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tracy hartley

B*E*S*T Doula Service

Website: http://www.bestdoulas.com

Phone: (818) 448-0817

Birth Fee: $1900 to $2600

Fee Details: My fees are commensurate with my experience (600+ births). I am happy to work on a sliding scale, do trades or barter and have several discounts available. I have also have had clients reimbursed by their insurance companies for up to 70% of the fee they paid!

Birth Doula Experience: 22 years and 657 births attended

Doula Training

  • DONA International, May 1996
  • International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA), May 1998
  • Birthing From Within, September 1999
  • HypnoBirthing, January 2000
  • Childbirth International, May 2005
  • Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association (CAPPA), March 2006
Type of Practice: Partnership with 2 or more doulas

Clients per Month: 2 to 4

Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
I believe that women who give birth in a hospital need the most support. Many of my clients are referred to me by doctors and nurses.
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Birth centers are a wonderful alternative!
Attends home births? Any Home Birth
I love home births -- the births tend to be faster and easier for the laboring woman.

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Adoption
  • Cesarean birth
  • Clients on bed rest
  • Expected stillbirth
  • Families conceiving with ART and IVF
  • High risk
  • Home Birth
  • LGBTQP Families
  • Multiples
  • Over 40
  • Relinquishing mothers
  • Single parents
  • Surrogacy
  • Survivors of Previous Life Trauma
  • Survivors of childhood sexual abuse
  • Twins
  • VBAC
  • Waterbirth
  • Women and Families of Color

Special Services Offered

  • Abortion Support
  • Acupressure
  • ASL (American Sign Language)
  • Childbirth Education Services
  • Cloth diapering education
  • End of Life Doula Services
  • Military famiies
  • Pregnancy, birth and/or newborn photography
  • Reduced rates for women considering adoption
  • Satellite Doula (For remote and rural clients)
  • Stillbirthday Bereavement Doula
  • Surrogates and intended parents
  • TENS units rental

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

Have served the Los Angeles doula community as President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Director of Membership of Doulas Association of Southern California (DASC) during the past 18 years.

Languages spoken: English, ASL (not fluent)

Service Area Map

Area of practice: Alhambra, CA
Travel Range: 20 Miles
Travel comments/restrictions: none

Client Testimonials for tracy hartley

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Rebecca Blake Thompson

I simply could not have gone through my labor and delivery without tracy by my side, hand on my back, guiding my husband with her wisdom and experience on how he could work together to best care for me. Her attitude was remarkable through the grueling labor and her endurance spectacular.

Posted 9/12/2017

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Sheena McKenzie

Tracy’s experience and familiarity with the birthing process gave us confidence we were in good hands. It was reassuring knowing she herself had also “been there and done that” and knew exactly what I was going through and feeling. Tracy was a guiding light for me, someone I trusted and could turn to when I found myself freaking out. She was very cool, calm, and collected, breathing and making noise with me (something I was embarrassed about). Tracy does her absolute best to help make you feel comfortable and put you at ease while in the throes of labor. I feel I could not have done it without her encouragement, support, and guidance.

Tracy took photos of the birth of our son with a DSLR camera however she was like a fly on the wall and not intrusive or invasive by any means. This was something I didn’t think I wanted initially however I am so grateful to have now after the fact. She also took notes of all the milestones throughout the labor which she then gave to us afterwards.

We really benefited from Tracy's in home prenatal classes too, she offered much more insightful information than the standard videos and classes presented by our health care provider. Tracy equips you with the knowledge and know how, so you are somewhat prepared and know what to expect on the day. I wouldn’t have known what needed to be included in a birth plan if it wasn’t for Tracy.

My husband and I are truly grateful and wouldn’t have wanted the birth of our son any other way. I was able to have an all natural, unmedicated birth as hoped. We are so glad we chose Tracy and do not regret a single thing, she was everything we hoped for and worth every penny! It’s unfortunate we are moving back to Australia as I would love for Tracy to be there for the birth of our second child. Whatever your reasons are for hiring a doula, it’s safe to say you’re in good hands with Tracy and her team of doulas.

Posted 8/30/2017

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Rosalind Ross

Tracy prepared me so well that I felt calm and confident going into my birth, even though it happened sooner than I expected. She made me feel safe and empowered during my birth and proud after. I really can't recommend her enough.

Posted 7/21/2017

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Christina Bellantoni

tracy quickly became a friend. She listened to us and shaped the experience on our wishes and always made us feel confident and comfortable. Her warmth and kindness helped every step of the way. Her conversation with both my mom and OBGYN were enormously helpful at the same time.

we still refer back to things she taught us before the birth And have told many people why having a doula wax great. 

Posted 7/20/2017

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Ammy Diaries

Tracy Hartley helped us welcome our first baby into the world in Oct 2016.

I highly recommened having a doula by your side, especially Tracy. She helped us (my husband and I) with so much more than just labor & delivery. She also provided invaluable one-on-one birthing classes. 

Communication: Tracy was very responsive to my emails and texts.

Extras: Tracy also provided us with lots of samples to help us (diapers, stretchmark oil, pamphlets, pediatrian & midwife resources). 

Even though I went into labor 2.5 weeks early, Tracy arrived at my home about an hour after my call. She also arrived with a doula who was shadowing her. I was fortunate to have two doulas and my husband in the birthing room. They helped keep me in a meditative state-of-mind which helped me avoid having to take drugs during labor & delivery. Because of that, I was able to remain alert and enjoy my daughter as soon as she was born. My daughter was also very alert because she didn't have any effects of sedatives.

Tracy was our first choice after interviewing half a dozen doulas. Her caring energy helped me have a positive & memorable birth experience.

Thank you, Tracy! -Joanne & Grant

Posted 1/16/2017

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Andrew Jacobson

 We recently used Tracy Hartley of BEST Doula for our pregnancy and were SUPREMELY disappointed with her. We found out we were having an emergency C-section 6 weeks early and called Tracy to come to the hospital. She said she didn't think she could make it in traffic (on a Saturday, during the holidays... from Pasadena to Beverly Hills). But far more upsetting was the fact that Tracy NEVER called, emailed, or texted after that phone call to see how the surgery went! We are still baffled by her inexcusable behavior, and to put an exclamation point on the experience, we emailed her 10 days later to tell her how we felt and she responded with a defensive, insulting email suggesting that we were "blaming her" for the fact things did not go as we planned. Aargh! Do yourself a favor and find a different doula... unless you are looking for an unreliable, uncaring, and unprofessional person at your side on such an important day. Oh, and despite missing our birth and never checking in to see how mom and baby were doing after, she pocketed the $950 deposit for doing ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. Classy.

Posted 12/30/2010

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