Grateful Doula Services
Phone: (206) 898-9793
Postpartum Rate: $35
Fee Details: I offer one reduced fee for families on limited budget.
Postpartum Doula Experience: 5 years and 100 families served
Clients per Month: 1 to 3Postpartum limits/restrictions: No smokers
NAPS Doulas NASE (NAPS Alliance for Social Equity) Lead
Languages spoken: English
Service Area MapArea of practice: Seattle, WA
What a relief to be a new parent and to have someone to turn to with questions in those critical first few days. While Angie helped my entire family, first and foremost she was there to support me. That included listening to me, recommending resources, and giving expertise. She always had my back.
Angie allowed my husband and I to sleep. That made such a huge difference to our days to get a good night's rest. She woke me up when the baby needed me and she was able to get the baby to sleep so that I could sleep. My husband and I struggled to get our son to sleep at first when Angie was not there. She was so good with our son.
Angie began working with us about a week after our son was born. My post-partum period was complicated by pre-eclampsia and pulmonary edema, making it very difficult for me to care for my son. Angie helped to care for both myself and my son, relieving much of the stress I was feeling at the time. When it was time for me to go back to work, Angie continued on helping out in the evenings and overnight allowing me to better balance my home and work life. She was a treasure trove of information in regards to infant development, maternal issues and stress reduction. My husband, son and I would highly recommend Angie to any new mom!
Five days into the life of Maggie, who is cute and special and everything we hoped for, we were ready to launch ourselves off our roof.
Everything was new; everything was hard. Nothing was working. Was Maggie normal? Healthy? The Devil? In one of the more panic-filled days on record, we asked everyone we knew for doula recommendations. Angie came with the highest approvals.
She got back to us within hours, and was able to come over as soon as we needed her. She was a instant hit. Maggie loved her -- her screams were reduced to cooing then to sleeping within minutes. And we were reduced to sleeping zombies - ah, sweet sleep.
Most important, we felt very comfortable with Angie in charge of Maggie downstairs all night while we slept. And my wife's time with her during feedings was very good. Angie is a kind, knowledgable person. And I highly recommend her.
Angie is a warm, happy, loving soul and she was always professional, flexible, and supportive of me during her postpartum assistance. She worked with me to come up with ideas about what would work best and was flexible as we changed the schedule we had originally planned several times - changing both days and times. Some of the postpartum services she provided are helping with my newborn (diaper changes, soothing, bathing, feeding) while I slept, ate, or took my daughter to preschool. She attended to and played with my daughter when we were all home, organized baby clothes (this was great since I had a ton of hand-me-downs in different sizes), and made lunch for me and my daughter. She also did laundry, washed dishes, dusted, and even watered my plants. Throughout her service time, Angie was helpful, agreeable, and easy to work with. She also offered emotional support and helped with ideas about handling stress and getting more organized. I'm very happy with Angie's help and definitely recommend her.
Angie attended the birth of our son (my first child) in a hospital setting. We couldn't have been happier with our experience. Angie met with us twice in advance to get to know us and discuss our birth preferences. Once I went into labor, Angie came to our home and helped my labor progress into an active stage, allowing us to limit our time at the hospital (our preference). She had amazing suggestions I would have never considered!
At the hospital, Angie helped give us space to consider the options presented - providing balance between the clinical desires of the medical community and our personal preferences. She also gave great support in suggesting labor positions and providing comfort both to myself and my husband. Angie thought of all the little things - like making sure I drank enough water and giving my husband a pillow for his knees as he knelt next to me for hours. It may sound minor but once you've been there, you know how much these little things get you through the next contraction!
Finally, I credit making it through a very long (24 hour+ early labor and 14 hours of active labor) without using drugs or any medical interventions to Angie's support.
We couldn't recommend her highly enough and we are sincerely grateful for her services!!
THANK YOU ANGIE!!
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