Birth Fee: $1500 to $2050
Fee Details: 3 package options Placenta Encapsulation and Childbirth Education available as well
Birth Doula Experience: 3 years and 24 births attended
Clients per Month: 1 to 6Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Languages spoken: English
Service Area MapArea of practice: Woodland Hills, CA
Being my first pregnancy and knowing nothing about the labor/delivery process, I knew I wanted to hire a doula to help encourage both my husband and I along the way. Upon meeting Lauren, I knew picked the right one. I expressed that I wanted a natural hospital birth and Lauren educated me on ways to make that happen. I am very unfamiliar with hospital routines and practices so she went over any and everything with me. She assisted in creating a birth plan and helped me gain confidence as I approached labor. She graciously lent my husband and I childbirth/breast feeding books and anytime I had a question, she was quick with an answer.
Now, my birth didn't go as plan - I was two weeks early and it went super fast. I went to the hospital in the middle of the night being 1 cm dilated. After talking to the nurses and to Lauren, we decided to all try to get rest to gear up for what I thought would be a long day of labor. Well, I progressed much faster than anyone could anticipate so we texted Lauren to head to the hospital. I quickly got to 10 cm and as she was hurrying to join us, my son arrived! But, my husband and I felt prepared as we utilized the breathing techniques and coping skills Lauren taught us. Post labor, Lauren helped transition us to the postpartum room and helped with initial breastfeeding.
We had two postpartum follow up meetings with her, which helped tremendously. Being a first time mom, I was overwhelmed with so many emotions and I was struggling to breastfeed. Lauren listened as I cried and gave me so much encouragement that I desperately needed. It's clear to see that Lauren is professional, knowledgable, and passionate about helping others. She's understanding, kind and is just a genuine, good person. I will forever sing her praises
From the very first moment Lauren gave us a strong positive feeling. Her personality exudes nothing but a kind and sweet demeanor, traits that work to her advantage when labor progresses. We knew right away we wanted her to be a part of our team.
Lauren has depth of knowledge to the entire birthing process. We knew if there were any questions we had along the way she would be able to answer them. She helped us with the last preparations in the final weeks of pregnancy, getting the birth plan in place, learning several comfort measures, sharing videos and audio of lessons to be learned, working to get a post partum plan in place. She did a lot of research to help us make our tough decisions.
On the night the contractions began we contacted Lauren at midnight, and she offered to come over right away. She spent an entire day with us at home for the early stages of labor, applying all the comfort measures, preparing us food, timing contractions and walking us through the proper breathing. She made the beginning stages go as smoothly and effortlessly as they could. And once we went to the hospital she was even more helpful, bridging the gap between the hospital staff and us, encouraging us to ask questions and communicate, and helping us make sure our birth plan was respected. And that proved to be such an asset. We were allowed to focus on the birth of our son because we knew Lauren covered everything else. When the labor got more intense, Lauren got more peaceful and calm. She made us feel safe and stable and supported. In the last moments as our son was coming she was that extra voice for us with the staff, the extra camera taking pictures, the extra encouragement to push.
In short, Lauren was indispensible. We are so grateful to have had her with us for the birth of our son and we couldn’t recommend her more to anyone considering her as their doula.
“Lauren was amazing through my pregnancy, she helped me pick the right birthing plan for me and guided me through the labor. I couldn’t have done it without her.
As a first time mom she really helped me understanding the birthing process. I was induced and she helped me feel well informed about the procedures involved with the induction. It was a long process, and at times I felt discouraged but she was right there to encourage be that I was doing a great job. My husband wasn’t able to be present for the birth so Lauren’s support was truly invaluable to me. I ended up with the vaginal birth I wanted and she even held the phone so my husband could be on speaker while our son was born! Lauren’s sensitivity and depth of knowledge about birth made her an excellent choice as a doula for my family.”
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