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Keelia Willison Alder

Full-Spectrum Doula, Placenta Encapsulation

Website: http://doulakeelia.com

Phone: 978-413-8055

Birth Fee: $300 to $1300

Postpartum Rate: $30

Fee Details: I'm an ICTC-certified birth and postpartum doula, and I believe that every parent deserves to have an empowering and celebrated birth. Because everyone deserves a doula, my services are based on a sliding scale so that no matter your budget we can work something out! Feel free to reach out--I would love to hear all about you and your upcoming birth. :) I'm also Spanish-proficient, meaning that I can understand pretty much everything and can communicate anything I need to say, albeit a bit slowly.

Birth Doula Experience: 3 years

Postpartum Doula Experience: 3 years

Doula Training

Not Specified

Type of Practice: Partnership with 2 or more doulas

Clients per Month: 3 to 4 births and 0 to 3 postpartum families

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

Other Relevant Certifications

  • 4. Biologix Solutions Bloodborne Pathogens for Placenta Encapsulation Specialists Trained

College Education

  • BA/BS

Specialized training or previous experience

  • LGBTQP Families
  • Postpartum mood disorders
  • Survivors of Previous Life Trauma
  • Survivors of childhood sexual abuse
  • Teens
  • Women and Families of Color

Special Services Offered

  • Abortion Support
  • Acupressure
  • Antepartum doula
  • Aromatherapy
  • Babywearing education
  • Bereavement doula (pregnancy & infant loss)
  • Birth counseling for survivors of childhood sexual abuse
  • Miscarriage Support (Before, During or After)
  • Placenta encapsulation
  • Pregnancy, birth and/or newborn photography
  • Prenatal or postnatal massage
  • Reduced rates for women considering adoption
  • Stillbirthday Bereavement Doula
  • Surrogates and intended parents

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

Last year I worked as a volunteer doula in Gulu, Uganda, at the Gulu Regional Referral Hospital.

Languages spoken: English

Service Area Map

Area of practice: Lafayette, CA
Travel Range: 30 Miles

Client Testimonials for Keelia Willison Alder

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Natalie Joyner

It was such a blessing to have Keelia as part of our birth team. As a fellow birth doula, I knew how important it was for me to find someone I trust and am completely comfortable with as my doula. Keelia and I “clicked“ immediately. She has the kindest disposition and helped me build confidence and stay positive throughout the end of my pregnancy, birth and early postpartum. I truly think of her as a friend.

Highlights of working with Keelia:

  • Keelia is kind, genuine and has a true passion for birth work.
  • She checked in with me periodically at the end of my pregnancy, always just when I needed a pick-me-up.
  • She helped me envision and prepare my birth plan and was completely supportive of my vision.
  • She arrived in time for my (extremely fast) precipitous labor! I was so happy to see her face.
  • She captured some truly amazing pictures of the birth and golden hour with my husband’s phone. 
  • She stayed with us for a few hours while we waited to transfer to the hospital. This time was filled with lots of love and laughter as we settled in establishing breastfeeding, eating snacks and taking notes of my birth story. I really cherish this time as it helped me register the incredible experience. We all seemed to remember different details, so discussing it with Keelia was a great way to capture the memory.
  • The postpartum visits were so helpful! My husband and I took the opportunity to take a nap together at 1 week postpartum and Keelia was so great watching Georgie and washed our dishes! She also helped me figure out my Moby wrap so I could babywear.

My experience working with Keelia could not have been better! I am so happy to have had her as part of my birth team. You are in excellent hands with Keelia!

 

 

Posted 7/3/2018

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Lauren Stern

I gave birth to my daughter 3 weeks ago and I am certain that my experience with Keelia made THE difference in achieving the birth that I wanted – no pain meds and a positive, empowered experience. My biggest fears were my low pain tolerance and lack of control over knowing exactly how it would go.

Shortly before our due date, Keelia came over to review our birth plan and a timeline of what to expect for pre-labor, active labor, travel to the birth center, transition, and delivery. She made sure we practiced comfort measures, breathing and how I wanted to be supported verbally. It wasn’t until the last moments with Keelia where she looked me in the eye and said I was ready, that I actually felt prepared to go into labor and meet my daughter.

2 days later, my water broke in the middle of the night. For the next 44 hours of contractions, naps, two car rides up to the birth center, a traumatic cervical check on day one to then be sent back home, many walks around the neighborhood, yoga ball bouncing, 1 game of Monopoly, snacks, massages, and support - Keelia was at our beck and call.

By the time we got to the birth center (again) on day 2 after 36 hours, I was only at 1cm and 50% effaced. Keelia helped me calm down from exhausition and frustration at this news, and we made a plan to get misoprostol to thin my cervix but hopefully proceed with no other interventions.

Miraculously, Ava was born 7 hours later. Keelia coached me through contractions which came back to back for hours, waved lavendar oil in front of my face for nausea, massaged my back, covered the clock when she noticed it stressing me out, got me into the shower with Joe when I hit the wall of transition, and helped me breathe through pushing - 3 contractions! She reassured me every step of the way - calmly & knowing I could do it at all moments.

In this amazing doula's hands, I felt loved, safe, and supported. Thank you, Keelia.

Posted 5/9/2018

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Joe Palmieri

Oh my goodness, Keelia is a godsend.

 

My partner Lauren and I (Joe) were well prepared.  We like to think we were as well prepared as any new parents in their first pregnancy could be.  We read several books, were in a few facebook groups and we devoured all we could find online.  When Lauren suggested hiring a doula I agreed, thinking that everything helps, but not expecting a big difference. After all, we studied.  We knew we'd have both of our mothers to help Lauren deliver, as well as a midwife, a nurse, ME...

 

When we met Keelia, though, I was moved.  By her love of children, her concern for Lauren, and the ease, grace, and confidence with which she spoke about the process.  She asked us all the right questions. Things I never thought to consider.  I watched Lauren listen to her in a way that she couldn't hear me, or her mother.

 

Lauren's water broke in the middle of the night.  We knew what to expect and rather than rush off to the birth center, we laid back down.  Keelia told us at our meeting that the process could take so long that we'd be grateful for any sleep we could get while we could still get it. We called to tell her later that morning and she rushed right over. She would've come at 2am had we asked sooner, I'm sure of it.

 

Ava Jeanne was born 44 hours after Lauren's water broke. It was a long and difficult process that I can't imagine without Keelia there.  Lauren had all she needed and Keelia even took care of me. At about the 40 hour mark Lauren kind of gave up. She said "C-section" out loud, which we knew was the last, last resort. Thanks to all that Keelia taught me, and her own interventions, we got Lauren through transition and Ava was born according to our original birth plan. No C-Section, no meds, not even stitches.

 

God bless Keelia, she will forever have my recommendation.

Posted 4/26/2018

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Anna Lim Franck

It just so happened that with Keelia, the timing always seems to be right. She has sent us so many resources when we most needed them. We met her for the first time on a Monday night before my wife, the gestational partner, was asked to come to the birthing center Tuesday night for induced birth. Keelia has a knack for deciding when some methods should be implemented, what to do next, and when my wife should start pushing.

We feel lucky to have her as our doula for our first pregnancy. We are Deaf Queer Womxn of Color who use ASL so we looked for a POC doula who has had experience dealing with clients who use different languages. We wanted someone who knows how to handle language barriers and Keelia fits the bill. We are able to communicate through text, gestures, and interpreters. She imparts so much wisdom with regards to the birthing experience and her warmth puts us immediately at ease.

During the birthing experience, her advocacy allows us to make decisions that are right for us. Obviously we were not able to hear what the doctors and nurses were discussing and she filled us in on that in addition to her advices and weighing in on options that were available to us.We felt safe knowing she was there with us and she has our and our baby's backs.

I would definitely recommend Keelia especially if it is your first birth. She is one of the most invaluable friends you'll ever have in your birthing experience.

Posted 4/16/2018

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Freya Putt

My husband and I met with several doulas trying to find someone we felt really comfortable with. Keelia is exceptionally warm and caring, as well as being calm, knowledgeable, and very supportive. This was our second child and so we felt clear about what we wanted and basics of the process, but I had a homebirth in different medical system for my first baby and so felt uncertain about dealing with a hospital setting and a different system this time around. Keelia did a great job explaining what to expect and going through different options. She also explained some aspects of the birth process that, despite going through it once, no one had ever articulated to me before, and that I found helpful when it was actually happening. Labor and birth were quick, with a supportive staff at the hospital, but we felt very reassured having Keelia's steady presence and knowing she was there if anything took an unexpected turn. She was also ready at various moments with requests that supported the environment I wanted to be in (eg, turning down the lights) and with physical support through every contraction that helped take the edge off the pain. She stayed through some complications afterward and was quick to offer follow up support and resources in the week after the birth. Keelia is a wonderful doula who obviously loves her work. We feel very lucky to have connected with her!

Posted 3/16/2018

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Manfred Elfstrom

Keelia was a wonderful doula for the birth of my family's second child. My wife and I were initially drawn to her in part because of the social justice commitment that came through in her online materials. But when we met, we found Keelia to also be a wonderful person to be around--relaxed, informed, and supportive. The labor and delivery itself went very quickly. Keelia jumped in with the midwives and made sure that we had the experience we wanted at the hospital. I very strongly recommend her.

Posted 3/15/2018

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Lena Thi Phan

During my pregnancy, I felt like I was being judged by everyone around me because of the choices I was making (natural birth, hypnobirth, hydrotherapy, placenta encapsulation, etc.) Keelia was wonderful because she was open to my decisions and understood my needs and my birth plan.  She was encouraging and super supportive.  She gave me the confidence I needed.  I knew then that I needed her to be with me.

Keelia kept in contact with me here and there to make sure everything was going well with my pregnancy. She gave me tons of information and great advice.  I attended the mama and me class that she suggested; my husband and I loved it.  She also gave us an extensive list of things to bring to the hospital which was really helpful for us.

On 11/15, 3 weeks before my due date, my water broke at 8:00pm.  Frantic, the first person I called was Keelia; even before my midwife.  She assured me that everything was going to be ok and that she was going to be there for me whenever I needed her.  Taking her advice, I went home and stayed home as long as I could.  I headed to the hospital the next morning at 7:00am where Keelia  met up with us n the lobby.  It was so comforting to see her face that morning.  As each contraction came, Keelia held on to me and made sure she did whatever she could to support and comfort me.  There were times when the pain was so bad, I remember looking into her eyes and telling her it hurts but she continuously gave me positive feedback which kept me going. By 10:00am, it was over and Jacoby Tran was born!  It was a life changing experience that went even better then I imagined it would have gone.  It was beautiful.  Although painful, it was everything I hoped it would be and I am glad Keelia was there with me the whole time.  She even took my phone and captured the memories.  Memories of an experience I will never ever forget.

Posted 1/6/2018

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Hilary Bent-Mullings

I cannot imagine the birth of our son without the support of a doula, and Keelia was the perfect fit. Throughout my pregnancy she was readily available and a well of knowlege. During labor and the birth she was so suportive and helpful. My husband wasn't as into the idea of a doula and can be quiet, and she helped him feel comfortable and supported as well. She stayed by my side the whole time and was there with me when my husband had to leave me to go with our new son, and she was able to be there for me so I wasn't alone. She had a whole bag of helpful goodies with her as well. Her wealth of information was so helpful when I unexpectedly needed a cesarean. After we got back home, she checked in on us often and it was so nice to have after birth support.  If you are looking for a kind, compassionate doula with an outgoing and friendly personality, Keelia is the right fit for you! I'd highly recommend her and would definately use her again if we had another baby. 

Posted 12/5/2017

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Emily Anderson

My husband and I can not say enough wonderful things about Keelia!! She is everything we could have wanted in a doula and more. We got continued support thorughout the entire pregnancy. We found her very early on into the pregnancy and she helped with support and gathering information as we needed it. Once i got closer to the big day Keelia came over to our house and made sure we were all on the same page for the labor. We felt so calm and reassured knowing we would have Keelia with us during all of this. Once the day came Keelia was a text message away and helped us while at home till she knew it was time to go to the hospital. At the hospital Keelia made sure my husband and I got all our needs met. My husband was beyond grateful to have her there to help supprt us both. I can't imagine doing all of that wihtout her there. The post partum visits were a huge help too, allowing me to talk and us to get some rest. 

Keelia's personality and caring nature are what we love about her. She is so kind and makes your feel like you can do anything! 

Posted 10/16/2017

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Amina Davis

My name is Amina , and September 29th I had my beautiful daughter!! Keelia was such an amazing person to have around during my pregnancy! I never knew what a Doula was until my midwife had recommended one for me. Keelia is such a warm hearted and genuine person. She checked up on us, any questions I had, she was always available to talk about it and when it came down to labor she was there throughout everything !  I would 100% say have a Doula and if your able to work with Keelia you are in good hands. Thinking about everything, it is so rare to come around great people. 

 

 

Posted 10/15/2017

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Joan DeGeorge

I had arranged with Keelia to attend my birth knowing there was a good chance she'd be out of town once I went into labor. That was the case but Keelia was very flexible in coming up with alternative arrangements. We did quite a few postpartum hours - it was wonderful knowing I had some backup support for the months after my baby arrived. Keelia came to help with childcare, laundry, general cleanu, shopping, etc. I felt instantly comfortable with Keelia - it was like talking to a cousin or an old friend. Very pleased. 

Posted 10/11/2017

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H Wallace

Keelia is a joy to have over! As a new single mother, I was having a hard time feeding myself properly so Keelia would come over and make banana muffins with me (or without me!) and it was so wonderful every time. I would be perfectly prepared for the next week or more with midnight nursing snacks. She's also been a huge help with dishes and clean up. She is an all-around supportive person to have aroud. I never felt awkward and always felt encouraged, seen, and understood--for both my messes and my victories! I highly recommend her as a support person :)

Posted 9/27/2017

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Sarah King McKeon

I whole heartedly recomend Keelia. She supported myself and my husband in the amazing birth of our second child. It was absolutely amazing to have Keelia from very early in the labor process at home, and with her close, attention, love, and expertise we were able to mostly labor at home before transitioning to the hospital to deliver. I felt so supported through the joy and deep fear I encountered in labor. Keelia also beautifully supported my husband to engage in my labor with a very supportive role which brought my husband and I close together in an amazing way I could not have imagined. Keelia taught my husband ways to provide me with relief and support, and for this I will be greatful to Keelia forever. It was an beautiful way to welcome our daughter and grow to a family of 4. I highly recomend Keelia for her phenomenal support. 

Posted 9/13/2017

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Crystal Carrington

Keelia is an amazing doula. Very attentive and responsive. While maintaining great professionalism, she was very nurturing and supportive. Our home visits were very detailed. She helped my husband and I feel informed and empowered. Any questions we had, she provided information or emailed us the information in a very timely fashion. During day of delivery, Keelia was an angel. I labored for 36 hours and Keelia came to our home to support us in early labor and never left our side until our son was in our arms. Keelia supported my husband by helping him remain connected to me, as well as checked in with me and providers as needed. At every step, Keelia asked providers questions she knew my husband and I would have about various interventions . Keelia helped me to remain calm and confident as my birth plan needed to go from all natural to needing pain relief. Needless to say, we would be honored to have Keelia be our doula for all our births. I recommend her highly.

Posted 9/4/2017

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Jennifer Elsenbeck

Keelia was absolutely wonderful to work with.  I hired her to help pp and from our pre-meeting to our communication leading up to birth she was always warm, caring and very responsive.  Keelia also helped encapsulate my placenta and made that process very easy.  After the arrival of my daughter she helped ease the transition from having one child to twoand provided emotional support and help around the house and with the kids as I adjusted and recovered.  I highly recommend Keelia and can only imagine how wonderful she would be for a labor doula.

Posted 8/31/2017

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Lauren Lashway

I’m so happy I found Keelia for my doula!! We clicked instantly over coffee during our first meet up and I knew I wanted her by my side for the delivery of my second daughter.

Keelia met my husband and I at Mount Auburn Hospital shortly after I was admitted. I went into active labor quickly after my water broke and needed additional monitoring as I was attempting a VBAC. It was our first vaginal birth attempt (my first daughter was breech) and we were trying to navigate it the best we knew how.

What I loved most about having Keelia by my side was having someone that had seen/experienced assisting many births and knew more of what was to be expected, what was normal, and was able to assure me that the steps/procedures/phases were all normal. Sure – the midwives and nurses were great but they had shifts, other patients, and most notably – hospital protocol to follow. My baby and I were Keelia’s number one priority was me and my baby. She never left my side for 15 hours during active labor, and delivery and post-delivery.

She encouraged me to stay in certain positions when she could see it was working for me. I followed her advice to allow the baby to move down on her own after I was fully dilated – this avoided hours of pushing. Keelia offered essential oils, took hundreds of pictures of the actual birth for me on my phone, and took my placenta home in her own cooler to be delivered to me a few days later at home.

Keelia is is very chill, caring, and most notably open-minded. She never had an agenda or over-whelming opinions on what was right or normal. She just kept reminding me of what I had said was important to me. She encouraged me through 6 hours of frequent, intense, and long contractions and then supported me when I wanted an epidural. She will 100% work with you to have the birth experience YOU are hoping for!

Posted 7/11/2017

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April Osheroff-Lambert

We had an excellent experience with Keelia as our birth doula and I can definitely say that our birth experience would not have been what it was without her support. We had planned and hoped for a birth with minimal interventions and--after 46 hours of labor and 8 hours of full dialation and pushing--we delivered a hearty baby boy. Keelia's presence in the room and her counsel and good-nature kept us feeling empowered and focused. We were fortunate to have relatively accomodating hospital staff, but without Keelia, I am certain our birth experience would have quickly become a more typical experience and our birth plan departed from (especially given how lengthy my labor was and just how long we were in the hospital).

Through the entire 2-day labor, Keelia was there for us -- she didn't sleep and she was present in all ways the entire time. Her mental and emotional presence + her physical stamina (lots of massage and counterpressure) throughout was impressive!

It was very important for me, throughout labor and delivery, to remain active. I wanted to be on my feet, be able to move around, try different positions. I was adamant that I did not want to be on my back. At one point, during pushing the doctor did move me to my back in the bed, and with the help of my husband and Keelia, we were back up into pushing in squats after 2 pushes.

My husband and I were informed and knew what we wanted, we are also fairly effective advocates for ourselves, but I am certain that we needed not just each other but Keelia to be part of this process in order to achieve what we did in the postiive way we did. I cannot imagine the experience without her.

Lastly, Keelia's awareness and dedication to the politics of birth, and how societal pressures and power inequities impact women's reproductive health permeates her work. She is deeply thoughtful about and passionate about her work from the micro to the macro and this is an unusual find!

Posted 6/29/2017

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Zipporah Legarde

Keelia was my postpartum doula, recommended to me by the wonderful Emma O'Brien (Lavandoula.com).

As a queer woman of color, it's very important to me to support other marginalized women, especially in the field of reproductive justice. Despite Boston being a diverse city, the majority of doulas are straight and white, which probably isn't much of a problem for many women who seek doula services (though the whole field of reproductive justice was built by black women, but I digress). However, as someone who lives in a queer co-operative community, I had difficulties finding a doula who was familiar with the LGBTQ scene enough to feel comfortable in my home. I live with several gender non-conforming folks, and I wanted to ensure they felt safe with the addition of someone new to the household, even if only for a brief time.

Keelia is so open and understanding; it is no surprise an experienced doula like Ms. O'Brien has selected her as an apprentice. As I understand it, Keelia is partnered with several quality doulas, with over 50 years of experience. I think her rates are very competitive, and you get someone very warm and reassuring. I developed moderate to severe PPD, and Keelia made herself available for me so I could attend an outpatient therapy program to get back on track. If you are someone struggling with PPD, don't be embarrassed to mention it when hiring her. You can even have her over while you're present just to have someone to "bottom-line" care that isn't you. My co-op is seven adults, and Keelia acquainted herself with everyone (and their pronouns) so she really felt like part of the family.

The only regret I have is that I waited so late to hire her. I tried to do it by myself for weeks before I gave in and called. Make Keelia a part of your post-birth care community and you will rest much easier!

Posted 6/3/2017

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Christian Steinau

I can't imagine laboring at St. Elizabeth's with my wife over those two days in early April without the selfless and utterly dedicated support from our doula, Keelia Riegg. Even after 15 hours of birthing classes, Keelia was invaluable to me as a father-to-be throughout the labor, providing welcome comfort to both my wife and I when things were at their most challenging. Keelia was focused on helping us as we individually struggled and also as we struggled together as a couple, which is an important distinction in hindsight. She takes time with both parents, answering questions or even to joke around. Keelia's generous and kind-hearted presence made it so easy for us to trust her during a very vulnerable, challenging time for us. She was a gentle but firm advocate for us who ensured that what we got we wanted and what we needed we understood. (She is not one of those hard-edged doulas with a grudge against the medical system.) I have so many positive memories of our time laboring with Keelia and am so grateful for her needed contributions to the team effort. Holding my newborn son in my arms is an experience unlike any other in my life and I am so glad for Keelia's being there to share in our joy (and to take a ton of pictures!). Thank you so much, Keelia!! <3

Posted 5/11/2017

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Courtney Steinau

Where to start when describing my experience with Keelia?! First, let me tell you I am a new mom of a baby boy. We took natural birthing classes to prepare for a medicine free birth, but felt we needed more support during the labor & delivery. We were connected with Keelia via our L&D teacher, Keelia responded to a community email that went out. 

The best way to describe my experience is through several memories that pop up when I think about delivery, memories I wouldn't have if it weren't for both my husband and Keelia. I was unexpectedly induced 2 weeks early and began contracting on a Saturday night at 2am. Water broke at about 745ish and Keelia was there by 9am. When contractions got really intense, she walked with me, held my hand and made me realize how strong and loving this once stranger was ready to be for us! This meant I could focus on finding the strength I needed to birth my first child. She coached my husband, quietly and strongly communicated with medical staff, reminded me of my wants and needs, and not only stayed calm, but stayed AWAKE for 30+ hours!!! I remember her feeding me popsicles, ice chips, dried edamame, coconut water before I even knew I needed nourishment. She fixed my pillows and bedding to ensure I was as comfortable as I could be, she made me feel safe and relaxed during a high anxiety moment. She laughed with me and cheered us on. I ended up needing an unplanned csection, but she was there when I came out and my mom told her, you are part of the family now. And it is true, she is my son's oldest friend! (Haha even though he's only 5 weeks!) She was there when the sun came up and my son was placed in my arms for the first time xoxo. She cried happy tears with us. She took lots pictures and made us feel so wonderful and special! She truly has a gift and I am recommending her to any future moms!! She also processed my placenta into pills, truffles, and recorded a video of it for us. Much love to Keelia!

Posted 5/10/2017

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Erin Ramsey-Tooher

We worked with Keelia for the birth of our 2nd daughter in April 2017, and I couldn't recommend her more highly. Keelia was warm, kind, and supportive of our choices and preferences for labor and delivery from the first time we met her. She made herself available for questions and checked in with me regularly as my due date drew closer and as I began to experience signs of early labor. When the time came to go to the hospital, Keelia worked collaboratively with the midwife attending my birth at the hospital to make me as comfortable as possible. Her hands-on comfort techniques, gentle affirmations, and calming presence were invaluable to me and I truly don't know I could have had the birth experience I hoped for without her. Highly recommended!!!

Posted 4/22/2017

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