$20 to $30
2 years and 40 births attended
2 years and 4 families served
Type of practice: Solo practice
Clients per month: 0 births and 3 postpartum families
Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
I am comfortable serving clients at all Seattle-area hospitals. I am also on the Swedish Hospital Doula Team (see my profile: http://www.swedish.org/physicians/b/brune-tephra)
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Attends home births? Any Home Birth
I am a DONA certified doula and taking clients in the Seattle area. I am also a member of the Swedish Hospital Doula Team. I have experience working with a diversity of families and supporting many different birthing choices both in hospitals & at home. I'm also proud momma to my 20-month-old son who has served as my parenting guide; providing me with recent personal experiences in breastfeeding, cloth diapering, baby carriers, & baby sign. My role as a doula is to facilitate an environment of support for you (& any support people you want present) during your birth & the postpartum period. As a doula my birth philosophy is simply that your birth should be your birth. I will work in every capacity I can to facilitate a supportive, non-judgemental environment. My birth doula fee includes 1 prenatal & 1 postpartum visit. I will also be on call starting at your 38th week of pregnancy.
Seattle, WA Service range 25 miles
We were very happy with Tephra. She was responsive, knowledgable, and compassionate. Her calm demeanor was so comforting to both me and my husband, and we appreciated her help during post-natal visits as well. I would absolutely hire Tephra again, she was a wonderful partner to me and my husband, a real source of strength for two nervous first time parents!
We feel incredibly fortunate to have been connected with Tephra for our son's birth. Tephra was exactly what we wanted and needed in a birth doula - flexible, supportive, genuine, light-hearted, caring and attentive. She went out of her way to visit us in our home a few times before George's birth to talk about our birth preferences, answer questions, and help us come up with a dynamic plan as circumstances shifted closer to our due date. During labor, Tephra felt like part of the family. She provided incredible support to both my husband and me, and helped us navigate through a series of difficult and at times overwhelming decisions over the course of several days in the hospital. Partnering with Tephra allowed us to have the most empowering, meaningful and healthy birth experience possible. Thank you, Tephra!
Tephra was to be a support for both myself and my husband as our level headed partner as we embark on something more emotionally and physically draining than we imagined. In all our preparation Tephra and I thought I’d have a VERY fast labor because that was both my mom and sister experienced. She became an amazing resource offering books and advice on writing a birth plan, setting the mood, setting boundaries with family and generally helping us think through aspects of the pending labor we hadn’t thought of at all. When the day came, I had to be induced and thus all our preparation for a quick labor was out the window (Just try to plan something for your unborn child and you’ll realize they have their own plan of how to enter the world.) However, as I then learned I didn’t feel labor pains until transition, at which point I was in full blown pushing mode. Prior to that Tephra was there with us the moment they induced labor and then proceeded to hang out for about 10 hours while I was monitored. Tephra and I had great conversations but I didn’t need help coping with pain. Instead of being a pain coach she was there as my best friend and gave my husband time to rest. Once my water broke I began to feel labor pains. Transition hit and she was floating around in the background doing EVERYTHING! Setting the mood, supporting nurses, cold compress, rubbing my back, constant encouragement, and anything my husband needed so he didn’t have to leave my side. Our little boy came and she stayed to help initial feeding, baby lead latch was too special to put in words. She was in no hurry to leave even though it was 4 am. After we had been home and settled she came over for a post-partum visit- checking in again on how he was latching and how I was feeling/recovering/enjoying motherhood. Tephra is amazing and I don’t know what we would have done without her. If and when I have another child she will be the first phone call I make.
Tephra was my doula for my first birth. I planned for a natural birth and wanted to be included in decisions. Informed consent and consent language were important to me, and as a survivor of sexual assault I was uncomfortable with the loss of control that comes with pain meds. I had GBS and my water broke, so we were under a time limit. For the first 11 hours, Tephra helped me cope with contractions and showed my husband how to help too. We established a really good rhythm. My husband was grateful for Tephra's support. She showed him how to be a great birth partner and really boosted his confidence. After 11 hours I hadn't progressed as much as my midwife wanted, so we agreed that I should have my labor augmented with pitocin. I labored precipitously after that, and the routine Tephra had helped me establish was essential for getting through it. My nurse was not respectful of my care preferences, and Tephra advocated for me and narrated what was going on. She made sure I was aware of what people were doing to my body. I went from 4 cm to 10 cm in two hours, with contractions that lasted 3 minutes with seconds between them. I felt like I was going to die, but Tephra kept me calm and helped me cope with the pain. She showed my husband and mother how to help when I wasn't able to instruct them. She made eye contact with me when I needed it and encouraged me in a way that didn't feel corny or irritating. I pushed my baby out then had a severe hemorrhage. They had to take me to the operating room and my husband was terrified. Tephra was a huge comfort to him. I felt less panicked about the separation knowing my family was in good hands. My birth didn't go as planned. Tephra made me feel like a strong woman going through pain rather than a victim. Her presence and strong advocacy made a traumatic day as good as it could have been. I would not have been able to cope without her. Concern over this kind of labor was why I hired a doula, and Tephra did a fantastic job.
Tephra was a great resource for us in our adventures of having our first child! We honestly were so thankful she was apart of our birth. Starting from the beginning, Tephra met with us 2 times before the birth to discuss birth plans, logistics, and answered dozens of our questions. We went into labor around 1 AM on a Thursday night, and Tephra soon showed up at the hospital which was awesome response time! She is very knowledgeable and seemed to be very dedicated to sticking to our birth plan which was important to us. She was positive and energetic and provided lots of guidance and technique while delivering our baby 100% natural. What we loved most about Tephra was her ability to not judge and stay open and honest in all communications and meetings. Having a baby is, in our oppinion, where you run in to the most oppinions from other people...warrented or not. Stick with your gut and dont let other people dictate how you want to have your baby. Tehpra will support any decision you make and will help you along the journey!
Stu and Cindy Teel
Our experience with Tephra as our Doula was absolutely great. She was always punctual for our pre and post-natal visits, quick to respond to any questions we had no matter what time of day it was, and never stopped supporting my wife and I throughout our very long labor. I honestly don't know what we would have done without her help, support, encouragement and guidance. We labored for 26 hours in the hospital and throughout that entire time, Tephra never stopped supporting us. She took excellent care of my wife; helping her focus on breathing, applying counterpressure, helping her stay hydrated and fed, and always ready with next steps for us to help move the labor along. She also took great care of me, staying up with my wife through the night and supporting her through each contraction while I got some rest. She turned what would have been a very difficult experience for the just the two of us into an experience that drew us (my wife and I) closer, and for that I can't thank her enough.
I don't know what we would have done without Tephra. She offered so much widsom, comfort, skill, and kindness throughout my birth. I felt more at ease and comfortable with her there, even when my birth didn't go as I thought it would. She offered rest and peace of mind to my partner, through a long labor. She continually looked after our needs, even after 20+ hours of no sleep. She gave me coping strategies throughout the contractions, helped us weigh out decisions, soothed me when it got tough, helped design game plans of next steps, and physically supported me throughout contractions. The prenatal and post-partum visits were informative, thoughtful, and personable. I give my highest recommendations for Tephra as a doula.
Tephra was the perfect doula. Always ready with just the right touch, never in the way, guided by the mom's needs. Having her there turned the labor and birth process from something that would have been totally overwhelming to something that felt just doable.
We found Tephra on the doulamatch website and spoke to her by phone, and then met with her to make sure it was a good match. We chose her because she was down to earth and had some medical background as an ambulance dispatcher. She knew her boundaries with regards to what her role would be in the birthing room. She was nonjudgmental about the kind of experience we wanted to have and what medical interventions we were planning or interested in. It was very clear that she was there to make our experience better, whatever that experience may be.
Tephra took the time to get to know us and what would be helpful to us, particularly during times of stress. She offered to help us in any way that was needed; picking up food, timing contractions, walking the dog, assistance in getting into certain labor positions and more.
We called her once labor was under way and she was with us in less than two hours. She stayed with us throughout the entire labor, even when the doctor sent us home from Triage because we were not dialated enough for admission. Tephra walked the halls with us to help our labor progress and provided verbal encouragement and reinforcement throughout the labor and worked with nursing staff to get us pillows and blankets so we could rest. When it came time for pushing, Tephra was right there with us supporting us both through the process. She helped us in ways we communicated to her in our in-person meetings prior to going into labor. She knew how to support us and was able to communicate our needs (non-medical) to the nursing staff that was in and out of the room.
We highly recommend Tephra to anyone who is looking for a doula who is 100% committed to supporting you and your needs. We hope you will consider talking to Tephra!
= Available. Calendar last updated: 08-17-2017
= Available. Calendar last updated: 08-17-2017