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Kelsey El Fassy Fihry, CD (PALS)

Redmond, WA Service range 20 miles No ferries, please

Birth Fee

$1200

Birth Fee

$1200


Birth Doula Certifications

  • Pacific Association for Labor Support (PALS) - Certified Doula

Birth Doula Experience

3 years


Doula Training

  • DONA International, January 2017

Type of practice: Solo practice

Clients per month: 1 to 2

Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
I attend births at all hospitals within my service area. In my work as a Swedish Doula I attend births at Swedish Issaquah, Swedish First Hill, Swedish Ballard and Swedish Edmonds.

Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers

Attends home births? Some Home Births
I support families delivering at home with a midwife.


College Education

AA/AS

BA/BS


Special Services Offered

  • Acupressure
  • Aromatherapy
  • Baby sign language education
  • Baby-led weaning
  • Babywearing education
  • Cloth diapering education
  • Pregnancy, birth and/or newborn photography
  • Reduced rates for women considering adoption

Fee Details

Congratulations on your pregnancy! As your birth doula, my services include: a complimentary meet and greet conversation; 1-2 prenatal meetings; continuous emotional and physical support during your labor and your baby's birth; 1-2 postpartum visits; unlimited phone and email support; and birth photography.

Redmond, WA Service range 20 miles No ferries, please

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Client Testimonials for Kelsey El Fassy Fihry, CD (PALS)

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Shaleen

10/7/2019

My husband and I had a great experience working with Kelsey. I chose her because of her warm calm demeanor, and it also meant a lot to me that she is also a mom and could relate to this whole experience. We were in constant contact from my due date up until the day I went into labor (10 days past due date). Kelsey helped us think through some challenging situations prior to and during labor. I knew I wanted an epidural at some point during my labor and without judgement Kelsey supported my wishes.  Kelsey worked together with my husband to make sure I was comfortable up until I requested the epidural.  Even after the epidural she made sure my husband and I were getting plenty of rest and eating (for him)/drinking plenty of fluids.  She also took the most amazing pictures – which I also highly recommend doing as those moments are often a blur.  We enjoy looking at them all the time!  Thank you Kelsey for being a part of our birth team!

Molly

9/22/2019

Kelsey was wonderful! We knew pretty much from the moment we met Kelsey that her warm and compassionate personality would be a perfect fit. My husband and I really wanted a doula that played a role for both of us, and Kelsey seemed to understand that from the start. During our pre-natal visits Kelsey was incredibly thoughtful and gave us the information we needed to feel confident going into the birth. When the day finally came, we ended up having a very quick labor, and even though we had pictured laboring at home, we ended up calling Kelsey when we were on our way to the hospital. I truly believe that Kelsey talking me through my contractions on the way to the hospital and the advice she gave me was a huge part of how I was able to progress quickly and have an un-medicated birth. Once she arrived at the hospital, there was a huge sense of calm that entered the room. My husband and her worked together to provide some relief for me, and it was just what I needed. Kelsey also did an AMAZING job of coaching my husband and allowing him to take the lead role that he wanted while helping support his needs. She also took the most beautiful pictures of the whole experience that we will cherish forever. In short, we cannot receommend Kelsey enough, and we are so thankful she was there for us throughout the preganancy and birth.

Natalie Thomas

5/20/2019

My husband and I had the BEST experience working with Kelsey as our doula. She was organized, knowledgable, a wonderful communicator and overall the most grounded and calming person to have on our birth team. We couldn't imagine not having Kelsey guide us through the childbirth process and be there on that special day when our son was born. She was so supportive every step of the way! Another PLUS about Kelsey was having her take our birth photos, so we could truly enjoy the moment of meeting our son for the first time. Our birth photos were tasteful and beautiful, and I look at them all the time :-) We highly recommend Kelsey and would hire her over and over as our doula! With Love & Gratitude, Natalie & Brian 

Cassie F.

5/6/2019

My husband and I were so thankful to have Kelsey as our doula for the birth of our daughter! She provided numerous evidence-based resources before and after the birth, which was really helpful. I ended up being diagnosed with ICP and unexpectedly induced at 37w4d. Kelsey was invaluable in talking me through this and how labor may progress. She came to the hospital when I first got admitted, we were in constant contact with her through the next morning as things slowly progressed, and we called her back in when my labor started to get unmanageable. Her calming manner was exactly what I needed, and she had many ideas for coping techniques. Kelsey was also a tremendous support for my husband during labor. The pictures she took were a really nice bonus! We highly recommend Kelsey!

Christa Brandsen

3/19/2019

A couple months before the birth of our child, my husband and I (first-time parents) decided to explore doulas. Going into the experience we weren't certain whether we "needed" a doula, however after our interview with Kelsey, we immediately realized we couldn't say no! Kelsey possesses a strong combination of competence and relationship skills (smart & heart). The prenatal meetings beforehand kicked off conversations and activites that had us feeling well prepared for what was to come. Then she was the one who encouraged me throughout hours of contractions and pushing, and coached my husband on how to support me. I remember it was because of a question she asked me, that I felt reminded and empowered to advocate for myself which led to me keeping a low level of Pitocin (rather than increasing the level) as things continued to progress without additional medication. Later when we needed to decide on a method of delivery assistance, she reminded us of questions we could ask to evaluate our options (we decided on and had forceps used). In the end we delivered a sweet baby girl. I treasure a picture I have of Kelsey holding our baby along with the many pictures she gracefully captured throughout.  

 

Rachel Zell

12/9/2018

Kelsey was our birth doula as we welcomed our second baby into our family.   We moved to Seattle, WA after the birth of our first but had such a positive experience with our doula with our first daughter I knew we wanted to find an equally supportive, nurturing, positive, practical, and knowledgeable doula to support us this second time around.   For both births, it was my strong desire to labor at home as long as possible and to give birth without intervention or medication of any sort as long as there was no medical need.   Kelsey supported these goals as if they were her own.  

Kelsey was warm from our first meeting and it was clear she wanted to get to know me, my goals, my husband and was delighted to hear about our toddler (asleep when we met).   I  felt comfortable sharing with her about the tragic circumstances of my first pregnancy coinciding with my Mother passing away from ovarian cancer and she was so supportive of how that might impact me emotionally.    

 Being able to stay home for the majority of labor helped me to progress in a place I felt safe and comfortable and I doubt I would have had as “enjoyable” and smooth of a labor in a hospital.  Without your presence, guidance, and knowledge Jeremy and I wouldn't have felt comfortable laboring at home as long.   You in no way took away his role as husband, partner or father to be - rather you enabled him to be the best version of himself and you were able to help me have all of my needs met.   

She helped me to kick start labor when it seemed to pause and was intuitive enough to know that it was throwing me.  She captured wonderful pictures including the emotions and birth moment!! 

Thanks in part to your help my second BIRTH experience was truly two of the BEST days of my life!  

Darla Demler

12/5/2018

Giving birth is a Monumental event (to include prenatal and postnatal care) that occurs in a woman's life. Having the right doula(s) can be the difference between having great and memorable experiences (that result in a sense of joy and gratitude) or experiences that could result in regrets.
I am more than happy to provide a review for Kelsey because this gal has gone above and beyond in all aspects of care she provided.
She was genuine and generous, kind and caring, knowledgeable and professional. Overall, she was an absolute pleasure to work with. Pure awesomeness!
I recommend her with the highest regard.

Kimberly Nafziger

10/9/2018

We had a wonderful experience working with Kelsey as our doula. Initially, we were attracted to her calm, approachable, and happy demeanor - all qualities that we wanted represented at the birth of our little girl. Both my husband, Jon and I felt comfortable talking with Kelsey, and she continually made it very clear that she had our best interests in mind. We both asked her many questions, which she always could answer herself or point us to appropriate resources. 

At first, we were not sure if we "needed" a doula present at the birth, but we are so glad we had Kelsey present. She was a great coach to me during labor, which was particularly valuable since our midwives were running in and out of our room delivering another baby immediately before and after I delivered. We trusted Kelsey to help us navigate labor even when the midwives had to step away. Kelsey also advocated for us when we needed to make decisions at the hospital, encouraging us to ask the right questions and consider the benefits/risks of our decisions. I appreciated her non-judgemental support - it was clear that she was there for us no matter what decisions we made.

We both agree that one of the best values Kelsey provided was support for Jon, helping him with what to say to me, how to touch me, and reassuring him throughout the process. Jon was my rock through the entire experience, and Kelsey helped position him for success - this made the experience so memorable for me and Jon. 

 

I truly would not change anything about my labor and birth experience. It was one of the happiest days of our lives. We are very thankful Kelsey was such a key part of our team.

Cynthia Coulthard

10/4/2018

We decided a doula would be a good idea as neither my partner nor I have family in the area. After interviewing two other doulas we met Kelsey. Even after being absolutely convinced we were going to work with the first doula we met Kelsey blew us away with her compasison, knowledge, and evidence based approach to birthing. There really was no comparison. Kelsey worked with us through learning what to expect with delivery, helped us develop our birth plan, and answered every question with compassionate understanding and accessable information.

My birth was a hard one. Our plan went out the window when my water broke after a long day and week of work. Kelsey joined us at the hospital for a check-up that evening and was supportive of my desire to go home to try managing early labor at home. When that proved overwhelming the next morning Kelsey joined us at the hospital. After having been awake for over 24 hours, Kelsey is the only reason I was able to try ANY of the pain management and coping techniques we had previously talked about and practiced. Her encouragement was a light at the end of a seemingly unending tunnel of struggle.

That day, for nearly 16 hours, Kelsey was a rock on which both my husband and I could lean for information, encouragement, understanding, and support. Kelsey was calm and present, walking us through all the interventions we ended up needing, and encouraging and supporting our decisions regarding those interventions. The whole experience was about what was best for us and our baby. 

Follow-up with Kelsey has been just as rewarding as our prenatal and birthing work. Kelsey has encouraged us to keep her updated, has connected us with resources as needed, and has generally been an encouraging and supportive help for us as we embark on this journey of caring for a newborn. We see her as more than our doula, we see her as an incredibly knowledgeable friend. 

Nora Freedman

8/2/2018

Kelsey was a key part of our birth experience for our first child, Oscar, who was born on July 12.  She was onsite at the hospital as soon as I was admitted to the labor and delivery triage at Swedish First Hill. From that point until my son appeared, she was "on" and worked in lock-step with my husband and the Swedish nursing staff.  Because I was given an epidural as soon as I was admitted (due to high BP), Kelsey was extremely knowledgeable in terms of allowing me to shift into different positions while I was in bed, since I couldn't walk around to pass the time because of being a fall risk. Without her suggestions, I probably would have just laid there in bed. She was also a big advocate with the nursing staff to find and use tools/props in the hospital to improve my comfort (like finding the inflatable peanut).  As I progressed through labor, she had a bunch of items in her doula bag of goodies to help reduce stress (like essential oils), improve comfort (having gummy bears to eat, as one of the few approved "foods" to eat while on the epidural) and reduce pain (hands on massage techniques). Kelsey was extremely attentive and helpful in anticipating some of the things that I would need/couldn't verbalize in order to assist with my labor. My husband and I also noticed how well Kelsey worked with the Swedish nursing staff. We think that because of her Swedish badge (as a part of the Swedish doula program), she had instant credibility with the staff and they could incorporate her into the overall birthing staff. She worked seamlessly with the medical team (nurses, anesthesia, the delivering doc). Prior to birth, we were open to the concept of having a doula (based on many peoples recommendations) but weren't totally convinced about how much help/assistance they could provide.  After working with Kelsey, we can't imagine having gone through this process without her and are 1000% convinced in the aid that she provided.

Vanessa Mejia

7/19/2018

Where to start, the first time I met Kelsey I knew that we had a connection, she listened to what my fears and expectation were with this uncoming birth. My last experience was scary and tramatic and I wanted a different experience this time around and I felt she was the one to help me. It wasnt about the experience she had or how long she has been a doula, but because of her compassion and understanding- is what drew me to having her by my side during my birth of baby #2. During my pregnancy she was sure to stay in contact with me and as I got closer to my due date- any time I had a question she would be quick to answer if she knew or give me a ton of contacts to reach out to in order to get the help I needed. Once my labor day came-- I was nervous but excited becuase I KNEW i would have the labor I desired. Kelsey had been motivating and uplifitng me the whole pregnancy. She was there with me as soon as I got into the hospital. She sat with me in triage as my contactions got stronger before we could get into a room. SHe helped my husband and guided him with how to comfort me during my contractions. Once we were in our room and I was in active labor she was sure to be there the whole time...the whole 14hrs. I did not know ho she did it--not getting too hungry or needing to step away. She was with me the WHOLE time during my labor and delivery. I will never forget how she helped me remain calm and remember my breathing, helped remind me to try other positions, did everything and anything to help me feel comfortable in my most vulnerable time of life. My husband has expressed how blessed we were to have found her and how he felt so connected to me and my birthing experience because of Kelsey- she really did show him how he can and was a help during the birth! I will NEVER EVER forget her- every time I look at my daughter and remember how Kelsey helped me get through the hardest day of my life..I truly feel, I wouldnt have been able to do it without her!! 

Oksana Davydenko

7/16/2018

My birth experience, I will never forget. Kelsey was Amazing in every way!! From Our first prenatal meeting to the very end when I was breast feeding my new born baby, she was consistent, caring, available and supportive (emotionally and physically). She is knowledge but always supported my decisions! Kelsey had a soft gentle voice that helped me feel relaxed. She guided me so gently through every single contraction by showing me how to breathe and demonstrated it as I was in pain. Her touch put me at ease as she massaged my feet, shoulders or back. She was so dedicated to helping me to the very end without taking a rest. My labor lasted for 24 hours and she was next to me the entire time. Now that’s dedication! Both my husband and I could not be happier with our decision to hire Kelsey as our doula. She is an incredible person! And without her support and guidance, I’m not sure how I would have handled my birth experience. Thank you Kelsey!

Chloe Curry

6/1/2018

Our experience with Kelsey was more than we could have ever hoped. Kelsey offered extensive knowledge to help us through the birthing process and was very attentive to our every need. She made us feel so comfortable with the whole experience and truly exceeded any and all expectations that we had. 

Birth Availability for Kelsey El Fassy Fihry, CD (PALS)

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