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: I support families and individuals in their fertility journeys, the perinatal period from pregnancy to postpartum, and I also provide support to those experiencing infant or pregnancy loss. I pride myself on always learning more, and have a variety of training and education to support unique considerations like adoption, surrogacy, birthing and raising multiples, and queer families support.
For me the parenthood journey really began with my pregnancy with my daughter, although I really believe the seeds and hopes of becoming a parent are planted much earlier on. 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 50 families in their journey to parenthood: from first to fifth time parents, within a wide age range, various versions of family, navigating pregnancy after loss, medically complex pregnancies, and all kinds of unique backgrounds and circumstances. With every family, I have learned something new, and my heart has grown bigger. Truly, there is nothing else like this work and it powers me up to think of families birthing and growing in a safe, calm, supported environment, seen, heard, and celebrated.
I am really big on being open to all outcomes and I truly believe that birth can feel positive and life changing, 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 and being open to the process. I believe that everyone deserves a fantastic birth, despite the fears we sometimes encounter. Even more importantly, I view birth as a rite of passage, and a part of a much bigger path – the path of parenthood. My job is to create a sense of comfort for you, to really go there with you. I want you to feel like you can ask me anything and have a calm warm presence helping you navigate this transition. I am there to answer 4 am calls about the mucus plug and baby poops (yes, I said it!), and to also take care of you, as you learn how to take care of your little.
My approach to supporting families and individuals is through compassionate holistic support, for which I draw on my experience and knowledge as a Prenatal, Postnatal, and Restorative Yoga Teacher, along with additional breathing, meditation, herbal, aromatherapy, and body work training. I am here to take care of you as a whole person, with your own individual concerns and hopes. I am also really familiar with and have a lot of passion for supporting people through the mood concerns and changes that can be a part of this time: I am not afraid to go deep and have these conversations around how you are really doing, should you choose to share.
One of my offers is that of family photography, from maternity, to birth, to newborn time and family portraits. It is such a joy for me to capture these fleeting moments. 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
Breastfeeding/Chestfeeding Support & Knowledge, Doula Canada
Holistic Practices & Knowledge, Doula Canada
Birth Trauma Support, Doula Canada/Jillian Hand
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
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