Birth First Doula Service
Phone: (303) 995-3899
Birth Fee: $200 to $800
Fee Details: Sliding scale (based on family need)
Birth Doula Experience: 8 years and 216 births attended
Doula certification(s) lapsed
Specific certifications for the above: DONAType of Practice: Solo practice
Clients per Month: 0 to 4Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Languages spoken: English
Service Area MapArea of practice: Aurora, CO
Although Whitney was never my doula, many of the families that take my childbirth classes hire her. I am a doula too and am still overjoyed to learn that a family has hired her. Whitney is also a very welcoming comrade in the birthing community. On several occations she has given me wonderful advise that has helped to to be a better doula. Colorado is profoundly lucky to have Whitney. Not a single family, that I have met, regrets having her as their doula or midwife.
My husband and I were thrown for a loop when our planned and rehearsed natural birth plan abruptly changed due to our baby being in a breech position. We had been set to deliver at Mountain Midwifery, but now we were heading to Swedish Medical Center, and we were so scared that we’d end up being just another c-section. Thanks to the wonderful Dr. Michael Hall, I still had the chance to deliver vaginally and without any drugs, but I knew I needed help from a pro! In a panic, we searched online for a doula, found Whitney and called her at 37 weeks to talk. The moment my husband hung up with Whitney, we knew she was the doula that would help us get through this together. Suffice to say, I delivered our beautiful daughter Chloe at Swedish, with Whitney coaching all the way. No drugs, no unplanned procedures. Everything was perfect (well, super hard, but we did it!). Whitney literally gave my husband and I our most amazing, memorable experience to-date and gave Chloe a natural, non-drugged start at life. And, she latched right away and we’re still happily breastfeeding along at 8 months! Thank you, thank you, thank you Whitney. You’re amazing!
Whitney was a calming presence for us before and after the pregnancy. Our daughter was one of the only (maybe THE only) birth Whitney has ever missed because little Devyn came so fast. But I am still so glad that we hired Whitney. She gave us great information in the weeks leading up to the birth that made us more confident going into labor and delivery. And I was incredibly glad to see her as they were handing me my baby for the first time as she helped me calm down from the delivery and start breast feeding. She was also invaluable to be able to call in those first couple of weeks when everything baby does is new and scary!
Teddys Birth: A Victory!
The moment i discovered i was pregnant i knew i had to find a doula. Not just any doula she had to have extensive background in VBACS. This was my third pregnancy and i was determined to have this baby vaginally. I had been told with my first birth that anything over 6lbs wasn't doable for me. My Teddy weighed 9 lbs 2 oz! Whitney was there for me from the first interview. She calmed my fears, and gave great advice to put all the balls in my court for the delivery. On March 27th i had an intense labor. It was fast. My contractions started around 5pm. and were a min apart by 7pm. We reached the hospital around 8. I was yelling my head off. I couldn't get on top of my contractions till i decided to just start pushing. Whitney was the only one to notice i was pushing. She didn't tell me to stop or tell anyone i was pushing. She was reading my birthing cues. My husband held my body weight through each surge and Whitney applied pressure to my lower back. I was transferred to the bed and continued my pushing at my pace. I asked for a hot compress for my urethra and my bottom. Whitney got them immediately. Teddys head came out and his shoulder was stuck.The doctor and nurses yelled at me to push. Whitneys reassurance and experience helped me feel secure that my baby would be fine. The nurses applied supra-pubic pressure and Teddy shot out so fast i almost fainted. I had a pretty large tear, but he did come out really fast. He was born at 9:10 pm I am still amazed and in awe of his birth. Our bodies are amazing! I knew i could do it. Whitney helped me take back my power over my birth.
Whitney is amazing and played a pivotal role in making sure my husband and I had the first time birth experience we desired. Being plus size and pregnant you’re placed into certain stereotypes but I was determined to not live up to them. When Whitney came into our lives, with a high recommendation from a friend, she put so many of my concerns at ease. Whitney had more confidence in my ability to have a natural childbirth then I had but over time she helped me to become just as confident. Whitney took us on such a beautiful journey during my pregnancy. My husband and I felt like we learned more from Whitney in our first meeting then we had with six months of prenatal care with an OB. She supported our desire to have a hospital birth but had legitimate concerns about the hospital we had selected. We ended up switching to a hospital with a wonderful Midwife program. She also put me in touch with a plus size Midwife who further eased my concerns and helped to build my confidence. Whitney tapped into our emotions regarding our son’s birth and opened my husband up in ways he hadn’t anticipated. She was quick to respond to any questions or concerns I had via e-mail and always made it clear that she was here for us at all times. When I was in labor Whitney taught me how to ride my contractions like a wave and blow them away. She kept encouraging me to change positions and sometimes I would respond with “no” because I was afraid of the pain but she was always right and I always felt better after I followed her advice. When it came time to deliver she kept pressure on my lower back and helped me to really listen to what my body was telling me to do. Before I knew it my beautiful son was born!
Chris and I did our best to express our gratitude but I don’t think I can ever really thank Whitney enough for her guidance and care during one of the most incredible times of our lives.
We began working with Whitney during my first trimester and we immediately connected with her. Throughout my pregnancy we had frequent meetings and discussions about prenatal care and prepartion for our first natual birth. It was my first pregnancy and she provided us with abundant information and support for a natural birth. I was hoping to have a home birth, but because of health insurance/financial reasons we chose to have a hospital birth. Whitney helped us maintain our desire to have minimal/no medical intervention in the hospital, and was there to support us while laboring at home.
I went into labor on a Saturday night and texted Whitney that I thought this might be the real thing. She was available all through the night and answered all of my questions; she was willing to come to the house at any time. Whitney came to the home Sunday morning and stayed by my side the entire day. We decided to head to the hospital late Sunday afternoon. Whitney was highly attentive to the nursing staff, while continuing to be my advocate and comfort while laboring. She was able to ease my pain (unlike my husband or any family member), it seemed she had every trick in the book for each stage of labor. She helped my husband understand what kind of support I needed and didn't need. Whitney helped me develop confidence in myself and body that I never knew I had; she continued to encourage me that I was "doing this" and I could do it. We had an incredible birth with Whitney by our side the entire way. We plan to work with Whitney during our next pregnancy/birth and highly recommend her because of her vast knowledge and understanding for women's health-childbirth.
Whitney was absolutely amazing, and my husband and I couldn't have been happier with our birth experience.
I knew from the moment I found out I was pregnant that I wanted a natural birth, and I have a friend/doula in my home state that wouldn't be able to attend my birth, so she recommended I find a doula here in Colorado. As soon as we interviewed Whitney, we knew immediately she was the one we wanted. Our views were so similar on many topics, and she was always ready to answer our questions and allay any doubts. My due date was September 4th, and my water broke September 2nd in the early morning, but I didn't actually start having contractions until about 5:30 Thursday morning, the 3rd. From then on, it was a long and difficult 28.5 hours until I had our little girl at 10:02 am on Friday, Sept 4th, her due date. Whitney was right by my side the whole time, offering the encouragement and support that my husband was unable to provide. When he became stressed, Whitney was able to step in and coach me through how to handle the pain. In the end, I was diagnosed with severe pre-eclampsia, which had come on early Friday morning. I had just enough time to fulfill my goal of having Jasmine all naturally and breastfeeding her after birth before I had to be put on the medication. Whitney was by our side the entire time, helping me get Jasmine out and also providing support for my husband and parents. After the birth, she coached me in helping Jasmine getting latched on, and she was a natural! I really feel that this wonderful birth experience wouldn't have been the same without her, and I am so truly thankful for the time, education, and care that she gave to my family. I look forward to the day when we can work together again, hopefully next time with a home birth! Thank you so much Whitney! :)
When I found out about Whitney I was going to be a single mother and did not have anyone for a birth coach who really knew what they were doing. But what I got was even better. She helped me with any question I had before the birth which was nice. It was like having my own expert on hand whenever I needed her. I feel that even though you might have a partner it is so wonderful having someone who really knows what is going on and what to expect. Whitney was not at my birth because my son came on Thanksgiving but Simone was just as wonderful. Having an expert there gave my mom the chance to enjoy my birth and not worry about what to do. Everyone should have a Doula!
we delivered naturally two weeks late and we give whitney full credit for getting us there. we were scheduled to be induced at 6 pm on sunday nov 1 and we went into labor at 1130 am. we were a full two weeks late which was stressful and full of a lot of recommendations and suggestions and pressure from all sorts of people and throughout it all whitney was neutral and objective and incredibly supportive and informative. whenever we were getting pressured to do something she would email or call with resources and information for us to balance the recommendations and help us make our own decisions. in the end we tried castor oil, and whitney was the only one who recommended this but she explained to us why so many people have a bad association with castor oil and we figured we would try it and that is what got our labor going and ensured we had the natural labor and delivery we had hoped for! throughout our pregnancy whitney was always available to answer questions or just provide support -she's sweet and smart and really dedicated and passionate about her work-you can just tell. we met her at a doula info session and she really stood out to us as someone who was both knowledgeable and assertive. she was a great advocate and friend to us. we hope you enjoy your experience with her as much as we did!
We were very grateful for Whitey's help. She was our back-up doula and of course our son decided to come the day before our primary doula got back into town. I had done a ton of research and hired midwives for my VBAC, but still didn't feel comfortable that I would be spared needless intervention from the gyn world. My labor was six hours, most likely because of her help. I wasn't pushing correctly and Whitney got me going down the right track. It seemed that the nurse and the midwife were more obsessed with the monitors than my labor. Whitney was there for me and my husband and baby only. It was hard financially on us to hire a doula, but I was determined to do everything I needed to do to prevent another unnecessary C-section. And it worked! We did it. And I am grateful that I hired Whitney as my back up. She even came post-partem with our primary doula, despite how far away we lived from her. My son is a healthy six-month old now and blowing off the charts with healthy growth. Everyone should have a doula. It could have saved us $3,000 with our first child, since we would most likely not have had the C-section the first time if I'd have the right support of a good doula.
Whitney was an amazing Doula!
First of all, Whitney was the best decision I made to aid in my pregnancy and labor. Along with her compassionate heart and loving spirit, she also has a calming effect. She was a wealth of knowledge too. Whenever I felt a little anxiety or had a question about anything (and I mean anything; medically or even what to pack for the hospital,) she was there to share all she knew. She was also the most amazing angel in the labor room. I swear she pulled tricks out of her sleeves here and there and made my labor experience a dream come true. It was everything I wanted and more. I owe a lot of this to Whitney for preparing me so efficiently and giving me tools to make this the best time for me and my baby. I would say if you are able, hire a doula and of course I think Whitney is the best catch!
After a traumatic experience with my first birth, I knew that I wanted to attempt a VBAC with our second child. During my third trimester another doula recommended Whitney to us. After briefly meeting it was obvious to me that to succeed with a natural birth it was going to take a tremendous amount of strength on my part and an exceptional team. That team would have to include a supportive and knowledgeable doula as well as a supportive staff of midwives. Whitney fit the bill perfectly since she is dedicated and passionate about her job which resonates in her constant availability and coaching. She also led us to an exceptional midwife practice since my OBGYN was not supportive of me attempting a VBAC.
I was diagnosed with Prodromal Labor aka "false labor" weeks before my due date and Whitney spent several nights answering my questions and being on call. She was so supportive and even after my numerous visits to the triage she reassured me that my body was doing what it needed to do to and that I was doing a great job. When I finally went into true labor, Whitney met us at the hospital and coached us through the birthing process. She made sure that my husband and mother had roles as well.
I was in labor for a total of 19 hours. Whitney did what no one else on the team could do- she helped me discover a part of myself that I never knew was there. She called it my inner Warrior. I not only succeeded with my VBAC but I also experienced a spiritual journey within myself. I will be forever greatful to Whitney for taking my hand and guiding me through my fear to an unchartered place of strength within my own self.
I am now in my second trimester. I hired Whitney early on in my first trimester. Afterward, I was really thankful I did. I had a threaten miscarriage when I was six weeks pregnant. Whitney was right there with me through everything. Every questionand concern I had, whitney would talk me through it. When the doctors were being really unprofessional, with my permission Whitney took over and advocated for me. It was through her guidance and reasurance that our family got throught these difficut times. Now I am in my second trimseter and everybody is healthy and we are celebrating life.
Thank You Whitney we couldn't have navigated the medical system without you.
Whitney provided me and my husband with services as our "back-up" doula. She was called to meet us at the hospital on short notice (and on her birthday, no less!). Her support during my first 12 hours of labor was invaluable. Her presence was comforting and she offered many and varied suggestions to help throughout labor. She created a sense of calm around us and gave us information on our options as I began to question my ability to birth drug-free. Whitney possesses a great deal of professionalism as well as personal familiarity which is a perfect balance for someone in this line of work! I highly recommend Whitney; her work as a doula is truly outstanding!
I had a wonderful birth experience with Whitney.
My pregnancy ended up complications, polyhydramnios (excessive amniotic fluid) and my daughter was large for gestational age. At the end of my pregnancy my belly measured at almost 50cm, instead of 39cm matching my 39 weeks of gestation.
Whitney made several long trips to my home to meet with me to make sure we had all the information we needed to have the best birth possible. Whitney regularly checked in on us by phone and email.
In the end we decided on a c-section to ensure healthy mom and baby.
Whitney completely supported our decision and helped us with information on all our options for a c-section and to create a great c-section birth plan. In the end our c-section worked out just as we planned and wanted. It was a beautiful birth with her help, despite it not being as we originally planned. Which was to have another medication free, natural birth as we had with our son. Our birth was quite different, but as or even more wonderful. We ended up with a happy healthy mom and baby.
The post-partum visits and phone calls, along with the help on cost during this bad economy was so helpful too!
Thank you Whitney, you are really the best!!!!
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