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Saphren Ma

Birds Nest Doula Services


Phone: 7789273685

Birth Fee: $850

Fee Details: I am on-call 24/7 from your 37th week until the birth of your baby. I provide 3 prenatal visits, and unlimited phone and email access throughout the entirety of your pregnancy. I provide support throughout the whole of your labour and birth, access to a TENS machine, and help with the development of a birth "plan". I include photographs of your labour and birth, as well as the first moments with your new family with no added charge. I trust the birth process, and I will help support you in your journey to having an empowering birth. I fully support any way you choose to deliver, whether it be fully natural, epidural, or planned cesarean section. I will provide you with all the information and resources you need to make informed choices and help you advocate for yourself. I provide a sliding scale fee, so if you are unable to pay my full fee, I'm happy to chat and work something out. I want everyone to be able to have doula support regardless of their financial situation.

Birth Doula Experience: 4 years and 37 births attended

Doula Training

  • DONA International, October 2015
Type of Practice: Solo practice

Clients per Month: 1 to 4

Attends hospital births? Some Hospitals
BC Womens Hospital, St. Paul's Hospital, Burnaby General Hospital, Royal Columbian Hospital.
Attends birth center births? No Birth Centers
There are no birth centres in BC as of 2019 unfortunately.
Attends home births? Any Home Birth

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Cesarean birth
  • High risk
  • Home Birth
  • Induced and high medical technology labor & birth
  • LGBTQP Families
  • Multiples
  • Over 40
  • Plus size mothers
  • Remote and rural clients birthing away from home
  • Single parents
  • Teens
  • Twins
  • VBAC
  • Waterbirth
  • Women and Families of Color

Special Services Offered

  • Pregnancy, birth and/or newborn photography
  • Reduced rates for women considering adoption
  • Satellite Doula (For remote and rural clients)
  • Sibling support (for your older children at the birth)
  • Surrogates and intended parents
  • TENS units rental

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

I am currently working privately (Birds Nest Doula Services), out of Pacific Midwifery and at South Community Birth Program.

Languages spoken: English

Client Testimonials for Saphren Ma

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Having Saphren at the birth of my daughter was so wonderful. From about 35 weeks on she was always available for me to call/text with questions, and she always made sure to check in at least once a week.

Then when I first started going into labor, she sat with me at home in the middle of the night while my contractions got more painful and closer together - helping me find new positions during the contractions and showing my family techniques to help me get through them. She was there timing and helping us decide when to go to the hospital, which took that stress away from us. Even those small things meant so much!

Saphren provided so much emotional and physical support throughout the 33 hours of labor to both me and my family. And having her around during this incredibly challenging and magical event in my life was so special.

Not only that, but when I returned home she sent me over one hundred beautiful, emotional, and candid pictures of the birth to look back on. I will cherish those pictures forever!

I am very grateful that I had her there and I can’t imagine having done it without her and her calm, loving presence. Thank you so much Saphren for being a part of my labor and my daughter’s birth. Your role in the process was so huge and I will never forget your support and kindness throughout the hardest, yet most rewarding experience of my life.

Posted 10/3/2019

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Saphren jumped in last as our substitute doula and was amazing! She helped my husband find ways to help me which kept him focused instead of stressed and the positions and breath guidance she gave to me were invaluable in the moment. I was lucky to have a very short labor but it was made even easier by Saphren’s calm demeanour and steady support.  Thank you Saphren!

Posted 8/15/2019

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Kerry Blackadar

Saphren is an incredibly calm, knowledgeable and kind doula. She was a true rock throughout my entire labour experience — from providing support during the over 24 hours of early labour to coaching me through the final stages of active labour. Saphren taught my husband and I a wide variety of methods to help me cope with the pain — and her reassuring words are ones that I will never forget. In addition to supporting us, she also captured some beautiful images of our daughter’s first moments of life and visited us at home in her first few weeks. My husband and I will be forever grateful for our wonderful doula experience with Saphren.

Posted 9/2/2018

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Tracy Chard

Saphren is an excellent doula and I am so pleased to have chosen her to be my support throughout this journey. I can describe Saphren as kind, passionate, dedicated to her profession, reliable and easy to communicate with.   I gave birth to my baby boy in November 2017 in a Vancouver hospital with a midwife.  Sahren played a key support role during my labour and delivery and despite the birth process itself being more difficult and complex than anticipated, it was Saphren's experience, knowledge, calm disposition, consistent support and her ability to work well with other professionals that got me through it and helped me accomplish my personal goal of feeling empowered and not traumatized by the event. Furthermore her support before and after the birth was very helpful and appreciated. If I ever have a second pregnancy I will most certainly chose to hire Saphren again. I highly recommend her to you.

Posted 12/30/2017

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Andrea Cilona

Saphren was recommended as a back up Doula while mine was out of town on vacation. We did not have the opportunity to meet, were only introduced over text messages.

Unexpectedly I went in to labor on Labor Day, and texted Saphren right away. She was available and open to coming to us immediately or as we wished. She made sure to be available for what our needs and requests were. We waited until the pain was quite intense and then phoned her that she was needed.

When Saphren arrived she immediately brought a sense of calm. I felt as if I had known her forever and she dove right in to help. She began with discussing how I was doing with my husband and seeing what felt like relief in my discomfort first. When I shared being on all 4's was helpful she tried some pressure on my back and hips. What I loved was she always asked if she could try something. She kept reassuring me how well I was done and suggested changes in my breathing.

once we all agreed on going to the hospital, having her there felt like we had our own guide. She knew her way around and ensured I did not need to think about anything. At the hospital Saphren ensured me that I was in a safe place. 

Even though we didn't have a chance to go over my birth plan, we were on the same page! I wanted to have  a natural birth and Saphren made sure to provide me with the strength, calmness and reassurance I could do it. 

I particularly loved the toast she gave me right after birth that gave me some energy! She also then has come to visit our little miracle Enzo now that we are home! 

I strongly believe I wouldn't have had the labor and delivery the way I did without her!


Posted 10/14/2017

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Amber Von Apple

From the first meeting with Saphren, I knew that she was the right fit and that I wanted her to be at my birth of my son. Throughout my pregnancy, she would text/email to see how we were doing and to ask if I had any questions about prenatal classes, labour strategies, and ways to cope with pain management. I always felt like she was thinking one step ahead and preparing us for the journey of birth that lay ahead.

I was 11 days overdue. Saphren would check in every few days to see how I was doing and to offer foot & hand massage as well as a few other methods to help get my labour started naturally. She was always there to offer up suggestions as well as encouraging words to help keep my spirits up. It's not easy being overdue. I was induced on the 11th day with cervidil. We went home to see if we could get labour started with some easy walking. Saphren was the first person we called when the contractions started to come closer together. She was quick to arrive and never left my side. She came prepared with massage techniques, lavender scented oil and a calm energy. As labour progressed she stayed in touch with our midwives and helped us decide when it was time to head to the hospital. At the hospital, she set the scene by dimming the lights and set up flameless candles. She was pivotal to my comfort during labour. She massaged my back, applied pressure on my hips during contractions and continuously poured water over my stomach while I laboured in the bath. After our son was delivered there were some complications and I had to be rushed off to surgery. Saphren remained calm and assisted my husband every step of the way.

After we arrived home she texted to make sure we were doing well and visited after a few days to help us decompress about our labour and delivery. She even baked the most delicious muffins.  I would highly recommend Saphren to anyone looking for a great doula! 


Posted 8/18/2017

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Doris Kwong

We really appriciated Miss Saphren's help!

She uses her knowladge and patience helped us went through the hard time. Saphren been taking care of us since we first time met. When we talking to her are more like talking to a old friend.

When we deliver our little doughter Elisha, Saphren are staying with us all time supporting and helping us to arrange the hosipital. If without Saphren's help our first baby deliver won't be easy. 

Because of her professional work and the lovely personality, make her very easy going and feel reliable when you talking to her.

So we strongly recommend her in her future works, hope she can goes further and better.

At the end we want to say thank you Saphren for all you have done for us!


Doris and Danny 

Posted 2/25/2017

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vicky luong

We first met saphren after she had gotten referred to us by our midwife. She came to our home and instantly we could tell she was a very sweet and kind person. Throughout the pregnancy she ensured me that I was able to email or text her whenever I had a question or was worried about anything. Of course I had taken her up on her offer and she was very responsive and helpful. She sent links of different websites for different stages of my pregnancy to let me know what I was experiencing was normal, but also what was to come. If she was unsure about something she was honest about it and informed us to go visit our midwife instead. A week from my due date, saphren and I kept in contact every day throughout the day. She was very attentive and when it came time, she was over at my house within a half an hour! During the birth saphren helped me feel relaxed which made my partner feel better. She stayed during the entire labour (over 30 hours at the hospital and approx 6 hours at home) and after my son my was born. We insisted she rest or go get something to eat (we felt awful because she was with us for 2 whole days!) But she said she was prepared with snacks and was rested and not to worry about her but to focus on how I'm feeling. Saphren is an excellent doula and I would definitely love to have her again for my next one! You will not be let down. 

Posted 2/16/2017

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Carey Lee

We had the amazing experience of having Saphren with us during the labour and birth of our son. Saphren helped us through labouring at home, utilizing a variety of relaxing techniques to help me through the pain and monitoring the progress of the labour. By the time we got to the hospital, I was already 7 cm dilated. Labour can be a very intense and very painful experience and it takes someone with compassion, intuition and instinct to help guide us through the process. All characteristics Saphren has an abundance of. 

Posted 2/14/2017

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