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Birth You Desire ® LLC

Rockville, MD Service range 60 miles We cover NoVA, all of Washington DC, and most of Maryland. We also travel nationally and internationally.

240-249-2488

http://BirthYouDesire.com

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Years in Operation: 20


Type of practice: Collective

Clients per month: 1 to 20 births and 1 to 5 postpartum families

Attends hospital births? All Hospitals

Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers

Attends home births? Any Home Birth
Several of our doulas work as Midwife Assistants as well.


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We offer doulas with all different skills sets from low cost students to some of the most experienced doulas in the nation.

Rockville, MD Service range 60 miles We cover NoVA, all of Washington DC, and most of Maryland. We also travel nationally and internationally.

View all 9 group doulas

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Updated 9/28/2020

Certified Doula
VERIFIED CERTIFICATION
Years in practice
YEARS IN PRACTICE
19
Testimonials
CLIENT TESTIMONIALS
3

Birth Fee: Not specified

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Updated 8/30/2020

Certified Doula
VERIFIED CERTIFICATION
Years in practice
YEARS IN PRACTICE
20
Testimonials
CLIENT TESTIMONIALS
115

Birth Fee: Not specified

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Updated 8/30/2020

Years in practice
YEARS IN PRACTICE
8
Testimonials
CLIENT TESTIMONIALS
15

Birth Fee: $1000 to $1600

Postpartum Rate: $30 to $45

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Updated 7/24/2020

Certified Doula
VERIFIED CERTIFICATION
Years in practice
YEARS IN PRACTICE
7
Testimonials
CLIENT TESTIMONIALS
33

Birth Fee: $1000

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Updated 7/1/2020

Certified Doula
VERIFIED CERTIFICATION
Years in practice
YEARS IN PRACTICE
2
Testimonials
CLIENT TESTIMONIALS
4

Birth Fee: Not specified

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Updated 2/4/2020

Certified Doula
VERIFIED CERTIFICATION
Years in practice
YEARS IN PRACTICE
1

Birth Fee: Not specified

Postpartum Rate: Not specified

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Updated 12/4/2019

Years in practice
YEARS IN PRACTICE
10
Testimonials
CLIENT TESTIMONIALS
5

Birth Fee: Not specified

Postpartum Rate: Not specified

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Updated 8/28/2019

Years in practice
YEARS IN PRACTICE
6
Testimonials
CLIENT TESTIMONIALS
3

Birth Fee: Not specified

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Updated 4/19/2018

Years in practice
YEARS IN PRACTICE
5
Testimonials
CLIENT TESTIMONIALS
22

Client Testimonials for Birth You Desire ® LLC

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Lauren Talarico

8/29/2020

There are truly NO WORDS to express how grateful we are for Ursula. She was our doula for all 3 of our children and coached me through a natural, unmedicated birth each time. That may not seem like that big of a deal...but to coach a mom through an unmedicated birth in a hospital setting can be very challenging these days!

I had a very serious complication after the birth of my second child, and if it wasn't for Ursula staying by my bedside I might not be here today. Needless to say, when I got a positive pregnancy test with my third child, Ursula was the first person I texted (even before my husband!!!)

Throughout each pregnancy Ursula was available for questions and responded extremely promptly. She never made my questions feel insignificant, which was something I really appreciated. Her experience is invaluable and she really listens to every mother's fears, wishes and concerns (trust me...I had a LOT of concerns with this pregnancy given the current pandemic conditions!)

We truly consider Ursula to be a member of our family. She is an absolutely amazing person, friend and doula. We cannot recommend her highly enough!

Rachael

8/27/2020

I’m so glad Priscilla was our doula! Without her, I suspect my son’s birth could have gone very differently. She was skilled at preventing me from getting in my own way and helped me shed my self consciousness so I could focus on the hard work of childbirth. Due to covid, we didn’t meet in person until our postpartum visit, but working together remotely was totally fine for us. In fact, since my labor accelerated quite quickly, it meant that she was at our side with eyes on me for the entire process. So, from the early afternoon when I wasn’t sure I was experiencing labor and she suggested my husband and I practice positions, to several hours later and the car ride to the hospital, where my husband felt like he could focus on driving safely because Priscilla was talking to me and keeping an eye on me via Facetime. Once we were at the hospital, having an advocate in the room, even digitally, made me more comfortable expressing what I needed. We highly recommend Priscilla.

 

L.Gutierrez

7/30/2020

During a stressful time exacerbated by a racial justice movement, a health pandemic, and political division, Ursula provided much needed comfort and support. Ursula provided us with virtual doula support during our labor and delivery, but her support began during pregnancy. She answered my hundred questions because as a first-time mom, I worried about everything. She was prompt with her responses and always provided non-judgmental advice. She is so knowledgeable of the birth process in the DMV and had an answer for most of our hospital questions. During our labor, she was able to guide us as we made decisions about medical interventions. We are grateful to have had such an experienced doula by our virtual side, and we hope one day everyone can have a doula by their side. A doula ensures you feel empowered in your decision making and ultimately that your birth experience is yours and led by your desires.

Liz

7/18/2020

I cannot say enough great things about Ursula, both as a doula and as a birth educator.

Before the birth of our son, my husband and I took Ursula’s birth class. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the instruction was virtual. However, even over Zoom, Ursula’s warm and caring demeanor came through, and over six weeks, I really felt like I got to know her. She provided wonderful instruction on labor, delivery, and postpartum, and made my husband and me feel more confident about the process. As an additional bonus, because she and her team were assisting with so many births during the pandemic, she was able to provide real-time information about all of the area hospitals’ COVID-19 policies and how labor and delivery would look, which made me feel prepared. Even my expecting friends who did not take the birth class appreciated this insider insight! 

I also hired Ursula as my doula. Knowing that I would likely not be able to have a second support person in the delivery room because of the pandemic, I chose her because of her experience providing virtual services pre-pandemic. I felt better knowing that she already had a tried and true virtual system in place and was used to providing services remotely. Throughout my labor at home, she was constantly checking in with my husband and talking me through the contractions. And, when I got to the hospital, she talked me through two-and-a-half hours of pushing and stayed on the line with me the entire time. She knew all of the midwives and nurses in the room and was chatting with them as well as me throughout the delivery, which made me feel like she was in the room. 

In the end, I feel incredibly satisfied with how the birth went, which is in large part thanks to Ursula. Having Ursula as a support person—even virtually—made what could have been a scary and defeating experience feel empowering, and I cannot recommend her enough! 

Liz

7/18/2020

I cannot say enough great things about Ursula, both as a doula and as a birth educator.

Before the birth of our son, my husband and I took Ursula’s birth class. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the instruction was virtual. However, even over Zoom, Ursula’s warm and caring demeanor came through, and over six weeks, I really felt like I got to know her. She provided wonderful instruction on labor, delivery, and postpartum, and made my husband and me feel more confident about the process. As an additional bonus, because she and her team were assisting with so many births during the pandemic, she was able to provide real-time information about all of the area hospitals’ COVID-19 policies and how labor and delivery would look, which made me feel prepared. Even my expecting friends who did not take the birth class appreciated this insider insight! 

I also hired Ursula as my doula. Knowing that I would likely not be able to have a second support person in the delivery room because of the pandemic, I chose her because of her experience providing virtual services pre-pandemic. I felt better knowing that she already had a tried and true virtual system in place and was used to providing services remotely. Throughout my labor at home, she was constantly checking in with my husband and talking me through the contractions. And, when I got to the hospital, she talked me through two-and-a-half hours of pushing and stayed on the line with me the entire time. She knew all of the midwives and nurses in the room and was chatting with them as well as me throughout the delivery, which made me feel like she was in the room. 

In the end, I feel incredibly satisfied with how the birth went, which is in large part thanks to Ursula. Having Ursula as a support person—even virtually—made what could have been a scary and defeating experience feel empowering, and I can not recommend her enough! 

Andrea S

7/15/2020

This was my second birth with Ursula and we once again found her to be a vital part of the process - one we wouldn't want to do without her. Unfortunately given my due date in early June and the current state of the world, this meant that Ursula was only available to us virtually. Regardless, Ursula was super supportive and extremely helpful throughout. Leading up to our due date, she had her finger on the pulse regarding all of the constantly changing guidelines and was very proactive in communicating them to us. Whenever I experienced anxiety or stress (which typically was specifically related to the pandemic and how my L&D would be impacted), Ursula was a much needed calming and centering support and was readily available to discuss plans of action to talk me down. During labor, Ursula was there (virtually) every step of the way and was instrumental throughout with her advice and words of support. Her presence was extremely felt and appreciated within the room from start to finish. So much so, that once my husband and son had moved to our post partum room and were settling in - I realized we still had our TENS unit that we had rented from Ursula and I anxiously said to my husband how we had forgotten to return it to Ursula after labor (as we had done after our first birth assisted by Ursula). Only after the words were out of my mouth did I realize how silly they were because obviously we could not have returned the unit to Ursula given that she was only there virtually! However, I think this anecdote really sheds some perspective on just how much we felt Ursula within the room throughout labor, despite her only being there virtually. While we would have loved and preferred her physical presence, I just can not stress enough how helpful Ursula was virtually and how I would never want to deliver without her. 

Ambor

7/9/2020

There are no words that can express how Birth You Desire helped educate, prepare, and guide my husband and me in our children’s birth. We took classes with Birth You Desire for our first child, and the information covered was all-inclusive to help prepare us for any outcome. I was experienced with birth knowledge, and my husband was not. He continues today to advocate for women and to push other men to take a class. His words are, “I wasn’t happy to have to go to the class at first, but having the information on how to support your wife, work with doctors, and learning about any birth outcome made the whole process easier. I wouldn’t do it again without them.” Our second child, we re-took the classes and also had Ursula as our Doula. Ursula made sure that she knew us well. My husband and I both felt so comfortable having someone in the room who knew us so well and had been with us throughout the entire pregnancy. She was the first one to arrive and helped implement all our plans so that my husband could focus on what he needed to. We had a different Midwife for all of our birth’s, but Ursula was present at the last two and knew my history and needs without looking at a chart. For our third birth, knowing that Ursula was going to be there gave us such peace in the process that we weren’t concerned about who might be on call for us. Post birth she provided nursing support, doctor recommendations, pain management, and we felt comfortable calling her for any little question. Her wealth of knowledge is priceless. Our second child ended up in the hospital with fever before turning 30 days, and just speaking with her on the phone was soothing and reassuring. Five months after our third she was still on call to guide us with her knowledge and connections to doctors in the area. Ursula was a pivotal part of our birth journey that can not be expressed in words.

Amy Wilson

6/12/2020

Ursula was our doula for all five of our births.  Having her present influenced each of our birth experiences for the positive.  Our first child's birth was long and ardous, but Ursula was there by my side from 9pm when we arrived at the hospital until 11am when he was born.  She was steadfast in her support every step of the way, and she helped me achieve my goal of not using pain medication and avoiding a C-section, which was a feat since he was 10lb, 10oz and many complications arose during labor.  Our second child was born in the car outside the hospital, but Ursula could recognize from our phone call that things were going fast, and so she got the hospital to call "code Stork".  They were waiting for us right when we pulled up to the ER roundabout, so the midwife was able to safely deliver my son in the car.  Our next three births were also "precipitous", and though we were not at the hospital long before each of them, Ursula's connections at the hospital and knowledge helped each of those natural births go as smoothly as possible.  During our fifth birth, I mentioned to Ursula in the hospital elevator that my left hip had been bothering me the prior few days.  She pushed on my hip a certain way right there in the elevator, and I could almost immediately feel the baby drop, and our little girl was born about 10 minutes later.  It was "little things" like this that helped make big positive differences in our birth outcomes.  Ursula's advice and guidance was invaluable not only at the time of birth, but also in the months of pregnancy leading up to it.  When I heeded her advice closely during my last four pregnancies to prepare for labor, I believe this helped to set myself up for the smooth and fast labor and deliveries that they were.  If you have Urusula by your side during pregnancy, labor and delivery, she will help your outcome to be the best it can possibly be!

Chrissy M.

6/9/2020

My husband and I hired Lynn Converse to be our doula and assist with the birth of our 2nd child after a traumatic first birth. We were a high risk pregnancy, in addition to pursuing a VBAC, and we knew we wanted strong and compassionate support for the process. Lynn was exactly the person we needed to help us in the preparation for this birth, and to help keep us grounded and centered during the birthing process. Our son was born during the COVID-19 pandemic, and so it turned out that Lynn would not be able to join us in person for the birth as I wanted my husband to be present as my one allowed support partner. We brought our laptop and Lynn was present with us via Zoom for all 36 hours of our process! While it would have been amazing to have her with us in person, we were pleasantly surprised with how well it worked. And, when it was time for 2 hours of pushing, we set the laptop up so Lynn was pretty close to my head...I could easily hear her coaching and it actually wasn't occurring to me in the moment that she was in the room via a remote connection. If you're expecting during a time when hospitals are still limiting support partners, we highly recommend engaging your doula remotely! It made such a positive imprint on our experience and we would highly recommend working with Lynn.

Emily

4/9/2020

I cannot recommend Ursula and Birth You Desire strongly enough. Ursula supported me through two successful unmedicated VBACs. Throughout both pregnancies she was amazingly helpful with every question and issue that came up - helping me manage a host of anxieties and when necessary pointing me to one of her many referrals. There is no one better networked in the dc area birth community than Ursula!

She was also an incredible presence during both deliveries - helping me to feel in control and guiding me to direct my pain and energy to progress my labor. My final VBAC was truly a 10 out of 10 delivery experience, and I have no doubt that Ursula’s involvement helped me to achieve this amazing birth outcome.

Lauren Alexander

4/5/2020

Birth is an intensely intimate, emotional and life-changing experience.  Having Ursula to guide me, listen to me and witness my transformation into motherhood was important to both my preparation for birth and, perhaps even more so, in processing my births.  As a first time mom, I didn't realize the depth and complexity of the transition from pregnancy to being a mother.  Ursula did and was available to me any time I needed her help.  Understanding my births and being able to speak freely about them with someone who not only understood them but could offer factual explanations of parts that I needed to work through was beyond words for my recovery emotionally and physically.  I would not be in the healthy mental and emotional space I am in now 9 months after my son's birth without her help.  When I started my search for a doula, I thought their purpose was to help with pain management during delivery, but I understand now the extent of the importance a doula can be.  During both of my pregnancies, I worked with Ursula entirely by phone and FaceTime because we are on opposite coasts.  Though she was not present for my deliveries, she was available anytime we needed her (which we took her up on!)  I can't emphasize enough the comfort of her professional warmth and her confidence in me to create our family.

Adam V

2/11/2020

Ursula and team are true birth ninjas!! We both took Ursula's class, and used her as our Doula, and would highly recommend both. The class was super informative and we left feeling as prepared as we could. That said, it was the actual birth where Ursula really shined. We had a few complications, and Ursula expertly guided my wife through the ups and downs, including some incredible on-the-fly adjustments that ultimately led to a healthy, natural delivery. Speaking on behalf of my wife (who is sleeping:), we are both super grateful for Ursula and all she did to help us have a happy and healthy son Fitz. In my opition, there arecertain things in life worth spending on a true professional who you can trust when times get tough, and Ursula is exactly that. We would recommend her / BYD 1000x over!

Emily M.

1/10/2020

The amazing doulas of Birth You Desire helped my husband and me to bring two babies into the world in dramatically different fashions. Ursula’s presence at both births was invaluable. For us, working with BYD was a critically important choice.

Our first birth was a long process. Throughout it all, Ursula answered questions, advocated for me, and supported my husband, who was limited by a broken leg. We immediately felt less panicked in her presence: she has worked at all the area hospitals and it was clear that our midwife team and most of the hospital staff knew and trusted her. (Ursula was actually initially on call as backup, and we are so impressed by how quickly she adapted to the situation when called in at the last minute.) When things stalled and a discussion of possible interventions began, Ursula made several positioning and movement suggestions that we would not have considered on our own. She was firm but encouraging; when I was ready to give up, she reasoned with me; and when we finally welcomed our baby, we were joyous and feeling strong. The second birth 18 months later was a much faster process, and this time we needed a lot more support before arriving at the hospital. Once we determined we should go, I was especially grateful that Ursula was there because she was able to tell the staff about me—things were progressing quickly and they would not have had time to learn this information on their own. She recalled which strategies had worked in the past and tried them earlier. This baby was born within a few intense hours, and Ursula’s presence made the birth a much more supported and straightforward event.

Ursula is quick to respond,  thorough, and encouraging. We have attended her Birthing Again class and value her advice. I recommend her services to anyone considering using a doula and will always be grateful to BYD for supporting my family at these crazy and vulnerable and beautiful times.

Shannon S

1/2/2020

Ursula was truly a godsend for the delivery of my baby girl last year. Having several months to reflect on my birth experience, I can’t imagine a more positive experience because I had Ursula by my side coaching me and my husband through the entire process. Leading up to my delivery I was naturally nervous because this was my first birth and there are so many unknowns. Ursula was able to calm my fears, especially on the day of, because of her unmatched experience and deep passion for what she does. She truly wants the best oucome and experience for each of her clients, and I can’t thank her enough for all the love and support she has provided our family.  

Kayla Owen

12/30/2019

Ursula is worth every penny, and so much more!!  I had my first son abroad 8 years ago in a country that assigns midwives who stay with you for the whole birthing process.  The idea of giving birth to our rainbow baby in the US terrified me.  Add advanced maternal age and several health issues and I knew there was no way I could do it without the help of a professional.  Going into my delivery I had every confidence Ursula could help me achieve my goal of a natural delivery, but there were 3 separate instances that she caught that my medical team did not that could have quickly railroaded us into an emergency c section.  Through her persistence and determination to try any and everything possible to help get our boy out safely her knowledge of positioning, pressure points and talking through all of the options helped us to achieve the best possible outcome.  I got my natural delivery with a happy healthy baby boy.  Ursula made all of our lives easier, including the L&D team/staff.  She is well respected, has tremendous knowledge and an awesome sense of humor.  If by some miracle we are ever blessed with another one, my first call after a positive pregnancy test would be to Ursula!  She’s become a member of the family and I am 100% confident I never would have achieved anything other than a C section without her!!!

 


One last thing, her recommendations for Chiro, accupuncture, and breastfeeding help led me to a team of goddess providers that I will be using for a long time to come!

Zack Nagel

12/2/2019

Usula and Birth You Desire are amazing! Ursula was our doula for both of our daughters' births and we owe her immense gratitude. My wife and I are both planners... we discussed, prepared, read blogs/books/articles, and did birthing classes. We still had anxiety and unease because of the unpredictable nature of pregnancy and the birthing process. Ursula coached us through every change and helped overcome frustrations and challenges. For every uncertainty or change, she was ready. We will forever be grateful for her presence and her coaching.

We had a wonderful experience and it is due to Ursula and Birth You Desire.

Jessie

11/6/2019

Ursula was instrumental in my successful breech vbac. During labor, she kept me calm, kept the hospital staff calm, made sure the right medical personnel were in the room, applied super helpful counter-pressure, and generally did everything necessary to provide me an amazing birth experience during which I could be present with the process and not worry about anything except my body and my baby. She is immenently knowledgable and truly has an incredible gift at supporting pregnant and birthing people. 

She is accessible at all hours at any point and was able, on a couple of occasions, to calm me down when I thought (falsely) I might be going into labor early. She did so with no judgement and no hint of exasperation even though it was the middle of the night (both times). 

She has encyclopedic knowledge of the birth process, positioning, resources, tools, etc.; personal relationships with seemingly every doctor, nurse, midwife, etc. in the DC area; and an incredibly warm, caring, and supportive demeanor. I am so grateful to her and recommend her confidently and whole-heartedly. 

Becky

11/5/2019

My first birth was a traumatic emergency one with a preemie and all kinds of craziness. When I was finally ready to have a second child I knew I needed a very specific type of support. Ursula and Birth You Desire did not disappoint and wisely helped me make my way through some difficult decisions. This paved the way for a birth and post-partum experience that enabled me to bond the way I wanted with my daughter, get the emotional and medical support I needed, and feel empowered and strong through it all. I highly recommend Birth You Desire and Ursula for ANY type of birth, including planned C-sections. There's so much to process and wade through before, during, and after any birth, and I'm particularly impressed by their post-birth support.

Jacqueline Devereaux

10/3/2019

Highlight: Ursula is so incredibly talented that she was able to provide me the support described below VITUALLY via FaceTime and I can confidently attest that I feel just as supported as when she was there in person for my first birth.

Ursula is my birth rock. She helped me bring all three of my children into this world and the last two births she was a virtual doula over FaceTime. She keeps me grounded and present. She keeps me safe. She comforts me and pushes me. She builds up me strength and confidence so I can create any birthing experience I desire, truly living up to her name: Birth You Desire.

Ursula - You are amazing and found your true calling. Thank you for everything you have done and continue to do for our family. We love you.

Nori

10/2/2019

We weren't initially sure we needed a doula since everything seemed to be going well during the first trimesters of my pregnancy, but we decided to go ahead with doula support anyway. We are *so* glad we did. Ursula was simply amazing--I really can't say enough to explain how incredibly helpful and supportive she was in the run-up to and during the birth. She was responsive to all our concerns, always available when we needed her, incredibly knowledgeable about all the medical procedures and options we were confronted with, and immensely supportive to me emotionally. I had no idea how complicated and challenging making decisions would be during the last few weeks of my pregnancy when I suddenly dealt with a breech baby, an ECV, an induction, and other unforeseen circumstances. Ursula made such a difference in ensuring that we felt we had made all the best decisions we possibly could, and I would never want to prepare for another birth without her!

Mat Glassman

8/29/2019

This review is for all the dads/partners. There is a significant misconception that doula's are to help Mom's-to-be (or at least, I had that thought). This couldn't be further from the truth. A doula is entirely for the father/partner. Going through the birthing process without a doula, would be like an NFL game without a referee - it would be a terrible idea. Without guidance, the game would happen, but there would likely be more crying, tantrums, potential injuries, and upset players than there needed to be.

I have a medical background, but felt like I was on a 1980s stock market trading floor (in another country) when my wife was giving birth. The doctors and nursing staff have been through this 100s of times- you haven't. No matter how prepared you think you will be, there is no substitute to having an advocate for you, your wife, and your unborn baby, in the room - helping to make sure that your best interests are attended to. As great as your doctor and nurses are, they are likely juggling several other deliveries at the same time - not to mention there personal lives. It is impossible for them to care as much as you do about this birth. Having a doula gave me the comfort and the piece of mind that I could stand there like an ineffective, inanimate object, while this amazing event occurred - and there would be at least one adult in the room looking after my (I mean, my wife's) best interests.

You can't get any better than the doula's at Birth You Desire- Ursula is amazing and once you meet her, you will understand that she would not tolerate anyone working with her that is not just as amazing and experienced.

Congratulations and good luck.

Zack

8/6/2019

We couldn't be happier with the support Ursula provided. I'll admit I started off skeptical of whether we needed a doula at all but wanted to make sure my partner felt fully supported going through the birth process with our second child. While I don't know if every doula would have been right for us, Ursula was amazing, providing the right information and support to my wife, me, and the care team. What was most notable was the way Ursula elevated the whole care team - she clearly had earned the trust of every care professional in the room and made everyone's life easier. I would highly recommend Ursula to anyone - especially if you are at all skeptical of whether a doula is 'worth it'.

Alex

7/30/2019

We had the best experience with Ursula. As first time parents, she gave us the support and knowledge we needed to feel confident and really enjoy the full experience of labor and delivery. I experienced some unexpected complications during labor, but Ursula was able to coach me through it all and I was able to have the birth experience I was hoping for. You can really tell Ursula truly cares for her moms, dads and babies! I couldn't have asked for anything more or imagined going through it all without her!

Jamie

4/8/2019

I continue to reflect with such gratitude for Ursula and her gift of supporting my labor and the birth of my child. I actually can think of what it would have looked like without her there...and it’s not the empowering and amazing experience that she ensured my story to be.

She gave us knowledge and courage, she gave us safety and trust. Ursula's affirming, non-judgmental care allowed me to trust my intuition and my body. And through all the challenges and turns in the labor & birthing process, my narrative of the birth of my child highlights me as a total birth warrior. I celebrate and love every part of my child's birthday because it is our very special (albeit a bit long) story, which Ursula helped in every possible way to make happen.  

Marion

3/12/2019

We had the most amazing experience with Ursula! After a very traumatic birth with my first I felt very strongly that I wanted to deliver naturally the second time around. I was able to do just that with Ursula and I'm sure I would not have without her. I trusted her completely throughout the labor and delivery experience and was very thankful to have her there because she didn't let me give up on myself. As a result the birth was so empowering and my recovery has been so much easier.

Latrice Willis

12/10/2018

Mt husband and I took an 8 week birthing class with Vynessa Pantano and it was great! The documents we received were well written and organized with really helpful photos and illustrations. Vynessa's friendly demeanor was comforting and she had answers to all of our questions. Her class wasn't just telling and explaining, it was showing and letting us practice as well. We even did a few meditation exercises and visualizations. It was a super great experience and my hubby and I were actually sad when it ended. But we feel so well informed that it made us more confident in our labor and delivery preparation. I highly recommend working with Vynessa, she's amazing!

Anne Gialanella

1/4/2018

Ursula is simply the best! She supported my husband and me during the births of both of our children. After the birth of our son in 2014 I told my husband I wouldn't have another baby without Ursula. She was that good! She was a reassuring, constant presence at the births which allowed me to relax and trust that I had an educated health professional supporting me with any decisions that came up. She offered hands-on support that eased discomfort and pain and also helped my husband support me by showing him what might help with various symptoms. We highly recommend her to anyone looking for a doula!

Jane Knisely

11/8/2017

Ursula was our doula and childbirth educator for the birth of our daughter. She made us feel as prepared as we possibly could for an optimal pregnancy, birth, and postpartum period. Our daughter arrived ahead of schedule and Ursula was out of town (we knew this would be the case), so Lynn was the doula who attended our birth, along with trainee Kelly. They were both of immense help during a difficult labor process and I credit them with keeping me out of the OR and enabling a vaginal birth. The follow up and support from all three ladies after the birth has been helpful and reassuring. I am not sure I would be in a good place without the preparation and follow up from birth you desire. They were also adept at helping my husband and me to bond during this process. I highly recommend them to anyone who is seeking wisdom and help on their journey to parenthood.

Bryce Jacobs

11/5/2017

My husband and I had an excellent experience with Lynn Converse. She was very helpful before the birth in letting us know what to expect and helping us come up with a birth plan. She took the time to get to know us and what we were looking for in terms of support and our ideal vision of our child's birth. 

During labor she was helpful in giving me breathing techniques, comfort positions and moral support. Lynn was enormously helpful in talking through the contractions and helping me with coping mechanisms through the labor. Lynn also knew hands on techniques that helped with pain and helped the baby get into position for birth. She knew when and how to use my husband for help as well. 

We were able to look to Lynn for advice when decisions had to be made on the spot and she was able to explain what was happening and the pros and cons to any decision. It was comforting to have Lynn at the birth of our first baby as someone who has seen this before and who could reassure us of what was normal and what we could expect to happen. Though we had taken a class and read books, during the labor and delivery we seem to have forgotten everything we learned and planned, but Lynn was there to guide us through every step and remind us of what we wanted and how best to acheive it. 

Lynn was patient, supportive, and clear headed, all of which was helpful both as we planned in advance and during the labor and delivery itself. 

It was helpful for my husband to know that there was someone there who had our back and could help us through the whole process. It made a tremendous difference in the entire experience.

 

Brandi Wilkins

9/15/2017

We could not be happier with our experience hiring a Birth You Desire doula. Lynn was so amazing!!! Her support before, during labor and birth and post partum was amazing. She made us feel like family! Her encouragement was beyond our expectations. During labor and delivery Lynn's presence was exactly what was needed. I genuinely believe that it was because of Lynn that I was so pleased by our birth exprience. Couldn't have been happier!! We recommend Birth You Desire with no hesitation!

Ona Pappas

6/6/2017

Ursula was our doula for both of our daughters births. Diana was born in May 2014 and I have absolutely no doubt in my mind that had it not been for Ursula I would have ended up with a c-section; which would have been okay but was not my preference or plan. Diana was a long 30+ hour labor due to PROM. She was in a compound presentation and thanks to Ursula (not the doctors)she figured out that I had a band of tissue that wasn't allowing my daughter to descend which needed to be sniped. 

With the birth of our second daughter, Evie in November 2015 we again had Ursula by our side. Evie was a much better textbook kind of delivery with the exception of being in a DOUBLE compound; yet still was an easier delivery than Diana. 

People always ask my why we used a Doula. For me personally having an advocate like Ursula by my side took the confusion, unknowns, and anxiety out of the equation. I 100% trusted her and she allowed me to feel very impowered and confident as a birthing mother. She's geniunely cares about her families and connects on a personal and emotional level far long after the birth of your children. 

I can't even begin to image giving birth again without her. Truthfully she will know as soon as the stick has a second line :) 

Nicki Greenlee

3/1/2017

Ursula was present for the birth of my daughter in 2015 and was an amazing support. I arrived in DC from West Africa during the 34th week of my pregnancy. Being so far along I was unable to take prenatal classes, and as a first time mother to be was nervous about delivery. From my first contact with Ursula she talked to me about my anxieties and was available to answer any questions I had leading up to the big day. During delivery I could not have asked for better support. In addition to being technically competent, her attitude ensured a relaxed experience by balancing a great sense of humor with strong mental and physical coaching. Her constant presence by my side and her ability to make me feel at ease helped me birth my baby with little stress. I know that my time in labor was much reduced thanks to Ursula's coaching and I can't be thankful enough.

From the beginning of my pregnancy I was not set on any particular birth plan except that I wanted to avoid an unnecessary c-section. Although I wanted to see if an unmedicated labor would be possible for me, I appreciated how nonjudgmental Ursula was about the use of epidurals when that was the direction I chose to take, and when I opted for the epidural it was an informed decision. I cannot stress how important this was for me as during my pregnancy I often found the discourse surrounding labor to be strongly divided (and often nasty) between the all natural route versus the other end of the spectrum.

Ursula's support did not end at my baby's birth. During a post-partum home visit she helped me through difficulties I was having with nursing due to my baby being born with a tongue tie. She taught me how to improve my daughter's latch and referred me to a lactation consultant who provided us with continued support thereafter. I highly recommend that anyone in DC who is looking for a competent birth coach with an awesome bedside manner consider hiring Ursula as their doula, she is great!

Kate B.

8/12/2016

My husband and I initially thought that Ursula was more doula than we might need, but we decided to go with her because we immediately liked her calm, take-charge energy and sense of humor. She turned out to be exactly the doula we needed, and working with her was possibly the smartest decision we made throughout my pregnancy. After my due date came and went and I was scheduled for an induction, Ursula patiently walked us through how that would go and what options I would have for maintaining freedom of movement, positioning, etc. When I went into labor the night before the scheduled induction, Ursula came to our house in the middle of the night even though it looked like we might have a long way to go. When my labor suddenly began to progress much faster, Ursula immediately realized what was going on and calmly got us out the door. She called the hospital (I delivered with the GW Midwives) and told them we were on our way in, and because the staff there know and respect her, they listened to her assessment! When I arrived at the hospital fully ready to push, I walked straight into the delivery room, and everyone was scrubbed in and ready to go. My baby girl was born healthy less than 30 minutes later! There were a couple complications during and after the delivery, but with Ursula by my side it didn't even occur to me to worry. She enabled me to access so much inner strength and is still a source of support to me now, even though my daughter is almost a year old.

Other than the intangibles, two things about Ursula are particularly noteworthy: first, she's really well-versed in pain coping techniques, so no matter how you're laboring she can get creative to help keep things manageable. Second, she has good and long-standing relationships with medical staff (at least at GW, where we were). I can't overstate how important that was for my birth experience.

Matthew Abrams

7/20/2016

We had the experience of working with Ursula beginning with her in-home group classes and as our Doula for our first daughter. From the father/husbands perspective, I am not sure I would have enjoyed the experience nearly as much if it weren't for Ursula's support, knowledge, humor and compassion. She ensured we were prepared for every step from start to finish and was an unbelievable resource for any questions or concerns we may have had. This made our decision very simple for our second and Ursula was our first call (even before family knew!) to ensure we could retain her services once again. I would highly recommend her or any of her partners for your pregnancy, birth and postpartum needs.

Megan Lucas

7/20/2016

Ursula was an essential part of my birth team. I had dreamed of an unmedicated, natural delivery since before I even wanted children of my own so once we got pregnant, I knew we needed a doula. Ursula came recommended by two of my mom friends so we decided to take her class and hire her as our birth doula. Throughout our pregnancy, she was no non-sense yet kind, honest and full of humor. She made my husband and I feel prepared, confident, and supported in the months, days, and hours leading up to our baby girl arriving. Two things I want to highlight: 1. Ursula was incredible at working with the team at the hospital, our midwife and nurse. She was so hands on and made sure I had everything I needed! 2. You can't beat the access and experience that come with working with Ursula. She has seen it all, knows so many tricks, and has more resources than you could imagine at her disposal. Thank you, Birth You Desire and Ursula!

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