Birth Fee: $500 to $700
Fee Details: I entered the birth world after my own empowering hospital birth. Following my birth I trained w/ toLabor, & completed in depth training & mentoring at MyBirth. I use the hands on experience I have gained as a doula as well as my training to provide evidence based information & physical/emotional support for my clients. I have also completed an acupressure & moxibustion workshop, and I am familiar w/ Rebozo & Spinning Babies techniques. My personal birth philosophy is that birth, & the time surrounding birth, is a powerful & vulnerable time in the life of laboring person & their family. I believe that birth often unfolds smoothly & safely on it’s own, but sometimes interventions are necessary & desired. My goal is to provide you with the support, tools & information you need to birth with confidence. Contact me for a full description of what my fee includes. (Please feel free to contact me with your financial needs, I am happy to accommodate all families.)
Birth Doula Experience: 2 years and 18 births attended
Not SpecifiedType of Practice: Partnership with 2 or more doulas
Clients per Month: 1 to 4Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Languages spoken: English
Service Area MapArea of practice: Richmond, VA
If you are on the fence about getting a doula, DO IT! It was single-handedly the best decision we made in preparing for the birth of our second child. Bailey was absolutely perfect for us! I chose Bailey because she immediately gave me a sense of calm and confidence when we were talking about the disappointing birth I experienced with our first chlid. Throughout my pregnancy, she was communicative, did a lot of research and problem solving for me when I had certain questions, and was most importantly a shoulder to lean on and a sounding board whenever I needed her. Toward the end of my pregnancy, she stayed in constant communication and helped me stay focused and believe in my body when I started to doubt myself. My baby turned transverse in my 40th week. When I started to panic, she kept me calm and gave me a lot of options to try, even dropping everything for an accupressure session. Our hard work paid off and he turned and I went into labor on my own! As I labored at home, she stayed in contact and joined us when the time came. When we headed to the hospital, she quickly got my room ready, made sure the nurses saw our birth preferences, and helped my husband be the perfect birth partner. Bailey was there every step of the way, but wasn't the focus. My husband and I were so connected because she gave him the confidence to know how to help me. She guided us to try different laboring and pushing positions. When the going got really tough while pushing, she continued to share her belief with me and in no time, our sweet son was Earthside! The labor and delivery that I always dreamed of came true and I owe a huge part of it to Bailey! She was there every step of the way and truly felt like family. Even after delivery if I had any questions I knew I could reach out. She checked in on us frequently and I never felt alone. Working with Bailey was a beautiful experience and makes me want to have a hundred babies! We love you, Bailey!
Where do I even begin? Bailey was absolutely amazing and I wouldn't have made it through without her! She was there for me from the beginning with any questions or concerns I had during my pregnancy. She always took time out to check in on me and make sure that everything with my pregnancy was going well. When I went into labor she helped to calm me down and remind me of different things to do to stay comfortable before we went to the hospital. Once we were at the hospital and in the thick of things she helped to press on my pressure points, motivate me, and remind me of what was happening and how to get through it. She was absolutely amazing. Bailey not only helped me but she helped my husband get me through labor. When my "plan" wasn't working she supported me and every decision I made. I couldn't have done it without her. Thank you Bailey!!! You are truly amazing!
Bailey was simply amazing! We hired her on a Saturday, and my water broke unexpectedly on Monday at 35 weeks. she was at the hospital within an hour of calling her despite not even having a aohned contract in hand. she was professional and thorough with her knowledge of getting labor started, managing labor pain when little was turned the wrong way and finally calling the nurse to say it was time to push. I can't imagine a more caring and compassionage lady. Our little one spent a few days in the nicu (just to grow a bit - no serious medical problems), and Bailey checked in with me everyday, multiple times a day. and of course, when he came home, she came for a visit to help ensure that everything was going well. we are forever grateful to Bailey. without her, the birth of our son would have been infinitely more overwhelming.
I had such a wonderful experience with Bailey as my doula. She exceeded my expectations. I didn't anticipate all the prenatal education that she gave me, and I was so thankful for it. Knowing what to anticipate and talking out different scenarios really helped to put my mind at ease in anticipation for the birth of our second child. My first son was a c-section, and my goal was a natural VBAC. She assisted with trying to get my body to go into labor with accupressure and education on different positions and exercises I could do to get my body ready. Even though the VBAC wasn't successful, I still had a very positive labor/birth experience and Bailey was a large reason why. At the beginning of labor, she came to my house and helped me get into different positions and encouraged me to continue laboring at home (which is what I wanted, but my nerves were getting the best of me). By the time we arrived to the hospital, I was 7cm. I continued to labor at the hospital for 11 more hours and Bailey never left my side. We walked the halls, stairs, and did many different positions to help baby drop. My husband and I would have been so lost without her. She also was amazing at showing my husband how to help and keep me comfortable. I never felt like she was in the way or was taking the place of what I wanted my husband to do which was important to me. Up until the point where a c-section was necessary, I had a natural, medication-free labor and I was grateful for that. I knew that we did everything we could to achieve a VBAC, but a c-section is what my baby needed to have a safe delivery. I have no regrets when it comes to my labor experience, only positive memories and I have Bailey and Dr. Hirata to largely thank for that.
Our birth experience was not exactly what we had hoped to experience. Aside from a C section, it was about as medical as they come. With that said, Bailey was still a wonderful asset and so very comforting to have present.
We did not really prepare for pregnancy and birth like many people-we did not go to classes. I only listened to one or two parenting books on CD. My friend had a great way of describing our approach-"I don't plan on doing this often enough to warrant my becoming an expert. I just need to get through it a time or two"This is why having a doula was so wonderful-she knew all the details and helped coach us through it. I felt so much more at ease knowing she was a source I could trust to give me the pros and cons of decisions in the moment when I was in too much pain to think straight.
Bailey educated us on the process before we went to the hospital. Then she helped my husband help me with the pain with natural techniques li pressing on my hips. She even held me up when my husband almost passed out while holding me up for my epidural!
Bailey made sure we were ok after the birth and let us have time as a family after. She came to the house several times after birth to help with breast feeding and make sure I was ok and the baby was great. it was wonderful to have her reassurance on the things I had no clue on how to do as a new mom.
We loved her laid back style and energy. It was perfect!
Full disclosure, my experience was not the birth I had hoped for, but with my support team (Bailey, my midwife, my best friend, and my husband) we were able to make the experience an overwhelmingly positive one. When I was feeling nauseated, she was there to hand my husband a bucket. When I was looking overwhelmed, she would procure q-tips with peppermint or lavender oil to touch to my nose so the scent would bring me around. When I mentioned my feet felt like they were seizing up, she was there rubbing them with essential oils. When the crowning turned into a pain marathon, she was handing over endless quantities of oil for the midwife to use.
It's thanks to their efforts that I didn't get torn in half, turned off entirely from the whole concept of having another child, or thoroughly mishandled by well-intentioned but basically uninformed medical staff. Bailey's calm, soothing voice was always in the back of my mind, cutting through the excited voices of the nurses like a cool breeze in the middle of a tropical heat wave. She gave me something to focus on besides "PUSH!" (ad infinitum ad nauseum). And after the birth she was able to discreetly tag team my exhausted husband and follow up with us at the hospital the next day.
At no point did I feel pressured into doing anything I didn't want for myself, and though I ended up needing an epidural after 29 hours of no sleep and no releif from back labor, she was thoroughly supportive. We discussed pros and cons, I didn't feel like I was being shoved into unnecessary medical intervention land, and her assurances that I was doing the right thing kept me from spiraling into a cycle of self loathing. Her continued support has helped me to feel as though I could do this all over again, without blinking.
My husband and I had the good fortune to meet Bailey the day I went into labor! It was a crazy story...basically we'd decided at about 35 weeks that we wanted to try for a low intervention birth and that we wanted to find a Doula to help coach us through the process. On Monday May 16th I was 36 weeks exactly. That evening at 6:30 pm we had our first interview with Bailey to see if it was a good fit. We had a great interview and decided to hire her on the way home. That was around 7:15. At 8:30 that night my water broke! We anxiously packed our bags and headed to the hospital. On the way my husband called Bailey and told her the crazy news and asked if she'd be interested and available in joining us immediately. To our suprise Bailey dropped everything and joined us at the hospital that evening and again the next morning when my labor began to progress. To say that it was a game changer would be an understatement. The timing of meeting Bailey felt like divine intervention. She really helped us feel way more confident, educated and relaxed throughout the whole process--particularly because we were preterm. Bailey is young but wise beyond her years. Super smart, kind, knoweldgable and nurturing she's everything you could want in a birthing coach. She has a wonderful future ahead of her as a Doula or wherever that journey may take her. I can't recommend working with her enough!
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