8 years and 100 births attended
Type of practice: Partnership with 2 or more doulas
Clients per month: 1 to 4
Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
I have extensive experience working in BC Women's Hospital and some experience in other Lower Mainland hospitals. My goal is to make your experience as comfortable as possible, while working alongside nurses, doctors, and midwives as part of your support team.
Attends birth center births? No Birth Centers
There are no birth centers in BC yet...
Attends home births? Any Home Birth
I can also assist in set up and take down of your birth pool, help tidy up after the birth, and make sure you are comfy and resting in your clean bed before I leave.
I am a birth doula (senior team member) with South Community Birth Program in Vancouver.
Fees include complimentary in-person prenatal meeting at location of your choice, prenatal education during subsequent prenatal meetings (as many as you need), being on call for you from our meeting till your birth & a postnatal visit to debrief and assess any additional supports needed. I also have a small library of resource books and videos as well as tips where to access more. I can refer you to any other services needed in your pregnancy and after your birth.
Vancouver, BC Service range 8 miles
It's safe to say that without Jana I wouldn't have such a positive experience from my labour. She is very calming, positive and encouraging. As a first time mom, I went through some stages during the labour when I wasn't sure or had no idea what's going on with my body, how to breathe, deal with the pain etc. but Jana was so great, she always managed to handle the situation and calmed me down and gave me more strength to keep going.
I'd never had any troubles reaching her. She was a huge support for me. Thanks again and I fully recommend Jana to everyone.
My little one is over a year old now but I still have very fond memories of my birth experience. It was my first birth and Jana knew all the right things to say to reassure me throughout the process. She dropped off a tens machine during the early hours of labour and then came back a few hours later during the height of an intense contraction. I honestly felt like a superhero came to my door to rescue me in my time of need :) Jana was so supportive throughout the hospital transfer ordeal and kept me focused. She was constantly by my side, giving me water to drink, letting me squeeze her hand, checking in on my husband, and answering my constant "is this normal?!?" questions exactly how I needed to hear it "yes, perfectly normal and you are doing great!!" :)
What I loved about having Jana, a doula, by my side was that she was a person who had witnessed hundreds of births and so knew what was 'normal' so her word carried a lot of weight. But she wasn't a medical doctor, she wasn't part of that team, and having another person there to advocate for just me, was wonderful. If we ever have another baby, Jana will be a must have for our birth plan.
I was connected with Jana through the South Community Birth Program while pregnant with my first child. Given that the birthing process was so new to me, I was relieved that a doula would be by my side through the process. Jana's professionalism was evident throughout my contact with her. Given that my daughter was born two weeks late, she regulary checked in and made arrangements to have another doula take her place in the event she couldn't be there. My labour ended up being quite lengthy, yet she was a constant support to my partner and I throughout the day (and night!). She also offered numerous suggestions to help me deal with the discomfort I felt during contractions. Her thoughtfulness was also apparent throughout the experience. She offered to take pictures upon the arrival of my daughter and checked in on us once we were settled at home a few days later. We were thankful to have Jana at our side throughout this intense, amazing journey!
Jana deserves many thank you's and hugs after helping me through a 30 hour labour. She came onto the scene when things picked up after 12 hours and helped me through the biggest challeneges. Her support during my labour cannot be underestimated - she was able to help with the pain, reassure me, and stay with me the entire time. When I wasn't sure what was going on, she was able to walk me through the process. She slept at the hospital and was there to see the birth of our son after the marathon labour. My husband and I are so grateful for her calm demeanor, her patience, her assistance and her time. Jana was wonderful and we will always appreciate the help she gave us!
My experience with Jana is a very positive one. I had the privilege of having her as my doula during my first pregnancy. She was good at answering her phone (or called back very quickly if I left a message) which made me feel important to her and that she cared. During the entire labour I felt very supported by Jana and felt that she always had my best interests as a priority. Her calming voice kept me at ease and she was there with me every step of the way. To this day I tell people that my doula was the reason why I didn't think of pain medications/epidural during labour. I was fortunate to have a good labour and could stay home as long as possible and Jana was very accomodating (came to my home which is out of the way for her). I look forward to having her by my side for my next childbirth experience!
Jana was an amazing doula. My labour was very long and she was there with us the entire time we needed her. She came by the house and used some techniques to try and get the baby to turn as I was having lower back pain. Later on using other techniques she really helped me get through the contractions. We were able to stay in the comfort of our own home for as long as possible before heading to the hospital. Had she not have been there I do not think i would have been able to go as long as I did at home. While at the hospital she was getting me drinks and popsicles to help me stay hydrated. Right after I had delivered the baby Jana went and got me toast and jam and fed it to me. She stayed about 2 hours after the baby was born just to make sure everything was good before leaving. She was very encouraging and we felt very comfortable with her. I would highly recommend Jana to anyone who is looking for a Doula. My husband and I are so grateful that she was there helping us through the birth of our first baby.
Mackenzie was our first child, so naturally we thought we could use some expert guidance! Jana had excellent coping techniques from tena pads, to massage to squeezes, breathing, etc. I would have been so frightened had Jana not been there to guide my husband and I through labour. I laboured at home until 7 cm dialation so she had a tough job!! I would 100% recommend using Jana as your doula. Have an amazing birthing experience!!
My partner and I had the pleasure of working with Jana during our daughter's birth, in June 2013. Jana was matched with us through our birth program. Jana was knowledgeable and experienced, and was helpful between the time of my induction and eventual c-section. She was very supportive in liasing between us, hospital staff, doctors and midwives during a busy long weekend at our hospital. Also, I was very appreciative of her picking up the camera and documenting our journey. Thank-you, Jana!
I had a great experience with Jana during my labour. She was with me from the moment I called that I need her till couple hours after the birth of our baby, going through every contraction with me, giving advices, calming me down when there were some complications in the hospital and giving me confidence that I can get through this. She is very knowlegeable, giving me heads up what's happening and what to expect during the recovery and helping me with the first breast feeding. I would fully recommend Jana as a doula!
Jana was fantastic! She came in and immediatley helped out with pain management using a combination of massage and pressure points. She made sure I was hydrated and taken care of, while helping my husband feel more at ease. Definitely would have Jana at our next birth!
We had a long hard labor, and Jana was there every step of the way to offer guidance, support, and very important and needed back and foot rubs. She knew the best time of the day to head to the hospital and how to navigate when we were frazzled and too tired to think. Her knowledge of the nurses and midwives helped us feel more at ease during the stressful time. Jana had great tips on how to keep motivated and calm during labor, how to rest and sleep in the most uncomfortable of times, and she was never judgmental and always sincere.
After we were released from the hospital for an unscheduled c-section, Jana stopped by to see our son and drop by a small gift. She definitely made the whole crazy 36 hours easier to get through.
Overall our birthing experience, which was full of twists, turns, and a surprise ending, was made all the better with Jana at our side. We highly recommend her as a doula.
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