Transform Your Birth
Phone: (636) 699-2839
Birth Fee: $900 to $1200
Postpartum Rate: $35 to $50
Fee Details: I help families prepare for empowering and inspiring birth experiences, especially in the hospital setting. My specialization is helping women experiencing prenatal anxiety and depression . My background as a doula and a counselor allows me to support your journey with skill development, knowledge and partner involvement. Some fees are reimbursable through insurance, HSA or FSA plans, please contact me for more information.
Birth Doula Experience: 13 years and 209 births attended
Postpartum Doula Experience: 13 years and 42 families served
Clients per Month: 1 to 2 births and 1 to 2 postpartum familiesPostpartum limits/restrictions: No heavy housecleaning.
Doulas of Greater St. Louis--Vice President-2012 Queen of Peace Community Doula Coordinator --2008-2010. Center for Hope Staff Doula--2005-2006
Languages spoken: English
Service Area MapArea of practice: Ballwin, MO
I would highly recommend Jamie Bodily as a doula. She was a resourceful guide through pregnancy, comforting during labor, and phenomenal support with early breastfeeding issues. She teaches and practices being mindful or present in everyday life, and the skills I aquired have also helped me in other areas of my life. We planned an unmedicated childbirth, but when things inevitably did not go as planned, she helped us stay positive and ensured I felt empowered through our son's birth. My husband said he appreciated that she was not afraid to be hands on when necessary, but she was very respectful of our privacy the moments we did not actively need her during labor. If you hire Jamie as a doula, you can feel confident knowing you are going to get a very supportive and resourceful professional with ample experience with all sorts of labors.
My husband and I hired Jamie after interviewing several doulas. To date, hiring her was the best thing we did in preparation for the birth of our daughter. Her approach of meeting with us before our birth, helping us think through how we wanted to approach things together, and her relaxed and confident nature really took a lot of the stress off of us and let us focus on being excited!
Jamie was always really reponsive when we had questions and helped us do our own research where needed. During our birth she was extremely supportive in helping us stick to plan - encouraging me to stay mobile and engaging my husband to help. Quite frankly the experience is overwhelming for first-time parents, so having someone there who can help remind you of what to do, clarify what the nurses/doctors are saying, and help make sure that you get those first few moments with your baby if at all possible.
AND, Jamie was awesome post-partum as well - I was glad that she didn't unnecessarily sugar-coat everything about the experience - she was supportive, listened, and legitimized all of the crazy new-Mom things I was going through.
Can't recommend Jamie enough and if we decide to have another, she'll be one of the first people we call.
Jamie came to my house multiple times in order to review mindfullness and meditation with me and my husband. We discussed lots of what if's , concerns and procedures for labor time. My labor started around noontime and living a good 45 minutes away from her, she came as soon as we contacted her and told her that contractions got roughly 3 minutes apart. Jamie reminded me to " breath for the baby" which is what really helped me focus most. Her maternal presence helped me feel taken care of in the labor room at the hospital. She would put her hands round my forehead and back of my head which mustve had a pressure point because I wanted it done each time, very helpful! Was able to lean on her and sway as needed. After a quick ultrasound, baby was breech. Csection came and went. Jamie stood right by us in the surgical room, took pictures, and followed us into the postop room and got the baby right onto my chest to start breastfeeding. She also offered to and stayed wiht me overnight the first night i stayed in the hospital, rooming in with the baby and helping baby to latch on and feed well, big help after having a csection! As this was the 2nd time i had a csection, this time wiht the doual went more the way i wanted, more contact wiht baby, sooner breastfeeding and having more support during the labor. Jamie was a huge source of encouragement during last few weeks of pregnancy, reminding me that i can do it and she had great confidence in my ability to make it through. She also came to different OB appointments even through transfering OBs. She was very much of the mindset that in the end we know what's best for us and she would support us all the way.My husband and I were very satisfied with her services and would highly recommend her even though our labor ended in csection with breech presentation.
We met Jamie when we hired her for an in-home childbirth class series and, after she left, my husband asked if I would consider hiring her as our doula instead of my current one because he believed that she was what we needed to achieve the natural birth that I dreamed of. Thankfully she was available and our incredible journey began! As my due date came and went, Jamie was full of encouragement and support. At our first trip to the hospital, they wanted to admit me due to high blood pressure despite the lack of progress. Jamie was instrumental in calming me down and I was able to reduce my stress levels and was allowed to leave and labor at home throughout the evening. She kept in contact with my husband throughout the evening and the following day until it was time to return to the hospital. My daughter was very low during the majority of labor and Jamie suggested different methods for pain management and relaxation and spent hours helping to relieve the pressure. 36 hours after my first contraction, we had a beautiful baby and an intervention-free childbirth! I can truly say that my labor and birthing process was beautiful and nearly pain-free and firmly believe that Jamie’s wisdom, knowledge and warm encouragement allowed us to enjoy our daughter’s birth. She went above and beyond the contract with post-partum visits and was instrumental in helping me mentally prepare for returning to the workforce. We consider Jamie to be part of the family and would highly recommend her. She is an invaluable asset for any pregnancy and will work to help you design and achieve your perfect birth plan – no matter what that may be!
Excellent! Jamie was a great help through my 17-hour long, epidural-free labor. She was our support on the phone, then came home and stayed with us at the hospital until several hours after birth. I was having a lot of back ache, and she did some miraculous back press to relieve the pain. She helped me with productive labor positions, to ensure a natural delivery. She was very sensitive to our cultural and spiritual preferences. She was a great help post-partum, especially with breastfeeding.
Jamie truly loves her work as a doula. She shows genuine concern for me and for my comfort during labor and delivery. She provides recommendations based on her experience as a doula, then allows us to make our own decisions. She is very helpful during labor to remind me to breathe, change positions, relax, and allow my body to take its natural course.
It is very helpful to have her in the delivery room so that my husband never leaves my side. If I need her to get something or contact the nurses, she does that for me. She also is a good resource for questions when the nurses are not in the room. I have had her help for 3 deliveries, and I have always been very happy to have her with me. She also provides pre-labor classes and postpartum support, which I utilized for my first baby.
Jamie is great, and I would recommend her to anyone.
My husband and I needed someone familiar with the Bradley Method, but started interviewing with only two months to go. Jamie was close by, experienced and immediately available. She gave us three prenatal visits in about six weeks--valuable preparation and practice. During labor, she offered new ideas for comfort and helped us make some difficult decisions. In early labor she came over at 1am and walked with us. Over 24 hours later, she was still by my side as I reached third stage and recovered. As if that weren't enough, we received three postpartum visits (more than the contract required) and a baby-warming gift. She's hands-on, warm, encouraging, and worth every penny!
My husband wasn't sold on the idea of having a doula, but he supported my decision. Just after my due date, he was scheduled to play a concert (he's a musician) about 30 minutes away from our home. I woke up at 1 am the day of the concert with contractions. Around 10 am, he had to leave, so we called Jamie. She came to our house and helped move my labor along by walking around our neighborhood with me, getting me on the birthing ball, etc. By the time my husband returned home, I was completely calm and comfortable.
Jamie was with us for 16 hours of back labor. Having back labor was something that we were not at all prepared for, but she knew exactly what to do to ease my pain and try to move the baby. She helped us through every step of labor, and explained all of our options to us. We were able to have the birth that we had planned, thanks to her. When the doctor said that the cord was wrapped several times around the baby, it was Jamie who leaned over and reassured us that it would be ok. Our beautiful, healthy son was born at 2:20 am, with Jamie right there with us.
Because I did not have an epidural, my recovery was wonderful. I took a shower and was wearing regular clothes the same day that my son was born. I had no need for pain pills and had no stitches. If my husband and I decide to have a second baby down the road, we will again choose to have a natural birth and to have Jamie by our side.
My experience with Jamie Bodily as a Doula was so wonderful, and I'd like to share a little about that.
I learned about Jamie's services when I was a patient at Queen of Peace Center where I quickly decided I was interested in utilizing her services. She met with me instantly at a convenient location, and took a lot of time getting to know me and what I wanted to experience with the birth of my son.
When the day came for me to have my baby, Jamie was at the hospital right on time, dressed in her scrubs with a smile on her face. She knew I did not want to have any narcotic pain medication, and had typed up an extensive list of medications that I could take instead. She brought some candles to help me relax and was just an absolute asset to my recovery and birth.
Jamie did all of the talking and relaying to the nurses and took all of that stress off of me. Basically, Jamie made it to where the only thing I had to focus on was giving birth to my son.
Jamie made my experience so much more pleasant than I could have ever imagined, and was there from beginning to end. She came to visit my baby and me several times after delivery, and really made sure that we had everything we needed. I also successfully nursed my baby for 7 1/2 months thanks to Jamie's support.
To this day, Jamie and I remain in touch, and is now someone I can call a friend. I couldn't have been more pleased with my experience with her as my Doula.
= Available. Calendar last updated: Updated 11/13/2013
= Available. Calendar last updated: Updated 11/13/2013