Birth Fee: $400 to $1200
Fee Details: *Update: As of March 18th, 2019 I am no longer accepting clients for the 2019 calendar year. If you think I might have been a good fit for you and your family, please don't hesitate contact me for cost-free referrals to doulas with similar experience levels, fees, and philosophies. I believe that every mama deserves access to doula support regardless of budgetary constraints and provide services on a sliding scale. Minimum compensation will cover my transportation to and from your birth and prenatal/postpartum visits and some of my in-person support time. Additional compensation will help me cover more in-person support time, remote support time, research and resource collection, supplies, continuing education and other overhead costs and allow me to work with more mamas who are seeking support. Please feel free to reach out even if my minimum fee of $400 is out of your budget.
Birth Doula Experience: 5 years and 30 births attended
Clients per Month: 2 to 4Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
I hold a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing from the MGH Institute of Health Professions and work as a Teaching Assistant and Skills Lab Instructor for the Maternal/Child Health nursing course. I am an active Volunteer Birth Doula with the Adolescent Reproductive Health Services (ARHS) at Brigham & Women’s Hospital and a prior Volunteer Birth Doula with the non-profit organization Dar a Luz Honduras based in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.
Languages spoken: Fluent English, Proficient Spanish
I met and hired Emma to work with me at 35 weeks of my second pregnancy. I was very anxious about going into labor after having a very long and difficult induction with my first child.
When I met Emma, she put me at ease right away. She has a very calm, confident, and laid-back demeanor. She listened to my past experiences, wants/needs, and ramblings. I was (and am) disillusioned with hospital birthing practices and hoped to have a natural labor in a more natural birthing position. Emma helped my husband and me understand what I wanted and needed by going through a detailed checklist which she devoloped. Going through this process taught me a lot about myself, what I needed, natural birth, and hospital birth (even though I'd already done this once). She also gave my husband and I a few books to borrow that were really helpful and perfectly aligned with our birth preferences.
On the night I went onto labor, Emma followed my lead and was so supportive. Even though I was overdue my husband and I were not totally packed and the carseat was not installed in the car (oops)! We are so thankful that Emma was there for me so that my husband could pack the car and generally prepare our friends who were taking care of our other daughter. I labored mostly at home and Emma was my calm yet supportive cheerleader who followed me around with a hot water bottle, my yoga ball, and hip squeezes. She brought me up to labor & delivery while my husband parked the car, she helped me breastfeed right away, and she stayed at the hospital to support my husband and me for a long time after my daughter was born because I had some complications.
After my birth experience, Emma came over one more time to talk about how everything went. Emma asked good questions that made me thoughtfully reflect on how everything went.
I am so thankful Emma was my birth doula, she was wonderful before, during, and afterwards!
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