Phone: (202) 746 2082
Birth Fee: $700
Fee Details: As a doula, I work for you and you alone. I provide non-medical physical & emotional support to you before, during & after the birth of your baby. My fee includes two prenatal visits, support during labor and birth & 1-2 hours following the birth & 2 postpartum visits (one in the hospital & one in your home). Your first prenatal visit will be held in a centering style group setting with other parents. The second will be a private one on one with you, your partner and me. As your doula I offer unlimited support via phone, text & email from the moment you choose to hire me. I am "on-call" & guarantee availability for the two weeks prior to your due date until you deliver your baby. Guaranteed experienced backup doulas are available. Enrollment in any MyBirth childbirth education class is discounted 10% with doula contract. If you have any questions about how I can help to support & empower you through your labor & birth experience, please feel free to contact me.
Birth Doula Experience: 4 years
Clients per Month: 1 to 3Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
I am a RYT 200 Hour Yoga Teacher, a trained Prenatal Yoga teacher through Om Births and Kids Yoga teacher focusing on Baby/Toddler and Caregiver classes. I also work with women using yoga to rebuild abdominal and pelvic floor strength after childbirth.
Languages spoken: English
Service Area MapArea of practice: Richmond, VA
my husband and I hired Laura Grace late in pregnancy and it was by far the best decision we made. I told her immediately after, I can't imagine I ever even questioned hiring a doula. I firmly believe I would not have been able to make it through a 40 plus hour labor without her support, kindness, and amazing ability to provide effective strategies to cope with labor. Laura Grace is a wonderful person and an even better doula. Her balance of knowledge, compassion, and patience greatly enhanced our birth experience and ability to deliver vaginally. I can't say enough about her and how thankful we are we hired her.
My husband and I were unsure we wanted to hire a doula, but in retrospect it was the most important thing we did to prepare for our first child. Laura-Grace’s prenatal support helped us to focus on our transition into parenthood instead of only on baby. The resources, experience, and compassion she shared with us helped us build our birth preferences and feel confident in the first decisions we made as parents. Furthermore, Laura was professional about working with my anxieties and other mental health concerns in a way that was insightful but not clinical. We felt prepared when I went into labor. With me, that is easily said but not easily accomplished. I labored with trust and love instead of with the panic many women are taught to have about birth. When it came to labor, Laura’s presence was a godsend. When she arrived at our home, she quickly helped me to move my baby off my hip, where she had been stuck for several hours. I know that without Laura, I might not have had the strength left to complete my labor naturally. She was tireless, helping me conserve my energy with varying my positions, acupressure, and moral support. Also, I can’t say enough about her post-partum support. Reflecting on my birth with Laura helped me have concrete positive memories that were available to me when I was fighting postpartum anxiety and depression from gaining a strong foothold. Those memories would have otherwise faded quickly with all of the post-birth activity and the responsibility of newborn care. She has told us that she is our doula for life, and I know that isn’t a stilted expression. Laura is great in the way that people are great when they truly are invested in their work. Her love for her work is really remarkable, and my husband and I couldn’t recommend her more highly. Thank you, Laura, for being that pillar that we really needed. We couldn't have wished to find someone more capable or compassionate to share our birth with.
At first, my partner and I were undecided whether we would even have a doula. Now, we can't imagine our experience without Laura Grace's presence! While we were still pregnant, Laura was helpful in providing us with information related to some of the questions and choices that we had regarding our son's birth. We knew that she 100% had our backs in terms of the ultimate decisions we made. Our labor turned out to be a pretty quick one, and I'm still not sure how Laura made it to the hospital before we did, with our room set up the way we wanted, but she did! And during the throes of active labor, Laura was able to provide support to me in a way that I could hear. Afterwards, she made sure that I knew the importance of taking care of myself, as well my baby. Trust us, you want Laura Grace on your team!
We used Laura as our doula for our first pregnancy and she was the best! As first time parents, we had a lot of silly questions. She was always so available and helpful to us and provided helpful and non-judgemental guidance. She really made an effort to educate us about our options without bias and was a lovely and supportive companion to have during a long day (and night) of labor.
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