Birth Fee: $1000 to $1275
Postpartum Rate: $25 to $35
Fee Details: Birth fee: free meet and greet, two prenatal meetings, anytime support via phone/text/email during the entirety of our time working together, on-call availability for labor support beginning at contract signing , continuous support during labor, birth, and immediate postpartum, one postpartum meeting. Package discounts available for combination services (birth, postpartum, placenta). I work with families using FSA/HSA direct payments and insurance reimbursement options. Payment plans are available to all.
Birth Doula Experience: 5 years and 300 births attended
Postpartum Doula Experience: 1 years
Clients per Month: 2 births and 2 to 4 postpartum familiesAttends hospital births? All Hospitals
Student midwife (homebirth), member of MCCPM (MN Council of Certified Professional Midwives), Queer Birth Project member/volunteer, member of MN Cultural Birth Workers, BBWA-Twin Cities, and former board member with the Childbirth Collective.
Languages spoken: English
There is so much I could say about Britt, but it all comes down to this - you NEED her as part of your birth team. Britt is the most calming, reassuring and knowledgable person you could every imagine having by your side. Not only was Britt essential for me to stay calm and feel empowered during my child's birth, she was instrumental in giving my husband the confidence he needed to support both me and our baby once she arrived. Britt was always willing to answer questions and provide resources before I went into labor, and continued to do so after our daughter's birth as well. I would absolutely work with Britt again and will recommend her to any of my friends looking for a doula as well!
We used Britt's doula services recently for the birth of our first child, as well as placenta encapsulation. As new parents, we felt we were going into this blindly, despite all the research we put into pregnancy and birth. We had heard about doula services and looked into it as an option to help us feel supported, informed, and advocated for within our desires for birth. Upon our first meeting with Britt, we knew she was the right pick for us. Her knowledge of everything birth related was immediately apparent, though she didn't push her ideas of what is "right" for birth on us, just gave us the information and allowed us to make the decisions best for our family. Her calm, quiet presense was what sealed the deal for me! As an introvert and pretty private person, I didn't know how I would feel about someone I didn't really know present through such a meaningful experience. Britt, although, managed to put me at ease and was there in a way that felt supportive, but not at all intrusive or overbearing. Her knowledge and calming, supportive presense was a constant through prenatal visits, as well as the stress of birth. As is often the case, our birth experience went "off course" a bit and Britt remained a supportive advocate throughout it all. My wife and I have commented to each other many times since our first prenatal visit about how hiring Britt was our best decision within the birth experience! If we decide to do this again, there is no question we would want her there. I simply can't say enough good things about Britt!
When we met Britt, we immediately knew that she was the perfect doula to be with us during this experience. Her calm, warmth, passion and confidence are what immediately stood out to us at our first meeting. She had so much experience with many kinds of births, and we felt really listened to from the beginning. As I imagine is true for most first-time mothers, there were so many things that surprised me about my birth experience. What surprised me most, however, is that while I was transitioning and getting close to pushing, we found out my daughter was breech and I’d have to have a immediate cesarean! Britt was the person I trusted most in the room. I don’t know how I would have managed had she not been there for me to ask “Do I have to do this?” I knew that she understood how important it was for me to feel encouraged and empowered during birth, so when she looked at me and said “You’re safe, your baby is safe, you’re both going to be fine, but this is how she’s going to be born, and that is ok” it was so much easier to let go of the expectations I had had, and just be excited that I was going to meet my baby soon! I had built up cesareans as being a terrible way to give birth, but with Britt’s help making decisions about what I would want should it come to a c-section, durng our prenatal meetings, my daughter’s birth was still beautiful and intimate. We were so thankful she was there will us to get us through such an unexpected event, and there to share in our happiness as wemet our daughter! (Also, not related to how great she is at being a doula, but worth noting, she takes pretty great photos! She captured some gorgeous first moments with our daughter that make us tear up every time we look at them!)
Britt was an irreplaceable member of our pregnancy, labor and postpartum journey.
As we prepared for labor in the last couple of months, Britt did a great job checking in with me and showing us some techniques and moves to help us better position the baby and provide comfort during labor.
While our birth plan did not go the way we had anticipated, Britt was supportive through every decision we made and coached us to the best possible outcome.
After our beautiful boy was born, Britt was able to answer all our first-time parent questions about breast feeding, postpartum healing and more. She even helped us re-adjust our car seat and assured us we were fitting it correctly for our son.
It was such a relief to have a kind, compassionate and knowledgeable ally through this process. Looking back, I don't know how we would've done it without her!
I am so thankful I choose Britt as my doula. When I made the decision to have my first natural birth I knew I needed support from someone who was going to give me the encouragement and knowledge I needed. Britt was kind, understanding, non-judgmental and personable. We went through 3 weeks of on and off false labor and Britt was readily available to answer questions and help me cope through the stress. She spent time teaching my husband and I comfort measures that ended up helping me a great deal during (painful back) labor. We also used her placenta services and she delivered the final product in a timely and very beautifully presented manner. She is notably passionate about what she does and I will continue to encourage others to use her services. Thank you for everything, Britt!
Brittany was a phenomenal doula, and exactly what I was looking for. Brittany is knowledgable, straight forward, and trusts woman. I knew that I wanted to labor at home for as long as I could, and trust my body and my baby. In our meetings, Brittany talked me thought what was going to happen, as I was a first time mom. The info was what I needed, and made me comfortable and ready. She warned me that there would be a time that I would want to give up. I didn’t really believe her, but there was that moment. And she guided me though that moment with kindness and strength. I am so grateful for her wisdom and calmness throughout my labor.
Britt was exactly what my husband and I needed in a doula. She has a lot of experience, both with assisting births and giving birth herself. You can tell Britt cares about people and how their birth experience. In my personal birth story, I had a few nurses that had non evidence based opinions and Britt made sure we had all the facts before making any decisions. I ended up having an unplanned c section and was very upset about it. Britt was right with my husband and I to help digest the news and talk it through. She helped ensure the doctors were making the right call.
I don't know how women can do birth without a doula. Britt was what we needed and highly recommend her to anyone searching for a doula.
Britt was an amazing Doula, and we couldn't have asked for someone better. When we found out we were having our bundle of joy, we knew for sure that we wanted to go all natural. When it came to having a doula, we weren't 100% sure if we wanted one until our birthing class. Hearing birth stories of other moms having a doula and having the ability to delivery naturally was my final push of YES, I need a doula; not just for myself but my husband as well. During prelabor, she kept be Educated on the phases and the process of natural birth. When labor started, she helped me coped. Britt was always reassuring me of how strong I can be, and reminding me to take care of myself during labor. I couldn't be anymore happy with my experience. Brittany and Sonia (her Doula Intern), as well as the MN Birth Center team was a great support, and I wouldn't have it any other way. -MLV, CPY & TTY
As a professional doula myself, when I was planning my home birth I knew I HAD to include a doula in my birth team. Brittany was a colleague in the local birth world, and someone I knew I could feel 100% comfortable with. When we first talked, she was so supportive of my family and our birthing choices, and it made us very excited knowing she would have such a non judgemental role. She took a welcoming internet in my husbands perspective on the birth proces, and always made sure to include him. During my birth she was an immense support with her hands on comfort techniques, and a unique support in moments of laughter while we flipped through movies and music while laboring my baby down.
Brittany worked so well alongside my homebirth midwives as well, and knew just when to be hands on, and when to step back a bit, grab my cold water, and step back into my birth space.
I would recommend Brittany as a birth doula to anyone looking for 100% support and encouragement!
We met Brittany in the hallway of the hosptial around 9:30 p.m. Once settledinto the birthing room, we chatted with Lauren, our midwife. I planned to receive an epidural after coping with a few hours of labor to reduce the risk of a C-section. Cody went outside to retrieve the birthing ball and hospital bags while Brittany and I relaxed in the room.
At around 9:40 pm, Lauren offered to break my water to help labor progress more quickly. Relieved, I agreed. By 9:48, the contractions picked up quite a bit. There was noticeable change in the atmosphere. I apparently told Brittany "These are not much fun..." After a shower that was all-too-brief, the nurse asked me to come out so she could monitor the baby. The rest of this account is from Brittany's point of view:
At 10:40 pm I estimate Angie went into full transition. Nothing was comfortable anymore. Lauren entered the room again and sat quietly through 2 contractions (she gave us a big thumbs up when she observed Angie's coping skills!). She asked Angie how she was doing, and Angie was surprised by her visit. After chatting a bit more, she quietly left.
Minutes later, Angie requested the epidural. Lauren re-entered the room and decided it would be best to check Angie as we were all estimating she was close to delivery. We were right --the next contraction brought her so close to delivery that there was no going back for pain meds!
On Angie's next contraction, that final centimeter gave way and she was ready to push! Angie seemed slightly alarmed at this point as labor had progressed incredibly fast. She had no idea she had been coping with the end stages of labor--she thought it was just the beginning--- but it was suddenly time to meet her baby!
With reassurance and guidance from her team of helpers, Angie managed her pushes and Arwen entered world with a rush at 10:56 pm on 3/12/15. She was greeted by hugs, kisses, tears, and relief!
Brittany Duncan was my amazing birth doula. Going into my second pregnancy I was worried and scared. I delivered my first baby at 31 weeks so I was very concerned I would also deliver my second preterm. Brittany was with me from the beginning. She assured me she would be there for me and get us threw my delivery when the time came, and she did. She helped ease the stress and reminded me to take one day at a time. When the time came Brittany was my right hand. I seriously can not imagine going into labor and delivering my baby without her. My husband also agrees with me! Brittany not only helped me deliver my baby, she showed me how much stregnth and courage I didnt even know I had. She pushed me when I wanted to give up. She was by my side, when my husband was nervous and forgot what to do. She was there to remind hospital staff what I needed and wanted. She was the one who helped explain what the nurses informed me and I had no idea what they were talking about. Brittany was my lifesaver! Without her support, encouragement, knowledge, and experince my birth story wouldnt be my story! Thank you Brittany for being my lifesaver! I highly recommend her services.
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