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Laura Vilage, CD(PALS)

Personal Touch Maternity Services

Phone: 360-301-1708

Birth Fee: $600 to $900

Fee Details: I have a sliding scale dependent on what a family feels they can afford and also how far I need to travel for home visits and the birth. I do my best to accommodate special circumstances as I feel every birthing woman should have the option of continuous doula care. My fee includes one or more prenatal visits, as I help you prepare for your birth and supplement your childbirth education as needed, including recommending books from my lending library; continuous labor support through 1-2 hrs after your baby is born; plus at least one postpartum visit at your home.

Birth Doula Experience: 3 years and 18 births attended

Birth Doula Certifications

  • Pacific Association for Labor Support (PALS) - Certified Doula

Doula Training

  • DONA International, May 2014
Type of Practice: Solo practice

Clients per Month: 1 to 3

Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Though I am also an RN, when working as a doula I stay within DONA & PALS's scope of practice for doula care, giving emotional & physical continuous labor support. However, being very familiar with the hospital environment, I know how to help a client and her partner quickly get settled in and make their own birth space. I can also explain to them in layman's terms hospital and labor procedures/progress. Knowing how to build rapport with the nursing staff allows me to help a client & her family communicate their needs and desires to them. I can join you at home during early labor or meet you at the hospital.
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
I think birth centers are a marvelous choice for low risk women who desire a midwife attended out of hospital birth, but are not fully comfortable with or set up to have a home birth. I can join you at home during early labor or meet you at the birth center.
Attends home births? Any Home Birth
I attend any home birth as long as a midwife will be attending. Birthing naturally at home is definitely magical. The way nature intended. While the midwife arrives later in labor, I am ready to come to a client's home as early as they want to give full physical & emotional support to the family. I then enjoy working with their midwife when she arrives as we help a woman birth naturally.

Breastfeeding Certifications

  • As a mother I led La Leche toddler breastfeeding groups & nursed my daughter until she was 2 & 1/2

Other Relevant Certifications

  • American Heart Association BLS (Basic Life Support) Certification
  • RN (Registered Nurse)

College Education

  • BA/BS

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Cesarean birth
  • Home Birth
  • Induced and high medical technology labor & birth
  • LGBTQP Families
  • Over 40
  • Single parents
  • Teens
  • VBAC
  • Waterbirth
  • Women and Families of Color

Special Services Offered

  • Antepartum doula
  • Reduced rates for women considering adoption
  • Sibling support (for your older children at the birth)

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

To help support my belief that every birthing woman should be able to have a doula, I have been a member of the Volunteer Doula Program at the St. Joseph Medical Center Family Birth Center in Tacoma for 2 plus years. I volunteer whenever possible for my Puget Sound based doula certifying organization PALS.org to get the word out in in my local communities about how beneficial doulas can be for birthing families, and to promote PALS and help at their advance training workshops.

Languages spoken: English

Service Area Map

Area of practice: Port Townsend, WA
Travel Range: 60 Miles
Travel comments/restrictions: Serving clients living in E. Jefferson, Clallam, or Kitsap counties. I will travel to out of county hospitals or birth centers in Seattle or Tacoma for my local clients.

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Client Testimonials for Laura Vilage, CD(PALS)

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Valerie Shepard

Laura was very kind and generous with her time. She went to great lengths to make sure I had everything I needed and explored all my options. During the birth, she was very attentive and supportive. Thank you for everything!!

Posted 3/1/2016

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Matthew Mitchell

As a husband and now a proud father of a handsom little boy, I was nervous about being able to help my wife through the birthing process.  It was a very different world and a new roadmap to navigate.  The birthing process ended up not being an easy one, and I truly can't imagine getting through without Laura's help.  She helped us through a myriad of comfort measures with demonstration and coaching to find the best techniques that worked for us.  As the labor progress past the 36 hr mark, Laura was able to help by wife get some much needed rest and the two of use were able to tag team in a way that I never could have on my own.  Nurses came and left as shifts changed over, but it was wonderful to have the consistency and advocacy of an expert in her field.  If we decide to have another child, I won't think twice before asking for her help.  I wouldn't want to try it without her.

Posted 11/26/2015

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Grace Krabill

As a first time Mom I was slightly apprehensive about giving birth. I had heard wonderful things about hiring a doula to help coach me and my husband through labor and delivery as well as be a support system for questions leading up to my due date. When we had our first meeting with Laura Vilage we knew immediatly that she would be a great help to us! Laura is very informative, eager and open to your individual needs. Laura put my mind at ease by her willingness to be available for questions and being very easy to get a hold of once I went into labor. 

Leading up to my labor and delivery she helped me figure out what I thought I would need to calm me and help me throughout the process as naturally as possible. As soon as Laura arrived and met us at the hospital I felt a sigh of relief knowing that I had another person to support my physical and mental needs. She aided my husband by providing another hand to push on my hips and back during each of my contractions. Laura has fantastic energy and endurance. I truly believe her presence and help was a huge part of my success in having an all natural labor and delivery! 

I highly recommend Laura as a doula, I plan to have a second child some day and will no doubt call Laura to my aid once again! 

Posted 11/19/2015

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