$800 to $1000
$25 to $35
Type of practice: Solo practice
Clients per month: 1 to 2 births and 1 to 2 postpartum families
Postpartum limits/restrictions: 6 hour minimum for postpartum services provided from 7am -7pm. 6 hour minimum for postpartum services provided from 7pm to 7am.
Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Attends home births? Any Home Birth
Will attend any home birth with a midwife in attendance.
Member of the Georgia Birth Network. Member of DONA International Member of Lamaze International Doula Mentor: Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Georgia
I will work on a sliding scale for lower income or military families. 6 hour minimum for postpartum services provided from 7am -7pm. 6 hour minimum for postpartum services provided from 7pm to 7am.
Kennesaw, GA Service range 75 miles
We hired Stephanie as our doula for the birth of our first child. We appreciated her preparation for the initial interview, her inclusion of both parents as important in the birthing process, and her availability throughout the entire pregnancy and months after our child was born. Stephanie's knowledge and experience allowed us to identify what we desired out of our birth experience while introducing us to a variety of scenarios that could occur so we could process and pre-decide what we would like to happen in those scenarios. Stephanie has an impressive toolkit of items to aid in the birthing process. She kept in touch to find out how our appointments were going and after what turned out to be our last appointment before giving birth, her intuition had us ready to go into labor even while the doctors were predicting another few days. We had a precipitous labor and Stephanie's flexibility was a blessing since she ended up having to meet us at the hospital closest to our house instead of the hospital where we'd planned to deliver. Although our child was born before she arrived (it was less than 2 hours from when we woke up with the first painful contraction to when we held our child in our arms), she still came to the hospital and stayed to offer amazing post-partum care. Even now, she checks on our family and celebrates our child's milestones. She is always willing to answer our questions no matter the frequency, redundancy, or way we ask them. We truly appreciate her availability and willingness to still offer support to our family. We feel confident that we can still reach out to her when we need advice (can you say infant sleep regression?!). So, all of this is to say that we highly recommend Stephanie as a doula. Her presence made a difference in how prepared, comfortable, and confident we approached and concluded our birthing experience. Bonus: she always told us how grateful she is for us opening up our lives to her!
We hired Stephanie as our doula in Spring of 2020. After interviewing several doulas, it was clear that Stephanie was the most prepared, the most professional (had certifications readily available, etc) and was the quickest to respond.
Stephanie was a HUMONGOUS help, even before labor. Any questions I had, she responded to immediately and gave good advice.
She supported our decisions and wants without question. Although I am sure our philosophies differed on some issues (I mean, who has the exact same idea concerning birth?), I only ever felt support from Stephanie. My first labor (no doula) and this one were night and day different. Stephanie's presence made the overall experience positive and empowering. Her coaching helped me through contractions. She eased my husband's concerns when he was worried about different aspects of labor. She got along well with hospital staff. Although it ended in an emergency C-section, Stephanie was worth every penny!
My husband and I couldn’t have been happier with Stephanie. She was our doula for the birth of our first child in July of 2019. She was fantastic support from day one. It was great to be able to ask her questions – sometimes you aren’t sure if what you’re experiencing is worth bothering your doctor about, but you still want answers or assurance.
Stephanie spent a lot of time with us preparing, working on our birth plan, answering questions, and discussing scenarios. We often went over our time in our appointments with her, but she never made us feel rushed, like we had to stop before we had all the answers we needed.
As it turns out, our birth plan went out the window: I went into labor two and a half weeks early. I was in labor for 17 hours. My epidural stopped working twice. And during active labor, my daughter’s heart rate dropped – we almost had to have an emergency C-section. Throughout every new curveball we got thrown, Stephanie was there to be a calming presence, help me breathe and focus, and during the long downtime allow my husband to step out for food without feeling like he was leaving me alone. It was also extremely helpful that we had already discussed all kinds of contingency plans and put them into a document so we didn’t need to worry about what to do in moments of panic or pain.
Additionally, Stephanie also was a great help during my post-partum period. I had lots of little issues – again, the sort of thing that I wondered if it was something that warranted calling my doctor. It was nice to be able to have someone to call for advice when I was sleep-deprived and stressed out from being a brand-new mom.
I would definitely recommend Stephanie as a doula, and if my husband and I have another baby, we will absolutely be calling on her.
We are very fortunate to have Stephanie as our doula. I was stressed after delivering the little one, and often felt clueless when the little started to cry or fuzz. Stephanie was so knowledgable and emotionally supportive. She could fix problems easily and share with us tricks, and talking to her could always make me feel much better. She is really good with my baby and we kept asking for her help even as my little one turns over six months now. Stephanie is really flexible, and she always tries to come and help us out. I would definitely recommend her to all my friends.
Stephanie is a wonderful doula to work with! I decided to hire a doula for the birth of our second child. Our experience with our first birth was very rushed, and I felt out of control and overwhelmed, so hiring a doula for our second child was new to my husband and I. Stephanie was very thorough in explaining her support role to us and had everything in writing, printed out, and ready to hand to us or email, which was so hopeful (because pregnancy brain!). There were no surprises or confusing moments in the birth of our daughter because Stephanie was so well prepared. When my daughter flipped breach two weeks before her due date, Stephanie reminded me of her supportive role, regardless of whether my intended natural birth ended in a cesarean or not, she would still be there to help! Thankfully, baby flipped around and I was able to labor naturally, with the help of my husband and Stephanie. Stephanie was always very careful to not overstep boundaries or take too much part in her role, allowing my husband to be my primary helper (which is what we wanted after our tough experience in the birth of our first child). Her techniques, the use of her TENS unit (which was amazing!), and calm nature helped me make it through my induced labor without pain meds or an epidural. I wasn’t even totally against using pain medication or an epidural and made it clear I may choose the relief if I couldn’t handle the pain, and Stephanie was completely supportive of that and never pressured me to go all natural. However, with her help, I was able to save my energy and cope with my contractions and pain only with the TENS unit. The recovery process was much easier for me this time around, and I believe it was because of how smoothly this birth experience went. I would recommend Stephanie to anyone with any goal for their birth!
There's not enough space on this form to express how much Stephanie meant to my husband and I during the 24 hour labor that brought our second and last child into the world. Because of a blood incompatibility issue I was induced at 39 weeks and the day that I spent I labor was calm and controlled until the very end. Stephanie maintained a high level of professionalism in spite of a rude nurse and disappearing doctor. She helped us achieve our goal of no epidural in the face of back labor and pitocin! I could not recomemd her any higher for both the experienced and first time mother! If our family wasn't complete I'd be hiring her again.
Since I got pregnant I knew I wanted a doula. Someone who can support me and my husband in the delivery room, someone who will provide balanced information about medical procedures and what to expect, without creating fear and mistrust of medical professionals. When we met Stephanie for an initial consultation what struck me was how organized and prepared she was. I also liked the fact that she had worked at an ob/gyn office, but at the same time was knowledgeable about non medical techniques to help through labor. I immediately could tell that I could rely on her. Even before we signed a contract she helped me find information about birth photography, and she was always available by phone to address my questions and concerns. She is a person of her word and if she promises something she will deliver. My labor went very well even though it happened very unexpectedly and a month early. It was completely natural and unmedicated. Stephanie stayed in touch on the phone while we were assessing the situation and arrived at the hospital exactly at the right time. She was a perfect team player, going along with the situation and helping as needed. She let me follow my body’s natural inclination. She stayed a long time after delivery, helping with breastfeeding, showing how to swaddle, and she only left when we got comfortable to stay alone with our baby. I can definitely recommend Stephanie. She is very centered in her approach to birth, she is solid and reliable, friendly and adaptable to a specific situation. She always goes above and beyond.
Stephanie Wagner is meant to be a doula. She's resourceful, practical, upfront, and honest. Her diverse background provides a good link between holistic approaches and standard medical care. Her methods incorporate both realms. Her techniques gently pushes clients to think outside of their comfort zones by opening their eyes to various scenarios and options. If it hadn't been for Stephanie's preparation I would have given in to fear and panic in an undesirable situation during delivery. She helped me to fully embrace the potential for things to go differently than expected, as births often do. I am grateful for her support and presence during my entire pregancy and birth.
Stephanie was amazing. She was indispensable to me and my husband througout the entire process from preparing for the birth and achieving our labor and delivery goals, to adjusting to life with a newborn. She was completely nonjudgemental and supportive at all times, adapting her services to provide what we needed when we needed it. This is incredibly important, as everyone has a unique situation. In our case, I am a medical professional, while my husband can't stand the sight of blood (or the thought of it) and was not sure he could handle being present during the birth at all. But with Stephanie's help and support, he was able to experience the birth of our daughter relatively unscathed and atraumatized. Stephanie somehow managed to help him in this way while also coaching me through every step of labor and delivery! Her services complemented those of the medical team and my support team (my mother and my husband), creating a harmonious and positive overall experience. I would definitely request her services again for myself and recommend her to any friends and family in search of a doula.
Stephanie was a fantastic doula to work with! She made our VBAC birth experience stress free as she supported each decision and provided more natural and non-medical pain relief options (Hello, TENS unit!), positioning help (even after an epidural) and loads of fantastic information! I would highly recommend her to anyone, whether VBAC, FTM or other for that extra support often needed during labor!
Stephanie was a fantastic doula! She was very knowledgeable, supportive, and kind. I was enthusiastic to have a non-medicated labor and delivery and she supported me and my husband through the whole process. As I labored, we tried several positions to help keep my comfort level up. She even rubbed my lower back for what seemed like hours as I labored on my hands and knees. She only did what I wanted or needed. This was our first child and we highly recommend adding Stephanie to your L&D team!!
I knew I wanted a doula for my labor/delivery knowing my husband and I could use some additional support. Stephanie was very helpful in talking through my anxiety leading up to labor and working through the fears I had as a result of my first pregnancy. My baby came a couple weeks before her due date, but Stephanie was ready to meet us in the middle of the night and stayed the entire day/evening with us. It was great to have Stephanie with us so that my husband could focus on supporting me and have breaks so that he could continue focusing on what I needed along the way. We were glad to have her at each step before and during the pregnancy/labor as she provided many opportunities for education. Stephanie was able to offer the use of the TENS unit, which was a great tool in offering physical relief. I don’t think we would have had such an incredibly positive birth experience if we hadn’t had the additional help.
Stephanie played a vital role in our daughter's birth. Her fun, inviting personality was just what we were looking for in a doula. Stephanie truly cares about the couples she helps, and will bend over backwards for them. When the big day came, she provided constant physical and emotional support. She also allowed my husband to be hands on, both working in tandem marvelously during my contractions. Even the nurses acknowledged how great she was! I am forever grateful that I had Stephanie by my side!
Stephanie was very supportive throughout my pregnancy and birth. She came to meet me and answer questions/get to know each other, and she came my way again to meet my husband and son and for two prenatal visits to go over comfort techniques. She was very friendly and was receptive to all my ideas and requests. She promptly replied to my communications. I ended up needing to have an unexpected c-section since we discovered my baby was breech when I went into labor, so her role was more limited than we expected, but she was available and supportive and helped with pain management as I was having contractions while awaiting surgery. She also came to my house for a post partum visit, which was a big help on my first day home alone with my two boys after my husband went back to work. I would recommend her to friends.
I became pregnant with my first child at the age of 35. I was scared to death. My pregnancy was rough because I had horrible nausea the entire time. I absolutely dreaded the labor and delivery. I had a history of anxiety and the pregnancy made it worse. Of course, the looming birth terrified me. My husband and I took birthing classes. I decided early on that I would not use drugs/epidural. My birthing plan was to keep everything as natural as possible. I also chose to use a mid wife at my OB/GYN. At the time, I was not even thinking about using a doula.Fast forward to my labor and delivery. My daughter decided to make her entrance into theworld a week early. I got to the hospital via ambulance. All I could think about was calling my parents and my doula. When I called Stephanie and told her that I was at the hospital, she dropped everything to be by my side. Stephanie was able to do what no one else could. She kept my anxiety at bay. Stephanie kept me calm and focused so that I was able to concentrate. I honestly don't know what I would have done without her. She instinctively knew when to talk to me, rub my back or just silently stand beside me. Stephanie stayed by my side for over 8 hours. She was an incredible source of comfort, encouragement and knowledge to help ease my worries. I was able to successfully delivermy daughter via vaginal delivery, without any drugs. Stephanie is kind, warm, and funny. She has a wonderful ability to make people feel comfortable in all situations. I highly recommend her as a doula. I would definitly use her again.
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