Photo of Ally, a postpartum doula on the Brood doula team

Ally Ryles

She/Her
Postpartum Doula
Location: Vancouver & Lower Mainland
Families Served: 25 +
Experienced Supporting: LGBTQIAS2+ Families, BIPGM Families, Low-Income Families, Perinatal Mood Disorders, Multiples (Twins +)

About

What languages do you speak?

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What is your personal definition of “doula”?

For me being a postpartum doula means providing another layer of support to the family. I want to help achieve that by →

  • Being your sounding board when you’re feeling overwhelmed.
  • Share my education and knowledge when you are unsure.
  • Help you rest so you can heal properly.
  • Support you in day-to-day tasks so you can focus on your family.
In a climate of caregiver burnout, how are you caring for yourself?
  • Walking in a forest or by a body of water.
  • Meeting up with my friends and grabbing some food.
  • Eating sushi.
  • Journaling.
  • Yoga.
  • Calling the people that support me.
What is a standout book, movie/tv, etc about the childbearing/parenting journey that you return to?
SCENE/MOMENT
  • Season five episode 15 birth scene in Charmed.
    • In this episode, the main character was not having an ideal birth but just before the baby came earthside her family showed up and supported her.
Trainings
POSTPARTUM
  • Postpartum Doula Training, Wise Woman Way of Birth.
POST-SECONDARY
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Child and Youth Care with a specialization in Child Protection.
  • Early Childhood Education Assistant Certificate.
FOR YOUR PERSONAL LEARNING, WHAT IS THE WORKSHOP/TRAINING ON YOUR RADAR?
  • Birth Doula Training.
  • (IBCLC) Lactation Consultant.
  • Sleep Coach.

Testimonials

We had a fantastic experience with Brood and highly recommend them. We contracted postpartum doula support after the birth of our second son. We had two doulas support us a few days a week for a couple of months. Maya and Ally were phenomenal and helped us immensely with the transition from 1 to 2. They fit into our family right away, and did everything from meal prep, baby care, taking our toddler to the park, cleaning, etc. My husband and I have trouble asking for help and they were assertive and know how to jump right into doing what we needed, without us having to ask. They were especially good at providing support to me (mama) by giving me time to nap and recover, and companionship in the struggles of postpartum. Our only regret is that we didn’t hire them to support us when we had our first son. — Meghan George

Ally has helped me so much during this postpartum adventure. So much so that we came up with a superhero tagline for her: ‘Ally May saves the day!’. – Daniella

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