Bethany Russell

Babies are a Blessing

Phone: (216) 459-9148

Birth Fee: $700 to $800

Fee Details: Contact me for a free consultation via FaceTime at your convenience!! My fee of $700 includes your free intitial 30 minute consultation, and a prenatal meeting to sign your contract and formulate your birth plan. I provide continuous e-mail and phone support, and am on call 24/7 beginning 2 weeks before your due date. This fee also includes up to 12 hours of labor and breastfeeding support and birth photography if desired. If your birth were to be longer than 12 hours, I charge an additional hourly fee of $20. I specialize in helping Mommy and baby bond and breastfeed with the kangaroo care method and the breast crawl which are both very successful. I follow up 2-5 days postpartum with a phone call to check on you and baby. Also added in my birth support package is personalized photos of your birth which I take as well as edit, to capture your special memories with.

Birth Doula Experience: 8 years and 25 births attended

Doula Training

Not Specified

Type of Practice: Solo practice

Clients per Month: 0 to 3

Attends hospital births? Some Hospitals
I prefer to work with CNM's at local some hospitals. I specialize in waterbirth. I will go to whichever hospital a client is birthing at
Attends birth center births? Some Birth Centers
Some birth centers are more geared toward natural births than others. Which hospital birthing center that you choose to give birth in should depend on what type of birth you desire to have.
Attends home births? Some Home Births
I will accept and attend home births on a case by case basis and work with a Midwife

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Adoption
  • Cesarean birth
  • Clients on bed rest
  • High risk
  • Home Birth
  • Induced and high medical technology labor & birth
  • Multiples
  • Over 40
  • Plus size mothers
  • Postpartum mood disorders
  • Prematurity
  • Relinquishing mothers
  • Single parents
  • Spanish Speaking
  • Special needs babies
  • Twins
  • VBAC
  • Waterbirth
  • Women and Families of Color

Special Services Offered

  • Aromatherapy
  • ASL (American Sign Language)
  • Babywearing education
  • Miscarriage Support (Before, During or After)
  • Pregnancy, birth and/or newborn photography
  • Sibling support (for your older children at the birth)

Languages spoken: English/learning ASL

Client Testimonials for Bethany Russell

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Almodovar Family

We absolutely loved having Bethany on board with us during our second pregnancy!  From the time we were pregnant up until the time we delivered our son, Bethany met every single one of our needs.  She is very knowledgeable in the labor and birth process so that made us feel very secure in knowing that we were in good hands.  She checked up on me throughout my pregnancy and made me feel like I was never alone during those last days leading up to our labor.  Once it was time to head to the hospital, Bethany was our advocate (speaking to the hosp staff on our behalf) and our allay.  She practically memorized our entire birth plan and that gave us the time we needed to really focus on the labor itself!  She gave us ways to cope with the pain and made the natural labor process something that was doable, and could be done without fear.  After having a very painful 12-hour natural active labor experience the first time, having Bethany, her skills, and her presence on our team this time around cut our process down to a mere four hours!!  She just kept me moving, focused, relaxed, and nurtured the entire time which made all the difference.  We will never again have another child without her!

Posted 2/9/2018

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Amanda Hurne

My husband and I had our first baby in May, 2017 and Bethany was our doula. We had a great experience with her from the start of the pregnancy. We were nervous about the entire process and Bethany met with us, answered all of our questions and made us feel at ease. She was available for me through phone and email during my whole pregnancy and was there as soon as I needed her during labor and delivery. She created our birth plan with us  and did everything in her power to make sure our experience went the way we wanted it to. I was successful in following my birth plan, and I absolutely feel that I would not have been able to complete that goal without Bethany. She kept me motivated and supported us both when we were completely exhausted. She is an amazing doula and we hope to work with her again in the future! 

Posted 9/21/2017

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Amanda Hurne

My husband and I had our first baby in May, 2017 and Bethany was our doula. We had a great experience with her from the start of the pregnancy. We were nervous about the entire process and Bethany met with us, answered all of our questions and made us feel at ease. She was available for me through phone and email during my whole pregnancy and was there as soon as I needed her during labor and delivery. She created our birth plan with us  and did everything in her power to make sure our experience went the way we wanted it to. I was successful in following my birth plan, and I absolutely feel that I would not have been able to complete that goal without Bethany. She kept me motivated and supported us both when we were completely exhausted. She is an amazing doula and we hope to work with her again in the future! 

Posted 8/30/2017

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Marika Laino

Bethany was absolutely phenomenal! I couldn't have asked for a better birth experience and if it wasn't for Bethany I'm sure the outcome would have been vastly different. She was both very professional and yet I felt like I made a new friend in the process. During the birth I definitely panicked and had some difficult moments during transition, and if it wasn't for Bethany's hard work I know I wouldn't have made it through. She struck the perfect balance of pushing me when I needed to be pushed, and giving me periods of rest when it was just too much. When people ask me about my birth experience my main point is to brag on Bethany and I try to encourage everyone I talk to about the importance of a doula. My husband also agrees that she was an invaluable resource, and she did a great job of working with the two of us making a fantastic team. She also took care of things with the nursing staff that I had no idea were even going on and took such a huge weight off my shoulders. Before the birth she was also a great source of encouragement as I was getting news from my midwives at various prenatal visits. And after the birth she was texting me with valuable advice and encouragement as we transitioned in the hospital. I really cannot brag enough on her! She was an absolute gift from God and I am so incredibly grateful to have had her there at one of the best days of my entire life.

 

Posted 8/27/2017

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Emily Strong

After a traumatic first birth experience full of interventions, I was dreading the birth of my second. My dream of having a natural, unmedicated labor and delivery seemed unattainable. After procrastinating until late into my third trimester, I reached out to Bethany based off of a strong recommendation from my midwife (goes to show that they appreciate her presence as well!).

Bethany was very professional and confident - when she assured me that this would be a healing experience for me, it was a statement I believed in and held onto. My husband and I discussed birth plan options with Bethany and implemented her useful preparation tips. Bethany was easy to get ahold of and responded promptly every time I reached out to her with an update or a question.

I headed to the hospital in the early AM in labor and promptly began to panic.  I asked Bethany to join me and she arrived quickly and jumped immediately into action. She supported me and my husband step-by-step through an intense precipitous labor and kept me as calm as possible. She was exactly what I needed, suggesting positions and breathing (all of which worked perfectly!), wielding essential oils like an aromatherapeutic mastermind, and, most importantly of all, convincing me with each contraction that yes, I could do this! I would have given up a dozen times without her.

After delivery, Bethany checked in with me regularly to see how we were all doing, and you better bet she kept the great advice coming!

Thanks to Bethany, I have relived this birth experience over and over in my mind and feel excitement and pride. She was right - I feel healed and happy, and am looking forward for another delivery with Bethany in the future! THANK YOU!!!!!!

Posted 7/1/2017

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Brittney kash

Bethany is the most amazing doula and wonderful person. She really knows how to encourage you thru labor and delivery and make you feel as comfortable as possible.  She is very knowledgeable in different positions and techniques if something isn't working.  I was lucky enough to have her for both of my births which were very different and she worked her magic both times. I recommend her to friends all the time.  If you are looking for a doula, she's ilthe best around! 

Posted 3/27/2017

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Tiiu Gennert

As a first time mom, having a doula was one of the best decisions I could have made for labor and delivery of our most amazing daughter.  Bethany was wonderful.  She helped me feel calm, safe and well supported.  I relied on her experience and expertice to get me through this miraculous and life changing event.  With her help and encouragement, I was able to deliver naturally and medication free.  She advocated for me throughout and we were able to stick to our original birth plan of water labor and delivery.  Thank you, Bethany!

Posted 4/25/2014

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Bethany Ballenger

Bethany did a great job as my doula.  She was such a calming presence.  It was my first baby so I didn't know what to expect.  She had great tips to help me through my labor.  She was so attentive to my needs and she asked the right questions but was not too pushy or over bearing.  We wanted an all natural water birth so I really wanted good coaching.  By the time I got to the hospital I was pretty far along and the nurses didn't know how to get the inflatable tub ready for the water birth that I was really hoping for.  Bethany knew how to get it going so she took charge and started filling the tub!  If it wasn't for her being there I don't think we would have had the birth we really wanted.  Bethany was calm, assertive, and had a lot of wisdom to offer me when I needed it most.  I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a doula.  I hope she can be with me for any other children I may have!

Posted 4/13/2014

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Elizabeth van der Oord

I highly recommend Bethany Russell as a doula. She is exremely knowledgable, calm, and so supportive. Not only did she ease my concerns about labor and delivery for both of my children, but she was also source of information and support for my husband. Labor and delivery can take many twists and turns and I am so grateful Bethany was by my side for the ride!

Posted 4/10/2014

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