Phone: (508) 556-0703
Birth Fee: $1300 to $1500
Fee Details: My fee includes 2 prenatal meetings, email and phone support prior to birth, continuous support during the birth, and 1 postpartum meeting. I believe anyone who wants a doula should have one, and will work with you to make that happen if cost is a concern.
Birth Doula Experience: 3 years and 18 births attended
Clients per Month: 1 to 3Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
I provide volunteer doula services for Worcester Alliance for Refugee Ministry (WARM) and for First Concern Pregnancy Resource Center in Clinton, MA.
Languages spoken: English, Russian
I wanted to have an unmediated natural birth experience and was afraid standard medical practices and attitudes would make it hard to achieve. I would rather have had a home birth, but since that was not possible for us we chose to have a doula help us though childbirth in the hospital. Natasha worked with another doula (Rebecca Urban), and both were super helpful in thinking through what we wanted out of our birth experience, which helped me and my husband comunidade about it. When the day came, they were both helpful with suggestion to help me manage early labor. Things progressed so quickly by the time she was able to join us, we were headed for the hospital. Immediately upon arrival on the hospital, Natasha ensured the nursing staff was aware of my birth preferences, handing out copies of my birth plan and advocating for me, in a moment both me and my husband would be too disoriented to do so. I was fully dislated and started pushing right away, and Natasha continued to help keep us hydrated, suggesting ways for my husband to be supportive (with hip squeezes), and finally taking pictures when the baby was finally born. Natasha was a calming presence and offered helpful guidance throughout, even onto the post party recovery, and I believe she was essential for me to have the birth experience I wanted. I would recommend her services to anyone considering a doula.
Natasha was a calming and supportive presence. I wanted an unmedicated birth and while I didn't end up getting that I did get to the hospital at 10cm. I attribute this to our preparation and also to knowing that we had the additional support from Natasha to stay at home as long as we wanted. Natasha helped once we were in the hospital to make sure that my birth plan was followed or if I was ok with changes recommended by the hospital team. My husband didn't see the need for a doula at first but he was happier than anyone that Natasha was there. He felt so much support and ease from her presence that he was better able to support me. Thank you Natasha!
I hired a doula to bridge the gap between a home and hospital birth. I wanted to have a presence who was there to support my husband and me specifically, and who had no agenda other than to make sure the birth went as naturally, comfortably and positively as possible.Part of my wish to have a homebirth was to go unmedicated, and I knew that having a doula’s “bag of tricks” for pain management could help make that possible -- and it did! I could not have done it without the techniques that Natasha used during my labor. Furthermore, in our meetings prior to the birth, Natasha gave me tools that helped me feel empowered and informed about all possible scenarios, and how to get the clearest information from the hospital staff. I went into labor feeling confident in the information Natasha gave me beforehand, as well as physically supported through my labor and birth itself. She was also available to answer those little “nagging questions” that arise in those months prior to the birth, and helped reduce my stress and anxiety with her informed, thoughtful, and prompt answers.For these reasons, I would recommend a doula without hesitation my best friend. It is certainly possible to give birth without a doula, but the experience was so much more peaceful and natural feeling with one. Natasha in particular has a quiet strength about her that put me at ease during the entire process, which was no small feat considering I ended up being induced due to Preeclampsia! She was the perfect combination of soother and coach without being intrusive, and was also incredible at helping my husband know how best to support me. My husband and I both came away from the experience feeling like it was the best possible labor and delivery we could have had given the other interventions I needed. I can definitely attribute this in large part due to Natasha’s support not just at the birth, but throughout my pregnancy.
I hired a doula with one goal in mind: a natural, unmedicated birth. I specifically wanted assistance with pain management during labor and an experienced, trained female companion that could assist my husband and I in achieving the birth that we desired. Natasha was amazing and did all of this plus more for us! Natasha has an incredibly kind, peaceful, and caring spirit. Our son came five weeks early but she was by our side as soon as we told her that I was in labor. She was patient, encouraging, resourceful, and a strong advocate for me with the delivery staff and also the NICU staff, always ensuring my comfort and making that her top priority. She worked closely with my husband to help manage my pain, showing him ways he could help and teaming up with him to help manage my pain together. We were not able to meet with her prior to the birth due to our son's early arrival, but that did not impact her level of care for us, attentiveness to us and our birth goals, or her camaraderie with my husband as a part of my birth "team." She was indispensable to me during the birth and I wouldn't hesitate to hire her again as my doula. Thank you, Natasha!
Bringing babies into the world sure is one wild adventure. And I am so glad Natasha was by my side before, during, and after the birth of my first child. Because this was my first pregnancy, I wanted the coaching of a doula to guide me through this exciting yet uncertain experience.
Natasha’s calm and benevolent composure is what first attracted me towards her. She assisted in helping me discover the type of birth experience I desired, and what expectations I had of my husband, my birth, and her services as a doula. Natasha’s knowledge in natural labor pain management came in handy! Throughout my labor she supported me physically to ease the discomfort and to progress the labor process. What I found most helpful about Natasha is that she was such an encouragement to me, and made an effort to find what would make me most comfortable during labor.
From our very first consolation all the way through the birth, I found Natasha to be well organized, compassionate, and professional. Her regular check-ins during pregnancy, to practicing Rebozo techniques in her living room, and her documentation of my birth timeline are testament to this fact. I highly recommend Natasha as a doula! I could not have achieved the birth I desired without her support!
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