Debbie Kacic, LMT, CD(DONA), Reiki Master
Nature's Touch Massage & Wellness Center
Phone: (330) 721-9357
Birth Fee: $100 to $400
Fee Details: My belief is that every woman who wants a doula should have a doula. I will adjust my fees accordingly, and will also be happy to set up a payment plan. Fundraisers are being put in place to help fund doulas for everyone!
Birth Doula Experience: 4 years and 32 births attended
Clients per Month: 1 to 4Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
BNEO (Birthworkers of N.E. Ohio) Founder and Board Member President Nature's Touch Massage and Wellness Center Volunteer Cleveland Clinic Medina
Languages spoken: English
Service Area MapArea of practice: Medina, OH
Debbie was fantastic. I moved to a new area while 7.5 months pregnant and had to locate a new doctor, new doula, new hospital - the works. Debbie's experience with massage, both prenatal and infant, initially drew my attention. After meeting with Debbie and chatting for a bit, I was confident in my choice. Though my labor ended up being induced via pitocin, Debbie was available in the off/on craziness of the weeks prior, and was a steady presence throughout my 6 hour enhanced labor & delivery. Debbie was a calm presence, relaxed throughout, and was able to help guide my husband so that the entire experience remained a positive one. I would highly recommend Debbie.
Being a first time mom who values natural childbirth, I decided that hiring a doula would be very beneficial to both me and my husband. I contacted Debbie after hearing a wonderful recommendation from a friend whom Debbie also assisted during her recent labor and delivery. Both my husband and I were quite pleased with how our labor and delivery went, thanks to Debbie's calming presence and guidance. A few days prior to my due date, I developed an unexpected complication, and had to be transferred to a larger hospital as opposed to the small community hospital in which we were familiar with and comfortable. It was such a relief to know that despite the last minute changes, Debbie would be a familiar face and someone who we could count on to come when we needed her. She was very flexible with meeting us at a different hospital. Debbie literally arrived right when we needed her, as my unmedicated labor was becoming quite intense. I knew that when she arrived, she would not only help me relax and focus, but also keep a close eye on my husband, who is not very comfortable in medical environments. Debbie was not pushy at all with the medical staff, but offered suggestions for us to decide how we would proceed. Before I fully understood the role of a doula, I was concerned that having a doula present would make my husband feel unimportant during this special time of welcoming a child into the world. On the contrary, Debbie facilitated getting my husband involved and focused on how best to help me. It was a wonderful experience for him. As a side note, we are also so grateful for Debbie grabbing our camera at the last minute and capturing some very precious emotion-packed photos of us right after our daughter was born. Priceless.
We highly recommend "Debbie Doula", who was punctual, a good communicator, reliable, calm, and professional during our encounters with her prior to the baby coming, during our delivery and when visiting post partum.
Debbie was our doula for our first pregnancy/birth. I knew I wanted to have a natural birth but second guessed my ability to after dealing with much criticism from other people during pregnancy. Debbie always knew exactly what to say to reassure me that I could do what my body was designed to do naturally and gave me the support and reassurance I needed. Her childbirth education classes were also great for my husband and I. We used many of the pain management techniques she taught us in class during labor. As soon as she walked through the door at the hospital we both felt a huge relief and were thankful for her presence. My husband was also very grateful to have Debbie at our birth to help rub tennis balls in my back so his arms could take a break when needed. She supported him as much as she did me. Our relationship with Debbie grew over the course of the pregnancy and resulted in a friendship that my husband, daughter and I will forever be grateful for. Debbie wasn’t our doula just on the day of our daughter’s birth, but throughout the entire pregnancy and after we came home too. We can’t wait to have Debbie be a part of our future births. Every pregnant woman needs not only a doula but a Doula Deb!
Debbie has been my doula for all 3 of my children. She was wonderful, and I could not imagine my birthing processes without her in them. All 3 of my births and birthing plans were different. With my first she was there to rub my back and be my support person through the 17-hour labor of my little girl. I was so scared, but Debbie kept me focused through the birthing process. My second birth I was determined to go natural, and almost changed my mind, but Debbie's encouragement and knowledge kept me going strong, and I'm so glad I was able to deliver my son naturally. My third birth was only a 3-hour labor, I was able to go natural, and with 2 pushes had another baby boy. Debbie stayed with me after each birth to be sure myself, and my babies were doing well. I'm so very glad I was able to share these 3 experiences with Debbie, they were better because of her presence, and I cannot thank her enough!
Deb was my doula for the birth of our second daughter. Boy do I wish that I had her for our first born! She was so helpful and I don't know if I could have done it (natural birth) without her. My huband and Deb were the perfect birthing team. Deb was there to coach me through breathing and keep me focused. She massaged me when I needed it and encouraged me to go on when I thought I was ready to give up. I have to admit, that I was a little nervous about having another person in the birthing room with me (other than my husband). But Deb was so professional and her presence was nothing but appreciated once the intense labor started. She was not at all pushy nor did she ever make me feel uncomfortable. It was quite the opposite. She really helped me feel at ease and gave me the confidence that I could deliver my baby naturally. If we have another baby I will definitely be using her services again. She is an excellent doula and I would recommend her to anyone looking for one!
I was considered high risk during my pregnancy due to hypertension. I went into the hospital for a routine ultrasound and was told I needed to go to labor and delivery right away because my amniotic fluid was alarmingly low. It turns out the hypertension caused the placenta to be too taxed and the baby wasn't getting the nutrients he needed. It was neccesary for me to be induced to get labor started. My husband called Deb and she was there within the hour. There were many scary instances during my labor...the baby's heart rate would drop every time I would change positions. Each time it dropped the doctor suggested I have a C-section. He suggested this three times and with the help of Deb and my husband I was able to stay strong and verbalize to him that it was my wish to have the baby naturally. I am not sure that I would have been strong enough to stick to my natural birth plan if Deb wasn't there. After about 7 hours of labor I delivered a beautiful baby boy, naturally. He was quite small, but perfectly healthy. And now, seven months later, you'd never know what a little peanut he was.
While my birthing experience wasn't what I planned, and at times it was downright scary, I am so glad Deb was there. She provided comfort to me with massage (she knew where I held my tension because I saw her every month for prenatal massage) and conversation. Deb was also a big help in comforting my husband by talking to him when I couldn't. Often times child birth doesn't go as planned, but if you surround yourself with calming people who know your wishes, it makes the experience a memorable one. I would reccomend Deb to anyone looking for the caring, loving support of a Doula.
Deb was our Doula for our first pregnancy. As expected, my husband and I were both nervous! Deb was amazing! She came to our house around 8 p.m. She sat with us for hours and kept us calm while I labored at home. We headed to the hospital around 1 a.m. Deb helped to make sure we were comfortable, helped me find comfortable positions and provided massage, which was amazing! All said and done, Deb stayed with us for about 29 hours until our Becky was born. It was a marathon and I'm not sure we could have completed the natural childbirth without her amazing support. I recommend Deb to anyone I know who is expecting. She's wonderful!
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