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Meet Sandra 

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Sandra Farias is a certified birth doula with DONA and prenatal certified yoga instructor with BLOOMA since 2015. Her doula training started at the Scarborough Health Network, the first formal, non-volunteer-based doula program in an Ontario hospital.

As part of her hands-on experience, she completed a full-year mentorship at Transitionings™ and became a HypnoBirthing practitioner (Mongan Method). As part of her immersion in childbirth, she joined the mentorship program Awakening the Village at the Centre for Growing Families. She has been trained in Spinning Babies, rebozo techniques, acupressure, TENS, and hydrotherapy. As a postpartum doula she completed trainings to support early breastfeeding, safe sleeping, and infant massage.

A resourceful prenatal educator, Sandra developed interactive online classes during the pandemic in English and Spanish, to continue supporting a whole spectrum of families in Toronto, providing virtually or in person workshops with evidence-based knowledge and information about the newborn’s microbiome and benefits of skin-to-skin, breastfeeding, chestfeeding and babywearing practices.  

Having a child is a unique opportunity in a person´s life for growth, but fears and misinformation could be an obstacle. Having a doula is the best tool for transitioning this learning phase, staying well-informed about choices, and feeling empowered ahead of a lifetime journey.

My testimony:
Being a doula is not a job, it's a life commitment.

As a certified doula, I believe my learning continues seeing parents in action everyday, attending many births at home, the birth centre, or hospitals.

As a prenatal yoga practitioner I find the balance to help mothers physically and emotionally in their journeys.

In my learning curve, I have been extremely lucky to have the best mentors. 

I am very thankful for their teachings and I continue learning every day.

Ser una doula no es un trabajo, es un compromiso de vida.

Como doula certificada mi experiencia continúa, trabajando junto a las madres y padres en accion acompañando muchos partos en casa, en la casa de partos y en hospitales.

Como instructora de yoga prenatal hallo el balance para apoyar física y emocionalmente a la embarazada en su viaje a la maternidad. Como doula he tenido excelentes maestras, les estoy muy agrecida por sus enseñanzas y continúo aprendiendo día a día. 

Testimonials

"Sandra is a naturally caring and compassionate personality, helpful and informative. Pre-labour advice was helpful in confirming where we were mentally going into our baby's birth, and having an eager pair of helping hands and on the fly advice and coaching during our labour was invaluable. We would wholeheartedly recommend Sandra to anyone, but especially to first timers as her reassurance and guidance would certainly help people through this journey". Izabela M.
"Sandra estaba allí para mí y para mi bebé. Todavía recuerdo que ella fue la primera en apoyarme durante el trabajo de parto y que llegó en medio de la noche a pesar de una tormenta de invierno. Gracias a Sandra, mi embarazo fue realmente fácil de llevar y me sentí cómoda durante todo mi largo trabajo de parto hasta que nació mi bebé. Sentí que Sandra era para mí como una hermana, pero con todas las técnicas para mantenerme relajada y sentirme cerca de mi bebé. También ayudó a mi esposo a mejorar su participación durante el parto y el postparto. Sandra hizo que mi parto fuera especial y único. ¡Estamos muy agradecidos! ". Gabriela R.
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