Website: 5283 Grapevine Dr
Phone: (765) 414-4114
Birth Fee: $600 to $650
Fee Details: Purdue and military family discount possible.
Birth Doula Experience: 5 years and 200 births attended
Doula certification(s) lapsedType of Practice: Partnership with 1 other doula
Clients per Month: to 2Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Purdue University Nursing graduate.
Languages spoken: English
Service Area MapArea of practice: West Lafayette, IN
My VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean) went smoothly and quickly, and I attribute this successful experience in great part to Barb Dail! With her vast experience in the medical field, she knows exactly which questions the laboring mother should ask the hospital staff, and when, as well as what kinds of instructions the mother should give them, depending on the kind of birth experience the mother desires. Her prompts in this regard were very helpful to me and my husband, and that allowed us to keep our main focus on the birth itself. She also provided much encouragement and support during the more trying moments of labor and birth. I used self-hypnosis techniques from the Hypnobabies program for dealing with labor without medication; Barb was more than happy to learn the program's birth-partner cues in advance, so that she could help with these techniques in whatever ways I needed when the time came. Most of all, she made sure the medical staff was aware of what I was doing, and ensured that the atmosphere in the room remained quiet and peaceful during labor. As she is also a lactation consultant and breastfeeding counselor, Barb also provided support and guidance with the first feeding, so that my son got latched on very soon after birth and we had a very good start with nursing.
In addition to all of her excellent doula skills, Barb is also a warm and caring person who goes to great lengths to assist women with achieving the kind of birth experience that they are planning. She also took wonderful pictures as we had wanted during labor and after the birth, and she wrote a very touching birth story for us, which we will cherish forever! Barb helped tremendously in making the birth of my second child just the kind of natural experience that I had been hoping for.
My experience with Barb was amazing. My story is unique and once I met Barb and talked with her I knew that she was the perfect match for me. My husband deployed with the Marine Corps to Afghanistan in November 2009. Knowing that my husband would be deployed during my labor and delivery I knew that I needed as much emotional support as I could get. My husband was unsure of the idea of using a doula but I knew I needed to use one. I started my child birth classes and Barb was my instructor. My sister, Emma, was my emotional support and she attended these classes with me. My husband e-mailed me a few days before about using a doula and said that after reading information on doula's he thought I should inquire about one. I figured it was too late because they would all have other clients to attend to but Barb approached me after the second class and gave me her information about her services. I knew immediately I wanted to use Barb as my doula. She was so kind and understanding and had all the answers to my questions.
I had thought about using an epidural but really wanted to do the L and D as natural as possible. I took Barb's advice about techniques seriously and practiced at home so that I could be as prepared as possible during my L and D. With Barb's calming and loving words and her guiding my sister to help me in the best ways possible while encouraging me to breathe through contractions and change my positions, I was able to deliver a beautiful baby girl with little pain medication and no epidural.
I will forever have a special place in my heart and be forever grateful to Barb for always encouraging and giving me and my sister the emotional support that we needed before, during and after the labor and delivery. During her post partum visits she gave me continued support and guidance. Thanks, Barb!
My husband and I had a wonderful experience with Barb as our doula even though our daughter ended up being born by cesarean section. Our first daughter was born by cesarean, so our second daughter was an attempted Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC). Because of my extremely high risk factors, including juvenile diabetes and being Group B Strep positive, there was a slim chance of all the factors being in place for a natural birth. As a result, during my pregnancy, I felt a great deal of anxiety. Barb was always there, supportive and calming to me.
In addition, Barb was prepared to answer every question; offered suggestions for reading material as well as videos; was available to talk with me on the phone; and so much more. Both my husband and I really feel a connection with Barb, which is wonderful since my husband had been skeptical of having a doula.
While I was laboring, Barb's presence took pressure off of Jeremy in certain ways, so that he was better able to fulfill my needs. Without interfering or usurping his role, she gently guided him to support me in the ways that I needed.
Despite the fact that our second daughter was born by cesarean, Barb's role was a powerful one. I had not experienced any labor with our first daughter, so going through that bonding experience with my baby and my husband and MYSELF was an intensely empowering one through which I learned more about myself than I ever thought possible. Barb played a key role in helping that happen and for that I will be forever grateful.
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