Roberta Froese

Roberta Froese

She/Her
Birth Doula, Postpartum Doula
Location: Vancouver & Lower Mainland
Families Served: 15 +
Birth Package: $1,500 - 1,200 + Agency Fee & Taxes
Experienced Supporting: 2SLGBTQIA+ Families, Parenting and/or Caregiving, BIPGM Families, Immigrant and/or Refugee Families, Low-Income Families, Single Parenthood, Neurodivergent Persons, Perinatal Mood Disorders, Multiples (Twins +), High Risk Pregnancy Care, Rural Living
Get to know Roberta

Birth Doula Package

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Prenatal Care
  • Virtual support during entire pregnancy.
  • Two pre-natal visits, 1 hour each.
  • Curated evidenced based and trauma informed digital birthing resource packet.
  • 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.
  • Personalized referrals to community services.
Birth Attendance
  • Provide continuous support for the birthing person and partner wherever the labour/birth takes place up to 24 hours at which point the doula will take a short break.
  • Use comfort techniques such as breathing, relaxation, massage, positioning and more in accordance with the birthing persons preference.
  • Support with first feed, latching and newborn care support directly after birth for two hours.
  • The birthing person and partner will have access to informational or emotional support from the doula via phone, e-mail or text during prenatal upon booking until 4 weeks postpartum.
  • Optional birth photography add on for an additional $750.
Postpartum Support
  • Help initiating feeding with baby.
  • Access to informational or emotional support from the doula via phone, e-mail or text during prenatal from when the doula is first booked until 6 weeks postpartum.
  • Two postpartum visits, 1 hour each.

About

What languages do you speak?

English.

What is your personal definition of “doula”?

I see a doula as someone who is present fully, holistically caring for the birther before during and after birth. Someone who is available emotionally, and is knowledgeable in most things related to childbearing and birth and have the ability to refer to professionals in areas of knowledge they are not.

What brought you to birth and postpartum work?

My own journey in childbirth as well as watching those in my community who did or didn’t have care during their journey to parenthood. My first birth I attended when I was 9 and I continued to be around young children until I had my own three births and one loss.

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

My home is a sacred space full of community and my family. I look forward to spending quality time with friends, with my family at dance recital or baseball game and alone time to rest.

What is a standout book, movie/tv, etc about the childbearing/parenting journey that you return to?
BOOKS/TV
  • I watched call the midwife during the long hours I was nursing my first baby. That show still makes me cry. I loved reading come as you by Emily Nagoski and Give Birth Like a Feminist by Milli Hill. My favourite cook books for postpartum are the first forty days, and the food doula cookbook.
Trainings
BIRTH & POSTPARTUM
  • Birth and Postpartum Doula Training, Doula Canada
  • Complicated Birth & Support, Doula Canada
  • Nursing, Breastfeeding, and Chestfeeding Support & Knowledge, Doula Canada
  • Gender Affirming Birth Work 101, Moss the Doula
OTHER
  • 8-week Culinary Program, Northwest Culinary Academy Of Vancouver
  • Registered with Doula for Aboriginal Families Grant Program (DAFGP)
WORKSHOPS
FOR YOUR PERSONAL LEARNING, WHAT IS THE WORKSHOP/TRAINING ON YOUR RADAR?
  • BADT training workshops (Birth & Disability, Fertility & Conception)

 

Testimonials

What a joy to have Roberta as a labour and delivery support as well as post partum support for our 2nd child’s entrance and early weeks.Roberta is kind, personable, a wealth of knowledge and experience, trustworthy, and a clear and available communicator. This pregnancy and labour and delivery (an induction due to gestational diabetes) was more emotionally exhausting and Roberta has been such an encouragement, great listening ear, and able to be the consistent care person amidst a sea of healthcare providers I was seeing. She thoughtfully brought a book about the new baby for our older child upon a prenatal visit, and read with her. Our toddler looks forward to Roberta’s visits too! She came to the first stage of induction upon request, as moral support when we felt overwhelmed by information and making decisions. Once admitted in hospital throughout labour, she offered suggestions of rest in early labour, a walk, birthing positions, massage, liquids both food and drink, and ample encouragement. This birth was a lot more intense than my first, but Roberta was a calm and supportive encourager for me and my partner throughout. We couldn’t have asked for a better support! Post partum support has been great, both practically with some food (delicious lactation cookies!), and conversation space for me to process the labour and delivery. Emotional support hero! Looking forward to some more post partum care shifts with our favourite doula, Roberta! — Bryn

 

Roberta brought such care and warmth into our home. She took the initiative to schedule appointments to meet with me before birth to understand my needs. Despite her busy schedule, she effortlessly balanced newborn care, bonding with our baby, household tasks, and emotional support. She is a good listener, has a kind of passion and positivity that is contagious, and it helped so much that she is an excellent and resourceful cook. Her flourless lactation cookies are truly the best. I must have had over 100 pieces of those cookies during those months ?? Because of her life experience and being a mom of there, she is a wealth of wisdom, which is evident in her thoughtful and practical advice and perspectives. I enjoyed chatting with her. Even after her doula duties ended, we continued hiring her as our family photographer. Her positive energy and talent behind the camera captured precious moments. I wholeheartedly recommend her for postpartum support and photography. — Pochia

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