My Birth Companion
Phone: (443) 739-0113
Birth Fee: Not specified
Postpartum Rate: Not specified
Fee Details: NEW ! Doulas services can be covered by your health insurance Flexible spending account eligible expense Please call : 443-739-0113 or email me at email@example.com to discuss fees. I am willing to make adjustments and payment arrangements for the fee for service. NEW ! Ask me how you can get reimbursed !
Birth Doula Experience: 5 years and 80 births attended
Postpartum Doula Experience: 10 years and 30 families served
Clients per Month: 1 to 4 births and 1 to 4 postpartum familiesPostpartum limits/restrictions: No smokers
DONA International - ICAN Baltimore - Midwives Friends of Maryland - Maryland Birth Network - PBi
Languages spoken: English and French
Service Area MapArea of practice: Cockeysville, MD
I cannot recommend Odile enough! My husband and I took to Odile right away because of her warm and calm demeanor. During the interview process, she thoughtfully answered all of our questions and talked through how she might support us. After we hired her, we had a great long meeting with Odile to go through our thoughts on how we envisioned our labor and delivery, how we might approach obstacles, and what we might do to prepare in my final weeks of pregnancy. Odile was especially helpful in working with us to figure out ways my husband could best support me through the process. When the big day came, Odile was continually available by phone to counsel us on how we might deal with my progressing labor. (She was also able to come to our apartment at any time during my labor, but we didn’t feel the need for in-person help until we were on our way to the hospital.) When my water broke early in the morning, she made a great recommendation: take a long walk around the neighborhood to get your contractions going. It worked! She also planned out her travel into DC ahead of time, knowing that afternoon traffic might be bad, and knowing that my labor might kick into full gear around that time. When we met up at the hospital, Odile helped me try different labor positions, made tea for me (a special blend for labor), and helped my husband and mom support me as contractions got worse. She made a great suggestion to get into the shower when my contractions started to get really bad, and gave me the space I needed when I wanted some alone time during active labor. When I felt the need to push, she supported me and helped my husband to support me. She was also very attentive to me once the baby came out, staying by my side while the doctors finished their work. In the end, my husband and I were able to have exactly the kind of labor and delivery we had hoped and planned for, and we strongly believe that it wouldn’t have been possible without Odile.
If I had to choose one word to describe my experience working with Odile it would be “fantastic.” From the very start I felt at ease by her calm demeanor, friendliness and reassuring guidance. I was terrified of having a c-section and wanted to have the most un-medicated, natural birth possible. My daughter however had other plans and after a long slow 3-day labor I ended up in the hospital after all. I would have been a nervous wreck if it was not for Odile being by my side the entire time. She coached me through 4-minute long contractions (!) and helped me to stay focused on allowing my body to do its job. Her familiarity with my birth center and the hospital was an added plus. And she really helped my mom and husband stay calm and supportive as well. I highly recommend her and hope that we have a chance to work together again soon.
Odile Penet is a very special woman, she is kind, empathetic, hilarious, deep, nurturing and full of positive energy. In short- she is everything you could want in a doula! We just love her! Like many women, I wanted as natural a birth as I could achieve. Unfortunately, I developed Preeclampsia and so it was out of my hands. I had to be induced and given magnesium to prevent complications. Had Odile not been there, had she not been there with my husband and I.. Well, I think I might of had an anxiety attack or two because I felt very out of control of my birth interventions.. . BECAUSE of Odile I had a BEAUTIFUL BIRTH (with as few interventions as was possible due to my scary circumstances) I was actually extremely calm during my entire birth because of Odile and my loving husband and my dear mother! the moment my daughter was born was the highest, most euphoric, most beautiful moment of my life! I do think that the way your child is born does impact your bond- at least at first and I was one of those lucky mothers to feel only overwhelming love when my daughter was born! I'M SO GRATEFUL FOR THAT! :) Odile is a treasure and we want her to be at all of our children's births, she started out as our Doula but is now our friend. <3
Odile attended my hospital birth in June 2013. This was my second birth and as always things didn't go as I had "planned". My water broke without contractions and after several hours of trying to walk the baby out, I had to be induced, which I hoping to avoid. This was the most emotional part of my labor and I was overwhelmed with the anxiety of not knowing how I would do on pitocin and having the time pressure of having the baby (after water breaks you have 24 hours to birth the baby, per hospital policy). Odile was integral during this phase of my emotional roller coaster. I'm not sure that without her I would have been able to get past my fear and move on. She was both gentle in letting me cry out my emotions but so strong and confident in her words and actions that everything would be ok. I think she is the perfect balance of gentle strength.
Once labor got started she really took care of everything to keep me calm and comfortable. If you know her, you know she oozes with comfort, the absolute BEST asset in labor. She thinks of everything! Scented oils to calm and comfort, massage to ease the pain, encouraging words when you need them, suggestions for different positions and coping techniques, and everything in between. One thing I have to note about her is how open minded she is. She has no preset notion of what childbirth should be and supports you no matter what you decide. I told her my goal was to have an unmedicated labor and that is what we worked towards. When I started to doubt my capabilities, she was there to cheer me on. Once the baby came she even stuck around to make sure we were all settled and everything was well. It was by no means a short labor and she was so supportive and helpful from the moment she walked in the door until the moment she left. You can tell she loves to do what she does and I can't think of a better person to be by my side for the birth of my children. We will see you for the next one Odile! Thank you!
Odile was the right choice for our birthing experience. I attempted a VBac after twins. Odile was with me every step of the way.
She helped me labor at home much longer than I imagined I was capable of doing. She helped me through each contraction comfortable. Most importantly she helped my husband and I connect in a way that we were not able to do during the birth of our twins.
Odile stayed with me through my labor, c-section, and recovery. I have no regrets. She helped me stay calm and enjoy the experience.
In addition, she was the only member of my team that understood how important it was to breastfeed my baby after delivery. I was so out of it, but she held my baby to my breast when I didn't have the strength. This was the most wonderful gift she could have given me. I am still exclusively breastfeeding my son 11 weeks after his birth.
Odile came to visit me post delivery and was supportive to my recovery and understanding of my needs and emotions. I can't thank her enough for giving me a great experience and helping me welcome my son into my life.
My birth experience was everything I had hoped it would be, thanks entirely to the wonderful guidance of Odile. I gave birth in a hospital, which is not always the easiest place to have a natural birth. At almost 42 weeks, I was given pitocin to induce labor. With Odile's help, I was able to make it through the painful Pitocin contractions. Luckily they were able to turn off the Pitocin, and my labor progressed on its own without any other medical intervention.
From the moment that I found out I was pregnant with my first child, I knew that I wanted to bring my baby in to the world with minimal interventions or medications. I wanted to feel in control of the process, and to be mentally and physically present the first time that I held my baby.
Thanks to Odile, I was able to have the birth experience that I had hoped for. She was so calm and reassuring, and I never felt scared or overwhelmed. She helped guide me through a number of pain management techniques, all while making sure that my husband felt like he was part of the team. We were both so grateful to have her!
Giving birth to my son was the most important moment of my life, and I was so fortunate to have Odile with me that day. My birth experience gave me more confidence than I have ever had, and the "I can do anything" feeling is still with me 5 months later!
I can never thank Odile enough for giving me the gift of a natural, peaceful and loving birth experience. I hope that I will be lucky enough to have her by my side for future birtths!
We were lucky enough to find Odile for the birth of our third baby. It was my first experience with a doula and honestly I felt a little silly about seeking one out for my thrid. But oh my goodness it made all the difference. I had to rush in for an emergency c-section for my second, a birth story I most definitely had not planned on. I wanted to make sure that for my thrid and final baby I got as close as I could to the birth experience I really wished for her. I could not have done it without Odile. Thanks to her and her ever present calmness and clairty, her utter nowness, her connection to me and the birth of my baby was easy and so very genuine. I wanted a natural birth and I did have a successful v-bac at 41 weeks and 6 days all because of the support and encouragement from Odile in the weeks before the birth and in the long hours of labor. I got the birth story I have always wanted. It was so very perfect. I would be honored to have her by my side at 100 more births and I'm positive she would bring something new and inspirational every single time. She is a treasure.
We were extremely lucky to have Odile with us for the birth of our son. We were well prepared after attending a Bradley Class, but we found that Odile's support was necessary to apply the skills we had acquired. We would never have been able to have a fully natural birth without her ideas, experience and encouragements. We will always be thankful for her dedication and friendliness through the tough experience of a particularly long labor...
We hired Odlie to help us with our second son. Odile came when we got home from the hospital and worked 3-5 nights for us weekly until our son was about 4 months old. Having Odile's support at nighttime was so important to my recovery (cesarean) and to the overall wellbeing of my entire family (husband and 4-year-old son.) She would bring me my son to nurse through the night. It was fantastic! Odile has a ton of very useful wisdom about breastfeeding, schedules and sleep routines. She also listened and empathized at some very emotionally trying and challenging times. I would hire her again and again. My son is sleeping through the night now but I still miss Odile and her wonderfully nurting and caring presence in my home. Odile is like a great mix of Mom, sister, best friend, nurse, healer and psychologist! We love her!
Odile is wonderful!! She was a huge support to my family, and me, and helped me to have the birth that I wanted. I would not have been able to have a natural childbirth with out Odile assisting me through the process. She assisted me both physically and mentally. She would massage my back, help me to get into more comfortable positions, and had me lean her during my contractions. Additionally, she provided constant encouragement and helped me to maintain my breathing. I had my birth at a hospital and she worked well with the hospital staff and OB and helped me to voice my desires to them. I hope to have Odile with me at the birth of my second child.
Odile was absolutely amazing and we highly, highly recommend her!
My husband and I decided to use a doula since both of our families are several states away and because this was our first child so we really wanted someone there who knew what they were doing! It was important to us that our doula be kind, encouraging, supportive and understanding to both my husband and I. We didn't want it to be just about me. Odile absolutely provided this - from the first meeting it was clear that she would be an awesome support for the whole family.
Ultimately we had a somewhat complicated birth and I know that we wouldn't have made it through with smiles on our faces had it not been for Odile. Throughout Odile was a calming, confident presence. The doctor, nurses and my husband were all reassuring but I knew the medical staff had a vested interest in telling me everything was ok and my husband, bless his heart, had no idea if things were really ok or not! So I kept turning to Odile for the reassurance and information I needed.
When our daughter was finally born it was clear that Odile was as overjoyed as my husband and I. It sounds weird but Odile really ended up feeling like family! We would be more than happy to provide greater detail on our experience with Odile if it would be helpful. She's amazing and we're so, so grateful to have had her be a part of our daughter's arrival.
Odile supported me in my birth in exactly the way I needed. Things went differently than I expected, but she was able to adapt to my changing needs beautifully. I had a wonderful birth experience, in large part because of Odile, and I couldn't recommend her more. She's a fabulous doula.
I knew I wanted a doula at my child's birth, even though I had a midwife (they perform separate services - midwife delivers the baby and does medical things; doula supports the mom). When I spoke with Odile I felt immediately comfortable with her and her birth philosophy - essentially, you never know until you get to the birth what you will feel like or what you will need, at which point parents and support people should be open to different options. She was supportive of the things my husband and I wanted (minimal medical intervention if possible, but the potential for epidural or other medical comfort measures if necessary). She was supportive and reassuring in the weeks as we prepared for the birth, checking in with emails every so often and offering to talk by phone or in person if I wanted to. After the birth she kept in contact and came by for a visit to help with breastfeeding and check on my recovery. The day of my son's birth my husband and I were already at the hospital when I knew I was in labor (we had a previously scheduled appointment). Odile came right down when we called, arriving at 1 pm and staying right by my side until after the birth and all the procedures after (about 6 pm - yes, it was a fast labor. No epidural - there wasn't time!). She was so supportive and helpful, encouraging me when I needed encouragement, suggesting different comfort measures, and offering my husband suggestions for what he could do to help me. She was especially supportive while I was being stiched up afteward, which was more painful and took longer than I had expected. I think going through labor and delivery and the aftermath would have been much scarier and much more difficult without her. I felt like she truly cared about me, my husband, and my baby. I would highly recommend Odile to anyone looking for caring support through the final stages of pregnancy, labor, delivery and post partum.
I am normally a very private person and was not interested in having anyone other than my husband in the delivery room, but after meeting with Odile just to 'test the waters' I was 100% on board for having her there on our big day. Odile is such a sweet, kindhearted person and fully supported every decision we made along the way. Her son was due to graduate from high school the day our little girl was born, and she missed it because she promised she would be by our side to help us! She listened very well to everything we wanted, even to those things we didn't vocalize. I would absolutely recommend her to anyone and everyone looking for a doula.
= Available. Calendar last updated: Updated 7/27/2013
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