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Lauralee Lightwood-Mater

Lightwood Maternity

Website: https://www.instagram.com/lightwoodmaternity/

Phone: (484) 767-2907

Birth Fee: $450 to $1100

Fee Details: I am accepting $450-$600 (sliding scale) per birth until I am DONA certified, and after certification my price will go to $900-$1,100 (sliding scale) 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!)

Birth Doula Experience: 1 years

Doula Training

  • DONA International, April 2019
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.

Other Relevant Certifications

  • Rebozo Training
  • SERVSAFE® Food Safety Management Training

College Education

  • BA/BS

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Cesarean birth
  • LGBTQP Families
  • Over 40
  • Previous birth trauma and/or birth injury
  • Survivors of Previous Life Trauma
  • VBAC
  • Women and Families of Color

Special Services Offered

  • Abortion Support
  • Aromatherapy
  • Military families
  • Pregnancy, birth and/or newborn photography
  • Reduced rates for women considering adoption
  • Sibling support (for your older children at the birth)
  • Surrogates and intended parents

Languages spoken: English, Spanish, Some Paraguayan Guarani

Client Testimonials for Lauralee Lightwood-Mater

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George Flayer

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.   

Posted 1/23/2020

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Jade

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.

Posted 12/17/2019

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Melissa

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!

Posted 12/2/2019

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Matthew

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. 

Posted 11/27/2019

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Jesse

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!

Posted 11/21/2019

Birth Availability for Lauralee Lightwood-Mater

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