$900 to $1300
4 years and 50 births attended
4 years and 50 families served
Type of practice: Solo practice
Clients per month: 1 to 3 births and 1 to 3 postpartum families
Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Attends home births? Some Home Births
I will only attend home births that are attended by a registered midwife.
Daytime Postpartum Support is $35/hr. Payment plans are available on all services. For information on packages, please visit my website.
Calgary, AB Service range 80 miles
After meeting with several doulas during our pregnancy, my husband and I felt that Natasja would be the best fit to join us on our birth journey. We are so glad we did, because she was such an important part of the process. We met with Natasja twice before our son was born; these meetings were so helpful in our preparation. Natasja discussed what we could expect from labour and delivery, had us determine our preferences where possible, and helped us to understand what choices we could make to feel in control of our experience. We felt prepared, calm, and confident after these discussions.
When I went into labour on Christmas Eve, Natasja was a huge support right from the beginning. She coached us over the phone before joining us at home. We were both feeling scared and overwhelmed when things started off differently than we expected, but Natasja helped us to remain calm and take things slowly. At the hospital she encouraged me to advocate for my needs and remind me of the type of labour experience I had hoped for. She helped my husband find ways to support me and was there for encouragement when things got hard.
Following our son's birth, Natasja came to visit us and talk through our experience, give us tips for caring for our newborn, and provide further support.
Without Natasja, I'm not sure how we would have done it! We are so incredibly grateful for her support, guidance, and care throughout this experience. We highly, highly recommend Natasja!
Hiring Natasja as our doula was the best thing we ever did. My husband and I had Nastasja as both a birth and postpartum doula, and both times she was invaluable. I had a long labour (45 hours from the time my water broke) and having the extra support was crucial for both my husband and I. She was professional, caring, tireless and focused the entire time she was with us (from the start of active labour to a couple of hours after the birth). She ensured that my husband was able to get a bit of rest and eat, and suported us through the sometimes tense situation as the labour was long. Natasja helped me focus so that I could last as long as possible without an epidural, and was supportive and encouraging in every aspect.
Even more invaluable than the birth support was the postpartum support. Unless you have family to help, you will need this support! We had Natasja for 9 hours per week in the first two weeks, and then again from 1.5-3 months of age, once we had no family around and my husband was back at work. Our little one has not been a great sleeper, and from Day 1, we could not get him to sleep in his bassinet, which meant we were even more sleep deprived than we anticipated. Having Natasja around allowed us to catch up on some sleep, eat, and take care of some tasks. Natasja was so good with the baby, taught us some strategies to help him to sleep better, got him to nap, and supported me, as the mother. She provided advice and support on breastfeeding, helped us figure out how to use the clother diapers we were determined to use, did dishes and laundry while the baby slept - most importantly, taking the initiative herself to do this. (When you're sleep deprived, this is so important - it's much harder to respond to the questions "What can I do?" than "Is there laundry I can do while you sleep?"). She was a steady hand when at times we were anxious and stressed learning to care for a newborn. If you are looking for a doula, look no further!
I will start by saying that I do not know how we would have done it without Natasja. My wife had a very long (and stressful at times) labour and delivery process, and Natasja was there with us in every step of the way providing the most experienced and compassionate support to my wife and me. And I mention myself because I think it is important to give my testimonial from the father's perspective. My wife will give hers as well. I am a physician and as such, I was worried that I would not be able to detach myself from the profession during those stressful times but Natasja helped me so much to experience it and enjoy it as the first time father that I am and also to support my wife in the best ways possible. As a Pediatrician, I have been actively involved in hundreds of deliveries and I can tell you that during those moments, having someone as thoughtful and considerate but also as knowledgeable as Natasja being part of your team, is a blessing.
And Natasja's help did not end at the delivery, we had the extended fortune of having her as our post-partum doula during those first weeks and months of adaptation to the new reality at home, especially with a baby that loves to party and thus does not like to sleep that much, and also when I had to return to work.
I cannot recommend Natasja enough. She is simply the best doula. Search no more.
Starting with our first meet-and-greet in our home through until our final post-partum appointment, our experience working with Natasja as our Doula was fantastic and we highly recommend her.
Natasja is personable, caring, thoughtful and the kind of person that you immediately becomes a close friend and welcome with open arms. Being one of the most vulnerable times of our lives - Natasja supported us, helped us to feel safe and comfortable and showed us love, compassion and empathy when we needed it most.
Reflecting on my experience with Natasja brings a rush of fond memories and emotions: comfort, joy, and most of all gratitude. Within only a few minutes of meeting Natasja I knew she was a person I would be able to lean on for my pregnancy, birth and postpartum period. She has a strong and steady personality, but manages to balance this with an incredibly nurturing demeanour and very warm hugs. Natasja was generous with her time and services and consistently went above and beyond the duties of the role. She was able to predict my needs and offered her support before I knew I needed it. She was always calm in a crisis and made awkward situations feel comfortable. Natasja prepared me very well for my delivery and postpartum period and hung on when "the plan" took a crazy turn. Additionally, she was an informed advocate; she asked the right questions ahead of time and always ensured my needs and choices were being respected throughout the experience. Did I mention her labour skills are awesome? She was able to offer a wide variety of techniques for pain management as my labour progressed, and managed to read my signals with a precise intuition. Throughout the postpartum period my whole family looked forward to her time with us. She never spent a minute without being helpful in some way and she wasn't afraid to jump in - no matter how messy or crazy the home was. I always felt accepted and supported by Natasja. "Doula" is not a job for Natasja - it is a calling. I am so incredibly grateful that we crossed paths.
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