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Leah Whiteman

Leah the Doula

Chicago, IL Service range 5 miles Best if you’re close to public transportation .

9173636604

http://www.leahwhiteman.com

Birth Fee

$650 to $850

Postpartum Rate

$25 to $40

Birth Fee

$650 to $850

Postpartum Rate

$25 to $40


Birth Doula Experience

1 years and 6 births attended

Postpartum Doula Experience

1 years and 40 families served


Doula Training

  • Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association (CAPPA), November 2018

Type of practice: Solo practice

Clients per month: 1 to 5 births and 4 to 8 postpartum families

Attends hospital births? All Hospitals

Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers

Attends home births? Any Home Birth


College Education

BA/BS


Special Services Offered

  • Abortion support
  • Antepartum doula support
  • Aromatherapy
  • Babywearing education
  • Childbirth education services
  • First Aid and CPR
  • Lactation consultant/counselor services
  • Parenting consulting
  • Pregnancy, birth and/or newborn photography
  • Prenatal & postpartum fitness services
  • Prenatal Yoga
  • Sibling support (for your older children at the birth)
  • Sleep educator
  • Virtual and remote doula support

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

Former member of Chicago Volunteer Doula's

Fee Details

I understand that everyone’s needs are unique different and I strive to give the best-individualized care to everyone. Labor support is about education, information and unbiased support. I set 3 prenatal appointments for each of my clients. Each meeting is dedicated to working together we and fine tuning our skill set to best each birthing person. Postpartum, my job is to equip parents to be the best they can be, and understand their newborn to the best of their ability. I provide day time, overnight and chest feeding/lactation and formula/bottle feeding support. My services include unlimited phone, text, email during labor and/or postpartum services. Available for baby wearing assistance, home/baby room, organization and design, personal chef/meal prep, and much more. I am able to provide virtual support for birth, postpartum, lactation/feeding.

Chicago, IL Service range 5 miles Best if you’re close to public transportation .

Client Testimonials for Leah Whiteman

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Paige

10/15/2020

Leah came over for the first time after I contacted her - completely sleep deprived and overwhelmed. She walked in, swaddled my baby, gave me a hug, took me grocery shopping, and brewed me tea while listening to my fears and frustrations. COVID hit, but she was more than available virtually as I navigated new parenthood. She has always been available when I need support - whether it is issues with breastfeeding, learning baby, bathtime, etc. She made me feel validated and comforted - and gave me confidence that I can be an amazing mother. She is on top of making sure everyone's needs are met - from sleep to meals to showers, Leah is so gentle with approaching needs and making sure baby is secure. 8 months later, she is still helping me with things like breastfeeding weening, nutrition, and sleep. I highly recommend Leah. You can count on her and depend on her as a support and friend ??

Vinsu

10/15/2020

Leah is kind, understanding, informed and simply put the BEST! She really knows her stuff.

I reached out to her in the middle for lactation support. I had several issues nursing with my first child so with my second pregnancy I knew I would need more support. I was comfortable with Leah right away. She took the time to understand my history with my first pregnancy and helped me establish goals and game plan for my second time. I learned so much with just my first conversation with Leah. She then followed up with me both before I had the baby and post partum. From a friendly check in to see how things were going, to emails with additional resources when I requested them; Leah was always on top of it and available when I needed help.

I would have given up on nursing if it wasn't for Leah. Her moral support and her vast knowledge of the many issues I dealt with; along with her ability to calmly lead me to a solution have kept me going. Breastfeeding is not easy for me and it is difficult if not impossible to find the right answer. There is too much conflicting information on the internet and having tried several lactation consultants with my first pregnancy and getting nowhere with any of them; I can honestly say Leah is a godsend. She made me feel seen and heard. Most importantly, with every hurdle, she came up with a solution that worked best for me. Her support is truly invaluable! 

Simone

6/13/2020

Leah was a blessing for us from the minute we got home from the hospital. She was already waiting for us, immediately brewed me a cup of tea, sent me to bed and prepared a delicious meal for my husband and I. Our return from the hospital could not have been any smoother. We come from overseas and do not have family around. Hiring a doula was a perfect solution for us, and we would do it again without a doubt. Leah is kind and funny, it always felt natural to have her around, she is very understanding and did not judge me in any way when I decided to stop breastfeeding. She took great care of our baby and helped us during moments of complete overwhelm and uncertainty. We can only say very positive things about Leah and can recommend her to anyone looking for a doula. We would hire her again for child number two, should this become a topic.  

Stefanie

3/10/2020

Leah came into our family just a couple days after me giving birth. We immediately had a connection and she was an immense help when it came to us transitioning into our life as new parents. The first few weeks of motherhood were overwhelming and I so needed someone that understands what I was going through as a new mom. She was always available when I needed support whether it was issues with breastfeeding, learning baby’s cues, teaching me how to wrap and bathe the baby or joining me on ad-hoc doctors’ visits. She made me feel at ease and gave me confidence that things are going to be okay when I hit another bump. She would make sure that I am cared for - reminding me to drink, eat and get rest. It was the best decision I made to have Leah as our postpartum doula! 

Rachel

1/30/2020

Leah is a magical salve for the new mom and for the new family as a whole. After my daughter was born in a planned caserean birth, I felt groggy and and overwhelmed dealing with the combination of my own healing body, acclimating my baby to the world outside of the womb, and feeling a bit somthered by too much out of town family visiting. Leah came over and helped both in the daytime and at night. She acted as a buffer between myself and visiting family in moments when I needed some space. In those moments that could have been awkward she put everyone at ease making us all feel taken care of. She even brought post partum powerfood snacks sometimes! At night she would stay with my baby and feed her as needed so that I could catch up on sleep. She was so comfortable with my newborn (and vice versa). She reassured my husband and me that we were doing everything just how we should be, that there are many ways to parent and many ways for a baby to be as well. She often had tips and fun facts to share with us as well, spouting them off in a way that felt generous and never pedantic or patronizing. In those early days it definitely felt like baby was safer in her able hands than under our own watch! That is all to say that she is very knowledgable about all things baby, birth, postpartum nutrition, baby wraps, (and more) and she is excited to share what she knows with anyone who wants to know. Her positive engery is contagious and I can't recommend bringing her into your life more. 

Shif

1/28/2020

When we left the hospital, Leah was the best person to greet us when we transitioned home. When we were frantic about what was normal vs not normal for a newborn, Leah calmly educated us, made us feel 100% more at ease, and gave us more confidence as new parents in how to take care of our sweet babe. When I got frustrated about how difficult nursing was going for me and panicked about not knowing anything about my pump, Leah helped me understand  how to use the pump and best practices regarding washing and caring for pump and bottle parts. She helped tidy up around the house, cooked a few homemade meals, and had amazing product recommendations that fit the specific needs/preferences for our little nugget. Leah truly helped us understand our baby better, and what were the best options for us in caring for him and ourselves as a family. 

Alexa

1/27/2020

Leah is amazing as a postpartum doula! I was so vulnerable during the postpartum period and she came into my house with so much warmth and wisdom and helped me feel at ease. She took great care of my son, and took great care of me. She helped me with breastfeeding, light housework, and ensuring that I took naps so I could start to feel more whole. I am so happy that I connected with her and highly recommend her to all new moms. She is a true lifesaver! 

Birth Availability for Leah Whiteman

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Postpartum Availability for Leah Whiteman

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