Alana's Reviews & Testimonials
Throughout the pregnancy and birthing process, my partner and I were supported by Alana on every level: logistically, emotionally, and, at crucial moments, physically. In our initial meetings, she thoughtfully listened to our concerns and views on birth, and she provided us with resources and advice to assist us in preparing for the birth that we wanted. In particular, as newcomers to Vancouver, we really appreciated the information and perspective Alana offered on birthing at BC Women’s Hospital. When the big day came, it was immensely helpful to have someone there who knew what to expect and how best to navigate the situation. In addition, it meant a lot to the both of us to have someone in the birthing suite thinking of the needs of both the birthing parent and birthing partner. With Alana’s support, we were able to have the birthing experience we had hoped for and to establish breastfeeding with minimal fuss. In short, we feel fortunate to have had Alana by our side as we prepared for the birth of our first child, and we enthusiastically recommend her services!"
- Kay & Elijah
The Bunky Bambino doulas entered our lives in the thick of the pandemic when our daughter was born and our families were far away. They intuited what my partner and I needed in the moment, anticipated what we would need in the near future and propped us up as we got back on our feet.
I am especially grateful to the doulas for supporting me as I began to breastfeed exclusively. After having given birth via an emergency cesarean section, my confidence stores were somewhat depleted and I was unsure of my ability to feed my baby. Having them around helped me regain my belief that it was not only possible, but that I could do it remarkably well. Breastfeeding my daughter has been immeasurably healing!
The doulas were with us working their magic as I recovered, as we moved house and as we adjusted to the day-to-day of new parenthood without any close family around. We reluctantly said goodbye to them after four and a half months of wonderful care.
Thank you Alana!"
Alana was an amazing doula to work with over the weeks before and after the birth of our son. She brought a warm, gentle and confident energy that allowed my husband and I to give her our full faith in her ability to be our advocate in the hospital, and she managed to juggle unforeseen circumstances during the birth with grace. She was also very helpful and responsive postpartum, and I appreciated her wise words and quick answers immensely. I highly recommend working with Bunky Bambino to any expectant mums out there considering hiring a doula!
Alana was not only my Doula, but she is also one of my best friends. At first I didn't know what it would be like to enter into a professional relationship with such a close friend, but Alana exceeded any and all expectations. Alana was extremely supportive, knowledgeable and helpful throughout my entire pregnancy and helped me process my hopes and wishes for my birth. When our birth plan changed drastically (from a planned home birth to a medical induction at the hospital), Alana was there for us and helped create the environment we had hoped for at home in the hospital. Alana provided outstanding emotional and physical support during our labour. She was by our side throughout our difficult labour, and when our birth turned into an emergency cesarean situation, Alana was supportive of every decision we made and helped me process what was happening in the moment. I can't imagine going through the labour and delivery that we had without Alana by our side. After my surgery Alana stayed with us in the recovery room until we settled (after being by our side for 15+ hours). Alana continued to provide great support during my postpartum and really helped me process my labour and delivery. I truly believe that Alana's support during this process has helped me not have residual negative or traumatic feelings about my difficult birth. Hiring Alana to be my doula was one of the best decisions I made during my pregnancy
- Leah & Jonny
Alana was my Doula for my 3rd and final birth. Not having a Doula for my first 2 births I didn't know what to expect. From my and Alana's first conversation she made me feel empowered and supported. Without her resources and commitment I know I wouldn't have had the courage to fulfill my dream birth like I did. After two hospital births, I had the unmedicated home birth I wanted. I recommend anyone who's considering to have a Doula to lean into the idea and open up to the support."
Alana was a phenomenal Doula. She was an incredible support throughout my pregnancy, particularly after my baby was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect. Alana took that challenge on with us, showed us so much care and empathy, and checked in after every specialist appointment. Later on, I had a hard time communicating exactly what I would need during labour and delivery because even I didn't have a clear sense of what that would be. Alana just eemed to intuit exactly what my husband and I needed and got it done without us needing to ask. She was warm, professional and 100% present during my birth and the period afterwards. I would highly recommend her as a Doula!"
- Rebekah & Chris
When my husband and I realized that the midwives focus is on the physical birth we wanted to hire a doula to help us through the day and to be that extra support person for us.
I met Alana through a mutual friend and was so happy I did. She is kind, caring and supportive and I am very grateful for her assistance throughout my labour and delivery."
The deepest thanks to Alana Ludington who was our birth doula. As a first time birther, I felt supported, held and aware of what could happen during the birth experience. The pressure of knowing what to do was non existent because of Alana's knowledge, support and attention. Alana's grounding energy provided so much care and love for both my partner and I. We had meetings before and after babe arrived and several phone/text check ins. I would highly recommend the support of a doula whether its your first birth or tenth! To have another to support, hold and nurture you is the best gift you can give yourself in this massive life experience. Many, many thanks."
Both Emma and Alana gave me the tender support and generational wisdom I desperately needed after giving birth during the pandemic. They were reassuring, kind and so encouraging. I can’t wait to use their services (and see them again!) when I have my next baby. 1000% recommend! Love you guys."
It was a pleasure to work with Alana as birth doula and postpartum doula for night shifts, and Karli as postpartum doula for my twin baby girls.
Alana is such a gentle soul. She has a mother touch on whatever she does. I remember she was relaxing me with her massage when I was finger feeding my babies to teach sealing for getting them back to breast and preparing fruit platter when I needed it most. Many many thanks."
We used Bunky for our 4th baby's postpartum period. As it was going to be my 2nd c-section, and previously suffering from postpartum depression, I knew I would need the help. We were placed with Alana, who was very kind and nurturing. She had a very calm aura and the whole family enjoyed her. It truly made things so smooth for what could have been a rough postpartum (I ended up having gallstone attacks during my early weeks) We also ended up using Rachel for the following weeks as Alana had an early birth and postpartum client. Alana informed her of my family's needs and Rachel swooped in and made the transition as easy as possible. Rachel was able to help with my newborn and also play with my older children, she had a natural talent of keeping them entertained. We also used Bunky for placenta encapsulation. They were easy to work with and my pills were dropped off at my house. I didn't get postpartum depression and noticed my mood was better while I took them compared to when I didn't. But I also had the additional help that I didn't have previously.
All in all, I would definitely recommend Bunky for your postpartum needs."