$650 to $850
$25 to $50
1 years and 6 births attended
1 years and 3 families served
Type of practice: Solo practice
Clients per month: 3 to 5 births and 3 to 5 postpartum families
Postpartum limits/restrictions: As your postpartum doula, I will fill the spaces in your home that need a guiding hand, word of encouragement, tidying touch, and nourishment. With infant care expertise, I bring confidence to the weary uncertainty of new and veteran parents alike. You have the intuition and ability to allow your newborn to thrive. My job is to believe in you, encourage your efforts, and care for the special needs of your growing family. Finding time to shower, sleep, and eat a nutritious meal can feel like a feat between diaper changes, endless laundry, piles of dishes, and a merry-go-round routine of bottle washing and sanitizing. With these chores in my capable hands, your baby can stay in yours. And when you’re arms become tired and your eyes heavy, I will care for your baby so that you can return refreshed and ready to bond.
Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Attends home births? Some Home Births
Because I believe birth and postpartum support should be accessible to all, sliding scale rates are always available and package options are always negotiable. Cost will not be a reason that we don't work together. Reach out to me to discuss this further.
Tucson, AZ Service range 28 miles
When we hired Ashley Pena for help after our third baby's arrival, we had no idea how lucky we had gotten and we cannot recommend her more strongly to anyone considering hiring a post-partum doula. Ashley’s calming presence, positive attitude, range of expertise and sense of initiative made an intense time for our family feel much easier and more comfortable.
Ashley is a self-starter. She reliably handled anything we requested and in moments of downtime Ashley was always taking it upon herself to go the extra mile. Her wide range of expertise allowed her to meet all of our family's needs - she managed two older siblings (ages 3 & 5) and all meal preparation (she is an excellent cook), handled small tasks and errands both inside and outside the home and generally acted as a limitless source of post-partum expertise on everything related to mom and baby. Furthermore, she supported our family without much direction and beautifully blended into the family; nothing ever felt forced and un-natural, rather she took care of us as if she were in her own home.
We cannot stress enough the calmness and positivity with which Ashley worked. As a family of five that can sometimes get caught up in the hecticness of our daily routine, Ashley’s calm and caring demeanor acted as a great counterbalance for us. In what is likely the most telling sign of our appreciation for what Ashley brought to our family, we extended her time with our family as long as we were able to and we were all very sad to see her go. Ashley deeply cares about her clients and has found a role that fulfills her and she's left a lasting impression on us. Any family considering working with Ashley in the future would be lucky to have her and we are happy to chat anytime if there are any further questions.
Ash is amazing! Choosing her to be the doula for my first child was by far the best decision I made. She is very knowledgeable, encouraging, and was totally supportive of my needs and preferences for the birth. I ended up having an unplanned home birth, which could have been a disaster, but thanks to Ash it was a beautiful and empowering experience. I am profoundly grateful Ash was there for me.
Ash guided me to prepare my ideal birth plan for a natural birth at the BBC (she even accompanied me to hypobirthing classes!), but she also made me aware of alternatives in case all did not go according to plan. This was critical, as things took an unexpected turn and I went into active labor in my apartment, without time to reach the birthing center. Fortunately, Ash had decided to stay overnight with us. She kept things calm through a very rapid transition, and was literally pulling on latex gloves in case she had to help deliver the baby herself when the paramedics arrived. As an unplanned home birth situation, with no midwives and only me, Ash, my husband, and some EMT's from the fire department present, this could easily have been a dangerous or highly traumatic experience. Instead, Ash helped incorporate as many of the preferences from my original birth plan as possible, including the position I wanted to deliver in and the attempt at delayed cord clamping. She took an active role in managing the EMT's and made sure my needs were respected. She held my hand while I pushed and coached me through with techniques we had learned in hypnobirthing. With her help we had a quick, safe, healthy delivery. She stuck by my side and went with us in an ambulance to the hospital after the baby was born, where she stayed until late in the night to support us. I cannot speak highly enough of Ash - she is capable, empathetic, fun, and unwavering in her support. I strongly recommend her services, and just wish that I could have her as my doula again for future births!
We hired Ash to be our birth doula for the birth of our daughter in December 2019, and it was easily the best decision we made in regards to our labor and delivery experience. Ash was supportive and thoughtful throughout our prenatal appointments, and her wealth of knowledge made us feel confident and ready for the upcoming birth. In labor, Ash went above and beyond what was necessary. Her calm, empathetic, and expert presence helped to transform a birth that didn't go as hoped into a positive, tranquil experience. She was supportive of my physical and emotional needs as a laboring mother, but she also gave my husband the tools and self-assurance necessary to be a wonderful labor partner. Postpartum, her conversations with us were a tremendous help as we navigated the new waters of parenthood. We will forever be grateful to her for helping us welcome our daughter into the world, and we highly recommend her services to anyone.
Everyone deserves to have such a knowledgeable, supportive, and sensitive guide as Ashley in their birth journey. She always provided a non-judgemental, open-hearted approach to every step, whether that was our education about our birth plan options, our random questions at any hour of the day or night, and our uncertainty as first time parents about even what kinds of help we needed. Ashley was always ready with resources, delicious and healthy meals, extra hands- whatever was of most use at any moment. We feel so lucky to have had Ashley with us at this life-changing chapter for our family.
Ashley was absolutely amazing!!! She was so kind, caring, patient and professional. She was vastly knowledgeable regarding the various things that a woman goes through during her pregnancy and labor. I will definitely use her again if I ever need a doula again. There is no question about it. She just honestly cared about treating us nicely and guided us through the hard and stressful time which was early labor and delivery where there are so many variables, known and unknown, and made it much easier and stress-free. Personally, during my early labor, Ashley was always there for me day and night, always a phone call away, which she always answered no matter the time. When I needed her to come over because of the intense pain, she was there in my house in just short minutes, helping relieve the pain with different positions and guided me through deep breathings. I would recommend to every women out there who is pregnant, and wants to deliver successfully with out stress or fear to choose Ashley! Ashley has so much knowledge in this field of labor and delivery. She patiently and clearly explained to my husband and I all the terms and what they mean, such as, episiotomy, tens, pitocin...and so much more. We got a clear picture of what to expect when reaching the stage of labor and delivery. It was a relief for us to have Ashely as our doula! We had nothing to fear when coming to the hospital, because we knew that she will speak up for us when needed. Even after my delivery, Ashley was there for me explaining to me how to take care of myself and the baby. There are so many wonderful things to say about Ashley. I said to Ashley in the delivery room, that she deserves a billion dollars and more for every client she has. I hope anyone who sees this will immediately grab her services or risk losing out on an amazing, unique opportunity in treating yourself and your unborn with such an amazing, personable doula!!! Thank you Ashley!
I was introduced to Ashley by the doula I originally hired. She recommended Ashley in case I have a baby during the time of her trip. Though Ashley knew that she was a substitute doula, she took initiative, reached out to me several times to make sure I'm alright, if I needed anything. She also sent me a lot of VERY useful information.
The next day after seeing my OBGYN I was told I was in labor and to go to the hospital. Ashley met me there and was on point with nurses, asking questions, relaying what i wanted and gave me a ton of physical and emotional support. I was switching positions on the bed, was on a ball, she reminded me to breath, to relax, and at one point my contractions became so intense I thought I will not handle it. So I became silent and just started breathing through it. Also asked for everyone to be silent. She was my voice. She made sure to keep things quiet. In my mind I thought I will ask for a pain killer. But she was super helpful in coaching me through pain.
I felt the baby coming at 8cm opening. I asked my husband to hold one of my legs and Ashley grabbed the other. It took literally 2 pushes and my sweet little baby was out.
Ashley continued her support without stopping. She also was congratulating me, gave me a hig and stayed with me for about an hour after. She texted the next day to check on me and said that she will be coming to me to do a follow up visit in a couple of days to help with anything that I may need.
Honestly, this was such a memorable experience for me. I wish I had a doula with my first three deliveries as well.
I give her 12 out of 10. She is a very caring young woman with a fearless heart. She will do all in her power to make sure that her client is comfortable and happy.
Thank you again Ashley!
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