Birth Fee: $1500 to $1750
Postpartum Rate: $30 to $40
Birth Doula Experience: 4 years and 16 births attended
Postpartum Doula Experience: 4 years and 18 families served
Not SpecifiedType of Practice: Partnership with 1 other doula
Clients per Month: 2 to 5 births and 0 to 2 postpartum familiesAttends hospital births? All Hospitals
Languages spoken: English, Spanish
I can't say enough good things about Francesca - she is a gentle, encouraging, patient, knowledgeable person who clearly loves her work. She was a great resource from the time I hired her (very late in my pregnancy), through the birth and into the weeks after. Her support made it possible for me to get through nearly 22 hours of active labor without an epidural, due to her skills with hip presses, her supply of honey sticks, and her modeling of breathing techniques. She kept me calm as plans changed and I needed interventions I hadn't anticipated. She also worked extremely well with my husband, keeping him not just included but centered in the process. After the birth, she visited me at home and gave me much needed advice about breastfeeding and caring for myself, including the most amazing leg massage to help my super swollen legs! She's a wonderful advocate to have by your side.
My wife Lisa and me have been so lucky to have Francesca by our side during the birth of our son Raffi on August 1st 2019. Francesca's been the kind, supportive, strong and guiding "big sister" in the room with us while we went through Lisa's first pregnancy. For me, as a partner it was very touching to have Francesca by our side to bounce ideas, thoughts and inevitably also worries through the process. From visiting us at home to communication up to the pregancy was very lovely, gentle and direct. It gave us peace of mind. and when Francesca arrived early morning at the hospital to guide us, it was a relief to see a friendly face we could relate to besides the other lovely hospital nurses. We have a photo inside the delivery room of the doctors and nurses who brought Raffi to us and we're very thankful Francesca was part of the team of strong women who help getting us through this emotionally and physically intense experience.
We can't thank her enough and would recommend reaching out to Francesca in case you are looking to include a doula in your pregnancy and birth experience.
My husband and I had a great time working with Francesca. On the doula visits, she went through detailed birth plan, listened to my needs (and fears), and provided a lot of extra resources such as yoga class and accupuncture info, to help us be prepared. It calmed me down a lot as a 1st time mom! During the delivery, she was so calm and helped me through the process. We got a lot of support from her, and really appreciated her help helping us.
I used Francesca with a duel doula team, and she happened to be on call for when I went into labor. I had 1 pre labor meeting with each doula and my husband and I both felt comfortable, prepared and much more well informed after these meetings because of them.
As far as labor goes, Francesca was immediately available. She came to our apartment as soon as we asked - my husband and she discussed what made sense, as the labor was not following a clear pattern. Ultimately she came over and spent a couple hours with us before going to the hospital. She was a 100% encouraging in every way that I needed. This included being sensitive about my fear of going to the hospital. She was exactly what I needed, she was supportive, encouraging, provided physical touch that was soothing. She also gave us helpful information through the whole process. She had a soft touch, slightly encouraging me in the direction of my loose birth plan. I ended up having an intervention and epidural free labor. She was completely present the entire time, not even leaving my side once, except when asked by the medical staff. I’m sure my labor would have gone differently without Francesca. Knowing my prior fears, i cannot fathom the fact that my labor was a positive experience and one that did not leave me feeling small and vulnerable. This is huge for me and would not have been possible without Francesca.
Francesca provided wonderful support through our pregnancy and during/after delivery. We wanted someone with experience to support us through our first pregnancy and delivery. I wanted someone who would provide support for myself. But even more I wanted my husband to feel comfortable and to have guidance in providing the support I would need so that we could focus on each other. Francesca was able to completely understand what I wanted, providing that and more.
During labor and delivery she was able to intuitively know what I needed, (ice chips / water / applied pressure to relieve pain / encouragement) even when I couldn't get the words out. She did a great job of providing moral support - keeping the focus on the mother but also kept my husband involved and supported as well.
Francesca has a gentle approach and doesn't push her own beliefs/ agenda. She spends a lot of time getting to know you as a couple and reviewing expectations, hopes, fears. She is open to the experiences her clients hope to create and support them in attempting to achieve that experience. I would highly recommend her!
I think Francesca's biggest strength as a doula was listening well. I felt truly heard by her throughout it all. Near the end I was having some resentment towards my doctor. Francesca came with me to one of my appointments and helped me to process what they were telling me. Throughout my pregnancy and birth I felt like she was extremely helpful in focusing me. She would remind me of what I wanted. During the birth she guided me there when I was unsure. I wasn’t sure if I wanted an epidural and she was the main reason I was able to get to 8cm before I eventually got it. She encouraged me and helped me to stay calm through the pain but I knew when I had reached my limit and she was also supportive of that. My baby ended up being 10 lbs so it was not an easy birth!!!! It took a lot of emotional and physical strength! One of the nurses afterwards told me how impressed she was that I didn’t need any more interventions (other than epidural) to help get the baby out. It was truly a team effort and Francesca was a very important part of that!
We decided to add a doula to our homebirth team just a month before our due date, and we are so glad we did! Francesca made herself immediately available for a couple of pre-birth meetings - she helped us write up a birth plan (as a contingency in case of a hospital transfer), guided us through some visualization exercises (very relaxing!), and was generally cheerful, helpful, and informed.
During labor, she arrived soon after we asked her to be there -- just as we felt I was transitioning to active labor. She took over communications with our midwife, helped coach me in laboring, and made sure my husband was taking care of himself as well.
She also came a week after our baby was born to check in, process the birth experience with me, and just generally lend a hand to 2 sleep-deprived new parents.
In short, Francesca was great! We found her to be generous, attentive, attuned, and all-around a lovely person to have assist in this momentous event for us.
We highly recommend her!
Francesca has done so much for my little family! She was the doula for our first baby and we could not have asked for a better person for the job! Even before the birth, she helped us prepare for our son logistically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually through deep discussions and guided meditations.
For the birth, she was there the whole time for my husband and me calmly and tirelessly. Throughout the waves of 18 hour active labor, she held me so tenderly and celebrated all the ways I wanted to express and be in that powerful space. Her intuitive direction knew how to comfort me and she even knew when I just needed someone to breathe with!
We had the birth in our home and Francesca worked seamlessly with our midwives to maintain the safety, comfort, and sacredness of our space. After I birthed my son, she helped to clean, make me food, and was the last to leave making sure the three of us had everything we needed.
My husband and I had the birth we wanted for our son and Francesca was such an incredibly valuable part of making that happen. Forever grateful for her!
Thank you for the love and light, Francesca!
-Marina, Austin, and baby Dirigo
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