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Fiona Galvani

North Shore Doulas

Website: http://www.northshoredoulas.com

Phone: (604) 202-8523

Birth Fee: $1200 to $1400

Postpartum Rate: Not specified

Birth Doula Experience: 14 years and 350 births attended

Postpartum Doula Experience: 5 years

Birth Doula Certifications

  • DONA International - Certified Birth Doula

Doula Training

  • Doula Training Canada, September 2009
Type of Practice: Partnership with 2 or more doulas

Clients per Month: 1 to 4

Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Attends birth center births? No Birth Centers
We do not have any birthing centers in our area
Attends home births? Any Home Birth

Other Relevant Certifications

  • CPR Certified - Red Cross
  • DOULA SERVICES ASSOCIATION, BRITISH COLUMBIA

College Education

  • BA/BS

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Addiction Recovery
  • Adoption
  • Cesarean birth
  • Domestic Violence
  • Expected stillbirth
  • 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
  • Single parents
  • Special needs babies
  • Survivors of Previous Life Trauma
  • Survivors of childhood sexual abuse
  • Teens
  • Twins
  • VBAC
  • Waterbirth
  • Women and Families of Color

Special Services Offered

  • Abortion Support
  • Belly casting
  • Birth Pool rental
  • Childbirth Education Services
  • Miscarriage Support (Before, During or After)
  • Parenting consulting
  • Placenta encapsulation
  • Reduced rates for women considering adoption
  • Sibling support (for your older children at the birth)
  • Surrogates and intended parents
  • TENS units rental

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

Volunteer with the Vancouver Coastal Health Youth Pregnancy and Parenting Program, Healthiest Babies Possible and Sheway Pregnancy Outreach Program. Pre-approved by Doulas for Aboriginal Families Grant Program

Languages spoken: English

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Client Testimonials for Fiona Galvani

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Charlotte Skinner

My husband and I have already recommend Fiona to two of our friends! She was amazing and we were so grateful to have her there with us for the birth of our daughter. Thanks to her I felt confident and in control during my entire labor. I don't remember all the things she said but I will always remember the way she made me feel. Thank you for Fiona!! - The Skinner Family 

Posted 11/15/2019

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Kerrie

I met with five doulas to find someone with whom I felt a connection, and I knew as soon as I sat down with Fiona that she was the doula for me. Fiona is warm, open, organized, a clear communicator, and committed to evidence-based information. I was so glad to have her guiding me and my partner through the uncertainties of a first birth. My son came two weeks before his due date in the middle of the night; he came very quickly and my midwife didn’t make the delivery (an OB was pulled into the room). With all of this chaos, I was so grateful to have Fiona. She comforted me, translated medical jargon, suggested different positions during labour, gave my partner direction, held my thrashing body parts, and set me up with her tens machine when we realized there was no time for any pain management. Fiona’s presence really made a world of difference. 

Posted 5/24/2019

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Stephanie Stacey

My partner and I had an amazing home birth with Fiona as our Doula. She was really accommodating with meeting us prior to labour and has in incredibly warm and open personality. She provided us with lots of information and tools around birth and postpartum care. Once my labour started, she arrived very shortly after us getting in touch and was a fabulous support throughout. We couldn't have done it without her!

Posted 3/5/2019

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Ferin

We found Fiona through an indigenous grant program and she was so excellent. I felt instantly comfortable and Fiona went above and beyond expectations, including meeting with me when I was experiencing anxiety when I was overdue (I had a negative experience at my first delivery) and lending helpful books for our toddler to prepare for a home birth. Things didn’t go to plan and Fiona was so great at helping us through. She had helped prep us for what to expect. She really is very experienced and my second delivery went much better, in part thanks to her. She was a good support for my partner and I. She was very encouraging and knowledgeable, and she worked well with other people at our hospital delivery; she is obviously a professional. Additionally, she is also just a gem of a person. She is very available to her clients and never made me feel like a bother. I would highly recommend! 

Posted 2/26/2019

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Kelly Anne

I cannot say enough positive things about Fiona.  She was amazing!!! not only is she knowledgable, she is 100% there to support you leading up to the birth and throughout.  She never left my side and I honestly can't imagine the birth without her.  She played so many roles throughout the process and always reassured and ensured I was doing okay.

She is born to do this work, and is the perfect combination of warm and assertive when it's needed.  She brought the TENS machine which I cannot say enough about.  In the midst of some pretty intense contractions the battery died.  i panicked.... but Fiona not only had back up batteries, she had another ready to go (which she quickly got set up, never skipped a beat).  

She is calm, collected, warm, encouraging and supportive.  She is also just so lovely to be around, she is someone you want to keep in your life.  If you are looking for a doula, I can't recommend Fiona enough.  

Thank you just doesn't suffice! 

Posted 3/22/2017

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Catherine vanDyck

Hiring Fiona was one of the best things that I did to prepare for the birth of my first child. Within 20 minutes of meeting her I knew that she had to be my doula! She is such a nurturing, kind & supportive person, and it oozes out of her. Fiona is extremely professional and yet has a way of making you feel like family.
As part of her services you have access to her prenatal library, which I took advantage of. I was also treated to the use of her TENS machine from 37 weeks onwards, so I could try it out and see if I would like to use it during labour. (I did.)
From the time Fiona arrived during my labour she was by my side, holding my hand through contractions, guiding my husband in how to help me, encouraging me, doing hip squeezes, and being my voice and advocate…and a heck of a lot more. She was the reason I was able to get through 18 hours of un-medicated (back) labour. I could not have done it without Fiona. She will be one of the first people I call when I get my next positive pregnancy test.

Posted 8/31/2016

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Kerry

My partner and I are so grateful for the support we received from Fiona during the end of our pregnancy through to our son's first week with us. Fiona not only shared her knowledge and experience with us, but also tips, suggestions, resources, and most importantly, a genuine interest in helping us with whatever we needed. Fiona's passion for the birthing process and for assisting parents-to-be during this overwhelming time was invaluable to us, and we highly recommend her to others looking for a knowledgeable and compassionate Doula who can provide much needed reassurance and a positive approach to every aspect of this miraculous event.

Posted 3/5/2013

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Tiffany and Anthony Tillman

From the moment we met Fiona we felt a tremendous connection to her and her approach to childbirth. During the weeks leading up to the birth we appreciated the time that she and Jaimie spent with us preparing for the special day. When the day finally came it was clear that we were a team and that we were not alone. During the early stages of the labour, Fiona checked in on us regularly and joined us at home with Jaimie as the labour progressed. With their support we were able to maximize our time at home while they kept Tiffany mobile and active. Fiona and Jaimie’s focus, direction and encouragement gave Tiffany the strength to deliver naturally, which was our goal from the outset. We are so grateful for all of the support, guidance, coaching and care. We can’t wait to do it again!

Posted 3/2/2013

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Jaimie Morrison

I have started this letter a hundred times in my head, trying to express how thankful I am to have had you present at the birth of both my children. Your knowledge throughout the last weeks of my pregnancy and your support through my labour has meant the world to my husband and myself. The anticipation of having a baby for the first time, brought me such overwhelming feelings of excitement and fear. You listened, validated my feelings and calmed my fears. I cannot begin to explain the level of gratitude that I have for you. During all the buzz of the delivery and being surrounded by all medical personal---you maintained your focus on me, which in turn made me feel valued and that my feelings & thoughts mattered. You offered support to my husband as well. He is thankful for your gentle suggestions, which gave him the confidence to actively contribute to the delivery. Coming from a long history of c-sections, I was concerned about my ability to experience natural childbirth. With your knowledge, guidance and support, I was able to achieve a positive birth experience. I sincerely thank you for everything you have done.

Posted 11/22/2012

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Stephen and Monika

Fiona saved my other half from a C-section. I firmly believe that!! during the labour Monika relied on her and she was a huge huge help. Without Fiona we would have paniced to a point of needing the cesarian. Fiona's expertise and knowledge were absolutely invaluble. i highly recommend Fiona for a Birth Doula. YOU WILL NOT REGRET THIS DECISION.

Posted 5/15/2011

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Gina Taylor

Fiona is an exceptional women who is passionate about her work.

She has assisted me with 3 natural births.The first and most emotionally difficult was an expected still birth. My husband and I are eternally grateful to Fiona for being there with us during that very difficult time.

Our second birth was our daughter, who with the help of Fiona I was able to deliver completely naturally. During this labor I had severe back pain. Fiona massaged my back and kept me calm, focused and relaxed.Our last birth was our son. Again Fiona assisted me in a completely natural childbirth.

Fiona's knowledge of childbirth and the stages of labor makes it very comforting and relaxing to both parents. There was no stress in timing contractions as Fiona did this for us, she did everything and was able to answer any doctors questions, this allowed me to remain focused and my husband to be calm. Once our babies were home, Fiona was available for questions day and night, this made the post partum period easy. Thank you  Fiona for your help during this wonderful time in our lives it is something we will always cherish.

Gina and Steve.

 

Posted 9/19/2010

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