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Anna Westley CD/PCD(DONA), HCHD

Open Source Birth

Website: http://www.opensourcebirth.com/

Phone: 413-325-6056

Birth Fee: $800 to $1400

Postpartum Rate: $25 to $45

Fee Details: I use a sliding scale based on income. See my website for details.

Birth Doula Experience: 14 years and 50 births attended

Postpartum Doula Experience: 13 years and 80 families served

Birth Doula Certifications

  • DONA International - Certified Birth Doula
  • Hypnobabies - Certified Hypno-Doula

Postpartum Doula Certifications

  • DONA International - Certified Postpartum Doula

Doula Training

  • DONA International, January 2005
  • Hypnobabies, February 2017
Type of Practice: Solo practice

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

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

College Education

  • BA/BS

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Cesarean birth
  • Expected stillbirth
  • Families conceiving with ART and IVF
  • Home Birth
  • Induced and high medical technology labor & birth
  • LGBTQP Families
  • Multiples
  • Over 40
  • Postpartum mood disorders
  • Remote and rural clients birthing away from home
  • Single parents
  • Special needs babies
  • Surrogacy
  • Survivors of childhood sexual abuse
  • Twins
  • VBAC
  • Waterbirth

Special Services Offered

  • Antepartum doula
  • Baby-led weaning
  • Babywearing education
  • Bereavement doula (pregnancy & infant loss)
  • Cloth diapering education
  • Elimination communication education
  • Pregnancy, birth and/or newborn photography
  • Sibling support (for your older children at the birth)
  • Surrogates and intended parents

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

Treasurer of the Board, Green River Doula Network Home Visit Volunteer, It Takes a Village - the Hilltown Village

Languages spoken: English

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Client Testimonials for Anna Westley CD/PCD(DONA), HCHD

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Elizabeth Salerno Valdez

Anna completed our birth team, and frankly, we don’t know how we could have done it without her. As a person, Anna is genuine, kind and warm. As a doula, she proved herself to be a pregnancy, birth and baby encyclopedia! She offers a flexible approach to the process that is as involved or as low-touch as you need it to be. More importantly, you can tell she LOVES her job. She loves the birthing folks that she works with, the babies that come, and she has a great working relationship with the medical staff. She’s the perfect liaison between the intimate birthing experience and the medical process. Additionally, Anna connected us with her extensive network, and was able to provide relevant resources in the community and online.

Anna came highly recommended from members of the yoga community, as well as the childbirth educator associated with our medical care. We were new to the area, had no family nearby, and wanted a doula to be part of our experience. We sought a team-based approach with an active role for my partner. From the beginning we found Anna to be an incredible source of knowledge. With her support, she helped us set reasonable expectations for the labor and delivery process. During the birth experience, Anna’s presence was warm, soothing, and centering. Anna provided support to both my husband and I in different ways. At every stage of labor, Anna explained the process, validated the intensity of my experiences, and made me feel safe. We wholeheartedly recommend Anna to anyone looking for a genuine, kind, supportive, knowledgeable, and flexible doula to enhance their birth experience.

Posted 2/11/2019

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Andrew Cornell

Anna is a wonderful person and a wonderful doula! In meetings earlier in my partner's pregnancy, she helped us figure out how we wanted the birth to go and recommended a terrific hospital.  We hadn't even thought about having multiple options for hospitals, but she helped us find the right one.  She was great at helping me figure out what roles I would play as a father during the birth.  When the day came, she stepped in at just the right point, guiding us through the process, giving support, helping us get what we needed from the midwife and other hospital staff.  She's fun, funny, and caring, very much about helping you have the experience you want rather than prescribing someone else version of a natural birth or idea of what it means to be a progressive parent, etc.  We would definitely work with her again if we were to have another baby!

Posted 6/30/2017

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Charlotte Capogna-Amias

Anna was an incredible doula- I can't recommend her highly enough!  I felt so supported by her leading up to the birth of our son, during labor and postpartum. One of the things I appreciate most about Anna is her knowledge and experience with both natural birth and western medicine/allopathic practices and her complete non-judgment and understanding about how both modalities can be helpful during labor and birth. I think this is actually an incredibly important quality in the complex world of birth where there is a lot of judgment on both ends of the spectrum. Anna brings a wealth of knowledge and years of experience. 

Anna also is very warm and personable. My spouse and I both immediately felt comfortable with her and knew she was the doula we wanted to select. Anna is also professional and a clear communicator. I felt in very good hands throughout the process.

Anna greatly assisted me in developing a birth plan I felt really good about, which was invaluable. She made excellent suggestions and I do feel that these helped me have a positive birth experience.

During my labor, Anna was kind, gentle, reassuring and listened to what I needed and supported me in those ways (many hours of me leaning on her standing upright; lots of lower back massaging!).  

Anna was also completely supportive and knowledgable about how to support us as a same-sex couple. She also has knowledge about infertility, pregnancy loss, and assisted reproductive technology and how these might affect someone who has experienced these things during their pregnancy and birth.

I recommend Anna highly- she's wonderful!

Posted 6/28/2017

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Irene McGarrity

Working with Anna was a fantastic experience for both me and my partner. She brings a ton of knowledge and experience to the table, and she takes the time to listen deeply and adapt to the specific needs of her clients. She visited our home twice before the birth of our daughter for in-depth discussions about our questions, concerns, and feelings. In that time she really got to know us both deeply. 

Anna has a strong intuition about the progression of labor which helped me labor at home for as long as possible, confident that she would help us get to the hospital on time. She was a very calm and supportive presence and had great instincts about what would help me get through the more difficult contractions.

At the hospital Anna was a tremendous advocate for us, helping to ensure that our wishes were respected and that we understood our options every step of the way. Because of her competence and the trust we had in her, we were able to focus completely on the lifechanging experience of our daughter's birth without worrying about any extraneous details.

One of Anna's greatest strengths is her attention to the needs of both partners. My wife was initially unsure about working with a doula because she felt like she should be my primary support. Anna was sensitive to this concern and in the end my wife was very appreciative of her role not only in helping me through labor but in helping her make sure her own needs were met. 

We are so grateful to Anna for her wise and compassionate support, because of which we were able to welcome our daughter into the world in the best possible way.

Posted 6/25/2017

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Ellie Killjoy

Anna was a fantastic resource and support during my pregnancy, birth, and beyond.

First of all, she is just an extraordinarily nice person with a very warm, calm presence that can't help but rub off on everyone in the room with her. Don't underestimate the importance of someone who is very grounding during your birth - I am not normally the kind of person who thinks about or appreciates someone's "vibe" (and am kind of cringing using that word), but it made a huge difference. She managed to stay focused and help me clarify what i really wanted as everyone rushed around me and I felt overwhelmed by the enormity of what was happening. 

One of the best things about Anna as a doula is that she is totally nonjudgmental and is only invested in your happiness and health, not any specific ideology. No matter what decisions you make, it's clear that she is there to ensure that you are happy and confident in your choices, whatever they are. She's very thoughtful and has obviously read and reflected a lot on fertility, pregnancy, birth, and parenting. She is professional and obviously passionate about her work. She is a wealth of resources and knowledge. Despite reading quite a bit ahead of time, my partner and I both felt pretty lost at times during the birth, so having her there to come up with smart suggestions for my comfort and sanity was invaluable. She was also really flexible and good at reading the room, knowing instinctively when to step back and give us space vs. when we needed more active assistance or intervention. 

I can't recommend Anna highly enough! 

Posted 6/24/2017

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Pamela Judge

Anna was a tremendous help to me during pregnancy and for the birth of my son. She is very knowledgeable in all things “baby” and “birthing.” She was very respectful of my individual journey and wanted to make sure that I always felt as safe and comfortable as possible. She is a great listener and brings a feeling of “calm” to the room just by being a part of your day. My favorite memory of Anna was when I was in heavy labor, Anna kept me company so my husband could briefly step out of the delivery room. This gave my husband peace of mind knowing I wouldn’t be alone; he knew I was in good hands. I would highly recommend Anna to anyone considering a doula as part of their birth experience.

Posted 6/22/2017

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Sara Elizabeth

Simply put, other than my husband, I cannot imagine having had anyone else with me for the birth of my first child.  I will never forget Anna's keen awareness, intelligence, calm and assured presence, and deep, heartfelt support for both me and my husband throughout our preparation for and during the birth.  Anna is also professional, thorough, and passionate about her job, which makes for an outstanding doula.  Being able to work with her was a blessing.  

Posted 9/18/2016

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