About & History
Our goal at Bean Family Wellness is to keep you and your family living well from day one! We are proud to offer a variety of services to guide your family through the journey to meeting your little bean and beyond. We offer services and support during pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum for all families.
We offer pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum, and family services in Manitoba, including Winnipeg and select areas of Rural Manitoba. Our Online Retail Services are available Canada-wide!
It all started when…
In February 2012, Owner of Bean Family Wellness, Ilissa, started her path as a birth doula. Ilissa originally focused soley on doula services under the name Simply Beautiful Childbirth Services.
In 2013, Ilissa added professional photography services to her offerings. Since Ilissa had always had a creative eye (and previous training in photography and graphic design), she wanted to be able to share that with families and offer photography services for maternity, birth stories, newborns, babies, and families. In February 2013, Ilissa started offering photography professional and photographed the first Birth Story in August of 2013. Ilissa has since continued to to offer photography for maternity, birth stories, babies and families. Ilissa's photography has been featured in several internationally published magazines since then, including Midwfiery Today, Pathways to Family Wellness, Holistic Parenting, and Natural Parenting Magazine. In January 2015, Ilissa announced The Art of Breastmilk Project - a photographic and story-telling journey of families feeding their children breastmilk. Ilissa continues to offer these services and work on The Art of Breastmilk Project, while volunteering as a Tiny Footprints Project Volunteer for families who have a premature baby who is currently growing in the NICU.
In January 2015, Ilissa re-branded to what is now Bean Family Wellness, in order to be more inclusive and provide a greater range of speciality services for all families during pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period.
Services now include:
- Birth Doula services,
- Prenatal Classes,
- Birth Wishes Consultations
- Rental services for breast pumps, TENS machines, and birth pools,
- Online boutique for pregnancy, birth, postpartum, baby, and breastfeeding products,
- Support Groups (online or in-person)
- an always growing Lending Library,
- Professional Newborn, Child & Birth imagery and photography services (Imagery by Bean - www.imagerybybean.ca)
- and more!
Bean Family Wellness continues to be well known in Manitoba for supporting all families through pregnancy, birth, postpartum, and breastfeeding, and continues to offer new and innovative services to help families on their journey.