Kristy Vancouver Postpartum Doula

Kristy Sawatzky

She/Her
Birth Doula, Postpartum Doula, Full Spectrum Doula
Location: Vancouver & Lower Mainland
Families Served: 5 +
Birth Package: $1,650 - 1,050 + Agency Fee & Taxes
Experienced Supporting: 2SLGBTQIA+ Families, Parenting and/or Caregiving, Single Parenthood
Get to know Kristy

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.
  • Curated, evidence based, and trauma informed resources.
  • Personalized referrals to community services.
Birth Attendance
  • 24/7 on call support from 36 weeks onward.
  • Continuous one-on-one care, from early labour until 2 hours after birth.
  • Hands on support through movement, breathing techniques, massage, acupressure, and TENS machine.
  • Ensuring birthing person & support team stay fed and hydrated.
  • First feed, latching and newborn care support.
  • Basic birth photography and videos (if desired).
Postpartum Support
  • 2 in-person visits focusing on newborn care, supporting your healing, debriefing your birth, and receiving my care through nourishment, help around your home, pet care, time for a quiet bath, whatever it is that you need in the moment!
  • Unlimited text, phone, and email support for your first 6 weeks postpartum.
  • Tailored postpartum resources and community referrals.

About

What languages do you speak?

English.

What is your personal definition of “doula”?

To me, a doula is a someone who is beside you through deeply transitional periods of life offering guidance, knowledge, nourishment, held space, and individualized holistic care.

What brought you to birth and postpartum work?

It was only after navigating a pregnancy loss experience of my own, that I discovered doula work. First, I learned of abortion doulas and felt a potent reverence for folks doing this work. From there I discovered the whole spectrum of doula work and knew that I wanted to dive deeply into it. I believe no one should have to experience such monumental moments of life operating in survival mode.

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

Creative expression (knitting, pottery, and sewing), nourishing food, being with animals, gardening, going for walks, and connecting with friends and community. As an introvert, I find or make time to have slow moments at home.

What is a standout book, movie/tv, etc about the childbearing/parenting journey that you return to?
BOOKS
  • Why Did No One Tell Me This? A Doula’s Honest Guide For Expectant Parents
    by Ash Spivak and Natalia Hailes
  • The First 40 Days: The Essential Art of Nourishing the New Mother by Heng Ou
Trainings
BIRTH & POSTPARTUM
  • Holistic Doula Certificate, Pacific Rim College
  • Abortion Doula (Canadian Context), BADT Trainings
WORKSHOPS
FOR YOUR PERSONAL LEARNING, WHAT IS THE WORKSHOP/TRAINING ON YOUR RADAR?
  • Capstone Canada, Cornerstone Birthwork Trainings

 

Testimonials

Kristy came to help with our son shortly after he was born. From the very first day, we all felt her calm and caring nature. We feel so lucky to have had her helping us for the past half a year! Her willingness to do anything has been greatly appreciated, often without having to be asked. She has shown undivided attention and nurturing to our son and has filled the gaps in our day-to-day lives seamlessly. She has offered invaluable guidance and advice, and our first baby worries are always calmed.
We would highly recommend Kristy to support any new families! She has always been on time, is incredibly well organized, and her gentle demeanour is very helpful. We will all miss her and wish her the very best! — Annie C-H

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