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Noleen Thurman CD(DONA) & Birth Photographer

Doula Noleen 602-410-6786


Phone: 602-410-6786

Birth Fee: $750 to $1050

Fee Details: *Free consultation to meet one another and give you the chance to ask questions *One in home prenatal meeting *Ongoing support throughout your pregnancy and continuous doula support during labor, birth, and immediate postpartum care. *Basic Package $750: includes 5-10 high resolution edited photographs and a birth story *Deluxe Package $1050: includes 50-75 high resolution edited photographs, hard copy and digital, along with a video slideshow of your photographs set to music, and a birth story. *I call 24-48hrs postpartum and do one postpartum home visit. Thank you for considering giving me the honor of partaking in this sacred and intimate experience called birth! I look forward to hearing from you.

Birth Doula Experience: 2 years and 28 births attended

Birth Doula Certifications

  • DONA International - Certified Birth Doula

Doula Training

  • DONA International, February 2016
Type of Practice: Solo practice

Clients per Month: 1 to 4

Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
I live in the heart of downtown Phoenix just off the I-10, so only minutes from all the major freeways making it easy to get anywhere around the valley. I can assist you and your partner by helping you understand your choices, but still respecting the staff. It is possible to have the birth experience you desire in a hospital!
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Birth centers are a great way to experience your birth in a home-like setting. Even at a birth center, it is so important to have a trained doula; my sole purpose is to meet your physical and emotional needs and provide continuous labor support.
Attends home births? Any Home Birth
I would be honored to be invited into your home for your birth. Typically, there is less of a need for focus on medical interventions at a home birth, which gives me more of the ability to focus my attention on you, the birthing woman. I am happy to prepare food and drinks for you and your partner during and after labor, help siblings integrate (if necessary) and assist with cleanup after the birth. This allows you to relax and enjoy your new little one and not stress about what needs to be done.

Childbirth Education Certifications

  • I have an incredible resource for an amazing one day intensive birth class as well as recommendations for other classes around the valley and online.

Breastfeeding Certifications

  • Completed Breastfeeding Basics Training through DONA. I am a huge advocate for breastfeeding. I successfully breastfeed all four of my children. I am happy to provide you with resources for your breastfeeding needs.

Other Relevant Certifications

  • TENS Unit Certification and Holding Space for Pregnancy Loss Course

College Education

  • AA/AS

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Cesarean birth
  • Clients on bed rest
  • Expected stillbirth
  • Families conceiving with ART and IVF
  • High risk
  • Home Birth
  • Induced and high medical technology labor & birth
  • Prematurity
  • Survivors of childhood sexual abuse
  • Teens
  • Twins
  • VBAC
  • Waterbirth
  • Women and Families of Color

Special Services Offered

  • Acupressure
  • Aromatherapy
  • Bereavement doula (pregnancy & infant loss)
  • Pregnancy, birth and/or newborn photography
  • Reduced rates for women considering adoption
  • TENS units rental

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

I volunteer my services for teen moms through Mom's Place at Neighborhood Ministries.

Languages spoken: English

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Area of practice: Phoenix, AZ
Travel Range: 45 Miles

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Client Testimonials for Noleen Thurman CD(DONA) & Birth Photographer

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Sarolta Gulyas

We just moved into town  so I knew I needed to have a doula to help during labor so we hired Noleen. She had not only provided doula services but also offered birth photography. When my water broke I texted her and then called her to let her know that I was going to give birth on that day. She was very confident, calming and knowledgeable about anything I was asking. Plus, she was kind, self confident and determinate how and what to say in order to help me get through some of the worst contractions. Noleen stayed with us long after our son was born showing me how well she was committed to our son's birth.

A week later on the postpartum visit the beautiful photos about the birth of our son were given to us by her.

We had an amazing labor experience because of Noleen was with us.

I'd highly recommend her!! Thanks for being available when we really needed you!


Posted 10/9/2017

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Courtney Cornelius

My wife and I are so thankful Noleen was part of our support team. She is calm and very knowledgeable. She made sure we knew our options and helped guide us when the decisions got hard. My birth wasn’t what we had planned, but she walked through the entire process with us and made sure we understood what was going on. Her presence during labor is perfect. Peaceful and reassuring but not overbearing. We couldn’t be happier with Noleen and even gained a bonus with her birth photography. She will be our first call when baby #2 comes along. Thank you Noleen! We love and appreciate the place you had in our birth story.

Posted 10/9/2017

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Kelly Ezell

I was very excited that I hired Noleen to be apart of my birth team. With our first meeting we connected immediately. While I had a broad idea of my home birth plan, she helped me improve and fill in the fine details of a great plan. When my home birth did not work out, Noleen was able to be extremely flexible for a hospital birth. While at the hospital she helped guide my husband theough the complicated support process of a first time birth.  I really enjoyed how we were able  use her as a sounding board for advice on how to advocate for ourselves in the hospital. She was also really great at helping me relax with massages and showing me excellent techniques in breathing and birth ball during labor. Throughout time in the hospital I really felt like Noleen cared and always was looking out for my best interest. On top of all the help that she gave, Noleen was also a wonderful photographer. She captured my time in the hospital beautifully. If you want somone that cares, will go the extra mile, and has a wonderful eye for photographs I recommend hiring Noleen as your doula. 

Posted 10/8/2017

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Amanda Lauck Bryant

As a first time mom with a Type A Personality I wanted to be well prepared for childbirth. In addition to childbirth classes hiring a doula seemed like a good idea, but I felt conflicted about making the decision to hire one. Both my husband and I wanted to be sure it was worth the expense and that the person we hired would truly be supportive of our wishes. I was also concerned a doula might be too "hippy-dippy." After speaking with Noleen, I was impressed by her knowledge and felt that the information and support she provided was evidence-based. So we decided to hire her. Around 34 weeks our baby fell behind in growth. This wasn't too concerning for me, since I am small myself. But when it happened again in week 39, I was concerned and felt it was probably best to agree to an induction. This was something I had been dreading and praying would not happen. With less than 48 hours to a scheduled induction I informed Noleen of what was going on and she provided me with information about my options. She recommended trying a natural remedy to start labor. The next morning I tried it in a last ditch effort to avoid an induction the following day. In four hours labor began and our baby arrived just three hours later. With things moving so quickly it was comforting to have someone to speak to when I wasn't completely certain of what was going on. While Noleen was not present for the birth due to our babies swift arrival, I was glad to have Noleen reassuring me when labor started. Noleen met us at the hospital and took beautiful photographs. In retrospect, I can say that I am relieved and happy I hired Noleen. Without her recommendation I could have ended up with a medical induction and other unnecessary interventions. 

Posted 10/8/2017

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Jennifer Sweeten

Noleen is truly a sweet soul and wonderful advocate for the birth of your little one! I highly recommend using Noleen as your birth Doula and photographer.

I had a very difficult road with the birth of my daughter, Paisley, requiring  an unwanted C-section. I endured threats and bullying by my OB and  hospital in areas of the hospital Noleen was prohibited by the facility from accessing. Noleen helped talk my husband and I through what to expect prior to  my C-section, hugged me when I needed it and held my hand when I received information that I had difficulty processing. 

When we arrived in our postpartum room with our gorgeous little girl; Noleen captured beautiful pictures of Paisley and our family. After our family left she helped my husband and I process the difficult day we had, assisted me with breastfeeding and helped us celebrate being new parents. The time we had with Noleen was priceless!

Noleen kept in contact with us via phone and text. She provided us with many ah-mazing resources before and after the birth! The most valuable resources we received were: to a Pediatric Certified Chiropractor and lactation consultant. The chiropractor helped fix some skeletal issues with our baby. The lactation consultant came to our house and was  incredibly knowledgable.

Noleen came to our house a few days after we were settled back at home. She helped us again process the birth of my daughter, let me discuss my  disappointments in the hospital and with my OB, helped us celebrate our gorgeous baby, provided us with additional resources and our ah-mazing birth photos. Being able to process my dissapointments allowed me thr ability to move forward and enjoy my beautiful baby girl. 

I highly recommend using Noleen as your birth Doula and photographer. Her knowlege and compassion are priceless! Best of luck with the birth of your precious new baby!


Posted 9/25/2017

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Yana Rudnev

So glad I was able to have Noleen as my doula for my first birth. There are just so many things you have no idea about, going into your first labor and delivery, that having someone who is extremely familiar with what to expect and that's "natural" minded, is incredibly reassuring and calming for a new mama-to-be like me.

Although I didn't get to labor at home with Noleen like I had hoped to with my birth plan (my water broke right away and I was GBS positive), I was glad I could have Noleen there for when I did finally reach active labor and needed someone there to ground me and help me focus on breathing and staying calm and making sure my birth plan was being followed.. The lower back massage was extremely helpful too! And having her there to bounce ideas with (knowing she has been to many L&D's) helped me a lot when it came to making decisions on how I want to move forward (when my labor stalled)

In the end I had to get pitocin followed by epidural followed by a very fast dilation and delivery and it was just so great to have Noleen there leading up to that point for support and capturing crazy amazing moments from there on out. 

Noleen was a perfect doula and I'm so glad I hired her, last minute and all. Totally worth it. Made my birth experience that much more special and the fear of the unknown that much less intense (and I was a complete scaredy cat!).

Thanks a million, Noleen!

Posted 9/6/2017

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Amanda Bennett

I had the amazing and unexpected privilege of having Noleen as my doula! She stepped in for my doula during the final hours of my labor - when I was feeling spent and afraid. She met my husband and I at the hospital and instantly became the reassuring, peaceful, joy-filled, and hope-filled presence that I needed. Noleen coached me through each contraction, all the while encouraging me with affirmations of strength and reassuring me that the end was in sight! When it came time to have my water broken, Noleen gave gentle suggestions and allowed my husband and I time to contemplate our options. When it came time to push, Noleen continued to be an encouragment as I squeezed her hand with each push. I will forever cherish the pictures Noleen captured following the birth! We are so incredibly thankful for Noleen's support! I can't imagine our birth experience any other way! 

Posted 7/30/2017

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Jessica Gunnoe

The first time I brought up hiring a doula my husband was completely opposed.  He said it might have made sense to do for our first or second births, but this was our 5th baby and he thought he would feel totally uncomfortable having a stranger present.  Until he met Noleen. She was calm, logical, gently assertive and relatable.  Any time I had a question that she didn't know she quickly reached out and found not one, but several possible options to provide me with ample resources to make my own decisions. The most treasured part of my experience with Noleen were the beautiful pictures she captured.  The last part of the birth went from managable to completely out of control and fast and furious, so I was in daze of shock, love and joy immediately after. Noleen swiftly and silently wandered around completely unnoticed snapping the most precious moments of our family. It wasn't until our post-partum visit after that I even realized she had done it!  And it certainly wasn't until she presented me with the images that I realized how gifted she was with photography too. Noleen will be a blessing to your birth!

Posted 5/18/2016

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Emma Zimmerman

As a first time parents, it's hard to imagine what kind of help you will need during labor. We thought a few birth classes and a book or two were all we needed. However, after the birth of our son, my husband and I keep wondering what would we have done without our amazing doula Noleen! 

Noleen helped me achieve my dream of a natural birth by helping me tap into a strength I didn't know I had. Her coaching style was gentle and firm, giving me just what I needed to get through each contraction. Whether it was a positive mantra or a massage technique or suggesting a new laboring position- she kept me calm and in the zone.

Noleen is also an incredible photographer and having photos from our baby's birth is so beautiful. 

We would hire Noleen for future births without a second thought! 

Posted 5/9/2016

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Kelly Dever

I cannot say enough about how priceless Noleen has been to me! I am so thankful that I have had her in my corner.. She is so professional & knowledgeable, but also incredibly kind & supportive, & she sincerely cares for the well being of you & your baby.

Noleen really was there for me whenever I needed her, & even now, 2 weeks after birth she is still checking in with me & making sure that baby & I are doing well. There were a lot of last minute stressors for me due to certain circumstances that popped up, & she was so wonderful every time about calming my anxiety & immediately putting me in touch with the right people, & helping me get everything in order for the birth that I hoped for! Noleen was so great about understanding the things that were important to me & doing everything in her power to make it happen. There was such a sense of security knowing that when I was overwhelmed, Noleen was there for me - & it is such a comfort knowing that she still is, as I find my way as a new mommy in these first few weeks.

I just could not be more grateful to her! I can't wait for the time when I'm ready for baby number 2, & you can bet that Noleen will be one of the first people I call! I can't imagine doing this without her. Noleen really is the ideal doula, not to mention the perfect birth photographer (I cherish the beautiful photos she took of our new little family right after birth), & just an amazing woman all around. Anyone wanting to have the support of a doula would be so lucky to have Noleen! :)

Posted 4/11/2016

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Mary Kaech

As a first-time mom, the help I received from Noleen before, during and after my baby's birth was invaluable to me. During pregnancy, she connected me with helpful resources so I could inform myself and feel confident in the choices my husband and I were making for our daughter and ourselves. During the labor and birth, her calm, stable presence as someone who has been there and whose expertise I trusted made my experience so much better. I was surprised to find her assistance more comforting than my husband's (he tried, but I could hear the fear in his voice--Noleen didn't have that fear). She provided great comfort to him, too, when he became worried about how the birth was going (we had some complications at the end but Noleen's reassurance that it was OK really helped my husband). A few days after the birth, Noleen visited us at home to see how we were doing and offer more resources and advice--so helpful. She also gave us some photos she had taken of our baby's first minutes outside the womb, as well as a write-up of the birth story. I don't want to imagine this journey without Noleen and highly recommend her to every pregnant woman! 

Posted 4/9/2016

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Wayne Klug

We searched for a doula and found Noleen on In our initial meeting with her we were very impressed with her knowledge, organization and professionalism. We assessed that she would be of great valuable help to us in our labor and delivery and we promptly hired her. Prior to delivery, she met with us to help us think through our birth preferences and contingency plan for anything that might not go as planned. She was also readily available by phone or text and offered prompt, useful help in the days leading up to delivery.


When it was time to go in to the hospital Noleen immediately met us. We were admitted to the hospital shortly thereafter and she stayed with us through the entire delivery. Through the exhaustion and pain she offered excellent advice and coaching on breathing, visualization, laboring positions, and emotional support for both Mom & Dad. She also suggested that we use a TENS unit to help with pain which we found to be effective in early labor.


Our birth preferences were unable to fully be met; at the advice of the doctors we had to make a few changes. Noleen helped us pragmatically think through our options instead of making decisions based on our emotions in the moment. 


Following delivery she helped with the intial breast feeding. She also took a number of priceless photos of baby Emily, Mom & Dad. She met with us a few days after delivery to ensure that Mom and baby were were doing well with recovery and with breast feeding. At this time she also read to us the birth story she wrote and shared the photos she took. This experience brought us to tears - she captured every important moment of the labor and delivery - in ways that we were too exhausted and distracted to fully appreciate. 

If you are looking for a great, knowledgeable, professional and caring doula, we wholeheartedly recommend Noleen Thurman.

Posted 3/7/2016

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Kelly Stewart

Having Noleen by my side for the birth of my second son was helpful in so many ways. My birth was fast and she arrived within a half hour of being notified. She wasted no time, and with the first contraction was speaking in a calming voice reminding me to relax and applying counter pressure to my back. She allowed me to labor in whatever position was most comfortable and made sure I was making low sounds through each contraction. Her photos of my birth turned out beautiful, even with low lighting as my birth was at night. She knows how to shoot from different angles to maximize what lighting she has available. The birth story she provided is the perfect reminder of the timeline of the birth written from her perspective.  I am so grateful for the role she played in the birth of my son and would highly recommend her to anyone seeking a birth photographer and doula.

Posted 2/25/2016

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Sara Kreis

We met Noleen a number of hours into labor as our doula had 2 women go into labor at the same time. She arrived quickly- even on short notice - and was well prepared (side note: the peppermint oil especially was great for nausea). In addition to supporting me, she made sure my husband had opportunities to rest or eat so he could be alert and involved when the baby was born. She also gave some helpful pointers on breastfeeding and took some pictures for us as well.

Of all the decisions regarding giving birth, whether or not to hire a doula (and, if so, which one) is one of the most influential in the overall tone of the experience. I would strongly recommend hiring a doula if at all possible and would have no reservations in recommending Noleen.

Posted 2/15/2016

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Liz Smith

Our experience with Noleen was truly amazing! At the beginning of our birth journey, we didn't know how valuable a doula was and we are so glad we hired Noleen! She was there every step of the way up until our birth and after.  She was a huge support to us, including my husband because he was able to focus on me through every contraction as well.  Noleen's presence there was peaceful and calming, she encouraged me the entire process of labor and supported me in every way.  When she came for the post partum visit, she captured our birth story with a beautifully written story and wonderful photos.  I highly recommend Noleen!! 

Posted 1/14/2016

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Allison Nagle Williams

For our second birth we were confident we wanted to have a doula a second time because we had such a great experience with our first son.  Noleen has a calming, yet strong presence.  She was available by text and phone to answer lots of pregnancy and postpartum questions even weeks after my delivery.  She was a great support to my husband and I in the hospital and advocated our wishes to hospital nurses when we were focused on the delivery.  While she was so present with us, she was not too much of a presence...she allowed the bonding to be between my husband and I, but was there at the right moments when we needed her most during our awesome laboring at home and delivery at the hospital.  She has great raport with hospital staff and I would recommend her in any setting.  Thank you Noleen!  

Posted 1/10/2016

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Hilary Cutright

I do not have enough words to express how amazing it was having Noleen as my doula! This was my third baby and first doula experience. I had severe Hyperemesis Gravidarum the entire pregnancy and was on home IVs 3x a day. I was hospitalized multiple times and only had perinatologists. I knew I wouldn't know who was delivering me and I needed the stability and support from a doula. Also my husband had been less than helpful in my previous births so I needed someone for me. My goal was another unmedicated birth and Noleen helped make that possible. She texted me often and with my bed rest she even offered to help with my kids or run errands. The kindness and support above and beyond was amazing. During my long labor and scary birth she was encouraging, supportive and amazing. She gave me strength and courage and also helped my husband. he seemed to use her as a guide on good ways to support me so he ended up more helpful. I had an emergency after birth with a hemorrhage and placenta accreta, my husband took the baby and Noleen went all the way down to the OR with me. She waited for my surgery to be done and kept in contact with my husband in the nursery, that reassurance was priceless to him. Once I was out she went up to the nursery and gave my husband a potty break and remained with him until I was in a room. I was hospitalized for a long time and she checked on me often. I wish I'd had her at my previous births! Even though I had some crazy circumstances she made it all easier on me and my husband and put us both at ease. She was also very helpful with being available for questions and concerns. I recommend her to anyone! Her personality fit with us so well, very calm and comforting. My husband couldn't have handled a 'spirited' doula haha. If I can guide anyone else in their choice of Noleen I would happily do so! If I have another baby she will be one of my first calls. Thank you Noleen for being my doula!!!. 

Posted 10/14/2015

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April Lam

Noleen was an incredible asset to my birth, she met with me prior to ask important questions as well as to support my preferences for my birth plan. She is highly knowledgable and very "non-judgemental" when it comes to prefrences and decisions made in regards to the birth plan/labor.

This was my second birth with Noleen. Both of my labors were very hard, I had some complications and required c-section deliveries, she made all the difference in supporting myself and my husband both physically and emotionally during the laboring process and as well as processing the births afterward.

I appreciate the gentle and confident presence Noleen offers as a doula. I would reccomend her support for any birth, in any venue, whether it is a home birth, birth center, hospital, VBAC. My husband always says how grateful he was to have her support during my labors, and he advocates for the use of doulas in the labor/birthing process because he experienced the advantages and support of having Noleen as our doula. I say this also as a RN and former doula myself, so I know my expectations were high going in and she exceeded them.


Thank you Noleen!

Posted 9/30/2015

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E. A.

I knew I liked Noleen right from the start. Her passion and enthusiasm for all that is birth was apparent right away. She has such respect and appreciation for the birthing process that it made it so easy to be comfortable around her during such a vulnerable time.
Noleen was right on top of setting aside time during my pregnancy to answer all my questions, provide resources, and to cover everything I envisioned for my upcoming experience. She was always quick to respond to any texts I sent her way as I prepped for my upcoming labor.
As my contractions started up, I was so worried about jumping the gun though and having my birth team show up for it to be false labor that I was very hesitant to have Noleen come over until I was positive it was the real deal. She patiently put up with my texts throughout the late hours until at about 4am when I finally agreed that I was indeed in labor and that she could come on over. She immediately replied and was on her way.
She set right to work in providing counter pressure as my contractions continued. From that first contraction with her on, everything became much more manageable. I knew I could leave everything else up to her and focus solely on birthing my baby. She was there to offer suggestions on positions as needed and to ensure I was taking care of my basic needs as well. She offered great suggestions and was also very willing to listen to me and respected anything I did or did not want. Even amidst the unexpected tension of my baby’s heart rate dropping faster than I could get her out, Noleen remained calm, supportive and focused through it all.
For anyone considering a doula, I would highly recommend Noleen. She is very professional, knowledgeable, punctual, consistent, down to earth, a great listener, and such a positive energy. I wouldn’t hesitate to have her at my next birth, and I would highly recommend her to anyone else looking for a doula.

Posted 9/25/2015

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Luba Ranski

Noleen was amazing throughout the whole labor (36 hours). she stood by my side, gave me a lot of support and never let go. She always gave me kind words, massages, she made the room smell good, gave me peppermint to smell, walked with me ,etc. I would have never believe she would carry all of those things with her or have the energy to stand by side all that tim. Noleen was amazing. I would recommend her to everyone.

Posted 9/24/2015

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Nikki Villegas

From day one, Noleen has been a calming, supportive, and loving presence for both my husband and I. Her confidence, knowledge, kindness, and think of everthinh personality is just what we needed. We we 2 hours out of town on our honeymoon and just 33 weeks into our pregnancy when I went into labor. My placenta was detaching and they had to do an emergency c-section. My baby boy was helicopter to Saint Joe's hospital in Phoenix and my husband trove down immediately to be with my baby. Noline drove through a huge storm in Phoenix two hours to get to me at the hospital so I wasn't alone first night. I'm not sure what I would've done without her. She was such a loving and calm presence during the scariest event of my life. She immediately help me start pumpin, engaging with my nurses, and helping me not only process but set up a schedule. She was always one step ahead of the nurses with what I needed from a toothbrush after I threw up to a personal fan and cooling towel around my neck to deodorant. She was there. The most important thing she did for my family was deliver my first pump of colostrum to my newly born miracle just in time. We are forever grateful to know that even though we were separated at birth my son has only ever had my breastmilk. Thank you for loving and serving us so well Noleen.

Posted 9/7/2015

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Neil Sweeney

Amazing Doula! Supportive through the the entire process. She is very dedicated and encouraging to help you reach your goals, even when they change mid-labor. I could not imagine going through this without her! Thank you Noleen, we love you!

Posted 7/16/2015

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Simone Rogers

I knew the moment that I met Noleen that she would be my doula for the birth of my daughter in June. She was friendly, compassionate and assertive. I needed someone with those qualities as my doula because I needed the gentle care yet the assertive nature to be quick minded in case of emergency or able to articulate my needs to others.

Noleen's competent and confident demeanor is important in a situation where as a mom you can at times feel helpless and out of control. She is able to calm you and focus you. I would hire her again with my next baby!

Posted 6/30/2015

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