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Odessa Bates, MA, CD, CPD

Doula Odessa & Birth Services

Website: https://www.DoulaOdessa.com

Phone: 413-642-1165

Birth Fee: $450 to $950

Postpartum Rate: $20 to $35

Fee Details: Complimentary in person consultation. Sliding scale may be considered after eligibility form completion.

Birth Doula Experience: 3 years and 6 births attended

Postpartum Doula Experience: 3 years and 14 families served

Birth Doula Certifications

  • Warm Welcome Doula Training - Certified Birth Doula

Postpartum Doula Certifications

  • Warm Welcome Doula Training - Certified Postpartum Doula

Doula Training

  • Warm Welcome Birth Services, November 2016
Type of Practice: Solo practice

Clients per Month: 1 to 4 births and 1 to 4 postpartum families

Postpartum limits/restrictions: No smokers please
Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Attends home births? Some Home Births

Other Relevant Certifications

  • CPR Certified - Red Cross
  • Spinning Babies® Aware Practitioner
  • Master's Degree in Women's Studies, B.A. in Sociology, Substance Abuse (NAS/FASD), Mental Health, Trauma, PTSD, & Seeking Safety specialty clinician. Trained Belly Binder, Molder, and Caster.

College Education

  • BA/BS
  • MA/MS

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Addiction Recovery
  • Adoption
  • Cesarean birth
  • Clients on bed rest
  • Domestic Violence
  • Families conceiving with ART and IVF
  • High risk
  • Home Birth
  • Induced and high medical technology labor & birth
  • LGBTQP Families
  • Over 40
  • Plus size mothers
  • Postpartum mood disorders
  • Prematurity
  • Previous birth trauma and/or birth injury
  • Relinquishing mothers
  • Remote and rural clients birthing away from home
  • Single parents
  • Special needs babies
  • Surrogacy
  • Survivors of Previous Life Trauma
  • Survivors of childhood sexual abuse
  • Teens
  • Vaginal breech birth
  • VBAC
  • Waterbirth
  • Women and Families of Color

Special Services Offered

  • Abortion Support
  • Antepartum doula
  • Belly binding
  • Belly casting
  • Bereavement doula (pregnancy & infant loss)
  • Birth counseling for survivors of childhood sexual abuse
  • Miscarriage Support (Before, During or After)
  • Parenting consulting
  • Reduced rates for women considering adoption
  • Satellite Doula (For remote and rural clients)
  • Surrogates and intended parents
  • Therapist or counselor

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

Odessa Bates, MA, CD, CPD 413-642-1165 www.doulaodessa.com #doula_odessa doula.odessa@yahoo.com Serving MA, CT, and NY hospitals, birth centers, and homes within a 75 minute drive from Great Barrington, MA 01230. Professionally Trained Certified Birth and Postpartum Doula Spinning Babies Aware Practitioner Master's Degree in Women's Studies Belly Binder, Caster, and Molder Bachelor's Degree in Sociology Established Birth Community and Medical Relations Gift Certificates make wonderful baby shower or holiday gifts! Professionally Trained and Certified with Warm Welcome Birth Services in Northampton, MA with Certified Professional Midwife and Certified Birth and Postpartum Doula, Michelle L'Esperance, CPM, CD. Her reference is always available. Located in Western Massachusetts. *Green River Doula Member Network Profile: www.greenriverdoulas.org/ *Facebook Business Page Profile: https://m.facebook.com/DoulaOdessa/

Languages spoken: English

Service Area Map

Area of practice: Great Barrington, MA
Travel Range: 55 Miles
Travel comments/restrictions: Will travel within a 75 minute drive from Great Barrington, MA 01230.

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Client Testimonials for Odessa Bates, MA, CD, CPD

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Michelle Pezzo

My experience with Odessa was fantastic! I knew when I met her for consultation, seeing her passion for helping women through pregnancy and birth, that I wanted her to be a part of my birth. I wanted a home birth, but knew it may not happen for me because the baby was breech. Odessa gave me tools to aid the baby turn and put me in contact with homebirth midwives. As time progressed, it became clear that I would need a c section. Odessa came to my appointments with me, with printouts for me to take home, a plethra of good advice, and a stable energy that kept me steady. Odessa kept in contact throughout my pregnancy, sending text messages and calling to see how I was doing. My OB scheduled me for a c section. I felt defeated and scared. Odessa was the extra support I needed. I felt stronger with her on my team, knowing she was only a phone call away if I needed anything at all. I went into labor before my scheduled c section. Odessa was the first person I called. It was late at night, but she was right there for me. It was after midnight when I headed to the hospital, Odessa was there shortly after me. She held my leg and comforted me when the contractions became painful, and told me I was doing really well.  She helped communicate to the staff my after birth plans, stayed with my family while I went in for surgery, was right there for me when I came out of surgery, and stayed with me while I waited to be brought into the nursery. Odessa didn't leave until morning, after I had breastfed my son for the first time. Not only did she check in later that day, but she came and visited me in the hospital and brought me snacks and helpful printouts of information. I have nothing but good things to say about her. If you are looking for a compassionate doula, who clearly loves what she does and will make you feel totally supported, Odessa is for you. Take advantage of her consultation, you will be so glad you did.

Posted 8/10/2019

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Emily Hart

I can not recomend Odessa enough! I had thought about a doula in the beginning of my pregnancy but wasn't 100% sure that was the route I wanted. I met Odessa at a breast feeding class and decided to contact her the next day. She went over everything with me and got rid of any doubts I had. We met up a few times before my son was born. We formed a birth plan and went over all possibilities and questions that I had. When labor started I let Odessa know and labored at home for a while.  Odessa continiously checked in and was available anytime I wanted her. She arrived at the hospital shortly after I was admitted and stayed with me for 18 hours. Leaving only after all 3 of us were settled and my son was breast fed successfully. She was ready and willing to help me in any way possible. Recomending different methods to help me push and offering reassuring words through out the delivery process. She came over a few times after we were home to make sure I was meeting my breastfeeding goals and that my mood was okay. Bringing over gifts, educational handouts, and good company. To this day, I seriously swear I wouldn't have made it through without her!

Posted 1/7/2019

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Rachael Baumann

Odessa reached out to me and asked if she could be my Doula. I was intersed in this previously, but I knew we couln't afford it. When she mentioned that she would waive her fees, I immedialty said yes! She met with us at our house and we went over many things including the questions I had. She left a belly ball, printed handouts and a long piece of fabric to help with labor. She stayed in touch with both of us all throught my pregnancy. Always checking in to see if we needed anything or had any quesations. When it was finally time to deliver, she was there and ready. She set a realxing mood with a string of lights and was available to massage me. She was full of words of comfort. She stayed the enire time. I labored for 12 hours, then had to have a vaccum, and then ultimatly ended up with a c-section. It was certainly a long night that none of us could have predicted. She stayed to meet baby Easton and she was so happy and proud. After that, she checked in with me via phone and text. She came over for a visit and brought us a few gifts! It was very comforting to have her there and I would certainly reccomend her to other couples. 


Thanks Odessa! 

~Rachael and Harold 

Posted 9/7/2017

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Allison Avent

I was induced starting on Monday, and my water broke on Tuesday. Odessa was immediately in contact and on the road once my water broke. she came prepared with a variety of coping tools. Odessa introduced herself to the midwife helping me through my birth, and the nurses.

The midwife attending was called away to another birth, and was unavailable for the first few hours of my labor. Odessa was excellent at keeping me (and my husband) calm and breathing. With her coaching I was able to get from one cm dilated to 4 while the midwife was occupied. I was cleared to labor in the birthing tub after 4 cm, and Odessa helped me labor in the tub from 4 cm to 10cm by bringing cool cloths, keeping me focused and the atmosphere calm. At 10 cm I requested an epidural at the reccormendation of my neurologist, and per my birth plan.

Odessa worked hand in hand with the midwife while I pushed for over three hours. Odessa advocated for me, explaining details of the (extremely rare) nerve condition. She continued advocating when it began to flare during pushing, and advocated for solutions. She also recognized that I might be needing a C section when my son slipped transverse, and his shoulder caught while pushing. The midwife was unsuccessful in turning him. She pulled my husband aside to quietly warn him of this possibility, allowing him to prepare himself to support me in the derailing of my birth plan. When I was taken for an emergency C section, Odessa kept my family calm. She stayed to ensure I was safely through the surgical birth and meet the little man we'd worked so hard to bring into the world. 

Without Odessa's coaching and guidance I would not have made it through 12 hours of active labor medication free, and three hours of pushing, as well as a midnight emergency C section. The midwife assisting me commented several times how well I was handling the situation, and how supportive Odessa was throughout. 


Posted 2/22/2017

Birth Availability for Odessa Bates, MA, CD, CPD

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