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Suzi Kaufman

Knitted Together


Phone: 630-346-6984

Birth Fee: $800

Birth Doula Experience: 2 years and 15 births attended

Doula Training

  • DONA International, February 2018
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

Childbirth Education Certifications

  • Bradley
  • Certified Childbirth Educator (Prepared Childbirth Educators Inc.)
  • Certified GentleBirth Childbirth Educator
  • Doula Trainings International - Certified Childbirth Educator

Breastfeeding Certifications

  • Breastfeed {Naturally} Certified Breastfeeding Advocate
  • Breastfeed {Naturally} Certified Breastfeeding Educator
  • Breastfeed {Naturally} Certified Professional Breastfeeding Counselor

Other Relevant Certifications

  • DONA International - Birth Doula Trainer

College Education

  • BA/BS

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Cesarean birth
  • Clients on bed rest
  • Domestic Violence
  • Families conceiving with ART and IVF
  • High risk
  • Home Birth
  • Induced and high medical technology labor & birth
  • Postpartum mood disorders
  • Prematurity
  • Single parents
  • Survivors of childhood sexual abuse
  • VBAC
  • Waterbirth
  • Women and Families of Color

Special Services Offered

  • Aromatherapy
  • Reduced rates for women considering adoption
  • Sibling support (for your older children at the birth)
  • Therapist or counselor

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

I have served women for over 12 years. First at Care Net pregnancy center, then at a domestic violence shelter for refugees. I am also on the board of our local outreach center helping underprivileged families.

Languages spoken: English

Client Testimonials for Suzi Kaufman

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Claire Vargyas

The birth of our son and my post-partum recovery would have been a lot different if I didn't have Suzi by my side. Suzi educated me and my husband about the benefits of having an unmedicated birth and she opened our eyes to a whole new perspective on the birthing process and different options we had. She taught us how my husband would coach me through labor and delivery and she was always available throughout my entire pregnancy for my questions and concerns. She was proactive and genuinely concerned about each step of my pregnancy. I ended up being 11 days overdue and Suzi was able to walk me through the process of having to be induced, which was very scary to me and not something I wanted to happen. We were still able to achieve our goal of not getting an epidural but I know for certain that if Suzi was not by my side this would not have been the case. Her calming yet strong presence is exactly what my husband and I needed to get through the birth of our son. She knew exactly what I was thinking and feeling throughout my pregnancy even when I did not have the words or energy to express it myself! She educated my husband and I on the process of labor and delivery, breastfeeding, and so many other things that I would not have known about without her guidance. She helped my son latch immediately after his birth and coached me on breastfeeding before and after his birth. She helped my husband be apart of the birth of our son which is something I will never forget. She was always available and quick to respond and she always answered my questions with such concern and care. She is professional yet so approachable. She genuinely cared about the physical and emotional well-being of myself, my husband and our baby. She empowered me and encouraged me every step of the way. We are forever grateful to Suzi for helping our son start his life with his best foot forward and for the way she cared for myself and husband! 

Posted 12/2/2019

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Lisa Evans

My husband and I loved Suzi as our doula. She was such a huge encouragement before, during, and after birth. She met with me before our son came, and I felt safe to share not only my hopes but also my worries. When I went into labor she was such a support to both me and my husband and empowered him to be a support to me as well. She was such a good coach through the contractions and I felt like she knew how to help me recenter and focus when I started to lose concentration. She gave great coaching cues, and knew exactly where I was at in the labor without me having to tell her. She was such a comforting presence and I felt taken care of throughout labor. She is such an advocate, and helped my husband and I enjoy the first moments with our son, and helped him latch. She gave me some good nursing pointers right away. She didn’t leave us until we were completely settled. Postpartum she helped my husband and I with a lot of questions and is such a wealth of knowledge. She checked up on me and continued to follow up as we learned how to read our son’s cues. Her help was invaluable to us before, during, and after. We are so thankful for her and the help she gave us, and recommend her 110%!!!

Posted 10/17/2018

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Anna Dammann

Suzi helped me to have an incredible birth experience from beginning to end. I had been hoping to have a completely natural birth, and I do not believe I would have been able to achieve my goal without Suzi by my side. She supoorted me through each contraction and helped my husband and I stay calm and capable throughout my labor. i Could not have asked for better support. We feel incredibly blessed to been connected with Suzi through our Bradley Method Birthing class. If you are planning a natural birth or simply want some extra support through your labor, Suzi has an incredibly calming and loving demeanor that will enable you to move through labor with confidence. She is a wealth of knowledge and is able To assist you in ways that are as unique as you and your baby. Every momma is different, but somehow Suzi knew Exactly what we needed! We could not be more grateful to Suzi!

Posted 10/7/2018

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Sarah Norris

We could not be more grateful to have had Suzi at our birth! Suzi began her amazing support and communication weeks before our birth. She came to our home when I went into labor and did not leave my side for over 24 hours. I felt her comforting presence and yet it was never about her. She anticipated our needs and remembered little things we said at our initial interview such as helping keep my hair looking nice and making sure my husband got food! Two feelings that stand out with Suzi are comfort and trust. After supporting us in hours of labor and pushing, Suzi was there for my husband as he had to make difficult decisions for us to transfer from a planned home birth to a hospital. Suzi supported both of us physically, mentally, and spiritually before during and after the birth. She interacted so well with both home birth and hospital care teams. We also got to meet Suzi's back up doula who was also an incredible comfort and support as we made decisions to receive an epidural and eventually go in for a C-section. We look back on our long difficult birth, full of twists and turns and are at peace with every decision and outcome, many thanks to Suzi being there for us!  We've told all of our friends and family how great she was and are happy to tell all of you as well!   

Posted 8/15/2018

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Jennifer Slusarczyk

It was awesome having Suzi as support. While I didn’t get the birth I wanted she was there after my c section to help out and give my husband a few hours to get out of hospital. She was there for the emotional time of getting through grieving process of not having the ideal birth. i Would highly recommend her for anyone’s birth experience!

Posted 5/2/2018

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Danielle Mcdowell

Suzi was a wonderful help during my labor and delivery. She made pain reliving suggestions and was a huge support of my husband and I. It was never about her. Her goal is to help provide you the amazing birth story you hope to have to the best of her ability. She wants to create a space of bonding and intimacy for the husband and wife. Having my husband and suzi made it possible for me to have an unmedicated birth of our baby boy. She will be the advocate of your birth plan and truly cares about her clients. I highly recommend her! 

Posted 4/16/2018

Birth Availability for Suzi Kaufman

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