Phone: (804) 564-5008
Birth Fee: $600 to $900
Fee Details: I am a MyBirth doula that has been professionally trained through ToLabor. I use experience I have gained as a doula as well as my training to provide physical, emotional & evidence based information to support women & their partners. I am also familiar with rebozo & Spinning Babies techniques. I believe that birth, & the time surrounding birth, is a powerful & vulnerable time in the life of a woman & her family. I believe that birth often unfolds smoothly & safely on it’s own, but sometimes interventions are necessary & desired. My goal is to provide you with the support, tools & information you need to birth with confidence. Contact me for a full description of what my fee includes as a MyBirth doula. (Please feel free to contact me with your financial needs, I am happy to accommodate all families.)
Birth Doula Experience: 8 years
Not SpecifiedType of Practice: Partnership with 2 or more doulas
Clients per Month: 1 to 2Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Service Area MapArea of practice: Richmond, VA
My husband and I are first time parents. We knew very little of the birthing process and decided to look for a doula half way through my pregnancy. Keisha helped me tremendously through a very lengthy and exhausting labor lasting nearly three days. Her words of encouragement and helpful advice helped me progress at home for as long as I was able. She came to our house and helped me get in positions to make me more comfortable and demonstrated ways my husband could help me through the pain. She was available 24/7 by phone to provide further support. When we finally arrived at the hospital, she created a calm, soothing environment by putting up string lights and setting up an aromatherapy scent diffuser. She worked well with the midwife, who she knew previously. The midwife felt my labor had stalled because the baby was not in the correct position, so Keisha helped me get in positions to encourage the baby to move, which she eventually did. Keisha ensured that I remained hydrated and had snacks to help me keep my strength. She also brought a crock pot to keep warm towels in, as well as olive oil, to help ensure that I didn't tear badly during delivery, which was one of my biggest concerns. I ended up having a wonderful birth experience at the hospital. We are so grateful for all of her support and encouragement!
My husband and I decided to hire a doula a little bit later in our pregnancy, and I was a little unsure if it would still be beneficial since we didn’t get to connect with our doula from the beginning of our pregnancy.. but it was the absolute best decision ever! We met Keisha when we were 32 weeks along and immediately knew we wanted her to be part of our story. As first time parents we didn’t really know what to expect or how our experience would go. Keisha is so knowledgeable, encouraging, and calming all at once. We told her we wanted a no/low intervention birth and she provided resources and support that made us feel so empowered to have that birth. When I went into labor she gave us reassurance about where we were in the laboring process and provided tips for getting through the stages, all of which allowed us to labor at home for most of the day. She came to check on us in the evening and provided calming words of encouragement and physical relief during my contractions while also supporting my husband as he got us ready to go to the hospital. We originally planned on having our OB present for the birth, but when that became a questionable option Keisha was able to connect us with the midwives, and that turned out to be such a blessing! When we got to the hospital Keisha got to work setting up a calm environment of lights and aromatherapy, took over for my husband to assist with monitoring the baby so he could support me, and continued to support us both as we progressed through a pretty fast labor. She worked so well with the midwife, and I am certain it is because of the two of them we were able to have the birth for our daughter we so desired! Keisha continued to provide support after the delivery, asking all the right questions to help us really process all that had unfolded. My husband and I sing her praises to anyone in the area considering a doula, and look forward to working with her again as our family hopefully continues to grow.
Keisha Graham was(is) our Doula and I can honestly say we couldn't have pulled off delivery the same without her present. My husband and I are first time parents and knew very little of this process. Keisha was always available for us and forth coming with the information we needed! She continued to remind me that I was supported and that is what I truly felt under her care. The morning my contractions started Keisha came over and she and I went for a walk, witch turned out to be the best decision that eased my daughters arival. She helped me to do most of the laboring at home before going to the hospital, just as I wanted. When we showed up to the hospital I was 6 centimeters dialated and feeling more empowered than ever. She set a relaxing atmosphere in the labor room with string lights and aromatherapy. Keisha also helped me stick to my birth plan witch can be easy to stray away from in the heat of the moment. A natural birth with absolutely no medication was in my plan but I had no idea I could actually achieve it. We started off not fully understanding the role of a doula and now I can not imagine any birth of ours without her. I will forever be thankful for her energy on such a legendary day for my family. First birth or 10th birth, every woman needs a doula like Keisha.
My doula was hired later on in my pregnancy and worked with me last minute to get all the information I needed to make the right decisions. I was pregnant past 41 weeks getting very close to 42 weeks. I was very fearful of having another c-section and really wanted to move forward with a successful V-BAC. She encouraged me and believed in my body doing exactly what it needed to.
I knew right away when I met her that she was the right doula for me. I actually met with two doulas that day and was very concerned about the price and skeptical if I needed a doula. On the first meeting she gave me exercises to do to help encourage the laboring process, despite my cynicism. She was very positive and I knew right away that she was the perfect fit for me. Honestly, hiring a doula was the best decision I made and worth every single cent. I truly think you need the support emotionally that a doula can provide to help with a successful birth. Women really understand each other and give the neccessary attention to what an expecting mom maybe going through.
Keisha always went above and beyond and knew what my needs were. She randomly dropped flowers on my porch to encourage me to let me focus on blossoming - which when it died I was devastated - so I bought more tulips. Which really helped me take my mind off when I was going to deliver.
The day of my induction - which happened accidently because my midwife luckily broke my water by checking me - which was possibly going to happen inevitably - my doula was there and set up the whole ambiance to mentally prepare me for the birth of my beautiful daughter Aria. She was there with me the entire time I needed her. She helped me have a successful V-Bac without an epidural which I wasn’t sure I could really do! I truly had a great team to help me during this process.
Keisha was everything that we were looking for in a doula. My husband wanted to have an active role in my labor and delivery, and Keisha made it happen. She was so helpful getting me water, putting on music, setting up a calm environment, and just making sure every ran as smoothly as possible. It allowed my husband to stay by my side at all times which we both loved. We had a wonderful birth experience, and we are so grateful for all the support Keisha gave us.
Hiring Keisha as our doula was by far one of the best decisions my husband and I made when we found out we were expecting. I knew I wanted a low intervention birth, but didnt know much about what role doulas played in that. When we first met with Keisha, she first ask us what were some of our birth plan wishes and how she would meet our birthing needs. Throughout my pregnancy, Keisha checked in on us and kept up to date with our appointments and how the pregnancy was going. She also checked in on our emotional state as well. Fast forward to when I was admitted to Labor and Delivery, Keisha came in to set up the room with low lights, aromatherapy, and just to set the overall zen tone I was looking for. This really helped me to stay calm and in a trance throughout labor. When I went into active labor, Keisha was right by my side helping with different comfort measures. She also pushed me to trust my body, trust the process, and reasssured me that I could give birth without medication. She was nothing short of phenomenal. I am so thankful that she was by my side during the most important moment of my life.
In addition to a lengthy labor Keisha was present a couple weeks beforehand for an external cephalic version, to turn baby from breech position. Keisha was wonderful at connecting, easing anxiety and concerns in the moment through meaningful, personal conversation and breathing guidance. She remained upbeat and calm. Her support at postpartum visits was valuable. Baby's due date was close to dates demanding on my husband's career; it was a very positive experience to have Keisha present on our team. She allowed my partner to rest and provided guidance practicing strategies we learned in birth class. She never pressured us about decisions and worked well with nurses and doctors.
Keisha was an awesome doula for my sixth birth. My previous births were medicated and one c-section. I was determined to do it natural this time around. She came to my home thorughout my pregnancy asking, me what were my expections were for my labor. Also what did I expect from her. The day of my labor, the doctor had to give me inducing medication, because my water broke 24 hours prior and contractions had not picked up. Keisha made sure I drank water so I wouldn't be dehydrated. She put a heat pad on my back to help me deal with the pain. We used the birthing ball, walked around the room to help move things along. Soon I was in transition and the contractions were non stop, Kiesha knew from our previous talks when I don't talk I am in a lot pain. So she rubbed my arm as my husband pushed on backed. It was what I needed to get through labor and soon my son was born without the use pain medication. I was so happy and couldn't have done it without her. I want to add that she advoctaed for me when the nurse tried to do internal monitoring bc the machine wasn't picking up my contractions. Kiesha had been keeping track of them and was able to tell the doctor the information. He took her information and told the nurse, there was no need for intervention. If I said I am having contractions then he will believe me and not the machine. Kiesha changed my point of view of doulas and I belive it's a must have!!!
I was pregnant with my second child, so I pretty much thought I was a pro at giving birth (LOL). The morning of July 26, 2011 I woke up with excreciating pain. I called Keisha to let her know that I thought I was in labor. When we arrived at my doctor's office, I was immediately turned away and told that I was experiencing Braxton-Hicks. Thankfully, Keisha was knowledgable and experienced enough to know that wasn't the case. She took me to the ER where I was admitted onto the labor and delivery floor. By this time, 47 minutes had passed and I went from 0 to 10 cm in what feels like instantly. Before I knew it, I was crowning with no doctor or nurse in sight. The lack of care I received was mind blowing. Thank God Keisha was there to deliver my babygirl. She was there with me throughout the entire process, holding my hand, allowing me to yell profanities, all while coaching, relaxing and encouraging me the whole way through. I don't know what I would have done without here and can't imagine going through another preganacy or birth without her. We plan to have another child within a year and Keisha will defitnetly be there with me.
= Available. Calendar last updated: 12/11/2018 8:02:36 PM