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Hilary Witcher, CD(DONA), CBS

New Family Needs

Needham, MA Service range 20 miles I am currently offering Virtual Birth Doula support while hospital support person restrictions are in place.

404.630.5245

https://www.newfamilyneeds.com

Birth Fee

$1000 to $1400

Postpartum Rate

$35 to $45

Availability Remarks: Due to COVID-19 and current hospital support person restrictions, I am offering Virtual Birth Doula Support at a lower rate than my in person birth support rate.

Birth Fee

$1000 to $1400

Postpartum Rate

$35 to $45


Birth Doula Certifications

  • DONA International - Certified Birth Doula

Birth Doula Experience

1 years

Postpartum Doula Experience

1 years


Doula Training

  • DONA International, March 2019

Type of practice: Solo practice

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

Postpartum limits/restrictions: I would prefer non-smoking households.

Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Due to COVID-19 and current hospital support person restrictions, I am offering Virtual Birth Doula Support at a lower rate than my in person birth support rate.

Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Due to COVID-19 and current hospital support person restrictions, I am offering Virtual Birth Doula Support at a lower rate than my in person birth support rate.

Attends home births? Some Home Births
Professionally assisted home births


College Education

BA/BS

MA/MS


Special Services Offered

  • American Red Cross First Aid and CPR
  • Antepartum doula support
  • Childbirth education services
  • Lactation consultant/counselor services
  • Satellite doula (for remote and rural clients)
  • Virtual and remote doula support

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

Volunteer Doula at Mt. Auburn Hospital. Lactation Consultant in Training currently earning my Clinical Hours under an IBCLC mentor. Volunteer Virtual Doula with Doc and Doula.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Fee Details

Ever since having my babies, I've had a passion and desire to support families during this amazing time! My Birth Doula services include: Initial consult - 2 prenatal visits - on call availability from 38-42 weeks - ongoing support during active labor until birth and 1-2 hours postpartum - postpartum visit - access to me for information during pregnancy, early labor and 1 month postpartum. I'm a Postpartum Doula and Certified Breastfeeding Specialist where I'm so happy to help make your transition to parenthood as smooth and beautiful as possible. I offer all sorts of postpartum support from newborn care assistance and education, help with feeding, resources, help around the home, emotional support etc. I also offer Everything but the Birth packages which include 2 birth prep prenatal meetings and 2 post-birth support meetings. Visit my website or email me for additional details! www.newfamilyneeds.com. (If you do not hear back within 24 hours, please check your spam).

Needham, MA Service range 20 miles I am currently offering Virtual Birth Doula support while hospital support person restrictions are in place.

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Ellena and Andrei

5/13/2020

We had an amazing experience working with Hilary as our birth doula. As a first time mom, I knew I wanted additional support during the birth of our daughter. Hilary went above and beyond before, during and after birth-- providing support in a nonjudgmental way, answering questions, offering resources, advocating for our wants/needs and helping to create a positive and calm environment to welcome our daughter. She met with us multiple times before our due date to help us create a birth plan that we were comfortable with. Our due date was December 25 and despite the holiday season, Hilary was there for us every step of the way. She joined us at the hospital during labor, even though it meant sleeping on the floor on a yoga mat! After birth, Hilary continued to check in often and offer support with breastfeeding, tummy time, anything that we needed. Her encouragement and support gave us the confidence and comfort we needed and eased anxiety as we entered this journey of parenthood!

Jennifer C

5/11/2020

Hilary worked with us as a postpartum doula in December 2019 when my daughter was a few weeks old. My partner had gone back to work and we asked Hilary to come for these first few weeks when I was the primary caregiver during the day. Hilary was incredibly helpful with tips for breastfeeding and bottle feeding, and the bottle we use now is the one that she recommended we try. She also helped me organize the second hand cloth diapers we had gathered before the baby was born and gave suggestions on how to begin with cloth diapering. We still follow her advice about cloth diapering during the day and disposable diaper at night as a balance to reduce our usage of disposable diapers but also make things a bit easier for ourselves. Hilary was such a calming presence and her visits really helped me get through those first few weeks of being alone during the day with a newborn. I highly recommend working with Hilary, especially during the newborn phase! 

Sofia

5/6/2020

Hilary has played a crucial role in my transition into motherhood! When I reached out I heard back that same day! From our very first meeting, it was clear to me that Hilary was the perfect fit for our family! She's really easy to talk to, incredibly knowledgeable, and so passionate about doula work! She answered countless questions and always did so promptly, going above and beyond, sending resources and ensuring any doubt or concern you have is eased. As my due date approached, I had complications and Hilary was very reassuring and did everything she could to keep me calm. Although my goal was to have an unmedicated birth, I had to be medically induced and ended up requesting an epidural. Before the epidural, Hilary and my husband helped me manage the pain in numerous ways. She knew so many techniques and continuously changed things to keep me as comfortable as possible. Once I was medicated, she stayed with us and made sure I was hydrated and prepared for the delivery of my baby. Hilary was my cheerleader and did a fantastic job coaching me through the delivery of my son. She took beautiful photos and captured my son’s birth. Hilary was able to take a scary and unexpected birth and make it peaceful and one that I will always think of fondly! I feel so blessed to have had Hilary as my postpartum doula as well! She was able to help me process my birth story in the weeks that followed. She’s one of the few people I trust to watch my baby boy while I take a nap. She always found ways to lighten our load and it was wonderful to have someone to chat and laugh with! Due to COVID, we had to cut our in-person time together short. However, she instantly set up virtual ways of supporting me! She started a virtual mom’s group which is the highlight of my week! Although she hasn’t been able to be with me in person, she has been just as present as before via video, calls and texts! It honestly feels like she’s part of our family!

Laura R.

5/6/2020

Hilary was wonderful during our delivery and continues to be a great person of support for my husband and I post-partum. She is a tremendously grounded and passionate doula who not only provided us with the techniques and encouragement we needed to get through our complicated delivery but she also carried with her a calm presence that gave me a sense of security that I needed so much during that time. She is one of the most caring and thoughtful people I know!

Andrea J

1/29/2020

Hilary was a great source of support and information for me and my husband during the first few months of parenthood. She was patient and kind, great with our newborn son, and helped educate us both in a non judgmental way about things like breastfeeding, tummy time, returning to work, and overall newborn care. She provided helpful info and resources and was also enjoyable to chat with along the way. I highly recommend her services!

Shital

12/24/2019

Each birth experience is different and usually involves unexpected decisions and changes along the way. Having Hilary there as a guide as those changes came up was incredibly helpful to my husband and me.
She accompanied my husband and me with patience, grace, and humor for more than 34 hours of labor. She is knowledgeable, professional, humble, respectful, passionate, and reliable; she made such a connection within the first two meetings that felt we had known her for ages. Hilary is a fantastic doula, and I highly recommend her.

Rachael Hager

12/10/2019

Hilary was absolutely amazing! We had two meetings before the labor to practice different positions, to discuss the different birthing options, and put together a birth plan. She was an awesome reasource of information and was wonderful for referring further videos and readings for topics on labor positions, breast feeding, and tummy time to name a few. My labor was a bit longer than average, but Hilary was so dedicated and came around 9 pm which is when I went to active labor and spent the night with us, and didn’t leave our side until our little Hannah came into the world the next day at 6pm. She is just such a positive and sweet, caring person to have around, I was so happy she was our doula. She kept suggesting different positions, and was constantly adapting to what I was able to do, and was also super critical to setting a calming mood with vanilla scented wipes, battery operated candles, and helping with playing music from our playlist. We highly recommend Hilary!

Adrianne Schaefer-Borrego

9/24/2019

We had such a great experience working with Hilary. Before meeting with her my husband and I were feeling really nervous and unprepared for the birth of our second child. Even though I had been through birth before, I had been induced and had a pretty intense experience the first time, so had a lot of questions to ask, and processing to do in order to get ready for #2. After having our prenatal meeting (where Hilary came to our house), we felt so much more equipped, and at peace! More than just a conversation, Hilary sent some questions in advance, and had some materials for us to review - and since I'm a visual learner, I loved having things to look at. In addition to the information, we talked about expectations, and what I might find helpful during birth. My labor and birth ended up being really quick - 3 hours. Hilary got to the hospital quickly early in the morning when we called her, was super helpful during active labor and delivery, and her position suggestion is what got my baby out. She was there for my initial breastfeeding with the baby, as we let the baby crawl to the breast. I am a true introvert (my husband is too) so was nervous about having a doula during such a personal time - but we immediately felt comfortable with Hilary, like we had known her for longer. We also felt like she really brought a really customized approach in following up with additional articles and resources after our meeting, and texting to check in both before and after the birth. She also let us know when she was going to be away or out of touch and we had a backup doula in place, which made us feel at ease as well. We would definitely hire her again if we have another child, and we have been passing on her name to family and friends. 

Molly Tavares

7/19/2019

I just gave birth a month back and Hilary joined in with another doula to tag - team at my birth. She was great, and even though we hadn't gotten to meet in person before, it was like she could read my mind! She joined my team at the last minute since my original doula had Hilary as a doula and they both wanted to come - I couldn't have survived without both of them. Hilary was super supportive and asked all the right questions of our midwives and nurses as the process went along to make sure my wishes were honored and wasn't afraid to "get physical" with counter pressure, etc! She checked in with me multiple times after the birth and answered any questions I had with great resources. I was so very thankful to have her on my team! Highly recommend =]

Nicky H.

7/3/2019

Hilary has been my postpartum doula starting the day after we arrived home from the hospital. She has made the transition from pregnancy to being a mother feel seamless and much less scary than I had anticipated. From day one she has helped me immensely without me having to always ask for help, including, but not limited to: support with breastfeeding, generally baby care questions, diaper changing, company during quiet times when I needed company, watching the baby when I needed quiet time, support during walks to get some much needed postpartum/c section exercise and fresh air and other support when needed. 

It's been great having someone around who has not only had doula training, but also two kids of her own. She really cares about me and my baby in such a way that has really lowered my stress and anxiety levels. Not to mention my husband really appreciates her help, too! He doesn't have to worry about me and the baby as much while he's gone back to work because he knows I have great support at home. He's even recommended a postpartum doula to his friends who are currently expecting based on our great experience with Hilary. 

Birth Availability for Hilary Witcher, CD(DONA), CBS

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Postpartum Availability for Hilary Witcher, CD(DONA), CBS

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