Birth Fee: $800 to $1000
Postpartum Rate: $30 to $35
Fee Details: I am a member of the DSA and the Doulas for Aboriginal Families Grant Program. I am also certified in the When Survivors Give Birth training to offer support to sexual abuse survivors. I offer a rate of $900 for a standard birth package which includes 2-3 prenatal visits, on call from 38 weeks and 1 four-hour postpartum support shift. More can be added if needed. My strengths lie in counselling/trauma informed care for those who need it, vast nutrition and health knowledge, acupressure, massage, and I have a TENS machine for rent! I often work with single moms and those struggling with financial constraints and I provide reliable backup doulas and cultivate a relaxing (some would say spa like) environment for your birth. Enhanced support such as nutrition, yoga, belly casting and additional postpartum shifts can be added in a premium package. Let me know how I can assist you, and your family, in your prenatal, birth and postpartum birth experience.
Birth Doula Experience: 3 years
Postpartum Doula Experience: 7 years
Clients per Month: 1 to 3 births and 1 to 3 postpartum familiesPostpartum limits/restrictions: I'm a doula and social worker/counsellor, experienced in working with survivors of sexual abuse, and mothers with anxiety/fear about birth/motherhood. I'm passionate about decolonizing birth and have a lot of experience with Indigenous families. I'm available for daytime/evening postpartum shifts. I offer assistance in the realm of Emotional Support (listening/empathizing, offering suggestions, encouragement), Informational Support (community resources, non-bias recommendations, postpartum depression support), and Physical Support (massage, light house cleaning, meal prep, child/baby care). For postpartum care, I prefer homes with no pets (allergies) but I'm ok for shorter shifts in houses with pets. I will do my best to make your lives easier, to shift with the transition into parenthood!
* Work at Victoria Womens Transition House - Survivors of Family Violence * Doula Coordinator at The BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres * Co-Founder at Community Doula Connection * Volunteered with St. Martins Manor - Work with teen moms * Practicum Placement at Her Way Home - Mothers facing barriers associated with problematic substance use * Social Work Education - Anti-Oppressive Practice, Indigenous awareness/informed (historical, birth traditions etc.), Informed of Racism, Sexism, Ableism, Classism etc. as barriers to receiving quality care. * University Certificate in Counselling Women - Counselling and Supporting women through various struggles * Citizens Counselling Volunteer Counsellor * Advocating for Low Income Mothers to receive quality doula care
Languages spoken: English, Mandarin (conversationally)
Kusuma was amazing she was so helpful towards my wife. We walked into our room and the room was set up with candles and music and made the energy so postive. It relaxed everyone there and made for a great birth. If marlee was feeling any discomfort Kusuma was there with new ideas to try and if one wasnt working she was quick to respone with a new one. Nothing short of amazingness. I would highly recommend Kusuma for any doula needs it was second to none. Thank you very much for everything.
I was a bit late in the game (37 weeks) when I decided to look for a doula and met Kusuma serendipitously at the market. I am so glad I did! I would recommend having a doula, Kusuma in particular, to ANYONE after my experience. And I would suggest looking into it at any point in a pregnancy journey, even postpartum. (Of course the earlier the better to get the most out of it, but it really wasn’t too late for me even so close to the end).
I felt very comfortable with Kusuma right away and even though we did not have much time to get to know one another before my labour, I was at ease with her being a part of it. And I would say she was a very integral part! And not just of labour, but also in boosting my knowledge/confidence pre-birth, and in her support and teaching postpartum. It takes a very special person to make someone feel that comfortable in such a short amount of time and Kusuma is a natural at it.
The best part of having Kusuma at my baby’s birth was having someone to encourage me to change positions, to walk around, and to try a variety of tools (ball, stool, shower, acupressure) when my mind was elsewhere. I appreciated her help with figuring out what worked and what didn’t instead of me simply assuming the supine position in bed (which I probably would have done if she weren’t there, and which most definitely was NOT going to work for me :)). Also, the empowerment I felt from having Kusuma present made me feel stronger and more capable of doing what I needed to do. I even felt encouraged to be vocal and that was very freeing.
The only thing I can mention that is even remotely negative is that since my labour progressed so quickly, Kusuma wasn’t able to be there for the first part. I had hoped to have her with me for the whole thing, so I felt a little discouraged when she wasn’t there with me right away. But she did get there, and it made a huge positive difference when she did!
After I had my baby girl, Tati, I was very lost (Tati's dad and I had separated shortly after she was born). So, when Kusuma came along I was simultaneously experiencing the best and worst times in my life. Not only was she there as an emotional support, she was also there physically which was what I needed at the time - someone else's presence. I needed someone to hold my baby while I cried in the shower. I needed someone to make me healthy meals so I had the fuel to nurse and play with her. I also needed someone to make me laugh so I didn't end up spending the whole day in bed feeling sorry for myself. She was patient, caring and sweet despite my sometimes volatile personality.
One of the best memories I have of that time was crying in the shower (after she had made me one of her famous spicy egg and greens wraps and a chocolate almond milk smoothie) only to come into my bedroom and hear Tati laughing with her little toesies in her mouth - Kusuma was dancing around, playing the guitar and singing in all kinds of silly voices, and my baby was HAPPY!
Kusuma's infectious positivity, her knowledge of holistic nutrition, yoga, and meditation, her excellent organization and communication skills, and her capacity to anticipate what people need, makes her an amazing doula and wonderful human! I don't know what I would have done without her postpartum. You won't find another person as special as Kusuma <3
I had an amazing experience working with Kusuma during the birth of my first baby. Although I was unable to follow my birth plan for a natural birth due to complications, Kusuma provided amazing support to me and my family during the process. I really enjoyed having Kusuma there with me, providing emotional support, advocating for me and my baby, and providing suggestions which best suited my birth plan and preferences. She created a warm and relaxed environment during the stressful time. I would highly recommend Kusuma to friends and family and would love for her to attend my future births.
Kusuma went above and beyond my expectations before birth and as a birthing partner. She really has a passion for what she does and it shows in her work. I really wanted a med-free birth since my first birth had a lot of interventions and complications. Thanks to Kusuma's support and her ability to communicate my needs and wishes to hospital staff, I was able to follow my birth plan exactly as I imagined it would be. I could never have done it without her ongoing emotional support before and during labour. My labour was only 3h15 and I believe this was in part achieved because of Kusuma's support in the birthing room, making helpful suggestions, reminding me of my goals and encouraging me along.
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