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Abbie Gibitz

Joyful Birth


Phone: 859-553-4920

Birth Fee: $800

Postpartum Rate: $25

Fee Details: I am happy to discuss payment plans, bartering options or a price discount based on need.

Birth Doula Experience: 6 years and 43 births attended

Postpartum Doula Experience: 0 years

Birth Doula Certifications

  • DONA International - Certified Birth Doula

Doula Training

  • DONA International, November 2012
Type of Practice: Solo practice

Clients per Month: 1 to 3 births and 1 to 2 postpartum families

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

Childbirth Education Certifications

  • Lamaze International

College Education

  • MA/MS

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Home Birth
  • Teens
  • VBAC
  • Waterbirth

Special Services Offered

  • Childbirth Education Services

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

Volunteer at a local home for teen moms as a child birth educator and doula

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Client Testimonials for Abbie Gibitz

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Victoria Wilson

Abbie is an amazing doula!! My third pregnancy was tougher and she always provided calm reassurance. Talking to Abbie about my concerns was like a warm hug and made me feel a million times better! She is knowledgeable and kind, which make her an amazing doula. Her support was unwavering and our family was able to transition and welcome our new addition with lots of grace thanks to Abbie's work .

Posted 5/23/2018

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Joy Vaughan

Abbie is an experienced and excellent doula. She has a gentle strength and soothing personality. Her aid during birthing was exactly what we needed. She assisted my husband and was an intregal part of our team. 

Posted 10/12/2017

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Kimberly Hubbard

Abbie went above and beyond what we could have ever imagined in all aspects of our birthing experience. She provided us with valuable resources, and was quick to respond to any questions we had prior to delivery. Our little girl was born via c-section after around 36 hours of labor, and Abbie's calm, caring presence was an absolute blessing in the hours that I labored as well as in the operating room. Abbie attended not only to me, but also made sure my husband ate and got some sleep. Her services were truly priceless. 

Posted 8/19/2017

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Clayton Cooney

Abbie Gibitz was our doula during the pregnancy and birth of our first child. She provided resouces and information that helped us make decisions about our birth experience. Abbie was our advocate and companion who gave us valuable, hands-on help in the physical, mental, and emotional areas of birth. As a first-time mother with many questions, I can't imagine doing it without her! 

Posted 8/2/2017

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Julia Gillim

We decided 2 weeks before my due date that we wanted a doula and after interviewing several, we decided on Abbie. We wanted someone with a Christian faith background that would join is in prayer and Abbie did just that. She was so helpful and supportive during my labor to not only me, but also my husband. I have no doubt that having Abbie as our doula helped me achieve my dreams of a natural childbirth. We will definitely use her again next time! 

Posted 7/2/2017

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Claire Hobson

When my husband told me he was going to be away training for the birth of our child  I knew that I wanted a doula;  looking back, I can't imagine not having Abbie even if he was there. Using the Bradley method we thought we were ready for everything,  but you are never ready for the experience of your first delivery. It tests you and stretches you  and most women these days -  me included -  haven't  seven a birth up close let alone a non-medicated birth.  Abbie has seen dozens and she made me feel like I had an advocate in the delivery room. I just cannot recommend her enough. 

Posted 7/1/2017

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Rachel Burdick Baumgartner

Abbie was my doula for the birth of my second child. My labor was much faster and much more intense during my second birth. Abbie's encouragement, confidence, and calm presence helped strengthen me during my labor. I will never forget how she kept telling me that I was strong, I could do it, I was doing great, and I was already doing it. There was a defining point in my labor when her words became my words and I declared that I was tired, but strong. Those words have defined me in this season of motherhood. Abbie spoke truth over me, my baby, and my husband. I am forever thankful.

Abbie was available and attentive in every stage of my birth experience. She met my family at mid-pregnancy and in my third trimester. She answered questions and was a safe person to talk to late at night during early labor contractions. We had a false alarm during my early labor and Abbie went with us to see the midwife a few days before our birth. She made our hospital room cozy with special touches and had a bag full of extra things to support my husband and I during labor. She stayed until my baby and I bonded and nursed for the first time. Abbie took our first family photos and several candid photos that I will cherish forever. She came back to visit us a few days after the baby was born. Her presence was consistently warm and confident. I am so thankful for her prayers over us in these life changing moments.

Abbie helped my husband know how to help me and tag teamed in comfort support measures during my intense labor. I could not have achieved my birth goals without her support and encouragement. Abbie is knowledgable, kind, warm, safe, confident, encouraging, hope-filled, sensitive to the needs of others, and professional. I highly recommend Abbie to all my friends!

Posted 5/9/2017

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Kendra Bryan

We used Abbie's services in April 2017 for the birth of our first baby and she was so, so amazing! I can't recommend Abbie highly enough! From the first meeting to the preparation meeting to the actual birth, she was very warm, open, and professional. She went over helpful things for both me and my husband getting ready for the big day and was always ready to answer any questions we had- in person or via text or phone. Her presence is very calming and she was such a big comfort and help to both of us at my daughter's birth. She was always ready with encouragement, a new suggestion for pain relief, a sip of juice, or a calming massage. Her prayers for us during labor were cherished. She was there for us from when contractions were starting to intensify to the very end at two in the morning! I definitely think it would have been a very different experience without her. My husband agrees since having her there helped him not have to worry about everything on his own. He is already recommending doulas to everyone. So glad Abbie was my doula! If you're pregnant, you will not regret hiring her. Do it now!

Posted 5/3/2017

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