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Cecil Whitney

Thrive Doula Care

Website: http://www.ThriveDoulaCare.com

Phone: 206.852.7418

Birth Fee: $800 to $1200

Fee Details: I am currently offering services through my private practice on a sliding scale of $800 to $1200. In addition to my private practice, I am contracted with Swedish Hospital (First Hill & Ballard) for a flat rate of $1200. My birth support includes 2 pre-natal and 2 post-natal visits, phone/email support from the time of hire through the close of our relationship, and continuous support through your labor and birth. I will go on-call for you 24 hours a day beginning at 37 weeks. I am also open to customizing my services based on your needs. If you feel you will need more support before or after your birth, we can arrange for additional visits. If my fee poses a hardship, please still reach out. I am open to bartering and payment plans, and reserve a number of spots in my calendar for no-cost support. My services are always free of cost for surrogates, those considering adoption, and teens.

Birth Doula Experience: 1 years and 31 births attended

Birth Doula Certifications

  • DONA International - Certified Birth Doula

Doula Training

  • DONA International, March 2017
Type of Practice: Solo practice

Clients per Month: 3 to 4

Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Attends home births? Some Home Births
I will attend any home birth that is also attended by a midwife.

College Education

  • MA/MS

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Adoption
  • Cesarean birth
  • Families conceiving with ART and IVF
  • High risk
  • Induced and high medical technology labor & birth
  • LGBTQP Families
  • Multiples
  • Over 40
  • Plus size mothers
  • Postpartum mood disorders
  • Prematurity
  • Relinquishing mothers
  • Remote and rural clients birthing away from home
  • Single parents
  • Survivors of Previous Life Trauma
  • Teens
  • Twins
  • Waterbirth
  • Women and Families of Color

Special Services Offered

  • Acupressure
  • American Red Cross First Aid and CPR
  • Reduced rates for women considering adoption

Languages spoken: English

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Client Testimonials for Cecil Whitney

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Supria Giri

Cecil was kind enough to take me on as a client at the last minute. I loved their evidence based approach to labor and birthing. Cecil has a very calm and helpful nature. I felt very supported before, during and after my labor by them. They also taught me the basics of breastfeeding and newborn care. I would highly recommend them to anyone who is considering a doula for their birth.

Posted 8/24/2018

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Aimee Chou

I decided at the last minute to hire a doula for my second baby's birth. Though I planned on a hospital vs. birth center experience for my daughter, I wanted a balance between a wholly medicalized approach to birth, and the "crunchy granola" experience I had the first time. Enter Cecil, who has a pragmatic, calm approach and ample experience attending births at Swedish Medical Center which was comforting as I had NO idea what it'd be like to deliver at a hospital. My favorite memory: While I was trying to get a stalled induction going, Cecil patiently walked up and down the hall with our mutual dance partner, Fred Astaire AKA the IV pole, for hours. Their approach is to listen empathically and provide straightforward information to my zillions of questions. With Cecil and the nurse and attending physician, I felt I had autonomy despite hospitals sometimes getting a bad rap in that department. So grateful Cecil's part of my little lady's birth story!   

Posted 8/22/2018

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Samuel Knight

Cecil is an excellent doula. They helped us through our birthing experience with a wonderful knowledge of the birthing process. Great bedside manner and an understanding of the personal nature of childbirth. They are also a lactation consultant. On the whole, Cecil was very helpful to us and is definitely reccomendable! 

Posted 8/17/2018

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Trina Palosaari

We were so impressed by the knowledge and expertise of Cecil. Our birthing experience was 300% better because of her support and she prepared me for every option since my expectations were high going into my 2nd birth after an all natural first birth. We had to be very flexible in the process of birthing for our 2nd child and it would have been way more tearful and difficult if I hadn’t hired Cecil as my doula. She is very insightful and asks great questions along with being a skilled listener. We would hire her again if for some reason we had another child. She is amazing!

Posted 7/15/2018

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Jane Yearwood

I knew I would be in capable hands the minute I met Cecil. She has a warm personality along with great professionalism that makes you feel well taken care of. Her extensive knowledge of labor coping techniques definitely came into play with me and I could not have been more thankful. I labored for 3 whole days before giving birth. Cecil was always by my side, helping out in whatever way I needed support. I was very grateful to have such a dedicated doula. When we got to the birthing time, Cecil was amazing! She was always there to help me work through my thoughts and needs in the moment, while supporting my husband as well through the process. I highly recommend Cecil as a birth doula and was extremely pleased with my experience. 

Posted 4/16/2018

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Brina C

Cecil was absolutely fantastic during my pregnancy, birth, and recovery. She listened carefully to all of my concerns, made sure I knew exactly what I could control about birth, and quickly adapted when everything changed. I ended up with a really traumatic C-Section (not because of anything that she or I could control) and she was a calming presence. She communited just what was happening with my baby and also took some of my favorite birth pictures. The pictures were the only part of my birth plan that ended up happening, so I'm forever grateful she caught those first precious moments. 

 

I would recommend her 100%. I personally am done having kiddos after this, but if I were to have another I would want her by my side! 

Posted 4/14/2018

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Cody McDonald

We were very happy to have Cecil on our team as we prepared and experienced the birth of our first child. They were flexible when scheduling meetings, came to our home, was knowledgeable and attentive to our specific needs and desires for childbirth. We were hoping for a natural birth but for medical reasons that was not possible and we had to opt for a planned C-section. Even though this was a change in our plans and the birth was much "easier" and faster, Cecil was still a very calming and helpful presence and an advocate for our preferences during the entire process. Cecil was always present but did not feel obtrusive. They were helpful if/when we needed them, but also let us feel like it was still a very private and intimate moment. Cecil offered preparation before the birth and help after birth. We liked how professional and mature they were and completely non-judgmental. We are very glad we had Cecil's support and can recommend them to anyone who wants to go through this stressful and exciting process without being alone. We are very happy we chose to include Cecil in our experience.

Posted 4/12/2018

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Margaret Garvey-Caruso

We highly recommend Cecil for birth support. Cecil was professional while being warm and approachable. They are an excellent listener and intuitively provide just the right amount of support. They were the right addition to our birth team and helped us achieve the type of birth experience we were hoping to have: a healthy and natural one. If you are looking for a knowledgeable, reliable, encouraging and thoughtful doula, Cecil will be there for you.

Posted 1/9/2018

Birth Availability for Cecil Whitney

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