$25 to $30
Type of practice: Solo practice
Clients per month: 1 to 2 births and 1 to 2 postpartum families
Postpartum limits/restrictions: Please smoke outside when I'm in your home.
Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
I fully support your choice of birth place and can help assist you with making your labour and delivery room as comfortable and relaxing as possible. As your birth approaches, I am always available to answer questions and will come to your home to support you through early labour, if you desire.
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
The Roundhouse Midwives run a cozy birth cottage.
Attends home births? Any Home Birth
I welcome home births, whether they're in the water, outdoors or wherever you're most comfortable as long as a licensed midwife is present.
I support clients of the Victoria Pregnancy Center as a doula and also facilitate their Childbirth Education Classes for lower income families.
The use of my TENS machine is complementary for birth doula clients. *Special* If you hire me as your birth doula I will discount my private Lamaze class by 50%. Please contact me for more information. Depending on your individual needs, I offer a sliding fee scale. Please don't let financial worries stand in the way of getting the support you deserve. I am approved for the Doulas for Aboriginal Families Grant Program.
Victoria, BC Service range 20 miles
I couldn't be happier to have hired Lena for the birth of my first son. From the start, Lena projected calmness and was very knowledgeable. We met several times to discuss labour and birth. At all times, she emphasized how this was to be my experience and encouraged me to follow my instincts in the process. During the weeks prior to the due date she checked in regularly, and reassured me during times of false alarms.
Lena met us at 3 am on the day I was to give birth. From then on, she never left my side, assisting me with a plethora of coping methods for the hours to come. I had wished for no or limited interventions and when I was ready to call for an epidural, she suggested the shower. For 2 hours she stood in the steaming bath room running warm water over me, and helped me get through transition. In the end, I coped and had the birth experience I had hoped for.
After my son's arrival, she ensured I was giving the time to bond and experience his breast crawl and first feed. During all this, she communicated with the doctor and nurses (who were great!) very respectfully and made sure my original wishes were held up. She made sure we transitioned into our room at mother & babe well, before she left us after over 12h of endless support. In the days to come, she checked in via text, and it was her I called during my 3-day crying moment.
Lena visited us a few days after we were home and we talked about the birthing experience. It was great to go through it again, fill in some details, and hear her perspective.
Overall, I would highly recommend Lena as a Doula. As a single parent, I can not speak to how having Lena as a Doula could reassure expecting fathers. I can say however that my sister, who was there during the whole birth, felt an immense sense of relieve to have Lena take care of things. Like me, she had never experienced a birth before and was happy to have Lena take the lead.
We are delighted with our decision to include Lena as part of our birthing team. Due to Lena's experience and her calm, thoughtful demeanour, our birth story remained positive. She was fully committed and present throughout the process.
Before the due date, Lena took the time to meet with us to discuss the process and answer our many questions. It was great to spend some time with her ahead of time, so we could get to know each other and understand our expectations.
Lena gelled seamlessly with the hospital staff and us, becoming a valued team member. She helped my husband and me confidently deal with the labour, even during the long, grueling hours in the middle of the night.
After our daughter was born, Lena took the time to check-in and follow up, which I found invaluable since I was having some breastfeeding difficulties. She shared resources and contact info for lactation consultants. These helped improve my confidence and the quality of our breastfeeding sessions.
It was truly wonderful to have Lena with us. I genuinely think our birth story would have been more difficult had she not been there.
~ Chantal, Chris, and baby Ava Perry
We were very fortunate to have Lena as our doula. She is caring, calm, resourceful, and extremely supportive. We met several times before my due date and she went through the process and provided a lot of useful information for us to know. During the labour, she was there with me the whole time was monitoring me to make sure to assist me with every single contraction. She also make sure to stay until me and my husband felt comfortable with the baby alone at the hospital.
I will have no doubt to have Lena again if I have another baby. :)
Lena is an incredibly confident, skilled and talented doula that we would recommend to anyone. We found Lena on doula match and we are so glad we did! She guided us through the birth of our first child and was an absolute rock in the whole experience. Our due date fell on New Years Eve and Lena was there for us on call 24/7, ultimately joining us on New Years Day for over 24 hours of challenging labour in the hospital. She brought with her extensive experience, leading us through many pain relieving positions, a TENS machine, exercise balls and knew exactly what the hospital would be able to do for us every step of the way. It’s hard to overstate how helpful her experience and insights were to making sure we were able to relax and experience the moment when it finally came. At 4am when we couldn’t even keep our eyes open, Lena was still alert and ready to rock and roll as soon as the next contraction came. She carefully adjusted blankets, pillows and made sure we were comfortable even through an epidural. She also met with us before and after, assisting in postpartum and provided helpful breastfeeding tips, videos and advice. The labour had unexpected twists and turns that ultimately led to a c-section and Lena ensured we were supported the whole way through. We especially appreciated her no nonsense approach to patient centred care, solid understanding of roles and responsibilities in a labour and delivery care team while advocating for our needs. Thank you Lena!
I had an amazing experience having Lena as my doula when having my first baby. she made a world of difference. She was amazing,kind, gentle , supportive and respectful. I'm definitely going to call her again when having all my babies. I will give a 5 star to Lena Mare. Thanks you Lena, you brought sunshine to my cloudy day.
= Available. Calendar last updated: 07-02-2020
= Available. Calendar last updated: 07-02-2020