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Leona Starnes

Leona Starnes Doula

Phone: 612-308-3807

Birth Fee: $800 to $1000

Fee Details: My fee includes 2 prenatal visits, 24/7 on call availability from 38 weeks until your baby is born, continuous labor support, 1-2 hours immediately following the birth to help initial breastfeeding, one postnatal visit, and access to support and resources throughout pregnancy and the early postpartum period. Our initial consultation visit, to determine if we are a good fit, is free. Please feel free to contact me regarding my fee. I am able to work with clients to create payment packages, or trade agreements.

Birth Doula Experience: 6 years and 23 births attended

Doula Training

  • toLabor, May 2013
  • DONA International, January 2019
Type of Practice: Solo practice

Clients per Month: 0 to 4

Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
I support birth givers birthing in hospitals whether you are planning a medicated or unmedicated birth, vaginal or scheduled cesarean.
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Attends home births? Any Home Birth
I attend home births attended by both CNMs and CPMs.

Childbirth Education Certifications

  • Blooma Childbirth Educator

Other Relevant Certifications

  • Certified Yoga Instructor
  • Neonatal Resuscitation Certified (American Academy of Pediatrics)
  • Prenatal and hatha yoga instructor, holistic cesarean recovery, craniosacral therapy for birth and newborns

College Education

  • BA/BS

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Cesarean birth
  • Families conceiving with ART and IVF
  • High risk
  • Induced and high medical technology labor & birth
  • Over 40
  • Plus size mothers
  • Postpartum mood disorders
  • Prematurity
  • Previous birth trauma and/or birth injury
  • Spanish Speaking
  • Waterbirth
  • Women and Families of Color

Special Services Offered

  • Abortion Support
  • Acupressure
  • Childbirth Education Services
  • Infant massage education
  • Reduced rates for women considering adoption

Languages spoken: English, Italian, some French and German

Client Testimonials for Leona Starnes

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Mackenzie Stodola

Since we were having our second child, I wasn't sure we needed a doula this time. I thought we would probably be able to handle it on our own, but I was so wrong! Hiring Leona to be our doula was such a great decision for our family. She was able to meet us right where we were. She listened and tailored her services exactly to what we needed....of course we had done this before but what would it be like this time? What would it be like adding an infant to a family with a toddler, what did I want or not want this time that was different from my previous birth... Leona made sure we were prepared for our prenatal, birth and postpartum needs. She was quick to respond anytime I had a question or concerned. She kept me on track and encouraged me with positive self talk throughout my pregnancy and birth. Leona has endless resources and if she doesn't know the answer, she finds it. To say she goes above and beyond is an understatement. I knew immediately upon meeting her that she would be the right fit for myself and our growing family, and I would recommend her for any mother looking for someone she can trust and count on. 

Posted 12/29/2019

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Alex Groten

Leona was an important part of our birthing team. Being new to the birth experience, our sessions prior to labor were helpful as we prepared fully for the big day. Leona was supportive and accessible any time we needed her and provided many extra resources based on our conversations. Her communication was excellent and checked in regularly during the final weeks of pregnancy. On the day of our baby’s birth, our plan changed considerably due to medical complications. Leona was there every step of the way to support us and be an objective voice while we made many new decisions, in a different environment than we had originally imagined.  Leona also looked out for my birthing partner,  giving helpful suggestions, and reminders of essentials like eating during long labor. She made us feel more confident in our new plan and worked super well with our care team too. It was also helpful to debrief with her days after we came home from the hospital, and provided more resources for the postpartum phase. We felt very supported in every part of our journey and would gladly work with Leona in the future!

Posted 11/22/2019

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Mickenzie Rodriguez

There are not enough good things I can say about my experience with Leona! I met Leona through my birth center, Health Foundations, and hiring her as my doula was one of the best decisions of my pregnancy.  Our first meeting with Leona was for coffee, and after speaking with her for 20 minutes my husband and I hired her on the spot! We met with Leona two more times before my birth and she was so prepared, coming with literature for me to read, exercises for me to do, and also a wealth of knowledge for any questions I may have had. The relationship that we built before my baby arrived was invaluable, I trusted her and I felt safe with her, and as a first time mom that was so important to me! My husband and I agreed that Leona was the reason that I was able to progress so fast at home after my labor seemed to be stalling. She knew exactly what to do to get my contractions to come hard and fast and after about 3 hours we were ready to go to Health Foundations so I could have the water birth that I wanted! My birth experience was everything that I had wanted and I am so thankful that I had Leona there by my side. She was so amazing and I would hire her again for all of my babies to come! Thank you so much Leona, you will always be like family to us!

Posted 10/23/2019

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Michelle Zwiefelhofer

Leona was our doula for the birth of our first child. From our first initial meeting through labor, birth and postpartum, she was supportive, calm and comforting. Leona was an invaluable presence and resource for our family. 

Leona provided prenatal education and support in the form of multiple in person meetings at our home. She prompted us with thought provoking questions about what we wanted and hoped birth would look like, and gave suggestions to help us prepare. 

She calmly provided support in our home while I labored and gave my husband a much deserved break. It took the pressure off of my husband to know that the two of them could tag team supporting me. After laboring at home, Leona knew when the time was right to drive to the birth location. 

We had taken a birth class and generally had an idea of what we were supposed to do but Leona's experience was essential. She gave multiple suggestions, encouragement and guidance through the entire birth. She also reminded us to eat and stay hydrated.

Leona provided a postpartum support through quick text check ins as well as a home visit. 

We are so thankful for her support and would absolutely hire Leona again!

Posted 9/14/2019

Birth Availability for Leona Starnes

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