Get to know Brood’s incredible doula team.

Brood doulas are dedicated to being your community.

Brood doulas are dedicated to being your community. Our offerings are tailored to cover your bases prenatally, during your birth journey and into your first year postpartum. Our goal is to be a trusted source of love, support and knowledge.

Get to know Brood’s incredible doula team.

Brood doulas are dedicated to being your community.

Brood doulas are dedicated to being your community. Our offerings are tailored to cover your bases prenatally, during your birth journey and into your first year postpartum. Our goal is to be a trusted source of love, support and knowledge.

Alana Ludington

Full spectrum doula

She/Her

Families Served

90+

What is your personal definition of “doula”? ▾

A doula is an attuned companion who walks with folks through a full spectrum of peak life experiences.

What does it mean to be a doula, for you? ▾

For me, to be a doula is to be service folk, a community builder and a threshold companion. For me, doulas walk alongside folks through the big time life events such as, fertility, pregnancy, birth, postpartum, loss and termination. As a doulas, we spend a lot of time in those in-between spaces, where folks are navigating new internal and external territory. Doulas are out here practicing community care in many different ways because we know just how radical relational support can be. Both my life and my doula practice are rooted in the core values of connection and care.

What brought you to birth and postpartum work? ▾

Radical care has been the north star guiding my educational and professional path. I began on this path as a social worker and then transitioned into full spectrum doula work. I have learned that I’m most interested in showing up for folks at a human-to-human, community-based level. The “why” behind this calling is my strong belief that folks deserve access to appropriate, attuned, and continuous care when experiencing the big-time changes of life.

 

What are your specialized interests in this world? ▾
  • Finding practical personal rituals that are actually PROFOUND – anything from lighting a candle, taking a walk, to sweeping the floor while breathing deeply.
  • Talking about mental health and supporting folks in meeting their holistic needs.
  • Thinking critically about the racism and patriarchal oppression present in the birth world and finding ways to make doula care more trauma-informed and accessible.
  • Cultivating a relationship to Joy and locating its presence in each day.
  • Practicing full spectrum care – working with folks moving through loss, miscarriage, abortion and “hidden” postpartums.
  • Creating and gifting flower arrangements as a means of community care.
  • Getting into the body through meditation and somatic-experiencing practices.
In a climate of caregiver burnout, how are you caring for yourself? ▾

Juiciest question ever. I strive to provide radical care for myself through simple daily practices that meet my holistic needs (mental, physical, emotional and spiritual). I continue cultivating systems of sustainability in my life; such as therapy, dancing, meditation, medication, art therapy and nutrition. Practicing reciprocal care with my community helps me to continue to thrive. In the iconic words of Drag Race’s RuPaul, “if you can’t love yourself, how the hell are you going to love someone else?”. Now replace “love” with “care for” and you get the idea! My practice of care begins with me, extends to you and then ends with me.

What is a standout book, movie/tv, etc about the childbearing/parenting journey that you return to? ▾
Scene/Moment

The movie Bambi and particularly the scene when Bambi’s dad yells, “get up, Bambi, get up!” when their forest home is set ablaze in flames. This scene introduced me to the primal love and ferocious care a parent can feel for their kin. It still gives me shivers.

Book

The Fourth Trimester – Kimberly Ann Johnson (and her podcast Sex Birth Trauma!)

Spill one of your guilty pleasures! ▾

This may sound odd but I’ve recently gotten really into watching TV. I have a growing list of must watch TV shows for folk’s tender postpartum days and nights. Number #1 on the list is Ted Lasso (season 1 and 2).

Trainings ▾
Birth/Postpartum related trainings
  • Wise Woman Way Full Spectrum Doula Course.
  • Motherwit Postpartum Doula Training.
  • Safe Beginnings CPR-C with AED Certification.
  • Birth Takes a Village: Abortion and Miscarriage for Doulas.
  • Mother Dutton-Kenny’s Full Spectrum Loss Course.
  • Registered with Doula for Aboriginal Familie Grant Program (DAFGP).
Post-Secondary
  • Bachelor of Social Work.
  • Indigenous Perspective Society’s Aboriginal Social Work Training Program.

For your personal learning, what is the
workshop/training on your radar?
  • Birth Trauma Ontario’s “The Trauma Informed Professional” course.
  • End of Life Training.

Alana was my doula for my 3rd and final birth. Not having a doula for my first 2 births I didn’t know what to expect. From my and Alana’s first conversation she made me feel empowered and supported. Without her resources and commitment I know I wouldn’t have had the courage to fulfill my dream birth like I did. After two hospital births, I had the unmedicated home birth I wanted. I recommend anyone who’s considering having a doula to lean into the idea and open up to the support.

– Lori

Throughout the pregnancy and birthing process, my partner and I were supported by Alana on every level: logistically, emotionally, and, at crucial moments, physically. In our initial meetings, she thoughtfully listened to our concerns and views on birth, and she provided us with resources and advice to assist us in preparing for the birth that we wanted. In particular, as newcomers to Vancouver, we really appreciated the information and perspective Alana offered on birthing at BC Women’s Hospital. When the big day came, it was immensely helpful to have someone there who knew what to expect and how best to navigate the situation. In addition, it meant a lot to the both of us to have someone in the birthing suite thinking of the needs of both the birthing parent and birthing partner. With Alana’s support, we were able to have the birthing experience we had hoped for and to establish breastfeeding with minimal fuss. In short, we feel fortunate to have had Alana by our side as we prepared for the birth of our first child, and we enthusiastically recommend her services!”

– Kay & Elijah

Alana was an amazing doula to work with over the weeks before and after the birth of our son. She brought a warm, gentle and confident energy that allowed my husband and I to give her our full faith in her ability to be our advocate in the hospital, and she managed to juggle unforeseen circumstances during the birth with grace. She was also very helpful and responsive postpartum, and I appreciated her wise words and quick answers immensely. I highly recommend working with Brood to any expectant mums out there considering hiring a doula!

– Eryn

Alana was not only my doula, but she is also one of my best friends. At first I didn’t know what it would be like to enter into a professional relationship with such a close friend, but Alana exceeded any and all expectations. Alana was extremely supportive, knowledgeable and helpful throughout my entire pregnancy and helped me process my hopes and wishes for my birth. When our birth plan changed drastically (from a planned home birth to a medical induction at the hospital), Alana was there for us and helped create the environment we had hoped for at home in the hospital. Alana provided outstanding emotional and physical support during our labour. She was by our side throughout our difficult labour, and when our birth turned into an emergency cesarean situation, Alana was supportive of every decision we made and helped me process what was happening in the moment. I can’t imagine going through the labour and delivery that we had without Alana by our side. After my surgery Alana stayed with us in the recovery room until we settled (after being by our side for 15+ hours). Alana continued to provide great support during my postpartum and really helped me process my labour and delivery. I truly believe that Alana’s support during this process has helped me not have residual negative or traumatic feelings about my difficult birth.  Hiring Alana to be my doula was one of the best decisions I made during my pregnancy

– Leah & Jonny

Alana was a phenomenal doula. She was an incredible support throughout my pregnancy, particularly after my baby was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect. Alana took that challenge on with us, showed us so much care and empathy, and checked in after every specialist appointment. Later on, I had a hard time communicating exactly what I would need during labour and delivery because even I didn’t have a clear sense of what that would be. Alana just seemed to intuit exactly what my husband and I needed and got it done without us needing to ask. She was warm, professional and 100% present during my birth and the period afterwards. I would highly recommend her as a doula!

– Rebekah & Chris

When my husband and I realized that the midwives focus is on the physical birth we wanted to hire a doula to help us through the day and to be that extra support person for us. I met Alana through a mutual friend and was so happy I did. She is kind, caring and supportive and I am very grateful for her assistance throughout my labour and delivery.

– Julia

The deepest thanks to Alana Ludington who was our birth doula. As a first time birther, I felt supported, held and aware of what could happen during the birth experience. The pressure of knowing what to do was non existent because of Alana’s knowledge, support and attention. Alana’s grounding energy provided so much care and love for both my partner and I. We had meetings before and after babe arrived and several phone/text check ins. I would highly recommend the support of a doula whether its your first birth or tenth! To have another to support, hold and nurture you is the best gift you can give yourself in this massive life experience. Many, many thanks.

– Miranda

It was a pleasure to work with Alana as birth doula and postpartum doula for night shifts, and Karli as postpartum doula for my twin baby girls. Alana is such a gentle soul. She has a mother touch on whatever she does. I remember she was relaxing me with her massage when I was finger feeding my babies to teach sealing for getting them back to breast and preparing fruit platter when I needed it most. Many many thanks.

– Semanur

We used Brood for our 4th baby’s postpartum period. As it was going to be my 2nd c-section, and previously suffering from postpartum depression, I knew I would need the help. We were placed with Alana, who was very kind and nurturing. She had a very calm aura and the whole family enjoyed her. It truly made things so smooth for what could have been a rough postpartum (I ended up having gallstone attacks during my early weeks) We also ended up using Rachel for the following weeks as Alana had an early birth and postpartum client. Alana informed her of my family’s needs and Rachel swooped in and made the transition as easy as possible. Rachel was able to help with my newborn and also play with my older children, she had a natural talent of keeping them entertained. We also used Bunky for placenta encapsulation. They were easy to work with and my pills were dropped off at my house. I didn’t get postpartum depression and noticed my mood was better while I took them compared to when I didn’t. But I also had the additional help that I didn’t have previously. All in all, I would definitely recommend Brood for your postpartum needs.

– Christina

We welcomed our baby girl to the world with the help of Brood’s Alana. She was absolutely fantastic and such a beautiful presence to have around during such a chaotic 18 hours. My water broke at 12am and she was there, ready for us whenever we wanted her to be. While we were a “covid couple” with only one person allowed in the room, it was a shame my mother couldn’t be there, but at least I was able to have Alana as an extra pair of hands and support during birth! When she arrived, my anxiety shifted. She helped my husband with everything from pushing on my hips so he could hold my hands during contractions, to just getting me comfortable and making sure I was getting all the care I needed from doctors and nurses. If we’re so blessed to be able to have another one, I can’t wait to have Alana by our side again. Thank you Brood and Alana!

– Desiree

Ally Ryles

Postpartum doula

She/Her

Families Served

19+

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 and support you in day-to-day tasks so you can focus on your family.

What does it mean to be a doula, for you? ▾

I had a friend who had a baby at 16, and I can confidently say that is the reason why I fell in love with postpartum work. Seeing my friend go through the postpartum journey made me realize how much support parents truly need during this time. I supported her by helping with the baby, providing a non-judgmental space and being encouraging. I later got a degree in Child and Youth Care and continued my education in doula work. Now having the education I have I can see and understand the importance of the first couple of years in a child’s life. I want to help children succeed in life and I believe supporting parents during the postpartum period does that.

What brought you to birth and postpartum work? ▾
What are your specialized interests in this world? ▾
  • Helping to create secure attachment.
  • Knowledge about development.
  • Research, if I don’t know the answer I will look it up for you.
  • Humour, postpartum is a stressful time and laughing is a great way to ease some of that.
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. 

Spill one of your guilty pleasures! ▾

I love to read romance novels. 

Trainings ▾
Birth/Postpartum related trainings
  • Wise Woman Way of Birth Postpartum Doula Training.
Post secondary education
  • Bachelor’s degree in Child and Youth Care with a specialisation in Child Protection.
  • Early Childhood Education Assistant Certificate.
For your personal learning, what is the workshop/training on your radar?
  • Birth doula.
  • Lactation consultant.
  • Sleep coach.

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

– Daniella

Amelia Garcia

Birth and postpartum doula

She/Her

Families Served

10+

What is your personal definition of “doula”? ▾

A doula to me is someone with a helping hand, patients heart and a whole lot of advice!

What does it mean to be a doula, for you? ▾

To me, being a doula fills my heart and I believe it was what I was meant to do. I am here to help you feel safe, comfortable and help you connect and heal with your new little bean.

What brought you to birth and postpartum work? ▾

I was drawn to postpartum support because of how important it is to make sure you as a birthing person feel complete, and ready to connect with your new little babe. I want to be there for you to make sure you have everything you need so that you can have a strong connection and a full heart when you hold your baby for the first time and everytime after that.

What are your specialized interests in this world? ▾
  • Reconnecting you with your body to allow yourself to heal. 
  • Maintaining stress naturally with aromatherapy, breathwork, and meditation.
  • Preparing meal prep and meal kits catered to dietary restrictions.
  • Supporting families as they introduce their sibling/animals to their baby.
In a climate of caregiver burnout, how are you caring for yourself? ▾

To care for myself, it usually includes opening all the windows, playing loud music and dancing around the house! Being able to support growing families fills my heart and makes me dance! To wind down I love to cook for the people that I love, eat all together around the table and share about our day.

What is a standout book, movie/tv, etc about the childbearing/parenting journey that you return to? ▾
Book

There is a book called Why Did No One Tell Me This by Natalia Hailes and Ash Spivak. This is such a great book to have all your questions answered in such a refreshing way! This book is so honest and insightful I cannot recommend enough.

Spill one of your guilty pleasures! ▾

Music! Music to me can heal, and it helps you feel, it’s there when memories are created! More often than not, when you walk into my home there will be music playing to set the mood. My guilty pleasure is dancing in the kitchen to some 90’s hip hop singing all the words to Shoop by Salt-N-Pepa. I promise you, if you put it on right now, you won’t stay still.

Trainings ▾
Birth/Postpartum related trainings
  • Doula Canada Birth training.
  • Doula Canada Postpartum Doula training.
  • Holistic Practice and Knowledge Training.
  • Chest feeding and support knowledge training.

Ashley Jardine

Full spectrum doula

She/Her

Families Served

10+

What is your personal definition of “doula”? ▾

Someone who supports you through life’s greatest transitions—and all the ways you get there.

What does it mean to be a doula, for you? ▾

Overalls and clogs. I joke but only because there’s nothing funny about being a cis white woman living on the unceded lands of the Coast Salish Peoples, practising as a doula. This work is community work. It’s support work. It’s reproductive work. It’s anti-racism work. It’s doing the work. It’s about making support accessible to those who need it most.

What brought you to birth and postpartum work? ▾

My first birth completely blindsided me and I crossed the threshold into parenthood, a shell of the person I’d known just moments earlier. Needless to say, the weeks and months that followed were fraught, emotionally charged, and frustrating as I tried to find a rhythm to my new distorted reality. Even when I was surrounded by support, I felt alone—that was my calling to postpartum work.

My second birth came just nineteen months later and while I thought refusing to pee in a cup at the OB’s office was my biggest challenge, the universe threw me a series of really impressive curveballs which included a blood clot, suspected stroke, delayed postpartum hemorrhage, and maybe the best of all, heart surgery. I sampled the beds at every lower mainland hospital (none of them are comfy) and tirelessly advocated for what I felt was right for me and my body—that was my calling to birth work.

What are your specialized interests in this world? ▾

When I’m not supporting folks as a doula, I’m a freelance writer, and I love, love, love, when both worlds collide. Want to brainstorm baby names? I understand the assignment. Need help putting your experience into words? I’ll steady your pen (and the baby). Looking for a way to articulate your boundaries through passive aggressive fridge notes? You’ve got it. I’m also a trained yoga teacher but I’d describe my practice these days as a lot of stretching and I’ll never stop learning about birthing folks bodies and all the wonderful ways we can help heal, recover, and accept a new way of being after any life transition. Oh—and I’m obsessed with indigo and tie-dyeing. Hide your whites or forever hold your peace.

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

So. Much. Therapy. Acupuncture is my medicine of choice and if my acupuncturist could just let me nap on her table all day, that would be very much appreciated. Stolen moments with best friends, wrapped in the warmth of our words and rooted from the depths of our souls. Soothing showers with my partner. Being gentle. Being kind. Being me.

What is a standout book, movie/tv, etc about the childbearing/parenting journey that you return to? ▾
Movie

I remember watching the movie Tully with my partner in the throes of early postpartum and I felt so awkward because it was brilliantly honest and achingly representative of all the things I felt then and now. I don’t even journal but I was like, hello, who read my journal?

Spill one of your guilty pleasures! ▾

Sitting in the shower. Eating fried egg sandwiches in the bath. Binge watching entire TV shows over a weekend. Singing (read: screeching) Adele songs.

Trainings ▾
Birth/Postpartum related trainings
  • Carriage House Birth Postpartum Doula Training (w/ Laura Interlandi and Erica Livingston).
  • Carriage House Birth Birth Training.
  • 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training (w/ Carolyn Budgell and Clara Roberts-Oss).
Post-Secondary
  • MA Journalism.
  • BSc Forensic Science with Law.
For your personal learning, what is the
workshop/training on your radar?
  • Loss and abortion support.
  • Restorative yoga training.
  • Mentorship.

Emma Mutch

Full spectrum doula

She/Her

Families Served

50+

What is your personal definition of “doula”? ▾

A witness, guide. Hand to hold, to be there alongside you, no matter what, helping you through this rite of passage to re-meet yourself as a parent & a new person.


What does it mean to be a doula, for you? ▾

Someone to encourage your unraveling and your inner knowing, and to trust that the decisions you make are right for you.

What brought you to birth and postpartum work? ▾

My mother was a midwife, so I have always been exposed to this world, and as my own personal healing & spiritual journey continues to unfold, I have been led to this work quite divinely!

I discovered through witnessing a young friends birth journey that there is so much misinformation, and so many topics left unspoken. This showed me that I wanted to be a guide, a resource, a presence, for my community when they began to start their families. 

What are your specialized interests in this world? ▾

Bringing reverence and ritual to the birth space. Pregnancy and birth are a portal to build self trust, body literacy and to meet yourself in a new, embodied, expansive way.

I am interested in inviting folks to live cyclically, whether on their birth journey or not!

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

Showing up for myself as I show up for my families, encouraging the same amount of rest and self care as I would for clients.

Centering my own pleasure and living cyclically.

What is a standout book, movie/tv, etc about the childbearing/parenting journey that you return to? ▾
Quote

It’s a quote for me!

  • “Healthy, supported birthing people create a healthy, supported world. By forming a deeper relationship to our body, we innately create better relationships with the people and land around us. Healing birth, heals the earth and all of us who are of it.” – Sunni Hart
Book
  • Like A Mother – Angela Garbes

 

Spill one of your guilty pleasures! ▾

Tiktok has its grip on me.

Trainings ▾
Birth/Postpartum related trainings
  • Bebo Mia full spectrum doula training Spring 2020.
  • Wise Woman Way of Birth doula training Fall 2021.
  • Hypnobabies doula Fall 2021.
Post-Secondary
  • BA in Women & Gender Studies 2019.
  • University of Calgary 20 hour Positive Breastfeeding Course Spring 2021.
    For your personal learning, what is the
    workshop/training on your radar?
    • Loss/grief training.
    • Always interested in herbalism.
    • I am a perpetual student!
    Having a baby was an incredibly beautiful life changing experience for me, but it was also difficult and challenging. As dad to be I felt very vulnerable and scared. Having Emma’s support before, during, and after our labour was priceless. There’s really no way to put it into words, just that I’m so grateful my spouse and I were lucky enough to have a person like her by our side throughout the birthing process. She was kind, caring, genuine and patient. I never felt judged and always felt cared for. Her goal was always to look after us and make sure we were doing okay. She also took some really nice photos of the labour, special moments that we will always have to treasure thanks to her. We enjoyed Emma’s company so much that we continued to hang out with her after the birth and naturally became friends. I highly recommend Emma as a doula.

    – Ryan

    There’s no words to describe how grateful we are to have had Emma being part of the birth of our little one. Emma was an amazing support during labour and postpartum as well, she was very in tune of out needs and made us feel empowered and supported when we most needed it. She’s thoughtful, knowledgeable, gentle and so supportive. Thank you Emma!

    – Citlali

    My wife and I want to give a big shout out to Emma M!

    Having postpartum night support was an absolute game-changer for those first few weeks (especially because this is our second child and it’s a lot of work juggling a toddler and a newborn!).

    Not only were we able to actually get some rest, but we also picked up some excellent tips from Emma that really helped us hit the ground running soothing our son. If we ever have another child, we would 100% love to work with Emma again.

    Thanks Emma!

    – David & Elke

    We were very happy with the service we received from the Brood team. Our postpartum doula, Emma Mutch, was absolutely fantastic. At our pre-planning meeting she asked all the right questions and made us feel reassured and cared for. Our situation was unique in that we needed sibling doula care for our 2-year-old while we went to the hospital to give birth as our family couldn’t travel due to the COVID-19 situation. Emma connected really well with our daughter and we felt completely confident having her there for a day and a half while we were at BC Women’s. She was very proactive in helping out in myriad ways when we returned from the hospital, and really helped my wife out in the early days of troubleshooting breastfeeding. I would highly recommend Emma and Brood for postpartum doula care!

    – Justin & Kelly

    We contacted Brood because we wanted a bit more support during the nights and some days, and the team put us in touch with Emma M. She was great and helped support my partner and I during the early month struggles. She answered our questions and was extremely patient with our newborn.

    – Alan & Helen

    Emma worked with our family when our girls were 5 and 3, for our older daughter’s first year of school. Emma was her best friend and babysitter, picking her up from a long day of school and making the end of the day something to look forward to. Emma also played fairy godmother to our family, helping out with all those little details that make the day (and the next morning) run smoother. She had a way of fitting seamlessly into our everyday routine to make it just that much better!

    – Beth

    Hayaat Stuart-Khafaji

    Birth doula

    She/Her

    Families Served

    100+

    What is your personal definition of “doula”? ▾

    A doula works with you explore what safety in the birth and perinatal space means for you. We advocate for you and support you to feel heard, respected and prioritized. Our job is to help you get your needs met!

    What does it mean to be a doula, for you? ▾

    What I love about doula work is being able to bear witness to and support families during times of incredible change and transition. Being a doula to me, means providing up-to-date evidence-based information to my clients so that they can layer their desires, specific cultural needs, and spirituality onto their birth experience. In order to do this, I have to be always learning, which I love. Clients often say they could never do my job because they couldn’t be on call 24/7 but being a doula also means to me the flexibility to go for long walks with my dog in the morning, and stay up late and sleep in, it means I get time to paint, and read, and write. Staying rested and well is what allows me to show up for my clients, and I love that my job gives me that. Ultimately though, being a doula to me means working to create a container of safety and knowledge for my clients, it means being flexible—it means parking my biases at the door and listening deeply. It also means I get to witness how strong people are, what birth givers, partners, and their communities can do —and that both humbles me, and fills me with joy.

    What brought you to birth and postpartum work? ▾

    My mom is a birth doula, and so talking about birth over dinner, or in the car…anywhere and everywhere… has always been commonplace in my family. I was even lucky enough to attend the births of my two younger brothers as a young child. So for me, birth has always felt like a normal part of life. I know that for many new parents though, the birth of their child might be the only birth they have ever been a part of. I am drawn to this work because I want to be there to support families to feel confident in their own skills and parenting journey, and to help to normalize the beauty, fluids, joy, and frustration of childbirth and early parenting.

    What are your specialized interests in this world? ▾
    • Helping to prepare my client’s bodies for an easier, less painful, and shorter labour through specific movement and exercises
    • Supporting Queer couples in their parenting journey
    • Focusing on what safety means to my clients in the birth space, whatever that looks like to them
    • Educating and encouraging couples to work as a team during labour (and parenting) effectively
    • Providing insight, and resources into how to heal during the postpartum period
    • Laughing with you through the prenatal, labour, and postpartum period and all that each stage brings
    In a climate of caregiver burnout, how are you caring for yourself? ▾

    I love to go for long hikes in the forest with my dog, take in as much sun as I can whenever I can, mediate, sleep in late, and belly laugh HARD with my loved ones.

    What is a standout book, movie/tv, etc about the childbearing/parenting journey that you return to? ▾
    Spill one of your guilty pleasures! ▾

    Haha I don’t feel guilty about these to be honest but… I love watching bad tv too late, like way to late, drinking chocolate milk with a straw and eating cookie dough batter right from the bowl!

    Trainings ▾
    Birth
    • DONA Birth Doula Training.
    • Doula Canada Diverse Families and Perinatal Support.
    • Doula Canada Breastfeeding Support.
    • TraumaTalks: Trauma-informed Care for Birth & Postpartum Professionals.
    • Queer ASL (101,102).
    Postpartum
    • MotherWit Postpartum Doula Training.
    • Healthcare Provider CPR-C with AED.
    • Options for Sexual Health, Sexual Health. Educator Certification Program graduate.
    Post-secondary
    • University College London, BSc in Anthropology.
    For your personal learning, what is the
    workshop/training on your radar?
    • The Spinning Babies Parent Educator Course!

    Hayaat was an absolutely exceptional doula. As first time parents she was a thoughtful and caring guide for us. We didn’t know what to expect going into hiring a doula, but she helped us feel more prepared for birth, she helped me cope with labour and she stayed with us for the whole birth experience. She was also great at reaching out postpartum and providing timely and really helpful advice. We weren’t looking for a doula with any specific focus areas, we just knew we wanted someone compassionate and respectful who could advocate for us in the hospital. We feel like we hit the jackpot because Hayaat went above and beyond everything we could have asked for and we felt so comfortable in her presence. I can tell she loves helping families and babies and she is so good at fitting into what your family’s specific needs are. What I didn’t expect was how much she taught us over the time we worked with her and how she helped us by seeking out resources in our community to set us off on the right foot into parenthood! If we choose to have another baby we will 100% reach out to Hayaat again!

    – Marilyn & John

    My husband and I decided to have a doula as it was our first baby and obviously just like all new parents we too had a lot of doubts and concerns about birth, breastfeeding, and everything else to be honest! Having Hayaat as our doula truly was a life saviour! She was extremely supportive, we were in contact with her right from my early labour, and she stayed with us until I first breastfed my baby. She helped me fight every contraction with such an ease, helping offer different techniques and tricks for coping. We received not only physical support but emotionally too she stood with us during this entire journey. Thanks a lot Hayaat for making my first delivery so special and memorable.

    Anjeli & Deval

    Hayaat, she is a wonderful, friendly and easy going doula. Upon our introductory call she was easy to talk to and we clicked right away. She asked thorough questions to understand us on a deeper level, so she could advocate for us in time of birth and relay our birth plan to the doctors. She was reassuring and guided us through the whole process—even the calmness in her voice helped us feel at ease and relaxed. Things went very fast for me, and she was so very helpful in deciding when to go into the hospital! Hayaat followed up with us postpartum and provided us with much needed helpful information relating to newborn babies. Thank-you Hayaat!

    Katie & Leo

    We were so lucky to have Hayaat as our Doula. Our prenatal conversations was incredibly thorough and helped me understand more about what my options would be during labour. At the hospital she was the perfect extra set of hands, whether it was coaching me through labour and pushing or helping my partner be a better source of support. It is truly amazing how much she did for us and I particularly appreciated her helping us with a proper latching technique right away. We also loved having a third-party help us debrief the birth and check in two weeks afterwards. When it comes to newborn-care there is so much noise out there, so it was a huge relief to be able to field questions to someone we trusted. Thanks for helping us bring our son into the world!

    Leah & Elias

    Hayaat truly was a great support! From our first visit she made us feel at ease with her sense of humour and emphasis on evidence based information. She helped us find a balance between traditional birth methods and the more medicalized hospital approach and we landed on a water birth at the hospital! She held space for our post birth wishes during the ‘golden hour’ and kept our comfort in mind throughout the entirety of our birth experience. We feel grateful to have had such a competent and enthusiastic doula on our support team. Hayaat recognizes the magic and work of birth, and holds a brave and supportive space for parents. 

    Lynnea & Ken

    Maya Baranec

    Birth and postpartum doula

    She/Her

    Families Served

    30+

    What is your personal definition of “doula”? ▾
    My personal definition of doula is an individual who aids in providing, but never limited to, mental, emotional, physical, or informational support. Doula’s help spread the extra care, love, laughter, ear, hand and encouragement to anyone may need during life’s transition periods.
    What does it mean to be a doula, for you? ▾

    For me, being a doula is my outlet to put heart and hand work together. I truly admire the connections I am allowed to build with ever changing families. Doula work gives me the opportunity to get involved with changing families and give them any support I can offer.

    What brought you to birth and postpartum work? ▾

    I never actually heard of doula or doula work until weeks before my training was scheduled! I had 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 stumble across doula 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 birthwork involved!

    What are your specialized interests in this world? ▾

    I believe my immense calmness, empathy and positive outlook with clients to be my speciality. All aspects of coming to parenthood can be chaotic (in the best way). When it comes to either birth or postpartum, keeping things light and positive can be so helpful in creating a more positive transition for everyone. While every experience is so unique, I always have so much trust in my clients ability to do their best job possible. Even if your best job seems simple, like making a cup of coffee, or napping; I’m on your team! Celebrate your accomplishments! As the oldest sibling of two sets of twins, I also adore any twin talk!

    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 classic Birth Partner, the first doula book I ever read

     

    Spill one of your guilty pleasures! ▾

    My guilty pleasure is eating dessert before dinner or simply as a main meal.

    Trainings ▾
    Birth/Postpartum related trainings
    • DONA birth doula training 2019
    • Hypnobirthing 2020
    • BLS CPR 2021
    • Safe beginnings Infant CPR and choking prevention 
    • FoodSafe 
    • Wise women way of birth postpartum doula training 2022
    • CPR Level C 2022
    • Aromatherapy Foundations course
    Post-Secondary
    • UBC Gender-Affirming Primary Care online course 
    • UBC Not Just The Blues: Perinatal Depression and Anxiety online course 
    • SFU BA in Health Sciences with a sociology Minor. Along with the obtained education from SFU I am a UBC Midwifery hopeful! 
      For your personal learning, what is the
      workshop/training on your radar?

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

      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 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 to 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 the active labour. She made sure that my birth plan came true. She ensured that I could have 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 on 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 for 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 for every friend who needed doula service.

      – Mirro

      My experience with Maya wsa really good. She helped me lot, I always share when I need to share my life’s experience.when I was pregnant with my child I didn’t had any help she helped me lot even emotionally. When I had delivery time Maya and her colleague support me for everything. That they were my family. When ever 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

      Roberta Stuart

      Full spectrum doula

      She/Her

      Families Served

      200+

      What is your personal definition of “doula”? ▾

      A champion of positive and empowering birth experiences. To create a secure and calm environment for birth giver and partner, to hold space for the questions to be asked and discussed.

      What does it mean to be a doula, for you? ▾

      To be invited to bear witness to the birth of a fellow human, and the attendant and potent love, is a profound and privileged calling. Birth is a tribute to the beauty of life that we can all rejoice in.

      What brought you to birth and postpartum work? ▾

      ​When I was very young, and realized that every person I’d ever meet, was grown in a body and birthed from a body; a thread that connects us to each other, I was hooked… I marvel at the strength of the birthing body, its power, its beauty, its ability to transform. 

      What are your specialized interests in this world? ▾
      • Normalizing birth as a positive state to be celebrated.
      • Nursing as a doable option.
      • Newborn care tips.
      • Parenting tips.
      • Trauma Informed care.
      In a climate of caregiver burnout, how are you caring for yourself? ▾

      By showing myself empathy and appreciation of effort.

      What is a standout book, movie/tv, etc about the childbearing/parenting journey that you return to? ▾
      Movies
      • We’re Mammals by Shahrzad Tayebi
      • Babies
      TV
      • Working Moms
      Spill one of your guilty pleasures! ▾

      Tequila and milk chocolate.

      Trainings ▾
      Birth
      • DONA Birth Doula training.
      • Member and Mentor of the South Community Birth Program team.
      • TraumaTalks: Trauma-Informed Care for Birth and Postpartum Professionals.
      • Pain, Suffering, and Trauma in Labour and Prevention of Subsequent PTSD with Penny Simkin, PT, CCE, CD(DONA) Anti-Racism Tools for the Doula Bag.
      • Pelvic Floor Health-Kim Vopini.
      • Registered with Doula for Aboriginal Families Grant Program (DAFGP)​.
        Post-secondary
        • BA Psychology, University of Calgary.
        • BFA Dance and Painting, Simon Fraser University.
        For your personal learning, what is the
        workshop/training on your radar?
        • Spinning Babies® Workshop.

        Thank you so much for being our rockstar doula! We are so thankful to have had you with us during our baby’s entry into this world.

        – Lilli & Andy

        Thank you so much for being part of our birth story. We will always remember your gentle presence and genuine care.

        – Robin & Chris

        Thank you so much for being a part of our birth experience. You made us feel so taken care of. You were an integral part of making those 36 hours of labour go so smoothly.

        We truly appreciate all that you did.

        – Alex & Justin

        Thank you so much for all your care and support. It was so helpful to have your calm, positive presence at our side throughout this process.

        – Fiona & Paul

        Thank you so much for being part of our team as we brought our baby into the world. Your calm, experienced presence was such a support to Darcy and I. We know you didn’t get a chance to ring in the New Year, so we have added a bottle of champagne for a delayed celebration with your family. Thank you, again!

        – Cathy & Darcy

        Stacey Wooten

        Postpartum doula

        She/Her

        Families Served

        4+

        What is your personal definition of “doula”? ▾

        A doula is a supporter and nurturer. Postpartum doulas provide non-judgmental support to new parents as they transition into life with a new baby. They are respectful of each individual families’ values and goals to ensure the family’s transition is smooth and all family members are well cared for.

        What does it mean to be a doula, for you? ▾

        Being a postpartum doula gives me the feeling that I am doing something amazing. Being able to support families during such a vulnerable time is such a fascinating and fulfilling career to take on. I can go to work everyday and know that I have helped someone, which is super humbling.

        What brought you to birth and postpartum work? ▾

        I worked as an early childhood educator and as a nanny for 15 years, and it wasn’t until I had my first daughter in 2015 that I realized how fascinating the postpartum world is. I fell in love with the euphoric connection with my baby, breastfeeding and even found sleep struggles and understanding biological norms for baby so captivating. From then on, I have solely dedicated my time to supporting young families with newborns. This is absolutely where my heart lays.

        What are your specialized interests in this world? ▾

        I am also a certified gentle sleep coach and educator for infants and toddlers. Rest is super important for all members of a family, and when someone isn’t sleeping well, the whole family can feel tired and it can make life exhausting. When working with families postpartum, I help build healthy sleep habits and help new parents understand infant sleep and what is normal so they can move into new parenthood with confidence and ease.

        In a climate of caregiver burnout, how are you caring for yourself? ▾
        My world definitely has a focus on taking care of others, including when at home and caring for my own young children. I absolutely need to make time for myself. Whether it’s a walk, watching a move snuggled in bed, going to dinner or hanging with my sister, these are all so important to sustain my ambition for what I do..
        What is a standout book, movie/tv, etc about the childbearing/parenting journey that you return to? ▾
        Book

        I actually just read Parenting From the Inside Out by Daniel Seigel. I find it super important and relate to it so much in my current life, raising 2 young daughters. We get so caught up in life and really need to reflect more and speak about our emotions. Not just us, but for our children, their emotional development, and also to build a long lasting, healthy relationship with them. Important read for all parents.

        Spill one of your guilty pleasures! ▾

        British Crime TV and Reese cups sounds like a fabulous time to me!

        Trainings ▾
        Birth and postpartum
        • Motherwit postpartum doula training
        • Sleep savvy gentle sleep educator and consultant course
        • Douglas college 20 hour breastfeeding foundational concepts
        Post-secondary
        • Early childhood care and education certificate
        For your personal learning, what is the
        workshop/training on your radar?
        • I am looking to take a postpartum nutrition course to better support clients with recovery food.

        Vanessa Harrison

        Birth and postpartum doula

        She/Her

        Families Served

        25+

        What is your personal definition of “doula”? ▾

        One who serves, supports, and empowers new parents. 

        What does it mean to be a doula, for you? ▾

        Having the privilege and honour to support a family through one of the most unique, yet exciting journeys of their life!

        What brought you to birth and postpartum work? ▾

        Birthing care is a practice I have been blessed to be around my whole life. My mom was a midwife in the Philippines and the quality of care that she had provided in her profession was always instilled in me as well. Growing up, I always loved being around the pregnant families in my church and truly enjoyed listening to and feeling their bellies, holding their newborn’s hand and watching them sleep (I was too scared to hold them on my own at that age).

        As I got older, my interest in the birthing process grew. I started asking almost everyone I knew, how their birth experiences were, but I was surprised to learn that most of the stories were tied to a terrible or fearful experience for them. This is when I realized how important a trained professional could truly be in this field; one that could guide, support, and empower birthing families through their birth and postpartum experience. Every family is so beautifully unique and individualized which makes doula work that much more intentional and rewarding. Being able to witness these incredible experiences is the most rewarding, humbling, and fulfilling service I feel so honoured to be a part of. 

        What are your specialized interests in this world? ▾

        Getting to know different cultures and traditions and incorporating that into the care that I give.

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

        Making time to do something I love every day, even if it’s just for 5 minutes; i.e. reading my bible & spending time in prayer (whether that’s in nature or wherever I am); going for a walk or a bike ride; spending time on the water (kayaking, paddle boarding, etc.); and hot yoga.

         

        What is a standout book, movie/tv, etc about the childbearing/parenting journey that you return to? ▾
        Books

        Oh, there’s a bunch but my top choices are: 

        • Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth.
        • Reclaiming Childbirth as a Rite Of Passage by Rachel Reed.
        • Childbirth Without Fear by Grantley Dick-Read.
        Podcast
        • The Birth Hour.

         

        Spill one of your guilty pleasures! ▾

        Taking my socks off and rubbing my feet on my carpet flooring… also staying cuddled up in bed all day with a good book or Netflix.

        Trainings ▾
        Birth/Postpartum related trainings
        • Doula Canada Birth Doula Training.
        • Doula Canada Postpartum Doula Training.
        • Hartland College Christian Doula Training.
        • Hartland College Christian Childbirth Educator Training.
        • Standard First Aid with CPR HCP & AED.
        For your personal learning, what is the
        workshop/training on your radar?
        • (Lactation Consultant) as well as Infant Sleep Consulting!

        I cannot recommend and praise Vanessa enough! It’s been 6 months since I gave birth to my baby girl, and this review is long due but I finally got a second to sit and share my experience with anyone looking for a caring and loving doula like Vanessa.

        Since the first time we met, we clicked immediately. She has such a calm vibe, she is very professional but also makes you feel comfortable (as if you were long-time friends). I am the type of person that will do extensive research over everything (especially as a FTM), and even though I thought I knew what was to come, Vanessa helped me navigate it without any stress and gave me the confidence to believe in the power I have to bring life to this world. My husband and I had a lot of fun during her visits. We practiced what Vanessa taught us and we were excited for our baby’s arrival because we felt we had the support we needed.

        My birth plan did not happen the way I had planned (oh boy have I heard that line from plenty of other mamas too), but Vanessa was there with us keeping us calm, extending her hand and knowledge (and a very soothing voice lol). She was there for us during postpartum, gave us all the tips, and checked to see how we were feeling as new parents.

        Thank you Vanessa for your help! we are beyond grateful for your presence and for being the right match for us.

        – Maria

        Vanessa is AMAZING. She has all the qualities that a doula should have. She is caring, supportive, friendly, confident and very professional. As a first time mom during the pandemic I was so nervous and scared about giving birth but Vanessa was a big relief for me; giving all the emotional support that I needed. Throughout the pregnancy and the postpartum I had lots of questions but she was just a call or text away for all of them. I can’t thank her enough for her multiple visits during my postpartum period, helping me out with the baby, and she especially had great recommendations regarding breastfeeding. I would like to highly recommend her for anyone who is looking for a wonderful doula. Thank you Vanessa for your excellent service.

        – Shashi

        Vanessa was our birth doula for the birth of our first baby. Being a first-time mom, I was anxious about labor and delivery mostly due to fear of the unknown. At our first meeting, she provided detailed information on the labor and delivery process. This helped me prepare and know what to expect during delivery. She showed us exercises and provided many helpful tips to manage pain during the contractions. The pain-relieving exercises and other tips helped me greatly to manage the pain effectively. At the hospital, during labor, her presence was a great comfort since I didn’t have my parents or any relatives to be with me. She gave me massages and talked to me in a calm and reassuring way which kept my emotions calm. I wholeheartedly believe that the knowledge she shared and her support at the hospital was significant in helping me having a smooth delivery. Vanessa is a calm, supportive, patient, kind and gentle person who helped make my birth experience one of the best experiences of my life. I greatly appreciate her experience and support and cannot thank her enough. I highly recommend her knowledge and doula services to any expecting family!

        – Georgeena

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