Birth Fee: $700
Fee Details: May be paid in whole or half at contract signing, half at 2nd Postpartum visit). Includes: Two prenatal visits (1-2 hrs each), Labor through 2 hrs after birth, Two postpartum visits (1-2 hrs each), Mini-Maternity Photo Session, Consistent contact/support throughout
Birth Doula Experience: 11 years
Not SpecifiedType of Practice: Solo practice
Languages spoken: English
I knew I wanted a doula when I became pregnant & did some research; I found Mandi online, read her reviews and saw her site. Following our meet & greet, I knew she would be a good fit for my husband and me as we became first-time parents. Mandi's services are unique because of her well-rounded medical knowledge and her photography skills! We have awesome maternity photos and incredible shots from our birth in addition to our beautiful baby!
Overall, Mandi was absolutely invaluable & incredible... no exaggeration. My water broke in the middle of the night and she came in the wee hours of the morning to our home to support while I was in early labor. Her birth planning documents, comfort tools and knowledge of birth positions made her the most helpful person in the room during my 36+ hour labor! She stayed with us the whole time from home to birth center, and then from birth center to hospital transfer - helping us navigate our journey, supporting us to make decisions, anticipating our unknown needs and helping us to adapt with every step. Just as other reviewers have noted, she stayed - resting on the hospital floor & missing meals to be there for us. Mandi was the exact right person to act as our doula during such a life-changing time.
If you are looking for an authentic person who will exceed your expectations every step of the way, choose Mandi! Mandi’s services, expertise and professionalism far exceed what one could possibly pay her for her services and we feel fortunate to have found her to help us in our baby's birth!
Mandi was so helpful as our labor doula! I had planned my birth to be at Babymoon Inn Birth center, but due to complications I had to be transferred to St Josephs. I was very anxious and didn't know what to expect. Mandi helped my husband and I to feel like we weren't alone in the hospital - both literally and figuratively. Mandi was our constant in a sea of the changing faces of nurses and doctors. Mandi stayed with us at the hospital for 20 hours... yes, 20 hours! She even stayed with us in the room overnight while I was laboring. I hadnt planned an epidural, let alone the c-section I ended up needing. It was very helpful to have someone there to remind us that everything was going to be ok, and calm us both down. Mandi was great at taking care of the little stuff - like one of my monitor devices was beeping very often, every time I moved my arm into a particular position. I would have just dealt with it and been annoyed for hours, but Mandi suggested asking a nurse to adjust it. Neither my husband nor I would have actually asked them for such a simple thing, but Mandi saw an opportunity to make me more comfortable so she did. She stayed during the c-section, and though she wasn't allowed in the actual OR, she met me right afterwards to help me get baby latched on for the first time. Mandi was also our steady constant postpartum - she would call me every few days to check in and see how I was doing, answer questions I had about the baby and postpartum recovery, etc. It was really extremely helpful to have Mandi with us for the entire birthing process, and whenever we decide to have another baby she will definitely be our doula again!
I was induced and there were complications. My doctor believed I needed a C-section because I was making no progress when pushing and the baby's heartrate was showing some signs of distress. I strongly believed I could do it and didnt need a C-section. It was so wonderful to have Mandy coaching me. I knew she supported me and believed I could do it. I never felt the urge to push, so Mandy helped explain what muscles to use and couched me through the pushing. I got the baby far enough down the birth canal in time which shocked my doctor. Mandy was absoultely wonderful! Without her I dont think I would have had the conviction to stand up for myself and the strength to push my baby for a vaginal delivery.
Mandi was WONDERFUL from the moment I met her. I cannot imagine having anyone else as my doula. I completely connected with her. She made me and my husband feel 100% comfortable throughout the entire birthing experience.
My husband was a little hesitant on having a doula. He didn't really understand the point. After all of her support during and after the birth of our daughter, my husband said he can't imagine doing it without her. He has been telling everyone about her services.
It takes a special kind of person to be a doula. I appreciate the people that have devoted time out of their lives to help women and/or couples through such a personal and important experience in their life. Thank you so much!!!
Mandi was an amazing Doula. The moment that we went into labor we were able to call her. She then asked questions about me to assess what stage of labor I was in. She would contact us every hour to check on how things were progressing. As soon as we needed her to come, she assured us that she would be there. The plan was for her to come to our house but things progressed quickly and she met us at the hospital. Once at the hospital, she was by our side the entire time. In triage, they let her come back and check on how things were going. She would ask questions and help to guide us. In the labor room, she was the voice of reason. I wanted to be in the shower, but my doctor wanted me to be hooked up the whole time. Mandi spoke with the nurses and was able to get them to compromise which moved my labor along quickly. Mandi suggested different position and ideas to help me feel more comfortable. She would take my lead and help with how I needed it. She would get water, juice and snacks as needed. During my active labor, she would massage my lower back and it help tremendously. She was even there for my husband. She had him go eat and take a break to be ready for the delivery. She would help us when the doctor was being pushy and aggressive by asking us if we needed time to think rather than trying to make a decision right away. This helped us greatly to stick with our birth plan. She coached us on breathing techniques during contractions and helped me to relax. Overall, she made our first birth experience amazing and I would glady choose her again. She is fun and positive and will help you along the way. After delivery, she stayed to make sure that things were well. Then she stopped by the next day even though it was Thanskgiving to check up on us. She answered questions about breast feeding and about how I was feeling. A few weeks later she came to our house to discuss the delivery and our thoughts. Mandi is a tremendous Doula that we recommend to others.
Mandi was delightful!
I felt like a Queen with Mandi. Although we met for the first time when I was already in labor it was like she knew me. Everytime someone brought an issue up she would explain things to me and put me at ease. She gave me amazing massages and braided my hair. When my labor almost stopped due to some outside stress she was able to ground me and get me back in tract so that my contractions came back. I am 100% happy with her services and would recommended to all mothers.
My experience with Mandi as myou fouls was great. She helped me so much. During labor she kept me calm and helped me stay calm and relaxed during each contraction. She also walked the halls with me for hours. During my delivery she helped me and my partner with each push. She reminded me to breath while pushing and helped my partner by showing him how to help me with pushing. After the delivery she helped with the skin to skin contact and showed me how to have baby latch on properly. She also came by and checked on all of us. Mandi stayed with my partner and I from 4 am Sunday morning until 12 am on Monday. She even came by Monday evening after she got off work just to see how we were. I'm so grateful that she was there for me. I would recommend her to everyone I know who is having a baby.
It was very pleasant to have Mandi there. She helped keep me focused. She brought her essential oils to help relax. She was very helpful, refreshing my wash cloths, helped me focus on my breathing. She was friendly and it was nice to have her there. A more personal touch than just another one of the nurses
Mandi was EXCELLENT. Through our unexpected long and hard labor -- Mandi stuck it through without failing to give her 100%.
Mandi provided excellent support during my natural labor which lasted around 20 hours; of which turned into a Ceserean and Mandi waited until I was all settled in after operation before heading home. During the natural labor; Mandi helped and showed my family techniques to help me cope with contractions...which I was so thankful as I was dealing with back pain mostly. When I was finally put under drugs to help me labor -- Mandi waited in room and I could see how tired she was. She didn't complain and took a nap on the floor...wow! DEDICATION. When I was told I had to have Ceserean...Mandi (I found out later) guided my husband on what he needed to know and do while operation: he was able to record our daughter being cleaned and I know have those beautiful memories which I wasn't present for but now can see through video and pictures:)
MANDI WAS EXCELLENT, PROFESSIONAL, SUPER HELPFUL.
WE ARE SO THANKFUL AND GLAD SHE WAS OUR DOULA...even as things didn't go as planned: she was still by our side until baby and I were both back in recovery room.
Thank you, MANDI!!! A MILLION!!!
I went into labor at 4:30AM and Mandi was the second person I called. She was by my side a short time later and didn't leave my side for the rest of the day and into the next! During labor she was amazing! She did everything I couldn't. She kept visitors at bay, responded to texts and even called my boss to tell him I was at the hospital. And most importantly she was there for me! She was in communication with the nurses, she helped them make sure I was comfortable, she held my hand and rubbed my head. Whatever I needed...she was there! When it was time to push she held my leg and helped coach me. I was in a daze and she was there to talk me through everything. All the while staying calm and in return calming me. When my daughter was born and everyone was fawning over my little one...she was by MY side. Again holding my hand and making sure I was taken care of. Later that night the family had to go and with no father in the picture,I would have been all alone for the first time with a newborn baby. But Mandi stayed the entire night. Sleeping on an uncomfortable bench again by my side. She got up with me at every whimper my daughter made and gave me a chance to rest after such a long day. All night she made sure I was comfortable and that I had all I needed. But what I really needed was her! She was a blessing to have with me during this beautiful experience. I highly recommend Mandi and will definitely want her along with me in my next baby journey!!!
My name is Amy Bills, I have known Mandi for several years, and when it was time to have my son, I thought she is the perfect person to have by my side. It was a very long day in the hospital, and Mandi was by my side the entire time.
I checked in the hospital at 7:00am, and didn't give birth till 9:16pm, Mandi stayed with me, talked to me, held my hand, made me laugh, and helped me concentrate on my breathing. She was a godsend.
When my son was born, she was taking pics, wiping my brow, just as excited as I was. I wouldn't have have such a great birthing experience without her.
I would/will recommend Mandi to anyone and everyone I know who is going to have a baby.
Amy T. Bills
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