Birth Fee: $1100 to $1600
Fee Details: $1100 for labor doula service includes: 2-3 prenatal appointments, assistance building birth plan, unlimited email, phone, and text support, on call to you from 38 weeks, full support during labor which includes physical support (position changes & comfort measures as needed), emotional support, and informational guidance, assistance with breastfeeding, 1-2 postpartum visits, referrals upon necessity or request. $500 for childbirth education.
Birth Doula Experience: 11 years
Not SpecifiedType of Practice: Solo practice
Clients per Month: 1 to 3Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Languages spoken: English
Renee was the doula we chose for the birth of our second child. I wanted to have a natural/ medication free birth in a hospital setting and she was so supportive from our first meeting. Early in pregnancy she helped us form a birth plan that was succinct and complete. Renee provided advice and book suggestions for labor preparation for both myself and our husband. Throughout labor she was a continuous source of support and encouragement. She provided direct support and assisted my husband by showing him pressure/massage options. She stayed after our baby’s birth to help assist with first latch. Her postpartum visit was unhurried, she answered my question, asked questions I had not thought to ask and encouraged us to contact her as needed for further questions. Renee was kind, knowledgeable and supportive; we highly recommend her as a labor support doula.
Renee was the biggest help ever on our delivery day. There are many aspects of her assistance during my labor but amongst the biggest was her knowledge in the delivery room and home after delivery. I am a very strong willed person but an 18 hour delivery can make anyone tired. Our experience would not have been the same without her by my husbands and my side. Renee was able to be informative yet give us space to make our own decisions During the delivery process. She also was able to encourage me to stick through the toughest moments and continue to be strong with sticking to our birth plan. She was very comforting in every moment and helped us to remain calm throughout the entire Day. She has since brought us many tips with our new baby. I have to say I am successfully breast-feeding because of her and her assistance. Not only will she be with us for any deliveries in the future she is now considered our friend. Hiring her was the best thing we ever did during our pregnancy.
Renee was absolutely amazing! She is very knowledgeable and helped qualm my fears of a hospital birth. She was always easy to get in contact with and answered any questions we had any time. When I went into labor she met us at the hospital and was the perfect coach. My birth went almost exactly as I wanted it to. A huge part of that is because I was able to feel at ease with the team around me and Renee was a huge part of making that happen. She is also very knowledgeable about cloth diapering and breastfeeding and answered my many questions as a new mom. I would highly recommend Renee!
My husband and I decided to hire a doula for the birth of our first daughter and after interviewing some other doulas we clicked with Renee. She made us feel very comfortable about the whole process. Although I was induced a week after my due date and wasn't able to start labor on my own I am very happy with my birthing experience. Renee was very kind and informative through the entire process. I had back labor and was in a lot of pain so I did get an epidural. She was there the whole time with alternative options and positions for me to try and ease my pain. I think the best thing was that my husband had a support system and was able to comfort me better. Thank you Renee for helping us bring our little girl into the world!
Renee was wonderful! She is very knowledgable on all aspects of the birth process. She answered any questions we had & supported all our decisions, even when they changed. She helped me write a birth plan that was clear & contained all my wishes. During labor she was kind & supportive. She helped me labor my way. She gently made suggestions during labor that were very helpful such as different ways to breathe & positions. My husband & I both agreed that this birth experience would not have gone as well without Renee there to support me. I did not use a doula for my 1st birth (this was my 2nd) but based on our experience with Renee, for any future births we will have a doula. She also supported me & my decisions after the baby was born. She makes herself easily available to answer questions. I would recommend her to any mother looking for an experienced & knowledgeable doula.
Renee served as doula for my first pregnancy in August 2016, and I can't say enough wonderful things about her. After our second meeting, I was in the process of creating the birth plan when I had an emergency C-section a month early due to complications with pre-eclampsia. She couldn't make it to the hospital in time because of how quickly events transpired, but she was there immediately after to help with breastfeeding and to check on me for the weeks following birth. She ended up counseling me through multiple breastfeeding issues that began with an overactive letdown. Then one month postpartum, I was in a real panic because breastfeeding had gone from manageable to a disaster as my milk regulated and my son began losing weight. She dropped everything to come to my house and help me. Not only was the emotional support invaluable, but she was able to recognize tongue and lip ties that were impeding his ability to transfer milk. She used favors with her personal contacts in the lactation world to secure me a next day appointment with a lactation consultant. I really must emphasize how helpful this was, as I had already called multiple consultants and couldn't get an appointment for a week. Not to mention having spent hours phoning hotlines and Internet searching. Then throughout the process of revision and healing, she checked up on me and offered encouragement. She helped make breastfeeding a success for me, and I will always be grateful for that. Even now, four months postpartum, she explained the tummy pooch I have as diastasis recti (something I had never heard of), and provided me with exercises to help reverse this abdominal muscle separation condition that resulted from the C-section. She supported me beyond what was expected of a doula because she loves her job and truly cares for her mothers. Needless to say, I hope to employ Renee for the birth of a second child someday.
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