Birth Fee: $2150
Fee Details: In addition to birth doula services, I offer prenatal and postnatal yoga. As a breastfeeding educator and counselor, I offer breastfeeding education prenatally and additional support after your birth if needed. For more info www.ombabies.com
Birth Doula Experience: 4 years and 30 births attended
Clients per Month: 1 to 3Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Member of SANBA (Shanghai Alliance for Natural Birth Advocates) 2010-2015
Languages spoken: English
Clara was a wonderful support to both me and my husband during labor. We decided to look for a doula just weeks before our baby’s due date. Clara just happened to have an opening last minute. It felt meant to be. She adjusted her prenatal visits for us to get it all in in the time we had left. When I went into labor she helped us know when to go to the hospital and helped keep the contractions going. I preferred an unmedicated labor and delivery and she helped me manage the pain. She helped my husband support me by giving him ideas and prompts and by suggesting that he rest and eat. Having her with us at home and in the hospital prompted a positive birth experience - she even took pictures of my husband catching our baby! Clara is thoughtful, kind and caring. We had a good experience with her and with our birth and we recommend her with two thumbs up!
My husband and I had a great first impression meeting Clara. We clicked right away, she was so warm, friendly and approachable and I knew she would be the one we would engage! She was extremely organized, super responsive and knowledgeable about the various aspects involved in the birth process (e.g. birth plan preparation, breathing techniques, pain management etc.). She would provide us with evidence based articles to help support various claims relating to specific areas such as delayed cord clamping, breastfeeding techniques, big baby fiction etc. She was so positive and cheerful during the entire labor (which was pretty long in my case of 26 hours!), helped my husband take critical decisions (e.g. amniotomy, dilation timing etc.) and was always by my side helping me get through the contractions via breathing techniques. She took pictures of our precious moments with the baby and provided us with notes throughout the labor. Clara also supported us postpartum and provided us with useful resources on increasing milk supply for breastfeeding and formula options. I'm so excited to start our postnatal yoga sessions soon! Thank you for all your assistance; we would not have gotten through all of this if it was not for your support!
We feel so incredibly lucky to have found Clara! My husband and I knew we wanted a doula to support our birth but were skeptical we could find someone that would match our personalities and make us feel comfortable. We met Clara about 3 weeks before our due date (a little late in the game) and we immediately clicked! Clara is so supportive and easy to connect with. She did a wonderful job of providing resources and asking questions to help us create a comprehensive and personal birth plan. She offered great advice, but really focused on empowering my husband and I to support one another through the process.
Our birth didn't go exactly to plan, but with Clara there we felt confident and capable of making the right choices for our family along the way. Clara made sure we could stay at home as long as possible before going to the hospital, and was so helpful in guiding us in different comfort measures and positions throughout the process.
Even after our birth Clara has continued to be a fantastic resource and friend. She has continued to provide resources (anticipating questions and needs as the weeks have gone by) and continues to help us feel empowered and confident in parenthood - even with the constant changes and surprises that are thrown our way!
Clara was an amazing doula to have guide my husband and me through the birth of our first child. Her warm and calming presence helped me to feel supported and confident going into the birthing experience. I'm also big on understanding things that are new for me through background reading materials and she was great about providing all types of resources to become familiar with the ins and outs of pregnancy and delivery. During my labor she was amazing at providing calm support and empowering my husband to be a partner with me through the process. She was also a huge support to my mom, who was with us during my labor, in playing a meaningful role in the experience. She also provided great emotional support to my mom when my labor didn't go exactly as expected. I am so grateful to Clara for her expert support to us and highly, highly recommend her.
Clara was the best doula I could imagine. My husband and I feel so blessed to have found her to help me deliver our son. We were immediately attracted to her warmth and supportive nature and found her evidence-based expertise and range of experience incredibly valuable. She helped us prepare for an unmedicated birth with a wide range of techniques including physical movements, mental coaching and props (eg heat packs, tennis ball back massager, yoga blocks). In addition to showing us the moves and preparing for birth in person, she gave me a binder with information compiled from expert sources. It gave me an opportunity to learn more, practice and mentally prepare.
As many mothers will tell you, the birth went nothing to plan, primarily due to my son’s arrival style (nothing to do with Clara) which required medicine. But Clara was flexible and helped me make decisions on the fly that I was happy with including avoiding a C-section! She helped my husband know what to do to support me. And she was an advocate when we needed one, following up with nurses on our requests. She kept the atmosphere positive, collaborating well with the nurses and a doctor who isn’t the most doula friendly. My primary nurse commented on how terrific she was. Since there were many nurses who cycled in and out, it was nice to have Clara there the whole time. She even took photos on my phone of our son's first few minutes of life—photos that my husband and I never would’ve had the chance to get without missing the moment. I feel like she is my son‘s guardian angel who brought good spirit and good fortune to his birth.
Simply put, Clara far exceeded all of my expectations and I couldn't say enough kind things to repay her for the amazing support she gave my husband and I. She guided my us through pregnancy, the birth experience and post-partum with grace, patience and loving support. I frequently called and texted Clara with questions in the weeks before and after my daughter's birth. She always responded quickly and with research that empowered my husband and I to make the most informed decision for our family. I had a long, 30 hour labor - Clara came over in the middle of the night early in my labor, supported me through my labor time at home, helped us know when to head to the hospital and then stayed at the hospital with us. She literally never left my side except when medically necessary (she didn't sleep for over 36 hours). Her dedication and care cannot be overstated - she still checks in on me 6+ months later! As I look forward to expanding our family further in the future, I simply can't imagine not having Clara by my side. If you have the opportunity to work with her, don't pass it up! She's the most incredible resource and generous caregiver. I can't recommend her enough!
Clara was amazing! I ended up having an unplanned C-Section with my first (and no doula) and really wanted a natural VBAC for my second, so that's how I ended up working with Clara. She was very calming, supportive, and knowledgeable.
At 37 weeks, my baby flipped, and I was really upset. I was scheduled for a version a few days later, and Clara jumped on the phone with me to help me process the news and sent me a ton of excercises to do in the meantime and research on versions. She even offered to come over! Fortunately, the baby turned on its own.
As my due date approached, Clara checked in frequently, which I appreciated, and once I was overdue, she was really helpful in giving me tips to naturally induce labor. The night I went into labor, she was texting with me at 1am and then met us at the hospital at 6am. I ended up getting sent home, but she stayed in close communication with my husband to check in while I rested and then came to our house later that day while my labor intensified. She was so calm the whole time and also helped coach my husband so he could better support me.
Once we got to the hospital, she made sure the nurses had my birth plan (she had printed out a copy, thankfully, since we had not!), and she helped me stay calm even when we had a few complications. When my doctor suggested an epidural, Clara helped me stay focused on a natural birth, and gave me the positive reinforcement that I needed to stay on the path.
I ended up with a successul natural VBAC and couldn't have done it without Clara. I would highly recommend her to anyone!
Clara was exactly who we envisioned when we set out to find a doula. Her energy, calm demeanor, and depth of knowledge was invaluable, we couldn’t be happier with her services.
We clicked right away with Clara in our first meeting and quickly realized she would be a great asset in helping two people who have never been in this situation to navigate the process of having a baby.
Clara was immediately responsive at all times, and proactively communicative in the weeks before our due date. For any questions we had, she was able to help provide information and insight, as well as include her own personal experience.
In the weeks before our due date Clara checked in with us constantly to see how we were doing, and provide valuable information for any questions we had. She also met with us and helped to shape our birth plan and state clearly and concisely to hospital staff what we wanted (and what we didn’t want) during our stay at the hospital.
Once we got to the hospital, Clara was with us the entire time, and her presence was invaluable. In hindsight, it’s hard to imagine what it would’ve been like without her there. She provided exactly the type of soothing, steady hand we had in mind, and she knew exactly what to do to manage pain effectively and get us through every aspect of labor and delivery.
In the weeks after, Clara checked in with us to see how things were going with our new baby, and her meetings with us were filled with thoughtful touches and included showing us how to do baby massage and yoga with our newborn.
We had a great experience with Clara, as a doula but also just as a great person. We highly recommend her for anyone that’s considering hiring a doula.
We are so very happy that we chose Clara, and that she agreed to be our doula for the birth of our first son. Clara brings the whole package, with her care, radiant enthusiasm, skill, and deep knowledge. She listened and really was attentive to our birthing preferences, she was very well read and knowledgeable in all the theory around birthing and early childhood care, she also possessed the breadth of practical skills and tools on how help me throughout labor. Moreover, she radiated enthusiasm and genuine care in every interaction we had before, during, and after labor and delivery. Mine was a long, almost 48-hour labor, and I felt her moral and physical support was steadfast throughout. Having Clara as our doula was an incredible blessing, and any mother-to-be and partner would be very fortunate to have her.
Having had no doula for my first birth and Clara for my 2nd, I can honestly say that she made all the difference in us being able to have the birth experience and outcomes we wanted. From getting to experience and work with the pain in labor, laboring in water, feeling in control of and during the process, to having a perfect healthy baby put on my chest to breastfeed and bond immediately- I couldn't have asked for more.
From the beginning I felt an immediate connection with Clara as a friend but she happens to be a very experienced doula and mama of two herself. Clara is very passionate and informed about birth and labor practices and supplied us with so much valuable information and reading. She went above and beyond in her prenatal check-ins and her guidance and support during early labor was crucial in helping me avoid an induction- we were able to get my labor to progress naturally with her knowledge.
During labor, Clara was a strong and tireless facilitator of comfort strategies and rituals- and yet was able to almost invisibly coach my husband during the process so that he got to take the most central support role and the experience still felt really intimate and bonding (one of the reasons I hesitated to receive doula support in my first birth).
I've been interested in possibly becoming a doula myself someday but after watching Clara in action I've come to realize there is so much to the role and it takes a special person to do this work. I'm not sure that I've got it but Clara most certainly does. We were so lucky and thankful!
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