4 years and 51 births attended
Type of practice: Solo practice
Clients per month: 1 to 3
Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
As an experienced birth doula with a background working in a hospital doula program, hospital births are my area of expertise. I believe hospital birth experiences should be safe, supported, and positive, and enjoy working WITH your care team of OB/GYNs, midwives, and nurses to ensure that you feel empowered and in control of your birth. I have attended births at St. Luke's downtown, and am familiar and comfortable with the staff and facilities at St. Luke's Nampa, St. Luke's Meridian, and St. Alphonsus Boise.
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Want the comfort and closeness of a home birth without actually having to give birth in your home? A birth center is for you! In the Treasure Valley we are fortunate to have several beautiful, clean and magical birth centers with skilled, talented midwives to choose from. I have attended births at Treasure Valley Midwives in Boise and New Beginnings Birth Center in Meridian. I am extremely comfortable in both birth centers and have good relationships with the midwife teams at each.
Attends home births? Some Home Births
I fully support any family choosing to give birth at home. I will attend births with a licensed midwife (LM), certified nurse midwife (CNM), or certified professional midwife (CPM) present.
Current member of DONA International, I serve as Chapter Leader for Birthwaves, Idaho and am an active member of La Leche League International. I also serve as an Independent Contractor/Backup Doula for two other doulas in the Treasure Valley.
With nearly four years of doula service and a lifetime of fascination and respect for all things pregnancy, labor and birth, I am proud and honored to be able to use my expertise and experience to serve the Treasure Valley birth community. After welcoming my second child in October 2019 and taking a brief hiatus to rest and regroup, I am so thrilled to be once again opening up space to serve new families in 2020. Contact me today to set up a free consultation.
Meridian, ID Service range 25 miles
We decided late in my pregnancy to hire a doula. Danielle didn't have to take us on as clients, but she did. From the first time we spoke on the phone I knew it was going to be a good match. After having a difficult labor and delivery with our first born we were wanting a completely different experience. Danielle took the time to listen about the trauma I had experienced. She is gentle and understanding.
When the time came for my husband and I to get a little more help, she arrived quickly. As labor progressed and the contractions increased in intensity Danielle used the phrase "stay on top of it" or maybe it was "keep on top of it", either way those simple words carried me through. At one point the on call midwife was not answering and it looked like we were going to the hospital and not the birthing center. Danielle kept her cool. Finally they got someone on the phone and we were on the way to meet our sweet girl. Danielle was by our side offering drinks and snacks. She kept up with the encouraging words and led us to the finish line. She stayed with us until I was stable, then politely went on her way so we could have our "magic hour" of bonding.
My husband and I are so grateful that she was part of getting our little one into the world. She has stayed in touch and is still available if anything comes up.
We got the birthing experience that we had hoped for. It was even better than we could have imagined! We know this is because she was part of it. She is an amazing woman!
Leading up to my birth, my first pregnancy, I had a number of factors causing me anxiety and insecurity. Danielle was supportive and available to me through my pregnancy and helped me uncover some of my fears and concerns. This helped guide my thoughts and actions as a prepared for labor and made me more confident that I could bring things up with her if I chose to. During my labor, which was a bit long and unrelenting, Danielle stayed right by my side and never stopped supporting me in whatever way I needed. She checked in with me, offered suggestions, and stayed quietly present. Whatever I needed. For about 12 hours I labored and Danielle really helped me get through each stage. I had no idea when I was in transition but once it was clear she guided me to prepare mentally for that very different stage of labor. Danielle was completely nonjudgmental of my struggles being a first time mom. She has also been available to me postpartum. I would definitely choose Danielle again as my doula and I would highly recommend her to any mom or mom-to-be!
I can't say enough good things about Danielle! I really don't know if I could have done the VBAC without her. I wanted an un-medicated VBAC after an unplanned c-section with our first child because we very much would like more than two children. Whenever I faltered or struggled with the pain, Danielle looked me right in the eyes and reminded me of the goal, reminded me that the pain was bringing the baby, that I could do it, and that we were so close. She knew how important it was to me and never lost sight of the goal. She wouldn't let me give up on myself and we did it! I know my husband really appreciated having her expertise and confidence; it helped him know that we were on the right track.
She was also terrific leading up to the delivery. I had numerous days of false labor in the last few weeks, and it was great to have her to text first instead of only the midwife. She was helpful, supportive, and always responded right away.
We'll absolutely have her back for the next baby!
Danielle worked as a birth doula for the hospital-based doula program I run. She is a phenomenal doula - very professional, incredibly competent, understanding, and compassionate. I give Danielle the highest recommendation. I would hire her as my doula any day.
I had reservations about using a doula for my daughter's birth, solely because I am slow to warm up to people, especially in such a vulnerable time.Upon meeting her she was the best combination of professional and down to earth.She gained my trust by being so patient with my husband's crazy questions and low understanding of a doulas role.She always took the time to fully listen and hear what birth informationI had researched and her experience with each new idea.We had met 2-3 times before labor day.
Labor started at 3am, and I called Danielle at 3:30am.I left a message but she quickly called me back. We figured out together that my contractions were 3-4 minutes apart and that we needed to meet her at the hospital.She was at the L&D check in desk and joined us to the triage room.I needed to lean on my husband for each contraction and she was at my back giving counter pressure in all the right places. At one point the baby's heart rate monitor want picking up and my husband became very nervous.Danielle explained the baby is probably moving down into position. She knew so much more than we ever did! At 8cm dilated, I waddled to the delivery room. I became very uncomfortable and Danielle suggested the position I pushed in for my first childs labor. She also retrieved one of those peanut shaped balls to lean on. Within minutes my water broke and baby girl was here! (45 minutes from arriving to the hospital) Much faster than I had anticipated, but Danielle had a feeling!! She took some candid (but tasteful!) pictures and came with us to the mom/baby room.
Danielle stopped by later in the day and within the week of us being home, offering to help with dishes, laundry, the dog, other child, etc. All I wanted to do with her was be social & debrief the birth!
Throughout this experience, I felt very impowered, supported, and like I had a friend I could trust to pick up the pieces I had forgotten about. She's fantastic!
Danielle was my Doula during my pregnancy with my daughter, Elizabeth. Being a new, first time mom and not knowing what to expect out of pregnancy while also being several states away from any family, I decided hiring a Doula was the right choice for me to ensure I had the personal, one-on-one support I needed during labor.
During our first meetings, Danielle took the time to explain and go over aspects of labor that my Obstetrician didn't necessarily have time to do during monthly checkups. She also was able to help me establish "birth preferences" for when I went into labor, which gave me a wider range of knowledge of options than I would have had without hiring a Doula.
Having Danielle as my Doula by my side during labor provided me with the confidence and extra peace of mind that I believe in part aided in labor being quick and uneventful for both me and my baby, which was my goal during the whole process.
I'd highly recommend Danielle to be your Doula during your pregnancy journey! She is bright, caring, knowledgeable, reliable, attentive and supportive!
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