Birth Fee: $1000 to $1500
Postpartum Rate: $25 to $35
Birth Doula Experience: 10 years
Postpartum Doula Experience: 10 years
Not SpecifiedType of Practice: Group practice with shared call schedule
Service Area MapArea of practice: Chicago, IL
Sam was the doula for all three of my kids. From pregnancy to labor and delivery, she was an excellent source of information and calm energy. She helped provide additional information to what my OB and midwives gave me in between appointments, she was able to refer to me to additional resources when requested (chiropractor, acupuncture, etc), and helped educate me on possible outcomes and situations. Because of her overwhelming knowledge and experience, neither I - nor my husband - would want to have a baby without Sam!
I went into my first birth not wondering if I wanted to or could deliver naturally, but with an intense needle and hospital phobia, I knew I had to try. She was supportive of my decision to learn about Hypnobirthing, even educating herself on the method so she could make sure she knew what my process was. I felt completely confident staying at home with Sam until the last possible minute, knowing she would get us to the hospital safely, and was monitoring my health and the baby's safety the entire time. She did, my first was born just 45 min after getting to apprentice, my third just 11 minutes (although I don't recommend that! :)).
When we found our my second needed to be induced immediately at my 38 week appointment, Sam was there to help me manage the process, allowing for as little intervention as possible while still keeping my son and I safe. On pitocin, I was still able to deliver my son without an epidural - because Sam physically held me for two hours while I labored in the shower at the hospital. She was soaking wet and the only words out of her mouth were support and encouragement.
You don't hire Sam because you know exactly how/when/why/where you want to have your baby. You hire Sam because when you realize your baby has an agenda of their own, Sam is the best possible person to have at your side to navigate where life takes you.
I wanted to hire a doula because I was a first time mom and had heard so many hospital horror stories from other FTMs. My husband and I met with Samantha during my first trimester and she answered our questions and put us at ease about the whole process. I had a pretty smooth pregnancy up until late in my third trimester. Samantha was there every step of the way including a scheduled (and subsequently cancelled c-section) at 39 weeks. She helped me through 20 hours of unmedicated labor/failed induction that ended in an unscheduled c-section at 41 weeks. My labor didn’t go according to plan, but my baby boy and I are both healthy and I am happy with my experience. Samantha was informative and supportive throughout and we are all thankful she was there to advocate and advise.
Ida and Windy CIty Doulas were incredible support during my pregnancy and birth. Ida was warm, laidback, and easy to communicate with. As my pregnancy dragged on (and on and on to 42 weeks) Ida provided invaluable input and emotional support. My husband and I cannot imagine having gone through my long labor without her support. When we get to baby #2 we'll definitely be back.
We worked with Samantha and Windy City Doulas for the preparation and birth of both of our children. Samantha provided invaluable advice leading up to our deliveries, helped us advocate for ourselves during the delivery, and assisted us post partum with sleeping and placenta encapsulation. What I appreciated most about Samantha is that she clearly explained our options and various approaches, and then supported the (then informed) decision we made. I think some women think if they are planning a birth that is not 100 percent "natural" (whatever that means!) a doula is not for them. In our case, both births involved pitocin and an elected epidural, and Samantha was right by my side and encouraged me to have the birth that was right for me. When we found out we were expecting our second child, my husband almost immediately asked, "We're calling Samantha, right?" Thanks Windy City Doulas for being such an important part of our child's lives!
I can’t imagine my deliveries without Sam! She was there for both of my deliveries and provided the utmost support to me and my husband throughout the entire pregnancy and labor process. For my first born, she provided such helpful tips leading up to the deliver. When I went into labor, she came to my home in the middle of the night to provide care and help progress my labor. She sat with me until it was time to go the hospital, and when we got there, coached me through the labor and delivery process every step of the way (over 12 hours of dedicated time). As a new mom, she also provided a lot of support afterward with breastfeeding and wellness checks at my home. For my 2nd born, I had a grueling 34-hour labor. I labored at home until she recommended we leave. We all thought that since it was my 2nd baby, the progression would be very quick once I reached 7 cm. However, when we got to the hospital at 3:30pm and it wasn’t until 5am, the baby came. Sam was with me EVERY step of the way providing endless energy, ideas to get labor to progress and encouragement to help me thru it. And in the end, I was able to have the natural delivery I wanted despite wanting to give up many times. In addition to the 2nd labor and delivery, I also had found out my baby was breech at 32 weeks and Sam was chalk full of knowledge in ways to get my baby to turn on its own and provided names of doctors who would deliver a breech baby. In the end, the baby turned using version technique and I was able to delivery normally. In addition, Sam encapsulated my placenta both times. There is no question I would recommend her and the wonderful services she provides as a doula. I wish all women could have this option for their deliveries!
Samantha is an absolutely amazing doula, resource and night nurse. I was immediately comfortable with her and she was very helpful in preparing me for what to expect during the birthing process. I was extremely grateful to have Samantha when things did not go exactly as planned - at 38W my doctors found that the baby was breech. It was wonderful to have Samantha as a resource to help talk me through the various methods to try to flip him around so that we could do a natural birth, as I had wanted. When all of that did not work, Samantha was very flexible in transferring credit for her doula fee (which we did not need as I had a C-section, although she offered to be there for the surgery if I wanted) to night nursing credit. While I was in the hospital and my baby was having some weight loss issues, Samantha was incredibly responsive - texting with me and offering suggestions to speak with the hospital staff about that I would have never known to ask. I felt so happy to have someone who I trusted to ask questions to and who knew what I wanted and gave me the knowledge to advocate for me and my baby in an informed and productive way.
Samantha did night nursing for us for the first four nights back from the hospital and every few nights for the next few weeks. Those first few nights back from the hospital, having Samantha there to help me was invaluable. From a pure physical recovery perspective, having her there to change the baby and rock him back to sleep let me get precious hours of extra sleep and helped me recover more quickly. Probably the most valuable part was in setting my baby and me up for success in nursing. Samantha was incredibly helpful and knowledgeable as a lactation expert. She taught me how to use and clean my pump, and wrote out a schedule for me for nursing and pumping. I credit her setting us up as the reason I have been able to make it 10 months now nursing, with plenty of stock stashed away.
Words will never be able to express how WONDERFUL Samantha was before, during, and after the birth of my first son. We had an unmedicated vaginal delivery planned. Sam met with us before about my expectations and fears and how to prepare. When I went into labor- she was in constant contact with my husband and met at our house to help me labor at home. She was calm, professional, helpful, patient, and understanding. She helped us decide when it was time to go to the hospital. She stayed with us until my son latched after delivery. Even though my labor and delivery was fast and furious, she remained cool and collected and offered much help to my husband and I. She was an even bigger help after delivery with checking in afterwards to help with breastfeeding issues. She is a wealth of knowledge. She helped me plan to pump and continue nursing as I went back to work. I could actually just go on and on about all the wonderful things Sam did for us. She blew our expectations for a doula out of the water. We knew she would help but had no idea how much! We love Sam and already talk about hiring her for our next child. Hiring Sam is a no brainer! She is awesome!
We hired Samantha to be our doula for the birth of our son. She was amazing! Without her support and guidance through my very long labor (42 hours!!), we truly believe we would not have been able to have the birth experience we wanted. She was in close contact or right by our side the entire time. I was able to labor at home for 36 hours and was completely at ease with her coaching and extensive knowledge. She knew when it was the right time to go to the hospital and I was able to deliver my son without any medication. Without her I definitely do not think this would have been possible. We delivered at Prentice and she has a lot experience with that hospital and worked very well with our midwife and the hospital staff. She has a knowledge and passion for childbirth and infants that is beyond her years. She also has a warm personality and is very easy to talk to. We loved talking to her during her before and after visits! She was also very responsive and always happy to help. Her service was invaluable to us. We hope to work with her her again in the future. Samantha is the very best, do yourself a favor and hire her!!
I had a great experience with Samatha as my doula. This was my second birth and my first induction. When I found out I was going to get induced I honestly thought I wouldn't even need a doula, but I was very wrong! I was so glad that Samantha was there - she was invaluable. She was a great support for my husband and I. The hospital was busy and we hardly got to see our midwife before we gave birth - it was so great having Samantha there to give us updates on how things were progressing. And since I didn't recieve the epidural until my contractions were 2 to 3 minutes apart, I needed her there for pain management as well. We loved having her and would recommend her again in an instant.
Samantha was instrumental in the birth of my first child in March 2015. From our very first meeting with her, my husband and I felt comfortable and knew that we would benefit from her vast experience. As a RN, she is very knowledgeable and we learned so much from her before, during and after the birth. She helped me prepare a realistic birth plan and her familiarity with Prentice Women's Hospital and their operations was very helpful for the birthing experience. My baby was posterior for the majority of my long labor, and I could not have survived it without Samantha’s help! She was at my side for HOURS, providing counter-pressure to my lower back with each contraction (which is a very physically demanding task!). Her calm demeanor and encouraging words throughout the birth were so helpful for my husband, my mother and myself. I appreciated her follow up after the birth and I even took advantage of her placenta encapsulation services. I highly recommend Samantha and her doula practice.
With our families far away and most of our friends childless, my husband and I were hoping to find a guide to help us navigate our first birth. I knew that even if I selected my doctor or midwife there was a very small chance I would actually get to deliver with them so we were also looking for a constant. Samantha was exactly that. She was always a quick text, email, or phone call away with great advice during the pregnancy with a huge network of professionals she could connect me with. I was impressed that my midwives knew her and thought very highly of her too. Of course nothing about my birth went as expected but even with preeclampsia and an early delivery, I am so overwhelmingly grateful that I found her. She was that constant we needed, the calming voice, and knowledgable professional. Her care continued well after the birth and three months later, she is still a resource I feel lucky to be able to reach out too.
Side note: although skeptical ,I tried the placenta encapsulation and I have to say, I am convinced!
As a first time mom, the prenatal counseling (F2F meeting, texts, calls, emails) was huge. It helped me understand what to expect and equipped me with the information and confidence I needed to labor at home for as long as I did (9.5 cm). Simply put, Samantha is someone you want in the delivery room with you. She brings a palpable sense of calm and assurance and is willing to do anything to help you. I had such an enjoyable birth experience and highly highly recommend Samantha and Windy City Doulas.
I can't recommend Samantha highly enough. Our birth did not go as planned (emergency C section), but she kept me calm through it all. She also helped my daughter latch right after delivery, to aid in our breastfeeding relationship. I can honestly say I wouldn't have handled the delivery nearly as well, and may not have breastfed as long as I have (with no end in sight!) without Samantha's help!
I cannot say enough about Samantha and her doula services. I am a first time mother and started off with a very rocky pregnancy. I was sick for the duration of my pregnancy so was unable to make it to the hospital for labor and delivery classes. We decided to contact Samantha to do a series of classes. We were so impressed by her during our classes that we actually ended up contracting her for full doula services. This was the best decision I could have made! She made me feel completely comfortable and knowledgable going into my delivery. During the delivery, she served as my advocate and partner guiding me through labor with a gentle ease and comfort. My husband and I still talk about how integral Samantha was to my pregnancy and labor. I would highly and whole-heartedly recommend Samantha to anyone looking for a reliable, competent and amazing doula!
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