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LaKeisha Winters

Gentle Hands Doula Service

Website: http://gentlehandsnc.com

Phone: 9198418832

Birth Fee: $850 to $1000

Fee Details: There are package prices feel free to call, so I can answer any questions as well as what I offer in bundles.

Birth Doula Experience: 5 years and 57 births attended

Doula Training

  • DONA International, March 2015
Type of Practice: Solo practice

Clients per Month: 2 to 3

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

Breastfeeding Certifications

  • Breastfeed {Naturally} Certified Breastfeeding Advocate

Other Relevant Certifications

  • DONA International - Birth Doula Trainer
  • DONA International - Postpartum Doula Trainer

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Addiction Recovery
  • Cesarean birth
  • Domestic Violence
  • Expected stillbirth
  • Families conceiving with ART and IVF
  • Hearthside perinatal bereavement care training
  • High risk
  • Home Birth
  • Induced and high medical technology labor & birth
  • Multiples
  • Over 40
  • Plus size mothers
  • Postpartum mood disorders
  • Prematurity
  • Remote and rural clients birthing away from home
  • Single parents
  • Survivors of Previous Life Trauma
  • Survivors of childhood sexual abuse
  • Teens
  • Twins
  • Vaginal breech birth
  • VBAC
  • Women and Families of Color

Special Services Offered

  • Abortion Support
  • Acupressure
  • American Red Cross First Aid and CPR
  • Aromatherapy
  • Babywearing education
  • Bereavement doula (pregnancy & infant loss)
  • Birth counseling for survivors of childhood sexual abuse
  • Infant massage education
  • Military families
  • Miscarriage Support (Before, During or After)
  • Parenting consulting
  • Pregnancy, birth and/or newborn photography
  • Satellite Doula (For remote and rural clients)
  • Stillbirthday Bereavement Doula

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

I have done volunteer Birth Doula work for certification.

Languages spoken: English

Client Testimonials for LaKeisha Winters

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Samantha Quiel

I can't begin to thank Lakeisha for being my rock through my pregnancy and especially my labor. With different personal factors adding to my anxiety, she kept me centered and reminded me how strong I am. I needed that even more when I was in labor and struggling to have enough energy to keep going. My doctor later told me that I was so close to having a C-section if I hadn't found the energy to keep going. Lakeisha helped me find that energy. No matter how many times I told her that I couldn't do it anymore, she told me "Yes you can. You have already made it this far. You've got this." Of course, at the time I was upset that nothing and no one would take the pain away and really believed that I couldn't do it, but I kept going because her words would push me a little farther each time. She will be whatever kind of doula you need her to be. For me, that was someone to help me push myself. Thanks to her, I was able to have a vaginal delivery and me and my baby girl are both doing just fine. As a bonus, she took pictures of both of us in that first hour that I will cherish forever!

Posted 9/27/2018

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Lorrisa Bierman

We had a WONDERFUL experience with LaKeisha. I experienced a very traumatic birth with our first daughter and was operating in a lot of fear of the birth of our second. LaKeisha helped us to stay calm and focused on our goals, even after hearing from my doctor that the chance of a VBAC would be slim. LaKeisha was there to give me the boost of confidence I needed to have the unmedicated birth we wanted. At the hospital she was a warm and calming presence and her massage with each contraction helped manage the pain! We had a quick and sucessful VBAC and I don’t think we could have done it without her. Afterwards she gave us tons of pictures and notes including the timeline of how everything happened. HIRE HER!! Thank you for everything LaKeisha!! 

Posted 8/4/2018

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Christina Bell

My experience with Lakeisha was wonderful and she was definitely God sent for me during my pregnancy, especially the labor and delivery. She was very active and encouraging at the times where i thought that I could not make it. She coached me, kept me focused on the goals i had set in my birth plan and she made sure that the hospital staff knew what i wanted and needed for that day. After i had a successful V- BAC, she created an heartfelt memorabliia for that day by givng me a story/ timeline of everything that occurred, so i could remember that special day. Lakeisha is an awseome doula and I thank her for all she did to make my baby's entrance into the world special and much more precious than i could have ever imagined. Thank you Lakeisha!!!

Posted 5/20/2018

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Ann Stader

LaKeisha helped us welcome our little boy into the world in August 2017. We interviewed many doulas, but as soon as we spoke to LaKeisha, we knew we found the one! Her soothing personality and her experience put us at ease immediately. LaKeisha took the time to speak with us over the phone and in person many times before the big day, telling us to contact her at any time with questions or concerns. This is our first child so we had no idea what to expect. She got to learn who we were as people and what we expected out of our birthing experience. We put a plan together, for everyone, including my husband. She made sure he was comfortable and all his questions and fears were discussed as well. When we found out I had to be induced, LaKeisha was by our side, answering questions and helping us reposition our plan. Lakeisha came to the hospital early in the morning and stayed with us until an hour after the baby was born. She spoke with us, kept me calm through the whole process, gave me massages, helped me on the birthing ball and in general just soothed our fears and worries through the birthing process. I know I could not have gotten through the experience without her. She came by a few days after we arrived home to see our son as well, and we remain friends to this day. Lakeisha is not only a doula, she is a friend and a confidant. I can't imagine having worked with anyone else and she comes with our highest recommendation!

Posted 4/20/2018

Birth Availability for LaKeisha Winters

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