2 years and 10 births attended
Type of practice: Independent contractor with a doula agency
Clients per month: 1 to 3
Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Attends home births? Some Home Births
I would love to be a part of your team of supports at a home birth. However, I am not a medical provider and will not attend births without the presence of a midwife/doctor.
I currently work for a program that helps low-income families with resources and support for their pregnancies, births and parenting. You can find me at www.peachybirths.com
Kansas City, MO Service range 60 miles
Fromy first meeting with Ashley I knew she was going to be a great doula and support for me and my spouse, AJ. She was really thorough in explaining the different stages of delivery as this was my first baby and I had no idea what to expect or what my choices were for a birth plan. She didn't push me into what choices I made but rather presented all my options and gave me a chance to think about with AJ to create a plan that was right for us. During the pregnancy anytime I had questions she was responsive and helped answer things for us. By the time our labor and delivery finally rolled around she was amazing! She was helped manage pain, gave AJ some ideas as to how to support and continues to help me make decisions during the labor when I wanted to pivot a little from our original birth plan. I don't think anyone can be 100% prepared for childbirth but with Ashley by our side I felt like I knew what was coming next and that she'd be there to help us through the process. I can't thank her enough for helping us welcome our sweet baby into our family!
She was incredible. She even drove an hour to consult and for the birth. She made herself available for all our questions and even though the birth ended up being a little different than how we planned, it was less traumatic than it would've been had she not been there. I recommend her all the time and every time I look at my little man I think of what a loving and comfortable environment she helped to make my birth, even despite any tears or pain there may have been. ABSOLUTELY loved the detailed and customized birth plan she worked with me to create! Helped me feel more prepared and less scared.
I am so very greatful to Ashley for her help with my first pregnancy! She has a wealth of knowledge regarding all things baby. My husband and I asked her questions regarding everything from car seats, to pump recommendations, to the labor processes and beyond. She provided well balanced information regarding the pros and cons of each topic/product and allowed us to make our own decisions without judgement. And during my labor she was so grouding and knew exactly what I needed- encouragement, a gentle shoulder massage, position change suggestions, guidance for my husband. I highly recommend her!
My experience with Ashley was great! She was so helpful throughout the process of making a birth plan and helping to guide me in my decisions regarding my birth plan. She was also extremely helpful to me when it came to my labor. When I first went into labor, I called her and she was so helpful in her guidance! She advised me to call my doctor right away to let my doctor know what I was experiencing. I’m so thankful for that because I likely would not have called the doctor that early on if Ashley hadn’t suggested it. My labor progressed so quickly that when I arrived at the hospital approximately an hour after I called Ashley, I was fully dilated. Luckily, the doctor arrived in plenty of time, thanks to Ashley suggesting that I call her when I did, and I experienced an uncomplicated delivery. Unfortunately, everything happened so quickly that Ashley was not able to be in the delivery room as I wasn’t able to communicate to her quickly enough. However, Ashley was at the hospital when I delivered and came right up and spent an hour or so with us after delivery. She was so helpful, kind and understanding about us not being able to communicate with her quickly enough to get her into the delivery room before I delivered. She also had great advice for what to expect in the first few days after birth and assisted me in initiating breastfeeeding. She was also very prompt about responding to messages sent those first few days postpartum and was good about reaching out and checking in on me as well. She was also very helpful in her advice and information given at the postpartum visit. Overall, my experience with Ashley was wonderful. She’s very knowledgeable and helpful. I would highly recommend her as a doula!
Ashley was a tremendous asset to my birth. From the moment I contacted her, through labor and birth, and beyond - Ashley has been available to answer questions and to help put my mind at ease.
Prior to the labor, Ashley met with me twice. She helped me to create a birth plan, and even came with me to a doctor appointment to make sure everyone would be comfortable when I finally went into labor.
The labor itself was pretty intense. I quickly learned that the plan we created together was just an "ideal," and that things change once it's time for baby. Ashley helped me "roll" with it, while also advocating for me and my decisions, even as some of them changed. I had to be induced, and I labored in the hospital for over 24 hours. Ashley was with me the entire time - helping me understand all of the decisions I had to make and helping me stay motivated and as comfortable as possible.
Ashley took time to understand how to relate to me - she knew that I needed someone kind yet firm, and she was exactly what I needed. She is very knowledgeable about everything baby and labor - and she is non-judgemental. She's there to advocate for the decisions and wants of the mom - and she does that flawlessly!
Ashley is also very knowledgeable about breastfeeding and everything post-partum. She visited me once a couple weeks after birth, and she was able to help me with my baby's latch. She also came prepared with information about my body changes and how to deal with them.
Ashley helped me with every single aspect of my pregnancy, labor, birth, and the first few weeks of motherhood. If you're looking for someone to help support you through labor who is non-judgemental and really enjoys helping families bring babies into thie world, then Ashley is the doula for you!
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