Birth Baby Naturally
Phone: (847) 404-0551
Birth Fee: $875 to $900
Fee Details: Fee includes prenatal, birth and a postpartum visit
Birth Doula Experience: 7 years and 55 births attended
Clients per Month: 1 to 2Attends hospital births? Some Hospitals
Languages spoken: English
Service Area MapArea of practice: Mundelein, IL
Working with Barb helped me achieve my goal of VBAC! Barb helped keep my husband engaged throughout the long labor process and provided a calm presence in our house during a stressful time. With her help, we were able to manage a long early labor safely at home and then make it to the hospital at the right time. Her techniques for pain management were helpful (even the ones I didn't think would work!) and her positive reinforcement helped me get through the especially rough patches of labor. Barb helped inform my choices about pain management and was a reassuring voice even when I made different choices than she was counseling. Her experience was incredibly helpful in moments of doubt and her demeanor was so reassuring. I would tell all my friends and family to work with a doula if they can, and I would recommend Barb Lindgren first!!! Thank you so much Barb for helping to bring our daughter into the world in the best way possible.
Barb is the absolute best person to have in the labor and delivery room with you (besides your spouse!). She is calm, soothing and anticipates everything you need in the moment you need it. She worked through every contraction with me, talking me through bringing my baby down, relaxing my shoulders and keeping calm. This was our second time with Barb...we had such a great experience with her the first time that I immediately called her for the second time around so she would be with us. She was defintely made to be a doula...she is amazing! When labor starts, there isn't time to think. Barb thought for me and knew what I needed. I will always be grateful to Barb for 2 great birth experiences. I know that if she wasn't there, that would not have been the case. Thank you Barb!!
Barb was a wonderful support for us during our birthing time! She is nurturing, compassionate, and experienced, and well respected by her colleagues and clients. I really don't know what I would have done without her. My baby's birth ended up being the complete opposite of everything we had hoped, planned and prepared for--we prepared for a home water hypno birth and I ended up with a traumatic, extended medically induced labor followed by a C section and scary medical complications. Barb was there for a good portion of my labor, helping me remain as calm and comfortable as possible during what was a really difficult experience for me. She even stayed up all night and waited for me to get out of surgery when she didn't have to, and greeted our little guy in the wee hours. My husband and I are so grateful to have met Barb and had her support during this trying time.
Barb came highly recommended by several acquaintances (and my midwife), and when we met I felt almost instantly comfortable with her. She is experienced and well informed, and most importantly for my hubby and I, she was open to helping us follow our plan for a water/hypnobirth in our home. Unfortunately, my midwife ended up not being able to deliver me at home due to possible pre-eclampsia, but Barb still made herself very available during my hospital birth, which lasted a few days and was a far drive.
My labor experience had started out feeling manageable, but took some bad turns, and baby's birth ended up being the exact opposite of everything we had hoped, prepared, and planned for (and lasted for 50 hours before I finally had a C section). Barb's positive attitude, compassion, and nurturing support really helped me cope--first with intense contractions that came with chemical induction, then with pain, sickness and fear due to medical interventions and worsening exhaustion. She and our original midwife were there for some of the emotionally and physically difficult parts of my labor, and Barb definitely helped me to stay more calm, present, and focused than I would have been without her. I'd say that her help was nearly as important as my husband's in keeping me alert, in (fairly!) good humor, and grounded in my body during what turned out to be a traumatic experience for me. She even stayed up all night and waited to see us after my surgery and meet baby Jacob when she didn't have to, and visited us once we were home for some extra support.
We are so grateful to Barb for her kindness, help, and insight. She was great!
Barb immediately demonstrated incredible warmth and professionalism from the first contact via phone, through the prenatal visits, labor, delivery, and post partum visit. She supported us in the birth of our third child, a second successful VBAC. We had prior experiences with other doulas and would definitely prefer to work with Barb again. She gave helpful encouragement and advice when our little one was almost a week late and my husband and I became worried that I would undergo a c-section. This birth experience was my third child and I feel I know a lot about the birthing process, but she was able to share information that could be discussed with my doctor with which I had not been familiar previously. Barb was helpfully interactive during labor and incredibly encouraging. We had the unfortunate experience of a difficult labor and delivery nurse, so Barb was wonderfully professional in getting us through that hurdle. Despite going into labor prior to anyone being able to get sleep that evening and not delivering until 9 the next morning, Barb was incredibly alert and answering our many questions and tending to me without missing a beat.
Barb's vast experience and warmth is evident in all aspects of her doula services. She is very thorough in consulting during the prenatal visits to provide the support that is desired. We would work with her again without hesitation!
We had a wonderful experience with Barb. This was the second time she was our Doula and we loved having her attend this birth as well. She is such a calming presence and helped me breath through each contraction. Once the baby was born, she stayed with us for a while and made sure I was okay. She is part of the family and I would recommend her to anyone looking for an amazing birth experience!!
Barb Lindgren was everything I wanted in a doula and more. I labored for 16 hours naturally and don't think I could have gone so long without her. She was supportive verbally by saying the right things at the right time, physically by massaging my back at the right moments, and emotionally as this was my first time in labor. I selected her due to her many years of experience, her knowledge of hypnobirthing, her calm personality and voice, plus she was my brio class instructor so I developed a comfortable rapport during our 8 week course. I highly recommend Barb to anyone looking for a doula.
I knew I wanted a home birth before I was pregnant and hired a Midwife, but I had NO IDEA how important a Doula would be. I thought I needed one or the other and was only planning on utilizing Barb's skills as a Brio/Bradley instructor. The day my little angel came into my life, I was only in labor for 4.5 hours, 3.5 that I was aware of... So, as a first time mother, we had to convince the Midwife to come over, NOW. Once she got here, she checked me and I was over 7 cm dilated. Her nurse that was her assistant and trained in neonatal resuscitation was over an hour away. She didn't know if the baby was going to wait, so she called Barb, who is also trained in neonatal resuscitation. We’re so lucky that Barb lived close and she agreed to come at 8 PM on a Monday work night. She was such a claim presence, worked with me, and coached my husband on how to best support me. Surprisingly, neither one of them annoyed me! Her being there allowed me to focus just on the birth of my daughter while the Midwife focused on our care. I was so happy with the outcome that would not consider having another child without her there, (and my mother was there! Shhhhh).
At nearly 34 weeks pregnant with our first baby, my husband and I found ourselves extremely interested in pursuing a natural birth, free of interventions, drugs and unecessary procedures. We were acutely aware that we lacked a basic education in natural pain management and coping skills, but we were committed to our goal. We were also running out of time; our opportunity to enroll in all traditional group classes had already passed. I contacted Barb, who heard what we had to say, and took up our cause. Following our first phone conversation, Barb proposed a private 4 week natural childbirth class tailored to our specific needs and aggressive schedule. We were thrilled, and were eager students. Over the next four Tuesday nights, Barb helped transform our fear and doubt into confidence and faith. The material she presented was richly valuable, and our many questions were met with a relavent education and unending compassion. Barb is immensely knowledgeable and passionate about her work. We learned so much, and above all, Barb empowered us!
Following our final class, and given the confident and comfortable relationship we'd established with Barb, we invited/hired her to attend our birth.
At 1am, I went into labor. 22 hours later, our son, Rohnan James, was born weighing 9lbs 10oz and measuring 21.75" with a 15.25" head circumference. Despite the fact that our birth did not go according to plan, Barb was irreplacable in the process. She was a great comfort to us, and guided us valiantly through 17 hours of natural labor. She was instrumental in assisting and communicating with us along the way, and steadfastly supportive even when unforseen complications arose and an emergency c-section became our only option. In short, we would definitely hire Barb again for our next birth!
Barb is fabulous! I was planning a home birth with zero medical interventions. However, I ended up going into labor 4 weeks early. Because I was not yet 37 weeks along I had to deliver in the hospital. Being in an uncomfortable environment filled with temptations to stray away from my goal for no interventions, Barb stood strong along side of me and helped me to make it through without drugs using a variety of massages, position changes, and aroma therapy. I am proud to say I had a drug free birth, and as pleasant of an experience in an unplanned environment as possible. I am forever grateful to Barb and I would highly recommend her to anyone.
Hiring Barb as our doula for our first birth experience was the second best decision we made. The first was having enrolled in her childbirth classes; so we knew that were going to have someone join our birth team with a tremendous wealth of knowledge and experience. I could not have had such a perfect labor and delivery experience without having had Barb there as our doula. She knew exactly what to say and what to do to soothe my thoughts and body through my contractions. The moment Barb entered my home and started guiding me through labor, my mind was automatically at ease and handling the contraction pains were more bareable. Her supportive words and guidance motivated me to reach my ultimate goal of having given birth naturally and drug-free. My husband and I cannot say enough about how much more educated and prepared we were for the birth of our first child because of our experience with Barb. Thank you Barb!!
It was just wonderful to have Barb Lindgren at the birth of our second son! My first labor was very long (26 hours) so we really felt the need to have a doula for a little extra help even though we we're having a midwife attended home birth. Barb kept in touch with us throughout early labor and came right away as soon as we needed her. She has such a calming presence about her and I felt relieved and comforted as soon as she walked in the room. She talked me through almost every contraction and really connected with me. she could even somehow tell when the contractions were peaking and fading! She was very supportive, rubbing my back, giving me water and doing whatever I needed all without making my husband feel like a third wheel. She also took some amazingly beautiful labor and birth pictures/video. My labor ended up being over 40 hours this time but with Barb's help we were able to stay calm, relaxed and have the beautiful, all natural birth we wanted. We are planning on hiring her again for any and all future births we have.
Barb was everything my husband and I were looking for in a doula. With this being our first birth, we were nervous and anxious about how things would go. Barb met with us several times before the birth to go over what we were looking for and wanted during our birth. I wanted a natural birth and was looking for someone who would be able to keep both of us calm during labor. Barb was everything we needed during the birth of our son. She was definitely a support system to us, we were successful because she was there with us. She came over the morning my contractions started and went with us to the hospital. Barb was constantly breathing with me, talking me through each and every contraction that came. She rubbed my back the entire time. Barb made sure I was staying hydrated and moving. She was the head of our team, always looking out for each and everything thing we needed at any given moment. Barb had a very calming presence about her and I didn't have to think during labor because I knew she was taking care of me and my husband. Even though we have now successfully gone through a natural labor, if we're blessed to have a second, we will want her there by our side to welcome a new addition. Barb was the best investment my husband and I could have given ourselves for the birth of our son. She is a very special person to us and we were so lucky to have found her!!
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