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believe . breathe . birth .


Brana Ninkov

RN, MSN, Birth Doula

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believe . breathe . birth .


Brana Ninkov

RN, MSN, Birth Doula

WHY A DOULA?

A doula is trained to provide non-medical emotional, physical and informational support to women before, during and after labor. 

All birth professionals are in agreement that continuous labor support, such as a doula, reduces the use of unnecessary intervention, reduces the risk of cesarean births and overall improves the family's birthing experience.

Birth of a child, birth of a mother, birth of a family is a life event that leaves an everlasting imprint on everyone involved.  Let it also be the most transforming, most joyful and most empowering experience...

Before birth

We will spend a lot of time discussing your concerns, expectations and preferances in regards to time surrounding birth and my role as your doula. I will equip you with as much information as possible to empower you to make your own decisions about your care. We will review medical interventions and risks and benefits of each. Additionally, we will walk through the likely events of a normal birth, and consider actions to take when certain things do not go as planned.   

(Optional: We can meet at a separate occasion in which I can present a brief childbirth education session, elaborating on physiology of birth)

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during birth

Around two weeks before your ESTIMATED due date, I will be on call and ready to arrive whenever you desire my presence. Once your labor starts, I will stay with you, supporting you in any way you may need me for the entire length of your birthing process. Sometimes this involves massage, aromatherapy, suggestions for breathing or positioning. At other times it is provision of information and advocacy. Most often, it simply means holding space to allow you to experience your best birth. I will stay for a couple of hours after the birth, and leave once I sense that you need nothing more than bonding with your beautiful creation!

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AFTER BIRTH

The postpartum period is the time for bonding, adjusting, learning, resting. I will visit you several times to help with anything you may need, be it emotional support, breastfeeding guidance, newborn care and more. Finally, we will stay in touch and you will have the opportunity to contact me with any questions that arise for as long as you need me. 

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Meet the doula


Meet the doula


My Life

 

Born in Serbia, and having lived in Greece, Germany and Holland before arriving to San Diego, California, enhanced my understanding and appreciation for different languages, people and cultures. We may be different in many aspects, but I believe that deep in our essence we all have love for humanity, and strive from love, joy and compassion.

Currently, I live in Los Angeles, with my dear husband, Rotem, and my sweet son, Liam. We enjoy exploring this diverse city and finding endless gems it provides.

I love spending my free time with my family and friends, meditating, being outdoors, and whenever I can, traveling!

My Background

 

As a high school student exploring her interests, I discovered rapidly that I was fascinated with how wholesome nutrition and exercise, not only positively affect our physiology, but our whole being. I pursued a degree in Kinesiology, with a focus on Nutrition and  Exercise Physiology. After graduating, I worked with women structuring and supporting them in weight loss.  It is then that I realized that my deepest level of connection, relation and communication is with women.

Then forwarding a few years, I gave birth to my beautiful little boy, and that incredible life-event sparked empowerment, transformation and spiritual awakening. I knew then that I had found my calling.

I obtained my Masters degree in Nursing at UCLA, directing my studies to maternal-child health and natural birth.  

My Passion

 

My passion is clear and simple: Birthing Women!

While in nursing school, I did so much research on birth, and what struck me is that, in the medical field, pregnancy and birth are treated as a condition requiring medical interventions, not as a normal natural physiological function.

Desperate for answers to numerous questions, I signed up for a DONA birth doula training at Bini Birth and a whole new door opened for me. 

Being a doula is the most rewarding profession and path of life. It is the most welcoming and noncompetitive sort in which all involved have a united aspiration: to improve and heal birth. Further, meeting clients from all sources of life teaches me so much about the world. Knowing that I played a role in  empowering a woman to have her best birth, makes the long, sleepless nights feel effortless, and oh, so worth it.

I am so thankful to be doing what I am!