Lydia  DeCastra Photo

Lydia DeCastra

Magnificat Birth Services LLC

Website: http://www.southjerseydoula.com

Phone: (860) 501-1388

Birth Fee: $900

Fee Details: Military Discount Available

Birth Doula Experience: 3 years

Birth Doula Certifications

  • BEST - Certified Birth Doula
  • DONA International - Certified Birth Doula

Doula Training

  • DONA International, April 2017
  • BEST Doula Training, February 2018
Type of Practice: Solo practice

Clients per Month: 1 to 3

Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Attends home births? Any Home Birth
Any home births attended by a midwife

Childbirth Education Certifications

  • BEST - Certified Childbirth Educator

College Education

  • BA/BS

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Induced and high medical technology labor & birth
  • Single parents
  • Survivors of Previous Life Trauma
  • VBAC

Special Services Offered

  • Bereavement doula (pregnancy & infant loss)
  • Childbirth Education Services
  • Military families
  • Miscarriage Support (Before, During or After)
  • TENS units rental

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

Pregnancy and Postpartum Coordinator for Active Duty Military and Families

Languages spoken: Some French and Spanish

Certifications for Lydia DeCastra

Click a certification thumbnail to view the full size image.

Certification

Learn more about evaluating doula certifications, an important part of the interview process.

Report any issues or concerns with certification images.

Client Testimonials for Lydia DeCastra

get a Gravatar

Liz Morales

Lydia is truly an amazing doula. I can’t express how happy my husband and I are for the knowledge, guidance and support she offered us during my pregnancy and labor. Having her as a doula gave my husband and I peace of mind because we had someone to refer to for questions and guidance.

I had a very long early labor, which led me to labor in the hospital overnight and I finally gave birth the following afternoon. Lydia was there from the very beginning to the end.

She provided guidance when I needed advice, and most importantly for me - she was well equipped with pain relief techniques. I did an all natural birth - I can say that I had an awesome experience thanks to her coaching me through my breathing, remaining calm and giving me positive affirmations, she even brought different things to help ease labor and provided advice on different laboring positions. She communicated to the nurses for me when my husband and I were too exhausted to speak.

She is VERY patient, knowledgeable and a top notch quality doula. I will be hiring her again for my next birth and I highly recommend her to any mom wanting a beautiful birth experience.

Posted 10/16/2019

get a Gravatar

Victoria

It was such a blessing that Lydia came into our lives and was able to support us throughout the birth of our daughter. As soon as my husband and I met Lydia, we felt such confidence and peace knowing that she would be with us during labor. Lydia is very down to earth, so incredibly genuine, and was able to make us both feel comfortable during such a vulnerable and special time. She is skilled at reading her clients and knowing exactly how to encourage them in any particular moment. Lydia truly empowered me to approach giving birth as well as motherhood with a positive attitude. I will never forget how she prayed over me during labor; that as well as her prayers before and afterwards are so meaningful to me. She always made me feel like a good friend and not just a client. Lydia is such a beautiful person and I recommend her to everyone!

Posted 10/7/2019

get a Gravatar

Jaycie Collyer

We are so glad we decided to hire Lydia as our doula! She was able to guide us through a lot of possible scenarios and give us education on childbirth. Leading up to my due date she was there for me if I needed anything like emotional support.

During my labor it was very nice to have someone who was so knowledgeable about the process with me the whole time. We used coping techniques for the pain which was very helpful.

Of course Lydia was so calm the whole time and that was helpful to my husband since he’s a bit squeamish. She even took pictures for us. I would really recommend hiring her!

Posted 1/20/2018

get a Gravatar

Wes Funes

Lydia joined our birthing team early upon deciding we would choose a doula for this valuable service. After a quick interview, we instantly clicked and we were very happy to bring her on board. Throughout the process she showed her gentle, caring nature as well as knowledge and support to make sure mom was comfortable, educated, and prepared for birth. She embodies a positive spirit that is contagious throughout any room she’s in. This was especially valuable in the birthing room. This energy helped mom get through the toughest parts of birth. When delivery ended up taking a total of 46 hours, she went above and beyond to be there from start to finish. She helped train dad in useful massage and soothing techniques that further served to make mom as comfortable as possible during the big moments. Her dedication and passion for this work was a significant and valuable part of our birth story. We know she would carry this passion and energy to any other moms and couples who need a strong leader in the birthing room and throughout the pregnancy. Thank you!

Posted 1/18/2018

Birth Availability for Lydia DeCastra

= Available. Calendar last updated: 10/29/2019 6:56:53 PM