s health than she has and we will be forever grateful.
I would highly recommend seeing Shaz for all your baby related needs. We did move out of the Lower Mainland but if we were still in Vancouver, I would see her once a month for myself and my son for the rest of his adult life.”