Yaosca Karina Castro

They/Them
Birth Doula, Postpartum Doula
Location: Vancouver & Lower Mainland
Families Served: 1 +
Birth Package: $1,300 - $800 + Agency Fee & Taxes
Experienced Supporting: 2SLGBTQIA+ Families, BIPGM Families, Immigrant and/or Refugee Families, Low-Income Families, High Risk Pregnancy Care, Pet Care
Get to know Yaosca

Birth Doula Package

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Prenatal Care
  • 2 prenatal sessions.
  • 24/7 phone and text support, from hiring to 6 weeks postpartum.
  • Includes Brood’s Family Membership, with access to our 5 online courses, virtual private clubhouse, and the member’s area.
  • Personalized referrals to community services.
  • Colostrum collection kit with written and video instructions.
Birth Attendance
  • Continuous, one-on-one care from early labor until 1-2 hours after birth
  • Movement, massage, affirmations, breathing
  • First feed, latching, and newborn care support
  • Birth photography and videos
Postpartum Support
  • 1 to 2 in-person visits with a focus on newborn care and emotional support
  • 24/7 phone and text support for 6 weeks postpartum
  • Personalized referrals to postpartum resources

About

What languages do you speak?

English, Spanish, and some French.

What is your personal definition of “doula”?

A doula helps pregnant people feel more confident and in control of their birth experience, regardless of the outcome. They build trust, listen, and draw from what they know to support the pregnant person and their partner(s) or birth helper(s) emotionally, physically, and spiritually. Through their work, doulas help pregnant folks and their families create memories that affirm how they view themselves.

What brought you to birth and postpartum work?

I have wanted to be a birth worker since I was a child, and going through different experiences during my twenties allowed me to reaffirm that self-understanding. My draw to this practice is spiritual and political. Being a birth and postpartum worker is a way for me to connect with my ancestors and practice my people’s traditions. This work also offers me an opportunity to support others in a holistic manner and to work with plant medicines for those who seek this kind of care. I am also drawn to this work because our health outcomes are deeply connected to our material conditions. Being a birth worker means a chance to support people to feel more control over their own bodies and stories amidst a period of tremendous change.

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

Setting goals and keeping a regular routine helps me have consistency in my day-to-day life. Exercising and going outside, therapy, journaling, connecting with my ancestors, working with plant medicines, and spending time with friends in and out of care work all help me have perspective and maintain self-awareness. As much as possible, I also try to practice slowness and search for glimmers in everyday moments that remind me of how wonderful and strange life is, even amid crises.

What is a standout book, movie/tv, etc about the childbearing/parenting journey that you return to?
BOOK
  • “The Birth Partner: A Complete Guide to Childbirth for Dads, Partners, Doulas, and Other Labor Companions” by Penny Simkin
Trainings
BIRTH & POSTPARTUM
  • Birth doula training workshop, DONA International.
OTHER
  • BSc. (honours) Psychology, chemistry minor, University of Manitoba
  • Master of Public Health, Simon Fraser University
  • CPR-C & AED, St Mark James Training
  • Indigenous cultural safety training, San’yas
FOR YOUR PERSONAL LEARNING, WHAT IS THE WORKSHOP/TRAINING ON YOUR RADAR?
  • Center for Indigenous Midwifery trainings
  • Gender-affirming birth work trainings with Moss Froom
  • Herbal medicine for birth support, Hood Herbalism
  • Grounded roots, Hood Herbalism
  • Science of Letting Go (SLG) School
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