Birth Tribe

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Phone: 8608903970

Birth Fee: $600 to $1850

Postpartum Rate: $25 to $45

Fee Details: We believe there is a doula for everyone, but it's not logical to think that one doula would be the right match for every person or family. We want our doulas to maintain their autonomy- and after years of experience, we understand the value in having many styles and personalities available at the time of choosing who will join them in such a life changing moment. We will take the information that you have provided via an email link and set up a short session for you to meet with each of the doulas that best match your specific need. We will then guide you through the process of starting a relationship with the doula you choose. We have a doula for everyone, from doulas at the beginning of their careers, to doulas who have attended hundreds of births. We offer a tiered pricing structure based on experience.

Years in Operation: 2

Type of Practice: Collective

Clients per Month: 30 to 60 births and 5 to 20 postpartum families

Postpartum limits/restrictions: We have 30+ doulas to serve everyone's wants and needs. We have offices in Manchester, New Haven, and Willimantic, CT
Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
We have doulas living in all counties of Connecticut
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
16 of our doulas will travel to the Danubury Birth Center. We are hopeful for another one soon1
Attends home births? Any Home Birth
We support all home births CNM and CPM attended

Special Services Offered

  • Abortion Support
  • Acupressure
  • American Red Cross First Aid and CPR
  • Antepartum doula
  • Aromatherapy
  • Babywearing education
  • Bereavement doula (pregnancy & infant loss)
  • Birth Pool rental
  • Birthing From Within Birth Art Services
  • Breastfeeding Consultant Services
  • Cancer patients and survivors
  • Child Passenger Safety Technician
  • Childbirth Education Services
  • Cloth diapering education
  • Dancing For Birth Professionally Trained
  • Henna belly designs
  • Infant massage education
  • Military families
  • Miscarriage Support (Before, During or After)
  • Parenting consulting
  • Placenta encapsulation
  • Pregnancy, birth and/or newborn photography
  • Prenatal or postnatal massage
  • Reduced rates for women considering adoption
  • Reflexology
  • Satellite Doula (For remote and rural clients)
  • Sibling support (for your older children at the birth)
  • Sleep Educator
  • Stillbirthday Bereavement Doula
  • Surrogates and intended parents
  • TENS units rental
  • Therapist or counselor

There are 17 group doulas.

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Client Testimonials for Birth Tribe

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After meeting Ashley, Birth Tribe quickly has become a foundational part of my pregnancy/postpartum community.  I feel empowered knowing that I have a strong group of women to go to with any questions surrounding my new role as a mother.  Specific members of Birth Tribe have been there for me during the emotional/hormonal roller coaster that comes after delivering a baby.  Samantha was our postpartum doula on our first day home from the hospital.  My husband ended up having an important job interview the day after we got home.  So, he needed to sleep and I had to take care of the baby on my own.  We ended up hiring Samanth to help me through the night as I was both terrified and sleep deprived.  She was wonderful.  She gave me breastfeeding tips and carried for our babe while I caught up on a few hours of sleep.  Ailish, our L & D doula, was so perfect through my pregnancy, labor, and delivery.  In addition, she has been helpful during the postpartum period.  She consistently checks up on me to make sure we are doing okay.  She has become a friend to our family and a vital resource.  Ashley has also been great.  She helped us intall our car seat!  Also, she runs postpartum support groups in the New Haven area.  In conclusion, Birth Tribe has played an important part in my confidence as a mother.  They have reinforced the truth that the transition to motherhood is much smoother and happier when it is an experience that is shared among a tribe of women.

Posted 8/4/2019

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We had an amazing experience with our doula, Ashley Minihan, whom we found through Birth Tribe. We contacted Birth Tribe and filled out a questionnaire about what we were looking for in a doula, and they set up a series of in-person interviews so we could make the right choice. We immediately felt comfortable with Ashley and knew she would be the perfect person to support us as I gave birth to our first child.

Ashley stayed in contact throughout the pregnancy, and worked with us to develop a birth plan--and to talk through back-ups and contingencies. While our birth did not go according to plan (does it ever?), she was able to ask the right questions to help us change plans on the fly and adapt to the situation. We had a very positive birth experience and were so grateful to Ashley for her knowledge and support. I was terrified of giving birth before we worked with Ashley, but she gave me the confidence I needed before labor started and during the entire process to know that I could do it. My husband and I would highly recommend using Birth Tribe to find a doula, and we would definitely recommend Ashley to anyone seeking an amazing doula to support them in birth!

Posted 7/26/2019

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Kelly Coker

I always wanted a baby, I always wanted to be amother. But I feared going through the process of being pregnant and labor and delivery. I didn’t have friends or family that had ever had the support of a doula so I’m not sure exactly what sparked this in me, but I knew I was going to need the support of someone knowledgeable and experienced that wasn’t my doctor or husband. I’m what you could call a pretty type A or high strung individual. I like things orderly and I like being in control of the situation. I knew pregnancy and ultimately the process of laboring I would have to relinquish that control. I came across Your Birth Tribe and soon after had what felt like a speed dating session with some amazing women, but one in particular I connected with almost immediately. Melissa just got it. Understood my fears and anxieties that only another woman can. She truly has found her calling in being a doula. She was not judgmental and validated my feelings. My desires for my birth were welcomed without criticism and she laid the facts out in a way I needed to hear them. She made me realize my body was meant to do this and in time I came around and found myself trusting in the process and ultimately myself and my baby. My birthing process did not go as planned - an induction at 10 days late would result in being put on pitocin and cause my contractions to come fast and furious and left me crying for an epidural. Melissa continued to be a voice of reason, and provided hope and positivity for both me and my husband during an exhausting and painful time and made me realize, I didn’t have to suffer, I didn’t have to be anyone’s superhero. Having Melissa by my side was without a doubt one of the best decisions I could have made. I would recommend Melissa to anyone, especially a nervous and anxious first time mama-to-be who needs a little reassurance. My husband and I (and baby girl too!) are blessed having known her.

Posted 7/22/2019

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Adam Lewis

I had never heard of a doula until a few months ago. My wife explained what a doula is and what they do and suggested that we hire one. That's when I was introduced to the Birth Tribe. 4 doulas were chosen for us to interview with. They were all wonderful, but our connection with Jennese was unmatched. I have 3 boys from a previous marriage, and this was my wife's first (although we suffered 3 losses previously). I was kind of freaking out on the inside, as the births of my first 3 were very processed. I felt sidelined and useless. Whatever the doctors or nurses said was how things were going to be. I had no say. It didn't feel like i had any place in it and frankly, it sucked.Everything this time around was different. Jennese was a god-send! She taught us various positions and techniques on how to soothe my wife in the weeks leading to labor and during labor. Her guidance and advice was on time every time! Her compassion and ability to get inside of our thoughts and souls still moves me to tears. During the many hours of labor, her support was key. Not just for my wife, but she was there for me also. She helped me be heard. She showed me how to be involved, and boy was I! Ultimately,  decisions needed to be made, and they weren't the kind found in our birth plan. During these moments, Jennese was able to call for a time-out, giving us a chance to discuss these very drastic changes. Pitocin was needed to augment labor. 12 hours of contractions led to 3 plus hours of pushing...only to result in the need for a C-section delivery as the baby was getting stuck. It was worst-case scenario for us. Jennese kept my wife comfortable while she helped keep me grounded and centered. She may not have realized,  but she helped me fight through my own quiet insecurities- and helped me find my place as a father and partner during the birth of our little rainbow. It felt too personal to just be a "service". Jennese is nothing short of an angel! 

Posted 1/1/2019

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Ailish McMahon-Lewis

There is so much to say about our experience working with Jennese with the birth of our rainbow baby. So much so, I don't even know where to begin because every aspect was pretty amazing. To start, my husband and I had 3 losses in the past so my anxiety was pretty high throughout my pregnancy. I just always felt like it was too good to be true. We had reached some pregnancy milestones that I had never reached before and it finally felt like it could actually be real. That's when I realized we needed some extra support. With wanting a more natural birth, I felt like we needed an advocate, good education and comfort as well. I reached out to Melissa at Birth Tribe and interviewed with 4 doulas at 30 min increments. Although I loved all the doulas I met, I instantly felt very connected to Jennese and we hit it off flawlessly. From the very start, she always knew exactly what to say and how to encourage me to let out those anxieties so I could enjoy my pregnancy. I could call or text her at any point that I had concerns or a bad Dr's visit and she was there to guide me through. She included my husband in every discussion and made him feel so included and empowered to help me. We instantly became a team and it showed in the birthing room. She was with me in my labor through every step and was showing my husband what he can do to help. We used the beautiful Rebozo she gave us and she always had a cold wash cloth on my face. She helped me find comfortable positions, helped with pain and I always heard her encouraging words and reminders to breath and relax. She helped to implement my birth plan and let the staff know our story. She integrated so well with staff and was so respectful to them when my birth plan had to change. She also allowed time for me to make informed decisions about those changes. All the nurses and my doctor complimented that she was an amazing doula. I'm so happy our little rainbow baby was brought into the world with such a loving person.

Posted 12/29/2018

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