Birth Fee: $500 to $700
Fee Details: As a doula, I work for you and you alone. I provide non-medical physical & emotional support to you before, during & after the birth of your baby. My fee includes two prenatal visits, support during labor and birth & 1-2 hours following the birth & 2 postpartum visits (one in the hospital & one in your home). Your first prenatal visit will be held in a centering style group setting with other parents. The second will be a private one on one with you, your partner and me. As your doula I offer unlimited support via phone, text & email from the moment you choose to hire me. I am "on-call" & guarantee availability for the two weeks prior to your due date until you deliver your baby. Guaranteed experienced backup doulas are available. Enrollment in any MyBirth childbirth education class is discounted 10% with doula contract. If you have any questions about how I can help to support & empower you through your labor & birth experience, please feel free to contact me.
Birth Doula Experience: 1 years
Clients per Month: 2 to 3Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Languages spoken: English
Service Area MapArea of practice: Midlothian, VA
I am so grateful for Lauren for she was a great support from beginning ( 2 weeks before delivery) all the way to the end (36 hours of labor finishing in c-section plus post partum). She got to know me, my excitement, and my worries well. She helped fuel my excitement when it wavered and she helped me combat my worries by shareing a plethora of resources which helped me feel more confident and prepared for labor. She was so in tune with me during labor. She is knowledgeable and is a forward thinker, anticipating my needs and having many tools in her toolbox that helped me through. She had a steady but calming presence that made me feel I could just keep going and that I was doing great though everything in me felt otherwise. She offered lots of position options ie shower, dancing with partner, and the tub. She even encouraged my husband to pray for me which was at the Most perfect time when my faith in the process was wavering. She massaged my back, my feet and pretty much anywhere for like hours which helped ease some of the back labor I was having. She was steadfast, enduring, and I am forever indebted to her. She helped me through my c-ection by using aromatherapy and just her being there by my side made me feel better about having to have surgery. After I was as able to return home she visited me and helped me process and see the beauty in all that transpired during and after my labor and she probably doesn' even know that she did. I would highly recommend her to anybody who is considering a doula you will not be disappointed.
I can not recommend Lauren enough!! My husband and I were immediately drawn to her calm but confident demeaner and the way she addressed my fears and encouraged this first time mama! Since this was our first baby we had no idea what we were doing and Lauren was tremendously helpful in providing lots of information to prepare us for both natural labor and what to do if things don't go as planned. She felt much more like a knowledgeable friend than someone we hired and I was so grateful to have her support before and during labor...but the best part was how amazing she was afterwards!! She went above and beyond to make sure I felt cared for and supported in the vulnerable days and weeks after giving birth and as I began breastfeeding. She was endlessly patient and caring and checked in with me so many times...and continued to pursue me even when I didn't have the energy to follow up with her. I had no idea how helpful or important this would be for me!! Lauren is so gifted at making people feel safe, comfortable, and at helping to advocate for your birth plan without ever making you feel pressured! She is strong but gentle, trustworthy, considerate, and the best listener! She is the BEST!!! Hopefully we will have more children in the future and I'm already thinking about how I'll need to hire her the day I find out I'm pregnant to secure her for my date!!
Submitted on behalf of Katie:
Prior to birth, Lauren provided information and tips on everything pregnancy and newborn related-- from nutrition and pre-labor exercises to laboring to breastfeeding.
Lauren made a home visit where she helped us become comfortable with the idea of laboring at our house as much as possible before heading to the hospital. This included techniques to minimize pain, and identifying rooms in which we may want to work through contractions. Lauren also got to know our dog, Sam.
The day of Liam’s birth, Lauren was available via text, phone, and, when the time came, in person. She talked us through numerous questions (Is this it?!), and once at our home, helped Damon and I cope with more intense contractions and getting to the hospital.
At VCU Hospital, Lauren helped contribute to making our delivery room cozy and comfortable. I have no doubt the lighting, music, and aromas supported our relatively quick labor. In addition, Lauren was on hand to provide encouragement to both me and my husband, assist with massage and comfort, and support the midwife and nurse. In addition, Lauren snapped beautiful photos of the birth.
Post-birth, Lauren was once again on deck to answer questions, give tips and advice, and offer encouragement. When we had a dehydration scare with our little one, Lauren was in constant communication, making a home visit and recommending a wonderful lactation consultant.
We were more than pleased with Lauren’s Doula services. She helped us accomplish the quick, natural, drug-free delivery of our 9 pound 1 ounce first child, using her knowledge of the birthing process, massage and comfort techniques, and positivity. Her kind and calm demeanor, optimism, and professionalism were a bonus! Thank-you, Lauren!
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