SUPPORT | EDUCATION | ADVOCACY | CONFIDENCE
Hi there, my name is Katia, and I am a total birth nerd.
I FIRMLY believe that if we can change how we birth, we can change the world.
I have been attending births since 2013, in both Squamish and Vancouver BC, Canada. I attend home births and hospital births, and I would be honored to join your support team.
You are about to embark on the most magical, transformational journey that life has to offer. This comes with a whole host of emotions, fears, and questions. It also comes with advice and stories from loved ones about their past birth experiences (welcome advice, and sometimes unwelcome). I recognize that these can be turbulent waters to navigate. Having an experienced guide along your journey is priceless. I see you, I hear you, and I’m here for you! Also, I’m a little bit biased, but I believe that everyone should have a doula!
When I join your birth team, we will work together to ensure you are educated and informed about the normal, physiological process of birth. I aim to demystify this experience for you. I want you (and your family) to be confident, comfortable, and prepared - physically and mentally. I will assist you in creating a birth plan that will empower you. I have vast networks of resources, and access to evidence-based care information. I will guide you through the weeks leading up to the big day! I will be there with you through labor and birth, and I will guide you through postpartum while your family settles into your new normal.
BIRTH DOULA PACKAGE - $1075
• Complimentary consultation, in person or via Facetime/video chat
• Ongoing support via phone call, text message, or email from the date of hire
• 2 prenatal visits
• Assistance in creating your birth preferences
• Access to my extensive lending library
• Attendance of your labor and birth, where I will provide continuous support emotionally, physically, and as otherwise needed
• Immediate breastfeeding support following birth
• Set up + take down of the birth pool, if needed (Birth pool not included - but I can refer you out if you need to rent one)
• After the birth of your baby, I will get you nourished, hydrated, and all snuggled up for much-needed rest
• 2 postpartum visits (additional visits available as an add-on)
• A luxurious post-birth basket of goodies (think nourishing snacks and pampering!)
• OPTIONAL ADD ON: Professional photography of your labor and birth by yours truly. $600 SEE GALLERY HERE
OTHER ADD-ON SERVICES:
• Placenta encapsulation
• Birth pool rental
• Extended postpartum doula care
• Lactation consultant
THE Finer DETAILS
During our consultation, you can ask questions about my philosophies surrounding birth, my experience, or anything else you’d like to know. The consult is casual - I would like to get to know each other, so we can determine if we are the right fit.
Once I join your birth team, we will get down to business! During your pregnancy, please reach out for anything you need. I will be available to you or your family via phone, text, or email. We will start your prenatal visits in the late 2nd or early 3rd trimester. Each visit typically lasts 2 hours. Our primary goals are education, preparation, and building your confidence to have your desired birth experience. We will go through the stages of what a physiological birth may look and feel like, and cover any questions or concerns you may have. I will also guide you through the creation of your birth preferences, if needed. I can provide evidence-based resources on any aspect of your birth plan.
As you near the end of your pregnancy, I am on-call for you and your family. This starts when you are 37 weeks. What this means, is I will be available to attend your birth any time, day OR night! Do not hesitate to reach out to me during this time frame, I am here for you!
And then when the big day finally comes, I will guide you through early labor, and join you when things get going. I will be there with you until your baby is born. Labor and birth support looks different for each birthing person. Often, just having somebody there who is well-versed in what birth truly looks like is enough to ease any worries or fears. I am there to support the birthing person, as well as the partner. Where applicable, I will show your partner how to comfort and encourage you, as this hormonal exchange during the birth process is beneficial. It assists with bonding as a new family unit. Other types of support typically include verbal coaching, acupressure, pain relief techniques, essential oils, massage, physical support (you can literally lean on me during your birth sensations!) nourishment and hydration, feeding other children if applicable, taking your dog out for a pee, you get the idea. These are all things that your primary care provider is NOT responsible for. I am there to fill in all of the physical and emotional gaps. I want to make your birth process as comfortable and worry-free as possible, for you and your partner.
Once your baby is born, you will be left to soak in all of the delicious hormones, but not before I take down the birth pool (if at home), do some light tidying, and ensure everyone is happy, healthy, hydrated, and nourished! I want to set you up for a blissful post-baby rest.
I will check in on you guys within 24 hours of birth. You will also receive 2 postpartum visits, which may consist of debriefing your birth experience, light housekeeping, meal preparation, breastfeeding assistance, and anything else you need.
Babies are rarely born on their due dates, so this can change quickly! Please reach out to check current availability.