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: 7 years and 19 births attended
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
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.
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