Welcome! My name is Dasha and I like to think of myself as the keeper of the birth magic. This is because for me the experience of birth – not just the baby’s, but also the new family’s – is nothing short of magic. It is the most transformative, inspiring, complex, raw, exciting, wonder-filled event, and I am so incredibly humbled to get to work with families of all kinds of beliefs, hopes, history, and needs. I am a full spectrum doula (supporting all pregnant people and all pregnancy/birth outcomes), and am queer friendly as well.
The moment my daughter was born is the most emotional of my life. I truly felt that even after a long and exhausting labour, the entire room was made of love. That’s the best way I can describe it. I hugged my beautiful wrinkly girl and knew right then that my life would never be the same. This is my hope for you – that the birth of your baby fills you with wonder and joy, regardless of how the baby gets there or the way in which the labour unfolds.
In my time as a doula I have supported over 40 families in their journey to parenthood: from first to fifth time parents, from 17 to 45 years old, with and without family support, navigating pregnancy after loss, and all kinds of unique backgrounds and circumstances. With every family, I have learned something new. My hope is to always stay as curious and passionate about this work as I was when I first started.
I am really big on being open to all outcomes and I truly believe that birth can feel empowering, whether it is at home or in a hospital setting, whether there are interventions or it is intervention-free, whether it is very short or quite long. I believe that it is in our power to have a beautiful birth by deciding to have one. I believe that everyone deserves a fantastic birth, despite the fears we sometimes encounter. And if/when the going gets tough, I will apply my superpower, if you will, my special ability: I will really go there with you. What I mean by that is that beyond listening, encouraging, giving information, taking care of your needs, helping navigate decisions, my true offer as a doula is to be the kind of unwavering, determined, and gritty ally in your corner (or really, right by your side, and often squeezing your hips – not mandatory!). I am not afraid of birth, and neither should you be. I love seeing someone’s pride in their process, their accomplishment, and the surprise at their own strength. It all starts much sooner than the birth itself, and I feel it is such a gift in my life to learn from the people I meet, and to share in the joy and excitement of this process.
As a yoga teacher and photographer, I have been able to combine all my biggest passions into one. I am so fortunate to have gotten the training, mentorship, help and advice of wonderful teachers in my life, and I am always getting more training, because for me this work never ends. Whether it is a camera, a yoga mat, or a birthing ball in my hands, I am always coming up with ways to take what I’ve learned formally, or in life, and apply it to the moment. It is an exhilarating feeling to have my “pockets full” of various ideas and knowledge to draw from, and weave things together.
When I am not teaching or attending births, I spend a lot of time with my partner, daughter, and dog at a local park, reading, writing, watching movies, cooking, and hunting down new ice cream flavours.
Labour & Birth Doula, Doula Canada
Labour & Birth Doula, Douglas College/Sharron Gibbs, Shelley Gray
Stillbirthday (SBD) Birth & Bereavement Doula
PRYT – Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training, 85 Hr, Semperviva/Teresa Campbell
Restorative Yoga and Restorative Therapeutics Teacher Training, 85 Hr, Semperviva/Tianne Allan
RYT 200 – Registered Yoga Teacher 200 Hr Training, Semperviva
BFA, Film and Visual Art, Simon Fraser University
Down There for Doulas - Pelvic Floor + Diastasis Recti Knowledge Training, Kim Vopni, Doula Services Association
Trauma Based Care for Doulas and Midwives, Heidi Koss, Heather DeVries, Community Birth Program
Indigenous Cultural Safety for Birth Workers, Transform(N)ations, FRAFCA
Breastfeeding Support & Knowledge, Doula Canada
Birth Trauma Support, Doula Canada
Holistic Practices & Knowledge, Doula Canada
Community Support and Involvement:
Board of Directors at the Doula Services Association of British Columbia (Director of Fundraising)
Birth Doula as part of the doula collective at Community Birth Program (CBP) and Maxxine Wright