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Emily Kelly

East Raleigh Doula Co.

Clayton, NC Service range 35 miles


Birth Fee

$1300 to $2500

Postpartum Rate

$35 to $40

Birth Fee

$1300 to $2500

Postpartum Rate

$35 to $40

Birth Doula Experience

6 years and 75 births attended

Postpartum Doula Experience

1 years

Birth Doula Certifications

  • DONA International - Certified Birth Doula

Doula Training

  • DONA International-Approved Workshop, August 2019
  • Hypnobabies, January 2021
  • ProDoula, November 2022

Type of practice: Doula agency owner

Clients per month: 2 to 4 births and 1 to 5 postpartum families

Attends hospital births? All Hospitals

Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers

Attends home births? Some Home Births

College Education


Special Services Offered

  • Aromatherapy
  • Childbirth education services
  • Hypnosis for birth
  • Placenta encapsulation
  • Prenatal & postpartum fitness services
  • Reduced rates for women considering adoption
  • Therapist or counselor
  • Virtual and remote doula support

Languages Spoken

  • English

Fee Details

Multiple Package Options Listed on our Website. ALL include minimum of: 2 prenatal visits 1 postpartum visit Birth Plan Creation Positions & Coping Techniques 24/7 on call support Labor Support during active labor through 2 hours postpartum Unlimited contact throughout pregnancy, labor and up to 6 weeks postpartum Additional Options in packages: Postpartum Support & Childbirth Education

Service Area

Clayton, NC Service range 35 miles

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Katie Boulware


My husband and I had an INCREDIBLE experience with Emily as our doula. She was kind and compassionate, while also being the coach that I needed to encourage me to take each wave as it came. As first time parents, she provided a steady calm in reminding us and encouraging us that what was happening was normal and good, and was ultimately getting us closer and closer to meeting our baby. We can't wait to work with Emily again in the future, and are grateful every day for our healthy baby boy and the huge role she played in his arrival! 



I am so glad we chose East Raleigh Doula Co. to be part of our trusted team for the birth of our little one.  Emily and Courtney quickly felt like friends, and they helped us to feel confident, capable, and well informed during my pregnancy.  Our labor and birth had some unexpected complications, and we had to make hard decisions that drastically changed our birth plan. In the most distressing and unbearable moments, Emily (and only Emily) was able to calm and center me.  I never imagined I would need an urgent c-section, and as I was wheeled away to the OR feeling depleted and terrified,  I'll never forget how Emily looked into my eyes with so much joy and care and said, "today is your baby's birthday". She worked so hard by my side for over 24 hours helping me both physically and emotionally.  My husband (who was at first skeptical about needing a doula) and I trusted her every step of the way.  We could not have gotten through it without her, and will absolutely have her with us when we have another child.

Dallas Graven


At my 20 week appointment my midwives gave me a doula reference list. I had never really thought about hiring a doula and didn't think that I would need one. After doing more research I decided to meet with 2 companies on that list, one being East Raleigh Doula Co. I convinced my husband to just listen in on the meeting and consider investing in a doula for our birth. The first meeting was with ERDC and after that meeting we never had the second one with the other doula company. I knew that I wanted to work with Emily and Courtney, I instantly felt like I clicked with them. Emily was absolutely amazing from the moment we started working together. She always answered any questions I had and the night I went into labor she was my saving grace. She FaceTimed with me at 2 in the morning, she held me and swayed with me, she squeezed my hips and she talked me through every contraction when I didn't think I could go on. She was an amazing advocate for me being a first time mom, I really trusted her with my whole birth experience. My once skeptical husband could not stop telling all of our friends and family how amazing Emily was and how we will 100% invest in a doula for every single birth. He didn't always know what to do to help comfort me and Emily was there to help him, help me. Cannot speak highly enough about our experience with Emily!!

Leanna Infante


From the moment I met Emily I knew she was exactly what I was looking for in a doula. She made me feel comfortable, supported, and took the time to listen to my concerns and desires for my upcoming birth. She was always available whenever I had a question and was super responsive. When my birthing time came, Emily walked me through the entire day up until she met me at the hospital. Her kind voice and reassuring words helped get me through the most difficult moments of my delivery. She was essential to my very positive birth experience. Overall, Emily was five-star and I'd recommend her to anyone looking for an incredible doula. 

Christian Hunter


As a first time mom, during my pregnancy, I had so much anxiety about the birthing experience. Emily was always readily available to chat by phone, meet in person, as well as use textbook material and props to help explain all the different stages of delivery and what to expect. But most importantly, Emily empowered me and helped me believe in myself! I couldn't have gotten through my first pregnancy and delivery without her support, encouragement, and guidance. I ended up having a completely natural birth and was able to conquer majority of the laboring in the comfort of my home, with my husband! I couldn't recommend Emily more for all of your birthing needs!! 

Kayla Wojtkowski


East Raleigh doula co. did more than attend my birth they changed my birth experience. Together we made a birth plan, making me feel incharge of my birth.

Although the birth plan didn't go as expected because of an induction & hospital switch. Every change was supported and happily accommodated.  

I successfully birthed a 10 pound baby inducted with pitocin and no pain intervention. My doula changed my birth outcome with her knowledge in optimal birth positioning. 

100% sure without this team behind me I would have had a less favorable birth outcome. 


Danielle Guest


I had a great experience working with Emily. In the lead up to my due date, we did a home visit that was very enlightenining and provided me with some helpful background. When I went into labor, Emily was very responsive and gave many useful suggestions for laboring at home. When the time came, Emily met us at the hospital promptly and was ready to go. From the moment she arrived, Emily was very supportive and did a great job making sure that I understood what was taking place. We had to deviate from my birth plan a few times, and I felt much more comfortable making those decisions with the help of such a effective doula. My biggest goal was to avoid a c-section and Emily was dedicated to making that happen (provided that the safety of me and the baby was not in question). In the end, Emily provided some excellent guidance on positioning and other considerations to assist in pushing. There is no question in my mind that I wouldn't have been able to avoid a c-section without Emily's expertise and guidance. The hospital staff was impressed with her knowlege base and thanked her for being such a helpful part of the birth. I will be recommending Emily to my friends and family, as she was such a helpful and supportive doula from start to finish. 

Kaitlin Rider


I had the most positive expierence with Emily! I loved every interaction with her from education, to delivery, and follow up! I had to be induced and early in the morning I gave her a call and told her that the nurses were requesting she get there soon because I progressing quickly. She arrived quickly and helped keep me calm and work through the pain and stress. She helped advise me on when to get an epidural and kept my husband calm and involved. For my next birth I will absolutely be calling her again for her services. Wonderful, kind, and strong Doula and I highly recommend.

Christina K.


We cannot say enough good things about our experience with Emily! She is knowledge, personable, and knows how to be encouraging without being overbearing. I love how she was able to coach not only me, but my husband as well so he could be actively involved in the birth process. While my husband was skeptical about the need for a doula at first, he was so thankful that Emily was by our side and saw firsthand how valuable she was! Our birth did not go as planned, but Emily was able to give us sound advice so we could make informed decisions when faced with curveballs. I owe the satisfaction of my birth experience to her! 



We had an AMAZING experience with Emily as our Doula! She is so knowledgeable and was able to answer so many questions we had before we got into the delivery room. We worked together to create a birth plan that I felt comfortable with and that would provide a relaxing delivery, taking all the guesswork out of our choices before we got to them. We had a last minute scheduled induction and as soon as we were ready Emily met us in our delivery room. She was extremely encouraging and helpful every step of the way. At every corner that I was saying I couldn't do it, she was bringing me back down and coaching me through the next step. Those next steps led to an almost natural delivery that I wanted until we had to make the decision to get an epidural to keep baby girl safe til she was ready. Emily made sure that all of my requests were handled (skin to skin, breast feeding, etc.) My husband and I didn't have to worry about anything other than enjoying the moment. 

I could not have asked for a better experience and cannot thank Emily enough for being such a strong support person for me and my family. It felt like a friend was there with me during labor and delivery and even after with the follow up she was there to make sure me and baby were doing well.

Jordan P.


I don’t even know where to begin when speaking of my birthing time with Emily. There truly aren’t enough words to describe how thankful our family is for her! In a year of so many unknowns, Emily provided us confidence, support, encouragement, and love while growing and birthing my first child. She was with us every step of the way. When picturing my ideal birthing experience and comparing it to what the year of a pandemic would allow, my husband and I knew we needed someone who could support and advocate for both of us along the way. Emily did that and so much more. She helped create an environment that I was comfortable birthing our daughter in. She helped me feel empowered to make decisions when things went differently than planned. She held my hand as I cried. She had such a calmness and comfort about her that I needed during this time. She reminded me constantly of how strong I was. My husband and I could not imagine our daughter’s birth without Emily. She provided support to not only me, but my husband as well. When he needed help communicating with our birthing team, she was there to help guide and support him through that. When he was tending to me, she was there to advocate on our behalf to my nurses. We have already said she will be with us if we are blessed with another child in the future. We love you, Emily and are so thankful for you!! My angel!



Based on my wonderful birth experience with Emily, I would highly recomend her to anyone looking for a doula. I could not have had the unmedicated birth I envisioned without her. I felt fully supported by her and was impressed with how intuitve she was around what positions were best for me to labor in at different times. Thanks to her suggestions, I did not exhaust myself early on in labor and I progressed relatively quickly. She was supportive without being smothering, listened to what I needed, and helped advocate for me at the hospital. Her presence and recomendations also took a lot of pressure off my husband and allowed him to be supportive and present, but not overwhelmed. This was likely our last baby, but my husband and I would hire her again in a heartbeat if we were to have another. 

Karen Vazquez


Emily was a FANTASTIC partner to have on my birth journey. We had initially hired a different doula since Emily was booked during my due date time frame, but it worked out that Emily was able to attend my birth at the last minute on short notice! She worked tirelessly with my husband throughout my 36-hour labor, and I really appreciated that she willingly coached my husband on how to assist me as well. I had quite a traumatic birthing experience with my daughter showcasing a very unsteady heartbeat, yet Emily stayed calm, cool, and collected through it all. My husband and I were eternally grateful when, after returning to our delivery room from the OR, Emily had already taken the liberty of packing our belongings neatly so we could swiftly transition to our recovery room. We cannot recommend Emily enough to other mothers in search of a doula. 

Jenna Pasquarella


My experience with having Emily as our doula was great. I was able to have the birth I wanted. She helped my fiancé to help me in certain ways when he didn't know how to help. Emily is very peaceful, and soothing.  She also is able to speak up when I couldn't for my birth plans. She was always reassuring and empowering which helped keep my mind at ease.  



Emily was my doula for not one of my births, but two. She literally held my hand through both labors. She supported the vision for the births that my husband and I had. The minute she walked into the room during labor, she brought peace with her. She made me feel like I was going to conquer childbirth and thanks to her, I did! She played music for me since I didn’t have it together and forgot to make a playlist ahead of time. She gave me cold rags and ice chips and sprayed water on my lower back in the shower as I bounced on my birth ball. She stayed by my side during each contraction and let me hold (okay, squeeze) her hand whenever I needed it. She has such a gift of encouragement which was exactly what I needed when I felt like giving up. With my second son, my body struggled a lot more than with my first and the pain was much greater. She provided helpful information, soothing techniques and encouragement at just the right times. I have her to thank for the awesome and embowering birth experiences that I did. If you’re considering having Emily be your doula for your birth, you will absolutely want her by your side!



If you want an amazing support by your side, Emily is that person. She supported me in every way that I needed. She was an encourager, a friend, a comforter, a calm spirit, a helping hand, and a strong voice when needed. Emily helped my husband and I through our whole labor and deliver - from walking a mall and the greenway, to encouraging me in active labor, to holding me up and comforting me in my weakest moments, to giving my husband the support he needed and handling the small (yet important) details of food, music, photos and essential oil preferences. Emily was a crucial part of our birth experience! She gave space and support in such a timely manner. I cannot recommend her enough if you’re looking for doula support! Emily is the top of the line!

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