Birth Fee: $600 to $750
Postpartum Rate: $15 to $25
Fee Details: My birth doula services involve approximately 9 hours of prenatal preparation in your home. I share informative emails, books and DVD's from my lending library. Being on call 2 weeks before your due date and until baby is born. Continuous labor support, involving massage, positional strategies, acupressure, relaxation techniques, hydrotherapy and aromatherapy. After baby is born I stay with you until you want to bond as a family alone, and then I return to you for 2 postpartum visits. The Postpartum services that I offer include infant care, emotional and physical support, baby massage, guiding your ability to listen and trust your mom instincts, light housekeeping and meal preparation. I believe all new moms have concerns and difficult situations that challenge and stretch them and that sharing those with an experienced mom is helpful and necessary.
Birth Doula Experience: 5 years and 217 births attended
Postpartum Doula Experience: 4 years and 110 families served
Not SpecifiedType of Practice: Solo practice
Clients per Month: 1 to 4 births and 1 to 4 postpartum familiesAttends hospital births? Some Hospitals
I have 3 years experience teaching and implementing infant massage programs. I am a volunteer with The Motherhood Collective, and have been since 2012, which is an incredible organization which emphasizes Maternal Health and education. I have had 21 years experience as a peer counselor at Pregnancy Centers in Maryland and Virginia. I am trained in postpartum disorders. I am a mother of my eight children and grandmother of seven.
Languages spoken: English
Service Area MapArea of practice: Lynchburg, VA
With our first child, my husband and I were determined to have a natural birth. Long story short, nothing went according to our plan. Our plan was disregarded, and any objections we raised to the numerous interventions being implemented were met with condescension.Bottom line, we felt powerless and part of an assembly line.
When I became pregnant with our second child, I was determined that this time would be different…much different.
Debbie met with us over the course of my pregnancy and really helped us become better informed about our options, and helped us trouble shoot any potential issues that may arise when you insist on a natural birth.
The birth of our son was everything that we wanted. There were no IVs, no interruptions, and our toddler even spent time with me in the laboring pool. I walked away from the experience with not only a healthy baby boy, but with great memories about how we as a family (toddler included) helped bring our newest addition into the world.
I felt like my body had failed me in the birth of my daughter, and I questioned if I was even capable of giving birth naturally. Thanks to Debbie, I was able to regain the confidence I had lost, and entered motherhood a second time feeling empowered and not defeated.
The greatest thing about Debbie is that yes, she is there helping you every step of the way, and yes, she is the reason we were able to have the birth experience we wanted, but it is never about her. She selflessly works for hours on end to make the experience as peaceful and comfortable as possible, allowing you and your family to focus on what is important and not on the thermostat or if you are drinking enough fluids or if you should switch to another laboring position. She masterfully handled all of these details for us so that my husband and I could focus on the lives we had created and celebrate the expansion of our family.
When I was pregnant with my first, I knew I wanted Debbie to be part of my birth plan. My mom and husband would be present at the birth for support, but they didn't have the medical knowledge, experience, or natural remedies that Debbie did. From my very first interaction with her, I knew she would be an invaluable resource for us throughout pregnancy and at delivery. After talking and praying it over, we decided that we'd make whatever sacrifices we needed to in order to have the funds available to have Debbie present at birth. I'm way beyond thankful that we did.
Debbie provided tons of information during pregnancy that lead to better health and well-being for my baby and myself. Her services go above and beyond what most doulas provide. I gained much more confidence about the birth and felt less anxious as Debbie and I talked about the birth plan. My husband felt empowered after meeting with Debbie and was thankful for all the knowledge and insight she provided, as well as tips for ways that he could provide practical help
I seriously can't even begin to describe the ways that she helped, always offering just what I needed in the moment. It was like she could read my mind at times, and knew what I needed even before I did sometimes. Although she will go as far as you want her to in guiding you in decision making during labor/delivery, she is respectful of your wishes as well. She was the perfect balance of encouraging me to do what she knew I wanted to do & giving me the confidence to keep going just a little more, but not too pushy when I changed my mind about some aspects of my birth plan. Debbie worked really well with the medical team. Debbie will feel like family the first time you meet her. She's the sweetest, most down-to-earth person and someone that you do not want to go through the birth process without. Daphne
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