Birth Fee: $650 to $750
Fee Details: I offer a discount to military families and women considering adoption.
Birth Doula Experience: 7 years and 10 births attended
Clients per Month: 1 to 3Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Languages spoken: English
Wow, where do I start? I hired Danielle later in my first pregnancy. I was pretty well read on natural child birth, the biology of it, and what to expect, however I felt that it was really important to have the support and wisdom of someone who had actually been through the experience that I was seeking. Although my baby was breech and unable to come naturally, I was still happy that I had Danielle on my team. She stayed with me through labor, helped me keep calm and manage my pain with massage and other techniques. When we went to the hospital she was a welcome friendly face in a scary situation. Everything came out great with my daughter's emergency c-section. Danielle stayed with me for several hours after she was born to make sure everything was ok. I'm not planning on anymore children (this one was a surprise pregnancy), however if I did get pregnant again I would hire Danielle again in a minute! I have only great things to say.
When I found out I was expecting this summer after several losses, I was anxious to say the least. Overtime I grew more excited but with a little fear hanging on. My last birth was an emerency c-section with my preemie son. I started to envision a different birth for myself with the goal of a vbac. From research I learned hiring a doula would be an essential tool in achieving that goal.
I met with Dani several times prior to my daughter's birth. She was super friendly, easy to talk to and informed. She helped me design a birth plan, gave me facebook groups to check out and pointed me to various sites to do some more research. Thanks to all of that I had the knowledge to bring to my OBGYN practice which more than came in handy when I got some push back towards the end of my pregnancy to schedule a repeat c-section. I learned from her to be the advocate for myself/family in the birth we wanted.
That became even more essential having that knowledge when I found out my baby was measuring in the small side and needed to come out ASAP I had the knowledge to persuade my practice on an induction. Dani stayed with my husband and I all night into the following afternoon with encouraging words, massage to distract my brain from the discomfort/pain, counter pressure to relieve pain, helped me keep up my energy and nutrition and focus on my breathing. She helped my husband learn what would be helpful. Having them tag team was crucial and such a life saver me during my long labor.
I ended up being able to have my vbac, my daughter's healthy and I can look back on the experience as a wonderful one, thanks to Dani with Divine doulas. Truly night and day from my precious experiences I highly recommend her, she was so immensely helpful, down to earth and reasonably priced. Fear was truly replaced by peace when all was said and done.
Dani made our birthing experience complete! From about two months prior to our birth, Dani answered all of our questions and helped us work on our birth plan. She followed up with us regarding our care with our provider and all other aspects of the process. When our big day came, my husband and I were so thankful to have Dani present for our entire labor (24 hours! Yikes!). She had wonderful pain management techniques and encouraging methods. Dani made sure to help us walk through decisions we made as the day progressed. She was helpful and not judgemental, it was perfect. I can't imagine going through the process without her!
Dani was my doula for my second birth. After having an epidural with the birth of my first child, I really wanted to avoid that the second time around. Having Dani assist with my long 24-hour-labor was so helpful. Her wonderful back massaging helped me so much and also gave my husband a break! I was able to avoid going to the hospital for several hours due to her support & encouragement. And I was able to avoid having an epidural. She met with my husband and me three times prior to my due date to talk with us about our preferences, expectations and birth plan. She was prompt in arriving at our home when I went into labor, despite the fact it was the middle of the night. She coached me through contractions and reminded me that the birth experience is a natural process. But she also gave me space when I needed it. Dani is an excellent doula and I highly receommend her if you're considering a doula.
Dani was a god-send for the birth of my first child. I don't know if I would have gone drug free without her there to coach, massage and guide me through my 9 hour labor. She was kind yet firm and very knowledgeable about her trade. I appriciated her visit to my home after the baby was born to make sure eveything was going well. I would reocmmend Dani to friends and family.
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