Birth Fee: $600 to $700
Fee Details: I give discounts to military & missionary families. I can also set up a payment plan for teens or women who have extenuating circumstances.
Birth Doula Experience: 25 years and 200 births attended
Clients per Month: 0 to 2Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
I have been involved in some capacity with the birthing world since 1998 when I began helping my friends at births. In 2001 I left the US for several years to serve overseas as a missionary in Papua New Guinea. While I was there, I taught childbirth education and attended a few births. Since then, I have become a midwifery student where part of my training was done at a maternity clinic for the indigenous poor in the Philippines. I have a special place in my heart for the international community and women who feel vulnerable. I am currently a certified doula through Doula To Be, certified midwifery apprentice, and I offer my own 4 week childbirth education series entitled Facing & Embracing Birth.
Languages spoken: English
Wendy went above and beyond what I expected out of a doula. I met Wendy later on in my pregnancy but instantly loved her. From the first time we spoke on the phone she gave so much.... love, kindness, and caring for what i desire. She was calm and sensitive to my needs. She cared an took an intrest in my personal life. She was very detailed in helping me prepare for my birth. I was wanting an all natural birth and she knew the questions I should ask to be able to get that. She researched the hospital I was looking at delivering at and gave me a good report back. God knew I needed her cause she just jumped right in and helped me with things I couldn't even think or know I needed to think about. She was my brain!!! And she did it all very professional and personal. Then the actual birth experience... wow I said over an over to many people if it wouldn't have been for Wendy at my side coaching I don't know if I could have done it. She stayed by me the whole time. Did a fantastic job of coaching me. She was strong, stable, calm and just very knowledgeable to about what was going on. She believed in me, offered me drinks an food when i couldnt think that far, pushed me a little when I was ready to give up, and because of that I was able to achieve my natural birth. Wendy was not just a doula in my experience she was a friend who came alongside and went above what she needed to do and offered me so much support and help. If there where a 5 star rating here she would definitely recieve 5 stars!!!
Wendy was a wonderful doula. She met with us and prepared us for the birth experience. She was available by phone as needed prior to the birth. She came to the hospital, stayed for an extended amount of time, and coached me through out the process. She was a blessing to us and a great source of support! I would recommend her to others.
Wendy was the best help imaginable for the birth of our first child. She offered us a combination of her birthing class with her doula preparation, customized to our needs. It was so helpful to learn about birth and get to talk through our questions. She made sure we felt as prepared as one can feel before the first birth. We appreciated the insight she gave us into what to expect at a hospital and alternative, natural methods, and the fact that she respected our choices and supported us in it. During my labor (36h!!) she was such a great support to me and my husband, first over the phone and when the active labor started, at the hospital. She was awesome at creating an environment where I felt safe, relaxed and genuinely cared for. She worked very well with the doctors and nurses and helped my husband coach me through contractions. With my own mom being 6000 Miles away (but on her way), i was glad to have Wendy there who cared for me like a mother would care for her daughter. I could not recommend Wendy Freeze more, especially to first time moms!
My husband and I first met with Wendy late in my first pregnancy. Over the next couple of meetings, she walked us through what to expect in the remaining weeks, for the birth, and for the first few weeks post-partum. Wendy was thorough and supportive in answering all of our questions and addressing our concerns. She presented evidence-based research on a number of the topics that interested us, shared her personal and professional opinions, and respected our decisions when we differed on the decisions that would be right for us. Wendy was responsive and available to our questions not only in our scheduled meetings but also via text. She showed active interest in my progress during the pregnancy, especially as I approached nearing my due date and once I had passed it. I ended up needing to be induced, and Wendy kept in contact with my husband during that process and arrived at the hospital at just the right time. She helped keep the atmosphere calm and supportive in the delivery room and even assisted the nurses at times. She also gave my husband the opportunity to go out and get something to eat while she stayed in the room and kept me company during my labor. I would absolutely recommend Wendy to anyone looking for personalized Christian support during pregnancy and birth! She was easy to work with both in practical terms and in personality. My husband and I both felt so much more prepared for the birth of our first child and for the first few weeks after.
Wendy was so wonderful to work with. She met me multiple times throughout my pregnancy to go over my birth plan and see how things were going. She was always available by text or phone if I had questions. She was great about empowering my husband. Before birth he was very skeptical about the need for a doula but now he recommends it to anyone we talk to. She was gentle but fIrm in helping me stick to my plan during birth which I knew I would need. I was also worried about the doctor being receptive to her but she asked for her business cards afterward to hand out to her patients. She said "I was worried that you had a doula because I feel like sometimes they overstep the boundaries but she did a great job supporting you and respecting me." She checked on us at home after the birth. Couldn't have been more pleased!
Wendy is PHENOMENAL! I met her really early in my pregnancy, and she was always there to answer questions, give advice, and be a sounding board. I'll be honest, I'm somewhat hard to deal with. The birth of my son didn't follow our birth plan at all, but she was right there with us through the whole thing. I had a 2 day induction, and even though he ended up being delivered via c-section, Wendy brought a sense of calm to the room (and no, that wasn't just because she brought wonderful smelling essential oils). She is knowledgeable and supportive, and I know I would have been a nervous wreck if I didn't have her with me. If I ever decide to have another baby, I'm definitely going to hire her again!
I have been blessed to be able to give birth naturally (no pain medications, vaginal deliveries) to four children, without complications or necessary medical interventions. I have delivered at a military installation, and in large hospitals. With our third child, a doula was provided by the hospital to assist with our birth, and my pain was so great during delivery, that the doula was a tremendous help to both myself and my husband. Before that, we had no clue what a doula even was. The experience was so positive, that we set aside funds to be able to get a doula for baby number four, which we were fortunate enough to have in a birthing center. We were referred to Wendy Freeze from several other mothers on a holistic mama Facebook page. From our first meeting, we knew that Wendy would be a valuable and much needed addition to our birth team. From the start she provided a wealth of knowledge and I could tell that she had a good amount of experience behind everything she recommended. She didn't push anything on us, but instead took the time to get to know my husband and myself, what our birth wishes were, and where she could be the most help to us. When baby day arrived, she didnt let us down. She was a tremendous help to my husband and myself along with offering a very calming and reassuring presence to us both during the whole labor and delivery. Her massage techniques helped relieve my pain, and her suggestions and encouragement kept me calm and relaxed. It was by far the best labor I had ever experienced. If looking for a doula, I highly recommend Wendy for both the experienced and new mom alike. But don't just rely on her for the labor and delivery (Which she is amazing with btw) but utilize her knowledge and experience in the topics of nutrition, child rearing, and natural parenting too! She started as our doula, but in the end, has earned a spot as a lifetime family friend :)
I want to thank Wendy Freeze for giving me such a wonderful brith experience with my baby boy. I wanted a natural brith and she allowed me to have that. The oils and massaging and her helping me with my breathing is what got me though it. I highly recommend her she's the best.
I wholeheartedly and without reservation recommend Wendy if you are looking for a calm, trustworthy presence to attend and assist at your birth. She was the assistant for the natural homebirth of my son in 2014 and it would not have been as wonderful of an experience without her. She has a great sense of what a woman needs at any given time during birth. She seemed to intuitively know what I needed even when I didn't and would be there with encouragement or melt into the background when I needed space. Her demeanor is calm and grounding. She was like a rock, steady and reliable that I could lean on when I was feeling carried away by the work my body was doing. Childbirth is an overwhelming, powerful experience and Wendy helped keep my focus and control, especially during my extended pushing stage. I will never forget her face. I was locked onto her eyes when I heard my son's first cry and it was thanks to her gentle coaching, breathing assistance and support and the work of my wonderful midwife that both myself and my son came out of the birth whole, healthy and unscathed. She truly has a gift for welcoming new little lives into the world and I am forever grateful for her service and experience. I felt I could trust her and was comfortable with her from the moment I met her and she proved more than trustworthy during birth.
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