Birth Fee: $750 to $975
Fee Details: I am passionate about doula services being available for any birthing person who desires the support. I work closely with my clients and partners prior to labor to build a strong, safe, and trusting relationship where they are supported emotionally, physically, and with information and advocacy. My goal is to support you in whatever your birth goals and preferences would be, resulting in your birth experience as positive and meaningful as possible. Being invited into a significant life event is an honor and I aim to provide the support that the role deserves. My birth doula services - prenatal visits, unlimited text, phone and email support, continuous labor support, and postnatal visit - I charge $975. I offer packages with fewer prenatal visits or only labor support, for clients that might be interested. I also offer Placenta Encapsulation as a separate service, request information if interested. Please let me know if you would like to discuss an alternative financial arrangement.
Birth Doula Experience: 2 years and 16 births attended
Clients per Month: 1 to 3Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
I am so passionate about childbirth - in all its forms and stories and twists and turns. I believe every woman should have access to the support of a doula if they desire; that they are supported emotionally, physically, and advocated for during this incredibly personal and intimate time.
Languages spoken: English
Wow, Anna is absolutely amazing!
I'm a first time mom and I am so glad we had Anna. I had a lot of anxiety about birth because everyone in my family had a c-section, and I hadn't actually been to a birth myself. Anna put my mind at ease and gave me the confidence that everything would be okay.
There were a few things that really set Anna apart from everyone else:
- Empathy and Kindness: From the moment I met Anna, I thought she was a kindred soul. I really liked that she had personally experienced both a c-section and a vaginal birth, so she was very credible about both experiences. She's calm, thoughtful, and extremely knowledgeable.
- Organization and Preparation: I loved that Anna was super on top of it. Every time we met she had a clear agenda where she gave me really relevant info based on the stage of my pregnancy. I felt like she was my birth educator and taught me things I didn't learn elsewhere. At the same time, she's the opposite of scripted - I loved that she was so prepared to help me prepare for birth, but each time we spent time with her it was like a conversation with a long lost friend.
- 1:1, High Touch Service: Anna met me at a coffee shop by my house for our first consult, and then at our home for two sessions before the birth. When Anna says she's available for questions, she means it. Every time she brought me teas and after birth she brought me a really thoughtful care package. She genuinely cares about all her clients.
In the end, Anna was in the hospital with us for 16 hours as she helped me through multiple phases of a stalled labor. She was always providing encouragement, showing me exercises to get the baby into a better position, and overall helping to orchestrate the birth. She was absolutely wonderful and made our birth experience stress-free and happy.
I can't recommend her enough!
Anna was wonderful! I really enjoyed my birthing experience and look back on it fondly. Leading up to the birth, Anna not only gave us lots of good info, but was also a great listener, learning about us and our preferences. When I had a doctor's appoinment where I learned I would no longer quaify to birth in a birthing center, I sent her a message to let her know and express how dissapointing that was. She called me back and gave me space to talk through the dissapointment and then helped me think about how I could still create a birthing experience as close to what I had imagined. Anna was very present durring the birth, she remembered my preferences, such as specific visulizations, and made sure to use those with me. She was very encouraging and helped with pain management and was responsive to what worked for me personally. The postpartum visit from Anna was very affirming. It was great to have someone to talk through the whirlwind of birth and the first few days with a newborn as first time parents. Anna also had taken some notes durring the birth and shared those with me. I was really grateful to have those to add to my journaling since the birth was an experience I wanted to treasure and remember.
Working with Anna was truly the best experience my husband and I could have imagined. Not only was she highly recommended to me, she really met and exceeded any expectations I had. We met for lunch around 32 weeks and immediately my husband and I agreed that we wanted to have her as our doula. This is our first child so one of the things that we liked best about Anna in that first meeting, is how she presented us thought provoking questions to help prepare us well ahead of time. Throughout, she presented information in a clear and loving manner to help me prepare (as best possible) for labor and delivery. She helped us create realistic birth wishes and, leading up to labor, answered all of my questions. She really became a friend to me.
We had planned on a water birth but at the hospital I ended up changing my mind. Though I was worried the team around me would be disappointed that I wasn't keeping to my original "wishes", Anna made it very clear that she and everyone else involved were proud of me and happy for me REGARDLESS of how I delivered. As my family came into town/the hospital, she worked with my husband to facilitate the type of interactions we had previously discussed. Not only was she attentive and sweet to me, but my family absolutely adored her. During delivery and the pushing phase, she kept my husband calm when the unexpected occurred and continued to actively encourage me throughout. Lastly, the day of, Anna kept a journal of everything... including sweet moments or funny things we did/said so we would always have those memories.
In her post partum visit, Anna came to our house bearing gifts. We talked through the entire day of L&D, reminiscing, laughing and processing. It was also so special to see her hold our baby!! I really cannot say enough good things about Anna. It is undeniably evident that she deeply loves being a doula and is passionate about her work. I would never want to do this without her!
We simply cannot say enough good things about Anna Otaola.
Like so many first-time births, the arrival of our daughter did not go as planned; after an otherwise uneventful pregnancy, we suddenly found ourselves heading to the hospital for an urgently-needed induction. Our birth plan had vanished before our eyes, along with our sense of calm and sanity.
Anna did not miss a beat - she helped us re-center as we adapted to the new plan, and showed up at the hospital right on cue and ready to work. Her presence was both subtle and strong, as she provided ongoing encouragement and nuanced advice that allowed us, miraculously, to regain a feeling of teamwork and control.
Our baby girl came quickly - and even as our heads were still spinning, we felt both proud and grateful for our birth experience thanks to Anna's sure and steady guidance.
In addition to her support at our daughter's birth, Anna provided exceptional care to our family during our 2 prenatal and 1 postpartum visits. She helped us prepare for our daughter's arrival, develop a communication plan and practice pain management techniques that we employed during labor. During our postpartum visit, Anna guided us through some helpful reflection on our birth experience and even brought a basket of fun treats for mom, baby and dad to enjoy.
We would recommend working with Anna as a doula without reservation, and will look forward to partnering with her again in the future as our family grows.
We are so grateful for Anna’s support before, during, and after the birth of our daughter. Anna’s serene, calming presence and careful listening were such a gift. She has always made me feel heard.
My labor progressed faster than expected, so Anna met us at the hospital. It was kind of stressful transitioning from laboring at home to the more bureaucratic hospital space, but Anna helped make that transition as smooth as possible. Without me having to explain anything, Anna helped me continue using the coping strategies that had worked well for me at home. Her encouragement, guidance, and support were invaluable.
The birth of our daughter was a very emotional experience for both my husband and me. Anna made the experience even more meaningful by helping us both feel more grounded and supported.
As our doula, Anna provided both me and my husband excellent support. She was calm and her presence brought strength and encouragement. She spoke truth and grace, as I struggled believing I could complete the tremendous challenge of birthing my son. I was so grateful to have her comforting eyes as a focal point, and her arms to hold my legs as I pushed. Anna took clues, had insight and helped guide me and the medical team as the birth of my son evolved differently from my plan. Due to a significant tear during the delivery requiring extensive repair, I was unable to remain with my husband and son after the delivery. She stayed with them both until I was back in room -- providing me peace, and my husband reassurance during my absence. I am so grateful for all she did for me and my family!
From the moment that I called Anna while in labor she was there immediately and was fully and completely present throughout my entire labor and delivery. I ended up having to have a cesarean after going through 24 hours of active labor and she never left my side. She listened, she gave me space, and she encouraged me with words when needed and she told me the truth. I also would like to say that she gave great permission to my husband. I wasn’t sure how he would feel having her being apart of everything. However, she did a phenomenal job of standing in the background so that Ryan could take the lead when he wanted, and she seemed to know when to step in as was right. The thing that I remember most about Anna was her intentional presence. I knew she was watching me. I knew she was listening. I knew she was very attentive to everything that was going on and having her there made me feel so much better. I cannot recommend her highly enough. My first birth experience would not have been the same without her.
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