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Jan Saunders

The Doula Coach

Portsmouth, NH Service range 40 miles Southern Seacoast of Maine & New Hampshire - I will also travel to attend births in: Newburyport, Beverly, and other points south in MA. If you are not sure if i go to your area, please ASK!


Birth Fee

$850 to $1850

Birth Fee

$850 to $1850

Birth Doula Experience

21 years and 515 births attended

Doula Training

  • DONA International, March 2007
  • The Organization of Labor Assistants for Birth Options & Resources (toLabor), April 2013

Type of practice: Solo practice

Clients per month: 1 to 3

Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Wentworth-Douglass Hospital, York Hospital, Portsmouth Regional Hospital, Exeter Hospital, Anna Jaques Hospital, Beverly Hospital and more......ask me!

Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
I love attending births at Birth Centers. I have much experience working on-staff as well as privately, at several different Birth Centers including those in NYC, NJ, Guatemala and MA. Many of them have been Water Births!North Shore Birth Center, Cambridge Birthing Center, Concord Birth Center &/or The Birth Cottage ( depending on who i have due & when)

Attends home births? Any Home Birth
Love to attend Home Births as a Doula or your midwife in Southern ME & MA. Doula only, in NH. Please visit my webite: www.BabiesBirthing.wordpress.com for more information.

Special Services Offered

  • Acupressure
  • American Red Cross First Aid and CPR
  • Antepartum doula support
  • Birth counseling for survivors of childhood sexual abuse
  • Cancer patients and survivors
  • Infant massage education
  • Monitrice services
  • Pregnancy, birth and/or newborn photography
  • Prenatal or postnatal massage
  • Satellite doula (for remote and rural clients)
  • Therapist or counselor

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

Previously worked as a Staff Birth and Postpartum Doula and Doula Program Coordinator, at multicultural/multilingual Hospital and Birth Center - based Doula Program for 11 years. Currently, Midwife Consultant and Board member, Fundraiser with Maya Midwifery International, Guatemala (Volunteer). This is a very special and unusual project! The Maya Midwives own and run their beautiful Birth Center in the Highlands of Guatemala.Visit our website at: www.MayaMidwifery.org

Fee Details

Free initial interview. Sliding scale fee, based on income. You tell me what works for you. Birth Doula Services ( it's a package), remain the same, at all fee scale levels. I am happy to talk about how we can make it work for your budget! Fee scale is according to income level. Set by you. I am flexible. Please let me know what your needs are.

Portsmouth, NH Service range 40 miles Southern Seacoast of Maine & New Hampshire - I will also travel to attend births in: Newburyport, Beverly, and other points south in MA. If you are not sure if i go to your area, please ASK!

Client Testimonials for Jan Saunders

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Maria Valmas


Jan helped me so much with my birth experience, I don't know how I would have done it without her! This was my first baby, and before meeting Jan, I felt so uneasy that I didn't have enough information and support to experience the birth on my terms. As soon as we met, I knew that she was the doula for me. She is very warm and genuine, and has a great deal of knowledge and experience. She took the time to learn more about me and my partner, and got to know us, so she knew just what I needed for my birth experience. She was available when I needed to talk or had any questions, and always responded right away. She is up to date on all of the latest methodologies and research. She was an invaluable resource for information. She shared her knowledge and information which really helped me to feel that I was empowered to make the decisions I needed to make in the event that my birth plan needed to be changed. She helped me create a thoughtful and flexible birth plan that helped me to feel like I was in the drivers seat for my birth. At the same time, she helped me create a plan that also allowed for flexibility and joint-decision making in the event of changes that could come up during the birth. During the birth, her encouragement and comforting voice helped me to feel empowered that my body was doing what it was supposed to be doing. She also helped me to advocate for myself when questioning the benefits and risks of various interventions, and I felt that my partner and I had so much support during the birth. She knew what my partner and I needed to have a positive birth experience, and went out of way to make us feel comfortable. She took the time to help me process my birth experience afterwards, and checked in on me to ensure that I had all the necessary supports. It was clear that Jan's doula services are her natural calling. I truly appreciated Jan's help and recommend her for parents-to-be that are looking for a thoughtful, caring, and knowledgeable doula.

Brittany Braga


Jan was absolutely indispensible to my husband and I during my unexpectedly long (38 hours) and difficult labor!  It would have been a much more trying and difficult experience if Jan had not been there for the entire two days (from start to finish)- during 17 hours natural labor, 17 hours medicated labor and 4 hours through my cesarean and reocovery- all with her gentle support, encouraging words and experienced advice. Originally, during my pregnancy, my husband had been leary of me hiring a doula; as he was unsure if it was necessary or would feel 'odd' having a near 'stranger' with us in labor and delivery- but in hindsight, he said that Jan's support was as invaluable for him as it was for me to have her there with us!From the start, Jan and I had planned for a natural childbirth experience (or a delivery with as little medical intervention as possible).  However, what I did not plan for was my waterbreaking at 3am on Saturday and contractions starting 30 mins later at 3-4 mins apart right away.  Jan met us at hospital right away and came back to the house with us where I labored for another 4-5 hrs (contractions were 3mins apart, but I started to get horrible back labor lasting the entire time between contractions!)  Jan was amazing suggesting different positions, massaging, and helping me to try a hot shower.  At this point, I had started vomiting regularly between contractons as well and Jan was great at trying to keep me hydrated and also exhibited her great intuitive judgment- advising my husband it was a good time to return to hospital, as she had concerns about dehydration.Back at the hospital Jan was an amazing liason between the doctors and nursing staff at Beth Israel and my husband and I.  She always was there to advocate our wishes; and also to (firmly, but always politely) 'kick' people out of the room (ahh! those poor med students :) I can't speak more highly of Jan as both a doula and as a human being!

Birth Availability for Jan Saunders

= Available. Calendar last updated: 11-30-2017