Type of practice: Solo practice
Clients per month: 1 to 2
Attends hospital births? Some Hospitals
BC Women's Hospital & St. Paul's Hospital only.
Attends birth center births? No Birth Centers
There currently aren't any local birth centres.
Attends home births? Any Home Birth
I am happy to support a birthing woman in whichever environment she feels most comfortable. For most healthy, low risk pregnancies a home birth is a safe and wonderful option.
It is an honour and privilege to seamlessly guide and support women through their sacred journey through pregnancy, birth and into motherhood. I am a certified birth doula, a Yoga Alliance certified Prenatal and Baby and Me Yoga instructor and I specialize in loving touch/infant massage. Additionally, I am a regular volunteer at the BC Children's Hospital (Oncology). Please visit my website: www.NurtureNatal.com for more information about me and the services, classes and workshops I offer.
Included in the cost of birth support is a comprehensive, evidence based childbirth education course, as well as advice on breastfeeding, infant sleep, baby wearing and so much more. Please visit www.nurturenatal.com for details.
W Vancouver, BC Service range 10 miles
After interviewing many prospective doulas, our search stopped the instant we met Brenlie. Beyond her impressive background of training and experience in the role of birth doula, what made our decision easy was you could tell that she truly loves birth. Her warmth and calm energy was exactly what we were looking for with our plan for a home birth. Brenlie was incredibly supportive of our decisions and always provided us with evidence-based information to help guide our decision making along the way. What also stood out, was how organized and professional Brenlie was. She arranged multiple in person prenatal education sessions for my partner and I that were interactive (videos, hands on demonstrations, exercises, activities/thinkwork) and informative. She provided us with an extensive resource binder, that linked to further evidence-based resources and videos to prime our minds for the arrival of our baby. This binder became our holy grail of all things birth and now all things newborn. Which brings me to the next point that when you choose Brenlie as your doula the relationship does not stop after baby arrives. Her post partum visits left us feeling cared for, empowered and prepared to care for our new born. Her special touches of love and care that dotted our entire 8 month long relationship will forever stay with us. I'm confident that our birth would not have been as positive or magical had it not been for Brenlie's involvement from day 1.
Where to start! Brenlie is an amazing Doula, birth educator, yoga instructor and overall support person and I feel so privlidged to have had her by my side through my journey to becoming a mother. Her in home visits armed my partner and I with the knowledge that we needed to make informed decisions during the birth of our baby girl in March 2022. She has years of knowledge and experience and has so much love and excitment for every new baby and family. Giving birth during a global pandemic with my family on the otherside of the world was made easier knowing that Brenlie was by my side every step of the way. She took some beautiful photos and made us a birth video and is also a fantastic cook, delivering some delicious treats for us post birth! We have felt so cared for and supported by Brenlie, Thank You SO much!!
I am a first time mother and oh what would I do without Brenlie!!
Brenlie is an INCREDIBLE doula and my husband and I liked her right away from our very first zoom meeting (as it was during the pandemic). Her positive energy and warmth lights up our day! She was my prenatal class teacher, support, and confidante through my pregnancy and my intense contractions followed by the delivery of our baby.
She was an amazing advocate to help me get the birth I wanted - a natural, calm, and wonderful birth. Brenlie’s ability to work alongside you, inspire you, support you without being too intrusive, and ability to provide evidence based research on the countless decisions to be made around pregnancy and birth make her very special. She also gives you access to her yoga videos and the emails she will send you with all the resources and loving words are always a gift to receive.
It was a huge blessing to have her support postnatally also. Her presence and support, with everything from bringing us flowers, food right after the delivery to food when we got home (including dessert!), teaching us about baby massage, and encouraging us and checking up on us as well. She has been a bright shining light in the whole process of entering parenthood for the first time.
Brenlie has been our rock through the whole birth process and beyond. I knew I was in good hands and thank her for my smooth delivery. (But also, I am confident that things would be okay even if my delivery was not smooth because I had her by my side.)
Her love for my husband, myself, and our baby continues on even though our official time together with her as our doula is now up. I couldn't asked for more and choosing Brenlie as our doula is by far the best decision I made around my pregnancy and birth. I highly recommend Brenlie! You will not regret it!
Brenlie is a wonderful fit for those looking for a supportive, experienced and compassionate doula. From the moment my husband and I met her, we had a good feeling. She went above and beyond our expectations. The course she offered us at home gave us (especially my husband) the basic knowledge needed for pregnancy, birth and postpartum. She put my anxieties at ease and had lots of resources to share with both of us. My husband deeply valued her presence while I was in labour - as did I. She put me at ease and provided comfort and reassurance. She also beautifully captured the birth process with some precious photo and video. Brenlie is extremely responsive, professional and dedicated. She has supported many birthing mamas and I felt totally supported and empowered by her every step. Highly recommend having an initial consult. You would be lucky to have her on your team!!
Brenlie was the first doula we met with and we knew straight away that she was the perfect person to walk alongside us on our journey to parenthood.
The included prenatal sessions she offers were fantastic and not only covered so much information but helped us develop a trusting relationship with Brenlie. She guided us through all kinds of preparations and together we created our birth preferences.
When it came to our birthing time, Brenlie went above and beyond. She was there for us every step of the way.. the whole 41 hours of it! From when it began, being at the end of the phone, supporting us at our home, to playing an essential role during the transfer and time at the hospital. I felt safe with her by our side. She advocated for what she knew we wanted and did everything possible to create the safe space I needed and hoped for.
Brenlie’s experience and knowledge aided us to have the most special delivery of our beautiful little boy.
My husband and I also greatly appreciated the postpartum visits, text check ins as well as the meal and treats she so kindly put together for us. She goes above and beyond and to nurture clearly runs through her veins.
She is a very special lady and anyone who chooses to have her be by their side is very lucky and very much in safe, loving hands.
I will always treasure our time together on this incredible journey.
Brenlie was such an indispensable part of my birth team. She has such a love and passion for all things birth and continues to learn and stay up to date with the latest information that I could count on her for her wealth of knowledge. She respects the choices and decisions you make without judgement and provides her own birthing course which has everything we needed as first time parents. When I ran into some mild complications (IUGR) she was proactive in providing me with information that would help me understand the nature of the issue which allowed me to be confident in my decisions and choices.
Brenlie is incredibly kind, thoughtful and professional. The preparations and her presence helped keep me calm during labour. Her postpartum support was so appreciated and just as valuable. I use tips from her infant massage daily!
I can’t say enough good things about Brenlie, she provided so much support for us and highly recommend her to anyone!
I didn't know much about doulas but went with it. What I quickly realized is that I needed Brenlie more than my wife....lol
It was of great comfort having someone of Brenlie's knowledge and experience as she helped us navigate through the pregnancy. I was also impressed that she is also a student of her craft keeping herself current with the latest information.
Brenlie was so patient and generous in answering all of our questions and concerns and making sure my wife's needs were met.
When the big day came, Brenlie made sure my wife's wishes for the birth were met at the hospital. The birth went very well because of Brenlie. She had my wife change positions based on what she was seeing and soon after our daughter came out.
I am most certain that the outcome and experience would have been very different if she wasn't there.
We learned that though we had a great OB and family doctor, it is difficult for them to be involved in the process from beginning to end and Brenlie was critical in being there as a constant advocating for my wife's needs throughout the whole process.
For the expecting fathers out there, do yourself a big favor and retain her!
It has taken me a while to write this testimonial as I've always felt like there was no words that could describe the care and love we received from Brenlie as our Doula. Her "work" is beyond words... I stress the word "work" because being a Doula is more than a passion, it truly is a calling for Brenlie. She was meant to be there when a child is born. Right from the start, when I found out I was pregnant, I knew I wanted to hire a doula to be there for emotional support : having my family across the world, I felt like I needed it. And when we first met Brenlie over a Zoom call, there was no doubt: she was the one! The pregnancy went great, and even so, Brenlie regularly checked up on me, and was always there to answer questions and ease stress. Her prenatal classes were so helpful, it really made a difference to have her teach us one-on-one all we needed to know to prepare for the arrival of our bundle of joy :) As the weeks were going by, I was looking forward to the labor, knowing that Brenlie would be by our side to welcome Olivia. In the end, I had to be induced and even though it wasn't the natural birth I had hoped for, Brenlie was there for us every step of the way, from the moment they injected the oxytocin til after Olivia was in our arms. At every contraction/sensation, she was encouraging me, empowering me, helping me through every single one of them. She was warm, reassuring, I felt like I had my mom by my side. In the toughest moments, her words and her voice were soothing and I knew I could do this. It was also amazing that she was there to guide my partner to help me through the sensations, I know he's very thankful for her too! I cannot recommend Brenlie enough, and my words don't measure up to the beautiful experience we had with her. Choosing her to be our Doula was the best decision we took during this pregnancy, and I'm so glad she's still in our lives (we're doing the Baby Yoga & Me classes, and Olivia looooves it! Mommy too!)
We had a wonderful experience working with Brenlie in welcoming our daughter to the world. I believe it led us to have a very quick, smooth and safe birth, as well as a quick postpartum recovery. Brenlie provided us with the knowledge, experience and support we needed to feel prepared mentally and physically during pregnancy, birth and postpartum. We feel so lucky to have found her!
She guided us through the process with fantastic resources and a number child birth education sessions, as well as postpartum visits. She provided thorough follow-up resources to all of our sessions, so we could apply and practice the techniques we had learned. This preparation was key in having the birth expereince I wanted.
Brenlie is also very open-minded, and all of her knowledge is unbiased and based on facts. She clearly communicates all information so you can make the best decisions for yourself regarding your birth. She is supportive and open, whichever way your preferences lean. She is very warm, and nurturing, basically exactly who you want by your side when in labour. My husband would have been a bit lost without her as well, as she empowered him to participate and understand the process. During my labour, and time at the hospital, I felt her support, and that she was there to help me make it to the finish line. She was also very keenly aware of my preferences that we had discussed, and did all she could to make sure I was informed about what was happening at all times, and that my preferences were heard and voiced.
We decided on a doula very last minute and after attending Brenlie's prenatal yoga classes, I knew I needed this lady at our birth and I am so glad we made that decision.
Her calm warming nature really helped us feel at ease, her support at home in the early labor stages right to the end was amazing and it really meant so much to us. We would not have had the same experience without Brenlie's presence and we are forever grateful for everything she did and how she provided for us. She truly cares and is amazing at what she does.
Amanda & Shaun xx
Brenlie was absolutely fantastic throughout our whole birth process. The initial prenatal classes were informative and very useful in building our knowledge and understanding our options. During the birth, she made us feel respected, heard, calm and safe in what could have been a very stressful and scary situation, which ended in an emergency C-section. After the birth, she continued to provide support with several visits, making sure we were ok and answering any questions we had.
Brenlie truely cares about the families she works with and it really shows. I would highly recommend Brenlie for anyone considering a Doula.
Brenlie was the first person we interviewed when looking for a doula and from that initial call, the warmth of her personality shone through and we knew that we didn't have to look any further. Another difference between Brenlie's services and those of other doulas in the area, is that she not only offers support during labour, but also some helpful prenatal education sessions, and postpartum massage session for baby.. The tasty and thoughtful postpartum dinner and dessert she prepared were a bonus :)
Brenlie thinks of everything to make the big day as comfortable as possible for birthing mums.. she was quick to react when I called to let her know I was in active labour.. Though there was no time to move through the labour exercises we'd practised (I was already fully dilated when we got to the hospital), Brenlie took over and ensured I still got the water birth I wanted, and came prepared with essential oils, drinks, music etc to help keep me comfortable while I was going through the motions of birth..
Brenlie is one of the kindest people I have met, she really loves being a doula and it shows. Her calming presence, gentle reasurance and positive affirmations were essential for both myself and my husband as we welcomed our boy into the world..
We will forever be grateful to Brenlie for the support she provided to us when we needed it the most and can honestly say you are guaranteed to have a wonderful experience using her services :)
I simply would not have had the incredible birth experience I was able to have without Brenlie as our doula. My husband and I felt so supported before, during and after the birth of our baby boy. Brenlie's breadth of experience is clear and gave us such peace of mind throughout the whole process, particularly as first ime parents. It allowed me to labour at home right up until I was fully dilated and while at the hospital Brenlie was the advocate we needed to make sure things were done the way we wanted and she made an enormous effort to make the hospital experience as calm & relaxed as possible. All doulas are not created equal and it found us a while to find the right fit and we are so glad we waited until we found "the one" because Brenlie was everything we wanted in a Doula and more!
We decided to bring a doula to our birth support team after a harrowing experience with our daughter’s birth a few years before—we wanted to come out of this birth feeling better. We instantly connected with Brenlie, and felt confident in her soothing manner and extensive knowledge.
Brenlie’s prenatal sessions empowered us as we prepared for our son’s birth, and we felt confident in the decisions we made around our birth plan. Her use of clear, unintimidating language around the birth process put us at ease.
When our son decided to join us a month early, and very quickly, Brenlie was right there with us and was a source of calm in the flurry of delivery room activity. We felt supported and cared for throughout our “official” time with her and look forward to staying connected with her. We’d recommend her in a heartbeat. (As a bonus: her baked goods are divine.)
Working with Brenlie was hands-down the best decision we made for the birth of our son. As nervous first-time parents navigating pregnancy during COVID, Brenlie went above and beyond to ensure we embarked on this journey with confidence.
Prior to birth, she walked us through her private prenatal course, equipping us with the right knowledge and resources to make informed decisions for our birth plan, based on what was right for our family. This was super helpful, as we did not need to sign up for any other prep courses and she was able to get to know us and our values on a deeper level.
When the time came to finally meet our little one, Brenlie played an essential role in making the birth process as safe and comfortable as possible. We wanted to labour as much as we could at home before arriving at the hospital, and with Brenlie’s support, we were able to do just that. Once we arrived at the hospital, Brenlie immediately drew up the water for my water birth and within three hours, we had our little guy in our arms. Even our midwives remarked on how lucky we were to have landed such a great doula!
If you’re looking for a kind and knowledgeable doula to support you and your family through pregnancy and beyond — I highly recommend connecting with Brenlie.
Don't hesitate! Brenlie is a Blessing! If you want THE BEST doula in town -you want Brenlie. If you want compassionate, loving, attentive care- you want Brenlie. First, she took us though her Nurture Natal Childbirth Education course and provided us with evidence based comprehensive information and resources. She very patiently answered all our questions and my husband and I felt so prepared and confident to welcome our baby. Then, when we needed her most (during our birth) she did not leave our side. She taught us how to ask "the right questions". She really was such a comfort to both me and my husband. After our baby girl was born she was right there for us again - helping me to learn how to breastfeed my baby, checking in on us, and then teaching us baby massage. Lastly, (bonus), she is prenatal yoga teacher! I LOVED her prenatal yoga class and she helped me to balance and align my body to have the birth I had been dreaming of. I birthed my baby in peace and calm...as Brenlie assured me I could. I am so looking forward to continuing our relationship when my baby and I are ready to join her for Baby & Me Yoga! Again, if you want THE BEST doula in town -you want Brenlie. Thank you Brenlie!
I can go on and on all day about Brenlie’s lovely demeanour, professionalism and knowledge, but instead I’ll focus on the relationship that we created. When you go through something as beautiful and magical as childbirth, some pretty special memories are made. Our delivery was beautiful, yes, but it was incredibly challenging and often harrowing as well. Through that, a different kind of bond was established; One that can never, ever be forgotten. My wife’s labour was 3 days long. I don’t know what I would have done without Brenlie by Diane’s side during such a long and arduous labour. There’s only so much you can do as a first time father for a first time mother in that scenario. You can be present, console and reassure the best you can, but when she’s in pain for 70+ hours, you feel powerless. Brenlie was like a superhero. She lifted both of us up at our lowest moments and gave us hope when we were exhausted and feeling disheartened. Brenlie was as much a blessing to my wife during childbirth as she was to me. Especially during these weird pandemic times, having another person by your side whom you can trust and rely on is absolutely invaluable.
Working with Nurture Natal was one of the best decisions we made. Brenlie also includes her Childbirth Education Course that is akin to the prenatal classes many parents will enroll in and pay for separately. We honestly believe that Brenlie’s childbirth course gave us all the necessary knowledge required leading up to the birth of our daughter. With the amount of preparation Brenlie walked us through, we honestly felt as though we had just completed a prenatal class. Now combine all of the above with some incredibly attentive and nurturing care on the day and then baby yoga and baby massage sessions afterwards, you’d be hard-pressed to find a reason not to choose Nurture Natal.
Brenlie Nagy is an excellent doula with a wealth of experience and knowledge.
Brenlie provided the support we needed and wanted before, during and after the birth or our little boy. The prenatal sessions provided evidence-based information that we wanted to make informed decisions about our birth planning.
During labour, Brenlie was a calm, experienced presence that supported us to have the birth experience that we wanted both before going to the hospital and once we arrived.
Brenlie also went above and beyond following up with us after the birth and making sure we got a great start as a family.
We really could not recommend someone more.
Hila & Paul
Choosing Brenlie as our doula was THE best choice we made for our birth. She was our rock during a long difficult birth. She was very caring and resourceful. She made sure we were well informed every step of the way. Each time when it comes down to making another decision, she ensured we had all the information, so we could make an informed decision. We were definately well-prepared for our birth journey. Having her there during our birth certainly made our experience more enjoyable and memorable. She was caring, nurturing and kind every step of the way. Our relationship goes beyond the birth experience- she has become like family to us. We lover her and are so grateful to have had her by our side. Don't hesitate- you want Brenlie as your doula!
I cannot recommend Brenlie enough!! She is literally everything you could want in a doula. She is incredibly educated about pregnancy, childbirth, babies, and everything in between. Her wealth of knowledge and experience meant that I felt like she could always give me the best advice for whatever situation arose throughout my entire journey, and yet at the same time she supports you in whatever decision you make. She presents you with information and options, and then lovingly journeys with you down whatever path you choose to take. There is no judgement, just love and support. She is also incredibly personable. I felt like I had a mom or sister beside whenever she was around. She truly cares deeply about her moms and her babies – this isn't just a "job" to her. I was constantly blown away by her kind gestures, her thoughtful moments of care and support (that went far above and beyond our "contract" agreements), and just her general demeanour. I had an amazing birth experience, and I know this is in large part due to her being by my side. She's so amazing that even the nursing staff at the hospital noticed. While I was in labour I heard the nurses saying quietly to each other, "wow, that woman is an AMAZING doula." And they're right!!
My husband and I were debating getting a doula for the birth of our first baby. I knew I wanted support for my pre-labour anxiety. That said , I also knew I wanted to give birth in the hospital (not a home birth). I initially had a story that doula's wouldn't support a more "medical" delivery. When we had our first consult with Brenlie, I was pleasntly surprised about how much time she put into getting to know myself and my husband - our wants and needs and hopes for our birth. Brenlie always guided us with facts and information so we could make informed decisions - and she never pushed an agenda on us.
Brenlie is truly incredible. I felt supported my whole pregnancy, birth and post delivery.
I would highly recommend Brenlie !!!
During a difficult time (Covid), Brenlie was everything to our family. She was more than a doula, she become our family too.
We were originally reluctant to hire a doula, but after learning about all the statistical benefits, we decided to interview Brenlie. We couldn’t have made a better choice! Brenlie was the calm we needed, the experience we lacked, and the rock we relied on.
Simply put, Brenlie went above and beyond all of our expectations in many ways. We could not have been happier with our decision to include Brenlie in our birth experience.
Brenlie is extremely professional, well researched and educated on the birthing process. Brenlie accompanied us while we labored at home for 24 hours prior to going to the hospital. During this time I found her presence invaluable. From helping me relax, to helping us eat labor appropriate foods, giving my husband some time to rest, and techniques to help with contractions and pain management. I also found it extremely helpful having her at triage with us navigating the hospital process as we had not been able to visit prior.
Our birth became a bit complicated and ended in a c-section, Brenlie helped us to navigate and understand what was happening. We would speak with the doctor and then have conversations so that I could feel good about the direction things moved in.
This past week, Brenlie came for our post-partum visit and it was amazing to see her interact with our little guy. We plan to continue to use her for ongoing post natal sessions with the baby as he loved her presence so much. What I appreciate and value the most about Brenlie is her highly organized and professional approach to the Doula process - her attention to detail is flawless and overall created an extremely positive experience. I would highly recommend her.
It was a pleasure to have Brenlie as our birth doula. Having her support pre, during and post birth was such a wonderful experience for us as first time parents.
At our first visit, Brenlie took the time to get to know my husband and I and discuss our expectations of the support she was going to provide. In our prenatal visits Brenlie not only provided us with a wealth of great resources to help prepare us for birth and after birth but also spend time reviewing the information so that I could make a birth plan that was most suitable for me.
When the time came (middle of the night as these things happen), Brenlie came right over with her suitcase of support tools. She created a calm environment and tirelessly supported my labor initially at home, and then when we transitioned to the hospital. Having her along the whole journey gave us comfort, peace of mind and focus as the labor was progressing. Although the birth of my baby boy had some unexpected surprises, and he ended up being delivered by c-section, having Brenlie with us made us feel supported, bringing calm, comfort and gave us confidence in the decisions we had to make during the birth.
The post-partum visits were a wonderful way to reflect on the birth as well as to learn about infant massage.
Additionally, during the period of time I gave birth the COVID pandemic was unfolding, Brenlie was very quick to adapt and provide clear communication about the ways she would support us as the guidelines were changing. She was very diligent in using extra precautions and personal protective equipment when she visited.
We feel very lucky to have had such a knowledgeable and kind person with us on this special journey. Having had her support during this time was invaluable and she is an important part of our birth story. Thank you Brenlie!
I don't have enough words to describe how thankful we are for having Brenlie in our team during our first pregnancy.
Organized, delicate, knowledgeable, supportive, experienced, always positive... Truely amazing! We have enjoyed her assistance during our whole pregnancy - starting from prenatal yoga classes, to physical and mental assistance during labour, to postpartum visits and useful, practical tips.
The best part about how Brenlie approaches partnership with couples is her natural passion and love of what she is doing.
The journey to our first baby was challenging, and Brenlie gave us all her true support and love, we honestly appreciate and are thankful for everything (especially for the African stew ??)!
We totally recommend Brenlie to every couple that want a reliable and experienced partner in their team.
We hired Brenlie as a doula for our first child. We interviewed a couple of different doulas and after we spoke to her we knew she was the one. She is highly organized and a vast source of information regarding everything about pregnancy, childbirth and babies. Being a doula is not a job but a passion for her - and you can truly feel she loves what she does. She goes way beyond her role as a doula and gives support wherever she can. She provides you with all information so you can make your own informed decisions and she respects any decision you would make. Not only did she support me during my whole pregnancy she also worked with my husband to give him tools to support me. She worked with us towards our goal of a natural unmedicated birth. However since our baby was breech she supported us in our decision to opt for a planned c-section.
She is an amazing doula and also a prenatal yoga teacher and baby yoga instructor. But most importantly she is a wonderful loving human being and I can warmly recommend her to anyone looking for a doula.
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