Vanessa Lewis, CLC, PEP
Love Your Belly Birth Services - Spencer/Worcester
Birth Fee: $450 to $850
Postpartum Rate: $20 to $30
Fee Details: When you hire a doula, you invite someone to share in one of the most life changing events. Birth is sacred, vulnerable, beautiful, & so much more. As a doula, I support you in your journey to parenthood. I educate you with labor, birth, & postpartum options. I accompany you through labor and for the first few hours after delivery. I breathe with you, comfort you physically & emotionally. I offer massage, aromatherapy, counter pressure, & use my knowledge to offer new positions that will help alleviate discomfort & progress your labor. I believe EVERY woman & family should have access to a skilled doula & will work with families financially to make that happen. If you feel apprehensive of financial commitment, please share with me so I can help you get the support you desire. Includes 1-2 prenatal visits, continuous labor support, & 1 postpartum visit. Also unlimited phone/email contact & access to lending library. Standard fee $750 Worcester & $850 Metro West
Birth Doula Experience: 1 years and 12 births attended
Postpartum Doula Experience: 1 years and 2 families served
Currently working towards Doula certification(s)
Specific certifications for the above: CD (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 , Nurtured Beginnings Co-Owner (A Resource for families)
Languages spoken: English
Service Area MapArea of practice: Spencer, MA
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!
= Available. Calendar last updated: Updated 3/4/2014
= Available. Calendar last updated: Updated 3/4/2014