Birth Fee: $500 to $1500
Postpartum Rate: $10 to $70
Fee Details: Every woman who wants a doula should have one, please contact me regarding payment. I have a variety of packages available for viewing on my website.
Birth Doula Experience: 2 years and 20 births attended
Postpartum Doula Experience: 2 years and 2 families served
Clients per Month: 1 to 4 births and 1 postpartum familiesAttends hospital births? All Hospitals
2017-2018 Breastfeeding Support Group board Member (Aviano, IT)
Service Area MapArea of practice: O Fallon, IL
Tina was absolutely amazing!! Very supportive of all of our decisions and even reminded me when the pediatrician was trying to push me into something I didn't want to do. We had every plan for a natural birth with no medications but baby girl decided she didn't like our plan. Instead we ended up with a csection because she was breech. Tina kept me calm during pre-OP and kept making sure I was okay, I couldn't appreciate that more because things were moving so fast. We had plans for Tina to be with me and my husband would meet us in recovery. She even suggested a clear drape, and we got our wish and I couldn't have been happier. When she came they dropped the main drape and I could see my baby girl through the clear one. She looked perfect!!!! I couldn't be happier!! Our experience wouldn't have been as smooth without Tina and having her with us reminded me why they said doulas are great for any birth. If we still live in this area when we have baby number 3, we plan on hiring Tina again for a very hopeful VBAC.
Tina was amazing! I had a very rough birth with my first child and was determined to have a different and better experience with my second so I started researching doulas and found Tina. I knew from the very first phone interview that Tina would be a good fit for us. She is so knowledgeable, caring, and passionate about what she does! She listened to all my fears and worries during my pregnancy and was always always supportive. I know the techniques she taught and the advice she gave in the months before delivery, along with the support she provided my husband and I during labor and delivery were what allowed me to have the natural, unmedicated and positive birth experience that I wanted. She stayed with me after the birth to make sure we were all ok and settled and has continued to provide postpartum support since we've been home. I would highly recommend Tina!
My contractions started around 2am; I text Tina at 3 and told her that I was contacting and going to lay back down, I received a quick text back to say OK text me in the morning. She came over at 9 AM and start working on spinning baby exercises, walking, sitting on her birthing chair, massaging me and did other exercises to prepare me for labor. I had an appt scheduled at my OB that morning, Tina and I went together to that. When my doctor checked me I was at 2cm, contracting every 15-20 minutes. We decided we would come home and let let my labor naturally progress in the comfort of my home. We headed to the hospital around 6 PM and was 4 cm. My contractions were sporadic but getting much stronger. Tina continued to offer different labor positions to work through my contractions. I found out 2 weeks before my due date that my OB was not supportive of my birth plan (even though she was fully aware I planned a natural birth) from the beginning. Tina kept reminding me of my rights and that although my doctor suggested breaking my water around 7pm, that we did not have to do that and it was safe to continue laboring naturally. That was one of the biggest at benefits Tina provided; reminding us of our options and the choices we made on our birth plan when I was being pressured to deviate from what I had planned. At 11 pm I felt as though I was reaching for my breaking point- I was 8 cm and exhausted. Tina reminded me that we were almost there and that I could do this. By 1 am, I was ready to push.I delivered my daughter at 1:53 am.
Tina is very knowledgeable and suppportive and was a huge asset to my natural birth. But I thank Tina the most in the fact that because she kept us on track with our birth plan, my husband and I have a stronger bond than ever from experiencing the birth of our daughter together. I will forever be grateful to her, for that.
We recently had the pleasure of having Tina as our doula for the birth of our son. She is knowledgeable and was absolutely phenomenal from our first meeting. She met with my husband and me several times before I delivered to ensure we were all comfortable with each other and that she knew our birth plan. Her visits never felt rushed and she always made sure I had everything I needed to prepare for an unmedicated birth. When I went a week+ past my due date and my doctor suggested induction (much to my reluctantancy), she immediately came over to talk through my options and continued to work with me to make sure baby was in an optimal position for delivery. I did end up being induced and when my labor progressed more quickly than expected, a 3:00am text message to Tina had her at our hospital in STL within an hour. My husband and I wanted to have a more intimate labor/delivery with no other family present and Tina was the perfect fit for us. Not only did she provide amazing support for me, but she also helped to support my husband and helped him help me. She was the perfect balance of being super involved while also allowing my husband to be my primary support person when I needed him. She helped to make sure I stayed focused and calm during delivery, and even helped me find a position that was most productive for pushing. I am a first time mom, and because of the support we received from Tina, I was able to deliver our 8lb 9oz baby in a hospital setting completely naturally/unmedicated. She made sure my voice was always heard and I truly can't thank her enough. Having Tina as our doula was worth every penny and more.
Tina is absolutely wonderful! She helped us so much throughout the pregnancy to keep me physically comfortable, more mentally prepared for all things pregnancy/delivery/after, and able to feel in control of my delivery. I don’t think I would’ve been able to naturally deliver my beautiful 9.2 lb baby girl without Tina’s guidance and care.
I would recommend her to all moms!
While stationed overseas with my husband we had the chance to start a family. We had been trying for almost two years. I was getting a prenatal massage when the lady started talking about a birth plan and if I had thought about geting a doula. I had never really heard about doulas so I went home and looked it up. I was thrilled! I thought it was the perfect thing for us since we had no family who could be there for us. Unfortunately I could not afford one and had some help but my birth was rough. The people who were supposed to be there for me were not, and my whole birth was just a disaster, besides the whole beautiful miracle. I met Tina at a birthing class. She sat next to me while she explained stuff to all of us mom's. I really liked her personality and wished she could've of been in the playing cards beforehand. Luckily, Tina had saw me the day I went in for my emergency induction and she followed up with me a couple of days after I got out of the hospital. I had told her everything about how I felt alone and I was a wreck. The person who was supposed to help me never came back and I was just a mess. She told me she would be over as soon as I sent her my address and started helping me out. We worked out a pay plan so I wasn't burdened and we came up with a schedule to help me out. The best thing that ever happened to me or my baby has been Tina just "checking up". She probably saved me from a really dark path. She helped me feel human again and I could never repay her for that... Doulas are a rare thing, but they shouldn't be. I was so blessed to meet Tina. I hope one day, if I decide for another baby, she will be there by my side helping me along every minute. I couldn't do it without her.
Tina was so far beyond amazing. We didnt contact her until later in my pregnancy but she taught us so much and really made a connection. Living in Italy and being away from family was hard on us but knowing she was a call away made us much more comfortable. Throughout labor she was there every step of the way. She was the reason I got through my 32 hour labor with no pain meds and didnt give up! My husband and Tina were my biggest motivators and kept me going. All in all, if I could go back in time I wouldn't change a thing. My little boy is here in the world and she was a huge part of it. I'm eternally grateful and will be calling her for our next baby for sure!
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