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Jeanna McNeil, CD(DONA)

By Design Birth Doula Services

Website: https://www.bydesignbirthdoulaservices.com

Phone: (205) 737-3477

Birth Fee: $650 to $1050

Postpartum Rate: $25 to $35

Fee Details: My birth fee (based on package options) can include prenatal visits, full labor, delivery, & immediate post partum support, post partum visit(s) at the client's home, time spent on research, resources & birth planning if desired, four week 24/7 on-call time, and photography services. *ALL PACKAGE OPTIONS INCLUDE ONE FREE, EDITED HIGH-RES IMAGE AS A KEEPSAKE. Since every mother/family is different, so are their needs; I do my best to tailor my offerings and create investment packages to meet every birthing person's desires. My post partum fee is based on package options. *Payment plans available. *Discounts for military families & repeat clients. *Discounted post-partum rates for birth clients. *Discounts on photo add ons with doula support packages.

Birth Doula Experience: 2 years and 15 births attended

Postpartum Doula Experience: 2 years and 2 families served

Birth Doula Certifications

  • DONA International - Certified Birth Doula

Doula Training

  • DONA International, September 2017
Type of Practice: Solo practice

Clients per Month: 1 to 2 births and 1 to 4 postpartum families

Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
I provide services primarily in the Birmingham area, but may take clients a little further out of range based on need.
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Attends home births? Some Home Births
I attend home birth with an attending midwife.

College Education

  • BA/BS

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Addiction Recovery
  • Cesarean birth
  • High risk
  • Home Birth
  • Induced and high medical technology labor & birth
  • Over 40
  • Postpartum mood disorders
  • Previous birth trauma and/or birth injury
  • Remote and rural clients birthing away from home
  • Single parents
  • Survivors of Previous Life Trauma
  • Teens
  • VBAC
  • Women and Families of Color

Special Services Offered

  • Babywearing education
  • Military families
  • Miscarriage Support (Before, During or After)
  • Mother blessing celebrations
  • Pregnancy, birth and/or newborn photography
  • Reduced rates for women considering adoption
  • Satellite Doula (For remote and rural clients)
  • Sibling support (for your older children at the birth)

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

I volunteer with Birthwell Partners in the Birmingham area.

Languages spoken: English

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Client Testimonials for Jeanna McNeil, CD(DONA)

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Leah Ross

Jeanna has been my best friend since childhood, so naturally, I think she’s amazing. Throughout my pregnancy, she encouraged me, prayed for me, and helped me get over so many fears I had about giving birth naturally. We were pregnant at the same time, and our babies are exactly 3 months apart! She’s kind, loving, and truly a caring person. She’s honest as the day is long, and I appreciate her honesty more than she knows and her knowledge of her field is very extensive. I have always looked up to her, but seeing her as a mama and watching her share her gifts with others is so inspiring. She’s the best!

Posted 11/19/2019

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Danny M

Where do I start? Im a dad. This is my first child so there were terms like "Doula" that I had to learn as we went but I am SO glad that we did! When we fist met with Jeanna I was going through the motions....nervous, keeping my cool, etc. but on the inside I was freaking out. At our second meeting she gave us exercises to do, which, to be honest, I thought were just kind of silly and a waste of time BUT she gave me so much confidence in that meeting that I could do this and that she would be there to help us (me) the whole way. She stressed attitude and confidence. We did all the exercises and she prayed for us the whole experience. First: the labor and birth went so smooth and fast and I know in my heart it was due to everything she taught us and the exercises. Second: she was there to be with me (us, but mainly me trying not to panic) during what was the most beautiful thing I have ever witnessed in my life. She made the birth of my son a much better experience for both my wife and I. She got pics of the birth as well that we wouldnt have had otherwise. If you are on the fence about using BDBDS or even a doula in general, don't be....just do it! Jeanna is very personal and a God-send. I am one happy daddy! - Psalms 139 ♥?????

Posted 10/4/2019

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Haley

There are so many decisions to be made when planning your birth the way you want it and it can be very overwhelming. There is no way I could have birthed my son without an epidural without the help of Jeanna!! The first time I talked to her I was in total peace that she was the one we would use. She has gone over and above what I ever expected from a doula, she was a friend. She has prayed for me, encouraged me, and given me all the resources I needed to have the birth that me and my husband wanted and even when things didn’t go exactly how I planned, she made me feel at peace about them. I will never have another child without a doula. All the prayers she prayed for me were answered. I will tell everyone about her because she truly has a gift. Look no further you have found the perfect doula!!!

Posted 10/3/2019

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Jenny M.

I 1,000% recommend Jeanna with By Design Birth Doula Services. When my husband and I started our hunt for our Doula we knew we wanted someone who would be easy to talk to, calming, and detailed. When we first met Jeanna we knew our hunt was over and we had our Doula! My husband and I knew that Jeanna was going to be the best person to walk us through the birthing process and keep us as calm as possible. Once we hired Jeanna, she was always a text or call away to answer questions I had or send me any information I needed. She met with us and prepared us for what labor was going to be like and always asked what I wanted and how I wanted things done. Jeanna helped me with my birth plan and questions to ask my doctor during appointments. The fact that I could text Jeanna at any time and let her know how I was doing or how I was feeling was wonderful - another mom that knows what you are going through! I ended up having to be induced and Jeanna was there bright and early (both days of induction). Every time the doctor would come in and try to rush a decision, Jeanna would calmly ask if we could have a moment to talk before answering (which was great because it was too shy to speak up). She would go over pros and cons to each procedure and help us make the choice that I felt was right for my body. Jeanna was my biggest cheerleader during my stalling labor and was always there to remind me to breath or relax (so helpful). She was able to teach my husband how to help me without annoying me and together they made the best team! Unfortunately, I ended up needed a c-section and Jeanna was able to join us in the operating room where she took the most incredible pictures of my daughters birth. Six months later, we still talk and she loves seeing how my baby is growing. Not only do I consider Jeanna to be the most amazing Doula, but I also consider her a friend. Thank you Jeanna for being my cheerleader, advocate and coach throughout my pregnancy and labor!

Posted 8/29/2019

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Morgan Hipps

My water broke 2 days before my due date, at 10 PM. I texted Jeanna & told her Id reach back out when I needed support. AT 2 AM, I called her in. She talked me thru contractions, sat in silence w/ me, & walked the streets w/ me until 5 AM when my contractions came to a halt. I felt awful. All night long I never progressed & she gave nothing but grace. Around 7 we decided to separate & rest. 15 more hrs passed (24 hours since ROM) so we decided to go to the hospital; by midnight I was admitted for antibiotics. I didnt want to be induced tho I felt the pressure from my OB if contractions did not pick up by the AM. I was on & off the phone w/ Jeanna through this time, & again, she was the only one who seemed to hear me. I called her in at 6 AM to go thu last ditch efforts to spark labor before induction. Nothing. At 8 I was induced. Jeanna sang w/ me, bounced w/ me, danced w/ me, & laughed w/ me thu early labor. As my contractions intensified, she cleared my room, positioned my bed 4 me, reminded me to relax, breathe, and led my husband to support me. As I neared transition, Jeanna picked me up off the floor following contractions & tied my hair back as the surges made me vomit. I was pressured to allow my OB to continuously check dilation. While the medical staff spoke aggressively AT me, Jeanna spoke softly TO me. Giving me & my husband the courage to put our foot down & demand that I be left alone to birth how I wanted. Being reminded that you have a voice, when youre that vulnerable is priceless. Finally, it was time to push. I looked at Jeanna and said "IM DOING IT!" She cheered me on as I pushed, she helped me latch my baby for our first feed after she was born, & she even found a way to photograph every moment for me. I couldnt have sustained myself through my unmedicated birth w/o her. Jeanna made me feel so empowered and capable, and ensured my daughters birth story is one I cant wait to tell her about. 

Posted 8/28/2019

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Yarelis Williams

From our first meeting it was clear Jeanna was the doula for me. She was so engaged and easy to talk to throughout the whole pregnancy, labor, and postpartum period. She constantly encouraged and supported me and made me feel more confident about my choices. She also made a point to keep my husband involved and supported him during labor to help me. I felt so blessed to have found Jeanna and know she’ll just keep blessing other expectant mamas!

Posted 5/20/2019

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Amanda

I didn't find Jeanna until the last trimester of my pregnancy with my third child. She was the second doula I had contacted, and I am so glad I chose her! I truly believe God put her in my path. She was the perfect fit for us! She was very easy to talk with, and I felt very comfortable and at peace with her around. She made sure to keep my family up to date on my condition and informed them of how things could slow down if we went to the hospital too soon. While my birth did not go as planned, she was quick to take action and provide the support I needed in a rather fast and unplanned home delivery. I'm apparently a bit tricky when it comes to contractions and it's hard to tell when I'm in transition. But, Jeanna was fantastic! It's definitely an exciting story to tell, and while it was not my plan to have a home birth it was ok and it went so well! Birth plans can change, and that's fine! It's important to keep this in mind and to be ready! I was ready for baby to come, no matter how it happened and I truly believe keeping an open mind helped. I cannot express enough gratitude in having a supportive person to be there when you are bringing another life into the world, no matter what you choose, how you want to birth etc. A doula is such an incredible asset to have on your side in such a vulnerable time when you need to express things but can't. She's your voice. And having a voice is powerful. 

Posted 5/5/2019

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Ashlin Sprayberry Bennett

First of all I don’t have the time to write a review long enough to brag on Jeanna but I’ll try to paraphrase! I thought my 4th baby would surely be the quickest and easiest labor & delivery experience... boy was I wrong! I went into labor on the day before my due date around 9pm, I texted Jeanna and let her know it was time. After timing contractions a while and traveling to the hospital it was 3am. Jeanna was waiting on me there and had let the staff know I was coming in. From there I started to lose momentum, Jeanna helped me as I walked the halls, rolled on the Birth ball, did squats and used the breast pump all in efforts to get things going. She did everything; managing family in the waiting room, getting me ice chips, helping me focus, encouraging me, reminding me of my goals and cheering me on as I pushed (and so much more). This labor turned out to be my longest by more than double the time! 26 hours total! Having Jeanna there was the best decision I could have made! I can honestly say my birth was a success and much to her credit! I absolutely recommend a Doula no matter what kind of birthing experience you are wanting to have. I’m so thankful for Jeanna and the blessing she was to me & my family on such a wonderful day!

Posted 1/21/2019

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Kelly Sheehan

Jeanna was a Godsend! From the moment I expressed interest in a natural delivery, she was a constant source of knowledge and encouragement.  It was so reassuring to know that I had access to her wisdom and knowledge on the topic, as I had tons of questions.  And although our birth plans might not always evolve exactly how we wish, Jeanna encouraged me to be informed of all of my options, allowing my husband and I to be less stressed about the things beyond our control and better focused to make informed decision.  Throughout my pregnancy, Jeanna consistently provided me with information specific to my plan and other tools to help me focus my thoughts towards my labor and delivery.  

When I called at midnight, she was on the road within minutes and actually got to the hospital minutes after my husband and me. (We live in different cities!!) She never left my side, expressing my wishes to the medical team, helping me to focus on the task at hand and at times, managing my very excited (and quite large) group of visitors.  At 2:32pm, Jeanna was right there as my sweet boy made his arriva, via all-natural deliver.  My entire family was so impressed with how well she managed everything.  I’m so thankful that Jeanna was a part of our birth story.  So much credit is owed to her for how amazing my experience was.  If you have ever considered hiring a doula - whatever your plan looks like, whatever your wishes may be, give Jeanna a call.  She is a blessing!! 

Posted 9/14/2018

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