The Nesting Doula Collective emerged as a response to the need for culturally appropriate, linguistically diverse, and affordable birth support for newcomers in the Greater Victoria area. Newcomers face distinct challenges to navigating the health care system, including language barriers, financial constraints, precarious migrant status, as well as social isolation. We quickly recognized that these challenges are not faced by the newcomer community alone. Indigenous, Black, and racialized individuals also encounter barriers, racism, and trauma before, during and after birth. Our collective consists of doulas who speak multiple languages, may have their own migration histories, identify as Indigenous, Black and/or a person of colour, and provide care for our clients without judgement and with confidentiality.
Individuals who are interested in becoming doulas or are already trained are welcome to join the Nesting Doula Collective. As a part of the collective, you will get to work with diverse communities, you will become connected to a skilled network of doulas who provide a range of support including during birth, postpartum, abortion, and miscarriage. You will also benefit from monthly collective meetings to share resources, best practices, and celebrate the work that we get to do. We also provide DONA International and Full Spectrum training to individuals interested in becoming doulas.
Nesting Doula Collective provides all services to our clients on a sliding scale including at no cost. Members of the collective are volunteer doulas who supplement this work with paid clients and/or other work.