$300 to $650
$15 to $20
Type of practice: Solo practice
Clients per month: 1 to 4 births and 1 to 4 postpartum families
Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
I will attend all hospitals in my service area, which are IU Health Arnett and Franciscan St. E
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
There are currently no birth centers in my service area but I would be happy to attend a birth at one when there is one available.
Attends home births? Some Home Births
Unfortunately, I can NOT attend a planned unassisted home birth.
Leader of Greater Lafayette Babywearing, Leader of Parents of Greater Lafayette, Organizer of Birth Live, I also run a free cloth diaper lending program for in need families through Sarah Gotlund Doula Services.
Birth doula fees are income based. Fee will range from $300-$650 depending on income level. Please contact to determine your fee. Package includes 24/7 support by phone from date of hire till 6 weeks postpartum, a minimum of 2 prenatal appointments, continuous labor support from early labor through up to 2 hours postpartum, and 1-2 postpartum visits. Babywearing, cloth diapering, and breastfeeding support/education included when desired. Postpartum doula fees are $15 an hour for clients that are also birth clients and $20 an hour for non-birth clients. 4 hour minimum. Overnight options available, fees will vary.
West Lafayette, IN Service range 30 miles
I am so grateful to have had Sarah as my doula. When my son was born, we did not use a doula. The birth was traumatic and nothing like what I hoped for. So, when I became pregnant with my second, I knew we wanted a doula by our side who could help us navigage all the unexpected moments. Sarah fulfilled that need and so much more. Talking through my first birth experience with her really helped me to find peace and it helped me to feel empowered going into this birth. Sarah was there every step of the way. Throughout my pregnancy, I was able to reach out to her when the unexpected came up. When we found out my daughter was breach, she knew who I should see and what I could do to flip her (and we did!). When my water broke four weeks early, she was there to walk me through everything and make sure I didn't experience any unwanted interventions. When it came time for birth, when I needed her to be my strongest advocate, she was. When I needed her to make me feel comfortable about unexpected decisions I made in the moment, she was. And when I needed the world's most amazing massage to deal with contraction pain, she provided it. Not to mention, in addition to bringing mood lighting, essential oils, and so many tricks for pain management, she was even thoughtful enough to bring baked goods for the nursing staff. And, after it was all over, when I needed her support at home because I was just feeling overwhelmed, she was there.
I could go on and on about what Sarah meant to me and my husband throughout this expereince. But, I'll try and sum it up. When I needed a friend, she was my friend. When I needed a cheerleader, she was my cheerleader. When I needed a resource, she was that resource. She helped me to be brave, she helped me to be gentle with myself, and she helped me to have not just the birth experience I wanted, but the birth experience that I needed. Thank you, Sarah! Truly, you will always have a special place in our hearts!
I cannot imagine going through labor and delivery without Sarah. Hiring her as my doula was the best decision I made. Sarah was always available to text in the months leading up to my baby's birth. This was extremely helpful. She was such an informed and calming resource to have before, during, and after the birth.
In the end, my baby was born 2 weeks early. I was in the hospital for 42 hours before our baby arrived (perfect and healthy). My water broke in the middle of the night and Sarah was ready to respond to my needs. She met us at the hospital as soon as we asked her to. Sarah had me up and walking around the hospital. My labor did not start on it's own, despite our best efforts. Even after inducing, it was very slow going. Sarah spent the night at the hospital with us. She even left to pick up food for my husband. If we wanted alone time, she was happy to give it to us.
Without Sarah, we wouldn't have known what to do. Not only did she help with the pain (massaging my back and helping my husband to distract me), but Sarah also brought a wealth of knowledge on how to augment labor naturally and how to help move the baby into a better position. After about 24 hours of labor with little progress, I had to consider having a c-section. Sarah was so supportive and not judgemental at all. I was also super impressed by how well she worked with the medical team. Sarah and my nurses were dedicated to trying to move my labor along naturally. And after I had an epidural and could no longer walk around, Sarah used various sizes and shapes of exercise balls to change my position in bed.
I felt so comfortable with her. And I know for certain that she improved the outcome of my labor and delivery. Thanks in large part to Sarah's efforts and support, I was able to deliver vaginally. Despite having a long labor, it was a joyful and positive experience. I could not have done it without Sarah.
Having Sarah as our Doula was very helpful for both me and my husband. We felt prepared about the possibilities of labor and our preferences. We felt less stress because we knew we had Sarah's support. During Labor the physical and emotional support was phenomenal. The lower back massage and counterpressure was nearly constant during the 26 hours of labor and helped immensely - that alone was worth it to have a Doula. Suggestions and assistance getting in/out of various positions during labor was helpful. We are very glad that we had Sarah as our Doula as we welcomed our son into this world via natural childbirth.
When my husband and I found out we were expecting baby #2 we knew immediately we would love to have a doula as part of this journey. Our first child was born breech and had to be delivered via C-section. It was our goal to have a healthy, happy pregnancy with a v-bac after cesearean. We met with Sarah early on and immediately I knew it was going to be a great match. Sarah is friendly, down to earth and really cares about the individual needs of each of her clients. She doesn't have an agenda to push down your throat of having a baby "the natural" way but insteads helps you to achieve the delivery you want. Unfortunately due to a health condition my second child was breech as well and then an anterior placenta our OB was not able to successfully flip the baby and we ended up with another c-section. However, Sarah was still there the whole time. With the health condition I had she was able to get us more information that helped us better understand what our options were and if we wanted to try for a breech v-bac at home. We ultimately decided to go with a c-section but that didnt stop Sarah from being amazing and just what we needed! The morning of the c-section Sarah met us at the hospital and provided us with the support we needed. She was not able to be in the delivery room with us but my husband and new baby went back to the room before I returned from recovery. She took pictures of the special moments happening between father and baby for me to have once I was back. Once I returned to our room she helped with breast feeding which was one of the biggest helps we could have as 26 babies were born that weekend at the hospital and only 2 lactation consultants were available to help moms with nursing. I would highly recommend Sarah's Doula services no matter the delivery route your family intends to take. The information and support she provides through out the entire pregnancy is something every expecting mother and even father should have!
I chose Sarah to be my doula for the birth of my 7th child. I'm not sure what took me so long to finally hire a doula but it was the best thing I've ever done (apart from making seven beautiful children). Sarah helped me immensly throughout my last trimester of pregnancy and encouraged me to seek chiropractic care. When labor began Sarah came to my house and sat with me for hours timing my contractions. She affirmed my desire to go to the hospitalwhen labor became more intense and was instrumental in communication the details of my labor with the hospital staff. Sarah was amazing during labor at the hospital. She rubbed my back, gave me water and chapstick, talked to me all night while my husband slept on the other side of the room, laughed at my jokes, was compassionate when I was scared and teary, non judgmental about my desire for epidural pain medication, helped the nurses roll my giant numb body over in the bed, and held my leg when I pushed. All while being my biggest supporter and cheerleader. She stayed around afterward while we figured out nursing and held the baby for an hour so I could get a nap. I can't even imagine what this birth would have been like without Sarah there. Sarah believed that I could do it and I did it.
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