Birth Fee: $1200 to $1600
Fee Details: Hi, my name is India Posner. Growing up in the Seattle area with teen parents and two younger brothers, my passion for supporting families began at a young age. My village of caretakers - aunts, grandparents, and close family friends - shaped the passion I have for promoting unique and judgment-free family dynamics. As a doula I bring a grounded and uninterupted presence to the birth space so you never feel alone through any changes during labor or postpartum. My birth work is inspired by my community, empowerment and an overall holistic lifestyle. (See website for packages) Currently an apprentice birth doula at Swedish Medical Center. (Serving First Hill and Ballard location)
Birth Doula Experience: 1 years and 35 births attended
Clients per Month: 2 to 5Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Languages spoken: English
Service Area MapArea of practice: Seattle, WA
India was the perfect doula for me. I chose to have a doula because I did not want to use any pain meds and thought that having an advocate who was there for the whole process would help with that - not to mention provide continuity even as doctors and nurses changed shifts. Meeting India, I immediately appreciated her straightforward but personalized approach. She had lots of experience and it was evident she’d be a sure pair of hands, but she never tried to overly assert herself or trump my ideas or questions, instead sharing her experiences and ideas for my consideration.
The most important part of our time together and where she truly shone was the delivery. my labor was farther along than the medical staff realized and I was in tremed pain (no meds). She helped keep things under control even as the doctor was still being paved by talking me through breathing and pushing and helping me channel my energy into pushing not screaming. For the duration she was as involved as anyone in the process, positioning herself alongside my husband holding my legs for support as I pushed.
She helped me realize goal of no meds and it didn’t hurt that she treated me to sushi a few days later when she came by the house to provide lactation support and ”formally” meet the new baby. I am very much a type-A, intense personality and I highly recommend India!
Thank goodness for India! Ahead of our baby's birth, I was pretty sure I wanted a doula - sure enough, at least, to spring for it. Then afterwards, we both thought "thank goodness for India." Here are just a few reasons why.
1 - For the long haul
Our kiddo happened to time his arrival to fit with a given shift of hospital staff, so we didn't have to experience a shift change mid-labor. But even if we had, it was incredibly reassuring to know that India would be by our side - quite literally holding our hands - for the long haul.
2 - Translation and communication
The hospital team was outstanding, and both my husband and I had "studied up" extensively on labor and delivery. But still, there were many, many instances where the 2 of us were too adrenalined to understand or communicate well. India was the cool, calm translator that made everthing smoother for everyone.
3 - Expert support for the supporter
I knew that the hospital team would take great care of me physically, and that my husband would do his best to support me emotionally. But I also knew that this would be a challenging day for him as a first-time dad. I worried he'd be confused, isolated, or terrified, and I was concerned that if he felt anxious, I'd have trouble keeping my own "head in the game."
India served as my husband's #1 ally in the labor room. She was ready with breathing, positioning, and massage techniques to help him help me through the contractions. Not only did he no longer feel helpless. Instead, India showed him how to be an essential part of bringing our baby into the world.
Without India, I'm certain labor would have taken longer, and been a whole lot harder for everyone. But within ~12 hours, a happy, healthy kiddo arrived without any complications or interventions. Thanks goodness for India!
I'm so glad we chose to work with India. She was a calm and encouraging presence during labor and a valuable and gentle resource in the first chaotic weeks after birth. When I went into labor late in the evening she patiently worked with me until early morning allowing me to do much of my labor (un)comfortably at home. At the hospital she helped make sure I had food and water when I wanted it, and worked with the nurse to help me push. Her confident encouragement helped me immensely as I labored. Overall I remember labor as a painful but positive experience, and I owe much of that positivity to India.
During India's post-partum visits she was so patient with my daughter (walking with her for almost an hour to help her get to sleep!) and so kind to me that I was able to hear gentle suggestions from her that would have made me (tired, overwhelmed, and defensive) bristle had they come from anyone else. For example, she was the one who convinced me that my healthy, thriving 2-week-old was not going to starve if I moved from scheduled 3 hour feedings to on-demand feeding. Since my baby could often go 4-5 hours with demanding a feeding, this allowed me to get a few extra hours of sleep- the most valuable gift in those early weeks. Her other gentle suggestions postpartum were similarly helpful- even if they were things I had already heard, they sounded better when she said them!
Thank you for everthing, India!
I interviewed 5 potential doulas and India was the last one I met - I knew I saved the best for last. I had great conversations with each one of them. The Swedish Doula program has some really amazing doulas with great experience! However, India stood out to me in some ways that are hard to describe but what I can describe was that she simply had a calming sense/aura about her. I never felt rushed or judged for all the questions I asked during the interview and prenatal process and her answers and words of advice were always so positive and reassuring (even though I had no clue what I was doing!)
When it came down to D-Day, we called India after I was laboring for about 4 hours (I honestly thought I had really bad cramps half the time otherwise I would have called sooner as she suggested!) and then we finally decided to call India and head to hospital. She arrived just as we were getting into triage and boy was I happy to see her as my husband was about to vomit during each of my contractions! While he took a breather, she was right by my side helping with breathing exercises and putting pressure on my hips while having contractions. She rubbed soothing oils on my face when I was resting to really relax before the next one hit me. After about an hour, we finally get into a room. I am happy to say my labor process was only 16 hours and I only had to push for 30 minutes! No complications with baby either!
I owe alot of the ease of one of the most physically challenging times of my life to my doula! Her calming words of advice and support helped me immensely. I don't know what I would have done without her.
Our post-natal appointments were outstanding. I have never known a better baby whisperer! For someone that has never had a child herself I must say I was very impressed as I closely analyzed how she got my baby to stop crying!
Highly recommend India not only as your doula but as your friend, confidante, and baby companion.
The moment I met India I knew she would be someone that I'd feel comfortable supporting me in my birth experience. India asked a lot of questions, provided a lot of variety in the different pain management techniques she was familiar with that we could use, and most importantly I got a strong sense of confidence from her.
During my birth experience, I had a lot of false labors and India provided me with great recommendations for how to help induce labor along, one of which I think really did the trick. India showed up right away when I got to the hospital and helped me set up the tub where I labored and talked me through my contractions and through the pushing stage. She was positive, reassuring, and was a nice addition to having my partner with me in the room.
I'd recommend her to modern moms to be that want a natural, loving experience!
We had a wonderful experience working with India and highly recommend her. India impressed us with her knowledge, experience, and professionalism and delighted us with her warmth and passion. India always made us feel comfortable, gave us the confidence we lacked going into delivery, and was extremely resourceful and capable when answering our many questions. During the birthing process, India thought of everything down to the lighting and calming scents; she was always at work making us and family members comfortable. She is up on the latest techniques for mom and baby care, and she is quick to offer helpful ideas, suggestions and referrals. She makes herself wholly available to her clients and is diligent with her follow-through. We really enjoyed her energy and curiosity for her line of work. India’s personality is fun and genuine, and the love she’s shown toward our baby has truly touched us. We are so glad that she was a part of our beautiful experience and will miss having an excuse to have her around!
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