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Allison Castaneda

Mother Lovin' Doula Services

Website: Http://www.facebook.com/motherlovindoulaservices

Phone: 630-926-7581

Birth Fee: $300 to $1300

Fee Details: My fees range greatly due to the various services I provide. I offer Placenta encapsulation and Informed Beginning Child Birth education courses for $300 each. I offer birth doula services for $900. I offer $100 off for each service added to the original (for example, the total for classes, PE, and doula services would be $1300). That being said, there is wiggle room as I want to be able to accommodate as many women from as many backgrounds as possible. I do offer reduced fees and/or payment plans for clients with tight budgets as I believe every woman who wants a doula should have a doula.

Birth Doula Experience: 5 years and 57 births attended

Birth Doula Certifications

  • The Matrona - Certified Holistic Birth Doula

Doula Training

  • DONA International, September 2014
  • The Matrona, April 2019
Type of Practice: Solo practice

Clients per Month: 0 to 3

Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
I am very happy to assist with natural, epidural, or cesarean section births. I am also very happy assist with VBAC births. I believe it is your birth and I will support whatever birth choices you make!
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
I love helping with natural births, whether they are on land or water births!
Attends home births? Any Home Birth
Home births are amazing! I can assist in any way needed, whether its support for the mother, helping with other children, or almost anything requested.

Childbirth Education Certifications

  • Informed Beginnings

Other Relevant Certifications

  • PBi Certified Placenta Encapsulation Specialist

College Education

  • BA/BS

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Cesarean birth
  • Clients on bed rest
  • Domestic Violence
  • High risk
  • Home Birth
  • Induced and high medical technology labor & birth
  • Over 40
  • Plus size mothers
  • Postpartum mood disorders
  • Prematurity
  • Previous birth trauma and/or birth injury
  • Single parents
  • Survivors of Previous Life Trauma
  • Teens
  • VBAC
  • Waterbirth
  • Women and Families of Color

Special Services Offered

  • Acupressure
  • Baby-led weaning
  • Babywearing education
  • Breastfeeding Consultant Services
  • Cloth diapering education
  • Military families
  • Placenta encapsulation
  • Pregnancy, birth and/or newborn photography
  • Reduced rates for women considering adoption
  • Sibling support (for your older children at the birth)

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

I support Illinois midwives through the Illinois Friends of Midwives group. This group is working to pass legislation to make home birth safer in Illinois

Languages spoken: English

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Client Testimonials for Allison Castaneda

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4saleby owner2012

I was privileged to have the support & TLC of Allison at my 5th birth, a home waterbirth. She was absolutely WONDERFUL!! Her vast knowlege of how to support a laboring mama was an incredible blessing for my family as we welcomed our baby earthside. 

Allison has a calm demeanor, is gentle, & very down to earth. I felt so comfortable with her as if I had known her forever. She supported me through a very challenging labor w/a posterior baby using affirmations, counter pressure, encouragement, essential oils, massage, & love.  Before transition, w/her knowledge & use of EO's, I was able to rest & feel such a calm between ctx that I had never experienced w/my other births.

During transition there were honestly times when I wondered how I would make it through yet another contraction as they were on top of one another & not letting up, which lasted for quite some time. My stomach, back, thighs, & hips were all contracting during every contraction; Allison wasn't fazed one bit but calmly kept to the task at hand. She knew how to help me feel some relief, to focus, kept encouraging me that I was doing well, telling me my body was working as it should, & that I would be meeting my baby soon. She was also very reassuring to my hubby & our children that Mama was doing well working very hard to bring baby into the world, & showed (or quietly whispered to) them ways they could also show me love, help me to feel some relief (like putting cool, damp cloths on my forehead & using counterpressure), etc. so that they were also part of the labor & birth.

I <3 Allison, how normal she made birth, & how special she made our birth. Allison has so much to offer a laboring mama (& family). If you hire her you will be in the best hands AND have the BEST freakin' doula EVER!!

Posted 3/17/2015

Birth Availability for Allison Castaneda

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