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Donya Afzal Khani

She/Her
Postpartum Doula
Location: Vancouver & Lower Mainland
Families Served: 50 +
Experienced Supporting: 2SLGBTQIA+ Families, Parenting and/or Caregiving, BIPGM Families, Immigrant and/or Refugee Families, Low-Income Families, Single Parenthood, Disabled Persons, Neurodivergent Persons, Chronic and/or Acute Illness(es), Perinatal Mood Disorders, Multiples (Twins +), High Risk Pregnancy Care, Pet Care, Adoption and/or Surrogacy

About

What languages do you speak?

English & Farsi (Persian)

What is your personal definition of “doula”?

Doula is a person who shows up fully present ready to care and hold space for others.

What brought you to birth and postpartum work?

My passion for supporting others through yoga therapy led me to start my journey in care work. I have always been interested in holding space for people’s mind, body, and spirit. As I was finishing my bachelor’s degree in Psychology, I decided to start serving the community by becoming a doula while being a student. That brought me to birth and postpartum work.

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

I make sure be in touch with my therapist. I do a lot of art therapy such as painting and writing mostly poetry. I make sure to meditate and have at least an hour of quiet time walking in nature with my dog Lucky. Yoga helps me release tensions through out my body. I believe in this mantra that was told by my mentor Gloria Latham: strong body strong mind. Strong mind strong body! Yoga is my way to practice this mantra. I love going for a massage and pick up and Ice cream right after.

What is a standout book, movie/tv, etc about the childbearing/parenting journey that you return to?
BOOK
  • The Happiest Baby on the Block by Dr. Harvey Karp.
PODCAST
  • Yoga Birth Babies by Deb Flashenberg
Trainings
BIRTH & POSTPARTUM
  • Birth and Postpartum Doula Certificate, Wise Woman Way Of Birth Doula Training
POST-SECONDARY
  • Bachelor of Art and Psychology, Capilano University
OTHER
  • 200h Yoga Teacher Training, Semperviva Yoga Studio
  • 500h Kundalini Master Yoga Teacher Training, Gloria Latham
WORKSHOPS
FOR YOUR PERSONAL LEARNING, WHAT IS THE WORKSHOP/TRAINING ON YOUR RADAR?
  • Spiretedpoet Art Therapy by Taraneh Erfan King.
  • Red Panties Doula gathering
  • Vipassana Meditation retreat

Testimonials

Donya went above and beyond. She was a great advocate for us and made sure the day of our birth went smoothly. We appreciated her comforting and friendly presence. We would definitely work with Donya again. — Caitlin and Robert

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