Birth Fee: $1000 to $1200
Postpartum Rate: $25 to $40
Fee Details: Semper Femina, which is Latin for Ever a Woman, is a Chicago based doula collective that walks with pregnant women and new moms. Samantha is the founder of Semper Femina as well as a bilingual labor, postpartum, and bereavement doula, Before your family grows by two feet, Samantha will offer education on normal newborn behavior, model birth positions and discuss optimizing nutrition while also inviting both you and your birth partner to cultivate a pragmatic approach when it comes to embracing the unpredictable nature of birth. Samantha is committed to facilitating emotional bonding for your family as you discover your new normal in the fourth trimester. Her goal is to empower, guide, and support your family as you learn to balance infant care with self care. At the end of the day, parents who feel nurtured in the postpartum period become better nurturers.
Birth Doula Experience: 0 years and 11 births attended
Postpartum Doula Experience: 0 years and 35 families served
Clients per Month: 0 to 2 births and 0 to 4 postpartum familiesPostpartum limits/restrictions: Zero tolerance for violence directed towards women and children.
Chicago Volunteer Doulas
Languages spoken: English, Spanish
Service Area MapArea of practice: Chicago, IL
Sam was great to our family at a critical time, right after we came back from the hospital!! She was our postpartum nighttime doula for several nights a week. She was always timely, offered helpful tips on breastfeeding and infant development, and is clearly very passionate about infants and her work as a doula. She brings a very nice, calming influence to our household and our baby girl, Lucia, liked her very much. She organized a tea for all her clients, to enable me to meet other moms. Finally, she kept a diligent log of all the feeding and diapers all evening every time so that we could be on the same page. She’s great, highly recommend!!!
We were generpushy gifted doula services from my in laws for our second baby. Sam spent the first few months of the chaotic newborn stage helping us through the nights. It’s hard for me to let go of being a mom and letting someone else help but Sam made it a lot easier for me to make it through my days. Im breastfeeding so she brought my son to me when he woke and was hungry and then took him back after so I could rest. In the early morning hours she would give him some of my pumped milk so I could get a good stretch of sleep. If he was fussy she would bounce, rock, soothe him. In the morning she would bring me coffee and my son. She’d straighten up and tell me how the night went. If he was up a lot and crying she’d let me know in a way that didn’t make me feel bad/guilty. We were second time parents so experienced but Sam seemed pretty knowledgeable for anyone going through this the first time. She had a warm calming demeanor that helped me feel confident leaving my newborn with her and getting the rest I need to be a good mom the rest of the time.
Samantha is as beautiful, caring and amazing with our infant twins as she is a person. Truly a delight to have in our home and an honor to know; the world needs more Samantha’s in it. Intelligent, giving, selfless, caring, nuturing, trustworthy, and on and on. It’s been our good fortune and blessing to have met her.
I am thankful that I signed up with 312 Doulas for my VBAC this year. I had Samantha as my doula and she was a blessing to have. My labor was intermittent and started on Sunday night. I felt that I was ready to go to the hospital to get checked on Tuesday night. During all this time, I kept in touch with Samantha and she reassured me and made me feel safe laboring at home. She asked me key questions that gave some indication that my labor was progressing. When I arrived at the hospital at 11pm on Tuesday, Samantha was available to meet me at the hospital at that time. It was amazing to know that I was already dilated 8cm and 100% effaced when I got to the hospital. My midwife stated how this was one benefit of laboring at home. I was very happy to have made it this far before arriving to the hospital.
At the hospital, Samantha stayed with us all night until I finally delivered at around 9am. During my continued labor at the hospital, there were questions of weather to artificially break my water. I questioned if this was the right procedure for me at the time and I was able to ask Samantha about her experience with her clients. She was able to give me helpful information and gave me confidence in making the right decision. Furthermore, she helped me to change positions frequently and using the labor ball. She was familiar with the hospital and staff, which also gave me peace of mind that I was in good hands.
I am very thankful for my successful VBAC experience without any pain medications! Along with my family, Samantha helped me manage my labor pains with techniques such as use of counter pressure with every contraction and slow deep breathing. My husband said how his arms were almost falling off from doing so many counter pressure moves and he was thankful that Samantha was also there to help. I would recommend Samantha to anyone doing a VBAC or any type of labor. She was very helpful and her calm presence was very reassuring.
I am so thankful for Samantha's presence during my labor and delivery. Her support during labor helped me achieve the VBAC that I so desperate desired! She is a calming presence and is knowledgeable about natural labor and pain relieving techniques. My husband also felt supported by her and she helped him to be more actively involved in the whole process. We are so glad we decided to hire her as our doula!
Samantha was our first doula experience and it overall with very positive. We had Samantha for5 hours a day for about 2.5 weeks. She was very flexible with working hours, happy to follow our lead, and was a cheerful presence when we exhausted. Definitely helped us maintain sanity in the household as she did some light cleaning and soothed the baby which allowed my wife some sleep. She's a good listener, very supportive and isn't pushy about her thoughts on how you should raise your child. She also made sure my wife had someone to talk to about her emotional state. We would be happy to hire Samantha again and would recommend her to friends and family.
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