Vanessa Lewis, CLC, PEP
Love Your Belly Birth & Placenta Service - Worc
Birth Fee: $500 to $900
Postpartum Rate: $25 to $35
Fee Details: When you hire a doula, you invite someone to share in the most life changing event. Birth is vulnerable, sacred, beautiful. As a doula, I support you in your journey to parenthood with education of labor, birth, & postpartum options. I accompany you through labor & 1-2 hours after delivery, offering comfort physically & emotionally; massage, aromatherapy, counter pressure, & new positions that will help alleviate discomfort & progress labor. I believe EVERY family should have access to a skilled doula & will work with families financially to make it happen. If you feel apprehensive of financial commitment, please share with me so I can help you get the support you desire. Standard fee $750 Worcester, $950 Metro West, $1050 Boston. Limited discounted packages available, but fill quickly. MassHealth recipients may receive up to 35% discount. Cost effective VIRTUAL DOULA Option starts at $150
Birth Doula Experience: 2 years and 36 births attended
Postpartum Doula Experience: 2 years and 5 families served
Doula certification(s) have been submitted and are pending approval
Specific certifications for the above: CPBD (toLabor trained) and 2013 Massachusetts Midwives Alliance Midwifery Course GraduateType of Practice: Solo practice
Clients per Month: 1 to 3 births and 0 to 1 postpartum familiesAttends hospital births? All Hospitals
Spencer Area Moms & Babies Support Group Leader, Volunteer Doula available to displaced moms (Visitation House in Worcester, MA), Massachusetts Midwives Alliance Student Member, Organizer for MMA BIRTH STORY Midwifery Course Fundraiser August 2013 , Former Nurtured Beginnings Co-Owner (A Resource for families)
Languages spoken: English
Service Area MapArea of practice: Southbridge, MA
I can honestly say that you were a HUGE support to both Jay and I during our pregnancy, a very challenging birth and afterwards. We cannot thank you enough.
From coming to my house very late at night to support my early labor, staying by my side for a LONG labor/delivery to being there postpartum for tips and advice. We are so grateful.
I KNOW without a shadow of doubt, that I would not have been able to get through the birth without you. I remember so vividly being coached during the birth, telling me exactly what to do/how to breathe, having Jay and I do tug-of-war, the magic moment of you gently telling me to take a shower (when I didn't want to move) and how amazing it felt, pushing on my back with each contraction....the list can go on. But most importantly, advocating my birth wishes with the medical team when I wasn't able to. This was HUGE!
Last but not least. Thank you Vanessa, for reminding Jay to tell me if we had a boy or a girl! That still makes me laugh to this day.
The experience was amazing, we highly recommend you and hold you both dear in our hearts.
We look forward to using you again when we give Oliver a little brother or sister.
For those wondering if they should use Vanessa, the answer is YES! She is amazing, knows her stuff and best of all, her personality is more of a best friend than a professional.
Candice, Jay & Oliver.
I am a younger mama (25) and did a lot of reading on natural labor and giving birth and in all my research the one thing that everyone recommended was a qualified doula. My husband and I were on the fence about this because my husband felt that a doula would in someway take away from his "role" as primary support during labor and I wasn't concinved a doula was worth the money we would put out. I waited until I was 35 weeks pregnant to contact Vanessa and she got back to me immediately. I really wanted someone who knew what they were doing, was able to take charge if the situation presented itself but was able to be almost a fly on the wall so my husband didn't feel left out. Vanessa was perfect! She made us both feel so comfortable, knew when to make herself known and offer advice but let my husband really shine. My labor progressed pretty quickly and we called Vanessa when I started panicing that labor was actually happening. It was so just so unbelievably reassuring for a first time mama to know someone was with me at home that knew what was going on. At the hospital it was a whirlwind, but she stayed until my baby boy was born and to make sure she was no longer needed. She was essential in making sure my midwife and nurses knew my birth plan as my husband was so swept up in the events it wasn't his priority and I was uncapable of really anything but getting through contractions. The details of my labor and birth are not needed, all you need to know about Vanessa is you won't be disappointed and a doula is worth every penny!!! My husband was even recommending her to his friends.
She was absoluty wonderful! So kind and caring and very willing to help me with my baby when I needed her help. She was very nice and explaned things in a way that I could understand. She also shared her expericane with what I was going through which helped me feel less alone in my experiance of becoming a mom. She was ver paitent with me and all my exhaustion and asked me questions and answered all my questions I had. I absolutley LOVED her. :)
I had Vanessa encaspulate my placenta in December. She was amazingly accomodating and even drove an extra 10 miles to meet my husband at our house to pick up the placenta! Even with my daughter's birth a few days before Christmas, she still provided an amazing service and in record time, and even included a cord keepsake! I would recommend Vanessa for any birthwork one might need. She is truly a gem! Thanks again for your help! The pills have helped so much! <3
Having Vanessa by my side during my pregnancy, labor and delivery made all the difference. I've been struggling with anxiety and medical interventions for a while and was not sure how I would be able to survive my pregnancy. Vanessa was amazing at calming me down, answering my many questions and cheering me on as the weeks went by. Her great love for natural childbirth encouraged both my husband and I to embrace labor together. My hubby was very hands on this time around and we both drew support from Vanessa durring the most difficult moments. We both know that I wouldn't have been able to do what I did to birth my son if it wasn't for Vanessa. I highly recommend having a doula when giving birth and think that every mom should have a Vanessa to walk them through it. Our family is complete for now, but should God say otherwise I'll be calling Vanessa again!!
i first "met" Vanessa via phone after a good friend of mine booked a consultation as a birthday gift. Speaking with Vanessa on the phone was like talking with a friend - she was Very personable and patient with me as I struggled to come up with questions to ask her. She offered amazing advice andsuggestions for some literature I should look into regarding birth plans and the like. After our phone consultation, we booked Vanessa for an at-home birth class. Vanessa was very accommodating with our busy schedules and came well-prepared with all sorts of information about natural births, birth plans, and covered all options I would have for my birth. She also showed my husband some helpful massage/pressure points to help ease me through labor. Amazing! Our last session was a lactation consultation after my son was born. We had just come home after a long hospital stay and my son was having difficiluties latching. Vanessa to the rescue! She came prepared with techniques that were very successful for us, as well as a kind and patient demeanor as I was falling apart from feeling so overwhelmed and underprepared for the reality of being a new mommy. She even brought me a calming tea to help me be a bit more centered and relaxed so that nursing would be less stressful for me and a better bonding experience for my son and I. Although we did not choose to have the entire experience of hiring Vanessa for labor and delivery, her expertise and knowledge during our classes were invaluable. I highly reccommend her to anyone looking for an experience outside of the typical hospital birth classes.
Vanessa was a fantastic doula! She helped us through some of the emotional issues that we had surrounding my emergency CS in 2010 and helped us prepare for our VBAC. She was always available to talk, text and email and addressed all my concerns immediately, often emailing information that was extremely helpful in addressing my concerns. Vanessa joined us for in home visits to prepare for our birth, and came to our home prior to going to the hospital on delivery day to help us stay home as long as we could. She worked with us on positioning, massage, and her soft but firm encouragement was especially helpful. Thank you Vanessa for be a wonderful addition to our VBAC birth!
What can I say? It's like Vanessa was an angel sent to me when I needed her the absolute most. The support she gave me went way beyond simple education and coaching during my labor; Vanessa met with me many times and would sit with me and answer all of my questions even if it took a few hours. When I told her about some personal trauma I had been through in the pregnancy, she didn't give me a cold and clinical response, she reached over the table, grabbed my hands with tears of empathy in her eyes, and prayed for healing for myself and my soon to be born son. She even let me borrow her birthing pool and agreed to work with me on payments as she knew that my financial situation wasn't the best. She put helping me first and wasn't watching the clock or concerning herself with costs. She genuinely cared about giving me peace of mind through expert education and always found a way to reassure my fears about birth with information and humor. When I went into labor, she was right there and stayed with me until after my son was born and helped me stay level and positive during the whole birth. I cannot recommend her highly enough! She is a stellar doula and wonderfully caring person. If you want someone who is knowledgeable, professional, warm, hard working, and has the stamina to give continuous support no matter how long it takes your baby to arrive, you want Vanessa Lewis! None of this is exaggeration and I am so blessed that I was able to work with her. I had serious, serious anxiety about labor and she was able to council me, calm me, and guide me through the entire process, right up to the moment my son was in my arms, and then she offered placenta encapsulation and breastfeeding help at a postpartum visit afterwards. She is just outstanding and I don't know what I would have done without her! Vanessa is more than a doula, she is an incredibly caring, reliable person who will always be there for you and knows exactly how best to help you.
Vanessa was an amazing asset to my post partum care. I utilized her placenta encapsoluation services and could not be happier. We discussed the process at length prior to my son's birth. She explained everything, and made it very clear that this is a true passion for her. When my son was born, she was just a phone call away. She promptly came to the hospital where I delivered and picked up my son and my shared placenta. She was so kind, thoughtful, encouraging, and genuine In person. She made me feel at ease and comfortable with her instantly. The process took one day, she even sent pictures to me of the process. When I received my pills, they were neatly packaged with special touches. I could not be happier with her services. I recommend her to every expectant mom I know. I will definitely be calling on her again in the future! She's a wonderful doula. Hithey recommend her services.
Vanessa is amazing! She was so nice and pleasant at our first meeting. My husband and I both felt very comfortable around her. She was able to connect with us and understood exactly what we wanted.She even went out of her way to understand more about our spiritual beliefs to better accomidate us and be more of a part of it. That was special to us. My first birth was all natural at a birthing center. The second birth we could not afford to do that and we were going to have our baby at a hospital. I was a little nervous about this because I wanted a completely natural birth again. So we decided to hire a doula. Vanessa came highly recommended. She worked with us refreshing the whole birth experince with a small class. She also met with us to go over birth plans and just to check in. Any time I needed to get in touch with her she was always available. Vanessa had so many resources and was very knowledgable. What I love most about her is her passion for this. She understands the importance of care for the mother during labour. That is just astounding. When it came time for our birth, our little bundle of joy came so quickly that barely anyone had time to react! I did not realize that the baby was coming so fast that I told Vanessa not to rush. So unfortunately she ended up missing the birth and we had the baby at home. But she was right there supporting us until the medics arrived and was able to capture some pictures of the beautiful, wonderful, kind of crazy day. Later on she was at the hospital with us and was able to take more pictures for us and was very supportive for me and my husband. Since we did not actually use her services as a doula on the day of the birth, she offered to encapsulate my placenta for free since we had already paid her. This was something that I had wanted but wasn't able to afford so it meant a lot to us. I can not fully express how great Vanessa is! She will always have a special place in my heart for the love that she showed us.
Sincere, generous, loving, kind, knowledgeable, helpful, skilled, comforting, spiritual, warm, healing, empowering - these are the adjectives that describe Vanessa.
From the moment we met, I knew I had found my doula. I truly could't have made it through the tough moments without her. She was unfailing - beside me every step of the way - guiding my husband with techniques and lifting me up when I felt defeated and just done - bringing not only encouragement, but new thoughts of positions and comforts to try.
After we returned home, we received a sweet message from Vanessa with a beautiful photo package she had created! I am astonished at the effort of love from a woman who was once a stranger to now a forever trusted confidant.
When we plan for baby #2, I'll be sure to call Vanessa!
hi my name is jessica im 26 year's old and have a 3yr old and i remember my 1st experience i didnt have a doula and i remember my experience was horrible and i swore i would do everything in my power to make my next experience a better one and i found vanessa we set up a meet and greet and i instantly fell in love with her she had a great personality was very open and honest and careing wanted to do everything in her power to help me after hearing what i went threw. and so we hired her and we talked we emailed each other anytime i needed her she was there gave my advice i never even new about. she showed me all kind's of positions that really helped cause i had alot of braxton hicks so i got alot of wonderful info to help and she was great come time when labor hit she had me time them told me to call my provider and she got everything ready met me there had all kind's of wonderful stuff that helped we did alot of walking and breatheing and did the birthing ball which i think was the greatest thing in world and she had all kinds of oils and scents and stuff that was great cause had nausea which she had a a great scent for that that really helped and she was right there threw every contraction never left my side she was right there and i had alot of people at hospital trying to talk me into all these drugs and i wanted a natural birth and vanessa made sure i had that and i did and she let me no all my option's and never let me feel as if i had to do what they wanted she let me no it's your birth your decision she was the best thing that ever happened to our family and im forever greatful for her id say if you want a memory you'll always remeber and want lots of comfort go wit vanessa shes great if i didnt have vanessa i never woul'd have had the birth iwanted. oh and she is great with massages helped alot to with contractions she just was great if i got pregnant again i would so have her again made my experience everything i wanted and more.
We hired Vanessa to be our doula for baby #3. I orginally had no thoughts to hiring a doula or even thought I could since I was having a repeat c-section, but when I met Vanessa I just had to have her as a part of my baby boys birth. During my pregnancy she was very supportive and there for my tons of questions. We talked about things that had went on with my first two c-sections experiences and what I wanted different about this birth. The day of the c-section I was very nervous but she helped calm me down and work through some contractions. She was also a big help for my husband who, even though wouldnt admit, was worried himself. During the surgery she was a great advocate for me and reminded the doctors of my wishes. Everything went smooth. After the surgery, during the recovery I was in a lot of pain and she was right there to help. She also helped make sure breastfeeding was going well.
Vanessa is a very kind hearted person who genuinely cares for her clinents. I wouldnt change a thing about my birth experience. I cant thank her enough for all the support she gave me and my family during this amazing time in our lives. She has definetly become part of the family. We plan to hire her again next pregnancy and I recommend if anyone is looking for a gentle and loving person to be their doula Vanessa is the perfect match.
One day, I received a very nice message from Vanessa Lewis. I hadn't even met her at this point but the advice she had offered me was like talking to a friend!
She spoke to me about everything- from tips and other options on weaning my 20 month old due to a possible job (police academy where you stay at the facility all week) to separation tools that could help with the distance. The ways that she was able to relate the advice to her own life and family supported her advice. It was nice to hear what worked for her and her little ones.
This was advice I would have expected from a sister. When I finished reading, I realized I had tears in my eyes. She was very helpful and extremely supportive! She helped me realize it didn't matter what the perception was that society had on breast feeding- it mattered that I was providing what is best for my daughter and our family.
Since our original conversation Vanessa has followed up and asked me how things were going. She obviously cares, and that means a lot!
Thanks VL! :)
Having met Vanessa has been a blessing! She was so kind and helpful throughout my pregnancy and labor. She spent time educating and answering questions my husband and I had about labor and birth and was always there when I needed her. I had a traumatic birth with my son, I wanted this one to be different and I was confident that it could be after spending time with her.
When I went into labor, she was by my side so quickly. She helped remind us of positions and massage my husband could do so that he could be a helpful part of this experience. With her calm, quiet, caring voice, and her gentle touch we made it through 16 hours of labor UNMEDICATED! I was so mesmerized by Jade, I didn't even realize that Vanessa was snapping photos... and I am so very thankful for those moments frozen in time. Just beautiful!
We had such a great experience that we asked Vanessa to support us after birth. We hired her as a postpartum doula and to encapsulate my placenta. She came by with a delicious meal, spent time helping with our breastfeeding latch, helped Jared hold his sister and showed him ways a big brother can help mom and sister, and even supported Mark with his concerns with being a new dad! Having her with me for a couple hours a day for about a week after Jade's birth was so helpful to the transition of our household!
We love you Vanessa! From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for all you do!
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