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Ailish McMahon-Lewis CD

Birthing Bravely Doula Services LLC

New Britain, CT Service range 40 miles Will go to Bridgeport Hospital and other parts of CT if we are a good match. Set up a consultation to see if I’m the right fit for your family.

860-670-6149

http://www.birthingbravelydoulaservices.com

Birth Fee

$1000 to $1500

Birth Fee

$1000 to $1500


Birth Doula Certifications

  • HypnoBirthing (Mongan Method) - Professional Doula Training Certification
  • Madriella Doula Network - Certified Labor Doula

Birth Doula Experience

1 years and 15 births attended


Doula Training

  • Madriella, May 2019

Type of practice: Solo practice

Clients per month: 1 to 2

Attends hospital births? Some Hospitals
If a hospital you want to attend does not intend to follow your birth wishes, I can help you to find another hospital provider.

Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
There's only one in Danbury CT

Attends home births? Any Home Birth
Must be attended by a mid wife. Will not attend unassisted or free births.


College Education

AA/AS


Special Services Offered

  • American Red Cross First Aid and CPR
  • Antepartum doula support
  • Aromatherapy
  • Babywearing education
  • Birth pool rental
  • Childbirth education services
  • Cloth diapering education
  • Satellite doula (for remote and rural clients)
  • TENS units rental
  • Virtual and remote doula support

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

I do offer payment plans as well and take HSA/FSA funds. To learn more email me at birthingbravelydoulaservices@gmail.com I also work with Birth Tribe which is a collaboration of 30 doulas in CT where we share our expertise, experiences and do monthly workshops and trainings. Together, with each client that hires us, we contribute to a scholarship program to better serve people in low income brackets or for woman of color that are marginalized in the maternal healthcare field and need more advocacy for their care.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Fee Details

Through my consulting practice I offer womxn and their partners encouragement & support around making conscious, holistic choices & informed decisions about their pregnancy & birth. I can help tease out some of the harder to navigate options in birth such as where to go, who to see & what should you have prepared ahead of time so you feel confident in your new role. I can provide birth classes, HypnoBirthing classes & other resources. I assist families in cultivating & strengthening the tools they need to welcome their babies safely, gently & in an informed way. I am a trusted ear & faithful companion on your journey, able to listen to your concerns about pregnancy & parenthood, bounce ideas off of, answer questions, offer suggestions & support your pregnancy & birth in a way that is unique & curtailed for you based off of your needs.

New Britain, CT Service range 40 miles Will go to Bridgeport Hospital and other parts of CT if we are a good match. Set up a consultation to see if I’m the right fit for your family.

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Lisa

2/12/2020

Hiring Ailish was the best decision I made for my pregnancy, I could not go through my labor without her holding my hand or massaging my back while offering kinds words of encouragement. She listen, educate, empowered and motivate me. My baby was suuny side up and the doctors turn the baby, but later in the labor the baby turn back. Ailish went the extra mile doing everything she can to help the baby to turn. She was there every step of the way. I can't find words to describe how valuable she was during my time of need. Thank you Ailish.

 

Christina Young

1/22/2020

My husband and I hired Ailish as a post partum doula a few days after my son was born. Ailish is very knowledgeable and we found her to be extremely helpful. She is patient and takes the time to explain and demonstrate things like breastfeeding and baby wearing. She was also great with our son jack, often soothing him to sleep. In addition, Ailish was kind and supportive to me during that vulnerable post partum period. We highly recommend Ailish's doula services! 

Miriam Hidalgo

12/3/2019

I am so happy I chose Ailish to be my doula. From the very beginning she was very professional, but more than that she was so sweet, attentive, down to earth, and just a great person to be around. She helped me so much during her visits and was always willing and available to go far and beyond. She always checked up on me and made sure I was doing okay and I appreciated that. During labor I could not have asked for a better Doula. Ailish was so focused and her gentle voice was just what I needed. She  made sure all my needs were met and she gave me the encouragement and support I needed at my most vulnerable moment. Ailish is an amazing doula and person. I’m recommending her to any one of my friends or family who plan to have a baby. She’s the best!

Sarah Howard

12/1/2019

What would I have done without Ailish?

I still would have birthed our beautiful daughter but the list of things I would have missed out on is immense!

I wouldn’t have been as informed of my rights and options.

I wouldn’t have been wrapped in the same love and support throughout prenatals, labor, birth, and postpartum. I felt strong and powerful even through many of the unfortunate parts of pregnancy.

My partner wouldn’t have felt as comfortable and prepared to support me and celebrate the process.

We would’ve missed her expertise at navigating the personnel, the environment, and the terminology once we got to the hospital.

Ailish provided me with tips and tricks specific to moving baby down and into a good position based on our situation at the moment throughout my labor. These techniques were familiar as we had practice with them at each prenatal visit which was invaluable.

She stayed close and was so attentive to my emotional needs during labor and helped my husband support me in just the right way.

She is a big reason we felt empowered, heard, and educated in bringing our girl earthside.

Ailish was absolutely the best decision we made in regards to having the birth of my dreams!

We can’t wait to book her for baby #2 when the time comes!

Morgan

11/26/2019

When my husband suggested we hire a doula, I was skeptical. But it was the best decision we have ever made! Ailish was absolutely amazing! I could call or text with any questions or concerns at any time and she responded with care and wisdom. She showed us stretches and Spinning Babies techniques to help get our little girl in a better birthing position and to help with the aches and pains of pregnancy. She helped my husband feel like he could be part of the process without pushing past his comfort zone. She guided us through making a birth wish list and even though nothing went as planned she helped us through every medical decision with a calmness that made me feel like everything was going to be ok even though panic was setting in. She gently reminded us that we had options and time to contemplate the choices the doctors were giving us. Ailish brings a sense of serenity and support like no other. She is eager and excited about continuing her education and learning new techniques to help her clients. If life graces us with another little one I hope I get the privilege of working with Ailish again!

Kate Cofiell

11/2/2019

Getting pregnant is so exciting and then at least for me it was a tiny bit terrifying. Being the type A that I am the lists began and that's when I ran across the idea of a doula. Enter YourBirthTribe, enter doula speed dating, enter an immediate connection with Ailish.

Ailish is compassionate, patient, understanding, smart, and kind. She has an incredibly unique skill set. She tailored everything to my needs - most of which I did not know I needed myself. 

I truly believe that without Ailish I would not have been able to have the natural birth I dreamed of. Ailish knew I was stronger than  I did. Ailish knew to apply counter pressure to my terrible back labor and instinctively what would calm my raw anxious nerves. Ailish knew to snap a few photos of the most precious time in my life because although I did not know, she knew, I would want them later. 

My words could never do justice to the service Ailish provided for me and my husband, holding our hands and our hearts while we became parents. When I reminisce about my birth for the rest of my life - my memories will be laced with her love, support & presence, for that I am forever grateful. 

M.C.

10/20/2019

Having Ailish as my doula was the best thing that I could have done. She is organized, listened to my needs and wants, tactfully suggested things I may not have thought of and was always available via text or phone. I was really impressed with how much she went out of her way to help. For example I have special diatery needs and she called the hospital and spoke with the head of dietary to be sure I'd have my needs met. She was a constant source of strength and support during my entire labour and even after. She also is very generous. Every visit we had from our prenatal visits to the post partum; she brought me samples of things that would help me in my pregnancy amongst other gifts a new mom could appreciate. Ailish seems to really enjoy what she does as a doula as it shows in all of her interactions. 

E Celik

8/15/2019

In this industrial age  when you have no family around to be help and educate you with birth it is very tough on men as much as on women. To be honest as men we don't quite understand the level of emotinal turbulance they go through. But no worries you have great option as Ailish, it like hiring a sister in law .I never heard the term "Doula" until i met Ailish who is a great doula. She will take some stress of your shoulders and help and ease your wife's tension during the journey of you childs birth. Highly recommended.

Lauren Aceto

7/23/2019

I am so grateful that I met Ailish and she was a part of my pregnancy, labor, delivery, and postpartum period.  I chose Ailish to be my doula because she is so easy to be around and she listened and truly cared about my concerns and fears regarding labor and delivery. In addition she got along great with both my husband and our dog. Ailish was, and still is, there for me to answer any questions related to baby. I ended up being in labor for almost 2 days and Ailish stayed by my side! She made me feel comfortable and reminded me that any bumps in the road were completely normal. Ailish provides a constant sense of relief for my husband and I. She reminded us that we were doing great and that things that seemed scary at the time were normal.  Ailish met many of my family members throughout my labor and no she got along great with everyone.  After I delivered she stayed for a bit to help me breastfeed.  When I came home from the hospital Ailish checked in to see how we were doing. She even came over to help me figure out how to use my breast pump and baby carriers. Ailish is an amazing doula. I highly recommend her. She is such a loving and supportive person. I am so happy that she helped me bring my baby into the world

Erik

4/30/2019

We LOVED Ailish! It was evident upon meeting that she was an excellent Doula—the perfect match for us! A warm, welcoming energy—Ailish is very easy to be around, thoughtful/mindful. She goes the extra mile!Practically speaking—she was a great teacher/communicator. Ailish shared her depth of knowledge generously! Specifically, my wife and I learned relaxation techniques (which this anxious dad-to-be surely appreciated), birthing techniques with the rebozo, exercise ball, etc. Her demonstrations were seamless; presented in a way that was easy to put into practice. Ailish was also incredibly helpful in assisting us with our birth plan; bringing our wishes for our birth experience into focus. OUR DAUGHTER’S BIRTH (4/10/19): Ailish was very responsive! She arrived within 90 minutes, bringing a variety of comfort items for our stay: aromatherapy oils, LED candles, exercise balls, etc. She even crafted affirmations for the labor room—artistic, thoughtful! Throughout the labor, Ailish provided a perfect blend of support: her words, her hand in labor positioning, and calming presence. Alternatively, she provided moments of privacy when we most needed it. She’s quite intuitive in that way—anticipatory! As a whole, the labor experience was pleasant for ALL—HEALTHY baby, and mom/dad—centered as can be! Ailish was the key ingredient. Simply put, we could not have done this as “in-style”, without her! POST BIRTH: Ailish visited us at home twice within 20 days of our daughter’s birth. She ensured that we were well, and that baby was well. She provided additional insights/advice—reassuring us (2 NEW parents). It was a comfort having her! We’ve also been in contact with Her over the phone/text message on several occasions when needed—what a bonus! Not only has Ailish been a great Doula, but a great friend made that we’d love to stay in touch with!

Samantha

4/21/2019

I am 11 days post delivery of my first child, a daughter. I am also a mental health therapist and work with moms around their mental health during motherhood. This was one reason I wanted to have a doula because I know how important having support can be, especially as a first time mom. What I didn’t realize was how beneficial this service truly would be in so many ways. Ailish was amazing throughout the entire process. Answering questions and talking me through the various thoughts I would have throughout my pregnancy. Having her support and guidance during labor and delivery was also something that made my experience as positive as possible. To also have her support after delivery in the early days of adjusting to motherhood with all the responsibilities and worries was and is priceless. 

I cant speak highly enough about the benefits of having a doula and Ailish is an amazing choice! She will provide you with the support and guidance to have the best pregnancy and birth for you! 

Birth Availability for Ailish McMahon-Lewis CD

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