Birth Fee: $700 to $1175
Fee Details: I am a trained doula working towards my DONA certification. My fee includes 2 prenatal visits, support during labor and birth and 1 postpartum visit.
Birth Doula Experience: 0 years and 1 births attended
Clients per Month: 1 to 4Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Having Jamilah as my doula during my 30-hour labor was like having a light in the dark. I'm a first-time mother and had no idea what to expect as far as pain, pain management, duration, etc., and I went in expecting an epidural ASAP. Long story short, the multiple epidurals I had were either not completely effective, delayed, and wore off too quickly. There were moments when the pain was so extraordinary (again -- I was medicated --) that Jamilah's coaching, comfort, and breathing were the only things I could focus on to make it through each individual minute.
Labor is a scary time for not only the mother, but her partner, as well. My husband, similarly, had an idea of what to expect. However, having Jamilah answer his questions, coaching him to help me, and being a friendly, calm presence during the down times helped him stay focused and positive throughout the long day/night.
Jamilah is not only a knowledgeable doula, she is also a lactation consultant, and was immediately helpful during my first hour with my son. In addition, Jamilah is three times a mother, so she not only understands the labor process, but also pain management from a personal perspective. She constantly helped keep my focus on the miracle I was going to deliver.
She also brought a number of things we didn't think to bring (flameless candles, aromatherapy diffuser, massage, speaker, peanut ball), all of which proved useful and calming during the process. However, all of these things are just small details when I look back on the whole day. Jamilah's beautiful presence and nurturing spirit are really what got me through it, and my husband and I are truly grateful she was there to help me.
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