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Claire Zawa

Birthways, Inc.


Phone: (888) 506-0607

Birth Fee: $1300 to $1600

Postpartum Rate: $30 to $45

Birth Doula Experience: 8 years and 65 births attended

Postpartum Doula Experience: 6 years and 20 families served

Birth Doula Certifications

  • DONA International - Certified Birth Doula

Doula Training

  • DONA International, January 2012
Type of Practice: Doula agency employee

Clients per Month: 0 to 2 births and 0 to 2 postpartum families

Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Attends home births? Any Home Birth
I have supported 5 families planning homebirths.

Childbirth Education Certifications

  • Mindfulness-Based Childbirth & Parenting Teacher

Breastfeeding Certifications

  • Birthways breastfeeding training & ongoing professional development

Other Relevant Certifications

  • CPR Certified - Red Cross

College Education

  • BA/BS

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Adoption
  • Cesarean birth
  • Families conceiving with ART and IVF
  • High risk
  • Home Birth
  • Induced and high medical technology labor & birth
  • LGBTQP Families
  • Multiples
  • Over 40
  • Postpartum mood disorders
  • Prematurity
  • Twins
  • VBAC

Special Services Offered

  • Childbirth Education Services
  • Satellite Doula (For remote and rural clients)
  • Sibling support (for your older children at the birth)

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

Volunteered with Chicago Volunteer Doulas for 5 years

Languages spoken: English

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Client Testimonials for Claire Zawa

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Matthew Sitz

I am a person of few words. Claire was hands down THE BEST doula for my wife Catherine and I.  She knew exactly how to treat and take care of both of us.  I will ALWAYS suggest Claire to ANY expecting parents.  



Posted 1/3/2018

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Sarah Atlas

Claire was phenomenal to work with as our doula. From the beginning, she created an environment that was warm and open and gave us space to navigate our own wants, needs, and decisions. Her approach was always kind, patient, thoughtful, and sensitive, and she readily put us at ease. She paid a lot of attention to the whole family, specifically my partner and stepson, and encouraged us to think about each person's role and desires. We really appreciated her approach to the whole family and how thoughtful she was with us.

Claire is just incredibly knowlegeable. She welcomed all questions and seemingly knew everything about pregnancy and the birthing process. She had great strategies for pain management and discomfort during pregnancy. She also paid specific attention to our anxieties and was such a good listerner, was easy to talk to, had great suggestions and tools for us. 

During the birth of our son, Claire was such a calming force. Even though the birth didn't go as we had hoped, she was really wonderful at talking us through our options, allowing us space to think and process, and making sure all our questions were answered by the midwives and doctors. After the birth, Claire was instrumental in helping us process our experience and making sure that not only our newborn, but us as parents, were doing ok. She has followed up on numerous occassions and always been a stable, calming, and loving support, and has such joy in visiting us and our newborn. Working with Clarie was genuintely one of the best parts of the birthing process. 

Posted 11/27/2017

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Amy Schumacher

We feel so fortunate to have worked with Claire as our doula. She took time to get to know us and make sure we were comfortable with her while I was pregnant, and her support throughout my labor was invaluable. She was calm, thoughtful, patient, and so much more. Claire recognized our needs and gently offered ideas about how to support us. There was never any pressure to do things a certain way, but rather, she was a true partner during the process. When we had to make some bigger medical decisions, she was an advocate for us taking the time we needed to ensure that the decision we made felt right and was in my and our baby's best interest. 

Claire was there for us throughout my labor and delivery, and she continued to be a resource afterwards. I felt comfortable reaching out to her with some challenges I experienced after I was home, and in true form, she was affirming and calming. 

I cannot say enough good things about the experience of having Claire as our doula. She is professional, warm, level-headed, and incredibly knowledgeable. 

Posted 11/26/2017

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Danelle Parker

We had the privledge of working with Claire as we were awaiting the arrival of our son the spring of 2016.  My husband and I were looking for doula services as this was our first child and we had no idea what to do or expect from the birthing experience.  We started interviewing and from our initial meeting with Claire, I knew she was special and couldnt imagine working with any one else.  She carries a very calm and peaceful presence.  She is understanding, honest, and respectful of your wishes.  Most importantly she is focused on you and your feelings as you enter parenthood.  Her experience and knowledge as a doula is unmatched and for this reason I will always recommend her to anyone seeking these services.  My sister was my first referral to Claire.  She not only had the same wonderful experience but was also a participant to Claire's new 'Mindful Birthing' course.  To this day both she and her husband credit the classes teachings on how they remained focused through their birth experience and even with the highs and lows of being new parents.  I happily speak on behalf of our families that Claire will always be a special person to us.  Thank you Claire, we are forever grateful for you!  

Posted 11/21/2017

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Cody Proctor

Claire was the doula for our son Jasper's birth in October of 2015 and we couldn't have been happier with the experience. We had chosen to have a home birth in our one bedroom apartment because it seemed like the best environment to foster a calm, relaxed labor for my wife. Between the midwives, family, and 3 cats present, it had the potential to be overwhelming, but she was very helpful at keeping us focused on the present moment and intuitive about when to suggest a new comfort measure, a change of position, or when to just sit with us. I know doulas are often associated with natural births, but after our experience, I have become an advocate for having a doula as labor support no matter the situation.

Claire's confidence kept me centered and able to give my wife the support she needed from me. My wife also remembers how calm Claire's presence was throughout the birth. I know I should have let Claire spell me for a moment or two, but she didn't question my choice to be next to my wife for the entirety of the 12 hour labor. The final 1-2 hours were the most challenging and difficult for us all. Jasper was very comfortable hanging out in the birth canal and did not want to progress any further. My wife was losing energy and strength and was on the verge of giving up. I don't remember much else besides this, but I was able to find my reserves to get my wife through to the end; I know that Claire was right on the other side of us giving just as much. 

I believe you will be very happy with Claire as your doula!


Posted 11/18/2017

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Angela Montagna Holmes

After interviewing a few different doulas, I chose Claire to support us at the home birth of our first child. I chose Claire because of her calm, relatable, laid-back demeanor - she just seems like the type of person who is going to be calm in just about any situation. As we got to know Claire prior to the birth, she provided us with lots of great material to read and review and always answered our questions (no matter how bizarre). With so many service providers that come to you with a point of view, Claire offered objective, non-judgemental information and advice, which I greatly appreciated. 

When it came to labor and birth support on the day of delivery, Claire walked into an intense situation. My labor had progressed very quickly and she calmly assessed the situation and supported my husband to ensure the midwife was well-informed of my progress. Immediately following my son's healthy birth, she gave us the space we needed to bond as a family, but also jumped in to provide support with the first nursing session and to ensure that we were prepared before our wonderful team left us alone for the first time. 

Claire also provided so much support following the birth. From her recommendations for a lactation consultant to her frequent early check-ins to make sure we were doing okay, she continued to be a comfort in the weeks and months following our delivery. 

We are very grateful to have had Claire's support during this important transition and highly recommend her to anyone who may be considering her doula or childbirth education services. She is not only extremely knowledgeable, but also an all around lovely presence during pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period. 

Posted 11/13/2017

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Megan D. Mason

My family and I had the pleasure of having Claire as our doula for the birth of both children, the first in December 2014 and a second this past April. My intent in hiring a doula was so that I'd have an advocate during the birth process at the hospital.  I did not want to go into a very new, very foreign situation and baed on the stories I'd heard, I anticipated I'd loose my voice and circumstances would be out of my control. Claire educated my husband and I on what to expect witih a hosptial delivery, the procedures and outcomes but also the before's: how to plan for labor at home and after's: what to expect. My concerns subsided and I was confident of the advocacy Claire would bring to the birth. During our home visists, we immediatly were at ease with each other and on the same page with what we wanted. Claire's training with mindfulness clearly resonated and bringing this approach to the birth helped me to be measured in my thoughts and how I communicated to those at the hospital.  

I could not imagine going through either experience without the guidance and presence of Claire. Neither birth went according to "the plan" but all three (myself, husband, Claire) took on the unexpected with ease, awareness and peace. The knowledge and calm Claire brought to the births reassured me we were in control as a team and would take each step and adjustment together one at a time. Claire put in long hours with my husband and I at both births and her support and energy never wavered. She remained upbeat and eager to meet our babies and made it clear we were in it together. I couldn't have asked for a more perfect coach, friend, supporter, advocate, guide than what I found in Claire.   

Posted 11/12/2017

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Keith Neagle

I'm honestly not sure where I'd be as a new father without Claire.  First thing's first:  Claire was an immensely calming and educational presence our Mindful Birthing Class.

I HIGHLY recommend any parent, whether new or seasoned, to take this class in preparation for your new family member (  It provided a variety of exercises and methods for bringing a calm, rational and encouraging energy to the birthing process.

As this was our first child, I, like I imagine many new dads, had many fears and anxieties about parenthood.  Not just labor, but what leads up to it and mostly what comes after it.  Claire's class and practices not only apply to the big Event of Birth itself, but ways to be mindful and cope with fears and anxieties that surround leading up to and after your child enters the world.  Take it if you can.

Beyond the class, Claire happened to become our doula for the second half of our labor/delivery, as our original doula had to take on another mother's labor while ours was going on (to her complete defense, and to Claire's credit, our original doula only did this knowing it was Claire specifically who was available to take her place).

Claire was beyond amazing as a calming force during labor - she was there for my wife during active labor, helping get through each contraction and visualizing the progress she was making, and ultimately being with her when the doctor made the call that a caesarian section needed to be performed.

She was there for me as a scared partner when the first epidural didn't take and my wife was in so much pain.  She was there for me during and after the c section process, reassuring me when I needed it most that things were going to be just fine.

If you're lucky enough to have Claire as your doula, absolutely do it.


Posted 11/2/2017

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