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Odessa Bates, MA, CD, CPD, CPES

Doula Odessa & Birth Services

Great Barrington, MA Service range 55 miles *Currently Offering Professional Virtual Birth & Postpartum Doula Services per COVID-19* Will travel within an 1.5 hour drive from Great Barrington, MA 01230.

413-642-1165

https://www.doulaodessa.com

Birth Fee

$400 to $1050

Postpartum Rate

$25 to $35

Birth Fee

$400 to $1050

Postpartum Rate

$25 to $35


Birth Doula Certifications

  • Warm Welcome Doula Training - Certified Birth Doula

Postpartum Doula Certifications

  • Warm Welcome Doula Training - Certified Postpartum Doula

Birth Doula Experience

4 years and 14 births attended

Postpartum Doula Experience

4 years and 18 families served


Doula Training

  • Warm Welcome Birth Services, November 2016

Type of practice: Solo practice

Clients per month: 1 to 2 births and 1 to 2 postpartum families

Postpartum limits/restrictions: Non-smokers please

Attends hospital births? All Hospitals

Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers

Attends home births? Some Home Births
A currently licensed and experienced Midwife must be present from the start of active labor and on.


College Education

MA/MS


Special Services Offered

  • Abortion support
  • American Red Cross First Aid and CPR
  • Antepartum doula support
  • Babywearing education
  • Belly binding
  • Belly casting
  • Bereavement doula (pregnancy & infant loss)
  • Birth counseling for survivors of childhood sexual abuse
  • Cancer patients and survivors
  • Miscarriage support
  • Parenting consulting
  • Placenta encapsulation
  • Satellite doula (for remote and rural clients)
  • Surrogates and intended parents
  • Therapist or counselor
  • Virtual and remote doula support

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

*Currently Offering Professional Virtual Birth & Postpartum Doula Services per COVID-19* Odessa Bates, MA, CD, CPD, CPES 413-642-1165 www.doulaodessa.com #doula_odessa doula.odessa@yahoo.com Serving MA, CT, and NY hospitals, birth centers, and homes within an 1.5 hour drive from Great Barrington, MA 01230. Professionally Trained Certified Birth & Postpartum Doula Professionally Certified Placenta Encapsulation Specialist Spinning Babies Aware Practitioner Master's Degree in Women's Studies Belly Binder, Caster, and Molder Empty Arms Bereavement (Stillborn) Training 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

Fee Details

Complimentary consultation. ***Currently $100 OFF all Virtual Birth Doula Packages per COVID-19***

Great Barrington, MA Service range 55 miles *Currently Offering Professional Virtual Birth & Postpartum Doula Services per COVID-19* Will travel within an 1.5 hour drive from Great Barrington, MA 01230.

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Laura Carlton

4/26/2020

Working with Doula Odessa for my first pregnancy was one of the best decisions my husband and I made. We chose to work with Doula Odessa because she was warm and knowledgeable, and we both felt very comfortable with her. We ended up having a complicated, difficult pregnancy from start to finish. Doula Odessa helped us research what we needed to know and talked us through ways to tackle things so that we didn’t get overwhelmed. Doula Odessa also went above and beyond to support us through what became a very challenging pregnancy: she researched and connected us with a support organization for our uncommon situation, and even took training herself from that organization so that she could better help us through everything that happened. When our baby decided to come 6 weeks early, she was able to get there in time for the c-section. She helped my husband stay calm and focused in the OR during the procedure, and stayed with me so that my husband could go with our son to the NICU after he was born. And she is still sending is helpful links and information months after the birth! We are so grateful for the support that Doula Odessa gave us, and would highly recommend her services!!

Emily

4/20/2020

From the moment my husband and I met Odessa we knew she was the right doula for us. She is professional, punctual, caring, sweet, and extremely knowledgable about prenatal nutrition and mental heath, as well as birth, breastfeeding, and postpartum care/healing. Odessa did 2 home visits with us before the birth and she gave me many helpful resources on a variety of topics to prepare me for birth/motherhood and when I had specific questions she would give advice or forward me information. Having her support made me feel calm and confident going into the birth. She also learned hypnobirthing techniques to use with me during the birth which proved to be incredibly powerful for me during my birthing time.

From the moment I was having signs of labor, Odessa was texting and creating a plan with us about how to best support us. She came to the hosiptal when I needed her and never left my side. She comforted me through active labor, holding my hand, reminding me how to breath,  and keeping my mind on the taskthrough mantras and words of encouragement. She was respectful and fit right in with the staff at the hospital, and stayed with me until I was in recovery and ready to rest with my baby. Odessa also encapsulated my placenta and delivered to my house a few days after I got home. She also created a tincture that will help during menopause which I look forward to taking. My postpartum visit with her was wonderful, getting advice on breastfeeding, baby wearing, nutrition, and so much more. I would highly recommend Odessa to anyone and will be using her at my next birth! Odessa is such a thoughtful and kind person who will make you and your partner feel loved, cared for, and supported.

B & E

12/22/2019

We were so lucky to have Odessa as our doula for the birth of our twins! The multiple pre-birth visits gave us time to calmly work through our birth plan, think, revise, and truly feel ready for this adventure. She also made sure we were ready for after the birth, helping us get our home ready, and feel comfortable swaddling/wearing/feeding, etc. She is a caring, intutitve, professional doula who knows how to make sure everyone is supported. 

With twins, complications are expected, and having a birth plan B and C (and D!) are necessary. She made sure to fully understand my priorities so that she could advocate for me at every stage (which she did). She was in close communication leading up to the labor, was very professional (second cell phone, 24/7 response), and arrived exactly when specified. Her support during labor was essential to the success of the births. She was comforting and confident. It was a long labor with 5 hours between the twins, but she advocated repeatedly for my birth plan and I was able to have both babies naturually with no medication. Of course this can't always be the case, but it certainly wouldn't have happened without her patience and advocacy. 

Her postpartum visits were also very helpful in finding ways to calm a fussy (gassy) baby!

Thank you Odessa!

Michaela S

9/21/2019

I am so beyond happy that I had Odessa as my Doula for the birth of my son. Her support was invaluable, she kept me calm and as comfortable as possible during the labor process. 

One thing that really stood out to me was when during labor things took an unexpected turn and I needed some pain medication. I was very scared about it, but Odessa reasured me and never made me feel like I was less of a mom because things changed and I could no longer go through with my original plan I had for birth. 

I couldnt have done it without her! 

Michelle Pezzo

8/10/2019

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.

Emily Hart

1/7/2019

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!

Rachael Baumann

9/7/2017

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 

Allison Avent

2/22/2017

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. 

 

Birth Availability for Odessa Bates, MA, CD, CPD, CPES

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Postpartum Availability for Odessa Bates, MA, CD, CPD, CPES

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