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Lacy Diane

Connected Birth

Website: http://www.connectedbirthva.com

Phone: 540-384-0835

Birth Fee: $750 to $1150

Postpartum Rate: $30

Fee Details: Please feel free to contact me for a free consultation and to ask more about my contract. Lets talk face to face!

Birth Doula Experience: 4 years and 58 births attended

Postpartum Doula Experience: 7 years and 38 families served

Doula Training

  • Birth Arts International, January 2013
  • DONA International, June 2017
Type of Practice: Solo practice

Clients per Month: 2 to 5 births and 1 to 2 postpartum families

Postpartum limits/restrictions: I hold American Heart Association First Aid, CPR and AED certification. Placenta Encapsulation services require a non smoker home, large animals (dogs) and lovey cats and birds must be kenneled or gated out of the kitchen if I am cooking or handling your placenta.
Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
I will gladly support any family choosing a hospital birth. My own experience with 2 hospital births, and my training in hospital birth settings inform me as I work side by side with moms and families and childbirth practices both group and private practices. I feel called to help moms and families birth in any environment they choose.
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
I will gladly support any family choosing to birth at a birth center. My own personal experience using a Birth Center was wonderful and my experiences supporting many, many families in this type of environment has educated me in a number of ways. I feel called to help moms and families birth in any environment they choose.
Attends home births? Any Home Birth
I will gladly support any family choosing a home birth. My own personal experience having a home birth was wonderful, fulfilling, and to date, my best birth experience. I have supported many, many families in this environment and it has educated me in a number of ways. I feel called to help moms and families birth in any environment they choose. I do not purposefully support unattended births (births with no Midwife/OB present).

Childbirth Education Certifications

  • I have assisted many CBE classes before getting training and teaching privately. I have assisted classes and full series in Bradley, Lamaze, and Birth Languages. I am also educated and familiar with BAI, Hypno babies, Hypno Birth, and Evidence Based Birth.

Breastfeeding Certifications

  • Certified Breastfeeding Counselor
  • Certified Lactation Counselor - ALPP
  • I personally breastfed up to 3 years, 3mo. I have educated myself with books, workshops, and hands on education for 14y before seeking professional Cert. and Train. *CLC training Feb, 2017.

Other Relevant Certifications

  • Rebozo Certification (Gena Kirby)
  • Mulit-day peer trained Placenta Encapsulation Specialist. *First Aid, CPR/NCPR, AED certified with The American Heart Association. *Spinning Babies Certified. Trained by top area professionals in *Acupressure, *Reflexology, and Basic Pregnancy and Birth *massage. *Lactation Consultant training Feb, 2017

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Cesarean birth
  • Clients on bed rest
  • Expected stillbirth
  • Families conceiving with ART and IVF
  • High risk
  • Home Birth
  • Induced and high medical technology labor & birth
  • LGBTQP Families
  • Over 40
  • Plus size mothers
  • Postpartum mood disorders
  • Prematurity
  • Remote and rural clients birthing away from home
  • Single parents
  • Special needs babies
  • Survivors of Previous Life Trauma
  • Survivors of childhood sexual abuse
  • Teens
  • VBAC
  • Waterbirth
  • Women and Families of Color

Special Services Offered

  • Acupressure
  • Antepartum doula
  • Baby sign language education
  • Baby-led weaning
  • Babywearing education
  • Belly binding
  • Belly casting
  • Bereavement doula (pregnancy & infant loss)
  • Birth counseling for survivors of childhood sexual abuse
  • Birth Pool rental
  • Cloth diapering education
  • Elimination communication education
  • Military famiies
  • Miscarriage Support (Before, During or After)
  • Mother blessing celebrations
  • 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 have been a formally trained doula for four years (Jan. 2013). Before pursuing official certification I assisted women and their families in pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum period for 14 years * lead and ran playgroups from newborn to 6mo. * Co-Lead PPSVA meetings currently *support homeless moms *Lactation Consultant training in Feb. 2017.

Languages spoken: English

Service Area Map

Area of practice: Woodbridge, VA
Travel Range: 35 Miles
Travel comments/restrictions: My service area is more south than the circle shown on this map. I DO go from Alexandria to Richmond.

Client Testimonials for Lacy Diane

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Jacqueline Phillips

How can I even put into words how AMAZING Lacy is. I had gone online looking for a doula in my area that I had just moved to. I had a hard time finding someone who was close to me. But I found one who was willing to travel. Things unfortunately did not work out with us, and I felt SO hurt and lost. Lacy not only restored my faith in having a doula at my birth, but also in myself. Being pregnant, you've got all kinds of hormones and emotions running through you. Lacy was able to calm me down, and bring me peace miles and miles away. She gave me so much information and helped me make decisions I didn't feel confident making. She gave me tools and resources and helped me arm myself to make the best choices for my family. I cannot recommend her enough. I felt like I could talk to her about anything. Every question I had was taken seriously. She's one of those people who just "get it" and that's SO hard to find. If you want to have the birth you've been dreaming of, you really want Lacy on your team. 

Posted 6/26/2016

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Rachael Hofford

I didn't meet for the first time till I was in active labor as she is the backup doula to the original one I had booked with (my original doula was attending to another mom who went into labor a month before her due date). Lacy was absolutely amazing! She came to our house and immediately started to observe how I was getting through contractions and gave awesome pointers and suggestions to help assist me and even my husband! Lacy was so calm and reassuring during each contraction it really helped keep me calm. When it was time to head to the hosptial she rode in the car with us and helped with the final part of transition labor right before delivery. She stayed for 2 hours after the birth to help make sure I was doing well and getting comfortable and helping with my husband and I's new son. Lacy is so passionate and knowledgeable I'd recommend her to anyone! 

Posted 6/1/2016

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M. Powell

Lacy has been a pleasure to work with! From our first meeting, my husband and I knew she was the doula we wanted to join us on our VBAC attempt. She paid close attention to every element of the birthing we envisioned, but remained flexible as our plans changed given the circumstances. Lacy was attentive to my needs, as well as my husband's - making sure that we were taking care of ourselves and each other. She empowered my husband and I to ask questions and be sure we got the information and support that we needed from the hospital team. Her calming actions, words, and demeanor were exactly what we needed to get through, and we were thrilled to share the birth of our second son with her.

Posted 4/28/2016

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Eryn Jackson

Lacy from Connected Birth was fantastic! I hired Lacy right around my 33rd week and she was very kind and accommodating throughout the entire process. She customized a package for my family’s needs. From our first meeting I felt surprisingly comfortable, as Lacy a quiet reassuring presence. I ultimately ended up delivering early at 37 weeks as a result of preeclampsia. Lacy did not miss a beat! She help, rather, guided ? my partner and me through an extremely complicated labor and delivery. My partner also appreciated her preparation and support throughout the whole experience. She went the extra mile and worked with my four year old daughter to ensure she felt included, excited, and comfortable for the arrive of our baby boy. I cannot thank Lacy enough for bringing so much love and peace to, what can easily be, an extremely stressful stage of our lives!

Posted 3/24/2016

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Alannah Baldwin

As a first time mom, I was so nervous being pregnant, and I was so afraid of the entire experience.  When I met Lacy, I was immediately at ease.  She was so nice, compassionate, and knowledgable through the entire pregnancy, and she always went above and beyond.  One night my baby was rolled over in just the right position to stick out my back and cause extreme pain.  Lacy came over and massaged me.  She went above and beyond, staying past midnight to ensure that all thepain and discomfort was gone.  She answered all of my questions and helped me to become so well educated about all of my options that I stopped being afraid at all.  I could not have ever done my natural birth without her, and I already know that I will use her services for my next pregnancy.  No matter what time of day, if I needed her, she always answered her phone or came over if I needed her.  Lacy was there for one of the best days of my life, and she even helped my husband to feel comfortable and well informed.  She is so much more than a doula- she is a lifesaver!

Posted 1/24/2016

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Danette Fowlkes

Lacy knows so much. Any question I have had over the last 20 years she has been able to answer or find out the answer for me. She has helped me through my pregnancy, labor (from 3000 miles away), and my miscarriage.

Posted 8/3/2015

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Ieshia Leverette

I don't know if I would have had my VBAC without the assistance of Lacy.  My docotrs were giving me so many if's about my vbac.  They had me so scared, but Lacy was always there to help coach me through the trials of pregnacy.  She was very knowledgeable about how to get the baby to drop down into my pelvis ( I was overdue by this point)  with many different excercises.  On the night I was ready to deliver I called Lacy at 3:20a.m because the doctor wanted me to have a csection and I was overwhelmed and crying.  Mind you I had been in labor for 2 days and was finally at 9 cm dialated and 99.4% effaced, but they said my baby heart rate was too high and she wasn't moving enough on the monitor.  Lacy was able to calm me down and keep me focused on the goal.  She aided me in many tools that helped the baby move and her heart rate drop down to the doctors satisfaction.  If it was not for her I would have probably had another csection, but instead I had a very successful Vbac and for that I am grateful.  I would highly reccomend her to anyone that truly want someone that is passionate about what they do and truly love the birthing experience and children.

Posted 7/31/2015

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Ieshia Leverette

From day one Lacy has been a huge support of my pregnacy and birth. My first child was an emergency c-section and I desired to have a Vbac this time around.  Lacy was able to help me with several methods to help me open my pelvis to make the baby drop. This was very important because my midwife and doctor h

Posted 7/29/2015

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Meghann Early

My birth experience was WONDERFUL! This is my third birth, first home-birth, and I am so thankful for the blessing of Lacy this go-round!  In my previous births I did not have a doula, and it was a breath of fresh air to have someone trained and in tune with what I may need during the birthing process. Lacy was a calming presence and was a wealth of suggestions when I needed a change of pace to help labor progress.  She looked to me for cues to determine how involved I needed her to be, Lacy reassured me that everything I was feeling was normal and that I could cry if it helped release energy too. It worked!  What a blessing!  

Posted 12/15/2014

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