Birth Fee: $650
Fee Details: Lila's doula services include a free initial meeting, 2 prenatal meetings, an on call period beginning two weeks prior to her clients' due date, continuous birth support and a post-partum visit. Lila's passion is informing and empowering women and their partners during their pregnancy and labor by providing evidence-based information and emotional and physical support. She wants her clients to feel confident that they understand their options and are making choices with agency. She listens to and addresses their concerns, understanding that their birth experience is an extraordinary and deeply moving life event. Lila's clients' safety and satisfaction in those intimate moments are her priority. Lila has a M.S. and a Ph.D. in the sciences and she uses her research skills and scientific background both to the advantage of her clients and to promote a positive image of women, highlighting the body's natural and inherent ability to birth and nourish a child.
Birth Doula Experience: 4 years
Not SpecifiedType of Practice: Solo practice
Clients per Month: 1 to 2Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Languages spoken: English
Service Area MapArea of practice: Saint Stephens Church, VA
I gave birth to a beautiful baby boy November 19, 2014. I contacted Lila (from the recommendation of a friend) and upon meeting, we connected. I immediately felt at ease and comfortable, as if I knew her for years. I expressed to her my issues and situation and without missing a beat, I knew I had a lifetime friend. I want to pursue a natural birth, at home even. But when I was told I had gestational diabetes, I knew things might change a bit for me. Lila was there every step of the way. Sending daily, weekly, and monthly checks; she even drove to meet with me at my house a few times to ensure I was ready (mentally, physcially, and emotionally). I cannot express how good it felt to have someone solely in your corner... listening to your wants and needs when it came to bringing a life into this world.
I remember the night I went into labor... it was late, around 9 pm and I contacted her that I thought my mucus plug came out. She told me to lay down and try to get some rest (she later told me she knew I would go into labor that night).... 3 hours later, my water broke. I called her panicking because my water had a brownish/greenish tint to it. She said I had no choice to go to the hospital (our birth plan was to try to labor at home as long as possible). Lila lived about 2 hours from me and arrived in a speedy manner and did not leave my side (I labored for almost 24 hours)... She is definitely a CATERER!! I remember after giving birth, she came and visited me to ensure I was lacatating properly and mentally well. She even brought me some fresh veggies from her garden. My son is almost 3 and a half, and I still feel like if I ever have an issue or need assistance, Lila is simply a phone call away. She was not only my doula, she will be my forever friend and I'm forever grateful! Thank you Dr. Pierce
From the start, Lila was very supportive of what my husband and myself wanted out of our birth. She never pushed her own thoughts/opinions on us as other doulas had when we interviewed them. She was available by text even when it wasn't my on call time and offered a lot of support during my pregnancy. During my labor, Lila arrived and jumped right in to offer my husband some rest. She rubbed my back and encouraged me that I could have the natural birth I wanted. When things did not go as planned and my husband and I made the decision to use Pitocin, Lila supported us. She encouraged me constantly and offered relief methods to help ease my labor pains. When the pain was becoming severe, Lila continuously offered me encouragement and relief methods and reminded me of what I had said prior to labor of not wanting an epidural no matter what. She advocated for what I wanted even up until the end to remind the doctor that I did not want the cord cut until after it stopped pulsating. She was amazing. She has a kindness to her and warmth that made my husband and I feel so comfortable. If I had to do it all over again, I would choose Lila again.
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