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Laura Ricketts

FiLumena Birth and Bereavement

Website: http://filumenabirth.com

Phone: 540-514-1607

Birth Fee: $0 to $600

Fee Details: Hello! Please feel free to find more details on my website! My typical fee is $550 for a happy birth. I do not charge for Bereavement Births. I also do not believe that a woman who truly desires to have a doula should be prevented by cost. So I am willing to negotiate and barter. I welcome low income clients, single mothers and teens. I am a Catholic doula and this influences my philosophy of practice. I am happy to offer Fertility Education and NFP help Post Partum.

Birth Doula Experience: 4 years and 30 births attended

Doula Training

Not Specified

Type of Practice: Solo practice

Clients per Month: 1 to 3

Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Having a Doula for your hospital birth can really help you have the birth that YOU want. It is a common misconception that all Doulas do is ensure that their clients have as natural a birth as possible. While it is true that many mothers wish to have a doula to help them have a birth that is free of as many interventions as possible, this isn’t all that Doulas are good for. If you, the client, desires a non-medicated, low intervention birth, it will be my pleasure to support you through that experience. I am well versed in different pain-coping and pain-relieving techniques and will provide you with the support and encouragement you need to birth naturally. If however, if this is not your vision for an ideal birth, it would be my pleasure to support you through the birth that you desire – whether that includes medications, interventions, or augmentations. I have been trained in and am knowledgeable about the medical and pharmacological interventions that are available to women in labor and will be able to offer you options, information and support should you choose any of them. In the hospital, it is often common for new mothers to feel that once the baby has been born, it becomes “all about the baby.” Having a Doula present ensures that you, the mother, will receive care and the attention YOU deserve after having just given birth. Remember, this is YOUR birth, not mine! I am a privileged participant in one of the most important days of your life and it will be my goal that you remember it with a smile!
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Birth Center births are often considered the "happy medium" between Hospital and Home. The Shenandoah Valley and surrounding areas have several outstanding birth centers where you have some of the comforts of a hospital and some of the comforts of home. (And none of the clean up!) If you feel a Birth Center birth is right for you, I would be thrilled to be your Doula and support you as you bring your baby earthside!
Attends home births? Any Home Birth
Home births, according to several recent studies, have been shown to be just as safe as hospital births for mothers with low risk, normal pregnancies. Many women opt to have a Doula present for their planned homebirths because we are trained in pain-coping and pain relieving techniques, as well as many other ways to support women in labor and immediately post-partum. Mothers who have Doulas present for their homebirths report a better birth experience, and having more confidence in their body’s ability to birth. It would be my privilege to support you through your home labor and birth.

Other Relevant Certifications

  • CPR Certified - Red Cross
  • SERVSAFE® Food Safety Management Training
  • Apprenticed and Credentialed Birth Doula, Bereavement Doula (Ask me about my Certifications), Psychological First Aid, Trauma Triage, Trauma Identification: American Red Cross, Grief Counseling

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Addiction Recovery
  • Adoption
  • Cesarean birth
  • Clients on bed rest
  • Expected stillbirth
  • High risk
  • Home Birth
  • Induced and high medical technology labor & birth
  • Over 40
  • Postpartum mood disorders
  • Relinquishing mothers
  • Remote and rural clients birthing away from home
  • Single parents
  • Special needs babies
  • Survivors of Previous Life Trauma
  • Survivors of childhood sexual abuse
  • Teens
  • Twins
  • VBAC
  • Waterbirth
  • Women and Families of Color

Special Services Offered

  • Acupressure
  • American Red Cross First Aid and CPR
  • Aromatherapy
  • Bereavement doula (pregnancy & infant loss)
  • Birth counseling for survivors of childhood sexual abuse
  • Breastfeeding Consultant Services
  • Childbirth Education Services
  • Military famiies
  • Miscarriage Support (Before, During or After)
  • Monitrice services
  • Mother blessing celebrations
  • Placenta encapsulation
  • Reduced rates for women considering adoption
  • Satellite Doula (For remote and rural clients)

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

As a mother of four children here on earth and seven in Heaven, my advocacy and education work is important to me. In addition to birth work, attending bereavement births (miscarriage, later loss, and stillbirths), and studying to be a midwife through Via Vita School of Midwifery, I am a Bereavement, Miscarriage, Stillbirth and Unexpected Diagnosis Advocate - through Workshops, trainings and talks. I am also Vice Chair of The Guiding Star Project - developing standards of care for Bereavement Support, a Contributing Author and Birth Expert for http://www.womendeservebetter.com/ and part of the Association of Divine Mercy Healthcare Professionals.

Languages spoken: English, Some French

Service Area Map

Area of practice: Cross Junction, VA
Travel Range: 100 Miles
Travel comments/restrictions: Travel Time must allow for traffic!

Client Testimonials for Laura Ricketts

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Carrie Goad

Laura has assisted me as a birth doula with 2 live births and as a bereavement doula through 1 miscarriage. She did an amazing job supporting, encouraging, and validating my experiences throughout my pregnancies, labors, and deliveries. She became a strong supporter and advocate for my birth "plan", allowing me to have the birth experiences I desired.  She was the rock I needed when I delivered my 2 unmedicated homebirth (one was a 10 pounder!) Laura had words of encouragment at just the right moments when I didn't feel I could go on, tricks and techniques to help with the pain, but was also intuative enough to know when I simply needed my space. She truly enhanced my birth experiences and I would definitely use her again and recommend her to others.

On the other side, Laura had a amazingly compassionate and understanding heart when I dealt with my miscarriage. It was a bit of a drawn out and traumic experience for me. She supported me emotionally, spiritally, psychologically every step from the moment I found out. Having had her own experiences with losses she knew first-hand what I was experiencing and could be knowledgeable as to the process and what I could expect both physically and emotionally, as the doctors give you minimal information and instruction. You are left on your own. But I wasn't alone--I had Laura. She allowed me grieve as I needed. She allowed me to vent when I needed. She allowed me rage when I needed to do that. She held space for me to mourn my baby. She is a listening ear, a gentle supporter, and a loving heart witnessing and walking beside you as you go through the experience of loss.

Posted 8/18/2017

Birth Availability for Laura Ricketts

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