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Antonia Hernandez

Birthing Artist Doula Services

Website: https://www.birthingartist.com/

Phone: (253) 448-5125

Birth Fee: $900

Postpartum Rate: $15 to $25

Fee Details: As a trained labor companion, I seek to encourage an atmosphere of laughter, peace, and love for birthing people of all backgrounds as they move through their birth experience. During your pregnancy, we will meet 2-3 times to go over your intentions, address concerns, and practice likely methods of physical support. Each family is unique in what works for them, and I strive to be versatile in meeting your personal needs. . As you approach full term, I am available 24/7 for phone or text support, and will come to your home or place of birth when you feel ready. I provide continuous support throughout labor to both you and your family, and stay for 1-2 hours after delivery. Once you are settled, we will meet for a final postpartum visit (usually within the first two weeks). . Flexible payment plans are available upon request. I am also happy to work out trades/barters. Our first meet and greet is complimentary and coffee or tea is on me! Contact me today to schedule.

Birth Doula Experience: 2 years and 50 births attended

Postpartum Doula Experience: 2 years and 6 families served

Birth Doula Certifications

  • DONA International - Certified Birth Doula

Doula Training

  • DONA International, February 2017
Type of Practice: Solo practice

Clients per Month: 0 to 4 births and 0 to 1 postpartum families

Postpartum limits/restrictions: We all know it "takes a village." As a Perinatal Motherhelper, I offer support as a member of your village to be an extra pair of hands and a sympathetic ear. It is a different, more casual role than a traditional postpartum Doula that may extend well beyond the fourth trimester. Simply helpful support from myself as an experienced mother to your family.
Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
My early professional experience was earned as a volunteer Doula on staff at St. Joseph's Hospital. I am very comfortable in a hospital environment.
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
I took my DONA Birth Doula Training course at The Birthing Inn in Tacoma and have positive personal experience with Birth Center births.
Attends home births? Any Home Birth
My last two babies were born at home and I look forward to supporting other birthing people in the comfort of their own homes.

Other Relevant Certifications

  • Rebozo Training

College Education

  • BA/BS

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Adoption
  • Cesarean birth
  • Clients on bed rest
  • Domestic Violence
  • Expected stillbirth
  • High risk
  • Home Birth
  • Induced and high medical technology labor & birth
  • LGBTQP Families
  • Over 40
  • Plus size mothers
  • Postpartum mood disorders
  • Previous birth trauma and/or birth injury
  • Relinquishing mothers
  • Single parents
  • Spanish Speaking
  • Special needs babies
  • Surrogacy
  • Survivors of Previous Life Trauma
  • Survivors of childhood sexual abuse
  • Teens
  • Vaginal breech birth
  • VBAC
  • Waterbirth
  • Women and Families of Color

Special Services Offered

  • Abortion Support
  • Baby-led weaning
  • Babywearing education
  • Belly casting
  • Breastfeeding Consultant Services
  • Elimination communication education
  • Miscarriage Support (Before, During or After)
  • Mother blessing celebrations
  • Sibling support (for your older children at the birth)
  • Surrogates and intended parents

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

Volunteer Doula with CHI Franciscan at St. Josephs Medical Center in Tacoma, WA

Languages spoken: English, Trabajando a mi Español.

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Client Testimonials for Antonia Hernandez

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Broc and Julia

We hired Antonia for the birth of our first child, and we can't imagine having gone through it without her! She was incredibly supportive from the moment we first met her, always putting our wishes first and helping us to prepare, mentally and physically, for the labor process. On the big day, she came in the middle of the night to help mom through the labor process without a moment's hesitation. She even helped clean up our house while we attempted to get some much-needed rest! She stayed with us all the way through the successful birth, guiding us every step of the way. We highly recommend Antonia as a doula!

Posted 12/1/2019

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Ashli Ettles

I labored with my eyes closed. And while I couldn’t see Antonia, I could feel her.  If you ask me, that’s even better than seeing. I can say with certainty, I could not have made it through labor and delivery without her support! She had many tricks up her sleeve to help my little guy move down. She was attentive, empathetic, and knowledgeable. My husband was also grateful to have her there on his team and felt he knew his role, all because of her guidance. He was worried he would be lost and helpless but Antonia taught him comfort measures and was available to answer any questions he had. After delivery, I had to be transferred to the hospital and Antonia was right there, along for the ride. She stayed until we were settled in and made sure we were comfortable before she headed home. I highly recommend this beauty and know I will reach out to her for baby number two.

Posted 11/25/2019

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Sadie Marlowe

I had THE BEST experience with Antonia. This was my first pregnancy, I knew nothing and having her support meant the world. I didn't have a mom that taught me anything pregnancy or birth so I was honestly scared and feared birth, it's a big deal! I'm so glad we had you there. Antonia brings not only thendoula services but more of a down to earth friendship l, you know, where you feel safe, can ask anything and not feel stupid for asking lol and she will support you whenever you are at! I ended up being a scheduled c section, babygirl was breech but went into labor the night before. I called her and I kid you not, she was there in there in the ER waiting for us ?? 

Anotonias experience, knowledge, reputation and character speaks volumes and I HIGHLY recommend her. I'll be asking for her help next baby for sure!

Thank you!! We love you and I look forward to seeing you around town??

Posted 10/21/2019

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Jessica Booth

Our doula called is a week before our due date and let us know she would not be able to make it to our birth due to a family emergency. As a first timer, I would be lying if I said this didn't make me nervous. Fortunately for us, her backup doula was Antonia.

I met Antonia a few hours into my labor. That's right folks...the only communication up to this point had been via text. As soon as she arrived she made me (and my husband) feel at ease. I felt I had known her forever. She is calm, confident, and she knows her stuff. She immediately got to work helping me work through the contractions. She massaged me through each one and at one point sprayed hot water down my back for a solid 30 min (still on of the highlights...that water felt so good!). 

At the hospital, Antonia was even more invaluable. As things gained intensity, she was right beside me, helping me breathe and stick to my birth preferences. There were a few times when I didn't think I had another ounce of energy or couldn't push anymore and she was right there telling me I could. She knew exactly what I needed, when I needed it. She helped me labor and push in every position imaginable. I think she even taught the nurse new positions. When one thing wasn't working we would try another...and another. She was so dedicated, leaving my side for a few minutes at most.  All the while making certain my husband and I were at the forefront of the birth. 

I still say I don't know if I could've done it without her. I know it sounds dramatic, but I mean it. I know I had the birth of my dreams because she was there. I cannot imagine that day without her. If we have another, I will beg and plead that she be there for that one too. She honestly became a member of our family and it blows my mind that we had just met hours before. If you are on the fence about getting a doula...I cannot recommend THIS doula enough. 

Posted 7/23/2019

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Stephanie

I had been looking at Doula services and was still debating on if I wanted to use one. I happened to meet Antonia through a mutual friend. While we were talking about my IVF pregnancy journey and I mentioned I was looking for a Doula. She was extremely nice and I instantly liked her. I got her information and talked with my husband. We met with her and discussed things. She was again very friendly and I decided then I wanted to use her services. After further discussion with my husband, we contacted her. We met a few times and went over everything. She was very knowledgeable and made sure to address any concerns or questions I had. Antonia was a God send at my delivery. She was right at my side and helped me focus on exactly what I needed to do to get my daughter here. I am so happy we met and would happily recommend her. 

Posted 7/18/2019

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Marie

We met Antonia during our hypnobirthing class and got to know her over the course of a couple weeks. When we decided we wanted to hire a doula we knew immediately we wanted to hire her. Antonia is the perfect blend of personable, professional, knowledgable, and relatable. Antonia made us comfortable from our first meeting with her, she has an upbeat personality and is open-minded. She answered our questions and gave us useful information to not only help with the birth but also the remainder of my pregnancy. She was very easy to get ahold of and answered texts shortly after recieving them. Most importantly she truly listened to what we had in mind for our birth plan. 

I can't speak highly enough of Antonia during the birth of our daughter. When we were ready for her to come over to our house a few hours  after my water broke she headed our way within minutes. As a first time mom I was nervous about the birth process. Antonia not only made me feel safe and gave me the encouragement I needed to feel confident, she also was supportive to my husband, giving him tools on how to support me. She not only helped him feel included but made sure he knew he was a vital part of it all. Antonia stayed with us until a few hours after the birth helping out wherever she could.  We had a strong desire to have an unmedicated birth and her knowledge of birthing positions and pain relief techniques were invaluable. She provided a different perspective on how to cope with pain then those we had learned in the many classes we had taken. Since our daughter had trouble latching we ended up getting transferred to the hospital. Antonia made a special point to stop by and visit us there and then a few days after being home she came to our house to check-in as well. She is not only an amazing birthing professional but a genuine and caring person. I give her my highest recommendation, you will not regret hiring her. 

 

 

Posted 7/13/2019

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Katie C

Antonia was absolutely fantastic to work with!  I strongly recommend hiring her as a Post Partum mother’s helper if you’re looking for additional support in those early days of a new baby. My partner had very limited family leave and I was recovering from a c-section and having her help and assistance was vital in transitioning from surviving to thriving. She helped with literally everything: taking the baby so I could sleep or shower, feedings, diaper changes, laundry, dishes, taking out the trash, dressing my wound, helping entertain big sister, taking out the dogs, etc. She’s so warm and compassionate that everyone in the family felt so at ease having her around at such an important time. Her maternal vibe made us all feel so cared for and I think anyone would be lucky to have her around before, during, or after baby!

Posted 4/13/2019

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Esther Infante

Antonia was amazing. We are so grateful she was able to be with us through this experience. She was so respectful and supportiv of all of the decisions. We were able to meet with her and build a rapport before the birth of our daughter. We were comfortable with her. we are so happy we got a doula and we are sure that this was one of main reason why everything went so smoothly. I recommend Antonia 100% and hopefu we will be able to hire her for the birth of our next one

Posted 12/1/2018

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Ai Sasaki

My husband and I highly recommend Antonia.  When we first met her, we felt an instant connection with her and knew immediately that she would be our doula for our son's birth.  What we noticed first and foremost about her was her passion for her doula work and and her drive to learn more about it. 

Antonia was a supportive presence throughout our pregnancy, labor and delivery.  Antonia is highly dependable and organized; we could always rely on her to respond to our texts and phone calls.  We labored for approximately 36 hours, and her presence provided us with a sense of peace and strength.  She also gave me a great deal of emotional support post-partum.  

Antonia's presence in our birth story was invaluable and we would recommend her to anyone seeking a doula.

 

Posted 8/11/2018

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Stefanie Weaver

Toni is a very passionate and loving person. She helped me tond during my postpartum period while my husband was gone. She watched my three kids while I was able to shower, clean or just relax for a while. I never wanted her to leave. My kids love her. They always get excited when Mrs Toni comes to watch them. She is on time, replies messages as soon as she can and communication is super easy with her. It's like having you bestie over. 

Posted 5/28/2018

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Courtney Schuller

Toni is AMAZING. She helped in so many unexpected ways and even my son looked forward to seeing her every time she came over. I planned on a doula and ended up making a wonderful new friendship. I love how personable she is, so much fun and more helpful than I could have ever imagined, forever grateful for her! 

Posted 5/28/2018

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