$1000 to $1400
7 years and 200 births attended
Type of practice: Doula agency employee
Clients per month: 2 to 3
Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Attends home births? Any Home Birth
PCC Birth Center Advisory Board Committee member Chicago Birth Workers of Color
La Grange, IL Service range 50 miles
My husband and I have nothing but absolute WONDERFUL things to say about Chicago Family Doulas! We made the decision at about 30 weeks to transition our care to a midwife with the support of a doula. I originally spoke with Anna, who was so supportive and a great resource in making the transition to a birth experience that we were looking for. We were matched with Celena and she truly was our angel throughout this process. Her energy was calming, her knowledge was truly power and her love for what she does was apparent throughout our entire process. Our birth story may not have gone as perfectly planned (they never do), but our son arrived after 39 hours and Celena never left our side. We had our son during this unfortunate pandemic, but Celena continued to check in (as well as Anna) post delivery. I would highly suggest Chicago Family Doulas to anyone - the support is unlike anything we would have ever imagined and our family is truly blessed and grateful that Celena was able to be a part of this journey. We love you!!
Celena was amazing at the birth of my second daughter. She met us at the hospital because my labor went really fast and stayed with me the entire time. I was in triage for a while because I delivered at a different hospital than with my first baby. It was grueling and she helped me during contractions while my husband gave our info and brought everything in from the car. I was only in the hospital less than two hours before I delivered my daughter, but Celena was able to help transition us to the birthing center with my midwife and get me into the tub quickly. She was present and calm the entire time. She also was able to take photos of the birth on our camera. I would highly recommend Celena and I can't thank her enough for being there for us during Clara's birth!
We had a wonderful experience with Celena. She is knowledge and has a calming presence, and knew when to be more hands on and when to step back. Celena spent time with us both before and after the birth in order to help us feel confident and prepared for what each stage was to bring. We feel confident that having a Celena as a doula was a large part of allowing us to have the birth experience we hoped for.
Celena was so caring, thoughtful and hiring her as a doula was the best decision. Celena became part of my birthing team at about 3 months and she was constantly sending information to me read. I had many questions even though this was baby #2 for me and she was always ready with an answer or the resources I needed. She was there for part of my labor and was wonderful, she gave me the space I needed but also plenty of words of encouragement and made sure I had the birth I needed and wanted. Thank you so much for making the process of giving birth simply amazing!
Celena has a very calming presence that both my husband and I found to be very helpful during labor. She brought an essential oil diffuser with her to the hospital which seems small but it made the whole induction experience feel a lot more relaxing. With the lights low, the diffuser and Celena massaging my back and legs it felt more like a spa experience than what I pictured labor would be!
We found Celena to be extremely knowledgeable; she was able to answer every question I had during pregnancy and leading up to labor. She also has a good network of resources. She referred me to both an acupuncturist and a lactation consultant which I found very helpful. I would absolutely recommend Celena as a doula, my experience was extremely positive overall.
Celena was an absolutely invaluable part of my pregnancy, labor, and delivery. She is confident, compassionate, and incredibly knolwedgeable about all facets of childbirth. With her coaching and care I was able to labor at home for several hours, arriving to the hospital at exactly the right moment. It was important to me to put off an epidural as long as possible because I didn't want to risk slowing my labor down, and Celena was totally on the money in helping me time it. She never pressured me to wait longer than I was comfortable, and she had all the right suggestions for helping me get to where I wanted to be. Because of her encouragement, guidance, and coaching, I was pushing less than an hour after the epidural was administered! On top of all of that, she is just a real joy to talk to and be around. I was nervous about labor, but when the day came and Celena arrived...I actually really enjoyed it! No matter what your birth plan looks like, Celena is the best possible person to support you through it.
Celena was amazing to work with! I had interviewed a couple of doulas in the area and when I met Celena, I just knew it was a good fit. She is a rockstar doula. My husband and I felt comfortable with her from our first meeting. She has a lot of experience as a doula and is very knowledgeable. She helped me with my diet, supplements and even recommended herbs. she took me on as a client at 7 weeks and was always there for me through the whole pregnancy.
She was a blessing to have at the birth. Celena was comforting and calm through it all and put me at ease through the labor and delivery. I couldn't imagine the birth without her and if we choose to have more kids I would definitely want her to be my doula again. Also, she encapsulated my placenta to help with post-partem. The process was easy and I think it made a huge difference with my recovery. All in all, I highly recommend Celena!
My experience delivery my baby with Celena was absolutely incredible. I had a pretty easy pregnancy and was planning on attempting an unmedicated birth with only my husband as my birth partner (ie - no doula). But, as time went on, both my husband and I began getting anxious about needing additional support. We met with Celena, and right away we knew she was exactly what we were looking for. Her calm, warm, confident demeanor was clear from the start. She was there for me in the weeks leading up to my delivery with words of encouragement and helpful check-ins. Then, when I was faced with an unexpected induction, she was a constant pillar of support, reminding me that I could do it. Through a long night of powerful labor, Celena guided me through different positions, breathing techniques, and mental exercises. By morning, I had a beautiful baby boy in my arms. I had a few complications immediately following delivery, and Celena was right there holding my hand the entire time. My birth wasn't exactly how I'd envisioned it (they never are!), but in large part due to Celena's presence, it was even more positive and transformative that I could have imagined.
I had the best experience with Celena. She made me feel super comfortable and calm. My husband could not attend the birth as we had planned and she stepped in as both my doula and birth partner. She helped talk me through my fears and letting those go made for a much faster delivery. Her massages gave me life! I had an all natural delivery and her touch / massages made the contractions so much more bearable. She also showed a genuine interest in mine and my baby's well being through out the process and is still available if I ever want to check in. She stayed with us until my husband arrived which was much longer than she needed to. She also is a great herbalist and did our placenta encapsulation. She has a wealth of knowledge on all things related to birth and newborn care and has a huge heart. She reached out several times when i was struggling with breastfeeding and the baby blues and was the one person i felt comfortable just crying to because i knew she understood. I am forever grateful for how she supported me through this life changing experience. I would definitely like her at my next birth.
I had the best experience with Celena. She made me feel so calm and comfortable around her. D
Celena provided the perfect support and presence at my homebirth, and I can't recommend her highly enough if you are seeking a highly skilled, warm-hearted, earth mama doula for your labor and birth. Celena had just the right touch, and I felt comfortable with her at every time during my labor, birth, and recovery. I still remember the excellent aromatherapy use and *excellent* massage skills. She also did a beautiful and safe job preparing my placenta for encapsulation.
I was so lucky that Celena was the backup support for my primary doula, who was actually called to be the midwife assistant for my birth and therefore couldn't also be the official doula. I had two for one! It worked out brilliantly because I really wanted both of them there.
Celena is amazing and is great for any birth setting.
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