Phone: (309) 737-9255
Birth Fee: $700
Postpartum Rate: $30 to $60
Fee Details: Information and other services offered by CYR available at: www.childbearingyearresources.com firstname.lastname@example.org 309-737-9255 #ChildbearingYearResources #MothersMatterQCEstablished2012
Birth Doula Experience: 30 years
Postpartum Doula Experience: 10 years
Clients per Month: 1 to 2 births and 1 to 2 postpartum familiesPostpartum limits/restrictions: No childcare, No pet care, No in-home smoking
International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN) Chapter Leader, ICAN of the Quad Cities www.ican-online.org/quadcities Founder of MOTHERS MATTER QC Established 2012 #MothersMatterQCEstablished2012 Owner of Childbearing Year Resources (CYR)
Languages spoken: English
Linda was and still is amazing! Hiring her was easily one of the best decisions my husband and I have ever made. I met her rather late in my pregnancy. 36/37wks, or so. I was really nervous about being coerced or bullied during my hospital birth and she was excellent about teaching me about questions to ask and making informed choices. She helped me with my birth plan in making it simple and concise, and also that it was what I really wanted. During my labor she was amazing! I ended up having a very long labor and she helped me as well as my husband through the whole thing. My daughter is now 5mo old and she continues to be an amazing resource. She helped me find a therapist to help with PPA/PPD, she got us in touch with La Leche League leaders when I was having a hard time nursing, she introduced us to a baby-wearing expert as well as lots of other local mommies. She's truly proven to be an incredible resource as well as a great friend! We will definitely hire her for all future births!
I am forever grateful to CYR.
I had a traumatic labor and delivery in 2017 and when I become pregnant again I immediately started interviewing doulas. When I met with Linda, her calm and loving presence was something that made her different from all the other doulas I had met with. She listens with love.
Her knowledge about birth and evidence based practices helped me make informed decisions throughout my pregnancy and postpartum. She gave me information but never forced her viewpoints on me. She always respected the decisions that I made for me and my family.
I’m confident that Linda’s presence during my labor helped contribute to the birth that I had always hoped for. Linda truly cares about all women, babies and families. She is not only my previous doula, she has now grown to become a lifelong friend.
We met our "Miss Linda" after reading about her in a local newspaper. I was pregnant with our 2nd child (entering my 2nd trimester) in a state where we were unfamiliar with the birthing politics/environment. Because of my traumatic birthing experience with our 1st child, we were adament about taking charge on this pregnancy/delivery. Immediately upon meeting, Linda was warm & shared a wealth of information. We knew she had experience, knowledge, & mostly a PASSION for moms & the birthing world! Linda listened, gave me hope, & devoted herself to me/my family. She never judged or tried to persuade me in any direction when it came to our birthing choices.....instead she provided us with documented information, instruction, advocacy, support, respect, & love. Unfortunately because of the negative birthing environment in the area, I found myself without a provider at 36 weeks. We were devastated & in awe that such politics & bullying could actually make someones world drop out from underneath them. I remember calling Linda with the news about my provider, sure that she would desert us too, she didn't! She remained loyal & determined to help us out. Our birthing plan changed dramatically to say the least & we found ourselves having to travel out of state, with me (& our toddler) separated from my hubby until the day of birth. I have no doubt that my birthing experience was forever altered because of the stress that we endured. However, having Linda next to us the entire time was more than we we could have ever expected from a doula. We put all our trust in her helping us, in a time where we had no clue which direction to go in, & she performed without question! Linda will always hold a special place in our family! She is more than a doula to us & I would, without hesitation, recommend Linda over & over again!
Linda was my son and daughter in law. As new parents to be they had a lot of questions as well as a lot of expections. Linda was patient, caring and explained in detail everything would happen in the hospital and all of their rights. She guided them every step of the way. Everything always was their decision and Linda was their advocate. I am a big fan of Linda and really wish I had her at my births. She is still in contact with my daughter in law and her new baby. Actually she was the first to recognize a tongue tied issue with my grandson making difficult for him to latch. Within one week the issue was diagnose by dentist and I am happy to announce my grandson is nursing for the last 6 months. we love Linda and very grateful for everything she has done and everything she continues to do for young couples. Thank you Linda
Linda was an amazing support to me prior, during and after giving birth. I am grateful to have Linda in my life. In months leading up to birth, she provided education and recommendations of resources and networks to tap before baby came. She is always full of lots of info and provides it in a caring way. When you haven't given birth before, you don't necessarily know what you will want during that event. How could you know? But, she helped me by putting it in perspective and helped to prepare me emotionally. And even now, I still am gaining perspective from birth and being a mother. She got me on a track to a healthy happy birth and relationship with my child. If I had gone it alone, I don't know where I would be.
During birth, Linda provided expert support in positioning, breathing and normalizing natural birth. She kept me relatively calm. She allowed me to let loose and scream like an ape and beat the bed and then helped reign me back in and breath with the contractions. Honestly, my husband was there the whole time, but Linda was who I wanted in front of me. I wanted a natural childbirth experience and I got it. My midwife did awesome per birth plan with no vaginal checks until she suspected me to be in transition. She allowed the process to flow without interruption. When it was time to push, the baby was not in ideal position. So, it took many efforts to reposition my body. We were all over the room. I wasn't always physically comfortable, but Linda pressed on with the positions because she knew what needed to be done. And she did it with such care that I trusted her. And the baby finally shot out unexpectedly quick after such struggle! And life has never been the same.
She provided postparteum support visits and continues to be part of my life. I had a child and at the same time gained a friend and ally in Linda. She is genuinely concerned, informed and invested in the wellbeing of Moms, Children and Families.
Linda at Childbearing Year Resources was my Doula in 2009 for my son's hospital birth and for a childbirth options consult when I was pregnant again in 2011. I was looking for an experienced and wise woman to offer support for my goal of a low intervention birth. I am very satisfied with her service and support. Linda met with us at several prenatal meetings and offered information as we researched and made decisions about our prenatal care, birth, and post-partum. Linda came to the hospital when I asked and stayed with me, holding space, answering my questions and listening. When labor became intense for me I felt reassured by Linda's presence, massage and soothing touch, helping my husband with ideas to support me in labor, and encouraging words. I felt all the preparation and learning we did with Linda really helped me not be afraid and know what to expect from my body. My baby came prematurely and Linda went above and beyond after birth by offering me support over the phone and in-person when we were in the NICU. Linda introduced me to La Leche League peer breastfeeding group, ICAN, and other local parenting support groups and resources. I felt loved and supported throughout my Childbearing Year and I trust Linda. She empowered me to learn about and advocate for the respectful care and type of births I felt were best for my family. When I became pregnant again I hired Linda for a childbirth options consult and feel it was well worth the investiment as it helped my husband and I sort out what we wanted and offered referrals to providers. Linda really cares about her clients and about parents and babies in her community as evidenced by volunteering her time, knowledge, and experience to help families and her advocacy in support of people's rights in birth. She inspires me to serve parents in my community too. If I have another hospital birth and Linda is available, I would hire her again. Katie Hatch
My wife Stephanie and I had the pleasure to have Linda present at the birth of our third daughter Lucille Blue. We were recommended to Linda by our very trusted midwife, Gayle Wallace. At our first visit, my wife and I had the pleasure of visiting with Linda on our front porch on a beautiful day. The meeting was as if we had known her for ages. This was our third birth, and by that time, we had a very good picture of what we wanted our birth experience to be like. The acceptance she showed to our choices were most important to us, and it really made us feel great when she brought other ideas she thought best for US and our new baby! We met throughout the pregnancy just as you would any medical provider, only our interests were the topic of conversation. The cold medical conversations, insurance qualifications were no where to be found. Imagine, someone devoted to how you and your baby feel, and what will be done to make sure the strongest measures are taken so that those goals are met. There are a great deal of situations that are brought to you during pregnancy and birth that you haven't experienced before. The thought of having an extremely well educated advocate in your corner, with your best interest in mind, should be the norm. You have the opportunity to have Linda on your side during this beautiful experience, and I recommend you taking advantage of it. Good luck on your journey!!!
From first appearance, Linda is very warm, approachable and has a very calm and soothing voice that keeps you centered. Me and my wife were very stressed and anxious about having our first baby and Linda became our favorite person to have meetings with because she made our pregnancy alot less stressful and kept us calm and positive even when the hospital staff made us feel uneasy. Linda never looked to argue with us if we had differing views and always made sure my wife and I were 100% comfortable in any decision we made in our birth plan. After all of the information given to us from her during the pregnancy we felt confident in what would happen next and even today I feel like I know enough to deliver babies on my own! She gave us tons of resources to use during the pregnancy and even after birth!
During the birth process and in meeting with the hospital staff right before labor started, Linda turned out to be a beast for my wife and was not as soft spoken as she seemed with us. She is not afraid at all to stand up to anybody when it comes to protecting a supporting a new Mom to be. It was never about her way however, so even if she did not agree with what the hospital staff wanted but my wife wanted it, she 100% supported it. I am so grateful for that because I was on edge about having to be aggressive if the Doctors were trying to pressure my wife but she handled it way better than I would have and got the job done. We feel immensely grateful that Linda was recommended to us as our doula and even to this day has continued to be a great resource and friend as we enter this new territory of parenthood. Do not hesitate in hiring her as your doula, she is definitely the one you want on your team.
Linda was my doula for the birth of my third child. It was my second VBAC and first home birth. This birth was one of the most beautiful experiences of my life and her support was such a huge gift to me and my family! Linda is friendly and chatty at prenatal appointments and I always looked forward to our meetings. During the birth she was quiet, calm, and loving. I asked her to rub my lower back during the pressure waves, she really helped me stay comfortable. The tireless massage she did during pressure waves felt magical, she really knows women's bodies and the process of birth. I felt like she was helping me to progress and stay comfortable. I prepared for my birth with Hypnobabies Hypnosis for Childbirth and Linda happily learned more about the techniques I was using and helped me use them during birth. Linda is passionate about women, babies, and families and their right to be respectfully cared for during birth. After the birth she and my midwife took care of emptying the birth pool, cleaning up, etc. so my husband and I could just enjoy our baby girl. Linda also organized a Blessingway for me, it's a mother-blessing ceremony, kind of like a spiritual baby shower. She made the plans and served as hostess and coordinator for the afternoon so I could enjoy the ritual and the company of the women I'd invited. I feel so blessed to have been supported by Linda as I gave birth, I wholeheartedly recommend her!
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