Dasha Boichenko

She/Her
Birth Doula, Postpartum Doula, Full Spectrum Doula
Location: Vancouver & Lower Mainland
Families Served: 200 +
Birth Package: $2,000 - $1,500 + Agency Fee & Taxes
Experienced Supporting: 2SLGBTQIA+ Families, Parenting and/or Caregiving, BIPGM Families, Immigrant and/or Refugee Families, Low-Income Families, Single Parenthood, Disabled Persons, Neurodivergent Persons, Deaf Persons, Chronic and/or Acute Illness(es), Perinatal Mood Disorders, Multiples (Twins +), High Risk Pregnancy Care, Pet Care, Rural Living
Get to know Dasha

Birth Doula Package

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Prenatal Care
  • 3 prenatal visits, 2 – 3 hour sessions.
  • Text and phone support, as needed.
  • Includes Brood’s Family Membership, with access to our 5 online courses, virtual private clubhouse, and the member’s area.
  • Colostrum collection kit with written and video instructions.
Birth Attendance
  • Continuous in-person support throughout labor and until 1-2 hours after birth.
  • Support with comfort techniques and pain relief including TENS machine, massage, and movement.
  • First feed and newborn care support.
  • Birth photography add-on, for an additional $750 + GST.
Postpartum Support
  • 2 postpartum sessions.
  • Text and phone support, throughout the fourth trimester.
  • Personalized referrals to postpartum resources.
  • Optional, restorative yoga session.

About

What languages do you speak?

English and Russian.

What is your personal definition of “doula”?

A doula is safety. A doula is presence, listening, acknowledgment, belonging, and love. It is the person you turn to; during a powerful labor wave when you’ve woken up for the 5th time in the night with your baby, when you are in the midst of yearning and grief, or when you are celebrating your new abilities. It is someone who at the end of the day cares about you and makes you feel seen, heard, and understood.

What brought you to birth and postpartum work?

My experiences with my own children have had the biggest influence on me in exploring the full spectrum of perinatal care work. That being said, I have always been curious about people and what makes them feel well, and how differently that can look for everyone. Before becoming a doula I trained in and taught yoga in all different communities and I would see parents-to-be before and after their births, and hear their incredible stories, so becoming a doula was a bridge between these experiences.

I consider myself very lucky to have answered the call to doula work, as it is truly so much of who I am. One of the best things ever was my daughter telling me she wants to be a “doula and a mama one day”.

In a climate of caregiver burnout, how are you caring for yourself?

Being in the water is very healing for me, from baths to swimming in the ocean. I try to carve out time and space that is quiet and spend lots of time in nature. Writing and reading are my long-time loves. I am a total foodie and also try to balance things by having a good laugh with my kids, partner, and friends, and watching really trashy reality TV.

What is a standout book, movie/tv, etc about the childbearing/parenting journey that you return to?
BOOK
  • Birthing from Within
  • Companioning at a Time of Perinatal Loss
  • Hold On, But Don’t Hold Still
  • Warm Like Summer: Little Stories of Early Motherhood
SHOW
  • Call the Midwife
PODCAST
  • The Birth Hour
Trainings
BIRTH
  • Certified Labour & Birth Doula, Doula Canada
  • Labour & Birth Doula, Douglas College/Sharron Gibbs
  • Shelley Gray Certified Stillbirthday (SBD)
  •   Holistic Practices & Knowledge, Doula Canada
  • Birth Trauma Support, Doula Canada/Jillian Hand
  • Down There for Doulas – Pelvic Floor + Diastasis Recti Knowledge Training, Kim Vopni/Doula Services Association
  • Trauma Based Care for Doulas and Midwives, Heidi Koss, Heather DeVries, and Community Birth Program
  • Indigenous Cultural Safety for Birth Workers, Transform(N)ations, FRAFCA
POSTPARTUM
  • Postpartum Doula Certification, Birth Arts International
  • Breastfeeding/Chestfeeding Support & Knowledge, Doula Canada
POST-SECONDARY
  • BFA, Film and Visual Art, Simon Fraser University
OTHER
  • Childbirth Educator (CBE) Certification, Birth Arts International
  • PRYT – Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training, 85 Hr, Semperviva/Teresa Campbell
  • Restorative Yoga and Restorative Therapeutics Teacher Training, 85 Hr, Semperviva/Tianne Allan
  • RYT 200 – Registered Yoga Teacher 200 Hr Training, Semperviva
WORKSHOPS
FOR YOUR PERSONAL LEARNING, WHAT IS THE WORKSHOP/TRAINING ON YOUR RADAR?
  • Occupational Therapy (Pediatric)
  • MotherWit Doula Trainings
  • Birth Becomes You Birth Photography
  • Birth Arts International: Herbalism For Birth Workers

Testimonials

 

I cannot recommend Dasha enough! She was an incredible support before, during, and after our delivery. She is so very knowledgeable and available to navigate even the most bizarre circumstances. She helped us every step of the way with a complicated delivery and I really don’t know what we would have done without her. She helped my husband with techniques and tricks to support me during contractions and pushing. It empowered and involved him in a way that made him feel more a part of the delivery and a huge support to me as well. Dasha’s services are absolutely invaluable. She is a wonderful kind, compassionate and brilliant friend for life! Everyone should be so lucky to have her support! — Caree

Meeting Dasha and having her as my doula was such a beautiful gift. She is one of the most caring, empathetic, and warm people I have met. Since our first meeting, she showed an amazing availability to accommodate my needs, preferences, and desires, it didn’t matter what they were. As a yoga teacher, she taught me prenatal exercises that brought me well-being and helped so much in the preparation for birth. Her warmth and extremely supportive attitude left me feeling much more confident and relaxed to wait for my first labor and go through it. She’s just wonderful as a person and professional, I feel very lucky to have met her and to have had her as my doula. — Isabella

Dasha was amazing right from the very beginning. My husband and I were looking for a doula who was assertive yet compassionate and could provide us with resources and guidance to help answer our never-ending questions. Dasha was all of these things and so much more. For our first meeting, Dasha sent us various online resources on breastfeeding, comfort during labor, and other ways to prepare for the big day, and then spent almost 2 hours with us walking us through what to expect and generally allowing us to get to know her. Before labor, I had moments where waves of anxiety would wash over me, and Dasha was always there to calm me down and again send me resources that gave me the right tools for adjusting my mindset. When the time came Dasha was right there texting back and forth with us until we needed her. She came over at 1 am and was with us for the wild ride of labor until our son was born at 10:18 am that same day. Dasha provided support in practical ways with items such as the tens machine and applying pressure in certain areas during contractions, and also in emotional ways by constantly offering words of encouragement. At one point in the hospital, she was asked by a nurse to wait outside, but she firmly maintained that she was needed (which she most definitely was), and did not leave my side. My husband and I also realized later that if it weren’t for Dasha there’s a chance we would have waited too long at home and not made it to the hospital on time! Again we were so thankful to have her there to guide us through this incredible but entirely new experience. Thank you Dasha for everything, you are so appreciated and the birth of our son would not have been the same without you. — Jamie

Dasha was extremely professional, knowledgeable, and calming throughout the whole process. During one of the most intense times of our life, she helped us remain focused and positive about the whole situation. There is no doubt that when we have another baby we will be working with Dasha again. — Andrea & Ryan

Dasha was an absolute pleasure to work with. Her communication was always prompt and she was very supportive. She continued to help us in our postpartum phase with any questions we had or support that we needed. We were not sure that we wanted to have a doula until fairly late in our pregnancy and as the father I can honestly say that I’m extremely happy we hired Dasha. It allowed me as the father to be much more present during labor and delivery for my wife. Some of our other friends have said that as the father, the delivery period was something they “choose to forget”, “something they can’t get out of their mind” or “things they cannot unsee”. With Dasha by our side, I can say happily that I had a very positive experience of labor and delivery. I would highly encourage you to speak with Dasha prior to hiring a doula. — Karan

Dasha was knowledgeable, professional, empathetic, and kind. I was so happy to have her in my corner during my labor and delivery. I would (and have) wholeheartedly recommend her to anyone expecting a child – especially a first-time parent. I had a very positive, empowering birth experience and I attribute much of that to the incredible birth team who worked with me – including Dasha. — Abigail

We were so glad to have Dasha at our home birth. She has a calming presence and utilizes a variety of birth positions/techniques to help the baby get into an optimal position during labor. We were so glad to have Dasha advocate for us during our labor. Even though we ended up transferring to the hospital, she was there to encourage and stand by us. It was also wonderful to debrief with her postpartum. I highly recommend Dasha! — Christina

Brandon and I had a really great experience working with Dasha. She listened to what we wanted during our first couple of visits and had the tools and information needed to make labor a good experience. You never really know how you’re going to react to labor and what you’re going to need at the time. It was nice just having her there as a support person giving me ideas of positions that might help with the pain. We can’t thank her enough for the experience she helped us have! — Nina & Brandon

I would highly recommend Dasha and Birthing Bean’s doula service. My birth experience wouldn’t have been the same without her. I’m very grateful I found her. She is very knowledgeable and passionate about her work. It’s clear she loves what she does and she wanted us to have the best experience possible. Regardless of how everything would play out, I felt I was in safe, capable, judgment-free hands. She was always willing to answer any questions I had with answers I knew I could trust. She had endless resources available and curated for exactly what we needed. She was great at listening to what I wanted and needed. She adapts to her client’s personality to make them feel comfortable. Her communication was always immediate which was really appreciated. On the big day, she was by my side every moment I needed her. She also provided photography service which I would recommend highly as well. She was able to capture candid moments I won’t ever want to forget. Thank you, Dasha! — Kristen

My experience with Dasha was over and above anything I have experienced. I had a difficult 17-hour delivery and if it wasn’t for her I don’t know what would have happened. She is the best. I would recommend her and even be able to tell my detailed experience with anyone. She is so sweet and calm and so helpful. In very difficult times she even helped my husband who was very worried when the baby’s heart was starting to slow down. I am thankful for her and will never forget her. — Ana

We want to express our eternal affection and gratitude. We never imagined we would meet someone like you and we would have such an important and warm help for Teresa’s birth. You have been a gift to us. — Roberto, Maria, Matias, & Teresa

Thank you Dasha for the incredible maternity photos! Not only did we enjoy the time we spent with you, we have these beautiful photos to cherish. You had so many great ideas for shots, you are a very experienced photographer. I recommend you to all of my friends! — Vanessa & John

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