Birth Fee: $900 to $1100
Fee Details: My services are based on prenatal time and are on a sliding scale, with deposit and contract of services wanted or needed.
Birth Doula Experience: 3 years and 21 births attended
Clients per Month: 1 to 2Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Siena House of Santa Cruz Janus Doula Program Collective Wings Perinatal Program Birth Network Santa Cruz
Languages spoken: English, Spanish
I decided to have a doula very late in my pregnancy and I chose Sylvia after a few interviews with different doulas. I couldn't be happier with my choice. Sylvia worked with my budget and limited time. She is very committed to what she does. She is genuine, caring and reliable. These together made me feel very comfortable with her in the short amount of time we had before my due date.
She helped me prepare a detailed birth plan and shared it with the nurses as needed during labor. Her attitude is also very calm and confident at the same time, which is what I needed during those intense and stressful times. During my labor, she appeared experienced and very helpful with her massage techniques.
In her doula package, she also included a few sessions of photography before, during and after delivery. The photos turned out great. Especially the ones during labor, which capture the pureness and beauty of those moments.
It was also very relieving and nice having her support for two weeks after delivery as well.
I strongly recommend Sylvia as a birth doula. Thank you Sylvia!
Where do I begin? First off Sylvia was by far the best choice my family and I could have ever made. From our first meeting she was organized, attentive, sympathetic, caring and knowledgeable. Due to unforeseen issues with my pregnancy and schedule, I was only able to connect with her toward the end of my pregnancy, but that didn't diminish her commitment or communication with resources and guidance. We met as often as we could and she worked with my schedule flawlessly. She also didn't push any particular method or ideals on to me which I very much appreciated. If there was a particular route I wanted to aim for or avoid she was there for me without judgment, and with an abundance of information. I am completely thankful for all of it. On the "Big Day" Sylvia helped keep me calm and grounded and was such a positive presence that it helped give me strength and confidence through it all. My "Birth Plan" was to have a non medicated Vbac, however due to complications with my sons heart rate and a few other factors I ended up having a C-section. Those were probably the hardest moments of my life, deciding to go off plan, however Sylvia was there through all the tears, and even helped guide Doctors and nurses away as my husband and I talked it through. Honestly she is just AMAZING!
Not sure if my specific birth plan (or lack there of) was easy or hard to deal with by such a thorough and put together person. Sylvia took extra care in all aspects of my pregnancy and birth plan... I just sort of showed up and did my best. She made sure that everything else went smoothly which now that I'm writing it out is probably exactly what a Doula is supposed to be doing/have done. She had all manner of helpful advice and answers and everything from special tea and guided meditation, a belly cast and photos of the birth, to and an open mind and heart which were really the two main things I needed. My little one and I are so lucky that she is part of our story.
I have never met a doula like Sylvia! The birthing world is so lucky to have this bilingual, multicultural and young beautiful spirit! Her ability to connect and tune in to people and meet them were they are is remarkable. Her kindness, generosity, work ethic, creativity, organizational, punctuality and thoroughness are qualities natural to her. Her intuition and clear communication skills are signs of a true healer. Her commitment and dedication to serving ALL birthing people is admirable. As an experinced doula and nursing midwifery student myself, I would always chose Sylvia to be my first back up. Clients of all ages and backgrounds adore her for her ability to jump right in to any situation bringing her full self, providing unbised though complete information to the table and always respecting and supporting clients' wishes and needs. Thank you Sylvia for being so original and magical! We need more doulas like you!
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