Through over 10 years of experience as a Newborn Care Specialist and Sleep Training Educator and 6 years as a Birth and Postpartum Doula, I've learned that at its core, all these different roles share one fundamental objective- to support new parents wholeheartedly and unconditionally on their journey to parenthood, whatever it might look like from family to family. This objective is my greatest passion and privilege.
When it comes to Labor, I find that so much depends on, and is determined by, the birthing person's emotional state and wellbeing, the atmosphere in the delivery room, and their ability to labor at their own pace, in their own unique way. As a Birth Doula, I make it my goal to help you establish your ideal birthing conditions, leading you through different laboring positions and pain management techniques, all while keeping you informed and in control of your own experience.
In my Postpartum Work, I help new parents set systems, use all sorts of baby gear, organize their space, and prepare for all the many firsts in a baby's life as well as teach basic newborn care. I introduce healthy sleep habits for the little ones, using gentle techniques and finding each baby's own cues and rhythms. I bring with me a decade's worth of knowledge and wisdom on how to raise happy, healthy, curious, and loving little humans while supporting new mammas and papas alike in their transition into parent life.
"I was very fortunate to have Varya as my doula at the birth of my daughter. This being my first birth, I wanted to have someone who understood what was going on right by my side. Varya gave me and my husband peace of mind, helped me to believe in myself and the processes. She was able to provide much-needed relief through my entire labor, by applying pressure on my lower back, I don't know if could bear the pain otherwise. When the time came to push, I was only able to hear Varya's instructions, not even the midwife's. I was pleased to have had a natural and unmedicated birth without any complications, thanks to the amazing team that was there with me. I hope Varya will be there at the birth of my future child too."
"Varya made a world of difference and helped me achieve my dream about natural delivery. During my second pregnancy, I was fully confident that it would be a much easier and faster delivery comparing to the first one, so wasn't even bothered to look for any extra help. However, little did know that my second labor would last 18 hours! Luckily, I ran into Varya in my last days of pregnancy. On the day of labor, Varya arrived to the hospital about the same time as us. As she walked in my room, my labor pains were still tolerable and we started walking the halls. As the labor started progressing her support was becoming tremendously important. Throughout the whole process she was attentive to my needs, collaborating with the nurses and midwife on positional changes and ways to progress the labor further. I was able to be relaxed under her guidance, she was the person who fully was on my side and, what's more important, I could feel that she is the person who loves what she is doing! And she was doing everything wholeheartedly for me and my baby! My husband and I are both extremely happy with our labor experience. We would definitely recommend Varya as a doula to anyone who is looking for assistance and support during their labor, especially if one wants to take it the natural route regardless if that is your first or subsequent pregnancy."
"Varya served as our birth and post-partum/night doula, and was just fantastic. Varya was a calm and reassuring presence as we prepared for delivery, going through our questions thoughtfully and thoroughly, showing us different positions and pain management techniques, and following up promptly when we needed anything. My delivery ended up going very quickly but with several false (silent labor) starts, far from textbook, and Varya made pivots adeptly, keeping in constant communication (even when we failed to do so!), supporting us, and going with the flow. When we brought our son home, we really saw Varya shine! We had a very hungry little guy, who rarely slept longer than an hour or two before wanting to eat again, and who always wanted to be held (we did not have a 'good sleeper'). I was an absolute wreck. Varya made sure I got the rest I needed to get through those first few weeks. Varya patiently and lovingly extended our son's sleep periods, using little tricks to gently 'shape' (not 'train' as newborns are too young for this) his sleep, while still ensuring he got enough to eat in those critical early days. This was our second kid, so we knew what it was like to go through the early weeks without help, and I can say confidently that Varya saved us! We could actually enjoy the first few weeks with our newborn, instead of walking around in a sleep-deprived stupor, thanks to Varya."
"My wife and I were fortunate enough to secure the services of Varya Dominici as our doula. We sought out a doula for the birth of our third child - it was our first birth in the United States. We wanted to have a natural birth and felt it would be prudent to have a knowledgeable hand to help us through the process and remove the stress of going at it on our own. Varya allowed us to do exactly that. She was a wealth of information and a great resource for everything from what best foods to eat, labor positions, pain management, and much more. Beyond that, she allowed us to have the exact birth experience we were hoping for thanks to her encouragement and support throughout the process. We are ever so grateful to have had her there to witness and take an active role in what can only be described as the most intimate and cherished moment a family can share. highly recommend her services to any family or mother in need of such an invaluable support person. Please do not hesitate to contact us if further information is required."
"Varya was the doula for both of our out-of-hospital births. Her presence and expertise was very reassuring at all stages. Varya helped us to feel more at ease with the at-home stages of labor, and let us know when it was time to go to the birthing center. As first-time parents it was great to have someone there to provide us with the confidence that things were going according to plan, even when my wife's pain seemed scary. We had no doubt that we wanted Varya there for the birth of our second child. And a good thing we did, too! She really came through when one of the midwife at our birthing center was late in getting there, and the baby would not wait: Varya was calm and collected and stepped up to assist the one other professional on hand to help deliver our son. I cannot recommend her highly enough!"