Phone: (310) 831-5700
Birth Fee: $1000 to $1200
Fee Details: I provide my clients with private childbirth education classes taught at my clients homes. We meet twice before the labor begins and I also stay with my clients throughout their active labor/birth for support and assistance. Then we meet again for the postpartum meeting. I offer unlimited ongoing support throughout the pregnancy to answer questions, research, and telephone support . I help the mothers with the first baby latch-on for breastfeeding before leaving the birth event. I can also offer an alternative payment solution for couples with financial dificulties.
Birth Doula Experience: 7 years and 120 births attended
Not SpecifiedType of Practice: Solo practice
Clients per Month: to 2Attends hospital births? Some Hospitals
Languages spoken: English
As an ER Nurse and health care professional, I've seen and experienced some intense situations. I thought I was ready to handle anything that rolls through the hospital doors and in my life. But I also know my limits and when to involve other professionals to help. I can handle the ER, but I didn't know what to expect when it came to my own pregnancy and birth. I was in new territory and was scared. Having Lysa by my side for her support, education, and availability made my birth experience the best I believe it possibly could have been. If it wasn't for her, I think the birth could've taken a completely different path, not the path I wanted. Lysa, is a caring, unbiased, and knowledgeable person. I am so grateful to have had her support me and my husband during the birth of my first son. I recommend her to any mother or couple and will definitely use her services again when it comes to baby #2.
For First-Time Dads - Hire Lysa, You Won't Regret it!
How do I express my enormous gratitude for Lysa Quely?!? She is amazing! The journey towards birth is daunting and can be frightening. There’s so much you don’t know and can’t even imagine as a first time dad. Lysa made the journey far better and I couldn’t imagine bringing our first son into this world without her. As she promised, Lysa was very available to us. She taught us, coached us and helped us gain confidence and lower stress. During the birthing process, Lysa was invaluable and helped us understand and prepare for what was happening. I can’t recommend her enough, especially to first-time dads!
PART 2: ... then stated she "can come over but you sound like you are doing great." What she should have said - "You've been in labor for hours by now. I want to come over now and help you through the remainder of your labor." In fact, Lysa did not arrive at our home for 5 hours after our first notifying her of labor and some 9 hours after labor had commenced, based on her guiding us that it was not necessary (giving her the disingenuous deniability that her offer to come had been "declined."). Thus, Lysa was only here at home helping with labor less than 2 hours, before WE insisted that further delay to the hospital was not acceptable. Making matters worse, at no time did Lysa do an internal dilation check, depriving us that key intelligence of how close to birth was our baby. So, after a) leaning us away from her coming to our home after labor had persisted for both 4 and 6 hours, then b) arriving 1.25 hours after getting a call instructing her to come to our 20-minutes-away home with the preposterous excuse that the road was "bumpy," c) never doing an internal dilation check that could/would have indicated birth was near and d) waiting until the mother was in severe pain and contracting every two minutes, Lysa said while in our garage, "Well this is an hour before I wanted to leave at Noon, but it's fine to go now". A little over an hour later, with Lysa having forgotten to understand fully or even bring the birth plan along, the baby was born just after Noon. Had we waited any longer the baby, which already seemed to have been crowning as we were admitted, may not have made it. These events have been described honestly and accurately to various healthcare professionals with the nearly universally reaction being one of appalled. I gave great thought as to whether I wanted to post this truth here about our experience, but we felt we owed it to other couples that they be fully informed of risks to their baby and birth experience by hiring Lysa Quealy
PART 1: If you value minimizing risk to your baby's life, and/or don't want to risk giving birth or lose your child in the back seat of your car, Lysa Quealy is NOT the right doula for you in my very, very strong view. I must begin by stating that I wanted to delude myself into ignoring substantive evidence that Lysa Quealy had been inattentive, reckless and careless on the Delivery Date of our first child. However, as mother and father now have exited the initial euphoria phase of having our baby in our arms, it has become crystal clear that Lysa unnecessarily put our baby and her mother's health (if not lives) at risk in the crucial final hours of pregnancy. Lysa's judgment was beyond bad - it was so horrific that our baby was born within approximately 15 minutes of being rushed into the delivery room at the hospital due to Lysa's determination not to leave our house until ~ merely ONE HOUR before the baby literally exited her mother on the table. This followed (what seems clear to us as) Lysa's selfish aversion (though not an outright refusal) to come to our home when labor commenced early in the morning. In fact, when first notified via text (Lysa unfortunately conveyed after being hired she didn't want a phone call early morning even if labor had commenced) that labor had endured 4 hours already, instead of the appropriately concerned, diligent, dedicated response of a caring doula that she would get her things and come over (as we expected), Lysa confounded us by texting back, "Wonderful [smiley face]" -- and nothing else. Approximately 6 hours after labor had commenced, Lysa again was sending all the wrong signals that she didn't really want (but was willing) to presumably get out of bed to do her job. Specifically, mother informed Lysa that contractions had accelerated from 7-10 minute intervals to stronger ones every 5-6 minutes and questioned the judgment to remain at home, Lysa texted "we still have plenty of time" and ... [continued]
I'm a first time mom of a 2 month old beautiful and healthy baby girl. My daughter was born at Little Company of Mary with lots of support from my doula Lysa!
I was in labor for 3 hours at home and 15 hours at the hospital... and Lysa was by my side the whole time! My desire was to have a natural, unmedicated birth and I believe I was able to acheive my goal, in large part because she was by my side. She was such an incredible support for me. She kept me moving, talked me through contractions, and kept reminding me of my ultimate goal. I felt like she could read my mind when I needed something- thirsty, hot, cold, hot, cold, hot... ;) She was so intune with my needs and made me feel well taken care of.
My husband was also very glad to have her there. It was a long labor, so they took turns being by my side. He was happy (and grateful!) to have some relief.
Besides being a tremendous support during labor, Lysa also provided us with A TON of helpful information and tools. She gave us access to many materials, cds, and local support groups for breastfeeding. One of the things I loved best about having her as my doula is that she walked my husband and I through many birth topics that we had never thought about. She laid out options for us and allowed us to come to our own decisions. We felt informed and knowledgeable about the birth, and I felt empowered to birth my baby.
I feel so lucky to have had her by my side during the birth of my daughter! It was truly an amazing experience- Thank you!
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