Certified İçsel Pospartum Doula


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Şaylan was born in Bandırma in 1981. She studied communications at Marmara Univeristy and psychology at Bogazici and Bilgi Universities. After working in the advertising industry for some time, she decided to become a yoga instructor, through which she believes she can be helpful to herself and others. She teaches Pregnancy Yoga in addition to group and private Yoga classes.

After completing the İçsel Doğum Doula Training with Julia Steils, she began assisting pregnant women during their labors as a doula, utilizing her experience gained through Pregnancy Yoga as well as knowledge gained through her psychology education.
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My journey as a doula started when I attended two of my friends’ births in 2011. Later in September 2011, I started taking the first doula training in Turkey, given by Julia Steils Pacacioglu. The nine-month training gave me the opportunity to get a deeper understanding of how to empower parents by doing a lot of inner work about my own personal process, in addition to the hands on practice opportunities. During the training, I attended births as an intern-doula and supported the heroes of many birth stories both physically and mentally. In September 2012 and December 2013, I completed two modules of Active Birth Training given by the founder of the Active Birth Movement, Janet Balaskas in cooperation with İstanbul Doğum Akademisi. I hold a bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature, and a master’s degree in English Language Teaching. I worked as an English instructor at private universities between 1998 and 2015. I am also one of the translators of the renowned book Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin, published in Turkish by Sinek Sekiz Yayınevi in January 2015. Recently, I have been working on the Turkish translation of Birth Matters- A Midwife’s Manifesto by the same author and carrying on attending births as a doula, supporting families.