Phone: (202) 242-4346
Birth Fee: $825 to $950
Postpartum Rate: $30 to $50
Fee Details: My basic birth doula fees are $800-$950. You can add on private childbirth ed classes and postpartum hours. I can work with you on payment plans and consider special circumstances. My full package includes 2 prenatal visits, on call availability for one month around your EDD, and one postnatal visit. I offer postpartum care packages (postpartum teas/soups/self-care). I also offer a doula/childbirth prep consultation package (in your home) for $200 and a last minute doula package based on my availability. Check out my Instagram page: https://www.instagram.com/fatimaoasisdoula/
Birth Doula Experience: 2 years and 17 births attended
Postpartum Doula Experience: 0 years
Clients per Month: 1 to 3Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Check my Instagram account @fatimaoasisdoula for lots of tips on pregnancy and labor, plus info on our nourishing postpartum care packages! I offer free Childbirth 101 Prep classes a couple of times a year, follow me for those opportunities. I'm also a huge fan of evidence-based birth practices, and strive to keep my clients informed/up-to-date on this research and info.
Languages spoken: English, Arabic
Service Area MapArea of practice: Falls Church, VA
I cannot be happier about my pregnancy and birth experience with Fatima, who is an amazing doula! She has such wisdom and knowledge about giving birth, which is only surpassed by the kindness and compassion she demonstrated throughout the time we spent together. This was my first birth, and I went all natural. It lasted six hours. Thanks to her I will always remember the birth of my son as a wonderful moment!
Fatima and I had previously rehearsed what I could do during labor, and she gently prompted me to apply the positions and breathing exercises I had learned. While changing position is probably the last thing you want to do when experiencing painful contractions, it was exactly what baby and I needed to make this a smooth birth! Fatima thought about all the small things that matter during such a time: giving you water in between contractions, feeding you when you don’t even realize you need energy, bringing all the stuff that helps during birth (balls, hot pads, essential oils etc). I felt completely taken care of—all I had to focus on was my body and my baby. Having a doula also makes it possible for your partner to be completely present emotionally, which was exactly what I needed.
Throughout the pregnancy, Fatima was there to lend me books, help me make decisions regarding my birth preferences (a term she preferred to the less flexible “birth plan”), and provided incredible support. Any time I had a question she promptly answered it and gave me tons of resources during and after the pregnancy. I was in prodomal labor for three weeks before baby came, and it was incredibly frustrating. Despite the multiple false starts, Fatima was patient and reassuring. She was always ready to go.
I cannot state how glad I am that Fatima was my doula. Giving birth is such a special moment in a woman’s life, and now I will always associate it with her. I am so grateful for everything she has done for our little family!
I feel that the right doula for you can change everything. She was our support, even for my spouse. Fatima was a game changer and for me, & one of my fondest memories of my birth experience, in fact, I can't imagine not having our texts from that time in my phone! Fatima was an angel sent to us & now she's a part of our family. No matter what kind of birth you want, consider her as your doula because birth is unpredictable but if you have the right person by your side, it can make all the difference; no matter what path you end up taking to get to your baby. My experience with her was wonderful and I wouldn't want to have another baby unless she is with us. She was kind and made herself available whenever possible. Very low-key and relaxed which can be so nice if you're feeling stressed by an upcoming birth. She spoke to us on the phone many times, came to meet us for an evaluation, birth history, and to go over my goals. She gave me exercises to do and a birthing ball to borrow. We learned new techniques and I got book suggestions as well as some homework to do for visuals, etc. We met again before the birth. Leading up to my birth, she was fasting for Ramadan and STILL stayed with me during all the hours of the wee morning. She helped support us in every way, securing our dream birth. When I started bleeding too much, she stayed with us through a hospital transfer and everything that followed until I was in a stable state and returning to health. She made a postpartum visit to me and demonstrated the art of belly-wrapping, checked my health (physical, mental & emotional), checked the baby and dropped off some DELICIOUS postpartum meals for a healing mom and nursing baby. SO amazing and unexpected. Best of all... I got a typed story of my birth to give my baby. I will always treasure that. You can tell when someone really loves what they do and with her, it's obvious! Thank you, Fatima, you will never know how much you mean to us.
Fatima provided an extremely comfortable environment for me that transported me from being in the cold hospital to a place of peace. By encouraging me using a gentle, optimistic, and soothing voice whenever I doubted myself, reminding me kindly to unclench my jaws and relax, and using soft touch on pressure points - specifically on my forehead, I remember calming down almost immediately. There were times I really felt like I could not continue, but both my husband and I looked to her for support and she reminded us and kept our spirits high.
She also provided me with a warm blanket, hot water bottle, and hydration whenever I needed it. Honestly, most times when she helped me with these things, it was without me even having to say it - if I seemed uncomfortable she made subtle efforts to correct that. When I was thirsty but didn’t have the energy to say so, she brought me water (and my favorite thing - ice chips). She got a cold compress for my head when it was getting hot and even fixed my hair to get out of my face when it was getting in my way - all things again that I felt were just perceived by her and perfect touches to make me feel reassured and cared for while 100% focused on delivering.
Not only did she support me, but she also supported my husband during labor. Like most birth stories, mine began in the middle of the night where my husband was running on very little sleep or energy. She encouraged him to refuel with food and rest and stood by my side so he could feel comfortable doing so.
Overall we had a wonderful experience with Fatima and I appreciate her support, kindness, and love.
I would highly recommend Fatima's Doula services! She was an essential part of my birth team. It was very important to me try and have a 100% natural birth and to have a support team who would advocate for my wishes for a natural birth. I'm very happy with the support and assistance that Fatima provided before, during and after my labor and delivery. As a first time mom I was very nervous as to what to expect, but she helped me feel safe, supported and gave me all the facts without any prejudice or judgement. When i had doubts of my ability to continue with a natural birth she, along with my husband gave me the confidence & support i needed to push on and successfully have a natural water birth! Looking back, i could not have imagined going through my labor and delivery without her support and expertise! If i have another, i would love to have her as my doula again!
We chose Fatima as the doula for our first child almost two years ago. She wasn't certified then but she more than made up for it with her own experiences, knowledge, and wisdom. During my last trimester, she met with myself and the hubby to go over my birth plan, calming methods during child birth, and just general information on how my birth experience will be.
As my pregnancy continued past the due date, and the OB was pushing to induce, Fatima kept advicing me not to indue. When the labor finally began at midnight, I was texting her the signs and and was advicing me to keep track of the contraction times and what to do. She then arrived at my house around 11 AM to walk me through my contractions and advice me not to go to the hospital as I would be even less comfortable there and my contractions were still spaced out too far. She had me walking around, massaged my back while having me lay on top of a birthing ball, brought essential oils with her which she had running to help soothe me, talked with me to distract me from the pain and walked me through breathing techniques to assist with the pain. After about 16 hours of this, we finally headed to the hospital as my contractions were about 2-3 min spaced. There, she stayed me with until I gave birth to my baby son at 2:00 AM. She played soothing music for me and provided me with dates to help pull me through.
I can honestly say that I couldn't have done it without Fatima's assistance. She really provided me and my husband with assistance that we were lacking/too inexperienced to know about. When the time comes, I will definitely be acquiring her services for our second child.
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