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Blake Slusser, LCCE, FACCE

Birthing Babies VA LLC

Website: http://birthva.com

Phone: 804-761-8008

Birth Fee: $600 to $1000

Fee Details: Blake has worked in Richmond’s Birth community since 2010. She has built relationships with various practitioners and supports all birth choices. There are several birth doula packages and add ons to meet the needs of all clients! Please reach out and together we can find one that works for you. All packages include complimentary attendance in a group Lamaze course. If you are looking for a doula that can add an evidence based educational component to your team look no further. I do the research to help you make informed decisions.

Birth Doula Experience: 1 years

Doula Training

  • DONA International, March 2018
Type of Practice: Solo practice

Clients per Month: 0 to 3

Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Attends home births? Any Home Birth

Childbirth Education Certifications

  • Lamaze International

Other Relevant Certifications

  • FACCE (Fellow of the Academy of Certified Childbirth Educators)
  • Lamaze Educator Trainer/Program Director

College Education

  • BA/BS
  • MA/MS

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Cesarean birth
  • Induced and high medical technology labor & birth
  • LGBTQP Families
  • Plus size mothers
  • Postpartum mood disorders
  • Remote and rural clients birthing away from home

Special Services Offered

  • Aromatherapy
  • Baby sign language education
  • Baby-led weaning
  • Babywearing education
  • Belly binding
  • Childbirth Education Services
  • Cloth diapering education
  • Parenting consulting
  • Pregnancy, birth and/or newborn photography
  • Reduced rates for women considering adoption
  • Satellite Doula (For remote and rural clients)
  • Sibling support (for your older children at the birth)

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

Essex County Junior Women’s Club Lee District Greater Federation of Women’s Clubs, Juniors Secretary Tappahannock Elementary School PTO, President

Client Testimonials for Blake Slusser, LCCE, FACCE

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Meredith Jurko

Working with Blake was a great experience. From the time I initially reached out to her, she was prompt in her responses and assertive, but not pushy. She was available to meet when it was convenient for us. When the time came for us to go to the hospital, she was ready to be there at the right time.

As far as her actual labor support, I can't say enough good things. My husband and I have said many times since our son's birth, "I'm so glad Blake was there." I had a really long labor filled with twists and turns I had not anticipated and Blake was incredibly supportive in all the right ways.

She is experienced and knowledgeable. She offered suggestions when we asked for them and held judgement (if she had any) as we made our decisions along the way.

I know every birthing experience is different, but for us, I can't imagine not having had Blake alongside us.

Posted 12/7/2019

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Leilani

Words can't explain the amount of grattitude I have for Blake.  I was on the fence about hiring a doula up until the last minite .. literally.  I called Blake minutes after they induced me, and thankfully she was at the hospital within 45 minutes; on a Saturday morning too! Upon arrival, she instantly went into "doula mode" by immediately setting my mind at ease and helping me focus on contractions and breathing.  From beginning to end, Blake coached me through it all.  She was so patient and kind.  She helped me anticipate the various stages of labor and ensured my 100 comfort through it all.  If it wasn't for her knowledge, genuine care, and expert techniques, my natural birthing experience would have been much more difficult.  I can't stress how much of a positive impact she had on my birthing experience.  My only regret is I waited until the last minute to book her; I'm so thankful she dropped everything to help me.  If I find myself pregnant in the future, Blake will definitely  be one of the first people on my list of people to call.  I can't imaging having second natural labor without her by my side.  She is amazing I would highly recommend her to anyone.  Thank you Blake!

 

Posted 11/30/2019

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Sara Tuttle

Blake was an absolutely invaluable resource during the latter half of the pregnancy, labor and delivery and the first few postpartum weeks! She was easily accessible via phone and text whenever I had questions and she is a really fun and easygoing person to be around (which mattered to me for someone who would be a part of such an intimate experience as my first birth). I went 10 days past the due date and it was beyond helpful to be able to ask her questions about signs of labor, ways to help your body along during early labor. She was also really helpful during postpartum period when it came to questions about breastfeeding etc. She helped me labor at home longer than I would have, was great at helping my husband be an integral part of the labor process and her direction in consistent positional changes made labor easier – both at home and in the hospital. I am convinced I wouldn’t have been able to have a natural birth without her presence, knowledge and encouragement. I highly recommend her!

Posted 12/13/2018

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Melissa Smith

Having Blake attend my labor and birth experience was incredibly valuable and ultimately ensured that a challenging birth process was a calm and beautiful one. At every antenatal meeting we had with her, Blake was knowledgeable, professional, and very personable. We expected that our doula would help us prepare for labor by sharing strategies and helping us create a birth plan, but we were not expecting how Blake would help us plan for various contingencies and potential challenges, helping us feel as prepared as possible. Blake offered continuous support via text and phone during the final month, ensuring that my state of mind was positive as I faced uncertainty about possible induction due to maternal health concerns. When labor did begin, it progressed quickly and intensely. Blake was able to offer support to my husbnd over the phone as he supported me. Throughout my labor and birth, Blake was a warm, calm, encouraging presence. She advocated for me to utlize the tub and use various positions as I faced several more hours of intense labor and pushing, and ensured that I stayed hydrated and consumed calories to keep up my strength. Blake's physical touch and encouraging words helped me stay focused. Once my son was born, he needed some medical attention and as decided during contingency planning, Blake stayed with my baby while reassuring us he would be ok. She was able to maintain the calm that she had cultivated throughout the labor process, even during this anxious moment. Once my baby was back in my arms, Blake gave my husband and I the perfect amount of space to gaze into our son's eyes and love on him. She stayed with us and made sure we were fed and comfortable, including caring for me while I took a bath and processed my birth experience. I am so grateful that Blake was a part of our birth team. Though labor and delivery were challenging, my overall experience was positive thanks to the support that Blake gave to our family.

Posted 10/18/2018

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