$800 to $1100
Type of practice: Solo practice
Clients per month: 1 to 3
Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Attends home births? Some Home Births
I attend home births for clients planning midwife assisted deliveries. I will not provide doula services for unassisted home births/ freebirths, although I totally respect people's choice and right to have them!
$1100 is my flat rate charge per birth. I do have a sliding scale starting at $800, which is need-based and decided by clients with no proof of income necessary. I am sometimes open to bartering for partial payment. Please feel free to email me to find out more about my pricing and services available. (Consultations via phone, FaceTime, or in-person are always free!)
Point Pleasant, PA Service range 50 miles I typically do not take clients more than one hour from my home
Lauralee has an obvious passion for birthing and for her work as a doula. It is clear that she truly loves helping her clients. She is knowledgeable, experienced, calming, and extremely caring. During the quarantine period of the pandemic, we found out that our baby was lying in a transverse breech position. We asked Lauralee if she would be comfortable meeting with us virtually over the internet (rather than in person), to help us encourage our baby to turn head down. Our online sessions with Lauralee were incredibly helpful and reassuring. She taught us spinning babies positions and Rebozo methods, and taught us how to properly and safely support them. She taught us how to encourage a meditative atmosphere for positive thought during our practice. She provided us with some very helpful detailed instructions to reference between our sessions, and she was available to answer our questions when they arose. She has been an invaluable resource of knowledge and support for us. We highly recommend this passionate and caring doula!
Lauralee is an amazing doula. Her support through my difficult labor was invaluable. I could not have gotten through it the way I did without her. She took care of me and my husband like we were family. She got me through labor with talking me through breathing exercises and different positions to deal with pain. She helped me make hard decisions without trying to pressure me in any way. Lauralee has such a huge heart and a passion for her work as a doula I would highly recommend her to anyone having a baby. If you are looking for someone knowledgeable, supportive, gentle and yet full of strength go with Lauralee as your doula. You won’t regret a minute of it. We love you Lauralee and thanks for everything!
Because of Lauralee, I am able to look back at my birth story with joy, gratitude and love. While I was pregnant, Lauralee met with me to go over what I wanted, and after our conversations, I felt prepared and confident in my decisions, knowing that even if everything didn't go as planned, we would all get through it together. Having Lauralee as my doula was empowering. Given that it was my first child, I had no idea what to expect and navigating the experience felt a bit overwhelming. She anticipates your every need, often before you even know you need it. Lauralee makes the person giving birth the main priority. She knew lavendar was a calming scent for me, so she made sure I had a room spray, linen spray, and sachets permeating the air the entire time. Because Lauralee took care of EVERYTHING around me while I was in labor (medical staff, family members, my partner, the monitors and cords, PHOTOS, everyone eating and resting, my hair, you NAME it), I could leave the physical realm to go deep within, tapping into my innermost power and strength to get through childbirth. Without Lauralee applying counterpressure during each contraction and supporting me in my space, I genuinely don't think I would have stuck to my birthplan. While she applied counterpressure, my partner was able to focus on coaching me through my breaths. She is a calming and powerful presence, both spiritually and physically. When I wanted to just give up on my plan, she was firm and compassionate, getting me mentally right back on track.
After I gave birth, Lauralee came back a few hours later with food, snacks and coffee for my entire family and bonus treats for hospital staff. She helped me through latching and breastfeeding. She even came to my house during the first week for a beautiful photoshoot. She does it ALL. She continues to hold an incredibly special place in our family for all she did for us. I can't recommend Lauralee more highly. 500/5 stars.
If there's anyone meant to be a doula it is most definitely Lauralee. As a father, I truly couldn't have asked for a better support person. Lauralee was meant to be a doula. Many people in-fact are but few are truly as special as Lauralee. My partner and I had gone to LeMaz classes, hours of baby preparation from hospital visits but once it was time for baby, it all went ou the window. There is NO GREATER FEELING than having someone as knowledgeable, patient, kind and thoughtful as Lauralee. There were a few times where I was overwhelmed with what was going on and she was quick to calm me down and keep ME focused so I could be a better support partner for my wife. Lauralee was extremely positive and a wonderful cheerleader, so to speak. She inquired about our needs and went above and beyond. She arrived every single morning, hours early at times to guide us through the day, practicing breathing, going through birthing positions, massages all with a loving heart and smile. Lauralee was the biggest reason why the birth of our child was as successful as it was. She knew my partners goals and never let her give up. She was gentle, kind but firm and solid in her energy and love. I couldn't have asked for a better doula than Lauralee. I remember just as my son was coming into the world, everything hit me and I began to cry. She said" get up over there and see your boy! He's here!" I say that to say, she was there for the both of us. I was able to support my partner better beciase of what Lauralee was able to do for my partner as well as myself. I can't express in words how special this woman is and what a blessing it was to have her as our doula. She will always have a special place in our family for the attention to detail, patience, love and knowledge, support and strength she blessed us with.
Everyone births differently, but everyone should have a doula to support them. If you are lucky enough to be near Lauralee, do yourself a favor and let her be your doula!
Lauralee was an incredible support person during my pregnancy, my birthing day, and post partum. She went above and beyond to be a friend because she genuinely cared about me and my family. She came to a number of my prenatal appointments, getting to know my daughter and midwife in the process, so we were all very comfortable with each other. She was always available by text and we would send each other pregnancy memes and updates.
On my birthing day (which was a homebirth) she was an incredible support person and comfort. I am a very internal birther so I didn't need all her comfort tools but she knew exactly when to touch me and talk to me, supporting me in some of the most difficult moments before birth. She was unintrusive and intuitively knew when to give me space and when to be there. She acted as an extra set of hands for the midwives, never in the way, always helpful and professional. All the while, she was taking photos and videos. The images she captured are so beautiful, preserving the memory of my daughter's birth so I can cherish the moments forever. My birth was so smooth and positive, in part due to Lauralee.
Post partum, Lauralee continues to check in and remembers our milestones. She's still someone I reach out to you share photos and updates.
Everyone deserves a doula by her side, I was lucky to have Lauralee by mine.
I need to start by saying words CANNOT do Lauralee justice. Lauralee started working with me towards the end of my pregnancy. Even though we got a late start, she did not miss a beat in helping my husband and I feel informed, empowered, and well taken care of. I was very nervous going into a VBAC, but Lauralee made sure she was as informed as possible about the process and made me feel like we were part of a team.During my labor, Lauralee held my hand (which I'm sure I almost broke squeezing- sorry LL!) and reassured me I’d be ok when I was scared, tired and in immense pain. She spoke affirming words to me.When things took a turn and I needed a c-section she supported my choice and assured me everything would be ok. She wasn't allowed in the OR but she would've been there in a heartbeat if possible.The first night in the hospital my husband couldn’t stay - Lauralee stayed. She held my daughter. She rocked her. She sang to her. She cuddled her all night and into the morning. I woke up drowsy and in pain but when I looked over and saw Lauralee whispering quietly to my daughter holding her so lovingly as if she were her own - my heart skipped a beat and nothing in the world seemed important but that moment. All that mattered was that my daughter was so loved in that moment and all those moments while I had been asleep.True to form, Lauralee nurtured my sweet little girl in a way only Lauralee could.I am almost 8 months postpartum. Lauralee still checks in on us, congratulates us on milestones, and honestly feels like part of my family. I can't imagine going through another pregnancy without this amazing human by our side. Hiring Lauralee isn't just about hiring a doula and birthing a baby- it's about becoming and creating the most magical relationships- with your partner and your kids.Lauralee, I wish there were words that could truly express my deep gratitude for all you've done and continue to do for us. We love you!
This was our first time using a doula and having a home birth. As the husband I'll admit I had my reservations, but no more. Our little one was born 11/10/19 with the assistance of Lauralee. We are truly happy to have had her as part of our birth experience. She came to many prenatal appointments and on the day of the birth provided tons of support. She stayed with my wife, helping her with whatever she needed, including: providing counter pressure, fluids, aroma therapy, and words of encouragement. She also took photos and videos of the experience and it didn't feel intrusive at all. It's like they cameras weren't there and we have the memories forever. Thank you Lauralee.
Lauralee's work with our birth experience was incredibly valuable to everyone involved. From pre-birth planning, to effective and timely communication, to the day-of performance, she handled everything with exceptional professionalism and grace. Highly recommend!
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