Hummingbirth Doula Services, LLC
Bellingham, WA Service range 20 miles
$500 to $800
$500 to $800
2 years and 16 births attended
Type of practice: Solo practice
Clients per month: 0 to 2
Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Attends home births? Some Home Births
Volunteer at Whatcom County Pregnancy Clinic, Bellingham, WA
My heart as a doula is to bring informational, emotional, and physical support to each woman and her birth team through her prenatal preparation, labor, birth and early postpartum. I look forward to getting to know my clients and understanding their needs, desires, birth plan/vision and want to work to help make the birth experience a positive and protected space. My fee includes two prenatal visits designed to build a relationship with you and your birth partner and to discuss your birth plan/vision, including desired comfort & pain relief measures for labor and birth. I offer 24/7 availability from 38 weeks on and attendance at birth from start to finish. I have experience with virtual birth support if hospital restrictions around Covid-19 prevent me from attending as an additional support person. I offer postpartum follow-up with two visits checking in to see how sleep, feeding, and adjustments are going once home.
Bellingham, WA Service range 20 miles
I write to offer a review and also express my gratitude for Sheri Joy.
Sheri provided perinatal support for my husband and me surrounding the birth of both of our daughters. Our first was born in August 2018; the second was born in March 2021. Our second birth was during COVID 19, and despite the need for communication to take place electronically, Sheri maintained a warm and comfortable environment. Unlike most professional communication on Zoom, Sheri managed to make things feel easy and casual, and she clearly expressed how the experience would be different in light of COVID protocols.
When it became clear that the hospital would not permit more than one support person, Sheri explained how she would adapt to electronic support. She explained creative ways she had participated in other births and discussed what we would want to do differently from our first birth experiences in light of the huge changes that were forced upon us by COVID.
In the end, my labor was so incredibly fast, I could not contact Sheri for video support before delivery. Even under those circumstances, she offered unbelievable service. Sheri shared her notes from our prenatal and post-partum visits, and she helped me ask the right questions to generate a timeline of my birth. I now have a beautifully written birth story for my baby book, and I wouldn't have known how to put it all together without Sheri's help.
I highly recommend Sheri Joy.
Choosing Sheri as our doula was one of the best decisions we made. She is calm and generous and extremely knowledgeable. She's also easy to talk to, which is important because talking about what you're afraid of can be scary and hard. Because we hired her while Covid numbers were still going up, our pre-birth meetings were all done virtually over Zoom. She listened carefully to us and offered helpful suggestions. She also asked lots of questions and follow-up questions and took detailed notes, which I loved because it meant that she really cared about figuring out who we are and what would help us the most. She takes her role as a doula seriously and she is really good at what she does.
Although the pre-birth meetings were all done via Zoom, we fully intended to have Sheri join us at the delivery. Unfortunately for us, because of worsening Covid numbers, the hospital changed the visitor policy just a couple days before I gave birth; only my husband would be allowed in with me, and not our doula. We were crushed to hear this. We questioned how much help a virtual doula could do, but Sheri was already several steps ahead of us with ideas and comforting suggestions. She explained how we could set up a laptop in the room so she could still be there with us. She was indeed on call and available the entire time I was at the hospital. She talked us through our worries and concerns while we were there, and introduced herself to all the medical personnel, making herself part of the team. She suggested position adjustments and gave us new ideas to try. She reminded us about things we might want to ask. And she provided constant encouragement. She's so good at what she does, that even when she was limited to virtual support, she was amazing. We can't recommend her highly enough.
Hiring Sheri as our doula was the best birth decision we made. Throughout our pregnancy and birth experience she was a support for me and my husband. The first time we met Sheri we knew from her calm demeanor, kindness, positive energy, and her knowledge of all things pregnancy and birth, that she would be a good fit for us as a doula. During the pregnancy Sheri was always there to support me and answer any questions I had. She did a wonderful job getting to know us, our birth preferences, and she helped prepare us for the birth experience. Throughout my labor and delivery Sheri was my rock. It was a long labor with many things that Sheri was able to give us information about so we could make informed decisions. Sheri's support was invaluable to my husband and I as we made our way through it. During labor Sheri was wonderful at giving ideas for comfort, empowering my husband and I, providing comfort, offering continuous positive support, and being a beacon of hope throughout the labor and delivery. Sheri's comfort and support will always be something I remember about my long labor as the thing that got me through it. We also had visits with Sheri after our baby was born. Sheri's support, care, and knowledge about postpartum is even more reason why she is such an amazing doula. I cannot reccomend Sheri enough. We highly reccomend her as a doula. She is the best decision we made about our birth experience.
We had an amazing experience with Sheri Joy as she journeyed with us through our first pregnancy. She met with us multiple times during the course of our pregnancy providing support, encouragement, and helping us learn various birthing positions prior to the big event so we would be prepared. She took special care to fully understand our desire to have a natural birth and to know what plan B, C, and D were in the event that a natural birth experience wasn't possible. Our labor went much quicker then anticipated and Sheri help guide our decision to head directly to the birth center where she met us. She had arrived ahead of us and help set up a peaceful and calm environment with candles and aromatherapy that we had picked out at our previous meetings. During labor she was a steady source of support for both my husband and myself. She was a beacon of peace through the whole experience and we feel SO blessed she was part of our team. We have recommended Sheri multiple times to friends and family and will most certainly invite her to be part of our birth team for our future babies.
We found Sherri to be a tender and knowledgeable doula that improved the birth experience for both me and my husband. She took the time to get to know us and our birth preferences including even going to one of my prenatal appointments. She also provided hands-on education and instruction in labor management to me and my husband during one of our sessions. She was always quick to respond when I had any questions or was wondering if I may be in labor. During the labor she was a gentle and calming presence that helped me deal with the painful, grinding force of powerful contractions. While the pain was still intense... Let's face it-only an epidural would take that away-- which I didn't get...I dealt psychologically with the pain way better than I did with my first child. After we had our son Sherri came by and checked in, which was reassuring. She also provided us a lot of information on resources that we could use to aid us on our journey. I highly recommend her as a doula.
Sheri was wonderful before and during our daughter's birth. We met Sheri when she presented about the role of a doula in our pregnancy and childbrith class. She demonstrated a calm and soothing demeanor and she was warm when we introduced ourselves at the end of class.
My husband and I had our first out-of-class meeting with Sheri at Camber in Bellingham. I was completely impressed by small things she did to make me feel comfortable--even then. For example, when we got up to leave, Sheri slightly moved the table to accomodate my pregnant stomach and make it easier for me to get out.
Weeks later, my water broke at 2 a.m. and we contacted Sheri at 4 a.m. We asked her to come to the hospital at 5. She was responsive to our text at 4 a.m. and responded to the hospital immediately after we asked. It was incredibly relieving to see her when she arrived.
Sheri had creative relaxation suggestions that varied from bringing flameless candles to using aroma therapy. During labor, she supported me with words and also offered excellent physical support--from keeping my body as clean as possible to repeating phrases I told her were particularly comforting. She even held my legs throughout my pushing.
My husband appreciated Sheri's calmness through labor and delivery.
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