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Lindsey VanAlstyne

Mother Rising

Website: https://www.motherrisingbirth.com

Phone: (850) 339-2606

Birth Fee: $900 to $1000

Postpartum Rate: $25

Fee Details: Birth Doula Fee: A meet and greet, 1 prenatal visit, your entire birth, and a postpartum visit. $100 discount for repeat clients and those who take my childbirth class. Postpartum Doula Fee: Minimum 6 hours booked. Postpartum Doula Fee Includes: Breastfeeding support, light housework and cooking, infant soothing support, and much more.

Birth Doula Experience: 10 years and 62 births attended

Postpartum Doula Experience: 5 years and 1 families served

Birth Doula Certifications

  • Birthing From Within - Certified Doula

Doula Training

Not Specified

Type of Practice: Partnership with 2 or more doulas

Clients per Month: 1 births and 1 postpartum families

Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Attends home births? Any Home Birth

Childbirth Education Certifications

  • Birthing From Within

Other Relevant Certifications

  • Certified Placenta Encapsulator (International Placenta & Postpartum Association - IPPA)
  • Neonatal Resuscitation Certified (American Academy of Pediatrics)

College Education

  • BA/BS

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Cesarean birth
  • Clients on bed rest
  • Expected stillbirth
  • High risk
  • Home Birth
  • LGBTQP Families
  • Over 40
  • Prematurity
  • Single parents
  • VBAC
  • Waterbirth

Special Services Offered

  • Aromatherapy
  • Placenta encapsulation

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

Member of the Tallahassee Doula Co-Op

Languages spoken: English

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Client Testimonials for Lindsey VanAlstyne

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Melanie Kimbrell

Lindsey is absolutely amazing! She is open, kind, and wise. Having her at the birth calmed and encouraged me and my partner through a long night and 4 plus hours of intense pushing! I wanted a doula there to give my partner a break if he needed it and also to be there for me! Lindsey was the perfect fit for us as she just had such a calming effect on both of us, she really listened to what we wanted, she respected our wishes and really heard our concerns! We loved her birth class as well! Her birth class was crucial in helping me work through my fears around what might come up for me during our son’s birth! So glad we had her on our birth team! I highly recommend using her after birth doula support and placenta services as well!

Posted 8/25/2014

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Kelsey Kuhlman

Being a first time mom and not knowing what to expect, I wanted a natural birth but was not opposed to having an epidural. Of my 24 hour labor, Lindsey was with us for 16 of those hours – providing various comfort measures and encouraging me during the most difficult times. She also directed my husband throughout the labor and was a sounding board for us as we made decisions in the hospital. I ended up giving birth naturally and have continually said I would have gotten the epidural at 7cm if it weren’t for Lindsey. This was not because she was promoting her own beliefs but because she was instilling confidence, reassurance, and compassion when I needed it the most. Her calming presence was contagious and helped me to remain composed and focused.

Lindsey has an easy-going disposition and obvious passion for women, families, birthing, breastfeeding, etc. Not only is she easy to talk to but she is a joy to be around. We cannot recommend Lindsey highly enough and will fondly look back on the birth experience of our first precious baby.

Posted 8/23/2014

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Colleen Nixon

Lindsey was an awesome doula, and my husband and I feel so blessed that she was there as a support to help our 3rd child enter into the world. She was our birth class teacher for our 2nd child and although it had been a year and 1/2 since we'd seen her, when we met again to talk about our desires & fears about bringing this baby (naturally) into the world, I was immeaditely comforted by her laidback yet confident presence and knew I COULD DO IT and everything was going to be okay with her by my side. Her knowledge and experience as a doula was wonderful. I loved how she would suggest different positions for me to help the baby get into a better postion and when I would start hitting walls of doubt in myself, she'd offer a change of scenary (like suggest the bath or the birth ball or the slow dance position with husband....it was always right when I needed it.) You won't regret hiring her to journey with you for one of the most important moments our your life.

Posted 8/21/2014

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Melanie Leitman

Lindsey was originally my back-up doula but she ended up becoming my primary about a week and a half before birth because my original doula was unavailable.  She made the transition seamless and was very good about making sure she understood all of my concerns and goals for labor and birth.  She did an excellent job of staying in touch before birth and was very patient with all of the "is this labor?" questions that this first-time momma had.  I ended up having a very long labor and Lindsey stayed with me for close to 24 hours until another doula was able to take over.  I was progressing very slowly but Lindsey never got defeated or frustrated and continued to provide me positive support and encouragement and propose ideas to help the labor progress and with my pain coping.  I could have not asked for a more compassionate and competent doula and I am so grateful that I had her to help me through my labor.  I highly recommend Lindsey as a Doula.

Posted 5/9/2014

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Christin Gonzalez

It was my second birth and I was desparately hopeful for a successful VBAC after an unplanned c-section with my first child. My husband and i were planning for a natural, unmedicated birth and decided early on to hire a doula to help increase our chances of a positive birth experience. Lindsey was the perfect doula for us and we greatly credit her with the amazing birth experience that we ultimately were able to have. Lindsey worked with us before the birth and helped educate us on what we could do to help with baby positioning for a better delivery. And it worked like a charm! Lindsey was also readily accessible when we needed her. She was on call and immediately responsive when we messaged her about signs of early labor. 

When active labor began, we notified Lindsey and she was at our house shortly thereafter. She helped us labor at home until it was time to go to the hospital. She was a great support in the hospital, helping to communicate with hospital staff on my behalf while I was mid-contraction (husband was parking the car). When I felt I could no longer labor unmedicated, Lindsey was a great source of encouragement to continue on as planned. She, along with my husband, was a great help with pain coping. With all of the support, i was able to have a wonderful, natural birth and VBAC. Lindsey was not only a great labor coach for me but an awesome support for my husband.

If I could do it all again, I wouldn't change a thing. 

Posted 5/5/2014

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Mireille Fry

I spent my pregnancy very worried that my overbearing mother and grandmother would somehow disrupt my birth and keep me from having the natural birth experience I wanted. Upon our first meeting, I knew that Lindsey was up to the task. As it turned out, she was the perfect companion through labor. We laughed, talked, (and texted in the wee hours of the morning...sorry!); Lindsey held my hand (both figuratively and literally) through the entire process. My birth was the best experience I could have had and that was due, in large part, to Lindsey's guidance and comfort.

Posted 6/7/2013

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Adelaide Mitchell

As someone unsure of whether I wanted a natural birth experience or an epidural, I was hesitant to hire a doula for fear of feeling "judged" if I did wind up with an epidural.  After talking with Lindsey for a few minutes, I realized that- in the true spirit of a doula- she is in it to serve the mother's needs, not to promote her own agenda (like I feared).  I thought she would be put off by the fact that I was having my birth at the hospital, and she quickly reassured me that she had aided in births at TMH many times.  That being said, Lindsey is the reason that I was able to deliver naturally.  As excited as my husband was about having a baby, he was clueless as to the best thing to say in each stage of labor and Lindsey was able to provide a soothing and encouraging voice, while my husband just held my hand.  He never felt like Lindsey had "replaced" him in his role at the birth.  If Lindsey had not warned us about the hospital nurses' tendency to try and bottle feed babies way too early, my son and I might never have established a good latch.  As far as out of hospital support, Lindsey met with me twice before the birth to provide invaluable information (we even worked on poses to try and help turn my son from sunnyside up), she met with me once postpartum to discuss breastfeeding and babywearing, and she still checks in with me every now and again to see how my new family is doing.  I would absolutely use Lindsey again for my second child and recommend her unhesitatingly.

Posted 4/6/2012

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Leslee Boldman

A doula myself, I was certain I would want a doula at my birth. It's one thing to be with a birthing woman, a whole different thing to be the birthing woman. I found Lindsey through a mutual friend and when we met I knew she was right for our envisioned birth.

I am very thankful we chose Lindsey as our doula.  She brought so much to our experience: I tend to be a more physical and mental person and she helped me focus on the spiritual and emotional side as well. She helped us emotionally prepare for experiencing birth beforehand; she provided a quiet strength that made me feel empowered during labor; and she has been a huge help to me in processing my birth experience. I am proud of what we accomplished during our time together while our daughter was being born and appreciate that our birth plan was followed completely. Birth was an incredible experience and I am so grateful she was there on my biggest day.

Posted 3/22/2012

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Esti Loeub

I feel very lucky to have had Lindsey as my doula. I had a natural drug-free labor and delivery and there's no way I could have done that without her emotional and physical support. All in all it was a very good birthing experience.

Posted 3/19/2012

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Sarah Young

My husband and I hired Lindsey to be our doula after taking her childbirth class.  Neither of us knew much about doulas, but about halfway through the class we decided she would be the perfect person to have by our side at the birth of our daughter.  I knew Lindsey's knowledge and experience would be just what I needed to help me have the natural childbirth that I wanted.  When Lindsey came to our house a few weeks before the birth, I knew we had made the right decision.  She always made me feel so calm and comfortable....two things that don't come naturally to me!  My labor ended up being extremely fast.  We were only at the hospital for two hours!  Luckily Lindsey was able to be by my side the entire time.  From the minute I heard her voice in the room with me, I felt reassured and my confidence was renewed! Lindsey gave me verbal and physical support the whole time, suggesting position changes, giving me much needed words of encouragement, and keeping me hydrated.  She did most of the communicating with the doctor and nurses as well, knowing that I was in no frame of mind to do it myself!  The birth of our first child was an amazing experience, and I am so thankful that Lindsey was a part of it .  I truly don't know if I could have done it without her!

Posted 3/30/2011

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Tabitha Langston

I interviewed 3 doulas and felt an instant connection with Lindsey.  And since my doula would see me at my strongest, weakest, most needy moment in my life, I chose her.  We met 2 times before my birth and after each time, I felt more relieved with my choice in picking her as my doula.  I credit me not even fearing my non medicated birth to her strength and constant ease of mind.  I knew with her by my side, I could do anything.  She amused me while I sent her many texts the couple weeks leading up to me being in labor.  You would have thought this was my 1st time being in labor!  In a way it was, as last time, I begged for an epidural instantaneously.  As soon as I felt like this was the real deal, she came over and never left my side until my baby girl was born.  With every contraction, she knew what my body needed to ease the pain.  And if that didn't work, she had another position.  What amazed me the most about Lindsey during my labor was how calm she was and how much love she gave me which helped me push through the most painful moments in my life.  And I can promise you, that last hour before Samantha was born, it was not a pretty sight!  With Lindsey verbally, physically, and emotionally being there for me cheering me on saying I can do this, this home birth was possible.  There were many moments I did not think I could push forward and was ready to give up.  She had nothing to do with that.  She knew my body was close and just needed to take each breath as it came and every contraction as it came.  She helped me become a warrior and for that, there are no words great enough to thank her.

Posted 9/22/2010

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Amy Dearie

What encouragement she was in a time of stress and fear.  The steadfast voice we needed in the moments of concern and worry.  Though I ended up with a C-section do to the baby's heart rate deceling dangerously low, Lindsey was the peaceful reassurance that whatever came our way was "the next best thing".  I will never forget her impact on our birth experience and the comfort we received from her presence.   

Posted 6/2/2010

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erica

 We hired Lindsey to be our doula for the birth of our first child. My husband said that it was the best money he ever spent. Having a doula, Lindsey, present with us gave us the much needed emotional and physical support. It helped having her knowledge of childbirth and calming presence there with us in the labor and delivery room. Whether it was holding my hand, wiping the sweat from my forehead, or just telling me what a good job I was doing:  Lindsey was there. Because of her support I had a natural childbirth (no drugs, no epidural). I don't think I could have done that without Lindsey.

She was wonderful. We have remained in contact since then. I consider her a friend. 

Posted 6/2/2010

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Denise Howard

My daughter's birth was amazing and beautiful, and Lindsey played an incredibly intrinsic role in making it so. It's been nearly 21 months since my little girl was born and I am 37 weeks along with my second child, and you can bet I have Lindsey booked for this birth as well. She was everything my husband and I wanted and needed, providing expert guidance and support through my natural labor and delivery at TMH. Lindsey helped me move around to keep labor going, massaged my lower back, rubbed my arms and nurtured me in other ways I probably don't even remember during my journey through "Laborland." She also made sure the hospital staff stuck to our birth plan, and she asked them questions that I couldn't begin to communicate in words (i.e. "Is the doctor wiling to deliver this baby on the floor of the bathroom because Denise doesn't want to move?" The answer was "yes," btw). I really think choosing Lindsey as our doula was the best decision my husband and I made during my pregnancy and I would recommend her a thousand times over to anyone interested in a doula.

Posted 6/1/2010

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