Phone: (678) 852-7307
Birth Fee: $600 to $1300
Fee Details: My standard fee is $1200 but may vary depending on travel time and any additional services. Please check my website for details. information: www.gentlejourneysbirthing.com
Birth Doula Experience: 10 years and 95 births attended
Clients per Month: 1 to 3Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
I am also a certified Hypnotherapists.
Languages spoken: english
Service Area MapArea of practice: Decatur, GA
Stephanie was a kind and confident professional. She inspired my confidence with her expertise and warm demeanor. This was my second time using a doula, and Stephanie was far above my first experience. Her knowledge and experience with hypnobabies as well as other methods made for a wonderful birth!
Stephanie was incredibly supportive from the first phone call I made to her. I could sense she was a loving, caring individual who would enhance my birthing experience. She arrived as my birthing waves were starting and stayed by my side until we were comfortable and ready for her to leave. Her calm and reassuring words empowered me to have the best experience possible. My husband was thankful for her presence as well. He has sang her praise to all of our friends because both of us benefited from her knowledge and support.
Stephanie is an excellent Doula. She is very knowledgeable in evidence based practice and shared her personal experiences with us as well. Her knowledge and relationships with providers helped me prepare for the birth experience I wanted and feel empowered to have it.
Stephanie made labor and delivery a smooth transition for my partner and I and she provided amazing support throughout as well as after.
She is caring, has an excellent personality and I feel like she gets along well with everyone which put me as much at ease as possible during labor and delivery.
I feel my birth experience and the support my partner provided would not have been the experience I wanted without Stephanie.
After taking Hypnobabies with Stephanie, we decided to ask her to be the doula for our home birth. We loved her positive energy and willingness to answer questions anytime. Stephanie was invaluable to our birth experience. She was with us every step of the way providing encouragement and coping strategies. She helped my husband be the most supportive partner I could ask for. We could not have had the amazing birth we experienced without her assitance. We hope she will be part of our support team at all future births!
Stephanie was an absolute Godsend. She was so helpful during my pregnancy and especially the labor and delivery journey. She knew exactly what to do without me having to say it, I was beginning to think she was a little psychic :) I would highly recommend her and her placenta encapsulation service as well. Thank you so much Stephanie for helping us bring our little angel Jett into this world!! Much much love!
Stephanie was a wonderful doula for the birth of our daughter in July 2011. She was our hypnobabies instructor, and with the desire to go natural (waterbirth), my husband and I knew we needed someone else to be there to advocate for us.
I was induced 10 days past my due date. I checked into the hospital at 8 PM and went into labor sometime in the middle of the night. My husband phoned Stephanie to give her a progress report, and she arrived at the hospital early the next morning. It was a relief to see her! My labor was long and intense. Stephanie gave massages to help alleviate the back labor and coached me through deep breathing techniques and kept reminding me of my hypnobabies cues. She also gave my husband support as she knew he was becoming emotional as well.
Due to hospital policy, I wasn't allowed to get into the tub for a water birth, and I ended up getting an epidural when it came time to push, because of the pain. Naturally, Stephanie tried to encourage me to continue going natural, (because she knew that is what I wanted), but I was so physically drained at that point, I just 'caved.' But my daughter was finally born a few hours later just after 10 PM! Stephanie also helped me out with breastfeeding. She also took some wonderful pictures and video of my daughter's first few minutes of life as she was getting cleaned up (my daughter had to be wisked away immediately after being born because she swallowed meconium - so I didn't miss out!).
About a week later, Stephanie stopped by the house (with a homemade meal) to check on us as a new family and to talk about the birth. I had been depressed because I was so sad that my all-natural water birth plan did not pan out. Stephanie provided tremendous support and encouragement saying that sometimes these things happen beyond our control and we have to trust in all things. She told me I would find my power as a mother and as someone who gave birth...and I did!
Stephanie was amazing! As she was both our hypnobabies instructor and our doula, we really had the opportunity to get to know each other before the birth of our baby girl.
Ours was a hospital birth and nothing went "according to plan." With the help of Stephanie, my husband and I were able to work through every choice presented to find the best option for our family. Not only was she a wonderful advocate for our family, but she did so in a non-confrontational way, empowering us instead of warring with the hospital staff. She naturally and effortlessly put my mother and mother-in-law at easy, which allowed our whole family to enjoy the birth, as opposed to worrying about what would happen next. Stephanie worked tirelessly through our almost 24 hrs of labor and helped us deal with the emotional and physical aspects of having to have an unplanned c-section. During the time I spent laboring naturally, thanks to Stephanie, my hypnobabies training kicked in naturally and I was able to listen to and work with my body.
Finally, I cannot say enough about what a great support she was for my husband and my family. She was able to work seamlessly with my husband, never taking his place as primary supporter, but stepping in when he needed a break or when I needed some of her expert massage (her hands work miracles!!). I could not say enough great things about our experience with Stephanie, and I couldn't imagine bringing a baby into this world without her by my side.
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