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Meagan Thompson

About Birth, LLC

Website: https://www.aboutbirthky.com

Birth Fee: $1000

Birth Doula Experience: 2 years and 36 births attended

Birth Doula Certifications

  • Carriage House Birth Foundation - Certified Birth Doula
  • DONA International - Certified Birth Doula

Doula Training

  • DONA International, March 2017
  • Carriage House Birth, September 2018
Type of Practice: Solo practice

Clients per Month: 1 to 2

Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Tree of Life Family Birth Center in Southern Indiana!
Attends home births? Any Home Birth
Will attend with certified midwife present

Breastfeeding Certifications

  • Breastfeeding for Professionals, Personal breastfeeding experience

College Education

  • BA/BS

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Cesarean birth
  • Expected stillbirth
  • Families conceiving with ART and IVF
  • High risk
  • Home Birth
  • Induced and high medical technology labor & birth
  • LGBTQP Families
  • Postpartum mood disorders
  • Previous birth trauma and/or birth injury
  • Remote and rural clients birthing away from home
  • Survivors of Previous Life Trauma
  • Twins
  • Vaginal breech birth
  • VBAC
  • Waterbirth
  • Women and Families of Color

Special Services Offered

  • Baby-led weaning
  • Babywearing education
  • Military families
  • Miscarriage Support (Before, During or After)
  • Reduced rates for women considering adoption
  • Satellite Doula (For remote and rural clients)
  • Sibling support (for your older children at the birth)
  • Surrogates and intended parents
  • TENS units rental

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

Social Media Team and College Outreach volunteer- Mother May I film, Birth Monopoly

Languages spoken: English, Conversational Spanish

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Client Testimonials for Meagan Thompson

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Lisa

My husband and I agree that hiring Meagan was one of the best decisions we made for the delivery of our daughter. During the third trimester, Meagan helped us craft a birth plan that we could give to our midwives and showed us exercises that we could do at home for pain relief over the last few weeks.

My labor ended up being very long, and Meagan was there with us for the 32 hours we were at the hospital. I don’t remember her leaving my side, and she was such a comfort to have with us. She and my husband were able to tag team supporting me through two days and a night. I credit her support and pain relief techniques for helping me achieve the natural childbirth I wanted, even after the midwives introduced Pitocin. She was an incredibly supportive and reassuring presence during the entire labor and delivery, and my husband and I have no idea how we would have gotten through it without her. I think my birth story would have been very different if she hadn’t been involved.

Meagan came to our house a week later to follow up and go over any questions I had about the delivery, which I appreciated. She’s also kept in contact in the months since, asking how we are doing and checking in on our baby girl. We value her so much, and I would absolutely hire her again for any subsequent deliveries. You would never regret having Meagan a part of your birth team!

Posted 9/21/2019

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Amelia Prevost

We faced complications in my last trimester of pregnancy. I relied heavily on Meagan's consistent encouragement and support throughout those last several weeks. She was amazing. She provided me with information whenever I had questions about decisions along the way. As a first time mom, Meagan's knowledge was priceless. At our birth, Meagan's calming presence added to the extremely positive experience I had. With every contraction she provided the touch necessary to make it one step closer to meeting our son. My husband and I know that without Meagan's services, we would not have had such an amazing birth experience. We will definitely be hiring Meagan for any future births. She's the best!

Posted 9/16/2019

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Christa Carpenter

Before the birth, Meagan met two times with my husband and me. During those meetings, she asked about my birth preferences, answered my questions, and helped calm my fears about birth. In the time leading up to my delivery date, she was available by phone and email to answer any questions and to address any concerns that I had. Any time that I contacted her, she responded quickly. When I went into labor at 4 a.m., she answered my call right away and headed to the hospital. She arrived there just after we did and immediately started working on creating a calm environment for me and helping me through contractions. She recommended laboring positions, helped my husband assist me, and kept my family up to date when my husband was unable to do so. When a coping strategy, like massage, was not working for me, she paid attention to my cues and tried something different, like constant pressure or light touch. She also offered to take pictures of the birth and captured the moment that my daughter was born. After the birth, she stayed with me for two hours until I was ready to be moved to another room. My husband went to be with our daughter in the nursery and NICU, so having Meagan with me was comforting. Throughout my stay at the hospital and in the following weeks, she continued to follow up with me, making sure we were all doing well.  During our postpartum visit, we discussed how I felt about the birth and answered our questions. I highly recommend Meagan to anyone who's interested in using a doula. As a first-time mom who wanted an unmedicated birth, I knew that I'd need extra help in accomplishing my goal. Meagan helped me do just that, and I'm forever thankful. 

Posted 4/4/2019

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Jennifer

Meagan is an amazing doula. From our very first meeting, I was impressed with her professionalism. She was prompt, listened to our concerns and provided guidance. I never felt pushed by her to make decisions. During our consultations, she helped facilitate intimate conversations between my husband and I that helped to shape our birth plan. Unfortunately, due to birth complications, I had to have a c-section and couldn’t labor at home. Meagan was there for the c-section and provided support. She helped us ask critical questions to the hospital staff. It was extremely helpful having someone to bounce ideas and discuss alternatives with. Once you’re in the hospital, it’s game on. They want to get that baby out, so they don’t necessarily consider your wishes. Meagan was there to help us advocate for ourselves. She never clocked us for time. A lot of other doulas have a time limit, and that can be super stressful when you’re in labor. You need support. You don’t need to be thinking of when the appropriate time would be to contact your doula. Then, after the birth, she continuously checked in with us and provided lactation support. She truly is a doula for life and I felt very much supported and cared for during my pregnancy, labor and post partum. 

Posted 3/16/2019

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Stephanie Bleuel

Words cannot express how thankful I am to have had Meagan as my doula. This was my first pregnancy, I was anxious and didn't know what to expect but Meagan helped me prepare for childbirth by sharing her knowledge and resources.

I cannot imagine my labor and delivery without her support. Doulas are not only for those who do not have a large support team. I was fortunate enough to have my husband, mother, and 2 sisters present for my labor and delivery - but I could not have reached my goal of an all-natural birth without Meagan. Meagan gave me the support and confidence I needed to have an unmedicated birth. She massaged my legs, made sure I stayed cool and hydrated, applied counter-pressure through contractions, and constantly reminded me of how I strong I am. She kept me calm during the most intense day of my life and her presence was beyond comforting.

The support that Meagan provides throughout the entire process from pregnancy to postpartum is invaluable. During my pregnancy she would frequently touch base, check on me after doctor appointments, and send me information on things she knew I'd be interested in such as prenatal yoga. She was always available to answer questions or address any concerns I had. When the day came, she labored with me at home until it was time to go to the hospital. I am now several months postpartum and she still checks in on us from time to time to make sure we are doing okay. It is obvious Meagan truly cares for her families as I never felt like just another client or only a number. She took the time to truly get to know me and my husband and how she could be support us every step of the way. I will without a doubt choose Meagan as my doula for any and all future pregnancies/deliveries. Meagan is our doula for life!

Posted 2/5/2019

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Lexi Abner Carlson

Meagan was such a huge support for us during the whole process of planning for and recovering from the birth of our baby boy. Both mine and my husband’s family live out of town, and so it was very comforting knowing we had someone local supporting us. She has so much great knowledge and information, and is a patient, calm presence. We had originally planned for an unmedicated hospital birth. However, after some gestational hypertension and nonreassuring heart tones our birth plan changed to an induction and eventually an emergency cesarean. Meagan was there with us every step of the way. When our baby needed additional care and had to be separated from me, Meagan stayed with me in recovery so that I wouldn’t be alone while my husband went with our son. She even checked on us several times after we were home from the hospital. Though we didn’t quite get the birth experience that we had hoped for, Meagan helped us through a very difficult, scary time. I would highly recommend her no matter what kind of birth you’re planning for. 

Posted 1/9/2019

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Lexi Abner Carlson

Meagan was such a huge support for us during the whole process of planning for and recovering from the birth of our baby boy. Both mine and my husband’s family live out of town, and so it was very comforting knowing we had someone local supporting us. She has so much great knowledge and information, and is a patient, calm presence. We had originally planned for an unmedicated hospital birth. However, after some gestational hypertension and nonreassuring heart tones our birth plan changed to an induction and eventually an emergency cesarean. Meagan was there with us every step of the way. When our baby needed additional care and had to be separated from me, Meagan stayed with me in recovery so that I wouldn’t be alone while my husband went with our son. She even checked on us several times after we were home from the hospital. Though we didn’t quite get the birth experience that we had hoped for, Meagan helped us through a very difficult, scary time. I would highly recommend her no matter what kind of birth you’re planning for. 

Posted 1/9/2019

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Jennifer Williams

We hired Meagan for the birth of our second daughter.  She was patient with my frequent texts near the end of the pregnancy about changes in how I was feeling and questions about labor.  She came to our home when I went into labor in earnest and helped through the aggressive contractions I had at home before heading to the hospital - I don't think I could've stayed home as long as I did without her.  She was very in tune with my progress - and prompted us to go to the hospital at the right point by asking if we wanted to head that way.  At the hospital, the midwives and UK nurses knew and appreciated her, which meant she was allowed to come into triage with me.  We ended up in triage longer than expected, and she got me onto a ball and helped with counterpressure on my back during contractions.  Her encouragement and physical support are one of the main things that made my natural delivery possible.  I'd recommend Meagan to anyone who wants a doula with quiet confidence.

Posted 12/6/2018

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Chris Muth

When my wife first said, “We should get a doula”, I had to google “Doula” because I had no idea what she was talking about. After studying up on the profession, and knowing my wife wanted to have an all natural birth, I agreed to begin interviewing doulas with her. Needless to say we only interviewed one doula, Meagan, and knew there wasn’t a need to look any further. My wife and I were both nervous going into the interview, but after leaving we felt a calming peace and confidence in having a doula present for the upcoming greatest day of our lives. Meagan’s knowledge, experience, and peaceful and relaxing disposition cemented her as our doula.
After making our choice, Meagan met with us in our home twice . During Meagan’s visits she greatly helped my wife in clarifying the birth plan. She asked many questions which brought to light ideas and situations that we might encounter and details of which we were unaware. Her knowledge throughout the entire process was an irreplaceable resource to have.
Day of Meagan was nothing short of a super hero! My wife’s birth plan was to go all natural and medication free, and Meagan had all the knowledge, techniques, and supplies necessary. From her relaxing massages and oils, to the constant application of counter pressure to ease discomfort, Meagan was a rockstar. Without her help I can’t be positive that my wife would have been able to achieve her goal, as her labor was extremely intense and unusual. Meagan was like family being in the room with us, doula for life!

Posted 8/22/2018

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Autumn Marie Pagano

Everyone told me “Oh, you dont need a doula” and I’m so glad I didn’t listen to them!! Megan was an amazing comfort to have building up to labor and delivery, and absolutely INDISPENSABLE on the big day! We had a very tricky delivery in store for us with my little girl being Frank breech; my doctor wanted me to be up and moving around for most the labor to get baby in the right position, which meant no epidural. Megan was EXCELLENT support for me and my husband!! She had a wonderful comprehension of what I needed every step of the way, whether it was words of wisdom on how to breath and focus or her utilization of natural physical methods to help ground me during my contractions. I know that I wouldn’t have had the same beautiful birth experience without Megan by our side. She was there every step of the way, through the moments of doubt and relief, and we’re so grateful to have had her as a partner in welcoming our daughter earth side.  

Posted 8/21/2018

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Brittany Durham

Our experience with Meagan was amazing. I highly recommend choosing her as your doula!! From the moment we interviewed her, I knew I could be comfortable around her. She was available for questions any time, and always followed up if she hadn't heard back from me. She was an amazing pregnancy support, answering questions and providing resources, always giving me the information but never pushing for one choice over another. When my husband couldn't make it to an important appointment, Meagan cleared her schedule and came with me. At every opportunity to support, Meagan was there. When it came time for our daughter's birth, Meagan stayed with us from 5 am until 1 am the next day. When presented with so many birthing options, Meagan talked them through with us, suggested/helped me get into different positions, kept me hydrated, and supported our birth preferences. I would not have been able to stick with my birthing choices if Meagan hadn't been there to cheer me on. I remember at the hardest point in labor I said "I can't do this anymore." And Meagan responded without hesitation, "You can do this-you are doing it!!" Her confidence in me gave me a second wind, and our sweet baby girl was born shortly after. I am so grateful for Meagan. She is my doula for life!! 

Posted 8/17/2018

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Eli Riveire Warner

I am SO GLAD we used a doula this time (for our second birth) and I am SO GLAD we chose Meagan! It was so helpful to have a knowledgeable and supportive person not only in the room with us for our delivery, but also during the entire pregnancy and postpartum period. Meagan was a calm and collected presence that helped to keep us grounded and focused. More than just a doula, Meagan became a friend. I would use her again in a heartbeat!

Posted 7/26/2018

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Victoria Wilson

Meagan attended our birth as a backup doula for our primary doula. We were so impressed with how Meagan jumped right in and didn't miss a beat! She came ready with tons of tools and ideas to help the labor progress well. Though this was my third birth, it was also my hardest! Meagan really kept me calm and collected in the most intense part of labor and for that I'm forever grateful. She loved and served our new family well. My husband loves having a doula and Meagan certainly eased the stress of birth for him. Thank you for everything, Meagan!

Posted 5/19/2018

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Iulia Sprinceana

My husband and I chose Meagan after learning about her from a close friend's birth experience. She came highly recommended and we couldn't be happier with her. Meagan is a warm, gentle soul who has the patience to listen and the wisdom to guide her questions in such a way as to receive more information about the mom, her partner and their preferences. Even if we have met with Meagan a few times, she really felt like being part of the family right away. She inspired me the trust to ask any question, no matter how personal or silly. Needless to say, she is punctual, maintains good communication and is extremely reliable. She assisted me during the birth of my son and her presence was that extra touch of comfort and support that I needed at the time. I would certainly have Meagan assist me again if I have another child, and I would also recommend her enthusiastically.

Posted 4/14/2018

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Michael G

At first I was skeptical about hiring a doula, I always have the "I got this" attitude. But our first child's birth experience left us feeling as though we could have done more to make this major life event more meaningful and go more smoothly.

After receiving solid recommendations and hearing some great stories from friends who had worked with a doula we decided to meet with Meagan. From the beginning she put us at ease, she has a very peaceful personality. She interviewed us to understand our priorities as well as our personalities and worked with us to develop a birth plan. 

During labor Meagan was a rockstar! Always helping my wife relax, suggesting good positions, encouraging her though contractions, and coaching her with breathing techniques. She even took a few photos for us and met with us after we came home. She did an outstanding job, I wish we would have had her help us with our first child...

Thank you Meagan!!!

Posted 2/26/2018

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Chantell Smith Limerick

When my husband and I had our initial meeting with Meagan, I knew immediately that she was the doula I was looking for. Her calm, open demeanor made us feel at ease. Meagan’s commitment to serving all people, regardless of race, religion, nationality, sexual orientation and gender expression was particularly welcoming to me as a woman of color in an interracial relationship.

When the big day came, Meagan met us at our home and accompanied us to the hospital. She was sensitive to having my preferences in the birth plan respected by the hospital staff and wanted to ensure that was I comfortable; for example, instead of having to get into the bed while being temporarily hooked up to the fetal monitor, Meagan asked the nurse if I could remain on the birthing ball, which I was allowed to do. She suggested that my husband and I create a playlist of relaxing music, and she brought twinkle lights to create a calming atmosphere and used aromatherapy massage oil on me for a soothing touch. Every time I had a contraction, she pushed my hips together, which enormously helped to manage the pain and instructed me to vocalize with a low hum, which prevented me from tensing up. She made sure I was hydrated by constantly bringing me water between contractions. These are just a few examples of small things Meagan performed or instructed which made a big difference.

In the end, I feel that Meagan went above and beyond. When the time came to push, she took some amazing pictures with my husband’s phone. She captured moments that we will always look back on and treasure. The doctor who delivered our son later told me that Meagan was the best doula she had ever worked with.

I had a goal of having a low-intervention, non-medicated birth, and Meagan was integral to that goal being met.

Posted 1/30/2018

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Megan R. Cleinmark

My husband and I had planned a homebirth for the birth of our first child. Our midwife required that we hire a doula since this was our first birth. We were both hesitant to this due to the added cost and that we were using the Bradley Method of Husband Coached Childbirth. Since my husband was going to be my coach, we did not want a doula to interfere with our practiced method. We could not have been more wrong!! Meagan ended up being the most amazing and supportave person at our birth and I can honestly say I do not think we could have done it without her. My labor ended up lasting 43 hours (30 hours of active labor). My baby was posterior so I had the most terrible back labor imaginable. Meagan was instrumental in calming and supporting not just me but my husband too. She stayed with us the entire time, using endless methods to try to flip the baby, massaging me, placing a heating pad on my back, and making sure both my husband and I were hydrated and nourished. If she had not been there, our succesful homebirth may easily have turned into a hospital c-section. I cannot recommend Meagan highly enough. Not only is she amazing at what she does, but she's an amazing person too.

Posted 12/13/2017

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Eliza Jane

Meagan made my dream birth come true! I relied on her calm reassuring energy so much. Her support and confidence in me made a huge difference. My water broke at 3 am and she came to our home as quickly as she could. She helped coach me through breathing, comforted me, and gave me massage on my lower back to relieve the pressure. She reminded me of some laboring positions like leaning over my birthing ball on the bed that helped me cope. It was nice to have her tell us it was time to go to the hospital because she could see that | was progressing so quickly. She followed us to the hospital and supported me through contractions as we made our way to the delivery room. She advocated for my wishes when we were in the hospital by reminding my husband to have the IV turned into a saline lock, reminding the nurses that I did not want to labor on my back and to get me off my back as soon as possible, and requesting a birthing ball and making sure it was the right size. She dimmed the lights, layed out strands of twinkle lights, began filling up the birthing tub, and made sure my calming music was playing. The environment was so peaceful we think my baby came out sleeping! My labor progressed very fast so I really relied on her to coach me through moaning and breathing when I was in transition. There were so many things that Meagan did that I didn’t even see because I was in labor land and closed my eyes during a lot of my labor. But I know she was always focusing 100% of her energy on making me as comfortable and effective as possible in my labor. Meagan was kind enough to take photos and video of the birth on my camera, too, even though thats not her primary role and we treasure those photos! We would feel very blessed to have Meagan at future births and owe so much to her for helping me have an incredibly positive and transformative birth experience. 

Posted 12/2/2017

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Rachael Dupree

When we began discussing having a doula for our home birth, I imagined that person keeping my husband calm and focused, but in reality, Meagan ended up being my rock.

My labor progressed very quickly, and Meagan, her instincts telling her my time was near, was ready when we called. She immediately went to work, massaging my back, feet and legs and applying counterpressure during contractions. My midwife had not arrived when I was ready to birth my baby, and she noticed the cues and immediately got the midwife on the phone, who gave her instructions on how to stall my labor. The wait was painful, but Meagan stood by my side.

She continued offering calm support when the midwife arrived and it was time to push the baby out. My daughter was born not breathing. As the midwife worked to resuscitate the baby, Meagan called 911, and then she stayed to care for me as the midwife and EMTs helped my daughter.

At the hospital, Meagan was my comfort when my husband accompanied our daughter to the NICU. She brushed my wet, messy hair; helped clean the blood off my body; and found me food to eat. That night, when my husband returned home to gather our things, she slept on a crummy hospital couch beside me so I wouldn't be alone. She continued to check in on us throughout the duration of our hospital stay and when we were finally able to take our baby home.

We've been impressed not only with Meagan's professionalism, but her quiet, calm steadfastness and her willingness to go above and beyond. At my most vulnerable, she offered me the kindest, most precious gift of her compassion and unfailing care. She provided us the support we needed at times we didn't even know to ask. We took a leap of faith asking Meagan, a new doula, to attend the home birth of our first child, but in the end, we would not have made any other choice. We not only found ourselves a doula, but through the trauma of an unpredicatble birth, we found a friend.

Posted 11/5/2017

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Sean Kelsey

Meagan was absolutely incredible. I was very unsure about haveing a doula hat the begin of the pregnancy. Meagan was such an assets to our baby‘s Birth! She 100 percent enhanced labor and delivery of our first child. Meagan not only helped my wife out she was a calming presence to me as well. She showed me several techniques to help my wife! So thankful for hiring our doulah! I would recommend Meagan to anyone who is even thinking about having a doulah and will try to hire her again if at all a possible if we decide to have another child.

Posted 10/23/2017

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