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Tanya Cunningham

Tanya Cunningham Birth & Postpartum Doula Services

Website: http://tanyacunninghamdoula@gmail.com

Phone: 778-678-6481

Birth Fee: $600

Postpartum Rate: $30 to $35

Fee Details: I try to set my fees reasonably within the going rates, but I am open to flexible payment plans if it would help in managing finances. 3 hours/day min. for daytime postpartum doula services, 6 hour min. for nighttime. Birth fee includes at least 2 prenatal visits, all of labour and delivery, and at least 2 postpartum visits (hospital births: 1 hospital visit and at least 1 home visit; home births: at least 2 visits.) For caesarean births, I will visit as many times as needed in the week after you get home and be on call for the second week for emergencies. For all births, after the designated number of visits, additional postpartum services are available at my regular rate. Free birth doula services for teen mums (1/month, first come first served) and reduced rates for women considering adoption. I am open to discussing reduced rates for exceptional cases - please enquire. Rates for antepartum doula services are same as postpartum doula fees and services are similar, based on needs.

Birth Doula Experience: 2 years and 8 births attended

Postpartum Doula Experience: 2 years and 6 families served

Doula Training

  • DONA International, June 2016
Type of Practice: Solo practice

Clients per Month: 1 to 3 births and 1 to 4 postpartum families

Postpartum limits/restrictions: I am available for postpartum overnight service. No smoking inside the home. I have no allergy issues with pets - I love cats and most dogs(depends on breed). My focus is on what mama, baby, and partner need and I tailor my services to those needs, but general services include emotional and mental 'companion' support, informational support, aromatherapy and essential oils education for postpartum and baby, practical support such as light chores, some meal and snack prep, walks, and baby care while you relax, sleep, take some time for you.
Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Whatever your reasons for giving birth in the hospital - your choice or medically necessary - I respect your decisions and will advocate for you.
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Attends home births? Any Home Birth
Any home birth attended by licensed midwives. No allergy issues - I love cats and most dogs(depends on breed).

Breastfeeding Certifications

  • Mothering Touch DONA approved Breastfeeding Workshop

Other Relevant Certifications

  • Red Cross First Aid/CPR for Childcare; Mothering Touch DONA-approved Introduction to Childbirth for Doulas course, Birth Doula course, Postpartum Doula course; Food Safe Level 1; personal experiences of four different births including one cesarean; personal experience of two traumatic miscarriages, personal experience with postpartum depression; 26 years personal experience raising four children, as well as daycare.

College Education

  • BA/BS

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Cesarean birth
  • Home Birth
  • Induced and high medical technology labor & birth
  • Postpartum mood disorders
  • Survivors of childhood sexual abuse
  • Waterbirth

Special Services Offered

  • American Red Cross First Aid and CPR
  • Antepartum doula
  • Aromatherapy
  • Military families
  • Miscarriage Support (Before, During or After)
  • Pregnancy, birth and/or newborn photography
  • Reduced rates for women considering adoption

Languages spoken: English, functional French

Client Testimonials for Tanya Cunningham

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Kate Hughes

We made a great choice in hiring Tanya Cunningham as our doula. She helped my husband and I feel confident about labour and delivery and provided an array of resources and suggestions tailored to our needs.
During my daughter’s birth Tanya’s presence was a blessing. My labour progressed so quickly that no medical personnel were present for her delivery. Tanya helped calm me during the labour, and competently supported my husband to deliver the baby. She also prompted me about my birth plan and preferences at appropriate moments, supporting me to own and enjoy my role in the experience.
Although I was not initially interested in post partum doula care, I greatly valued the support that Tanya provided in the weeks after my daughter’s birth. In my case, cleaning, conversation, baby care and accompaniment to my appointments helped ease me into my “post partum world” feeling prepared and capable.
Our family found Tanya to be a gentle, attentive, caring and immensely helpful doula. We recommend her whole heartedly.

Posted 1/30/2018

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Megan Betker

Tanya was referred to me as a post-partum doula to allow me to have some "me" time following my son's birth. She was exceptionally nurturing with my son while providing me with much needed support and advice  for my countless questions. I have, and will continue to highly recommend Tanya for both doula, and post-patrum care as she was truely a life saver (mental and emotional) during this new phase of my life.

Posted 12/14/2017

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Karina Smith

We met Tanya for an interview and felt that we really connected with her. We hired her as our birth doula and postpartum doula. She was helpful with finding comfort strategies for labour and discussing what we were wanting on our birth plan. When the big day came, Tanya worked well with the nurses and helped us stay calm through delivery. After the birth, she stayed with us for quite awhile talking through all of our fears and concerns. She showed a lot of empathy and was a great listener. 

When we got home from the hospital, Tanya came to visit us and we really appreciated the help. She listened as we talked through our fears of parenthood and then she cleaned our house while we went out with baby. It was amazing coming home to a clean house.

I highly recommend Tanya as a doula. She's able to take charge when she needs to, to help reign in fear. She respects and validates your needs. And she's considerate, never overstepping your boundaries.

Posted 12/23/2016

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Keenan Ebanks

We were so pleased to have Tanya to join us for the birth of our son. She spent much time taking notes on our preferences and needs during pregnancy, and when the time came, we were very aware that she had carefully reviewed her notes before arrival. She didn't touch any more or less than we would have wanted, she didn't talk any more of less than we would have wanted, and she remained calm and collected throughout the very intense 4 hours labouR. 

 

Tanya was the first to arrive to help us prepare when we knew labour had started, and she was the last to leave once every last linen was put away. It was clear to us that there was nowhere else Tanya would have wanted to be which makes anyone even more of a pleasure to be around. 

she was especially helpful during the transition period when it came time to focus on proper breathing. Despits classes and practice, it still helped to have a doula there to remind you of what needs to be done at a time where it is not easy to remember. 

 

We'd certainly recommend to any expecting moms out there looking for an adaptable doula who's experienced in child birth and aware of her role as a doula. 

 

Keenan and Becky Ebanks 

Posted 10/29/2016

Birth Availability for Tanya Cunningham

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Postpartum Availability for Tanya Cunningham

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