Choosing to have a Doula attend the birth in the first place was one of the best choices I/we could have made!
Having someone as knowledgeable, compassionate and supportive as you to help with birth preparations definitely made me feel more prepared (in fact, as prepared as I possibly could be) for the birth of our daughter. The meetings with you were a good mix of information on physical and emotional aspects of labour and birthing. Your availability, flexibility, and quick responses were greatly appreciated. Both my husband and I felt fully supported by you throughout labour and birth – we couldn’t have asked for more. This first birthing experience was incredibly positive, and I’m happy to say that you will forever be part of our story!
B. (September 2017)
I felt Yaz was really intuitive to our needs as to what we needed to know and what would benefit us both. I felt I hadn’t really prepared myself for childbirth but did actually know a fair amount which Yaz reassured me about yet also didn’t overload me with information. Yaz’s gentle nature helped us feel calm and confident in the days running up giving birth. The relaxation techniques Yaz offered me were really beneficial and the ones that involved my husband helping me I believe helped him be ready for supporting me during labour.
As a new parent it felt very reassuring to have the support of Yaz before and during the birth. Having Yaz with us made him less worried and felt safer, particularly for me during labour. It also felt very good to have help to prepare before the birth and to know we had the support there and available. He was very happy to have Yaz there to help who we already knew, even though we had just a few sessions beforehand, as opposed to only the nurses and doctor that we didn’t know. He felt very happy that not all the responsibility felt onto him!
Also by knowing that there was a western person of support with me meant a lot to me and gave me a lot of reassurance with being in a foreign country even as familiar that Thailand is for me. Plus having someone at the end of the phone in the days running up to giving birth who always responded positively as opposed to fear was really, really nice.
And I would really stress the important role that a Doula provides to both parents. I also felt that the hospital nurses and doctor were particularly respectful of my wishes and giving me space and time because of having a Doula with me. A friend had said about the importance of having someone at the birth who would be able to explain to you afterwards why things were done, or went a certain way. Having Yaz meant she was able to be this person and again that responsibility didn’t land on my husband. I would definitely want a Doula, well Yaz to be specific, at the birth of our next child 🙂
I would also really recommend your placenta services. This was something I wanted to use anyway and you took complete care of it. I honestly know that the consumption of my placenta (and yes it feels a bit strange to say that!) has made a huge difference in my recovery and overall well-being. I am one seriously content new Mama!
I am so grateful that you were able to be our Doula, things really work out how they should seeing as we didn’t organize it very far in advance. R and I both felt so comfortable with you from the moment we met you, which seeing as it takes a fair amount to make R feel trusting of someone, that’s definitely says a lot!
Cara and Roon (2017)
Having had one baby and experienced the emotional ups and downs that went with the early days of motherhood with a newborn, for my second baby I was keen to anything that I could to try and help ease these highs and lows. I had had a very difficult first birth experience, ending with an emergency c-section and a hemorrhage, and I was also very anxious about this birth – I was away from home, trying to push for a natural birth whilst, on the inside, feeling very scared about the whole thing. In every sense, Yaz was a calming, comforting and very warm influence. She met with my husband and I before the birth, we talked about how I was feeling, how we were both feeling, how we could help our toddler adjust to the new arrival, how we could manage the healthcare situation in Thailand and get what we wanted in terms of a birth experience – all while managing my anxiety. There was nothing that was too much trouble, and we are truly thankful that Yaz came into our lives at a time when we were, quite frankly, terrified!
I had read about placenta encapsulation and knew that this was a service that Yaz offered, and I was keen to try this. The placenta is obviously a super organ as it has kept a baby thriving for 9 months, so I wanted to try and use it to help me postpartum.
Yaz took the placenta from the hospital in a cool-box and worked her own special magic on it. It came back as bags of capsules ready for me to take, with clear instructions on how to take them. I expected results but they were literally amazing! My moods were definitely regulated: I still had the odd day of feeling a little low, but nothing like the first time and I definitely noticed that I felt worse on the few days I forgot to take them. My milk supply was boosted and, having had a second c-section, I am convinced that taking the tablets helped with the healing of my incision/scar. I was up and about, and pretty much fully mobile, in a week; on day 2 after the c-section, I couldn’t even get out of bed without a Tramadol injection. The body is an amazing thing so why not use something that has nourished and our babies to help nourish us? I would absolutely recommend placenta encapsulation to anyone, and I would most definitely recommend Yaz as a wonderful, caring and dedicated Doula.
Amy M. 2016
The best support I could wish for (beside my amazing husband of course!) during the last weeks of my second pregnancy and my first natural birth!
I never felt so loved, accepted and supported as during my labor, with Iasnaia and my husband holding my hands and being there for me all the time.
I couldn’t have make it without her.
I recommend Iasnaia as a doula with all my heart ♥
Eleonora Spagnuolo (V, Born in July 2014)
When we first contacted you in the 37th week, we had a very limited idea of what a doula would do. With no female relatives in the country, at the last moment I felt I would like the presence of a woman who had given birth herself, while Gar wanted the security of backup labour support. We pretty much expected someone to show up at the birth with a bag of relaxing and pain-relieving tricks. We had no idea then of the extent of your actual care, and that involving you would be by far the best decision we made in preparing for labour and birth.
Your kindness, reassurance, candour and knowledge before, during and after our son’s birth have been invaluable. Your support had such a huge impact on our experience we cannot believe we were almost going to do without you! In these first weeks after our son’s arrival you are still caring for us – dropping off homemade goodies and a sling for us to try (those energy bars were insanely delicious and kept me going in the first days).
Thank you for everything – we think you are something special and feel very lucky to have found you.
Deirdre, Gar and Lukas (born 8th February 2015)
“If delivering a child is like running a marathon then a doula is the couch. Iasnaia was a constant presence before, during and after, providing relevant information, clarifying our doubts, demystifying our fears.
She shared our vision of a Positive Birth and Natural Birth. During the delivery she helped me to focus on breathing and mobility giving me confidence to be in control throughout all the stages of the delivery. And she also supports me in the process of embracing maternity and the required demands.”
I had a chance to experience Rebozo ceremony with Iasnaia 6 weeks after my birth. It was unforgettable and very special. First relaxing 4 hands massage with aromatic oil than bath with flowers and herbs and Rebozo scarfs treatment to put all the bones after delivery on the “place” and “close” women’s body after delivery.
All the time support and a lot of presence from Iasnaia – very special women and DouIa. Beside the ceremony she is always helpful answering all my questions regarding postpartum period and Life after birth:-) Feeling like to know you!