Birth Fee: $100 to $1200
Fee Details: We can always discuss a sliding scale as I believe everyone deserves to have doula care should they want it.
Birth Doula Experience: 2 years and 7 births attended
Clients per Month: 0 to 1Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Volunteer Doula with Gateway Doula Project; Planned Parenthood; Baby Cuddler in NICU at OHSU Secretary for the Portland Doula Association Board
Languages spoken: English
Liz was incredible with my VBAC! She is warm, funny, and very passionate about helping you deliver your baby the way YOU want to without any judgement or reservations. I had a very fast and intense labor and Liz was very quick to meet me as I was being admitted into Labor & Delivery. I had discussed with her previously of wanting to have an all-natural VBAC and she was supportive all the way through. When I couldn't think or breathe, she was there calmly guiding me through everything and helped me regain control. She was my voice to the nurses and midwives when I couldn't speak because of the pain and exhaustion. I can honestly say that if it weren't for her encouragement and support, I would've had a very different delivery.
Sometimes you don't know what you have until after the fact. When I asked Liz to be my doula, I didn't know exactly what I was asking for. No one I knew had ever had a doula nor a midwife. Babies were born in hospitals by a male doctor, that's all I was familiar with. I wanted to have as different and comfortable an experience as could be possible.
Liz became everything I needed before, during and ever after my son was born. She checked-in with me (as much or as little as I needed) before hand and was a supportive presence throughout the long 30+ hours of labor I endured. I had my husband and my mother in the room and being the nurturing person, I am, I knew that I would struggle with their needs vs. mine, and that's where Liz stepped up. She tailored herself to my very specific needs: I needed someone to be with my mom and comfort her when I was unable to. I needed someone to make sure my husband drank and ate, when I was unable to. I needed someone to tell me everything was going to be ok, when I was unable to believe that. Liz was there for all of that and more.
A week after our son was born and we were finally settled in our home trying to get into the new rhythm of newborn life, my husband reflected on the experience and said "I'm so glad Liz was there. I didn't know what to expect but I'm so glad."
Sometimes you simply don't know what you need until you're in the moment and Liz was there for those moments of uncertainty.
We will all look back at our birth experience for what it was: a unique and universal experience across the human experience but what made my birth so special was knowing Liz was there, watching over us and I am forever grateful.
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