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Anastasia Spivak

The VBAC doula

Website: http://www.facebook.com/vbacdoula

Phone: 778-984-1052

Birth Fee: $1200 to $1500

Postpartum Rate: $25 to $35

Fee Details: I am an experienced birth and postpartum doula, supporting families with interest in unmedicated vaginal births in any setting. I particularly enjoy supporting people having home birth after a cesarean. I offer a special fee to single mothers and families in need. As an add on to my birth doula services, I offer postpartum doula care, childbirth education classes, VBAC preparation class, and infant sleep consulting. Even though I work predominantly with families birthing after one or multiple Cesareans, part of my advocacy work is to prevent Cesareans by education and knowledgeable support. If my profile and mission resonates with you, please reach out to chat more about what you are looking for and what my support entails.

Birth Doula Experience: 3 years and 107 births attended

Postpartum Doula Experience: 4 years and 61 families served

Birth Doula Certifications

  • Wise Woman Way of Birth Certified (Trained) Doula

Doula Training

  • Birth Arts International, May 2016
  • DONA International, October 2016
  • Wise Woman Way of Birth, December 2016
  • Hypnobabies, January 2017
  • Bebo Mia, May 2017
Type of Practice: Solo practice

Clients per Month: 2 to 4 births and 1 to 3 postpartum families

Attends hospital births? Some Hospitals
I enjoy supporting families through their hospital births. I currently work at Abbotsford General Hospital, Langley Memorial Hospital, Surrey Memorial Hospital, Peace Arch Hospital, Royal Columbian Hospital, and Ridge Meadows Hospital, BC Women's and Saint Paul's Hospital.
Attends birth center births? No Birth Centers
There are no birth centers in the Lower Mainland or Fraser Valley..
Attends home births? Any Home Birth
Home births are particularly exhilarating. I enjoy supporting families through the peacefullness of an undisturbed home birth. Contact me if you'd like my recommendations for supportive home birth midwives in the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley.

Other Relevant Certifications

  • 4. Biologix Solutions Bloodborne Pathogens for Placenta Encapsulation Specialists Trained
  • bebo.mia. Sleep Educator Certification
  • Certified Placenta Encapsulator (International Placenta & Postpartum Association - IPPA)
  • Lifesaving Society CPR HCP

College Education

  • BA/BS

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Addiction Recovery
  • Adoption
  • Cesarean birth
  • Clients on bed rest
  • Families conceiving with ART and IVF
  • High risk
  • Home Birth
  • Induced and high medical technology labor & birth
  • LGBTQP Families
  • Multiples
  • Over 40
  • Plus size mothers
  • Postpartum mood disorders
  • Prematurity
  • Relinquishing mothers
  • Remote and rural clients birthing away from home
  • Single parents
  • Teens
  • Twins
  • Vaginal breech birth
  • VBAC
  • Waterbirth
  • Women and Families of Color

Special Services Offered

  • Abortion Support
  • Acupressure
  • Aromatherapy
  • Baby-led weaning
  • Babywearing education
  • Belly binding
  • Bereavement doula (pregnancy & infant loss)
  • Birth Pool rental
  • Childbirth Education Services
  • Cloth diapering education
  • Miscarriage Support (Before, During or After)
  • Mother blessing celebrations
  • Mother Roasting
  • Placenta encapsulation
  • Reduced rates for women considering adoption
  • Satellite Doula (For remote and rural clients)
  • Sibling support (for your older children at the birth)
  • Sleep Educator
  • TENS units rental

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

I have previously worked as a volunteer doula with young and single-parent families through Doula Services Association. We reserve limited spaces per year for sliding scale and payment plan paying arrangements. My passion for VBACs has led me to start the VBAC workshop in Vancouver. To learn more and register go to: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/the-vbac-workshop-nourish-your-body-soul-for-a-pregnancy-after-cesarean-tickets-50344345292

Languages spoken: English, Russian, Ukrainian, Italian

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Client Testimonials for Anastasia Spivak

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Irene L.

We knew right away that Anastasia was the doula for us. She is professional, passionate and knowledgeable, and has a warm and comforting presence. Ana answered our questions throughout my pregnancy, and was instrumental in helping me find my courage during labour. While I was pregnant, my husband and I were concerned about who would care for our toddler during my delivery. Ana helped us come up with a solution that worked wonderfully for our family and allowed us to feel at ease and focus on welcoming our baby. We are extremely grateful to Ana for the encouragement, attentiveness, and support she provided as our doula.

Posted 3/5/2019

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Laura Spencer

Ana is clearly passionate about being a doula and she works tirelessly to show and give support. I so appreciate her and her big heart. She’s the best listener. It‘s part of what makes her a great doula. Ana obviously pushes herself to give you the best and she also does it with a smile and a laugh that is also therapeutic! We moms need that too.

Posted 2/5/2019

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Dana McFarlane

As a first time mom, Ana was such a comforting presence during the birthing process. She was calm and encouraging throughout and so hard working! I also used the hypnobirthing techniques and Ana was well versed and supportive of using the hypnobirthing language and process. I felt completely supported and would highly recommend Ana’s services.

Posted 1/25/2019

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Linda Santoso

I found Ana through her work partner on this site. I gave birth at home with the help of midwives and her back In November last year. I am a single mom and came to Canada in July to give birth. I did not know anyone back then, besides my auntie. But she was busy to even attend my birth. I was advised by my midwives to find a doula. And thank gosh I gave birth with her help because I would have never imagined going through 36 hours labour by myself.

I am also not working at the moment, and when I contacted her I told her that I was strained with financial issues. She was able to provide me sliding scale fee for her services.

Besides being a doula, she was also helping me to encapsulate my placenta. 

I would recommend her services as a doula. She is doing an amazing job. I would definitely use her again when I have more kids in the future.

 

 

 

Posted 1/23/2019

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S.a. Ali

I never thought I'd hire a doula, but I'm so glad I did!!!

It's my abosulute pleasure to recommend Anastasia Spivak for her doula service.  It was my last minute decision to hire a doula right before my scheduled c-section so I called a few numbers that were listed online on a doula website.....I was referred to Anastasia by one of the doulas.  Prior to my surgery; I spoke to Anastasia on the phone, and met her in person.....she answered all my questions, and I found her to be very easy going, and she made me feel comfortable.  

I'm so glad that Anastasia was my doula.  She is very knowledgeable and experienced....she's a parent as well, so she understood what I was going through.   

It was very difficult to move around and practically do much after my c-section.  Anastasia put me at ease by passing my baby over to me from the basinette, holding my baby while I rested, swadding her, and comforting her while I healed....  I found her to be alert, informative and very caring.  She did a fantastic job! 

 

 

 

Posted 1/22/2019

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Anna R

Ana was our postpartum doula and I am so glad we hired her. She was extremely helpful to our family since the first days in the hospital, where she was able to come on a very short notice. She is very knowledgeble, but doesn't push her opinions. When I look back at our first weeks with our newborn daughter, I think of one night when Ana was on a night shift with us and she suggested I try using a nipple shield (I was not able to latch my baby). Turned out, I actually had a shield at home, but didn't know how to use it. We tried it at the next feed and my baby latched right away! It was the most wonderful and magical moment that I will remeber forever. If she did not suggest it, if I continued to pump for a few more days or weeks, maybe breasfeeding wouldn't have happened for us at all. Seems like such an easy solution now, but, first time parents, we just didn't know. 

In addition to her help with breastfeeding and taking care of our baby, Ana cooked delicious recovery meals for me (that my husband also enjoyed), did grocery shopping, pharmacy runs and some house chores. She picked up quickly on what we needed and was able to do a lot within the hours of her shift, often without us needing to ask. I would highly recommend her as a portpartum doula!

 

Posted 7/19/2018

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Matt Tanya

Ana is awesome!

We were on the fence as to whether to bring a doula onto the journey of child birth.

Having only had one friend mention using a doula for their childbirth, we didn’t know if it was important and valuable  Having had Ana’s help before, during and after birth we are so happy we found her.

She helped us make the most informed decisions at each step of the way and made our delivery go so much smoother.

The longer visits before and after birth at home are nice to have deeper discussions than what are possible in the shorter midwife or doctor office visits.  We also appreciated some of the alternative approaches from western medicines that Ana could suggest to help with several conditions that came up.

Thanks again Ana!

Matt and Tanya

 

Posted 4/24/2018

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Chloe Lo

It is essential to have a doula with you in every birth. I didn't know that I was pregnant until my 6-month and it was my first pregnancy as well. At first, I was so anxious and nervous about it. Luckily, I had Ana to be with me for the rest of the 3 months. Although we only met 2 times before my delivery, Ana did help a lot. She answered all my questions patiently. She was such a cheerful person that every time after our meeting, I felt more relaxed and confident about the labor. Well time flew and it finally came to the labor day. In the afternoon, I was told by my doctor that my cervix was 2cm open. After a few hours in the late night, my contraction started. I called Ana, and she told me to try to relax and she would come to my home later. However, things happened unexpectedly. My contraction became so intense very quickly so I called her again. And then, she was there with me very soon. During my contraction, she massaged me whenever I needed. When I was screaming out, she tried to comfort me. When we got to the hospital, I was ready to push. For the whole process, Ana was holding my hand giving me strength and courage. And yes, it was such a successful delivery because my baby came out in an hour. It was an amazing experience with Ana and I am so looking forward to my next pregnancy with her again!!

Posted 10/1/2017

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Jennifer Moon Pak

I had the birth of my dreams, and it is so largely attributed to Ana! She is so attentive, caring and passionate about birth. Extremely knowledgeable, but doesn't push her own agenda on you - she will listen to all your concerns/requests and accommodate wonderfully. My husband and I both agree that things would have turned out very differently had we not had Ana with us. We would highly recommend her regardless of what kind of birth you are planning - her support is invaluable!

Posted 10/1/2017

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Steff Nickel Gallagher

Childbirth was the most unpredictable experience I’ve ever been through, and all of the research in the world could not have prepared me for it. Having Anastasia as part of my doula team, especially while I laboured at home, made a world of difference to both myself and my husband. It really helped to have a constant reassurance that what I was going through was normal and expected. Although my birth did not go as planned, I greatly appreciate having had people in the delivery room who were on my side and dedicated to keeping me comfortable, (hydrated!), and informed. Thank-you for supporting me through my whirlwind of a birth!

Posted 10/1/2017

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Roben GC

From the first moment of meeting Ana, I knew I was in good hands. She is very kind, knowledgeable and puts you at ease right away. I found her late in my pregnancy, and was seeking knowledgeable support in my natural hospital birth. She put my fears at ease and helped me to find the strength in voice to put forward what I wanted in my birth to my doctor and in my birth plan at the hospital.
From the beginning I knew I wanted as natural a birth as possible and to stay at home as long as possible, but I needed knowledgeable support to help me in this to keep my environment calm and to be my voice if I lose it in the midst of my first birth.
She was all this and more, throughout my birth from the time she arrived her calm presence added to the atmosphere of my birth. She was an anchor when needed and helped me to let go into each wave. When my fears took hold, she brought me back and helped me find my strength again. She was seamless in her help and support of my support as well.
In the hospital, where I was most afraid she never left my side and held my hand in the entire delivery. If I was lost I needed only look into her eyes and see her strength and belief in my abilities to keep moving forward.
My birth experience would not have been the same without her.
Her aftercare has been wonderful as well, in making sure my lil one and I are well supported and that our needs are met, she has many resources and knowledge about everything I’ve learned and faced so far as a first time mom.
If I were to have another child, Ana would be the first person I would contact to be there as my support.
I began by looking for support and left with a sister.

Posted 9/17/2017

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Mona Bodalia-Dale

I had my son in November. My doula was Ana! I love Ana. I had chosen her a few months before my birth.
I messaged her the morning I felt my contractions were starting. She came very quickly after and stayed with me the entire day and hours after I had my son. She has a calm energy and made me feel like I was in control of my birth. Ana helped the midwives clean up after my birth and didn't leave to go home until I was comfortable in my bed with my newborn baby.
She stopped by a couple of days later and helped me out with dishes and again didn't leave till I was resting in my bed.
Thank you Ana for being there during the most exciting and humbling time in my life.

Posted 9/17/2017

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Nicole Trask

I chose Ana as my doula because her calm and kind disposition put me at ease right away. [...] Since I came to her late in my pregnancy, I had already been working with obstetricians and they recommended I be induced at 39 weeks because I was over 40. Ana was with us every step of the way and answered all my questions. When I finally began having strong contractions after being induced, she came to our apartment and ended up sleeping on the floor beside our bed and coaching me through so that we didn't go to the hospital too early. The next day we did go and I was seven and a half centimetres dilated and was admitted right away. Ana ran a bath for me and she and my husband took turns sitting with me for several hours. She provided a great deal of support to me and my husband throughout the entire process including four hours of pushing! When I first became pregnant, I thought that I just wanted a healthy baby and that it didn't matter how he or she came into the world and since I was 41 with my first, I was told that there was a higher chance that I would have a c-section. In the end, I took it step by step and when Ana and my husband said I could do it, I started believing them. I had 34 hours of labour and delivered vaginally with no epidural and we now have the most beautiful baby boy. I'm not sure I would have believed in myself enough to do that if I hadn't had Ana's support. Her service is amazing and she completely invests all of herself into giving her clients the most positive birth experience possible. I was told a lot of different things about being pregnant at my age but Ana knew that I was healthy and strong and had faith that I could have a natural birth. Hiring her was the best thing I did for myself and our baby during my pregnancy. I would recommend Ana with all my heart to any mother-to-be.

Posted 9/17/2017

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Roben CG

From the first moment of meeting Ana, I knew I was in good hands. She is very kind, knowledgeable and puts you at ease right away. I found her late in my pregnancy, and was seeking knowledgeable support in my natural hospital birth. She put my fears at ease and helped me to find the strength in voice to put forward what I wanted in my birth to my doctor and in my birth plan at the hospital.

From the beginning I knew I wanted as natural a birth as possible and to stay at home as long as possible, but I needed knowledgeable support to help me in this to keep my environment calm and to be my voice if I lose it in the midst of my first birth.

She was all this and more, throughout my birth from the time she arrived her calm presence added to the atmosphere of my birth. She was an anchor when needed and helped me to let go into each wave. When my fears took hold, she brought me back and helped me find my strength again. She was seamless in her help and support of my support as well.

In the hospital, where I was most afraid she never left my side and held my hand in the entire delivery. If I was lost I needed only look into her eyes and see her strength and belief in my abilities to keep moving forward.

My birth experience would not have been the same without her.

Her aftercare has been wonderful as well, in making sure my lil one and I are well supported and that our needs are met, she has many resources and knowledge about everything I’ve learned and faced so far as a first time mom.

If I were to have another child, Ana would be the first person I would contact to be there as my support.

I began by looking for support and left with a sister.

Posted 7/3/2017

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Sarah Van Wyck

As a full time mother and student, it was so helpful to have Ana over to watch my son while I was able to get some work done. She was so thoughtful to ask what else I needed done around the house to make things a bit easier on me. She was so kind to my son and really engaging; I would absolutely recommended Ana as a mother helper to anyone who is looking for an extra pair of hands, or even just for good company!

Posted 11/30/2016

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Toni Latour

Ana is a wonderful care taker!  She is warm and kind and was fully present and attentive with me and my 5 month old baby.  Her experience as a doula and a mother make her an excellent support.  At 5 months post pardum, I was exhausted and in need of help.  As soon as Ana arrived, I felt and ease and trust immediately.  At the end of that day, I asked Ana if she would come back for extended work.  I felt so lucky to have met her.  I would recommend her to any new parent, and I imagine she would be an excellent doula to any birthing parent.  Highly recommend.

Posted 11/30/2016

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Sans Limites

Ana was a great support to us amidst four kids under four. She was flexible with the application of her skills and willingness to find suitable hours which worked for us all (we wanted to be mindful that she is  a mum too! ) It was great to have an extra person  to give contact time with our newborns so we could keep our older kids in their routine while we all got used to the new additions and their needs.

Posted 11/7/2016

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