$200 to $600
2 years and 61 births attended
Type of practice: On-call doula service
Clients per month: 1 to 4
Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Attends home births? Any Home Birth
It is my passion to provide caring support to women during pregnancy and childbirth, and to improve their experience of labor and birth. I see great value in natural, unmedicated childbirth, immediate skin-to-skin contact, and exclusive breastfeeding, if and when possible. I also serve families who choose medicated births or cesarean sections. I am here for you! I am currently working towards certification as a birth doula by DONA International and plan to have that completed by Spring of 2020. I am a certified Basic Life Provider (BLS, First Aid, CPR / AED), and a certified Neonatal Resuscitation Provider (NRP). I am also a student midwife and apprentice of home-birth, and work as a nurse's aide at a birthing center.
Birth fee charges are based on a sliding scale that is discussed privately to fit each client's individual financial situation. There is a small fee included for each visit (except for the birth) apart from the birth fee. I do not currently work with insurance.
Shreve, OH Service range 100 miles
Dorothy was our doula for our second birth. We had the goal of a non-medicated birth in a hospital, ideally a water birth in the provided tub. With Dorothy's help, we were able to have the birth we had hoped for.
Dorothy is a gentle spirit and naturally falls into the role of a supporter. She was able to strike the balance of offering advice and suggestions without overstepping and while still respecting the wishes of the mother. In labor, I am fairly self-sustained until the end, and Dorothy respectfully gave me my space until I needed her, at which point she was immediately by my side.
Dorothy was easy to communicate with and to schedule with, and she always let me know if she was going to be delayed for any reason. We had a winter baby, and Dorothy was abudantly clear that driving the hour to our house would not be a problem, even in snow or bad weather.
All in all, Dorothy demonstrated compassion for the pregnant, laboring, and postpartum mother, and she coupled her desire for the woman's physical and emotional health with professionalism and grace. We are grateful to have had her at our labor.
We are so glad that Dorothy was our doula. She did so much to help us be prepared for and make the most of the birthing process. We desired a natural birth with minimal interventions and Dorothy fully supported us in that. She lent us quality resources and discussed with us what this might look like. Whenever I contacted Dorothy, she responded promptly and when we called to tell her we were in labor, she came right away. During labor and delivery, she was always there supporting me emotionally and physically. I definitely wouldn't have had such a positive experience without her. It has been a blessing having her support.
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