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Alana Potter

The Joyful Doula

Delaplane, VA Service range 50 miles

540-212-2244

https://thejoyfuldoula.rocks

Birth Fee

$1000 to $1200

Postpartum Rate

$25 to $35

Birth Fee

$1000 to $1200

Postpartum Rate

$25 to $35


Birth Doula Certifications

  • DONA International - Certified Birth Doula

Postpartum Doula Certifications

  • Birth Arts International - Certified Postpartum Doula

Birth Doula Experience

3 years and 150 births attended

Postpartum Doula Experience

2 years and 20 families served


Doula Training

  • DONA International, June 2016

Type of practice: Solo practice

Clients per month: 1 to 2 births and 1 to 4 postpartum families

Attends hospital births? Some Hospitals

Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers

Attends home births? Any Home Birth


Special Services Offered

  • Miscarriage support

Fee Details

$25 daytime hourly rate, $30 per hour overnight. Overnight hours are negotiable but usually require a minimum.

Delaplane, VA Service range 50 miles

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Client Testimonials for Alana Potter

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Sharon C.

8/22/2020

We are thankful to Alana for her assistance at our birth.  We hired her as a birth assistant for our at-home birth in July 2020.  In this season of COVID, she met with us virtually ahead of time to help us set up our supplies for the birth (which made me feel a lot more at-ease that things were more organized).  During the birth, she was a calming presence and offered many suggestions of positions, techniques, massages/counter pressure, and other tools/ideas.  She was knowledgeable, calm and caring.  Thank you, Alana!

Alexia D.

8/22/2020

Alana is a superb doula and birth assistant! She radiates calm, positive energy rooted in her many years of experience as a mother of 11 children (WOW!), a grandmother, and a seasoned doula. From our first meeting, I felt a warm connection to Alana, as she openly answered my many questions and empathized with my experiences. Childbirth is such a sensitive experience, which can be susceptible to our fear of the unknown, leading to difficulty in the natural process of surrendering to our body's instinctual knowledge. But throughout my labor, Alana inspired a feeling of calm and a sense of confidence in my body's ability to birth my baby. My labor was challenging, as my baby was initially poorly positioned in the birth canal. Along with my midwives, Alana provided hands on support, soothing conversation, helpful suggestions, and pain management throughout a 25 hour labor, helping me to achieve the natural, unmedicated delivery I envisioned. If you are looking for a loving, peaceful, supportive, and knowledgeable doula - Alana is the doula for you!

Sarah K

8/3/2020

Alana was my birth assistant for both my son and daughter. It was so special that she was able to be there, supporting me for both births. Childbirth is probably the most vulnerable I’ve ever been in my life and having Alana’s voice of experience there for both babies made me so much more comfortable. She always told me when she was doing something and if it wasn’t obvious, why she was doing it. Alana’s respect for body autonomy, as well as her significant experience, built trust and put my mind at ease. My two births could not have been more different (a long labor with my son and a precipitous delivery with my daughter), but Alana was calm and professional for both. I would highly recommend her, and if we decide to have a third baby, I would definitely hope she could be there! 

Sarah nordby

7/12/2020

Alana was an absolute pleasure to have in our home. She was attentive informative and caring. We have used her dula services day and night time. Each time she came I felt supported, taken care of, and had peace of mind. I am so thankful for Alana's exepertise and newborn care. She was able to help us with quick house chores, tended to the baby while momma got much needed rest, and an amazing help with breastfeeding support. Alana has showed us that every couple should have a post partum dula to make the transition into parenthood with confidence and ease. 

Susana Cresce

6/3/2020

I absolutely loved working with Alana! From our first conversation via phone I felt it was the right choice! She was very helpful during labor yet let me do my process with minimal interruptions. Her knowledge of exercises and positions to try really helped get things moving as well as her support during contractions were super useful. Highly recommended as a doula/birth assistant!

Gina Brimm

5/26/2020

My experience was good although it was short. We met at the   gave birth. She was helpful during my birth and supported my midwife well. Her calm and gentle personality was a to my birth experience. 

 

Elizabeth Dixon

5/5/2020

Alana was a lovely addition to our birth team! 

As a this was my first birth, and as both my husband and I have clinical anxiety from, I was anxious about how we would handle the potential emptional stress of labor. Alana's support was exactly what we needed, from checking in with encouragement while we waited for labor to start and while we worked with our midwives on encourgaing labor to begin (baby was born at exactly 42 weeks!), to being a wonderful support during the labor itself. All during labor she was a calm presence that set a wonderful tone. Her help with taking temperatures and using the dopler to checkon baby never felt intrusive, and she worked seemlessly with our midwives, which was wonderful.

I also greatly appreciated all of her follow up and emotional care and support after the birth, especially as not only was labor difficlut but we eventually transfered to the hospital, had a c-section, and then I developed a post surgery infection which laid me out with a fever for over a week right after birth. Alana followed up with me not only the day after we got home from the hospital but all through the illness as well. 

Alana also seems as to genuinely adore my baby as much as I do, which is just one more thing suggesting that she's definately in the right profession! I'm only sad that due to COVID social distance suggestions, all of our post birth checks were tele-visits or over the phone and that she never got to meet our sweet baby in person after all her hard work and support during the time she was with us at the birth center! 

My husband, a man of very few words adds, "She was great. Wonerful!"

Neha

5/4/2020

We had a great experience working with Alana for the birth of our second child. My husband and I are both grateful that Alana was on our 'team' for this life-changing event. She is clearly very experienced and yet, humble enough to be listening very carefully. Some of the best advice she gave me was right before I went into labor, which for me, happened to be barely 3 hours long. If not for her, I would not have been prepared for things to move so quickly! Because she was so attentive during the birth itself, I felt comfortable looking to her for support. Overall, she was always available - before, during and after the birth. She took the time to think about my concerns, look up information and get back to me, as and when required. Alana is quick to assess a situation, calm, thoughtful, reponsive and understanding. I would highly recommend her as a birth assistant.

Lindley

4/24/2020

It was a joy to have Alana assist in the recent birth of my daughter. Given the likelyhood that a hospital birth was going to be a lonely and unplesent experience, we switched at 36 weeks to BirthCare from Physicians and Midwives. Alana was very kind to agree to assist us, even at such a late date. She was responsive by phone and was quick to meet us at BirthCare once I was in labor. She also came to our house afterward to check on the baby and myself. My delievery was releatively quick and straightforward, but Alana was always present, helpful, and professional. I'm sure my midwife appreciated her assistance as well. It's a relief to have another set of competant hands to guide and assist during labor and delivery. I would defintely recommend Alana to other expectant families. 

Ann Rivera

4/23/2020

It was a pleasure working with Alana. I chose to deliver at a birth center very last-minute - at 36 weeks pregnant. Alana joined my birth team at this "final hour" willingly, and worked to get me up to speed quickly. I went into labor at 38 weeks, and she was with me every step of the way. She has a calming presence and competent manner, and I knew I was in excellent hands. Alana visited my newborn daughter and me the day after I gave birth, which was reassuring because I knew all was well with my and my infant's health after her time with us. I highly recomend Alana Potter as a birth assistant. If I were having more children, she'd be on my team again! 

Sarah

3/11/2020

It was an absolute gift to have Alana at my birth. Her grounding presence allowed me to stay focused during the most challanging parts of labor. Alana offered different positions and breathing teachniques throughout labor. In addition, she provided homeopathic remedies both during and after labor. I highly recommend having Alana at your birth because she is thoughtful, thorough, grounding, and passionate. 

AB

3/9/2020

Alana is a great doula! She's personable, extremely experienced and knowledgeable about labor & delivery, which is very helpful when being thrown curveballs at the hospital. I was induced unexpectedly and had yet to take any courses in pain management as I'd planned. Fortunately, I was able to naturally endure the pain of induced labor much longer (up to 8 cm dilated) thanks to her many ideas for pain management. I also appreciate that she made herself available to me with such short notice. I had not yet signed a contract with her when I found out I'd be getting induced within 24 hours. She was so understanding and kind to show up to the hospital to support me when I needed it, and stayed through the wee hours of the morning after my little one was born. Above all, I appreciated her faith - as a Christian, it was important to me to find someone who shared my faith. I had a long a long and tough labor, so having someone with me who was prayerful and resourceful was a gift from God. I think she's a great doula, and I'm so grateful to have had her with me during labor & delivery!

Emina

3/6/2020

Alana served as a birth assistant for both of my children who were born at home. Alana is incredibly thoughtful and knowledgeable. During my pregnancies, she would follow up on our conversations with links to more information to help me understand topics in more depth. During my labor, Alana was supportive, gentle, and empowering. She asked me what kind of birth I envisioned, listened to my needs, and cultivated the exact birthing environment and experience I wanted. Post-partum, Alana continued to follow-up with me and check-in to ensure I and baby were doing okay. She even brought over food for my family during her visit. Given Alana's experience, wisdom, and gentle demeanor, she was an incredible asset during my birthing experiences, and I am so thankful to have her as my doula!

Vicky Ferrari

9/19/2019

I am a first time mum and I was 38 when I had my baby girl. Alana helped me through labor even though I ended up having a csection. I called her as my water broke at home and just talking to her kept me calm as i was putting things together to go to the hospital . Later she arrived. I specifically asked the doctor I wanted to deliver naturally . Having Alana next to me gave me a sense of comfort and strength and after many hours of waiting to dilate the doc decided it was safe for the baby and me to have csection.  I would recommend Alana's  service to anyone who wants a doula and if I have another baby I would definitely ask her to be my doula again.

Joan Nguyen

9/18/2019

Alana has helped me feel at peace throughout my whole labor. She created a serene yet cheerful setting with her soft string lights and candles in the labor room. I appreciated her confidence in me during times when I wanted to give up during transition. She helped me keep going to deliver my child naturally with no complications.
Thank you Alana for your wisdom and guidance.

Ayana Brickhouse

8/4/2019

Alana was wonderful!!

I had a worldwind week. I started the week thinking I would have a natural birth at a birthing center. Only to find out that because of health reasons that was not possible and i would have to deliver in a hopsital. In comes Alana and the ladies at BirthPartner to ensure that I still had someone at  the hospital to help me has as natural of a birth as possible. It was disappointing in and of itself to be in a hospital but Alana made me feel better about it. She had worked with the hospital before and felt confident all would be ok.  Alana quickly went over my birth plan and got to know what I wanted and hoped for this birth. We only had a matter of days but I felt like she and I got to know what I wanted and she was emotionally supportive in my birth. 

Alana made me feel supported and when I felt like i failed myself for getting the epidural she reassured me that I was fine. Alana knows the birthing business like the back of her hand but was always careful not to interfere medically and to provide the extra support my husband and I needed. Alana had beautiful lights and decorations for the arrival of my son. While the birth was not what I expected and took much longer that I would have liked...it was made wonderful with her help. 

I highly recommend her as a Doula. You are in good hands with Alana!

 

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