Birth Fee: $1100 to $1300
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: 2 years and 15 births attended
Postpartum Doula Experience: 2 years and 40 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 worked with me as a post-partum doula many months after my child was born. Her support brought a lot of relief during a very overwhelming period for me. She even offered specific spiritual guidance and was open to any needs I had. It was my first time working with someone in this way and I'm so glad I had the opportunity to do so.
I hired Sam as a postpartum doula from when my daughter was 4-12 weeks. I truly feel like Sam saved my sanity. She is extremely kind, nurturing and patient. This is everything you want in a doula. I immediately felt comfortable with Sam and trusted her to care for my daughter which set my mind at ease and allowed me to tend to other tasks or just take a worry-free nap. From talking about life with a newborn, watching daytime talk shows, tending to light household work and of course helping to care for my daughter, Sam was always a calming and comforting presence. She was extremely helpful with laundry (a master at folding) dishes, and meal prep. I highly recommend Sam as a postpartum doula. She will bring a warm and loving presence into your life and will make you feel like everything is going to be okay.
Sam supported us after the birth of our third son. I was pretty overwhelmed and it was nice to have someone here to help take the edge off. I’ll never forget how she so lovingly read a book to my older sons so I could take a minute to have a little calm and quiet with the baby and recharge.
I planned for a natural hypnobirth. For months, Samantha helped my husband and I model birth exercises, map birth plans, and grow into parenthood together. I ended up with a 36 hour, adrenaline-fueled hospital delivery, complete with an epidural. As a first time mom and notorious control freak, I was out of my element. Sam floated in with aromatherapy know how, essential oils, kind words. She spoke for me when I was in so much pain I could hardly whisper, saw to it that I got a cold compress to push with, kept my anxious husband company, held my legs as I pushed, and even remembered to snap a photo of our new bundle of joy! Sam is equally quick with a massage, a cool compress, words of wisdom, and a timely joke. My husband and I joke all the time about where the birth might've ended up without her, but truthfully she saved my life. This woman is a joiner of worlds, the one you want on your side as you voyage into parenthood, into the liminal space that is childbirth. When you are faced with enduring more pain than you thought possible and coming out the other side, lean on Samantha. I have never met a soul so divinely inspired.
Samantha has a warm, peaceful presence, she has a natural confidence with babies and mamas and we had a wonderful experience with her as a post partum doula. She came during a week when I was experiencing some post partum anxiety and she talked me through it and snuggled my baby so that I could relax and take care of myself for a couple of hours. Sam has continued to reach out with supportive ideas for self care and to help me connect with other mamas and babies. She took excellent care of me and my baby and I highly recommend her to anyone looking for post partum care. Thank you, Sam!
We were so fortunate to have Samantha as one of our postpartum doulas! She was extremely kind, caring, and resourceful for both baby and mother. She was also great with our older children who enjoyed interacting with her too. Postpartum is a difficult time, but Samantha made it easier with her soothing nature and thoughtfulness. She also goes the extra mile by regularly checking up on us and continuing to be a resource. I would highly recommend working with her!
Sam helped support me while my husband was traveling on business. My son was about 2.5 months old and I needed her help with him overnight.
Sam was great with my baby, able to soothe him back to sleep and also give him a bottle which wasn't easy since he wasn't used to it. This greatly helped me get more sleep at night so I could function during the day, taking my older son to school while I watched the baby.
Sam was also flexible when her schedule allowed it, enabling me to leave the baby with her while I took my other son to school. Her presence was calming and she definitely was very helpful to me. I would recommend Sam!
Sam has a very calming presence. I remember her walking into my room as I was lying in bed trying to breathe through a strong contraction. She sat in the corner while I worked my way through it and I immediately felt such a strong sense of calm come over me. Before the next contraction began, she laid behind me, and as I began to lose focus of my breathing, she began to guide me. When I expressed fear and doubt that I could make it through stronger contractions, she reminded me to take it one contraction at a time. In the hospital, when it became obvious that my labor was not progressing as we had hoped and I would not be able to have the unmedicated labor I had dreamed of, Sam helped me process the experience in a way that allowed me to accept my body’s plan. Sam stayed with me for 24 hours and during that time she supported me emotionally, physically and spiritually. I cannot praise her enough for her caring, loving and calming attitude. She never made me feel judged even as my birth plan changed nor did she push me in a particular direction. I would recommend her to any woman interested in feeling loved, cared and supported during her labor. She is wonderful!
Words cannot adequately express how grateful we were to have Samantha by our side during the birth of our daughter Marlowe. Prior to the birth, we met with Sam a number of times to really get to know each other which I found extremely helpful as we prepared for this life-changing event. She asked us questions to help her understand our needs and it gave us the opportunity to really get to know Sam's style.
During my (very eventful) 36+ hour labor, Sam was AMAZING. She went above and beyond and was there for us every step of the way! Her calming energy and support were key in helping me and my husband through what was the most emotionally and physically demanding day of our lives. When we ran into various roadblocks, her guidance and positive attitude helped to assure us that everything was going to be ok. I really can't emphasize enough how important it was for us to have her there.
In addition to being our birth doula, Sam has also cared for us postpartum. She is so trustworthy and -- not surprisingly -- has a calming way with the babies that she has helped bring into the world! Her knowledge around breastfeeding and soothing our baby helped me with all the questions I had as a new mom.
Sam's passion for all things related to women, birth, children, families, etc. is evident when you meet her. Her excitement around lifelong learning is obvious by all of the workshops and trainings that she regularly attends. There is no mistaking how dedicated she is to the families she supports and cares for. I would highly recommend her to any family looking to include a doula as part of their birth plan/journey.
Sam did night doula work with our family from the first week we were home from the hospital until our baby was about 3 months. I had some post partum anxiety with my first and I knew nighttime was going to be the hardest time to decompress and get the sleep I needed to handle the days. Needless to say, she was wonderful and I miss seeing her face in the evening! Sam is an extremly warm and caring spirit. I felt at ease knowing she was caring for our baby and it seriously helped me sleep just feeling that energy. From the beginning she wanted to know how I wanted things to work and was completely open to following my wishes. She pace fed our baby to try to help maintain our breast/bottle balance and she was always working to bridge wakeups and help establish good sleep habits. It shows bc baby girl started sleeping mostly through the night around 8 weeks and continues to be able to put herself back to sleep really well. Sam has a really special balance of knowing the nitty gritty but feeling like an old friend. I can't recommend her highly enough!
Samantha helped our family as a postpartum doula after the birth of our second daughter. We couldn't have been more delighted by Samantha - she was a calming and efficient presence in our home. She was intuitive about meeting my needs (water, snacks, help of all descriptions) and about meeting the needs of our children (diaper changes, cuddles, cheerful and respectful interaction). She ran errands, did laundry, changed the sheets, made food, held the baby, helped set up activities for my older daughter - in short, all the little things that keep a household running while the mama is recovering from a c-section! And what's more, Samantha made everything she touched more beautiful and pleasant: laundry folded beautifully, fruit cut beautifully, flowers arranged beautifully, baby annoucements addressed in beautiful handwriting - she has a real gift for beautiful and intuitive doula-ing!
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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