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Stephany Martinez, Certified Doula & Lactation Counselor

The Village Doula, LLC

Circle Pines, MN Service range 25 miles

6513992379

https://www.thevillagedoulamn.com/

Birth Fee

$1200 to $1500

Birth Fee

$1200 to $1500


Birth Doula Experience

4 years and 115 births attended


Doula Training

  • International Doula Institute, January 2019

Type of practice: Solo practice

Clients per month: 3 to 5

Attends hospital births? All Hospitals

Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers

Attends home births? Any Home Birth


Special Services Offered

  • Abortion support
  • Aromatherapy
  • Childbirth education services
  • First Aid and CPR
  • Lactation consultant/counselor services
  • LGBTQIA+ Support
  • Military families support
  • Miscarriage support
  • Mother blessing celebrations
  • Placenta encapsulation
  • Pregnancy, birth and/or newborn photography
  • Prenatal & postpartum fitness services
  • Prenatal or postnatal massage
  • Prenatal Yoga
  • Reduced rates for women considering adoption
  • Satellite doula (for remote and rural clients)
  • Sibling support (for your older children at the birth)
  • Surrogates and intended parents
  • Therapeutic bodywork
  • Virtual and remote doula support

Languages Spoken

  • English

Fee Details

As your doula, my promise is to support you physically, emotionally, and spiritually. You will have me to lean on for education, guidance, and encouragement. We will spend some time together during prenatals to discuss your needs, birth preferences, and prepare for this incredible experience. I work hard to connect with each and every one of my clients to better understand them and t heir unique needs. From comfort measures to birthing styles, we will work together to create the foundation of your birth knowledge. I offer education and guidance on nutrition, childbirth, mind/body connections, fitness, and parenthood. We will clarify your birth vision together and discuss comfort measures such as aromatherapy, massage and hot/cold therapy, labor positioning and other hands on approaches. I instruct you on strengthening exercises and labor positions that will help prepare you for birth. We will become a team, your team.

Circle Pines, MN Service range 25 miles

Client Testimonials for Stephany Martinez, Certified Doula & Lactation Counselor

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Cassandra

5/6/2022

Having Stephany as my doula was one of the best experiences of my life. Not only did she provide amazing support throughout my pregnancy journey, she gave me lifelong tools to support and uplift myself beyond giving birth.

As someone who was a first time mama-with loads of anxiety, Stephany was there for me every step of the way- intuitively giving you exactly what you need in whatever stage you’re in.
She has a way of not making it feel like she’s just your doula, but your best friend.

Stephany is very thorough in all the pre-labor meetings giving you tools and guidance on how to have a positive birth experience,-regardless of the outcome.

I truly believe that because of her knowledge and tools, I was able to have the beautiful birth experience that I did. Even as a first time mama, I was able to give birth within two hours of waking up/my water breaking!

I will never forget my birth experience and I know that Stephany played one of the biggest roles in it. If you’re considering a doula, you have found her!

Maia

12/8/2021

Hiring Stephany was the best decision my husband and I made regarding our birth plan. She was always accessible and willing to answer questions before labor. As a first time mom, there were a lot of unknowns and she made us both feel informed and ready to deliver our baby. 

Once I was in labor, Stephany came to our house and helped me labor at home. She was very encouraging without being distracting. My husband felt like she partnered with us during labor instead of replacing him. When I had a poor experience with the midwives as the birth center, Stephany remained positive and reminded me of my birth plan. Unfortunately my long labor mixed with negativity from the midwives started to become too much for me and I made the decision to transfer to the hospital and get an epidural. Even though this wasn't the plan or goal, she did not make me feel judged and continued to be nothing but reassuring. 

When it was hard emotionally that things didn't go as planned, having Stephany there made a huge difference for us. I can't image going through labor/delivery without her. It was also very nice having the postpartum visit to go over how labor went and to emotionally process things. 

Overall we are beyond grateful for her.

Megan

11/29/2021

Stephany was wonderful! It was my first pregnancy. My husband and I really appreciated all the support and information Stephany was able to give us. She made us feel so comfortable going threw this crazy and exciting experience. She gave us such a piece of mind to have on stand by for questions and when the time came to head to the hospital. She was there so fast and helped us relax during labor and it was such a pleasure to have her be a part of the birth of our son! Highly recommend her :)

Jenny Schultz

10/29/2021

One of my close friends referred Stephany to us. It was our second pregnancy and first experience with a doula. We could feel the good energy and passion for her work the minute we met her. Stephany supported us in every decision that we made and always left us feeling confident. She was very easy to talk to and responded quickly whenever we reached out.  Having a support person like Stephany made all the difference going through this pregnancy. While my labor was progressing quickly, Stephany also had another client in labor. She acted quickly and made sure that the back up doula was on her way to me. It wasn't the ideal situation, but Stephany dealt with it gracefully and made sure I was okay until she was able to be there. Stephany arrived just in time for the birth. She jumped right in providing support and encouragement as I delivered our baby girl. Stephany's guidance and support gave us the tools to have a beautiful and empowering home birth experience. 
I would refer Stephany to anyone and everyone! Stephany wasn't just our doula, she became a part of our family unit. She is the BEST!

Sandy Valdez

4/28/2021

We hired Stephany as our doula for the birth of our third child. We didn’t have a doula for our previous births but after working with Stephany I wish we did! She was very knowledgeable and helpful throughout our pregnancy, and it was wonderful having her amazing support during labor and delivery. She helped me achieve the birth experience I always envisioned. It’s amazing how much more confident and prepared I felt going into labor knowing I had a strong support system that understood our history and birth plan. I would highly recommend her to any expecting parents!

Jennifer

3/3/2021

Having Stephany as my doula was easily one of the best decisions I made throughout my pregnancy. As a first-time and single mama, I was excited, nervous, and everything in between. I didn't know what I didn't know, and Stephany was a tremendous resource throughout my pregnancy, labor, delivery, and postpartum. My baby decided to surprise me 5 weeks early and Stephany was the support, encouragement, and no-nonsense pep talk I needed to have the unmedicated birth I wanted. Stephany checked in with me regularly during the NICU days, not just to see how my son was, but also to see how I was doing. Having Stephany as my doula was invaluable. I'd recommend her to anyone, without hesitation!!!

Wei Peng

12/23/2020

Stephany is very caring and professional. My husband couldn't be with me when I gave birth. Stephany's calming personality really eased my nerves. She's also very professional. With her help, my delivery was quick and smooth. Her prenatal and postpartum visits were also helpful! I really enjoyed having her as my doula and I'm grateful for her care! 

Brittany

10/21/2020

Stephany was a breath of fresh air for our pregnancy, labor and postpartum journey. She brought a wealth of knowledge, experience, and ideas that helped us understand and conquer any and all fears that may have come up along the way by answering all our questions with respect and confidence. We enjoyed her friendliness, easy-going personality, and responsiveness.

When it came to the day of our labor, which was long and exhausting, she was with us every step of the way, helping us through the most difficult parts. She was just as helpful with my husband as a support person as she was with me. After a total of 44 hours, which required her to take a break for a few hours with a backup doula, she was by our side when our son was born and helped with breastfeeding. Our home visit a few days later was great, too.

We highly recommend her and would love to have her again when/if the time comes for our second child!

Alex Magee

10/18/2020

Stephany was such an amazing part of our birth journey! From the moment we met her we immediately hit it off and knew she would be the perfect fit for us. Stephany was always very responsive and easy to communicate with. When we decided to switch from a birth center to home birth halfway through pregnancy, Stephany fully supported our decision and helped us find a midwife right away. Having a support person to connect with throughout pregnancy was extremely helpful and always gave us peace of mind.

During labor, Stephany provided invaluable support to help me reach my goal of birthing our baby at home. Her counter pressure and massage techniques were extremely helpful and kept me so much more comfortable during contractions. She was always very encouraging and great at providing guidance on breathing/different laboring positions. She was an amazing support person while also including my husband throughout the entire journey. Stephany played an integral role in us having the peaceful and empowering birth experience I always imagined!

Having Stephany throughout pregnancy and labor was the best decision we made and I cannot recommend her enough! We will definitely hire her for all our future pregnancies. I cannot wait to work with her again - doula for life!!

Andrea Linde

6/20/2020

I am so thankful that I made the decision to have Stephany as my doula to help with labor. My husband and I liked her from the very first meeting with had with her. Our plan was just "shop" around for a doula and pick the one we liked to most. Stephany was the first doula we met with and we decided we wanted to have her as our doula before we left the meeting.  Stephany is the type of person that you are immediately comfortable with and you feel like you've known her your entire life.  She was very helpful in preparing me for labor.  She was always very responsive to texts and calls. My husband and I wanted a doula present for the birth of our second baby because we wanted to have a calm, peaceful, controlled atmosphere. Stephany did an amazing job to help facilitate that atmosphere and we cannot thank her enough for the support she gave us and joy we experienced with the birth of our baby. My husband and I are extremely grateful that Stepthany was there for us in the delivery process.  If we do this again, I would want her there for me!

Marie

12/30/2019

We had a great experience with Stephany as our doula! She took us on as late clients (I was already over 35 weeks when we decided to completely switch our birth plan), and we were so thankful she was willing to work with us! She is knowledgeable and was able to advocate for us effectively at the hospital. She also is wonderful at massage and helped relax me during intense parts of my labor. Thank you, Stephany! 

Victoria Holmquist

10/2/2019

I cannot begin to describe how amazing Stephany was before, during and after labor/delivery. I had 2 full nights of false labor before going into full labor and she immediately answered my questions and comforted me. she was encouraging yet authentic and real at the same time about the importance of letting my body do its thing in its own time. My labor was extremely long and I can for sure count 2x that I legitimately wanted to quit and thought I couldnt keep going. Stephany new exactly what I needed to keep going whether it was to try a different position, a laugh, encouragement, or just a reminder of how strong I was. She also knew when to advocate for me to hospital staff such as encouraging longer skin to skin connection once baby was born. and at that point my mind was not on advocating so I was very appreciative that she was there to even think if advocating for me and baby. I would recommend her to anyone and everyone!

 

Kate Minor

9/16/2019

Stephany was a wonderful doula for my husband and me. From the first time we met, she was right there and available with information and encouragement. During the birth, she was full of ideas to help labor along and support me and my husband. I especially enjoyed her knowledge about exercise and moves to help prep for labor as well as specific exercises to help during labor. I highly recommend her to anyone looking for a doula. 

Hannah

8/27/2019

I am so grateful to Stephany for her role in the birth of my baby. Her strong but calm voice, affirmations, and touch were exactly what I needed when I doubted myself and wanted to give up. I was able to have the birth experience that I wanted, and I could not have done it without her!

 

Birth Availability for Stephany Martinez, Certified Doula & Lactation Counselor

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