Happy Birth Day Doula
Phone: (916) 955-4768
Birth Fee: $650
Fee Details: Payment plan is available. Please don't hesitate to discuss fees with me! Credit cards accepted. I am honored to serve teen moms and military members or spouses of deployed members for free.
Birth Doula Experience: 10 years
Doula certification(s) have been submitted and are pending approval
Specific certifications for the above: CD (DONA), Hypno doula through hypnobabiesType of Practice: Solo practice
Clients per Month: 1 to 4Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Trained hypnosis-labor doula, hypnobabies
Languages spoken: English
Service Area MapArea of practice: Sacramento, CA
Nanci was amazing from day one. I was really set on having a natural birth and being my first child was scared for what was to come and kind of clueless so I set out to find a doula. She was willing to come out and meet me at a convent time and place just to see if we clicked and we totally did. All through out my pregnancy she would send me info, links to articles, and lent me books and videos but what really made her so awesome was her personal support. By the end of our 5 months together she had truly made her way into my heart and felt like family. I had a lot of love and support from my actual family but nanci was most definitely my turn to person, day or not she was there!!!! And when the big day came she was sweet enough to bring me food and even my family Starbucks :) (she loves her Starbucks-she always had one when we got together lol) and when our big "day" turned into a big 3 day weekend at the hospital she stayed everynight and slept in my room. unfortunately due to complications I wasn't able to have the natural birth I set out for but we tried for the first two days and she walked the halls with me probably a good 50 times coaching me every step of the way. I would recommend her to anyone looking for a doula!!! But she is so much more than a birth coach, with her you will also be getting a great friend.
I had gotten a list of local doula names and had already met with 2 before meeting with Nanci. Right away I felt a connection with her. She was very calm and easygoing and we had several things in common.
I asked her to be my doula because I really felt comfortable with her and thought that she would give me knowledgable but mother-like support. :-)
We met several times and she always gave me good tips and resources to check out and loaned me several books. She was in frequent email or text contact to see how I was doing. I told her I was interested in laboring in water and she was able to hook me up with a birthing tub for my living room!
She introduced me to her back-up, Teresa, and I liked her too! But I was really confident that Nanci would be there for me when I needed her.
I ended up texting her at about 3 in the morning and she was at my doorstep shortly thereafter. She kept me going through my very looooooong labor...giving me suggestions of different things to try to speed things up and keep things moving and encouraging me not to give up and telling me I was doing great.
I stayed at home all that day, in and out of the tub, walking, resting and finally decided to go to the hospital around 7 that night. Once we were there, she kept reminding me of my birth plan and encouraged me to ask questions to find out what choices were available.
She gave my husband suggestions for things he could do to help me also. She directed my family according to what I was comfortable with and she wasn't bossy.
I finally had my baby boy at 8:30 the following morning. She may have been just as excited as we were!
I could really tell that she loves the whole birthing process. She was a very calming presence and I'm very glad she was there with us.
Thank you Nanci!
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