Stephanie Alouche - VBAC Doula
Hi! I’m Stephanie Ross Alouche, and it’s seems I’ve become known as The VBAC Doula for the GTA. So, what does that mean? My goal is to walk with families as they navigate birthing after cesarean OR traumatic birth, so they grow their families with support, respect, and JOY!
As a birth doula of twenty years, I have served over 500 families, increasing my focus on VBAC and family-centred caesarean access through those years. Personally. I understand the hurdles and barriers to evidence based care one can face as I too had to work to prepare for my own breech HBAC. As facilitator of The Birthing Circle and ICAN of Toronto/Durham, I have been thoroughly humbled by the vulnerability and strength of those who have shown up first to ask support for themselves who then stay on for years to support new families coming in to share their stories. I am reminded often that birth and breast/chestfeeding support is community support.
I love to give very few a lot of me, instead of taking on a large number of clients and only being able to offer a snippet of myself during such an important time. I take on one to two clients a month in an effort to keep the care I offer personal and accessible.
I’m a believer in supporting and growing birth work as a profession. I’m so proud to have sat on the board of the Association on Ontario Doulas as the Communication director for the past 5 years.
When I’m not off doing my doula thing, I’m parenting 4 young people who keep me on my toes and in the know about all things TikTok! Three English bulldogs and an exasperated husband also keep my life interesting. Doula, Podcaster, Mother, Wife, Sister and lover of double dutch, life is an adventure!
Your Birth Package - $1500.00
Supporting you and your partner with my knowledge, like a tour guide through a country you’re excited and nervous to explore. Shortcuts, gems of information, knowing the language of your chosen birth space, all at your fingertips. When we work together here is what you can expect:
One (1) birth planning visit to discuss parent’s needs and desires, provide assistance in creating a communication list including preferences for pain management, and to understand how the birthing parent and their partner have prepared for the birth by reviewing personal coping strategies for pain and fatigue, answer any questions, etc.
Full use of lending library
Support by telephone or email as needed during pregnancy and immediate postpartum
24-hour on-call availability from 2 weeks prior to your due date until your baby is born.
In person Labour support from active labour at home or hospital
Emotional, physical and informational support during labour, birth and depending on your needs, up to two (2) hours postpartum
One (1) at-home postpartum visit to see how you are doing, assist with feeding support/latch assessment and provide additional resources, if needed.
Your Birth Plus! - $1700.00
Includes all the same prenatal and birth support in our Your Birth package with the addition of 3 private in-home Breastfeeding Support visits, and unlimited 24hr call/email/text support through the completion of your final visit, which is highly beneficial when you get home with your newborn and have those middle of the night questions or concerns. “Is the poop supposed to be that colour?” “Why are my breasts ON FIRE?!”
Beyond Your Birth Plus! - $2000.00
Includes all the same prenatal, birth support in Your BirthPlus Doula Package but goes the extra mile for your family. The first 6 months of your transition to parenthood comes with many, many Google-worthy questions; “IS THIS NORMAL?” “Can I keep calling you with questions?” “How do I help her sleep better?” To meet the recent requests we are now offering ongoing parent support for the 6 months following your littles arrival. Your doula will remain on call for all questions with unlimited text, email and phone support!