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Samantha Mercado

Samantha Doula Services

Website: https://www.samanthadoulaservices.com

Phone: 5033276600

Birth Fee: $600 to $1100

Postpartum Rate: $20

Fee Details: I have a variety of services and packages available to fit your needs and budget. Starting at $60 for a single birth planning appointment all the way to a $1100 deluxe Birth Doula, Postpartum Doula and Calm Birth Meditation package. Calm Birth Meditation group classes as well as one-on-one teachings for you and your partner are available as solo or combined with another service. I am willing to adjust my fee for persons and families with special circumstances. Postpartum visits may include, meal prep, light housekeeping/laundry, childcare for other children, and infant feeding support from a Certified Lactation Counselor.

Birth Doula Experience: 2 years and 5 births attended

Postpartum Doula Experience: 2 years and 3 families served

Doula Training

  • DONA International, July 2016
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

Breastfeeding Certifications

  • Certified Lactation Counselor (The Center for Breastfeeding)

Other Relevant Certifications

  • SERVSAFE® Food Safety Management Training
  • Calm Birth Meditation

College Education

  • AA/AS

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Clients on bed rest
  • High risk
  • Home Birth
  • Induced and high medical technology labor & birth
  • Multiples
  • Prematurity
  • Single parents
  • Twins
  • Waterbirth
  • Women and Families of Color

Special Services Offered

  • Breastfeeding Consultant Services
  • Reduced rates for women considering adoption
  • Sibling support (for your older children at the birth)

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

I have volunteered with Nurture Project International, which provides support to pregnant woman, infants and young children at refugee camps in Greece. I currently volunteer with World Relief DuPage/Aurora providing infant and toddler care to parents enrolled in ESL classes. I also provide tutoring and support to a mom and elementrary aged child.

Languages spoken: English

Client Testimonials for Samantha Mercado

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Gibel Cushing

Thank you, Samantha, for providing us with your support! We had another wonderful birth experience, and you played a key role in that. 

Samantha is a knowledgeable doula who wants you to have the birth experience that you want. We met at Panera Bread, and she had everything ready in terms of the support she provides during the birthing process. We were also happy that she offered Breathing Meditation technique as an option for managing labor pain. We decided to apply this technique for our second child. We originally took the hypnobirthing class, but we didn't really use it because our first son was born after 30 minutes after we arrived at the hospital. I labored mostly at home and informed Samantha that I wanted to do the same this second time around. The breathing technique seemed like a better tool considering my desired labor method. She completely understood and was in tune with my desire to have a natural birth. I can tell, however, that Samantha would have been fine with other pain management relief such as epidural, etc. She was open to whatever we wanted. She recognizes that natural birth is not for everyone and will respect and go with what your needs and wants are.

We saw Samantha every month before the big day for an hour to practice the breathing technique. We talked over my birth plan.If you don't have one, Samantha is ready to help you make one! Samantha also knew a lot about the birthing process, so if you're a first time mom, she'll definitely help you.

On the big day, my water broke and I went to bed. 5 hours later, I woke up & text Samantha. At 3 minutes apart, we went to the hospital. 20 minutes in, Samantha arrived. She applied counterpressure on my lower back which felt great. She also reminded me about our breathing techniques during the pushing phase, which was such a great technique to calm me. I didn't do it with my first. After 30 min at the hospital, little man was born! Another great experience!

Posted 10/20/2018

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Jasmine Tracy

My husband and I are so grateful that Samantha was our doula. She was a great big help before, during and after I delivered my son. He came 4.5 weeks early, and she was still there when we needed her. She k we how to best help us through it all.

 

Not only did she help with that, but after she taught me how to express milk by hand and prevent clogged ducts. She was there later as a calming presence when I just needed someone to sit with me when my husband went back to work and I was still healing.

 

I highly recommend her, and have told a couple of friends who are trying to conceive or are pregnant that they should hire her. When we choose to have a second child, we'll be happy to have her with us again.

Posted 6/13/2018

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