Phone: (888) 506-0607
Birth Fee: $800 to $2500
Postpartum Rate: $25 to $45
Fee Details: Birthways is a community of doulas that has matched more than 5,000 families to labor support & postpartum doulas. Our matching process is designed to help us learn about you – and help you learn about your doula care options on any budget.
Years in Operation: 21Type of Practice: Group practice
Clients per Month: 15 to 50 births and 10 to 40 postpartum familiesPostpartum limits/restrictions: Birthways doulas are trained in infant care/development, postpartum recovery, perinatal mood disorder support, & support for breastfeeding, bottle-feeding, or combinations. Our doulas can also help in many practical ways: laundry, dishes, cooking, errands, light cleaning, & sibling care are some of the many simple ways I support new families. Let Birthways help you streamline the process of finding a doula. We have the largest team of doulas in the Chicagoland area as well as lactation support, massage therapy, childbirth classes, & private consultation. Our doulas receive excellent training, ongoing professional development & evidence-based information, have passed nationwide criminal background checks, & come highly recommended from families during the childbearing year.
This review is for Tara Romsaithong. Skeptical about needing a doula? I was. My midwives insisted that I hire one despite me saying that it wasn’t necessary. I now think that a doula is worth every penny. I fully intend to hire Tara again if we are blessed with another child.
Birthways did a good job matching me to my doula. There was plenty of communication and I was pleased with the questions they asked before suggesting a match. The post-delivery follow up was also nice and I even received a thank you note in the mail.
Tara and I had two prenatal visits. She was resourceful, experienced (she has kids of her own and has attended many births), and our conversations felt natural. We made a 911 plan in case home-birth wasn’t possible and a plan for home-birth. After both visits, I felt well-prepared and much more confident.
Birth did not go according to plan. One month early, I went into labor. She was by my side in a heartbeat. I’m not sure how I would have done it if it weren’t for the presence of my husband and my doula. It was as if she knew what I was thinking and feeling during every moment and she responded with the right words and actions. She did many things but to name a few, when we first arrived, the labor and delivery room smelled disgusting to me (that hospital smell, you know?). Within minutes, she had set up a diffuser that transformed the scent completely and she turned on quiet music to hide the sounds in the busy hospital hallway. During contractions she applied hot compresses to my back and squeezed my hips. During breaks she made sure I was drinking water. She helped me breath and relax properly, advocated for my preferences when I couldn’t speak, and communicated with my family while I couldn’t. I didn’t think I would need to be cheered on when labor was intense but her encouragement helped me focus and helped me believe that I could do it.
Birthways introduced us to Tammany and she was such a huge help for our family during a time when we were welcoming home a tough colicky newborn who cried day and night. Tammany gave us the relief we needed 2 nights a week and was a calming presence in our home. When we asked for information or advice she had experienced insight to offer. She also took it upon herself to start to lay our baby boy down when he was drowsy but not fully asleep. This helped immensely as we started to sleep train him. At 10 weeks he started sleeping through the night 6 to 8 hours on his own and I know the fact that she took the initiative to start him down was HUGE! We would not have wanted to go through that challenging time without her and we were sad when our time together ended. Birthways makes the process seamless and their professionalism is huge as they handle all the details so you can heal, recover, and transition. Thank you to the whole team. We're grateful.
I had a wonderful experience with Leah. She was warm, open minded, positive, enthusiastic, and passionate about her work. I had a positive birth experience and stayed positive postpartum because of her ever present support and enthusiasm for my baby and how we were doing. Leah helped me both physically and emotionally and I am so grateful she was such a meaningful part of my birth and post partum experience.
Brit Brackins is absolutely amazing! She literally massaged my back for four hours straight, created an environment that felt safe and focused, provided clarity as the liason between us/the hospital staff, talked to my parents in the waiting room, helped me channel the pain of contractions...the list goes on. If you work with Birthways, ask for Brit. She's absolutely amazing and is truly a part of our family now.
We worked with Brit and Katy from Birthways for the birth of our first child. I definitely had my fears of medical interventions during childbirth and wanted an unmedicated vaginal birth because of these fears. Brit and Katy were there for me the entire time to reassure me that our midwife would only use medical interventions as they were necessary. They both explained all of the possible interventions, walked me through creating a birth plan, and offered many resources so that I could continue to learn about the process of birth. Through this time together I was able to work through my fears and understand what my body was going through. On the day of our birth Katy was able to attend and could not have been more attentive and attuned to our needs. My husband was so appreciative of Katy's expertise and energy as this was his first birth as well and it was exhausting for both of us. When I hit a wall as I was pushing she was able to talk with our midwife and nurses to discuss what I might need in order to work through the exhaustion. As a result of Katy and Brit's support I was able to have the birth I had wanted and we welcomed our son into the world.
They reached out after we arrived home to schedule a follow up and helped me with breastfeeding and latching which was extremely helpful. They also let me know of the additional supports that Birthways offers to new moms and famlies. I cannot speak more highly of the support we received.
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