6 years and 151 births attended
Type of practice: Solo practice
Clients per month: 2 to 4
Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
I primarily attend births at UCSF, Mills-Peninsula, Sequoia, Kaiser Redwood City, and Lucile Packard (Stanford)
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
I will attend births at Nightingale Birth Center and San Francisco Birth Center.
Attends home births? Any Home Birth
I love home birth, and happily attend births when clients are under the care of a licensed midwife.
San Mateo, CA Service range 20 miles
I asked Lauren to be my doula for my first delivery. She is AMAZING. She supported me through my pregnancy, labor and delivery and even postpartum. She is so kind, sweet and knowledgeable. I believe she saved me a long-lasting labor by predicting my symptoms and avoiding me from receiving epidural in early stage of labor. Lauren wisely kept me busy and distracted from feeling pain until it was time for me to go to the hospital. I was admitted at the hospital around 5 pm and my son was born at 10:01 pm. My delivery was so smooth and I owe it to Lauren. I would highly recommend her!
Lauren was our doula for the birth of our son in April 2016. I can't recommend her highly enough! We love her. When I found out I was pregnant, a friend highly recommended I get a doula. I am so glad she did! As a first time mom, I had no idea what to expect of pregnancy and birth, and it was so comforting to have someone who could guide me through it all.
Lauren helped us figure out what questions to ask of our OB and hospital, explained what to expect next in terms of different prenatal and labor procedures, helped us decide what birth classes would be helpful and suit us best, and helped navigate birth preferences as far as labor, delivery and newborn procedures. We had several in-person sessions to discuss our goals and plans for the birth, which were super helpful! She showed us exercises to help optimally position the baby and options to relieve pain during labor. She was also so open to whatever a positive birth meant TO ME and supported my choices (for example, I knew I wanted an epidural and she wasn't pushing me to do something that wasn't me.)
When I went in to labor, Lauren was immediately available to advise on what to do, when to go to the hospital, what to do in the meantime, etc. My labor went FAST and she was at the hospital as soon as we needed her (even though she lives a little ways from us!) She helped remind us of our preferences, but also understood when those had changed a little! (E.g. Once in labor, some things I'd thought important sort of no longer felt as critical!) She was so supportive and helpful at every step. She helped me to push, and took pictures for us once our baby was born so we had something to document such an important moment! After the birth, she stayed for another hour or two to support us.
Honestly, I can't recommend Lauren enough. She helped us feel more confident going in to birth, and set us up for a really positive experience. You will be in wonderful hands with her.
Lauren was my doula for my daughter's birth in June 2015, and my husband and I are so thankful and grateful for her support throughout the entire process. We met Lauren through Stork & Sprout, along with the rest of their doula team. I was originally paired with Jody, but I had the opportunity to meet with the entire team (Jody, Lauren, Kali & Michelle) which was great. When the day came, Lauren was the one to support us, and I was so glad!
From the time I texted Lauren (4am) to the birth of our baby (11pm), and for another hour or 2 afterwards, Lauren was there for us. Because I was induced, my labor was not quick, easy, or anything like I'd imagined. But between Lauren and my husband and of course the L&D nurses, I was in incredibly great hands. When Lauren arrived at the hospital, she quickly went into action by changing up my labor position, making me more comfortable, and suggesting different things to help get through the contractions. She and my husband took turns squeezing my hips during contractions, which helped me a ton, but I know was not easy on either of them!! My intention was to have a natural birth, but ultimately I had to give in to an epidural. Lauren got me through as far as I could without it, and then completely supported my decision.
During five long hours of pushing, Lauren encouraged and cheered me on the entire time. When our baby was finally born, I was thrilled to be able to share that moment with her.
Also, I had opted to use Lauren's services for placenta encapsulation. She helped remind the nurses and my doctor that we needed to save the placenta, and then she took care of the transport of it. A few days later, she delivered my placenta pills to my house, and they've been great!
I very highly recommend Lauren (as does my husband :). She is an amazing doula!!!
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