Birth Fee: $1800
Birth Doula Experience: 17 years and 611 births attended
Clients per Month: 1 to 3Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Midwives for Haiti, rural birth center in Haiti/Education for Haitian Midwives; Massachusetts Midwives Alliance Education Committee; Previous work with Pettaway Pursuit Foundation, prenatal/postpartum doula work for moms on Mass Health
We hired Dina and Meryl in 2018 for the birth of our first baby. I am considered AMA (Advanced Maternal Age) but wanted to have a vaginal birth with minimal interventions. I wanted my husband to have a support person as well. It's an enormous task to support someone you love through childbirth, I didn't want him to go through it alone. We felt a doula would provid ethe experience and support we both needed. Dina met with us twice before the birth, and was on call form 37 weeks on. She or Meryl was with us for the durinaryion of lbor and delivery. She checked in on us afterwards by text/email. She visited in the postpratum period.
What I love about Dina is her extensive experience that allows her to be open minded and flexible. It helped me see the options and accept what options were open in the moment. Ultimately I ended up with an epidural and a C section, Dina provided the support and the feeback for me to make the right decisions in the moment for myself and my baby. I felt like we had a voice in how our birth experience went, that was so helpful when we had to change our expectations at the last moment. Throughout the time Dina worked with us she was kind and supportive without being pushy.
This being my first birth, neither me nor my husband knew exactly what to expect. It was extremely reassuring to have Dina there with us. She was with us for 24 hours of labor. Through that time she helped care for me, and helped my husband to care for me. She made sure i had all that I needed and wanted and made suggestions to help get me through every contraction. As I began to realize that my birth plan was not realistic for me, she reassured me that I was doing what was best for me and my baby and not to be disappointed that I could not follow through with my plan. Her knowledge and experience helped me to make those desicions and feel comfortable with them. I couldn't imagine my birth without her kind, loving presence. I know my husband appreciated her being there to support us and to even give him a break for a little while. I highly recommend Dina, she is a truly wonderful person.
Dina was my doula for both of my daughters' births, and she is amazing. She provided tons of information and helpful tips and referrals for all of my pregnancy issues and questions. Leading up to my first birth, she helped me stay calm and patient as my pregnancy went well beyond the expected due date, and she created exactly the kind of space I wanted during and after labor. I relied on her for physical and emotional support, and she was the one person whose voice I actually wanted to hear during labor - when I started to doubt my ability to handle the contractions, Dina's reassurance kept me going. She supported me in declining an intervention I knew I did not want and helped me stay strong. At the end of my labor, she helped me use different positions and remember what my body was capable of, and thanks to her support, I had a wonderful unmedicated hospital birth!
When we found out I was pregnant the second time, one of my spouse's first questions was, "Do you think Dina would be our doula again?" She again guided us through questions and worries about some minor complications with my pregnancy, and she helped me weigh the benefits and risks of various interventions that my doctors suggested, always respecting my choices and reminding me to listen to my body. She was with us in the middle of the night as our second daughter was born after a fast, intense labor - she was exactly the calm, wonderful presence we needed in the midst of the chaos. She even captured some amazing photos of our daughter being born with one hand - while supporting me during pushing with the other hand! After the birth, our postpartum conversations helped me get my head around everything that had happened; it was all so fast that I needed some help processing it. Her gentle, intuitive, knowledgeable support was crucial as we made the transition from pregnancy through birth and postpartum.
As a first-time, older, and single mom, I was compelled by Dina's experience as a home birth midwife and doula. Although I did not have a home birth planned, I was confident that I would have a very experienced and informed advocate. Dina was my partner throughout my pregnancy, always available for questions and interactions, wanting updates, and she even made a special trip to my home to meet with my birth partner so that we could all go over my birth plan together. She helped me research and navigate murky issues like GBS positivity and impositions the medical establishment puts on AMA moms. She is very informed and data-driven, which was a good match for me, but she also is compassionate and emotionally supportive in a non-clinical way. I planned a natural birth, but as things go, this was not to be. I was induced and labor came fast and furious. Dina was at the hospital before I knew it and served as a tremendous comfort as I had to make decisions about how labor and delivery was to proceed, given the unexpected challenges I experienced. She is not dogmatic at all, understood and supported my birth preferences, but also gave me sound advice and advocated for some interventions not in my birth plan that prevented a C-section (avoiding one was my #1 birth preference). Dina worked beautifully with the midwife attending my birth, and my birth partner. I describe my labor and delivery as "fun" (although by objective measures, it probably wasn't) and Dina helped make it that way. She was comforting and competent, good-humored and extremely adaptive. There were probably times when I should have been afraid, but I never was, because I had such confidence in my support from Dina (and also in my care at Mt Auburn). She remains a part of mine and my daughter's lives and will always be an indelible part of our story. If I were to do this all over again, I'd want Dina by my side!
Dina provided excellent support to me and my husband through my VBAC. She was always available to me even though I was due right around Christmas! Her advice for welcoming a second child into our home was invaluable during such a significant transition. I can't recommend Dina enough! Her nurturing, calming spirit will be an asset to any prospective parents. It's been ten years since my daughter's birth, and I feel I'm still reaping the benefits of a positive birth experience with Dina.
Prior to working with Dina I was skeptical about hiring a doula/midwife. Being an RN myself, I did not want to feel pressured during my birthing process. I had reservations about working with a midwife. While natural birth was my goal, I wanted to have choices. I did not want to feel persuaded away from interventions that I might want or need in the moment.
As the best laid plans often go, my homebirth did not happen. My daughter arrived 4.5 weeks early following a horrible stomach virus. As I was not close to my due date, Dina was on an overnight trip with her family. I was admitted to the hospital in labor. Incredibly, Dina left her family vacation and arrived by my side. She coached me through a natural birth in the hospital. She was my advocate, my shoulder, and truly my angel. In fact, at one point in my labor I asked my husband to leave the room. I needed the strength of a woman by my side, and thankfully, I had Dina. Dina’s birthing assistance did not end when my baby was born. In fact, her support was most appreciated during the postpartum period. Dina saw me, at my worst, crying on the floor of my house with a newborn and a toddler. She held me up, emotionally, when my hormones made me feel lost and alone.
I was recently asked to identify three people in my life who I deemed to be my best nurturers. Dina was the first person who came to mind. She is gentle, but assertive when I needed her to be. I always felt that Dina would listen to me and honor my choices. Dina is not a midwife who is stuck on the notion that natural birth is the only way to go. She is an advocate for the type of birth that you want. I will go through my life eternally grateful for her presence in my life.
We were fortunate enough to meet and hire Dina Fraize to be our Doula 9 1/2 years ago.
My husband and I were older, we had never been married or had children. We were nervous and excited about being pregnant, but we had know idea what we were doing.
We felt so much better after we met Dina!
Dina is the definition of an amazing doula. When she first met with my husband and I, She was professional, informative, warm and kind. She wanted to get to know us and what we were specifically looking for from our Doula. She gave us information and told us exactly what we could expect. My husband explained that he needed Dina more than me. He was very nervous and felt much better knowing that Dena would be by our side when the contractions began until our baby was born.
Dina was truly a blessing. In our case my contractions came fast and furious, so Dina met us at the hospital. Dina was right there to keep me focused and still during my epidural. She supported me and helped me with my breathing during my labor and delivery. Dena stayed with my husband and I late into the night after our daughter was born. We finally insisted that she go home and my husband walked her to the parking garage.
To this day, whenever we meet someone who is considering hiring a doula, we tell them about our amazing experience with Dina Fraize!
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