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Mary Callender

Richmond Virginia Home Birth


Phone: (804) 382-8222

Postpartum Rate: $25 to $40

Fee Details: $300 deposit is non-refundable and must be paid by cash or check. Lower fees are reserved for repeat clients. Separate fee for breastfeeding consultation only. Call for fees for home birth consultation and home birth services.

Postpartum Doula Experience: 7 years and 26 families served

Doula Training

  • Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association (CAPPA), October 2001
Type of Practice: Solo practice

Clients per Month: 1 to 2

Postpartum limits/restrictions: 4 week minimum-20 hours or more the 1st week, the rest is negotiable; 3 months maximum

Childbirth Education Certifications

  • ICAN of Richmond leader

Breastfeeding Certifications

  • newborn consultant and breastfeeding consultant/counselor

Other Relevant Certifications

  • American Heart Association BLS (Basic Life Support) Certification
  • CPM (Certified Professional Midwife)
  • LM (Licensed Midwife)
  • Neonatal Resuscitation Certified (American Academy of Pediatrics)
  • Reiki Practitioner
  • Spinning Babies® Aware Practitioner
  • also a midwife taking home birth clients

College Education

  • BA/BS

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Adoption
  • Cesarean birth
  • Clients on bed rest
  • Families conceiving with ART and IVF
  • High risk
  • Home Birth
  • LGBTQP Families
  • Multiples
  • Over 40
  • Plus size mothers
  • Postpartum mood disorders
  • Prematurity
  • Relinquishing mothers
  • Single parents
  • Spanish Speaking
  • Special needs babies
  • Survivors of Previous Life Trauma
  • Survivors of childhood sexual abuse
  • Teens
  • Twins
  • VBAC
  • Waterbirth
  • Women and Families of Color

Special Services Offered

  • Acupressure
  • American Red Cross First Aid and CPR
  • Antepartum doula
  • Baby-led weaning
  • Belly binding
  • Birth Pool rental
  • Breastfeeding Consultant Services
  • Cloth diapering education
  • Infant massage education
  • Miscarriage Support (Before, During or After)
  • Parenting consulting
  • Placenta encapsulation
  • TENS units rental

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

ALACE and DONA trained birth doula, CAPPA trained postpartum doula, midwifery education from National Midwifery Institute, ICAN of Richmond/River City VBAC support group leader; member of MANA, Virginia Midwives Alliance, and Natl Assoc of Certified Professional Midwives; also offering midwifery services for home births. Higher fees are for time limited newborn or breastfeeding consulting/counseling in addition to birth services. I also do placenta encapsulation. I also offer belly binding.

Languages spoken: English

Client Testimonials for Mary Callender

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Rhonda Burch

I just wanted to sing the praises of Mary Callender. She was our Doula for the birth of our first child and Mary was just simply fantastic. We had a "pure" birth, no interventions whatsoever and I could not have done it without Mary. She was very helpful to me and my husband in preparing us for pure birth through education, pain management techniques and overall support of the process of child birth. Mary listened to our birth wishes and helped us fulfill our birth plan. If we have a second child she will be our Doula again!

Posted 11/20/2009

Postpartum Availability for Mary Callender

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