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Stevie McKulsky

Embodied Birthing

Website: http://embodiedbirthing.weebly.com

Phone: 571-451-8570

Birth Fee: $1000

Fee Details: Package includes 2 prenatal visits, labor support, and one postpartum visit. Placenta encapsulation is an additional $200

Birth Doula Experience: 4 years and 30 births attended

Birth Doula Certifications

  • International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA) - Certified Birth Doula

Doula Training

  • International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA), December 2014
  • Mercy in Action, September 2016
Type of Practice: Solo practice

Clients per Month: 1 to 4

Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Attends home births? Any Home Birth
with the exception of unassisted home births

Other Relevant Certifications

  • PBi Certified Placenta Encapsulation Specialist
  • CPR Certified - Red Cross
  • Prenatal Yoga Instructor, Certified Birth Assistant through Mercy in Action

College Education

  • BA/BS

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Home Birth
  • Teens
  • Waterbirth

Special Services Offered

  • American Red Cross First Aid and CPR
  • Childbirth Education Services
  • Military families
  • Mother blessing celebrations
  • Placenta encapsulation
  • Satellite Doula (For remote and rural clients)

Languages spoken: English

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Client Testimonials for Stevie McKulsky

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Emily Mastrianni

Writing a review of Stevie might be one of the hardest tasks ever-simply because there aren’t words to express our gratitude for her support before during and after the birth of our first child.

From the first moment we met Stevie, her loving calm energy stood out as what we needed as we navigated the transition to parenthood. She tailored our prenatal sessions to our needs and wishes, provided us with research information and encouragement to make our own decisions and choices, and above all else was a constant voice of loving support when  we needed it most. We also attended a fantastic yoga workshop that she co-led- she was unsurprisingly a fantastic teacher as well.

During labor, Stevie was available and responded the second we first contacted her in the middle of the night. She walked us through laboring at home and helped us decide when to transition to the hospital where she met us. During the toughest moments, it was again Stevie’s calming energy that shone through. She effortlessly supported not only myself but also my husband and a friend who were also present, offering suggestions for positions, massage, and words of encouragement.  She shared in our joy as our son came surfing into the world, stayed at the hospital with us for a few hours, and came to our home to check in when we were discharged.

Stevie is knowledgeable, compassionate, and strong. She was an invaluable part of our birth team, and an experience that we will always remember as being filled with happiness and loving support. With our highest respects, I would strongly recommend Stevie as a doula to any family!

Posted 9/26/2019

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Candace Kim

Stevie encapsulated my placenta and also made me a tincture. The process was so easy—she came to pick up the placenta from the hospital the day after my birth and delivered the goodies to my home a few days later. She included a lovely hand written card with the instructions and also gifted me with my dried umbilical cord shaped like a heart—such a thoughful surprise! She’s a super sweet, gentle, and beautiful soul both inside and out. Surely a welcome addition to any birth team :)

Posted 8/28/2019

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Meghan DuFrain

Stevie is an amazing doula! A great listener, patient, calming, supportive, knowledgeable... I could go on and on. She visited my home on a couple of instances, provided quick phone and email support during tough times, and when I needed a back up doula (knew up front it was possible due to a birth work related training), she provided an amazing substitute. When I saw her at a postpartum visit she was so warm and excited for me - and brought a sweet handmade gift for my daughter. Couldn’t recommend her more!!

Posted 11/14/2017

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Fatuma Walker

i knew from the beginning I wanted to have a natural childbirth experience and wasn't sure I was really going to accomplish that so I started with a private Yoga session and we met Stevie. From day one she made me feel comfortable and without knowinfo, helped my build up my confidence that I would be able to stick to my plan. However, we ran into some issues around 20 weeks and Stevie was as always supportive and helped us along the way and I knew than that I wanted her to be my doula. I feel that Stevie was sent from God to remind me that all things are possible when we put our faith in him. If you're looking for a caring, passionate, knowledgable, compassionate and professional doula, look no further. Even when the doctor wasn't professional, Stevie was and kept me focus and moving along. If I ever have another, Stevie will be a part of my care team without a doub. 

Posted 8/23/2017

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Justin Snyder

Stevie did a great job and was extremely flexible working with our schedule and very short notice (about 1.5 - 2 weeks after we contracted her, my wife went into labor).  She was on the spot, provided great info, got to the birth center before we did, helped coordinate resources, and did an excellent job coaching my wife on pain management.  We believe all the various techniques and quick thinking that Stevie employed helped make our natural birth a great experience that was enjoyable.  This is the first of our four births that we reflect on fondly, and it is also the first in which we used a doula.  I think Stevie was a huge part of that.  10/10 would highly recommend to others.

Posted 5/11/2016

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Meagan Dunphy-Daly

Stevie was amazing; we could not have asked for a more calming, caring person to join us for our first birth! We HIGHLY recommend her. We interviewed other doulas, and we decided on Stevie because of her positivity, knowledge, experience, and wonderful personality. 

Stevie met with us twice for prenatal visits. She listened intently about what we wanted and asked very thoughtful questions. She showed us different laboring positions and talked us through some of her suggestions for the birthing process. It was clear that she wanted to make sure she was on the same page as us. She never judged our preferences, and she helped guide us through things that we hadn't even thought about. She was also very helpful in answering any email or text questions that I had during my pregnancy.

When my due date got close, Stevie checked in with us constantly and offered suggestions to naturally induce labor once my due date passed. I ended up having to be induced due to preeclampsia, but Stevie was so supportive and talked us through the whole thing. Even before we asked Stevie to join us at the hospital, she stayed up all night by her phone and checked in with us all through the night. It was just such a relief to know she was ready to come at any moment. Stevie joined us at the hospital once we felt like we needed her, and when she arrived we immediately felt like everything was under control. 

She used the deep breathing we had started to create our ritual that took us through our long labor and delivery. She was a background presence when she needed to be, and she stepped up and took control when that was needed. We really felt like she "brought it home" the last three hours of labor and that we couldn't have done it without her. She followed up with a postnatal visit, and we have stayed in touch with her ever since. The best way to describe our experience with Stevie is that we now consider her part of our family.

Posted 3/19/2016

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Brooke Nunnally

Our entire experience with Stevie was absolutely amazing! This being my first child and birth experience, I was a little apprehensive about all of it of course. I took birthing classes, but by and large, the reason the labor and delivery went as planned was due to Stevie's calm, reassuring, and supportive nature. Our prenatal appointments helped me focus and think through my plan. She is so loving and calm! (Which is what one would expect from a yoga instructor!) We talked about my needs as a whole and when I went into labor, she was there to help me in the way that I needed (which is not an easy task!) I struggled a lot during the transition phase of labor, and it was Stevie that I turned to and was able to look out for my needs at that moment (sorry, hubs). I cannot say enough positive things about Stevie.  My plan was to have a natural birth and Stevie worked with me to make sure my plan was followed in the most loving and gentle way.  However, I also knew that if I really needed it, she would support me in any decision I made at that time.  That being said, it was because of Stevie, and only Stevie, that I followed through with my birth plan and I am so glad I did!  I couldn't have done it without her.  She also has experience with prenatal yoga which I did not take advantage of but want to next time!  I am so glad that Stevie was my doula and am so happy with the experience.  We will definitely be using Stevie again (without a doubt).

Posted 7/20/2015

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