Tamara's Reviews & Testimonials
We were very happy with the postpartum night support we received through Bunky Bambino. Tamara was incredible at enabling both myself and my husband to get a good night's sleep. She also provided great advice on the postpartum transition, including lactation support, newborn cues, baby-wearing, and taking care of ourselves. The administrative end of Bunky Bambino was very smooth and easy to deal with. I would highly recommend their services.
We were so lucky to have Tamara be our doula and wise resource for our daughter's birth. This was my first pregnancy and we didn't quite know what to expect both from the process and our doula. Tamara guided us through both in a gentle and informed way. From our first meeting, she made us both feel comfortable in what would and could happen from beginning of labour to birth. She checked in regularly about how my pregnancy was going, which helped us to get to know each other better. She had some great recommendations for resources that she shared along the way too.
When I finally went into labor, Tamara’s calm approach was exactly what my husband and I needed. She had many pain management and endurance techniques up her sleeve that she suggested and used at just the right moment. She reminded us both to stay well hydrated, fed and sane! She also took very good care of my husband. I’ll never forget her recommendation to him to go out and grab a beer- it was exactly what he needed to come back and stay connected during a long labor. In the middle of the night, she was a rock in a chaotic process. Don’t let her quiet demeanour fool you, she shows up with exactly what is needed through each stage of labor- a gentle massage, a firm hip squeeze, or just someone to laugh with.
When it came to making some difficult decisions Tamara helped us to navigate through our own thoughts and emotions and was a non-judgmental sounding board. We had to make the difficult choice of moving from a home-birth scenario to the hospital. Both in the moment and in the follow-up visit she was key in helping to process and let go of the strong emotions that I held with that decision.
Our new family of three is so thankful that Tamara was able to be a part of our birth experience. We would highly recommend her to other families that are looking for an incredible woman to support them in this lovely moment.
- Marta & Tim
We hired Bunky Bambino for our postpartum care. For the entire first postpartum month, we had four doulas taking shifts looking after my baby and me, day and night. While they were all excellent doulas, I was particularly fond of Tamara. Tamara was outstanding. She was caring and gentle with me and the baby. More importantly, she was also very detail-oriented, courteous and diligent. Her genuine desire to help women, especially new moms is heart-warming, which shows in the quality of her service. Tamara is also a curious learner. She is constantly learning how to improve her knowledge and skills to provide outstanding service to her clients. For a new mom who was nervous about looking after a newborn, Tamara made me feel secure and reassured. I was able to place so much trust in her that I left my 3-week-old baby with her to look after when I had to go to a work meeting for two hours. In fact, I liked Tamara so much that I retained her service again when my baby was 4 months old for a week when I had to work. I highly recommend Tamara. She made my postpartum experience pleasant and less stressful.
I cannot thank Tamara enough for her care and support during such an intense time of transition - especially as a first time mom (of twins) and after having a very difficult pregnancy. She really made me feel validated and heard.
Tamara was our post-partum doula; we hired her through Bunky Bambino when our twins were 2 months. My husband was returning to work and we realized I would need some additional hands while I was on my own.
Tamara is an amazing doula and I felt very grateful and fortunate to have her care for me and our babies. I remember on her first day she made me breakfast and snacks throughout the day- it was really nice to have someone take care of me while I was adjusting to two babies. She was so gentle and nurturing with our babies too, we felt that we were in excellent hands.
We really appreciated Tamara’s ability to anticipate needs and help come up with solutions; if she didn’t know she was great at engaging her network to help. She was very efficient at getting things done (e.g., helping bathe babies, laundry, meal prep, giving me time to rest while she would put babies to sleep), while still being respectful, empathetic and kind!
We miss her and can’t recommend her enough!
- Carola & Marko
Tamara was such a help in a time where our family had our hands full. Welcoming our second child into the family was more of an adjustment than anticipated and I very much appreciated Tamara's support and care in the early weeks. She was able to see what needed to be done and how to best support me and my boys while adjusting to our new normal. She is very insightful and non-judgmental. She is also a very calm presence and I have no doubt she would be wonderful support at any birth. I would highly recommend her postpartum services to anyone who is looking to make those early days a little easier.
Tamara is a very reliable and professional doula. She was a great help during my labour. She provided my husband and I comfort and positive affirmations during times when we truly needed it. When it started to get chaotic as my contractions got stronger, she was attentive and responsive to our needs. She also came by very late at night to drop off a TENS machine when my contractions were getting stronger. This was very helpful! She also took great photos and videos of the birth of our daughter. I would recommend Tamara to friends and family.
- Kathleen & Jeff
We knew that we had an immediate connection with Tamara when we met her. She has an incredibly calming presence and a great sense of humour. On the day of the birth, Tamara was extremely supportive, encouraging and kind throughout the entire labour. She was responsive to our needs, providing key hydration throughout the delivery, spouting natural compliments to us throughout difficult periods on the labour. Cold towels, keeping the TENS machine going, snacks, and key reminders for my birthing partner throughout the day. Most notably when the last-minute decision was made to deliver at home instead of at the hospital, Tamara was outstanding. She was key in our decision to deliver at home, as she was encouraging and calm after many hours of pushing, offering much needed emotional and physical support. After birth, Tamara cut fruit to provide nourishment to me and my partner. She even was able to capture a few moments and photos for us in the moment. We couldn’t recommend Tamara more highly. We are so incredibly thankful for her support through our labour and delivery. Please reach out to Tamara for our contact information if you need any further details about the amazing care that Tamara provided.
- Kara & Cole
Having your first child is nerve-racking in so many different ways. So many decisions need to be made and everyone seems more important than the next. My wife and I really wanted to get to know who was going to deliver our child and build a relationship and trust with our doctor or midwife. We found the most personal and trustworthy candidate was the Pomegranate Midwives in Burnaby. The love and respect we received from them was unmatched. I wanted to be my wife’s rock and needed some (well, tons) of help so we decided on a doula as well. We met with Jill Colpitts (amazing, smart, genuine) and we loved her. She was mentoring Tamara Starcevic and brought her along for one of our meetings. Tamara didn’t have too many births under her belt and she was fairly new to Jill Colpitts’s team. My wife and I liked her a lot, she was also very genuine like Jill. Everyone deserves a chance and a shot to succeed if they work for it, and Tamara deserved it and we gave it to her. I can’t described how special and perfect our childbirth was because of Tamara and the woman mentoring her. I called her at 2 am and said it’s “showtime” she was there at our house at 2:30 am with coffees in hand. She guided me through every step. She supported my wife and rubbed her back for hours, helped her breathe, and calmed me down when my wife was in so much pain. She was with us for around 19 hours. When we were at the hospital she was with me and my wife for whatever we needed and our families needed. Tamara was so phenomenal and I can’t describe our gratitude for all her love she gave us. I’m so glad she was apart of the most precious day of our lives and I hope others can experience the same feeling.
- Danny & Nicoletta
Tamara and I started this journey together many weeks prior to birth. She supported me through all the little hiccups encountered before the big day. We had a wonderful birth experience. Tamara has a calm demeanour but her presence was felt in the room. I opted for a drug free vaginal birth. During my moments of weakness when I wanted to cave or thought I couldn't handle it, Tamara supported me. She anticipated my needs and communicated well with the hospital staff. I felt well taken care of. I can't thank her enough.
When we first met, we knew instantly that we wanted to hire her. She listened to my desires to explore a home birth and spoke with kindness and understanding to my husband who was not on board with the idea.
Each time we met with her prior to the birth, we felt more comfortable with labor and deliver. We always felt listened to and I knew without a doubt that my desires would be heard throughout the whole labor.
When the day came, my water broke but no labor began. Tamara rushed to meet us at the hospital even though nothing would be happening for a long time just so we would feel comfortable. She shared her experiences which helped us make informed choices about the next steps.
When active labor began, she was a godsend! She helped me manage the pain from home to hospital to the moment my baby girl arrived. I’d planned on skipping meds but soon the pain was enough to have my asking for them...it wasn’t possible at that point. Thank God for Tamara! She brought a tens machine, showed me how to move so I could manage pain and worked some magic by holding my hips through the contractions. She also said the right things every step of the way that made me really believe I could do this!
She took beautiful photos during the birth that captured the reality of the day. Tamara made me sure I had the exact birth I wanted and I truly look back on every aspect of the day with joy.
If we decide to have a second kid, we will for certain hire Tamara again. I can’t imagine giving birth without her by my side. I cannot recommend her enough.
We are so lucky to have had Tamara assist the home birth of our first child! We can't imagine how it would have been without her presence and support. She was in tune with Keiko from the moment she arrived, in tune with the midwife team, made sure we were also supported in the moments when all eyes were on baby. We relied on her and she came through.
We wanted to have as natural a birth as possible. We had met Tamara at a stellar health store; we took our questions to her. She never offered medical advice; she sent us articles and resources which helped us understand the medical choices. There was no push or judgement on how we made these decisions- she would be an excellent choice for anyone, regardless of your approach to these personal medical choices.
She explained the process of the labour, when to call her, and when to call the midwives. We were confident approaching the delivery thanks to Tamara; she helped us ask the midwives to come at the right time; she even suggested the position that worked best for the final moments of the delivery. Afterward, she helped us find fast help for breastfeeding challenges.
Tamara is a star, and we are lucky to have had her on our team.
- Lansse & Keiko
Preparing for labour with Tamara has been such a great experience for both of us. Tamara is a great listener and guide. She took plenty of time to understand what our needs were and answered our questions in the most objective way by providing articles and resourceful information. This really helped us build a birth plan that we felt happy and confident with. Tamara created a safe place for us so that we would always feel empowered with knowledge and more relaxed by the end of our prenatal sessions.
In between sessions and before birth, she also took the time to check in with us on a regular basis and always had loving and caring words for us.
At 10 days past our due date, Tamara kept reassuring me that everything was going to be okay. We truly believe that she was the one person who made us feel the most at peace with a rather stressful situation. Once the labour started, Tamara came right away and offered massages and empowering words. I felt that I was in a safe place and that my body knew what it was doing.
We would hire Tamara again without hesitation and strongly recommend working with her. She will make you feel so empowered and ready to embrace this life-changing experience :)
- Lauren & Tevis
Tamara was our doula for the birth of our baby girl. Her presence was the most useful and wise choice we could have made. She was a magnificent and extraordinary support from beginning to end. She was able to give us confidence, to make us feel secure, to ask us the right questions before, during and after the birth about the physical and emotional aspects of becoming a parent.
We are really grateful to her because she supported us in this long and intense birth and allowed us to live it as serenely as possible. If you are looking for a sensitive, sincere and strong person to support you, one who respects the intimacy of your couple and knows how to act when necessary, I can only recommend Tamara to you!
Thank you so much Tam for your superb work as a doula, this magical and challenging job that you do with passion and devotion.
- Laure & Tom