$1150 to $2350
Type of practice: Solo practice
Clients per month: 1 to 4
Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Attends home births? Any Home Birth
I am not offering doula services for unassisted home births at this time.
After experiencing the beauty, unique differences, and sacredness, with the births of both my children, it put a passion in my heart to help expecting families on a greater level. I am a firm believer that families need to be supported, no matter the outcome of their pregnancy. Birth looks different for each individual and it is my hope and heart to provide a strong support system for families, both with happy endings, and also to the ones who are experiencing loss. Grief comes in all different forms, but you don’t have to be alone in it. It is an incredible experience to support mothers, believe in them, assist them, educate them, and remind them just how incredibly strong they are! My fees include: • A free consultation • 1-2 prenatal visits • I provide continuous support throughout labor. • 1 postpartum visit. My fee also includes my services as a professional birth photographer.
Jackson, CA Service range 75 miles
Being a doula myself, I had a pretty specific idea (er, high expectations!) in my mind of what I was looking for when hiring my own doula. I had consulted with 2 other doulas, and much like a first date, I just didn't feel the "chemistry" with them that I was looking for. When I had my first zoom consultation with Ashley, I knew immediately that I had found "the one" I was looking for. Not only is she extremely knowlegable about all-things pregnancy/birth related, her energy and demeanor is so peaceful and calming, which was REALLY important for a high-strung anxiety-ball like myself. She was available to me for questions well before she ever went on call for my birth which made me feel so relieved to know I had that extra support available towards the end of my pregnancy. The days leading up to my birth included many phone calls and lots of texts encouraging me to stay the course towards my birth plan. The day of my birth, Ashley arrived at my home and coached me through my early labor, capturing precious images of my husband, mom and I laboring in the comfort of my living room. Our transition to the hospital was smooth and once admitted, Ashley was literally forehead-to-forehead with me, praying for me, playing worship music, holding my hands, fanning me, focusing me, and helping me make the best decisions for myself and my baby. Hiring Ashley as my doula was by far the best decision I made for my family and my birth plan and I am so incredibly blessed for the experience we shared, and also for the incredible images she captured of this monumental day. Our post-partum visit came at a much-needed time and I feel now that Ashley is more than just my doula, she is my friend. Thank you, Ashley, for the tremendous blessing of being our doula. I could not have asked for a better, more perfect experience. xoxoxo
Having Ashley as part of our team was an absolute joy. As first-time parents, having someone with her knowledge and expertise was invaluable. When my planned vaginal birth turned into a necessary c-section, I so appreciated being able to turn to Ashley with my fears and concerns. She provided much-needed support during my pregnancy and postpartum period, as well. The fact that she is an amazing photographer was icing on the cake! I am so glad I booked her for maternity, birth, and newborn photos; we will cherish them forever.
Ashley was truely amazing! Her communication was wonderful and she was always checking up on how I was feeling! While I was in labor, she wasn’t pushy or overbearing at all. She really knows how to read a room and makes you feel totally comfortable! She has the most calming voice and tone and some really great ideas when it comes to pain management. She’s not afraid to get in there and be hands on. She also did a really great job at not overstepping or taking over. I was worried that having a doula may "replace" my husband and leave him feeling left out, but she did not do that at all! She did a great job at standing back when we had it and stepping in when she thought it would be beneficial. I think she did a great job leading up to labor getting to feel out our personalities to help with that. If you're thinking of hiring a doula, Ashley is absolutely the way to go!
Ashley went above and beyond as our doula. Her support throughout the end of pregnancy, labor, delivery and the postpartum period was so important and helped us to have the best experience possible. We are so grateful for the advice and support she provided. I would recommend that anyone looking for a calm, collected, helpful and evidence based doula give Ashley the opportunity to provide her services. In addition to her exceptional services as a doula, Ashley is also a fantastic photographer that has a knack for capturing the intense emotion of the labor and delivery process while staying out of the way and not interfering with the process.
I first came across Ashley as a birth photographer. I had never heard of a birth photographer, and was apprehensive toward the idea of letting someone into my birthing space, because I did not know what to expect with the birth of my first child. Ashley's presence in the room was extremely professional. She did not make herself known unless there was a need of mine that wasn't being met. She showed my husband how to apply counter pressure, and was able to advocate for my needs. She captured the most precious moments of my life without getting in the way, or taking away from the experience. Words can't describe how much I was thankful for her presence, and the memories I now can cherish forever. When I became pregnant with my second child, she was the first call! She received her duola title before my second pregnancy and I used her knowledge all during my pregnancy, even reaching out to her in the middle of the night when my water broke. Unfortunately with it being the first day of the lockdown in CA due to Covid-19 at that time, she was unable to come to the hospital with me, but was easily reachable and encouraging during my birth and after. Being able to say I have had a birth with and without her physical presence, I feel like is safe to say that I would have her there to advocate for me, encourage me, and support me, a million times over. Ashley gave me advice when my second baby was breached, on ways to encourage him to engage properly. She came to the hospital when I was supposed to have a cesarean, prayed with me and held my hand while I was nervously waiting, all to be sent home before going into the O.R. because her advice was a success and my baby flipped last minute so that I could have my natural birth a week later (in a locked down covid hospital, unfortunately).
All of this to say, having Ashley's services are priceless. You will be thankful to have her on your team!
Kind,caring,compassionate, are just a FEW words to describe Ashley. From the start,she was eager to understand my birth plan and was excited to help me feel empowered and capable of accomplishing just that!
However, she didn’t fall short on educating me and allowing me to see all options available as well as allowing me to feel like a strong mama even if things didn’t go according to “plan”... after all, we are on the Babies terms now right?? Being a first time mom,I didn’t know what all went into those first few weeks of motherhood, ash didn’t just educate me before and during birth, she also made sure to support me in my postpartum journey as well. Something I don’t think you quite grasp until you’re in it! She wasn’t just a doula for me, she absolutely became a friend so gentle and kind in every way! Throughout the entire process I felt the genuine love that ash has for what she does, someone who wholeheartedly cares not only about you but about the well-being of your spouse and more importantly your new gift to the world. Her expertise doesn’t just stop there though, she’s a very talented photographer and she has given me several timeless treasures that I’ll be able to look back on for a lifetime ahead!! If you aren’t sure whether or not you need her services, I encourage you to at least inquire.. I promise you won’t be disappointed!!!
Ashley is amazing! I feel so blessed to have had the privilege of having Ashley at my home birth. Her attentiveness and professionalism are unmatched. Not only was she able to be present, anticipate my needs and coach my husband through the delivery process, she also captured amazing photos in the process. Labor and delivery can be a whirlwind and I'm so thankful to have these photos that will last a lifetime to remind me of that special day. Thank you, Ashlee for all you do!
Where do I begin? Amazing does not describe how she works. Me & my wife were more than blessed to have her in the delivery room. She made the experience comfortable for both of us being first time parents. The advice she gave got my wife through so much. In the ways I couldn’t help she was there making sure my wife had what she needed. She understood what my wife needed from the nurses & was able to proficiently explain everything to us when we weren’t sure what to do. The words thank you don’t even compare to how grateful we are for her. The pictures are beautiful & it’s something my family will get to share forever and always. 100/100. Thank you for being there. Thank you for everything. She was the blessing leading up to our blessing.
Ashley is just amazing! From her doula services to her birth photography she does the most amazing job! Being a first time mom i was very nervous about giving birth, but as soon as we hired Ashley as our doula all of my worries went away! Not once during labor and delivery was i scared or nervous. She knew exactly what to say to steer me away from any fear. She was so supportive of my husband and i. And her photography AMAZING! She truly captured the most amazing moment in our lives and i can always look at those photos to relive that moment. I couldn’t have done it without her.
Words can’t express how amazing Ashley Catto is at what she does. If you’re searching for a doula, I highly recommend Ashley. With Covid this year I was not sure that I could even have a doula, she helped me so much before I headed to hospital and she was there for any questions my husband had. Although she wasn’t able to be in the hospital I had her support before, while laboring, and after. She helped understand all my options and how to deal with pain management. Im truly thankful for how informed she kept me during the whole process and even after Zella arrived. Today she took newborn photos of Zella, she was so easy going and gently with her. I can’t wait to see the pictures ??
Ashley was helpful and supportive through every trimester. Always lending an ear to listen and a level head to discuss options and choices through out my high risk pregnancy. She supported my decision to hire a home birth midwife and with an hour (less than) long labour I'm very glad I did. Her knowledge and resources are extensive and she was kind and respectful of covid concerns during these unexpected circumstances. We would hire her again and recommend her as a doula and photographer to any expecting parents in any birth setting.
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