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Stephanie Southard

Birth Fee: $0 to $1200

Postpartum Rate: $35 to $55

Fee Details: $35/hour daytime (minimum 3 hours) $55/hour nighttime (minimum 6 hours) - sliding scale

Birth Doula Experience: 3 years and 13 births attended

Postpartum Doula Experience: 2 years and 7 families served

Doula Training

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

Clients per Month: 0 to 2 births and 0 to 6 postpartum families

Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Attends home births? Any Home Birth

Other Relevant Certifications

  • CPR Certified - Red Cross
  • Neonatal Resuscitation Certified (American Academy of Pediatrics)

College Education

  • BA/BS

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Addiction Recovery
  • Adoption
  • Cesarean birth
  • Clients on bed rest
  • Domestic Violence
  • High risk
  • Home Birth
  • LGBTQP Families
  • Multiples
  • Over 40
  • Postpartum mood disorders
  • Prematurity
  • Relinquishing mothers
  • Single parents
  • Spanish Speaking
  • Special needs babies
  • Survivors of Previous Life Trauma
  • Survivors of childhood sexual abuse
  • Teens
  • Twins
  • VBAC
  • Waterbirth

Special Services Offered

  • American Red Cross First Aid and CPR
  • Antepartum doula
  • Baby sign language education
  • Babywearing education
  • Belly casting
  • Birth counseling for survivors of childhood sexual abuse
  • Cancer patients and survivors
  • Cloth diapering education
  • Miscarriage Support (Before, During or After)
  • Mother blessing celebrations
  • Pregnancy, birth and/or newborn photography
  • Reduced rates for women considering adoption
  • Sibling support (for your older children at the birth)

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

Family Health and Birth Center - Washington, DC volunteer doula

Languages spoken: English, Spanish

Client Testimonials for Stephanie Southard

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Julia Smith

I hired Stephanie as a birth doula while she was a student at Duke University in mid-2017. I gave birth to my son in 9/2017. 

Wow. This woman is an amazing. Stephanie is warm and made me feel so well cared for. She is one of the most patient and enouraging people I have ever met. During our consultation, home-visits and during my labor, she was present and reminded me that I was doing a great job and she was there to support me. I was amazed by her attention to me (and my husband) throughout my 18-hour labor. My experience giving birth was better because of Stephanie. I know she will make an incredible Ob/Gyn one day!

Thank you so much, Stephanie. 

Julia, Andrew & AJ 

Posted 1/29/2018

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Morgan Lee

Stephanie had a pleasant energy during all of her visits to our home.  My wife was pregnant with our first child, and Stephanie assuaged our new-parent fears.  Breastfeeding was something neither of us was familiar with.  Stephanie walked us through the process of breastfeeding and connected us with the Breastfeeding Center for Greater Washington, which we had never heard of.  Stephanie was also helpful in teaching us swaddling and newborn bathing techniques. Greatly appreciated and highly recommended. 

Posted 1/25/2018

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Sara Anderson

Stephanie is an outstanding doula; I feel so lucky to have found her!

Stephanie was an invaluable resource to me before, during and after the birth of my first son; an amazing comfort while in labor, a source of information and support and an advocate for my goals when I couldn’t be. She is open-minded, able to evaluate and analyze issues and is clear and consistent in the way she communicates. I will always cherish the fact that she made me feel comfortable and confident when I was confused and overwhelmed. Stephanie is self-aware, listens without judgment and has a principled work ethic and respectful demeanor. She is extremely knowledgeable about pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period and was a breastfeeding lifesaver during my son’s first week home when this was a struggle. Her kindness, honesty, open-mindedness and flexibility made a profoundly positive impact on my experience transitioning to motherhood.

I cannot recommend her enough! Thank you Stephanie!


Posted 4/27/2016

Birth Availability for Stephanie Southard

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Postpartum Availability for Stephanie Southard

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