Birth Fee: $950 to $1050
Fee Details: **Payment plans available - Please contact me - we can discuss options!** Payments can be made by cash, cheque, e-transfer or credit card. The use of a TENS unit is included for each Doula client!
Birth Doula Experience: 2 years and 60 births attended
Clients per Month: 1 to 3Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Languages spoken: English
Service Area MapArea of practice: Victoria, BC
I had my heart set on a natural birth and accomplished it because Ashley was by my side throughout labor. There was a point when I almost felt like I wouldnt make my goal, but Ashley poured her strength into me and gave me the encouragement I needed to persist. She is an absolute gem. I couldnt have asked for a better doula.
I highly recommend Ashley as a Doula to any mother-to-be in search of a very experienced and supportive labour support professional. My husband and I chose to hire Ashley for the birth of our first child in March 2018. After I contacted several Doulas in the Victoria area I immediately felt comfortable and at ease when I spoke to and met Ashley. I knew right away that she was the best fit for us. She was always approachable, supportive, responsive, punctual and highly committed to meeting our needs throughout the entire labour process.
During my labour she provided many helpful suggestions and methods for coping with the pain and discomfort. She was extremely attentive and was also a huge help to my husband. Ashley was fantastic for keeping us calm, focussed and positive. Not only did she help me successfully accomplish my goal of having a drug-free birth, she also captured the amazing experience with pictures that beautifully depicted the emotion of it all. These pictures are highly invaluable.
Following my daughter's birth Ashley continued to offer support with breastfeeding and she willingly answered my many, many postpartum questions. Overall I can’t say enough positive things about Ashley. She helped make our birth experience better than I thought possible. We can't thank her enough.
-Hilary and Julien
I want to write this testimonial for anyone that is skeptical of having a doula and specifically to the skeptical dad. If you are like me you were hesitant in meeting a doula because you aren't sure if the investment would be worthwhile. There are so many people at this time trying to take your money or sell you some product with promises that it will make your experience as a parent more simple. Thankfully, in regards to Ashley, I was very wrong that it would be a waste of time or money. From the moment that my wife and I met Ashley it felt like she understood how we wanted to bring our child into the world and was able to provide some much needed guidance for first time parents.
Ashley is truly an expert in the field and was able to give helpful recommendations on everything involved with the birth and helped us both to feel more calm going into what is built up to be a stressful event. When my wife went into labour Ashley's skillset really stood out. Not only does she have the experience to make the delivery go smoothly for my wife, but also took time to ensure that I was taking moments to breathe for myself and focused on making sure that I grabbed a drink or have a little bit of food. There were many tense moments during the delivery and without Ashley I don't believe we would have had the same success during the delivery or been able to follow our birth plan. in my opinion she was as necessary as the doctor and nurses that were in the room.
Overall, I couldn't have been more happy with our doula experience and both my wife and I cannot find enough good things to say about having worked with Ashley. She's been an indispensible for us during; planning, delivery, and helping mother and baby settle at home.
Before meeting Ashley I didn’t know what a Doula was or why I'd want one. Now I can’t imagine going through childbirth without her. As much as my husband was my rock, having Ashley’s gentle and knowledgeable guidance and her constant emotional support, was invaluable. She’s an amazing Doula: kind, caring, knowledgeable, thoughtful, great sense of humour, calm and yet energetic, organized, positive…I could go on and on. She’s so passionate about what she does! We took private childbirth education with Ashley and she helped me overcome fears about labour. She also offered the use of birth related books and treated us to her delicious cookies. In the hospital Ashley provided endless reassurance, motivation and support. She helped me believe in myself. With a smile, word, back rub or cool towel she helped me be present and stay calm during difficult contractions. When things didn’t go as hoped she was compassionate, understanding and encouraging. She got me to accept changes I needed to make to my birth plan so the overall experience was still the best it could be. Ashley was there about 20 hours and stayed to the end. She came to visit the next day and checked on us several times that month. Childbirth is a very intimate and vulnerable experience and you need someone you trust and feel completely comfortable with. Ashley genuinely cares about people and there’s no one we would’ve rather had with us. It took me a really long time to write this (since Jan 2017) as I kept looking for the perfect words to describe her. I wanted to give the most thorough review and include every amazing thing she did and why you should use her services. Simply put, I honestly don’t know if we could’ve gotten through it as well without her and we’d want her by our side if we ever had another baby. Ashley, Rob and I can’t thank you enough and are forever grateful you were a part of our life-changing journey!
The whole experience with Ashley was fantastic. Our baby ended up needing to be in the NICU for a while. Ashley was invaluable right after the birth when my husband was with the baby and I needed someone to hold my hand. She really helped me through those moments of fear with such a soft and caring hand. I would have been lost without her.
We can't say enough wonderful things about Ashley. From the moment we met her, her calm, pleasant demeanor made is feel at ease. She was available to chat whenever we needed some reassurance. She was an irreplaceable member of my birth team. Her support and kindness never wavered during my 30+ hour labour. She was right by my side the whole time ready with words of encouragement, a massage, or just her quiet presence. She made me feel so calm and confident in the process of labour and I believe her support was a big reason I was able to labour for so long without pain medications. She was very helpful in helping my husband and mom support me as well. She was extremely professional and worked with my midwife very well. She stayed right till I was in recovery after a c-section very very early in the morning and came back to visit us in the hospital too. She continued to check in on us the first few weeks we were home which was so comforting to know she was there if we needed her. I would absolutely encourage anyone looking for a doula to meet with Ashley. My birth went completely the opposite of what I had wanted but Ashley helped make it a positive experience for all of us. I couldn't have done it without her. A million thanks to you Ashley!!
Where can I begin? Words alone can not do justice to the amazing energy that Ashley brought to our pregnancy and birth experiences. She was just so extremely calm and encouraging, she made me feel like I could do anything. And that whatever choice I made was the absolute best decision for me. She was a really important part of our birth plan, helping to keep both of us calm and giving a really confident and experienced kind of assistance to us. She was always ready to help in absolutely any way way we needed, often before we even asked. Using a variety of methods for comfort and therapeutic pain remedies was greatly appreciated and helpful. Her professionalism is outstanding, she came equipped with numerous resources to prepare us for both the emotional and physical aspects. She is honestly invaluable. I could not ask for anyone more nurturing and genuine. I could literally chat with her for days. Her energy honestly has diffused my stress and worry on so many occasions. I can not say enough about her amazingly kind and gentle approach, she is one in a million. Thankyou Ashley from the bottom of our hearts.
By pure luck, we ended up hiring Ashley Brilhante as our Doula, and I will forever be thankful that we did. After our first appointment with our midwife my wife asked what I thought about hiring a doula. In truth, I barely knew what a doula was, and I was suspicious that this was just an extra cost that would be added without a significant impact. I could not have been more wrong. Upon our first meeting with Ashley, she explained that she was there to act as a support for both the mother and the father. She described her services as flexible, focused on meeting the unique needs that inevitably present themselves at a birth. In our meetings prior to the big day Ashley served as a wealth of knowledge, and helped us to put together a general birth plan and deepen our understanding of options we had throughout. Ashley was our advocate, and her sole concern and focus was ensuring my wife and I were cared for and understood our options.
I called Ashley shortly after my wife’s water broke and 22 hours later she witnessed the birth of my daughter and stayed to support us until we were safe and sound in the mother/babe unit of the hospital. Ashley stayed with us that entire time and didn’t once make us feel like that was a burden. She gave me small breaks during labour, ensured everyone was properly hydrated, helped with the tens machine, and provided incredible emotional support to both of us as things hit a rough patch. Her two subsequent visits with us post-birth were very helpful. Ashley gave us a little rest and even helped my wife give our daughter her first bath.
I recommend Ashley without hesitation to anyone looking for a doula. She is friendly, professional, caring, and skilled. If we have another child, there would be nobody else we could imagine being there to support us. The entire experience with Ashley was positive and we are forever grateful.
Also, Her Doula Cookies are amazing!
I wanted someone who knew about pregnancy, birth and postpartum and could help me through the process emotionally physically and physiologically. I chose Ashley because of her warmth and understanding. She was there for me night and day for months supporting me and still is to this day. I would not of had such a great birthing experience without her by my side. Ashley knew exactly what I needed during every contraction her strength and comfort where great assets. her knowledge of the hospital and of every and anything baby related reassured me and gave me peace of mind during one of the most difficult challenges in my life. If I know of anyone in the future going through this experience especially first time moms such as myself I would highly recommend Ashley to them and you'd be hard pressed not to love her within a first meeting.
My husband and I are so happy that we found Ashley, and that she was a part of the birth of baby #2 for us :) I was a little bit anxious looking for a doula this time around, as our doula from baby #1 was on mat leave. From the moment that we met Ashley in our first meeting, we both knew that she was perfect for being a part of bringing our baby into the world. She is very easy going, very knowlegable and calm, and has a great sense of humor :) Ashley is a wonderful person, who is a perfect fit for the doula role. My husband was also very grateful for all the help that she provided for him. I could not have asked for things to go any other way than they did, and Ashley was such a huge part in making that happen. I would be very excited to recommend Ashley to any one of my friends, and would know in my heart that they were in good hands. We cannot say enough good things about our experience, and truly thank Ashley for helping make that happen :)
Ashley is amazing!!! She was absolutely wonderful through the prenatal home visits, my entire birth and postpartum visits as well as offering support by phone and text. Very warm, caring, supportive and non-judgme mental. She came to my house when I was in labor and helped keep me calm and feel safe laboring at home longer. She never left my side the whole day and her support was a big part of how I was able to have a natural birth. i would highly recommend Ashley to anyone. She is made to be a doula and constantly went above and beyond In many ways big and small.
Ashley was an amazingly supportive doula. She was very respectful of our needs and tailored her services to fit with what was comfortable with me (e.g., how I wanted to be supported during labour, her role in addition to my partner's role etc). I had a planned home water birth but ended up having to deliver in the hospital due to some minor complications. Altough things did not go as planned, Ashely continued her role in the hospital and ensured that I remained calm even though we were not at home. She went above and beyond by offering pregnancy resources as well as thorough postpartum follow-up meetings. Ashley was always available to answer any of my questions. Most importantly, her warm and kind demeanor made us feel like she was part of our family.
We cannot say enough wonderful things about our experience with Ashley as our Doula for the birth of our first baby! From our initial meeting to post-partum visits, she was always warm and friendly, very approachable, and down to earth. Her positive attitude is contagious and her passion for creating a positive birth experience for her clients is evident. At first we were on the fence about hiring a Doula, especially my husband ("you have me, what do we need a doula for?") but he is now Ashley's number one fan, because having her present at our birth meant that he did not need to leave my side and was able to support me to the fullest (her baking skills may also have something to do with it...seriously, it's worth hiring her just for the cookies!)
In addition to being an extra set of hands to help me feel as physically comfortable as possible, Ashley was also a calm steady voice reassuring me that each contraction would end and I could get through it. As a mom herself, she "gets it" and she always knew the right thing to say in the moment. She took the time prior to our labour to understand our birth plan and did everything she could to help us both feel comfortable and supported.
We also rented a pool from Ashley and she took care of all the set up/take down, as well as helped with the clean up/laundry from our home-birth so we didn't have to worry about anything but bonding with our baby in those first few hours. She went above and beyond to help us out as new parents in the days following the birth and her kindess and helpfulness was very much appreciated. We will never forget receiving a text message the day after our baby was born that said "I left dinner on your porch" - best. thing. ever.
We have such fond memories of our birth experience, and a large part of that was due to Ashley - we HIGHLY recommend her for both her doula and pool rental services.
~ Jenn, Jon & Jayla
I am extraordinarily grateful that I met Ashley and had her as my doula. When I was thinking about who would be in the labour room with me, I realised I needed someone who I could count on, who knew how to handle whatever was thrown at them, and could help create an environment of comfort and non-judgement. This was my first pregnancy and I really had no expectations as how my delivery would pan out. I knew I wanted to go the natural route but kept an open mind in case it turned out I couldn't. Ashley visited me to talk about my wishes, my fears, and helped answer so many of my questions. On the day I went into labour, she jumped into action knowing better than I did that this was the real deal. She let me use her Tens machine to ease the pain of my contractions and then helped my family and I navigate the hectic traffic and truck parade! During my labour, she remained positve and gave me amazing support, she used comfort measures we had previously discussed and checked in on me often to make sure I was handling everything alright. Because of her help in the labour room, I delivered a healthy and happy baby boy and avoided an epidural and pain medication. When I really thought I couldn't do it, she reminded me that I was doing it already! I'm eternally grateful for the help and comfort she provided. I wouldn't have been able to do it without her by my side and I recommend her services to anyone who is looking for a knowledgeable and skilled doula who works hard to make sure you are cared for and helps you to achieve a safe and happy delivery. Thank you so much, Ashley, you made my birth story a beautiful one that my family and I will never forget!
I have recently just had my second baby and when I found out I was pregnant, I decided to go the midwife route. Towards the end of My pregnancy, my midwife had recommended that I find a doula to help me and be my support throughout my labour and for additional support afterwards. I found Ashley through Doulamatch and we arranged a meeting. I knew Ashley was going to be the perfect doula for me when I met her. She is easy to talk to and made me feel as though I could rely on her to get me through my labour and delivery, and make the whole experience to be exactly how I imagined it to be. When I went into early labour, Ashley made sure I knew she would be there when I needed her and by the time I was ready to go to the hospital, she was at my house and we all went to the hospital together. I was scared because this was the first time I had gone through labour without pain medication, but Ashley made me feel confident that I could get through each contraction and helped me every step of the way. What made my labour and delivery an amazing experience with Ashley was that my husband (let's be honest, was a deer in headlights during my whole early labour and really didn't know how to act or react to my contractions and pain) became more confident when he was watching Ashley and started to take on a more active role in my support system rather than just watching on the sidelines. I cannot express how amazing and unbelievable my birthing experience was and I could not have done it without my leading ladies, Ashley and my midwife.
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