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Fern Compton CD(DONA), Lamaze, Placenta Services

Bella Birth Choices

Website: http://www.bellabirthchoices.com/

Phone: (757) 746-7419

Birth Fee: $0 to $1000

Postpartum Rate: Not specified

Fee Details: As Bella Birth Choices' client you may add one service FREE & unlimited additional services for $50 Assistance Freezer Meal Preparation, includes 8-16 meals and 3+ desserts Belly Casting Placenta Encapsulation Bengkung Belly Binding Additional Postpartum visit to aid in light house chores, breastfeeding, or nap/break

Birth Doula Experience: 8 years and 154 births attended

Postpartum Doula Experience: 8 years and 467 families served

Doula Training

Not Specified

Type of Practice: Solo practice

Clients per Month: 1 to 2 births and 1 to 4 postpartum families

Postpartum limits/restrictions: I am only serving as a Placenta Encapsulation Specialist, Bengkung Belly Binding Artist, Breastfeeding Support, Postpartum Mood & Anxiety Disorder Coordinator
Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Attends home births? Any Home Birth
I will support Unassisted, family births too. My 8th and 9th babies were a planned unassisted homebirth.

Childbirth Education Certifications

  • Bradley
  • CAPPA (Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association)
  • Lamaze International
  • Bradley Childbirth educator; Brio Birth educator; CAPPA Ceritified Teen Educator in training

Breastfeeding Certifications

  • Certified Lactation Counselor (The Center for Breastfeeding)
  • Certified Lactation Educator (CAPPA)
  • La Leche League Leader
  • I have nursed 9 babies, have experience with child-led weaning, and participated extensively in my local LLL. I will be working on bringing LLL to Panama City soon.

Other Relevant Certifications

  • 4. Biologix Solutions Bloodborne Pathogens for Placenta Encapsulation Specialists Trained
  • American Academy of CPR and First Aid, Inc Certified
  • CHBE – Certified Happiest Baby Educator
  • CPR Certified - Red Cross
  • Neonatal Resuscitation Certified (American Academy of Pediatrics)
  • Rebozo Training
  • Reiki Practitioner
  • SERVSAFE® Food Safety Management Training
  • CPR and First-Aid adult, child, and Infants; OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens, I hae participated in my local ICAN chapter, International Cesarean Awareness Network, I have also attended BOLD training, as well as Gena Kirby's Rebozo method training.

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Adoption
  • Cesarean birth
  • Clients on bed rest
  • Expected stillbirth
  • Families conceiving with ART and IVF
  • Hearthside perinatal bereavement care training
  • High risk
  • Home Birth
  • Induced and high medical technology labor & birth
  • LGBTQP Families
  • Multiples
  • Over 40
  • Plus size mothers
  • Postpartum mood disorders
  • Prematurity
  • Relinquishing mothers
  • Remote and rural clients birthing away from home
  • Single parents
  • Spanish Speaking
  • Special needs babies
  • Surrogacy
  • Survivors of Previous Life Trauma
  • Survivors of childhood sexual abuse
  • Teens
  • Twins
  • VBAC
  • Waterbirth
  • Women and Families of Color

Special Services Offered

  • Baby sign language education
  • Baby-led weaning
  • Babywearing education
  • Belly casting
  • Bereavement doula (pregnancy & infant loss)
  • Cloth diapering education
  • Henna belly designs
  • Military families
  • Miscarriage Support (Before, During or After)
  • Mother blessing celebrations
  • Mother Roasting
  • Placenta encapsulation
  • Pregnancy, birth and/or newborn photography
  • Reduced rates for women considering adoption
  • Satellite Doula (For remote and rural clients)
  • Sibling support (for your older children at the birth)

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

Care Net peer counselor. Manassas Midwifery and Woman's Health Center volunteer doula. Operation Special Delivery volunteer doula. I have also supported many clients who were teens, single moms, and low income families. Calvery Counseling Center Teen Educator

Languages spoken: English

Client Testimonials for Fern Compton CD(DONA), Lamaze, Placenta Services

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Nilma Almeida Jeudy

Fern is one of the most loving, gentle  and kind person that  I've meet. When we were expecting our third child my husband and I wanted to have a Natura birth  Fern was the right fit for our family as a mentor, dula and Bradley method instructor. She had thought us so much. She is very knowledgeable and thought  me so much about child birth, my body, nutrition and postpartum  care. Her soft spoken and gentle personality made working with her such a pleasant experience. I highly recommend her services. I would totally have another baby jusy to hear Fern's gentle, soft spoken voice during our weekly meetings :-) 

Posted 2/12/2016

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Samantha King

Reaching out to Fern for placenta encapsulation was such a great choice! She is knowledgeable, professional & personable. For me, having the service done in my home was such a treat because I was able to witness the whole process being done & also take a close look at what helped aide in the creation of my child. 

Posted 1/21/2016

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Tracy Arntson

I can honestly say I would not have been able to "survive" my VBAC if not for Fern. She was amazing. She had so many tricks up her sleeves. I think she has something for every situation. One key example was when I was 9 cm but only 90% and the dr said that in order to prevent swelling they highly recommended an epidural. After discussing that with my husband and Fern we decided to call for the epidural. However, it took nearly an hour for them to arrive. During that time I had such an incredible urge to push and the contractions were right on top of each other. In order to help me, she had me repeat after her random colors while laying on my stomach. Brilliant! At the end, I was fully dilated, 100% and able to have a 100% natural birth. After my son was born and he was placed on my chest, Fern and I had a very moving conversation which in essence helped me to process not only his birth but also my daughters birth from 3 years earlier. It has forever my relationship with my daughter. Fern is more than a doula, she is an angel. I would recommend her to anyone!

Posted 4/13/2012

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Tracy Arntson

I can honestly say I would not have been able to "survive" my VBAC if not for Fern. She was amazing. She had so many tricks up her sleeves. I think she has something for every situation. One key example was when I was 9 cm but only 90% and the dr said that in order to prevent swelling they highly recommended an epidural. After discussing that with my husband and Fern we decided to call for the epidural. However, it took nearly an hour for them to arrive. During that time I had such an incredible urge to push and the contractions were right on top of each other. In order to help me, she had me repeat after her random colors while laying on my stomach. Brilliant! At the end, I was fully dilated, 100% and able to have a 100% natural birth. After my son was born and he was placed on my chest, Fern and I had a very moving conversation which in essence helped me to process not only his birth but also my daughters birth from 3 years earlier. It has forever changed my relationship with my daughter. Fern is more than a doula, she is an angel. I would recommend her to anyone!

Posted 4/7/2012

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Tonya Smith

Hi :o)  My name is Tonya and I gave birth unmedicated after having TWO previous C-SECTIONS!!! I was hessitant to have a doula there as I am very shy and had lots of friends to support me, but Fern was my Bradley Class instructor and such a sweet person. I heard so many good things about havnig a doula present so I decided if I'm trying for a VBAC it would be worth it to have her there... AND IT WAS! I am telling you right now, that I don't think I could have done it without Fern there. At least, unmedicated ;o)  She encouraged me so much, helped my husband to get involved, and at times when I was losing it she seemed to be the only person I could actually hear. She was always so calm and reassuring. Looking back at the birth, eveyone else seemed like a blur... (I had 7 people and 2 nurses in the room), but I could hear Mark and Fern and it helped more then I can say.  I thought I had labor all planned out. I took my Bradley classes, had been practicing relaxation and doing exercises... but when the time came it was another story. Everything I learned left me and all I could do was try to bare the pain. Fern helped me to relax and reminded me of some of the things we learned in the Bradley Class. She is the one, during the pushing stage, that helped me know how to push. The advice she gave me while I was pushing made a huge difference. I hope she knows how very thankful I am to have had her there.  It meant the world to me. When others said I couldn't do it, she was there... and guess what. I DID IT!!!

Posted 1/23/2012

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Alexandra Edwards

I was looking online to find someone in the area that could prepare my placenta for me. I found Fern Compton on her website, Bella Birth Choices. While I had also reached out to a few others who could prepare my placenta, Fern was the first to get back to me, the friendliest, and the most helpful. She took the time to explain the entire process to me from start to finish, and also explained the benefits. I decided to use Fern to prepare my placenta since she was so kind and helpful over the phone. When I had finally given birth, I called Fern two days later and within a day, she was over my home to prepare my placenta. When she came over, she also asked me how I was feeling and how breastfeeding was going. I was struggling quite a bit with breastfeeding and she took the time to talk to me about it and offer several solutions I may want to try. I was also missing a piece for the pump I had rented and Fern brought the piece to my home the next day so I could pump both breasts at once. I also just enjoyed talking with her; she is kind, sweet, and a thoughtful person. She also has great ideas about parenting and shared those with me when she was at my home. Fern has a wealth of knowledge and it is clear that she wants to use this knowledge to help others. She was a breath of fresh air for a tired mom and a blessing to have around in those special days right after delivery. I am also so thankful for the way she prepared my placenta; it really seems to be helping with my postpartum hormones! If you choose Fern as your doula, birth class instructor, placenta-preparer, etc., you will not be disappointed!

Posted 1/16/2012

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Lisa Zeitlin

We could not have been happier with Fern - she's irreplaceable! We were fortunate in that in addition to being our doula, we also took Fern's Bradley birth class. She is level-headed, knowledgeable, and compassionate.

Due to our daughter being breech our birth experience did not go as planned (we wanted a natural and unmedicated childbirth) and I ended up with a c-section. I did get a little sick of some of the hospital staff questioning why we had a doula if I was having a c-section. I admit the plan was not surgery when we hired Fern, but we never regretted that choice. Even with a c-section Fern was invaluable. Her wealth of knowledge and calming nature made me feel more comfortable with the way my childbirth experience played out. We were lucky that our surgical team did allowed both my husband and Fern in the operating room and the extra calming and familiar person was priceless. After my daughter was delivered and they had my husband leave with her while they stitched me up Fern stayed and kept me sane.

I could go on and on about how wonderful my husband and I both think Fern is. Her experience and vast knowledge is truly invaluable. We're so glad she was able to be part of our birth experience.
 

Posted 12/10/2011

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Angeli Tempel

Fern is a wonderful doula.  She has a calm, relaxing pressence which was exactly what I needed for my birth.  During our prenatal visits, she provided me with lots of useful information.  She was very generous and gave me a birthing ball.  I used this to do some exercises before my birth and I still use it now to get my tummy back in shape.  Fern also was available when ever I needed her.  She came to my home in the middle of the night and kept track of my contractions for me.  At the hospital, Fern was able to assist me in advocating for the type of birth I wanted.  She knew just what to say when I was stressed to calm me down, so everything could go smootly.  Fern also did a good job of warning me ahead of time of some things that might happen since I was going for a VBAC.  For exampe, she explained that most doctors like constant fetal monitoring for VBACs, which allowed me to talk with my doctor ahead of time about this.  She also warned me tha the doctor would check my scar right after birth, which helped me know what to expect so I could stay calm.  After my birth, Fern came to visit me again at my home to check on me.  She met my son, and gave him a large recieving blanket, which has been perfect for swaddling.  If I ever decide to have more children, I plan to have Fern help me through it again. 

Posted 12/7/2011

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Elvira & Robin

My husband and I couldn’t be more thankful to Fern Compton for her support before, during and after the birth of our first daughter in June 2011. I first contacted Fern about the Bradley classes and even though her class schedule didn’t work out for us, Fern kept checking on me and answering any questions I had via email. It was not until a couple of months later that we decided to hire Fern as our doula. From the first prenatal session, we knew she was the right person to join our birth team. Her dedication and passion for what she does go beyond her call of duty. Fern is compassionate, caring, and understanding. She related to us as she had known us for years. We could not have done an un-medicated vaginal birth without her. Fern was a vital part of our birth team, and we would highly recommend her as a doula.

Posted 7/14/2011

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Zahra Safavian

I used Fern Compton as my doula for the birth of my second child. I was trying for a drug-free VBAC. My OBs said I was a perfect candidate for a VBAC, but toward the end of my pregnancy they began pushing for a c-section as I had not yet gone into labor by 41 weeks. Fern really helped me in those last couple weeks of pregnancy, both in giving me information about various techniques for helping me to get labor started and to prepare for labor and in discussing how I might make my wishes for waiting to let my body go into labor naturally known to my doctors. In the end I was able to convince my doctors to let me wait until closer to 42 weeks to go into labor on my own. I credit Fern's support during labor for my successful VBAC. After many hours of labor there was a shift change, and the second doctor was not as supportive of my efforts to labor without interventinos. She immediately pushed me to have an epidural and to prepare myself for a c-section. Fern helped me voice my concerns to the doctor and hospital staff, all while holding my hand and helping me get through the pain of my contractions. When the doctor got ready to do an episiotomy against my express wishes, Fern asked me whether I wanted to tear naturally -- both notifying of what was going on and allowing me to vocalize my wishes to the doctor. These are just a couple ways Fern helped me have the birth experience I hoped for. I am forever grateful to her for her support and would recommend her to anyone.

Posted 7/4/2011

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Nancy G

We were planning a natural, Bradley birth in a hospital, so we wanted the help of someone with experience to make things go smoothly.  Undoubtedly, Fern was the compassionate, knowledgeable addition we were looking for.  From the moment we met her, Fern put us at ease, a quality we appreciated in the LDR.  She was professional, kind, and didn't force her biases on us.  At each meeting pre and post birth, she was organized and even thoughtful enough to bring our new baby a gift.  I highly recommend her services.

Posted 5/22/2011

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Jackie Ziegler

We couldn't be more pleased with the doula services Fern provided for our family.  She is extremely knowledgable, and has the perfect personality and demeanor for her work.  From the moment we met her, we felt comfortable about having her as our doula, and ultimately she helped us to be confident about pursuing a natural birth for our first child.  She brings a great deal of experience to the table, and her in-depth knowledge of the Bradley Method was something we greatly appreciated.  Throughout our relationship with her, she was always available to give advice and answer questions, and most importantly, she provided reassurance when we needed it.  During labor and delivery, her assistance was priceless in terms of helping us stay focused on meeting our goals, and achieving the birth experience we hoped for.  She's an incredible person, and we are grateful that we got to know her, and that she was with us for our son's birth.         

Posted 3/22/2011

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dacey joella

My experience with Fern was as good as it could possibly have been. When we were in the delivery room she was very patient and soothing, and she was very good at explaining to me the purpose of the different machines in the room and how the monitoring system worked. She also gave me step-by-step guidance through each varying stage of labor, including tips and tricks on how to progress the process so that you can have as short a labor period as possible, and she was very tactful in helping me stick to my original birth plan. She's had seven kids each birth was done naturally, so she knows what you're going through and what she's talking about but doesn't force her opinions on anything. I felt that if I wanted to change my mind and get an epidural that she'd support me all the way, no matter what. Her goal is to make you feel as safe and in control as possible. She is so supportive and so open hearted to anything you need. She can help you make decisions before hand that are best for you and that can help minimize pain. She is purely amazing and by following her advice I know without a doubt that my time spent in active labor was cut in half, and my healing process was too. She even stayed well past the delivery to help me breast feed my baby and taught me how to get him to latch. She went above and beyond, thank you, Fern!

Posted 8/11/2010

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