Offering overnight postpartum support +
bengkung belly-binding services in the Greater Toronto Area
Bookings are now open for March and April 2021. Due to COVID-19, I am taking on a very limited number of clients. Please reach out early to secure a spot once you know your EDD :)
Please read about my COVID-19 measures here.
My aim is to provide you and your partner with care, understanding, information and most importantly, support after birth. I suggest an initial video call to help me tailor my packages to fit your needs. Please get in touch to find out more.
** For pregnancy and infant loss postpartum support, see here.
OVERNIGHT POSTPARTUM SUPPORT
As a postpartum doula, my aim is to give you the full care and attention you deserve.
My services include:
Unbiased emotional support to help you process your feelings after birth, and to always advocate + respect your choices in parenting your child
All aspects of newborn care and sibling adjustment (feeding, bathing, diapering, bottle preparation and sterilization, etc)
Breast-feeding support and tips (wherever applicable)
Basic meal preparation, light household cleaning (if needed - laundry, washing dishes, sweeping floor, etc)
Other additional support you might need, so that you and your partner can rest through the night and wake up energized the following day to spend quality time with the baby!
My night-time shifts are usually between 10pm-6am the following day, and my rate is $23/hr. However, I am also very open to accommodating other times of needs (eg: 6pm onwards for baby's bath time routine, etc).
Bengkung is a Malay traditional art of postpartum belly-binding. It is a process where the belly is tightly bound by a long piece of cloth in a criss-cross manner, and is a great way to honour your postpartum body as it heals. Unlike postpartum belly binders found on Amazon or Walmart, the bengkung allows you to customize the tightness, to listen to your body if/when it aches, provides ample support for your lower back and most importantly, is comfortable when worn for long periods of time. Beyond the first 40 days of postpartum, birth parents can still benefit from the healing support of wearing the bengkung. It is never too late to start!
Clients are encouraged to wear the bengkung for 8-12 hours daily, for at least the first 40 days during postpartum. A warming herbal paste (or organic essential oils) can also be applied to the belly prior to putting on the bengkung to increase muscle tone, promote blood flow and to release any retained water that can occur after childbirth. Learn more about bengkung belly-binding here.
My bengkung belly-binding service is $150 on its own, and it includes your own 100% organic cotton bengkung and a 2-week supply of freshly-made warming herbal paste. The duration of the session is approximately 1 hour, where I will teach you how to apply the warming paste and to tie the bengkung in person, so that you can continue the practice and effectively heal in the comfort of your home.
In light of COVID-19, I am also offering a virtual bengkung belly-binding service for $120. This includes a 1-hour online tutorial on the correct technique of belly-binding, an organic cotton bengkung and a 2-week supply of herbal paste. Please note that additional cost applies for the local shipment of items to you via Canada Post.
Pregnancy and Infant Loss Postpartum Support
As a Pregnancy and Infant Loss (PAIL) advocate, I would love to offer you postpartum support.
This includes (and is not limited to) holding space for your loss, normalize and validate your feelings, walk you through the hormonal changes that will take place, support you when your milk comes in and much much more. For this service, my rate starts at $20/hr.
Another form of postpartum support that I offer is the bengkung belly-binding services. Research has shown that the process will help with a birth parent's physical and deep emotional healing. The suggested time to wear the bengkung still applies -- during the first 40 days of postpartum. You can read more about my bengkung belly-binding services here.
The service is $150, and it includes your own 100% organic cotton bengkung and a 2-week supply of freshly-made warming herbal paste. The duration of the session is approximately 1 hour, where I will teach you how to apply the warming paste and to tie the bengkung in person, so that you can continue the practice and effectively heal in the comfort of your home. In light of COVID-19, I am also offering a virtual bengkung belly-binding service for $120. This includes a 1-hour virtual tutorial on belly-binding, a bengkung of your own and a 2-week supply of herbal paste. Please note that additional costs apply for shipment of items to you locally via Canada Post.
A LITTLE ABOUT ME
Hello! My name is Haza.
I am a overnight postpartum doula with nearly one year of experience. I am based in Roncesvalles/Parkdale, Toronto, and I offer my services within the Great Toronto Area (GTA).
My professional certifications include:
DONA International Postpartum Doula (2020; in progress)
Bengkung belly binding practitioner
Breastfeeding for Birth Professionals by WellPregnancy (2020)
Infant/Child CPR by SAJE Vital Signs Inc (2020)
Pregnancy and Infant Loss (PAIL) advocate by QUILT Centre for Advocates (2020; in progress)
Living in Toronto, I understand how expensive having a new baby can be. I offer a sliding scale payment range, and I would be more than happy to discuss what would be affordable for your budget. Drop me a line and we can go from there! My Toronto Police Criminal Record Check, client references and full resume is also available upon request. Please allow 2-3 business days for replies.