Empowering Birth Services
Phone: (608) 220-8836
Birth Fee: $850
Fee Details: My fee is payable in installments and I do offer a sliding scale for low income families. I also offer guided relaxation as well as Hypnosis sessions for regulating the body/ blood pressure, breech turn script and fear release. These sessions are $65.00 (non-client) $50.00 (current client)
Birth Doula Experience: 8 years and 136 births attendedType of Practice: Solo practice
Clients per Month: 2 to 3Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Member of Doulas of South Central Wisconsin and Small Miracles Volunteer program
Service Area MapArea of practice: Madison, WI
Honestly, we hadn't been planning on having a doula, but found out about Tammy through a friend when I was about 7mos pregnant with our first child and ended up meeting her, liking her a lot, and hiring her. Little did I know that was the start of what will undoubtedly be a lifelong mission of "doulavangelism" for me. Tammy was SUCH an integral member of our birth team. Our antepartum meetings were fun, informative and very useful -- the last meeting before our daughter arrived, Tammy went through, in great detail, what we could expect from labor and delivery, and really took care of most of the questions I had. In our birthing room at the hospital, Tammy was there every minute, keeping me as comfortable as possible with position changes and counterpressure, providing support, information and encouragement as I worked through contractions, and respectfully and unobtrusively advocating for me with the medical staff. She also was an invaluable source of information and support for my husband, and helped him feel empowered and useful. I had pretty much EXACTLY the birth I wanted, and I know Tammy's involvement was a key part of that. I have recommended her to several friends, and she'll absolutely be my doula again if/when we have another child!
I was a first-time mom who read all the books and did all the research about giving birth, but still wanted someone I knew to just be there the whole time with me in case something happened. My husband was very supportive, but said he couldn't stand to see me in pain and might have to leave the room. I wanted someone to be my advocate with the doctors/nurses so that I could concentrate on other things. Tammy was awesome! She answered all my questions. She took all the pictures. She had a great rapport with the doctor, so much so that the doctor let her (with my permission) actually deliver my son. We were both thrilled! Everything went according to plan (normal, vaginal birth). My husband even stayed and cut the cord! I had a great experience with Tammy. She is worth EVERY PENNY! Seriously, doulas are awesome. Tammy is one of the best. Even if you have had children before without using a doula, you should consider this option.
= Available. Calendar last updated: Updated 11/9/2012