Bev hit a career midlife crisis when she was in her mid 30s. She had always known that her passion was around working with people and adding value to their lives at a point when they would be at their most vulnerable.
In a weird twisted interpretation of this tug on her heart strings, she announced to her husband that she was going to apply to work for a funeral parlor! Working with people - check Adding value - check Vulnerable people - check! Immediately he told her that wouldn't work and it would kill her,(pun intended)... He suggested that she goes for something that celebrated the beginning of life. She knew she could never be a midwife... the closest she had been to that is watching the Good Doctor! So she went 1 better and became a Birth & Postpartum Doula as well as an Antenatal and Postnatal Facilitator. Bev is passionate about serving women in pregnancy and her pet peeve is witnessing,either in person or otherwise, women being ill treated at a time when they should be celebrated for birthing and mothering.
'I love what I do and do what I love ' - Doula Bev Yobirthfriend
Casey is a Registered Counsellor, with a special interest in trauma, relationships, parenting, sexuality and gender. She has a Masters Degree in Research Psychology, where her research looked at experiences of school based sex education. She is a co-founder of two continued professional development groups for health professionals, the Sexuality and Gender Identity Group, and the Non-Monogamies Interest Group. She also previously served on the Executive Committees of the Sexuality and Gender Division (SGD) of PsySSA, and the Southern African Sexual Health Association (SASHA). Much of her career has focused on the emotional and psychological implications for people in a society where open and honest conversations about gender, sex, and sexual wellbeing, are frowned upon. She has a passion for sexuality and relationship education, which extends past the school domain. She has been a guest speaker at various events, speaking to adult (young and older) audiences about a variety of topics, including sex and pleasure, navigating consent in a world of blurry boundaries, sexual wellbeing, to the importance – and difficulties – of communicating about sex within relationships. Casey created Tools for Having “The Talks” a series of workshops for parents and caregivers. These workshops provide parents and caregivers with information, skills and confidence to speak with their children about bodies, consent and bodily autonomy, and sex and family creation; in age-appropriate ways, from nursery school all the way up.