Enriched Birth Doula Services LLC
Lakewood, WA Service range 30 miles
3 years and 31 births attended
Type of practice: Solo practice
Clients per month: 1 to 2
Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Attends home births? Any Home Birth
I am currently a volunteer doula with St. Joes Volunteer Doula program in Tacoma.
There is no charge to meet with me to discuss your birth and see if I would be a good fit on your support team. My birth doula fee is $800, which includes 2 prenatal visits, the birth, and 1-2 postpartum visits. In the prenatal visits we will discuss your wishes for the birth of your baby and help you develop a birth plan. We will go over coping techniques and labor positioning. We will also talk about the postpartum period, and breastfeeding or bottle feeding etc. I am available 24/7 for 2-3 weeks before the birth and for 2 weeks after the birth. In the event that my fee would be a hardship, I can offer a flexible timeline for payment as well as a sliding fee scale.
Lakewood, WA Service range 30 miles
My wife and I were unsure about working with a Doula but upon meeting Cherish it was evident that she was the right fit for us. She was compassionate, kind-hearted and patient. She took the time to get to know us and even signed up for Hypnobirthing classes to support our journey. Her visits to our home were always helpful in which she provided insightful and useful information for the both of us. Massage techniques, stretching and how to prep for postpartum. For us, pregnancy is more than a physical journey. It's very much about the mental + emotional support and Cherish provided endless amounts of encouragement. And when our birth plan took an unexpected turn, Cherish was right there with us in the hospital for several days reminding us that even though this experience is not what we intended, it did not mean the birth was any less special. She created a beautiful environment for us in the hospital and it provided such comfort and warmth for each of us. It's hard to describe how much support Cherish gave to my wife and I throughout our pregnancy, labor, birth and postpartum. We felt empowered with the information that Cherish provided. With her support and experience we were confidently able to make decisions without feeling pressure from anyone. We appreciate Cherish greatly and still talk about all the wonderful times we were in her presence. We definitely recommend working with her.
Having Cherish as our doula for the birth of our son was just wonderful! To have her support leading up to, during, and after our birth experience was invaluable. Even behind her support, the knowledge she shared about breastfeeding techniques and positions was so helpful. Cherish never tried to influence any decisions my husband and I made and was so helpful at making sure we knew all sides to any decision which was SO great. I can't say enough how much having Cherish as our doula made our birth experience just wonderful!
I found Cherish on doulamatch early on in my pregnancy along with a few other doulas whom I all had interviews with. I decided to choose Cherish as soon as I met her, she had a calming presence about her and I knew she’d be a great fit! Throughout my pregnancy, Cherish offered support in many ways and answered any questions I had while making me feel at ease. My biggest concern about having a home birth was my own mental state and it was really important I had someone that would keep me calm and positive during my labor time which is exactly what Cherish did and beyond! When labor had started for me- I called Cherish who came before my midwives and was by my side every moment! She is simply the best! My birthing time and labor was so calm and positive with her being there! She helped me i every contraction and helped take my mind off the pain. She assured me every step of the way with affirmations and keeping me focused on my breathing. I honestly cannot imagine my birthing time without her! She was such a special part of it and got me through! I will be forever grateful and thankful for her. She has a heart of gold and loves what she does. We can’t wait to call her when we’re pregnant again!
Thank you Cherish for all you do and supporting women in one of the happiest and vulnerable times in their lives. You’re an angel on this earth!!
Cherish was a vital part of my support system during my pregnancy and scheduled c-section. Because of emergency c-sections and 1 misinformed doctor, it took 3 VERY early appointments to get to the birth of my daughter and Cherish showed up ready to be my advocate every time. Going into surgery I was overwhelmed and she informed my anesthesiologist of my medical condition that could have complicated surgery.
I will always be grateful for her presence during that time and I recommend her to anyone interested in having a doula.
She also took beautiful pictures that I will adore for the rest of my life!
Cherish was so wonderful to work with! I knew the first time we met her that I wanted to work with her. She is so easy to talk to and so friendly. The appointments with her before the birth were so helpful not only in preparing for the birth, but she also helped with some pain and discomfort I had with my pregnancy. It was such a comfort to have her as our doula. She gave me peace of mind before, during and after the birth of my son. She also helped my husband by showing him different things he could do to help me during my pregnancy and delivery. My husband and I are so thankful for the privilege of working with Cherish!
The first night we met Cherish, my husband and I felt as if a huge weight had been lifted from my our shoulders. We both got home and took a deep collective sigh. When I became pregnant I started heavily researching about doulas in a hospital setting. I wanted as natural a birth as possible, but I also work in Pathologyand this was my first pregnancy so I was extremely nervous to have the baby at home. We immediately felt at home with Cherish. She is extremely knowledgeable and you can see her eyes dance when she talks about all things birth related. She went through everything that could happen during labor and delivery...which, for us, was invaluable bc we were like little lost puppies. She came to our house and taught us stretches and massages to help with labor and delivery. She baked us tasty treats before and after the birth too! Unfortunately, she was not able to be at our birth due to a family emergency, but her backup doula was PHENOMENAL! Even though she wasn't physically there, she was still apart of the birth..her backup was texting her throughout. I feel pretty lucky to have not 1 great doula in my life, but now 2. If you are at all on the fence about hiring a doula....DO IT. Best money we ever spent!!! Thank you Cherish for being such an integral part of our birth story. We will remember you always.
We hired Cherish after a friend highly recommended her to us and we're so glad that we did. She met with us before delivery to help us prepare physically, mentally, and practically. She gave support to me and my husband throughout the whole process. From us asking her questions all along the way, all through delivery, and even still post partum. We give her a ton of credit for us being able to avoid a cesarean. Between changing position and trying different exercises she helped us deliver our sweet baby girl. The hospital staff and doctors worked really well with Cherish and she helped us maintain our birth preferences and ask the right questions when needed. We never felt as if she was pushing her own thoughts or opinions on us. Her entire goal is to support you and your preferences and help you understand all your options. We feel truly cared for by Cherish and she is still supporting us as we learn to be parents with our Zoey. My husband and I are beyond grateful to have had Cherish with us and would highly recommend her.
Cherish was an advocate for me during my birth and was able to remind the hospital staff of my wishes while my husband and I focused on bringing our baby girl into this world. Throughout labor I felt Cherish’s calm presence and gentle touch and knew that without a doubt she understood what my husband and I wanted. I could trust her to manage the big picture while I relaxed into each contraction.
Cherish used her expertise and empathetic demeanor to guide and support us in an authentic way. She went above and beyond when our daughter was two weeks late and we were struggling to manage the wait. I knew that at any point during my pregnancy Cherish was there for my questions and would promptly help me find an answer.
I took note of Cherish’s professionalism when we first interviewed her and was constantly impressed with how quickly and thoughtfully she responded to my questions or concerns. She was always present when I needed her and assisted me with difficult decision making. She never pushed her own agenda, timeline, or personal beliefs. Cherish thoughtfully presented the facts that she knew and made sure that I questioned things thoroughly before I made the best choice.
I am very grateful that I get to sing praises about Cherish Perez and her work as a doula. Cherish was essential in making my birth the phenomenal experience that is was.
My wife (Jessica) and I have interviewed a few doula's prior to meeting Cherish and about 5 minutes into our first meeting with Cherish, we knew she was the one! Cherish is a natural and has that natural instinct for wanting to help mothers & fathers to be. She did a really good job preparing Jessica and I for labor, went over our birth plan, rushed to our home during labor and helped Jessica with most-things post partum. She even baked Jessica lactation cookies! Cherish helped us tremendously and we don't know how we could've done any of it without her.
The 2 prenatal visits we had were a great learning experience. Cherish used them to get to know us, know our birth plan, showed us positions to help cope with pain, breastfeeding techniques and much more. During labor (1 wk early), Cherish was very responsive via text and calls and once she knew our contractions were fairly close, she came to our home. She helped with the bath, doing exercises on the birth ball, massages, packing the hospital bag and calming both of us down! Once at the hospital, she was attentive to both of us but especially my wife. She kept encouraging my wife, massaged her, gave her water to stay hydrated and took pictures. Cherish stayed with us until we were settled with our baby!
We had 2 post partum visits but we were constantly texting once we were home. She answered all of our questions and concerns with compassion and empathy. Her visits were helpful, informative and inspiring! Cherish is an awesome doula and I would use her again in a heart-beat. She's a natural and has the right personality for it. I also think she would make an awesome post partum doula as well:)
Cherish brought experience, knoweldge, a sense of family & security and we highly recommend her.
Thank you Cherish!
I was moved to write about Cherish given the important and essential role she played in the birth of our daughter. I had met a Doula's before but had not connected as I'd found their appoach to over the top & quite domineering.
What I most loved about Cherish was her extraordinary emotional intelligence. This cannot be learned from a book. She has it. She made her presence known when required and she totally comprehended what was required of her during the pregnancy, during the labor and then after the birth. There were moments during the birth as the father where I was able to take a step back in awe at how she was gentlely orchastrating what was happening in the room based on the mothers' requests.
Her energy was calm & confident. She chose her words & encouragements carefully which the mother responded to perfectly. Her emotional intelligence allowed her to read what was required and when / how best to act on her instinct. For example, there was a playlist of music and we had a moment where we were all individually singing the lyrics (not a pre prepared sing-song I should point out!!) and I saw Cherish standing with the mother during heavy contractions and she knew every word of the song. That's a memory I'll have forever.
She sensed the mother would not be someone who responded well to corny one liners so she found her own unique way to bond and say the right thing at the right time to help progress the labor.
It was absolute magesty to watch. We left the birthing centre that night knowing that we'd all shared the most increbile and intimate experience and Cherish's role within that was flawless.
Bringing the right Doula into such a private and life changing moment is essential. Cherish is a gift.
Our experience with Cherish was very good!
She was very thorough and answered questions we had.
She made me feel at ease about some of the fears I had with this being my first baby.
She was very flexible with scheduling and in the birth experience
She was very helpful and calming. Making sure I was heard about the things I wanted.
would definitely recommend her.
From the start, Cherish was kind, encouraging, and knowledgeable. She encouraged me throughout my entire pregnancy and birth. She has been so thoughtful and helpful. When my labor stalled and didn’t go as planned, Cherish was here to walk through it with me and to encourage me to keep my mind on my end goal. This includes literally walking with me through my neighborhood at 3am to get contractions going. Cherish helped me to have the birth of my dreams. Without her support and encouragement, it never would have happened. Cherish helped my husband be a support throughout my labor and birth as well. She was such an asset to the both of us. Cherish helped me to feel empowered and strong. Because of her, this birth will always be a beautiful memory. Cherish started out as my doula, but ended up really becoming a part of our story. She will always be special to us.
If you're reading this it's safe to assume you're seeking a doula for this amazing journey you're about to embark. I have to say if you've chosen Cherish as your doula you've made a wise and beautiful choice. She's amazing. I would like to take some time to share my experience with you to give you an idea of how amazing the support from having Cherish on your birth team can really be beneficial and wonderful.
Cherish approached me and offered to be my doula. Oh my. At the time I had no idea how crucial it was to have her on my birth team. The plan was a home birth. The pregnancy, birth, and after birth was all the total opposite of what I planned.
Cherish provided me emotional support for more than half my pregnancy. We discussed at great length breast feeding as that was my biggest concern postpartum. She gave me ideas on how to plan and educational tools to be prepared for breast feeding. A few hours after my water broke Cherish came over in the middle of the night around 1am to provide guidance and support. There was a small hiccup in my birth plan and I was relocated to the local hospital for the birth of my baby boy. Cherish has permission to share the story at greater length should you like to know more.
Basically things were a little off for me, and Cherish was right there the whole time. She even packed my bag for the hospital as I arrived in only a tank top covered by blankets. She was there during the delivery and helped me through the birth. I had her in one ear and my mid wife in the other ear encouraging me and helping me focus and complete the last step that would give life to my tiny human. In the end I can't imagine having the experience I did with this challenging pregnancy, birth, and postpartum adventure with out her by my side. Cherish has one of the kindest & genuine souls I've ever encountered. She was so valuable to me and I will always be grateful. Daisy Clapper
My husband and I can't say enough great things about Cherish! From our first meeting, her sweet, caring demeanor and warm presence made a big impression. It's obvious this is a labor of love for her. Our prenatal appointments were wonderful; she answered all our questions and we practiced laboring positions, coping techniques, and discussed preferences during labor. As soon as she left from our first in-home appointment, my husband said, "I'm glad we hired her!" When the day came, my husband and Cherish were my support people, and Cherish was the best either of us could imagine. As I entered active labor, she busied herself around the room setting up LED candles, dimming lights, playing the cd's I had brought, posting affirmations around the room. Between contractions, she gave me essential oil massages and offered me sips of water and juice. She took over when my husband needed to step out and get something to eat, and helped me remain calm, reminding me of the things we had practiced to cope with the contractions, suggested new positions at intervals to keep labor moving, and was just a wonderful encourager when things didn't go as planned. She was key in getting me through my delivery without any pain medication. Since giving birth, she has checked up on me frequently, answer questions, offered advice, and continued to encourage me. If I had it to do over, I'd pick Cherish every time to walk through this journey with! You won't find better hands to be in.
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