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Natalia Hals, LCCE, CD(DONA)

A Woman's Design, LLC.


Phone: (651) 797-3284

Birth Fee: $1100

Postpartum Rate: $30 to $40

Fee Details: Confidence and peace of mind knowing you have hired a professional who will provide undivided attention, comfort, support and encouragement throughout your birth experience! Contact us today for a free phone consultation to discuss your specific needs.

Birth Doula Experience: 6 years and 110 births attended

Postpartum Doula Experience: 4 years

Doula Training

Not Specified

Type of Practice: Partnership with 1 other doula

Clients per Month: 2 to 3 births and 2 to 4 postpartum families

Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Attends home births? Any Home Birth
Birth must be attended by a medical provider.

Childbirth Education Certifications

  • Lamaze International

Breastfeeding Certifications

  • Completed 2 Breastfeeding Basics Courses

Other Relevant Certifications

  • 4. Biologix Solutions Bloodborne Pathogens for Placenta Encapsulation Specialists Trained
  • Neonatal Resuscitation Certified (American Academy of Pediatrics)
  • Certifying HypnoBirthing Birth Attendant

College Education

  • AA/AS
  • BA/BS

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Cesarean birth
  • Clients on bed rest
  • Families conceiving with ART and IVF
  • High risk
  • Home Birth
  • Over 40
  • Postpartum mood disorders
  • Prematurity
  • Single parents
  • Survivors of Previous Life Trauma
  • Survivors of childhood sexual abuse
  • Teens
  • Twins
  • VBAC
  • Waterbirth

Special Services Offered

  • Acupressure
  • Aromatherapy
  • Baby-led weaning
  • Babywearing education
  • Military famiies
  • Miscarriage Support (Before, During or After)
  • Parenting consulting
  • Placenta encapsulation
  • Reduced rates for women considering adoption

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

Volunteer Birth Doula at Woodwinds Hospital in Woodbury, Mn 2010-2011 Doula Intern at Health Foundations Birth Center 2012-2013 Active member of the Childbirth Collective

Languages spoken: English

Service Area Map

Area of practice: Saint Paul, MN
Travel Range: 45 Miles

Client Testimonials for Natalia Hals, LCCE, CD(DONA)

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Rachel Ness

When we found out we would be expecting out firstborn there were so many emotions. Happy and excited for what was to comes and finally being chosen to become lucky parents but I was also nervous and anxious for the unknown and uncontrollable situation that may ensue. In studiously talking to my more "granola" girlfriends about their experiences I received the strong suggestion to find a doula. My friend's experience had been a great one through a really tough labor and I in wanting to feel as prepared for anything as possible decided to also "safeguard" my own experience. The other reasons I ultimately went with their recommendations: 1) I felt like I craved the emotional support and genuine connection I feared may be removed in not knowing who would deliver me (my doctor's practice doesnt assign one dr so I had over 9 different on call doctors could deliver me). 2) I really wanted to go as natural as possible and not feel "forced" into doing things body or my baby weren't ready for. 3) And lastly I wanted someone else in the room who could cue to my always attentive and intense hubby that support through labor didn't have to completely fall on his shoulders. The result? Pre-labor: Natalia and Hope we're so attentive when I approached and missed my due date by a week and a half- Before every appointment and check in with my dr. I presented recaps and questions in what was being recommended and they provided me the resources but also reassurance that my feelings and concerns were valid. Labor: Once I finally went into labor Natalia was on-call and seriously helped create such a beautiful environment. She was calm, nurturing and somehow managed an incredible balance of providing helpful suggestions and support without being or annoying as lets face it, you are your worst self when you are in pain! In addition I feel like I should mention that I had a 32 hour delivery and Natalia stayed there the entire time with us to see the baby. They were so worth it!

Posted 1/6/2016

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Colleen O'Malley

Working with Natalia, Hope and Brandy was amazing!!  They spent a lot of time with my husband and me to educate us, learn about us, help us build a birth plan and were available and approachable throughout our pregnancy.  We had a very difficult labor and delivery process and were so thankful to have them by our side. They helped us through the whole process to include comfort measures, emotional  and physical support and advocacy when decisions needed to be made.  We really can't imagine a better group of ladies and will definitely work with them for any future pregnancies!!

Posted 11/3/2015

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Grace Marie Lamprecht

When I found out I was pregnant, I was stunned!  My husband and I were not expecting to be expecting.  I cried for days because we actually were avoiding having kids so early on in our marriage.  I was such a mixed bag of emotions...  I reached out to Natalia.  The empathy, gentleness, and care that poured out of her response was a true picture of the journey we got to walk with her as our doula.  The shock and sadness melted away as we began the journey of preparing ourselves to welcome our little boy.  We chose to have a doula because I wanted the support.  Someone who could help us navigate prep period and the labor and delivery.  Natalia was just a dream.  She has this amazing ability to be completely supportive while giving you your space, enlightening you while not making you feel stupid and empowering you to make your own decision instead of simply stating what you "should" do.  I ended up being admitted to the hospital twice as being in labor (my labor stopped the first time) and had a very long labor that ended with a very long time of pushing.  Childbirth was a very trying time for me.  But, whenever I recall the experience, I always remember Natalia being there.  Whether in the forefront or in the background, she supported us.  It was exactly what we needed and I'm firmly believe it helped my overall birth experience feel like a positive one even though so many things "went wront."  My husband and I have both agreed that asking her to be in that process was probably the decision we made with the pregnancy/birth.  Doula's are amazing... this one in particular.

Posted 1/8/2015

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Anne Deanovic

My husband and I partnered with Natalia for the birth of our firstborn, and couldn't have imagined the experience without her. In the months leading up to the birth, Natalia was a patient, caring and professional resource, making me feel comfortable and prepared for what was to come. Our labor was long and came with many twists and turns, and without Natalia, it would have been very stressful. She was a calm and knowledgable presence through all stages of labor, both for me and (maybe more importantly!) my husband. From relaxation and positioning techniques to her breadth of knowledge and caring nature, Natalia was the perfect doula for us and an invaluable part of our birth team.

Posted 10/27/2014

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Andrea Kostiuk

When I found out I was pregnant with our second baby, I knew that I was going to need to start preparation for his birth early.  My first labor and delivery ended in a cesarean and was overall a pretty bad experience.  I wanted a vaginal birth for this delivery, and with a lot of fears to overcome I knew I was going to need all of the support and encouragement I could get.  Enter: Natalia Hals!  What I loved most about her right off the bat is how she really listened to me.  When it got right down to it, I had a lot of mental obstacles to overcome before my body would even think about going into labor (which is something I didn't even think it could do.)  Not only did Natalia repeatedy reinforce that I COULD do it, but she helped me work through all of my fears by suggesting a different provider team (midwife group, chiropractor and acupuncture), providing evidence-based research, other VBAC testimonials, and many loving, encouraging words.  I ended up going past my due date again, but this time was definitely different.  When I did go into labor at 41 weeks, 2 days, everything went SO smoothly.  I stayed at home until contractions were less than five minutes apart and was 5cm at L&D triage.  During labor, she helped me as contractions got much stronger and allowed my husband to focus on me while she took care of other details.  She reinforced my birth plan, supported changes made to it, and encouraged me through two hours of pushing.  Tyler and I could not replace her and I know that she was critical to my successful VBAC.  Ladies and husbands - you need a doula, and you need Natalia.  Getting baby into the world can cause a million and one emotions, but with Natalia's knowledge and calm, encouraging demeanor, I know that it will be a beautiful experience no matter what happens.

Posted 5/21/2014

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Noumia Cloutier-Gill

My husband and I were initially hesitant to hire a doula for the birth of our first child, mostly because we value our privacy and our independence. For the same reasons, we had chosen a birth center instead of a hospital. Trying to keep an open mind, we went to an informational session about doulas. This was when we met Natalia. I knew she was going to be "the one" almost the minute I saw her. She exudes a calm, gentle - yet confident - kind of energy. In retrospect, we are so glad we decided to work with Natalia. Our birth went exactly how we wanted: it was completely natural, very calm and private. Natalia was a reassuring presence both at home during early labor and later at the birth center. At home, she timed my contractions and offered ways to cope with their increasing intensity. She even massaged my feet at one point, but she was able to give me my space when I needed it. At the birth center, she helped with transitioning between several positions. Since I had chosen a water birth, she helped me by pouring warm water over my belly and shoulders to keep me warm and relaxed. My husband had been taking photos through most of the labor, but when things got really emotional as I was pushing baby out, he "forgot" to be the photographer (rightfully so!). We were pleasantly surprised to find out later that Natalia had managed to capture those precious moments on her camera! For all these reasons and also because we just love Natalia, we would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a calm influence throughout the whole process of giving birth. Thank you, Natalia!

Posted 1/10/2014

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Jessie Polzin

My hsuband and I are both extremely thankful that we hired Natalia Hals as our doula. We look back at the interview process and the prenatal meetings as a worthy investment of time and money. Natalia perfectly suited our personalities and my need for a coach. During labor, she encouraged me and diffused my frustration when my labor kept staring/stopping. She guided me in decision-making at every stage and encouraged us that everything was "normal". After the labor, I needed lots of stitching, but my husband was busy attending to our daughter. Instead, Natalia held my hand and gave me quiet strength through the repair process. I am so thankful for her presence- physically and emotionally. A week after the birth, Natalia stopped by and served as a sounding board for any remaining concerns. She also gifted us with a written narrative of the birth for us to richly remember how our daughter wondrously came into this world. 

Posted 11/8/2013

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Y. Metzger

Natalia was an answer to prayer. I had already given birth six times prior to this pregnancy with three of those births being at home with my husband. But things were different during this pregnancy and we sensed that we needed to be at a hospital, or have a midwife at a minimum. We weren’t terribly excited about the hospital option because we have a pretty hands off approach to birth. So during the effort to find a like-minded midwife, a common friend told Natalia of our need and she kindly went out of her way to help us even though we had not yet become acquainted. And were we ever glad we did! The hospital ended up being just fine it was me who was the problem. Natalia’s knowledge ended up being invaluable. For a couple of weeks previous to the birth, I joked that my uterus seemed to have forgotten what it was supposed to do this time around. But as the nights of false and unproductive labor dragged on it wasn’t quite as funny anymore. I was exhausted and had little reserves of energy left when labor actually began. Several hours later, my contractions began to slow down and I just wanted to lay in bed and go to sleep. It was Natalia who recognized what was going on and encouraged me to get up; and to get me up she suggested that I go to the bathroom. I didn’t think I needed to and really didn’t want to, but I trusted her judgment. Upon moving around the contractions came back in earnest and I was holding my son in less than half an hour. Natalia is a life (and labor) saver! (She was right about the bathroom too, by the way.) Had she not been with us and nudged in her gentle, decisive way I would have had an unnecessarily prolonged labor. Thank you, Natalia! Natalia knew what was needed and when. A bath, a sip of water, an encouraging word- or a bathroom break! And when she was simply in the background watching and waiting for those needs, her presence was a source of peace. I will be forever grateful for her knowledge and kindness.

Posted 6/25/2013

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Amandia Gurley

I have 4 children. With my first 3, I never had a doula and didn't think I needed one. WAS I WRONG!! Talia was AMAZING!!! She made my LAST BIRTHING EXPERIENCE, my BEST BIRTHING EXPERIENCE! In a room full of people (my mom, mother-in-law, sister-in-law and my husband) she brought me peace and helped me focus. I hve never had such a smooth labor and delivery. We are FOREVER indebted to you Talia, you are a life saver!! We love you and you are forever part of our family!

Posted 6/3/2013

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Laurie Chivers

Laurie Chivers



I wanted to say THANK YOU! Your support and encouragement during my daughters recent labor and delivery was incredible and MORE than we could have asked for or imagined. Even though this was her 4th child, the labor was very difficult with lower back pain which made it difficult to walk or even sleep. Her labor started a few weeks before we went to the hospital and was not easy for her. I prayed for her everyday and asked God for some relief so she could at least get some sleep. That is when God sent you to us, I received encouragement from you over the phone and suggestions for her to try to help aliviate some of the discomfort in her back. You suggested she get on her hands and knees to help the baby adjust and get into the correct position for delivery which helped more than we can say. My daughter was finally able to get some much needed rest. Totally an answer to prayer for her and this "worrisome" mother of hers.
Once we were at the hospital with a room full of family, I could tell my daughter was in need of focus and calmness...but with all the excitement for the new daddy and family there was a lot of comotion. When you came in, you sat down next to my daughter and immediately I could see the calmness on her face, her breathing mellowed out and she remained focused during each contraction. This mom got a little emotional and you even comforted me. The delivery was quick and beautiful (2 1/2 pushes) and our new little prince Kairos (Kai) came into our lives. My daughter still talks about how wonderful it was having you there..."definitely an answer to prayer!" She said you brought such a calmness with you and she couldn't have done it as peacefully and wonderfully without you.

Thank you again so much, you provide such an amazing service. I pray for your continued success.

Ms Laurie Chivers

Posted 4/10/2013

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Stacy Brennecke

Towards the end of my pregnancy, our midwives started asking if were planning on having a doula attend our home birth. We were planning on my husband being my main supporter and we had our wonderful midwives, why would they think a doula would be necessary. And just what exactly was…a doula?? After hearing our midwives thoughts, we thought we should meet Natalia and just see if we’d be a fit and if she were someone we really wanted to include in this most special time of our lives! Well, that first meeting with Natalia won us over completely. She truly is an amazing person. And it is clear that being a doula is calling for her. The final weeks before I was due, Natalia came over to our home and spent hours with us – talking about our upcoming birth, any fear and joy we had and going over different labor positions. So much peace arose out of those visits. Looking back on my labor, I don’t even want to try to imagine it without Natalia’s support. Our precious daughter came after a couple sleepless nights. The first night I was going in and out of sleep as very mild contractions started. The next day was lovely and spent staying busy; my husband and I almost not believing that this was it! Our daughter was coming! Natalia came over at about 1AM when my contractions were more intense but I still wanted to chat in between. One of the biggest things I appreciated about Natalia was her sensitivity. It was as if she saw how I was flowing and jumped in at the exact same speed; with the greatest care and tenderness. When I was chatty, she laughed and joked with me (oh, her sense of humor is amazing – how much that helps!!! (Continued below)

Posted 3/18/2013

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Stacy Brennecke

As the night progressed, I started to get very tired and started to lie down in between contractions. She stopped chatting and all of a sudden there were tea light candles everywhere, she had built me a “nest” of blankets and pillows and soft music was playing. When I got up in between contractions to sway, she was right there applying the exact right pressure. When I wanted to be alone she didn’t follow me into another room. And when my husband woke up from his nap and became my main supporter, it was as if she wasn’t there anymore, quietly fading into the background. She helped my husband immensely. She gently reminded him to take nourishment to keep his strength up and she helped him immensely with assuring him with what my body was doing and how he was helping me. As transition came and I started to doubt my ability to birth my baby, Natalia was ever supportive… assuring, strong, gentle and confident in me and my body’s design. She didn’t even flinch when I bit her hand (hard I’m afraid!) during one of my last contractions! I don’t even know where she found our camera but she filmed that moment of awe when our baby entered the world. We treasure that video and those pictures she took. As we were bonding with our baby, without us asking her, she cooked up an incredible and nourishing meal with the ingredients she found in our cupboard. She really did work so incredibly hard all night long and into the next day; and with such a gentleness and sweet spirit about her. Two weeks later, she brought over some food and helped me process the incredible gift of that birth. I still tear up thinking about all that Natalia was for us during the tender, intense, beautiful process of birth. I am and will forever be so thankful that SHE was our doula!

Posted 3/17/2013

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Amy Iblings

My husband and I were not sure we “needed” a doula, as my husband thought that after reading Husband Coached Childbirth and attending a series of Bradley Method classes, we would be fine. I wasn’t so sure… the last thing I wanted was for us both to be caught up in the labor and delivery of our first child, and forget everything we had learned. I didn’t want to be frustrated with him if he forgot all the moves and information we had learned. So, when we found out that our birth center was working with a doula who could attend our birth as part of our care, we were very excited. I took it as an opportunity to convince my husband that a doula would really be nice to have! We met Natalia several weeks before my due date, and again at 38 weeks. She was so friendly, and a great listener. She understood that we wanted my main assistance to come from my husband, but that we would need her to guide us, help us know when to go to the birth center, and remember positions and relief measures. She consistently emailed me to check in as my due date came and went. (Continued below)

Posted 3/15/2013

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Amy Iblings

(Continued from above) At 42 weeks, they broke my water. I had a somewhat long and arduous labor, and Natalia was great at giving my husband breaks from rubbing my back, getting me water, etc. After pushing for four hours, I had to be transferred to a hospital because my midwives were concerned about the baby’s heart rate and the lack of progress. Natalia came with us to the hospital and was right there with us for the remainder of the labor (which was very short once we got to the hospital… who knew?!). It was especially comforting for us because we knew that Natalia was also a Christian, and there was a lot of praying going on in that labor room, especially toward the end! Natalia also took some amazing pictures right after the birth. I don’t even remember anyone taking pictures, but I am SO GLAD to have them! Natalia made sure I felt good about getting nursing started, and then gave us our space. She came to our home several days later to check in. It was great to see her and talk about the birth and everything that had happened since. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to have Natalia at our birth, and believe that she played a crucial role in the successful outcome!

Posted 3/14/2013

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Natalia was a wonderful support to us as a doula. She was generous with her time. During the two prenatal visits, she took time to hear our story and our desires for this birth. She had great resources on labor positions, nutrition and more. She interacted beautifully with our two year old during our meetings, seeing us as a family unit, not just as a task to check off her list. Her personality is very calm, gentle, and exudes peace. We were happy to find out she shared our faith, but she would work graciously with people of any faith background. During labor and delivery she was a quiet presence, providing support as needed. After the birth of our second child, she checked in by phone and email, besides the postpartum visit. I would recommend Natalia to be a part of your birth story!

Posted 3/13/2013

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