$30 to $50
5 years and 11 births attended
5 years and 5 families served
Type of practice: Solo practice
Clients per month: 0 to 2 births and 0 to 5 postpartum families
Postpartum limits/restrictions: Non-smoking homes only
Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Attends home births? Any Home Birth
I specialize in an Indigenous, holistic and spirit-centered approach to childbirth and parenting. In addition to my doula work I am a Bodyworker, Yoga Teacher and Reiki Practitioner. I offer private prenatal and postpartum yoga sessions alongside my birth and postpartum doula services. Payment plans available. I offer sliding fee scale to low income LGBTQ families and families of color who qualify. I will consider cash/barter as payment for doula services. My Birth Fee is $1,111 Postpartum Fee is $44 per hour
Saint Louis, MO Service range 30 miles
My husband and I started working with Simiya late in my pregnancy. From the moment we met she was responsive, helpful, and attentive. We worked on my birth preparations and in the days leading up to my delivery she was a constant support system. At the hospital she prepared me for every next step and communicated with me clearly. She also helped me communicate my preferences to the medical staff when I was unable to do so myself. I had several complications that threw me off course and yet she was even-keeled thoughout it all. I will never be able to repay Simiya for the service she provided for me and for my new baby. Simiya is qualified and fierce in her support of mothers and I cannot recommend her highly enough.
My experience with Simiya was everything I thought I needed and more. She is deeply caring, knowledgeable, and skilled in her practice. Her presence and support made the most wonderful and scary experience one that I will treasure forever. I recommend Simiya to all who are in need of a doula (or do not yet realize how powerful and important they are during this journey). I believe that her energy, experience and vast understanding of pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum period is immense and I recommend her wholeheartedly.
The time, care, patience and love Simiya showed me, my husband and my womb were so genuine--as if she was family. It reminded me of our ancestors when mom, aunt, sister and grandma would care for you during labor and delivery. Simiya came to our home on several occasions to talk about the various ways to deliver. She shared her knowledge with us about the different types of drugs the nursing staff would try to introduce, the natural vitamins I can take and shared a typical birthplan with me. From this, I was able to consult with her about my wishes so that they would be met once admitted to Barnes.
Once at the hospital, Simiya quickly arrived to be by me and my husband's sides. My wishes were met to go natural as long as possible and Simiya initiated pressure point massage and had the nurses offer me different noodles, balls and other techniques to get my contractions to come naturally. When I ended up having to have drugs towards the end, Simiya walked me through the next steps and outcome to ease any of my concerns.
When laboring she assisted my husband and was by my side every step. She held my hand when I pushed and again when baby wasn't crying right away. She wiped my tears and consoled me when I became concerned. When baby let out her first cries, Simiya immediately put baby on my breast for latching and skin to skin. I cannot imagine having anyone else by my side other than my husband during the most traumatic and beautiful experience in my life. I would recommend her services and guidance to any mother that thinks they can go at this alone. She was able to clearly speak for me when contractions got to bad and was a trusted voice I could depend on.
Simiya checked in on us postpartum and offered insight on stretches I can do to heal my ongoing backaches. I plan to use Simiya again for placenta encapsulation and when we decide to have another baby.
Simiya's prescence during the birth of my second child was integral to my positive birth experience. My first pregnancy & birth were easy; my second was not. simiya was there for me prior to labor with in depth knowledge of pregnancy & an empathetic shoulder to lean on. Her advice & support helped me manage a severe depression as well as prepped me for my second natural birth. I was in false labor for two weeks before my daughter was born & Simiya was there for me every morning to check in, every evening to say goodnight, whenever I needed her she was quick to respond. Once my labor actually started for real, Simiya arrived at the birth center before I did! my labor progressed extremely quickly & simiyas calm, steady, loving energy was absolutely my rock in the storm. If i were to ever have any more children I would absolutely work with Simiya again. She is an amazing doula & person. I highly highly recommend her.
= Available. Calendar last updated: 01-16-2020
= Available. Calendar last updated: 01-16-2020