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Lauren Carrabs, CD(DONA)

TLC Birth Support, LLC

River Edge, NJ Service range 40 miles

917-848-2534

https://www.tlcbirthsupport.com

Birth Fee

$800 to $1250

Birth Fee

$800 to $1250


Birth Doula Certifications

  • DONA International - Certified Birth Doula

Birth Doula Experience

1 years and 21 births attended


Doula Training

  • DONA International, November 2018

Type of practice: Solo practice

Clients per month: 1 to 3

Attends hospital births? All Hospitals

Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers

Attends home births? Any Home Birth
With a licensed care provider


College Education

BA/BS


Special Services Offered

  • Acupressure
  • American Red Cross First Aid and CPR
  • Aromatherapy
  • Babywearing education
  • Childbirth education services
  • Parenting consulting
  • Pregnancy, birth and/or newborn photography
  • Prenatal & postpartum fitness services
  • Prenatal or postnatal massage
  • Virtual and remote doula support

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

Leader, New Parent and child playgroup

Languages Spoken

  • English

Fee Details

**Offering virtual doula support** Packages are based on services requested and distance travelled. I offer a variety of different options including prenatal visits, birth plan creation, birth notes, and postpartum visits. Visit www.tlcbirthsupport.com for more information on packages and scheduling a free consult today!

River Edge, NJ Service range 40 miles

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Client Testimonials for Lauren Carrabs, CD(DONA)

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Anna and Dan

5/13/2020

Giving birth during a pandemic gave us a lot of uncertainty. Despite constantly changing policies Lauren was always well informed and able to  help make decisions and talk things through. With care and compassion she helped to guide us to make the best choice for our family and we were so glad to have her as our doula! Lauren was an invaluable resource for us during my pregnancy. Hire her!

Keren and Dave

1/30/2020

I knew in the first minute of our initial conversation that Lauren was who I wanted by my side during this process. She had such a calming presence over the phone, I felt confident she could help manage my anxiety. Lauren far exceeded our expectations.  She arrived at our house at 2am, right when my labor entered the height of its intensity. She used all kinds of coping methods for the next 6 hours while my contractions were 3-5 minutes apart. She encouraged me to make all the decisions on my own and supported my choices.  She was there to offer her insight but not to interfere. She then stood my our side for the next 12 hours at the hospital until our daughter safety entered the world. My husband and I would have been at a total loss without the aid of Lauren. We credit our positive labor experience to her and are forever grateful for her guidance.

Marisa

1/25/2020

I cannot day enough wonderful things about my experience with Lauren giving birth to my son. The most important thing to note is how well Lauren listens and retains information about your wants and needs. She came to the birth prepared with everything she needed to help me execute the birth I wanted. Lauren was patient, responsive, present, a source of constant support. She believed in me when I absolutely did not believe in myself.

Because of her, and solely because I listened to her coaching, I was able to deliver without medication. That was so important to me and she made sure it got done! She took my needs very seriosuly and advocated for me in the hospital during and after labor. It was a beautiful experience through and through. 

C. Marsh

1/21/2020

We were beyond happy with the care and support from Lauren from start to finish. My hired doula was unfortunately unavailable when my labor started and I’m so thankful she sent someone as loving and qualified as Lauren our way.

Although we had never even spoken, she stopped everything and met us at the hospital and gently eased right into the labor with her calming nature as everything was progressing. To say I was relieved when I saw her walk through the doors as we were waiting to be brought to the room is an understatement...we introduced ourselves, hugged, and she went to work at providing care that instant, helping me find comfort through my fast progressing contractions, and did not leave my side from that moment on.

She not only provided constant care and support, but was helpful in offering suggestions to move things along and was advocating for me the whole time. My husband and birth team all raved about her genuine and truly helpful care afterwards in the following weeks each time we reminisced about the day.

Although I did not personally hire Lauren or ever even speak to her before I went into labor, she was able to make me feel as though we had an established warm relationship like she’d known me through my whole pregnancy and knew exactly what type of labor and birth I wanted and she provided exactly the kind of care and support I'd want from my doula. We were so happy she was apart of such an amazing day for us and will absolutely be keeping her in mind for the future.

Sarah Wang

9/1/2019

We recently used Lauren for the birth of our first child which was a marathon (talking 24 hours), all night long event but despite some obstacles we ultimately avoided a c-section (my main goal). Lauren stuck by us through the entire event which was an emotional rollercoster ride of decision making, delays and shift changes. She was extremely positive and non-judgemental (super helpful for my skeptical but sensitive personality). She helped me rally after a challanging encounter with the on call OB which I think was one of the main reasons I was able to deliver without a c-section (to give you context I'm super petite). She provided warm emptional support, a wealth of knowledge, massage and encouragement which was irriplaceable. I highly recommend her services, especially for someone like myself who was quite nervous about the whole experiance (especially after doing too much research). She is highly positive and is passionate about what she does. 

Oscarina Duarte

8/21/2019

CALMING- that is the word I would use to describe Lauren! She has a peaceful presence to her that is the ideal spirit needed in a doula. My husband and I would have been lost without her calming guidance as we labored at home and later in the hospital. Lauren provided both emotional and physical support throughout my pregnancy and most importantly, in the hospital. It is thanks to her that I was able to experience the birth I imagined and held it together to welcome a beautiful baby boy while laboring and delivering without medication. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your support in one of the most important days of our lives!

Kinga

6/21/2019

For me and my husband hiring Lauren to be our doula was single most important decision that allowed us to have natural unmedicated birth that we dreamed of. She is incredibly warm, approachable and down to earth, at the same time, if needed, she will be a gladiator fighting for you and your baby. She is extremely knowledgeable and takes time to get to know you and understand your needs. That’s exactly who you need in the delivery room! 

Lauren allowed us to be better prepared for the labor. She helped us get through it and welcome our precious baby to this world. She also followed up with us multiple times to make sure that all of our questions were answered. It was a true pleasure to have her on our team. I don’t think that we would be able to achieve our goals without her help. 

 

Yevi

5/6/2019

We hired Lauren around 20 week mark. That gave us time to get to know each other before the big day. Lauren was very helpful during interview, meetings and follow up emails, phone and text. She loves her job, and cares for moms, babies, families and labor.

My labor was medically induced due to cholestasis  at 38 weeks.   Day of induction my body was not ready. Lauren checked on me after cervidil was in at 8pm for a couple hours. I asked her to come back at 2am when my body overreacted to cervidil, and  I asked for it to be removed, knowing it will still continue to work since it has been sitting in my body for 6 hour. She was there when my water broke, and we celebrated this natural milestone in the middle of medically guided process. (Lauren also cleaned the mess). Now the nurses were at hospital very nice, but they went babysit you 24/7. I still felt superweak, so it was great to have Lauren with me.


In the morning dr put pitocin. I was 50% effaced and 0.5 dilated. Dr was grumpy that cervidil was removed early, but I knew my body, and Lauren and me had a positive attitude. Pitocin started working soon, and I asked for epidural. I had to wait 1 hour to get it. It was an hour from hell. During that hour Lauren applied comfort measure of counter pressure on my back. Then epidural went in, and it was manageable. Pitocin and epidural worked very quickly, about 6 hours, and then I pushed for 1 hour. I got natural tears and also asked for a little extra cut because baby was not going through. Lauren stayed while I was stitched afterwards and got baby on my skin.
My husband was at labor when I registered and came back in time for pushing. He was very helpful, but he also was able to save his stamina, and provide care for his dad who lives with us. Thank you Lauren from my husband, my baby, my husban's dad and my parents (who knew I was in good hands and were able to not be anxious about anything!)

 

Regina

3/29/2019

We were on the fence about hiring a doula for the birth of our second child, but we're so glad we decided to work with Lauren.  From the beginning, she was warm, positive, and engaging.  She made us feel like she was personally invested in me having the labor that I envisioned.  Lauren was available to answer all of our questions before labor through email, text, and calls.  The day of our daughter's birth, Lauren went out of her way to meet us at our midwife's office for a check and then was waiting for us at the hospital when we arrived.  She never left my side, always looking for ways to support me through each contraction (while also hydrating me and giving me energy boosts with honey and apple sauce).  Lauren was positive and encouraging the whole way through!  After my daughter was born, she stayed with us another couple of hours to make sure that all was well.  Postpartum, she was able to share contact information for lactation consultants, physical therapists, etc. and checked in many times on the progress of my recovery.  I would absolutely recommend Lauren to any family looking for support during pregnancy and delivery.

Fonda Kosmala

3/21/2019

Hiring Lauren to assist in the birth of our daughter was one of the best decisions my husband and I could have made as first time parents. Lauren has a very warm and welcoming personality. My husband and I immediately felt at ease talking to her during our first meeting. Lauren answered all of our questions and gave us very helpful advice. When I went into labor, a bit earlier than expected, Lauren met us at the hospital immediately and was there every step of the way. During our hospital stay, Lauren ensured that I was well taken care of and anticipated my every need. Lauren provided constant emotional support and helped us remember all of the techniques that we went over in childbirth class (which are all pretty easy to forget when in the throes of labor) and talked me through every contraction. My husband and I both are forever grateful for Lauren and would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone looking for an amazing doula. We look forward to working with Lauren again in the future.

Birth Availability for Lauren Carrabs, CD(DONA)

= Available. Calendar last updated: 05-07-2020