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Althea Hrdlichka

Tender Gifts Doula & Mother's Life Tea

Website: www.tendergiftsdoula.com

Phone: (928) 925-0885

Birth Fee: $975 to $1200

Postpartum Rate: $25 to $45

Fee Details: I feel it is best to discuss pricing in person and work with each individual families needs.

Birth Doula Experience: 7 years and 160 births attended

Postpartum Doula Experience: 7 years and 160 families served

Doula Training

Not Specified

Type of Practice: Partnership with 1 other doula

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

Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
I feel that a doulas services are especially benificial in a hospital setting since it is so easy for gals and their families to just become another "patient" to the staff and Dr.'s, in addition to being taken advantage of. I am currently a student midwife a monitrice (between a doula/midwife)am loving every minute of my training. and studying.
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
I am currently a student midwife and am loving every minute of my training and studying which includes working in birth centers. It is a good mix of a hospital/homeibrth. I enjoy seeing my clients as comfortable as possible in the environment they choose to birth in.
Attends home births? Any Home Birth
Homebirths are special in their own way. My role as a doula is expanded to even more of a caretaker in the home. I am currently in training to become a homebirth midwife, so clearly, I thoroughly enjoy attending homebirths.

Breastfeeding Certifications

  • I have 4 babies I have nursed each one of them. I have a passion to help women with any nursing issues that may come about. I have also designed a tea specifically for increasing milk supply that works wonders!

Other Relevant Certifications

  • Neonatal Resuscitation Certified (American Academy of Pediatrics)
  • I am a certified birth and postpartum doula, birth and postpartum doula trainer, homebirth student midwife, student at National Midwifery Institue .

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Adoption
  • Cesarean birth
  • Clients on bed rest
  • High risk
  • Home Birth
  • Induced and high medical technology labor & birth
  • Multiples
  • Over 40
  • Postpartum mood disorders
  • Prematurity
  • Single parents
  • Special needs babies
  • Survivors of Previous Life Trauma
  • Survivors of childhood sexual abuse
  • Teens
  • Twins
  • VBAC
  • Waterbirth

Special Services Offered

  • Acupressure and/or acupuncture in labor
  • Antepartum doula
  • Baby-led weaning
  • Babywearing education
  • Belly casting
  • Birth Pool rental
  • Cloth diapering education
  • Military famiies
  • Miscarriage Support (Before, During or After)
  • Monitrice services
  • Parenting consulting
  • Pregnancy, birth and/or newborn photography
  • Sibling support (for your older children at the birth)

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

Working with teen mothers, helping with homeless families with babies/children. In addition, I am currently a student midwife who works with a local midwife to provided free well women check ups for those who cannot afford it. I am also a monitrice (between a doula/midwife). I really feel this is the path I am suppose to be on.

Languages spoken: English, some Greek

Service Area Map

Area of practice: Fort Collins, CO
Travel Range: 50 Miles
Travel comments/restrictions: If you feel comfortable with me, I will come to you!

Client Testimonials for Althea Hrdlichka

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Courtney Lee Ricci

My husband and I don't have family nearby and decided to go with a doula for our first pregnancy and birth. Through some recommendations, we met and really liked Althea-- she is very knowledgeable, asks the right questions and has a very calming presence. My water broke before I went into labor, which created a lot of pressure once I got to the hospital to get induced. I wanted to give birth naturally, so this was very stressful for me to be told that I "needed" to get induced or get fluids as soon as I arrived at the hospital, and having Althea there to advocate for me was really great. It took a lot of the pressure off of me having to negotiate with nurses and doctors at the hospital. Althea made sure that I was able to stick to my birth plan and that I was comfortable with everything that was happening.

During the labor, Althea was wonderful to have there for support. She talked us through what was happening and why, coached me to change positions or try certain techniques when I needed it, helped to keep us both calm and relaxed and held my hand or massaged my back during contractions. When it was time to push, she let me try once and then calmly gave me a tip on how to be more effective, then did it one more time after my second push. By the third push I had it down and my little guy was out in no time.

It was really great just to have an extra set of hands and someone who knew the process so well. I think my husband and I would have been kind of overwhelmed with everything had Althea not been there. We were very thankful to have her there for us.

Posted 10/16/2013

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Holly Batchelor

My husband and I had made the decision to utilize a Doula early on in my pregnancy. I started doing research on local Doula services when we met Althea’s son at Lowe’s. He noticed I was pregnant and asked if I had considered using a Doula, if I knew what one was, and handed me his Mom’s card. Althea’s name had been on several of the lists I had seen and figured this was a sign we should meet her. Althea met with us to discuss our needs and perspectives and honored our preferences in care. She met with us a couple of times prior to our son’s delivery day to review and explore our birth preferences and develop a birth plan. Having a doula’s services was so helpful for us during the delivery process. My husband was so nervous he hardly knew what to do with himself, and Althea there to help us with keeping him focused, changing positions for me, and trying different positions and techniques, and interacted with hospital staff, which was a great service. Althea checked in with us after our hospital discharge and we also had a couple of follow-up phonecalls from her to ensure we were comfortable with our new roles as parents. I would recommend a Doula, and specifically Althea, to any Mom!

Posted 5/19/2011

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Breanne Johnson

My husband & I were so glad we had Althea as a doula for my pregnancy & delivery. She showed genuine concern & caring for the ongoing changes that pregnancy brought us. I had no idea just how much of an additional support she would be for my pregnancy in addition to the delivery (and we didn't even decide on her until 5-6 weeks to my due date). And when it came time for delivery, she had a calming influence on us and enabled me to feel more strength in delivering my baby naturally. Althea also seemed to have so many helpful resources and connections to help answer any questions or challenges we faced, which gave me more confidence for my pregnancy & delivery. I would recommend Althea to anyone & would be surprised by anyone who wouldn't feel comfortable & grateful with her as their doula.

Posted 5/10/2011

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Lindsey Kendall

My husband and I were planning a home-birth, but when our precious daughter decided to make her entrance into this world 4 weeks early, our delivery location changed to the hospital.  Althea was there with me throughout my labor.  She encouraged me.  She coached me.  She controlled my fiesty brother.  :-)  She helped set a calm tone in my delivery room.  She massaged my back through my nasty back-labor...talk about heavenly!   When I was "pushing", she leaned over and whispered in my ear how I could push more effectively.  That was exactly what I needed.   My family had never heard of doulas before and they still talk about how amazing Althea was and how everyone needs to have a doula.  Althea is a God-send.  I can't imagine having another baby without Althea by my side.  She is an absolutely amazing doula, has a delightful personality, and anyone would be blessed to have her at their side.

Posted 5/9/2011

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