$35 to $40
6 years and 72 births attended
6 years and 87 families served
Type of practice: Solo practice
Clients per month: 1 to 2 births and 1 to 2 postpartum families
Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
I'm happy to support you wherever you choose to give birth. In addition to continuous labor and birth support, I provide two to three antepartum visits where we can get to know each other, discuss a birth plan and practice relaxation techniques. I also offer one or two post partum visits and up to a month of 24/7 on call time, including texting and emailing with questions and resource referrals.
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
I used to work for a birth center in Chicago and love these births!
Attends home births? Any Home Birth
I attend all home births with a midwife. I am currently training as a home birth midwife, so this is my passion!
I first became a Birthing and Postpartum Doula as well as Certified Breastfeeding Peer Counselor through a year of AmeriCorps service, where I had the privilege of working with pregnant people from around the world. My national service gave me a strong foundation in reproductive rights and has grounded my understanding of birth work in issues of equity and empowerment. Following my year as an AmeriCorps Service Member, I worked as a doula, childbirth educator, and breastfeeding counselor at the PCC Wellness, Illinois' first freestanding birth center. I am currently studying to become a midwife (CPM) at Birthwise Midwifery School.
The birth fee covers a minimum of two prenatal visits, unlimited phone, text and email communication throughout your pregnancy, continuous support throughout labor and birth, the use of my TENS machine in labor, and one postpartum visit.
Somerville, MA Service range 40 miles
Our family adores Adele, and highly recommends her to anyone needing support post-partum.
Adele began working for us as a nanny when our son was 12 weeks old, up until he was 20 months and started toddler preschool. Adele is magical with babies (and toddlers, for any older siblings you might have). Her presence is gentle and *always* non anxious, no matter what challenges are happening. She respects babies as full people the minute they are born, and will always tell the baby slowly what is doing to/with their body to care for them, which is a way of showing respect and also increasing language acquisition.
Adele has a communication style with babies where she names their feelings and connects with them in whatever they are experiencing, especially when it is hard. She has incredible patience to just be with the feeling, which is a poweful message for any of us to learn. Our son has learned that feelings are safe to have and that they pass - and thanks to Adele's modeling, my husband and I have been ever better at just supporting our son in his feelings instead of trying to fix them or distract him.
Adele helped us with laundry, dishes, and cooking, and loved our dog which was a big plus. I have loved having her around - she was a confidant and support to me during a rough post-partum year that included a me struggling with a terrible bought of depression. I always felt safe telling her what was happening, and I always ALWAYS felt good handing my son over to her when I needed to go to work. My husband and I highly recommend her for post-partum doula support. She will care beautifully for your baby and for you.
Adele was a real blessing! We only got in touch about a week before my due date, and met the evening of the delivery, but Adele was invaluable! We had a smooth natural birth with only a few painful moments, and Adele was there to guide and ground us every step of the way, through the early morning hours! (She even had my husband drive us all to the hospital in her car!) We feel truly blessed and grateful to have met her!
Adele supported me through the delivery of my son in Aug 2018, and I cannot imagine having done it without her! Her preparatory visits later in pregnancy were incredibly helpful during the emotional journey of pregnancy, and the discussions with her about medical decisions helped me better advocate for myself during the labor/delivery experience and those skills continue to help me advocate for myself and my child to this day. One thing I really respect is that she has strong opinions, and expresses them, but gives you the space to formulate your own and supports whatever you decide. During the labor and delivery itself she was an invaluable support person for both my husband and me, and stayed with me during a particularly challenging repair, allowing my husband to focus on the baby while ensuring I had emotional support.
I could not be more grateful that Adele was the person guiding me through my pregnancy and labor and delivery. While I was pregnant, I had a lot of conflicting feelings about what I wanted from my birth experience. All of the options felt overwhelming and I was getting too much advice from too many people. It was hard for me to know what was actually going to be best for me. As soon as we started meeting with Adele, all of that anxiety began to dissipate. Adele guided me through all of my options in such a clear and thoughtful way, always without judgemnt. She asked all of the right questions, helping me articulate what was most important to me and what I needed to feel most supported. By the time I went into labor, I felt so comfortable with Adele and had complete trust in the process because she was by my side.
When I went into labor, Adele's calm and confident presence carried us through. At every turn she had suggestions for positions and techniques to help me through contractions. When we got to the hospital she was a strong advocate for me, making sure I got the best care possible. Even during labor, Adele was able to calmly and slowly explain things to me, making sure that I was making informed decisions at every point. Adele was also an amazing support to my husband throughout the entire process. She knew how to help him support me and got him involved in ways we would never have thought of. We really felt like a team. Adele is also extremely skilled at maintaining wonderful energy, even under stress.
We absolutely loved working with Adele and highly recommend her as a doula! She is incredibly knowledgable, warm, and confident; a combination that is rare to find!
Adele attended the birth of our first child and supported us as postpartum doula. We decided to get doula support as our families are not available for local support. It was one of the best decisions we have made after the one to have a child in the first place. Our son was born at Mt Auburn Hospital, Cambridge, MA. With Adele’s support I managed to give birth in a natural way, almost in the way I envisioned it to go. She and my husband were a wonderful team, very encouraging and full of ideas and strategies to help me cope with the contractions. She is very objective, calm and unobtrusive and considered all our wishes and concerns.
The two prenatal visits were useful to get to know each other well beforehand and discuss pregnancy and birth related topics. The visits were instrumental for me in addition to general birth preparation classes to be able to evaluate my options and formulate my birth preferences. Adele works together with a ‘backup’ doula, who joined for one prenatal visit and came to the hospital with us in the beginning, so that it was sure that one of the two was there when we arrived. Adele arrived soon after and stayed with us for the entire time during labor and birth at the hospital.
Adele was available for us by phone, text and in person before and after the birth of our son. The postpartum visits were easy to schedule and very useful to have. She showed us a very effective and easy way of swaddling our infant. Using that technique it ended up being easy to put our son to sleep, when he needed to in the beginning and allowed us, the parents, to get some rest too. She helped me in figuring out comfortable nursing positions. She provided advise and encouragement also on many other aspects of infant care and took over the supervision of our little one a few times, so that we could take a shower or nap. Further she encouraged me to reflect on my birth experience and thus helped me to put everything into perspective.
Adele served us as a postpartum doula. When I first spoke with Adele, she mentioned what that could entail and I was overjoyed with her vast range of skills and willingness to help out in any way possible. Over time, I think we came to utilize her in every way she mentioned...running errands, getting groceries, cooking meals, cleaning, infant care, massages, breastfeeding support, advice, adult conversation and providing a genuine friendship as well. I think Adele provides a unique experience in the broad scope of her work as well as her grounded encouragement. i had very mixed emotions about outgrowing a postpartum doula as I came to really look forward to her visits but also realized I no longer depended on them. Adele gave me the confidence to know that I could manage on my own. And in the end, she still graviously offered to help again if needed or just serve as a resource. My family was grateful to be in her care!
Adele was a significant part of my birth experienc...she volunteered to be an intern doula along with 2 other doulas. I was grateful for her presence first off preparing for my birth since she seemed to know exactly what to say to my husband to help him feel part of this very tight women circle, which was extremely important to me. She also had a lot of practical advice and experience to draw from in terms of hospital rituals around birth. This prepared me very well since I was looking for a very personalized intimate birth experience and needed to know what authorities were like, do's and dont's, etc.
came labour, Adele was very solid and physically as well as emotionaly strong. She was flexible and acomodating around my needs anx very aware of where I was at in the momen. Her presence was reassuring to me and my husband and she also knew when to step back.
Several weeks after my son Oz was born, Adele came by with some food and good energies to see how we were doing...
i feel blessed to have shared my birth experience with Adele and to have been supported by her! I hope you get to do the same...
Adele is patient, sincere, and solid. As an AmeriCorps at our community clinic, she decided to attend births with women who needed support. She found her own training, including lactation, did her own promotion, and, most importantly, kept every promise to every woman. She was a volunteer, yet she found backup for when she might not be available. Amazimg care amd commitment. The women were all grateful for Adele's smart, warm support.
Giving birth may be the singular most exhilarating, frightening, and intimate moment in a person’s life. Adele was the woman we chose to facilitate our birth process and this was a choice that profoundly enriched our experience. I was scared. My partner was scared. We did not know what to expect, nor did we feel prepared to meet the challenges that we knew lay ahead. I met Adele 2 months before the birth and she became involved in our process right away. She attended appointments with me, helped me prepare birthing/laboring techniques in advance, offered to do tours of the hospital with me, and was on call starting at my 36th week. I had an extremely difficult labor/birth process with many scary moments that we didn’t expect or understand. Adele guided us through this process with a gentle grace that was essential to the feeling of safety and support that every woman giving birth deserves. Adele was the first person to notice (very early on in the process) that my labor symptoms indicated our baby was sunny side up, which complicated the process. Aside from the physical comfort and support that Adele provided through multiple massages, exercises and verbal affirmations, it was also clear that Adele understood the birth process, and expressed this knowledge, in a way that was not sterile, without using generalizations or assumptions based on previous experiences. We were in labor for 34 hours, through all the hospital shift changes, new nurses, new midwives, Adele was our constant. She made sure that every new nurse was informed at my progress at a time when I could not advocate for myself. She expressed her knowledge and compassion in a way that felt intimate and personal. From beginning to end Adele let us know that she was there for us. Aside from her wonderful contributions to the birth of our daughter, she is just a funny warm, unique individual who was a pleasure to have in the delivery room!
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