Photo of Maya, a birth and postpartum doula on the Brood doula team.

Maya Baranec

She/Her
Birth Doula, Postpartum Doula
Location: Vancouver & Lower Mainland
Families Served: 70 +
Birth Package: $1250 + Agency Fee & Taxes
Experienced Supporting: LGBTQIAS2+ Families, Deaf Persons, Multiples (Twins +)

Birth Doula Package

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Prenatal Care
  • Complimentary meet and greet.
  • 2 to 3 in-person visits to connect and share birth and postpartum plans.
  • Access to personalized resource package and community referrals.
  • Colostrum collection kit.
  • Access to Brood’s Family Portal and Pregnancy, Birth & Right After course.
Birth Attendance
  • Continuous labor and birth support.
  • Access to my doula bag including a TENS unit, essential oils, lighting options, etc.
  • Support with comfort techniques and pain relief.
  • Immediate postpartum support for your first feed and baby basics.
Postpartum Support
  • 1 to 2 in-person visits, focusing on newborn care and easing your transition into parenthood.
  • Unlimited text, phone, and email support for the first 4 weeks postpartum.
  • Assistance seeking postpartum resources.

About

What languages do you speak?

English, some Spanish and ASL

What is your personal definition of “doula”?

My personal definition of a doula is an individual who aids in providing (but not limited to) mental, emotional, physical, and informational support. Doula’s help spread the extra care, love, laughter, ear, hand, and encouragement to anyone who may need it during life’s transitional periods.

What brought you to birth and postpartum work?

I had never actually heard of doula or birth work until weeks before my training was scheduled! I met some doulas while volunteering at a clinic on the DTES and fell in love with the birth world. Next thing you know I’m taking my birth doula training and years later I still feel so lucky to have stumbled across this care work. Since my birth doula training — I’ve had a multitude of opportunities to support families in my community and continue to expand my birth and postpartum knowledge. Today I could never imagine my life without birth work involved!

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

I care for myself through a good sleep-in, a sea wall walk (usually combined with a podcast or friendly phone call), and a nice glass of Pinot Grigio by the end of the day.

What is a standout book, movie/tv, etc about the childbearing/parenting journey that you return to?
SCENE/MOMENT
  • The Backup Plan home birth scene makes me laugh every time.
BOOK
  • The Birth Partner by Penny Simkin and Katie Rohs
    • A classic and the first doula book I ever read.
Trainings
BIRTH
  • DONA birth doula training 2019
  • Hypnobirthing 2020
  • Aromatherapy Foundations course
POSTPARTUM
  • Postpartum Doula Training, Wise Woman Way of Birth.
  • BLS CPR and CPR Level C.
  • Infant CPR and Choking Prevention, Safe Beginnings.
  • FoodSafe.
POST-SECONDARY
  • Gender-Affirming Primary Care, UBC
  • Not Just The Blues: Perinatal Depression and Anxiety, UBC
  • B.A. in Health Sciences with a Sociology Minor, SFU
FOR YOUR PERSONAL LEARNING, WHAT IS THE WORKSHOP/TRAINING ON YOUR RADAR?

I really want to take BundleBirthNurses physiological birth course! There is a wealth of knowledge on how to better support physiological birth, a true passion of mine.

Testimonials

As first-time parents, my husband and I had many fears about the labour process. Some of our friends recommended having a birth doula but we were not sure if we truly needed one or not. However, due to my husband’s unavoidable business trip planned during my 38th week of pregnancy, we decided to have one. We reached out to a few doulas in the area and the communication with Maya was the best. Once we had our first meeting, we knew right away that she was the right one for us. She often checked up on me and how I was doing and provided many resources that helped calm me down. We were still anxious because of the possible absence of my husband during my labour but she made sure I felt comfortable and was in good hands. One day before my husband’s business trip, my contractions started. I was not sure if it was real labour or not since it progressed slowly in the beginning. After 18 hours of early labour, the pain escalated really rapidly and we called Maya. After getting some painkillers, I was sent home again. She helped me to get through my pain at home with encouragement, massages, warm bean bags, and making sure I was hydrated, etc. Once we were at the hospital, I was in active labour. She made sure that my birth plan came true. She ensured that I could have a water birth by reminding the hospital associates my requirements for a room with a bathtub. Her sincere care continued during this difficult time. When we discussed other painkilling options and my midwife suggested an epidural, but Maya reinforced my birth wish (no epidural). With her help, I had a beautiful water birth without an epidural and met my precious and healthy baby. When I look back on the experience, I feel very empowered as a mother and a woman who makes decisions about my own body. I believe that all these things came true with Maya’s support and I would highly recommend her to anyone who is looking for the best possible birth experience. — Minnie & Brian

I am so glad to have Maya as my doula for my second daughter’s birth. It was a celebration of our life. Maya was there for me ever since we met. She accompanied me for my ob checks; she was always available for any of my questions and respond to my text message very quickly; and she was there for my girl’s birth, of course. She gave me both emotional and physical support. She also helped me capture the most memorable moment in the delivery room. I would recommend Maya to every friend who needed doula service. — Mirro

My experience with Maya was really good. She helped me a lot, I always share when I need to share my life experience. When I was pregnant with my child I didn’t have any help she helped me a lot even emotionally. When I had delivery time Maya and her colleague support me with everything. That they were my family. Whenever I remind that always tears in my eyes. They were so kind how they helped me in my hard time. I don’t have enough wording to say thank you to Maya and her colleague too. — Sandeep

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