Birth Fee: $550 to $800
Fee Details: 1-2 prenatal visit on-call 37-42wks in-person support throughout active labor and birth 1 postpartum visit
Birth Doula Experience: 1 years and 30 births attended
Not SpecifiedType of Practice: Solo practice
Clients per Month: 2 to 3Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Languages spoken: English
Service Area MapArea of practice: Alexandria, VA
It is hard to express how wonderful Emily was as our doula! She was incredibly supportive, knowledgeable, kind, and thoughtful. Before our due date, Emily gave us lots of helpful advice on how to prepare for labor, suggested birth classes when we struggled to find one that worked with our restrictive schedules, and was great about periodically checking in as our due date approached to see how we were doing. During labor, Emily took care of all the big and small details of the day so that my husband and I wouldn’t have to worry about them and be as relaxed as possible. In fact, there were so many things that Emily did that we didn’t even realize what a huge difference they made until afterwards! For example, she knew how to position the hospital bed and all the support devices to make me as comfortable as possible - I would have had no idea to try some of the birthing positions that ended up being exactly what I needed. I am sure that Emily was a big part of why I was able to have a drug-free birth (although she was supportive of me getting an epidural if that’s what I had wanted to do). She also did things like setting up warm LED lights all over the room instead of using the harsh hospital lights, helping with massage to alleviate pain, and bringing us breakfast after our son was born. These are such small details, but made such a big difference! Since the birth, Emily has kept in touch, making sure that things are going well and providing resources for things we’ve struggled with. We feel so lucky that we had Emily as our doula and that we now consider her a friend!
I highly recommend Emily! She was a crucial part of the incredible birth team that helped me have a successful VBAC. She’s caring, practical, down to earth, and responsive which is exactly what we wanted and needed. She was a wealth of helpful advice while I was pregnant, during our prenatal visit and especially when I was in labor and immediately after delivery. She coached my husband on the best ways to support me during labor and helped get my baby latched quickly to get us started on a great breastfeeding relationship - two things that were super important to us. Emily went above and beyond what we would have ever expected of a doula, including driving us to the hospital, taking incredible pictures for us immediately after the birth, and going out to pick up food for my husband who hadn’t eaten in over 12 hours.
I wish I’d known to hire a doula with my first baby. I’m so glad we did for the second, and that it was Emily!
We are so thankful that we got to work with Emily! She is professional, personable, she is a mom herself which I love, and she was the perfect fit for us and our situation. Emily made the most of her time with us, even though I decided to hire a doula just a couple weeks before my due date. With my first baby, the most challenging part about my labor was the physical experience of labor itself. However, with my second, the biggest challenge of my labor was mentally getting through the five days I went past my due date and managing the possibility of an induction. I had one scheduled for day 6, and wanted to avoid it if I could. Emily offered a reassuring, supportive presence as I took steps to induce labor naturally. She worked with me to make sure the baby was positioned well, gave me practial steps to take, and checked in on me with encouraging text messages. Her support helped me to mentally get to the place where I felt empowered to take responsibility / ownership of my own childbirth experience, regardless of the scheduled induction. By the evening of day 5, I knew my baby would arrive soon, and I got to the hospital with just an hour to spare! Emily was there with excellent support through that hour and immediately after the birth. I am beyond thankful for her - even though my labor was short, her input and presence were critical for my own preparation in the last weeks leading up to birth, and I can't recommend her more highly!
Emily is AMAZING. She is a great listener, encouraging, empathetic, and very knowledgable. She quickly became my biggest source of support leading up to my birth, during labor, and post-partum. (In fact, I was working with a different doula, but after meeting her for a few minutes, i knew that I wanted to work with her- so glad I made the switch).
She was readily available anytime I needed to talk during the days leading up to the birth. While I was laboring at home, she was on the phone guiding me through the pain and giving me a lot of encouragement. Somehow she quickly became the closest person to me during my whole birth experience.
As labor slowed down in the hospital, and the doctor was pushing interventions, she was my advocate without judging any of my decisions. She walked me through all of my options, held my hand, and did not leave my side/the room the entire day. Her ability to make you feel like you are the only thing that matters is truly special and genuine.
It's been five weeks since I had my baby girl and she is still available by phone or text for emotional and practical support. Emily is a truly special person and talented doula!
We initially weren’t even sure if we wanted a doula, but I am very glad we hired Emily Workman. As a first time mom, it was very helpful pre-delivery to have someone to go to with questions who is not only knowledgeable as a doula, but also a mom herself. Emily was always very responsive. She provided us with a lot of helpful information to prepare at our prenatal visit. When I delivered my son, Emily was a consistent source of support and reassurance. Her experience made me feel comfortable whenever options were proposed. She also helped make my delivery easier through little things like putting counter pressure on my back and pulling my hair back with a hair tie. She stayed after the delivery to help with breast feeding. At the postpartum visit she provided helpful information on breastfeeding and pumping. She’s stayed available after the delivery for questions which is great and even provided suggestions for meeting other first time moms! I would highly recommend Emily Workman as a doula.
Emily was an amazing addition to our birth team and we would not have had as positive of an experience without her. She was a constant source of support and encouragement during 51+ hours of labor, 3 hours of pushing, and then a c-section. In leading up to my labor, Emily was a reassuring voice for me and my husband to discuss worries and fears. She provided reassurance and information that helped us feel prepared and comfortable with what we would be going through. A week before my due date, there were concerns and an induction was scheduled. As this changed the birth plan I was hoping for, Emily was there to help us reframe our expectations and be prepared for the decisions ahead. She was there every step of the way checking in on us and really helped be that calming voice in all the change. During the 51+ hours of labor, Emily was a tremendous help; constantly helping me try new positions, encouraging me to keep going, and providing support to me and my husband. We highly recommend Emily to be a part of the birth team.
Husband’s note: When my wife and I decided to hire a doula for the birth of our first child, we searched through a laundry list of doula’s in our area, but Emily immediately jumped to the top of our short list as she also had to pursue IVF. We contacted a few doulas including Emily and set a meeting. She and my wife immediately fell into pleasant conversation like old friends. Emily’s presence was warm and certain. Leading up to the birth she helped us develop our birth plan, however the OB said an induction was needed. This was a major change as we had wanted to labor at home; Emily helped us focus on what was important to us moving forward. The 51 hours my wife was in labor were incredibly trying. Having Emily by our side to help change positions, provide encouragement, and just be an island of support and calm during the process was a god-send. She never faltered and helped guide us through the exhaustive birth.
Emily is wonderful! We started considering a doula around 37 weeks when the possibility of a VBAC was becoming real. We hadn’t attended any birth classes in over two years and liked the idea of a knowledgeable coach by our sides. Emily is the only doula we contacted because we felt so comfortable with her right away. She accommodated our schedule with a 9pm meeting and made a special trip over to inflate our stability ball.
After we passed 41 weeks and scheduled a c-section, I was disappointed, but Emily stuck with us and met us at the hospital. After hyperventilating through my first c-section, I was hopeful Emily’s distraction techniques could make a difference. Even though she couldn’t escort us into the OR, her pep talk made all the difference! I was able to make it through the birth without panicking and therefore didn’t need any relaxation drugs which means I remember everything and was so happy and excited to meet my son, unlike the haze of meeting my first child.
Emily waited patiently for us to return and made sure we were settled in and my husband had a sandwich.
Emily’s thoughtfulness is evident throughout her exchanges and she even rescheduled our follow up after I slept through the first one.
Thank you for everything!
FANTASTIC. My pregnant friends are sick of me going on about how they should hire Emily. She is truly extraordinary. As background, I hired Emily at the last minute - about 2 weeks before I actually went into labor. I was hesitant to use a doula in general. I did not think I was a "doula person" and did not want some pushing their agenda onto my birth, but on a recommendation from a birth class, decided to chat with her and give it a shot. I am SO GLAD I did. I cannot imagine what my birth would have been like without her. First, she knows her stuff and gives excellent advice - she coached me through 22 hours of labor on a busy night in the hospital when a visit from the hospital staff was a somewhat rare occurrence. But, what makes her truly exceptional, is her warm, calm, positive, and down-to-earth personality. With a healthy dose of humor, she guided me through the birth and key decisions before and after birth like a good, but knowledgable, friend. She is truly there to help you make decisions and not there to judge or impose her opinions about pregnancy, birth, or parenting a newborn. I would also be remiss if I did not include what a huge help she was to my husband - texting before she arrived, assuring him discreetly that I was fine when he was worried, and giving him breaks to eat/assure the rest of my family I was fine. THE BEST.
Emily was my doula for the birth of my second daughter in April 2018. I absolutely adore Emily and now count her as a friend. She was available at the last minute when I went into labor 15 days early and my labor was erratic so I wasn't sure if it was real (spoiler: it was very real). She was amazing emotional support via text as I was laboring and taking care of my toddler, and later when I had a moment of self doubt and confidence breakdown about going thru another unmedicated vaginal delivery. She reassured me that I was strong and gave me suggestions of self care practices to do right then to help me manage the pain and emotions. Even though I too am a trained doula, in the moment I wasn't thinking clearly with all the emotions, pain, and chaos around me, so it was so great to have her supporting me and offering ideas up. It helped a ton, and then when she arrived it helped immensely to have her apply counter pressure and use other physical comfort measures. I especially loved the head massage and aromatherapy while the nurses made me wait for the doctor before pushing. Emily helped me advocate for myself as well after birth. I kept complaining to the nurses about the pulse oximeter on my finger and Emily asked if I would like it on my toe if that was an option. Why didn't any of the nurses think of that themselves?? I was so grateful that Emily is so educated about birth and hospitals and offered an alternative. It seems like a small thing but it helped my comfort immensely. Emily stayed for awhile after birth and assisted with baby's first latch and just to generally make sure I was comfortable. Her postpartum visit was lovely. I enjoy her company and even postpartum she's helped give me suggestions via text about newborn care that I had forgotten or didn't think of because I'm new to managing 2 kids at once. My husband says she was amazing at helping where she could but not getting in the way of family. Highly recommend Emily all around!
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