Peaceful Earth Graceful Birth Labor Companions
Phone: (202) 297-2722
Birth Fee: $500 to $800
Fee Details: This includes monthly phone check in, 3 visits before labor, continuous support throughout labor and delivery, staying up to 2 hours after delivery to make sure everything is going well, and 1 postpartum visit to make sure that breastfeeding is well established and to help problem solve any issues that might crop up. I look forward to meeting you! :) Massage, Mother's Blessings, and Henna services are additional.
Birth Doula Experience: 5 years and 35 births attended
Clients per Month: 1 to 2Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
I am a certified Infant Special Educator who is currently working on my PhD in Special Education. My vocation in life is to work to strengthen families through creating positive birth experiences.
Languages spoken: english, basic spanish
Service Area MapArea of practice: Washington, DC
I went into my pregnancy journey wanting the whole natural experience. I began my search for a doula almost immediately after I found out I was expecting. Unfortunately, I wasn’t as successful until I was introduced to Muneera Fontaine. Immediately after my first conversation, I knew I would like Muneera. We met soon after and she was very personable and most importantly professional. During the subsequent meetings, we not only discussed things such as nutrition, the different stages of labor, techniques to manage labor pain, nursing, but she also laughed and had meaningful conversation with my family and I. Muneera came into my home and respected the flow of my daily life and the culture of my family; which is very important to me. When it came down to active labor and birthing my first child, I could not imagine doing it without my doula. She was there every step of the way. I trusted Muneera and she was a pleasant help before, during, and post pregnancy.
Muneera came to us through the recommendation of two friends who also used her for their first births. For us, it is hard to imagine how our birth could have gone so well without her help. Our son was born after a 15-hour labor in the caul, a rare occurence and one that would likely not have happened if we did not have a support network that understood our desire not to have unnecessary medical interventions.
Because of Muneera, we were able to comfortably labor at home for the bulk of that time -- about 12 hours. We called Muneera just hours after the first contractions started, and she came over and spent the entire day helping my husband massage me, feed me and provide comfort measures that made the experience of back labor much more tolerable. She came equipped with aromatherapy and scarves that would help me bear weight while laboring, and she even provided Sitz bath herbs to help me heal postpartum.
But her assistance began long before that day. She met with us three times prior to the labor so that we were familiar with her and she with us. Those meetings amounted to a private class to prepare us for labor and birth. By the time the delivery date arrived, she and my husband knew each other well and were able to work as a team to get us through the challenges of labor. She also followed up with us postpartum to ensure I was doing well, and she was helpful in providing advice as we navigated life with a newborn.
Muneera became a friend through the process, and I can't recommend her enough to anyone seeking a pillar of support through their pregnancy and birth.
I love Muneera. She was present for the births of my second and third children. My births were at a birth center and at home. For my 2nd birth, she came over to my house shortly after I called her and offered me continuous side by side support (massage, encouragement, essential oils) before going to the birth center. I wanted to labor home as long as possible. She also realized from my complaints that #2 was presenting as a back labor and gave me some specific positions to try and turn him. Once at the birth center she also helped with my older son who was present and kept him occupied. With #3 she came quickly again and supported me at home continuously,even after the midwife came, she was there again to help through massage, aromatherapy, positioning, and encouragement. Both times she also helped out by taking pictures and shooting video. Prior to both births she also helped us with throwing a Parent's Blessing to honor the new life being welcomed to our family. Through out the whole process she gave me advice on natural remedies,beneficial supplements,helpful positioning, and even exercises I could incorporate to encourage the baby stay in a good position( especially after my #2 was a back labor, #3 was a breeze!). She's always pleasant to speak to, prompt, reliable, and very knowledgeable about what it takes to support a mother through the labor process.
Muneera helped me greatly through out my pregnancy!!! She is such a kindred spirit. She answered all of my questions. I was soooooo nervous during my pregnancy with this being my first one and not having much support. She consistanly checked up on me and helped me with questions to ask my doctor. I was hoping for a natural childbirth although I did not have one. Muneera gave me positive and negatives opitions so that I could make my decision. I was not able to have my mother in the delivery room with me but it was great to have a doula such as Muneera for my support system with me!!!! I would reccomend her 100%. She is a caring loving person and passionate about her craft.
Muneera was such a blessing for us. She brought me strength, confidence, comfort, and companionship throughout the whole process. As this was our first baby, it was invaluable having her walk us through the process and empower us with her knowledge of the birthing process and the numerous possible interventions that caretakers could employ. I would highly recommend her!
Ms. Muneera was very helpful with my pregnancy and labor. Since it was my first pregnancy, I was very nervous and exited. She is very knowlegable and helped me out throughout my pregnancy. During labor, she was extremely helpful. Since I don't have my family members here; she was there like my family member. Not only she helped me through my pregnancy and labor, but also she helped me post partum and answering my questions whenever I called her. I would really recommand her to anyone who is looking for a doula. If need arise in future, I would love her to be there for my future pregnancy.
Extremely knowledgeable and very caring. We did not use any epiduaral and it was a normal delivery. She helped prior to and during labor how to manage pain and it worked out to be a blessing as things went so smoothly with Muneera's help. I strongly recommend to utilize her services and experience as it is worth it. Even the nurses and doctor's were appericiative of her understanding, professionalism,helpful nature.
Shahida Naz (Mom of Uzair, )
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