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Lydia-Carlie Tilus

SageFemme Wellness

San Mateo, CA Service range 27 miles

Birth Fee

$3000 to $4250

Postpartum Rate


Black Doula

Birth Fee

$3000 to $4250

Postpartum Rate


Medicaid and Third Party Insurers

Currently approved to receive payments from the following programs:

Birth Doula Experience

5 years and 25 births attended

Postpartum Doula Experience

5 years and 20 families served

Birth Doula Certifications

  • Cornerstone Doula Trainings - Certified Labor Doula

Postpartum Doula Certifications

  • Cornerstone Doula Trainings - Certified Postpartum Doula

Doula Training

  • Cornerstone Doula Trainings, August 2018

Type of practice: Solo practice

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

Attends hospital births? Some Hospitals

Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers

Attends home births? Any Home Birth

College Education


Special Services Offered

  • Antepartum doula support
  • Aromatherapy
  • Bereavement doula (pregnancy & infant loss)
  • Lactation consultant/counselor services
  • LGBTQIA+ Support
  • Miscarriage support
  • Pelvic floor health education & support
  • Prenatal or postnatal massage
  • Reiki
  • Satellite doula (for remote and rural clients)
  • Surrogates and intended parents
  • Therapeutic bodywork
  • Virtual and remote doula support

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • French
  • Haitian Creole

Fee Details

My approach to your pregnancy care is centered on advocacy, communication, and education. Advocacy for you - my client, Communication between you, myself, and your healthcare team, Education to ensure informed decisions can be made by you where your pregnancy is concerned. I pride myself in providing you and your partner with care, understanding, information, and support throughout, during, and after the birthing process. Our initial meeting will help me tailor my services to fit your specific needs, as every pregnancy is different and unique. Payment plans are available for all Birth Packages.

Service Area

San Mateo, CA Service range 27 miles

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Aya Williams


Lydia-Carlie told us that SageFemme means "wise woman" in Haitian Creole/French. That's exactly what she provided (and more) in our first few months with our daughter. Lydia-Carlie was the second set of hands every parent with a newborn needs - from holding baby to cooking to laundry to playing with your toddler. And her massages truly nourish and heal. So she's more like a "wise super-woman" in our eyes! We are so thankful for the calm, wisdom, and love she brought to our home that helped us best take care of our little one. 



Lydia-Carlie has been nothing but amazing as our doula! I decided to hire a doula after much thinking and realizing that to achieve my goal of having an unmedicated birth, I needed a support system in place other than my spouse. I searched for a Doula around 35 weeks of pregnancy. I felt rushed to establish a relationship with someone who would present at the birth of my daughter, and Lydia made that transition pretty easy! She is very easy going, mindful, and respectful. When we first met Lydia, she was very thorough in having us think what our birth wishes and visualize the birth, even though we are all well aware that birth can be an unpredictable process. She also had us think thoroughly about what support system we will have for the  postpartum period  which made us realize we were unprepared for and so it was nice that she reviewed that with us and we planned . In our birth plan, she never pushed any agenda with me and worked with me to create a plan for pain management that was most suitable to what I know helps me. 

When I went into labor, she was very calm about it and we made a plan to meet up at the hospital where I was set to deliver.  As my husband was dropping off the car, I kept being in labor with strong contractions every 3 minutes and honestly if it wasn't for Lydia there to help get through the contractions until I was seen in triage, not sure how I could have made it. She has a calming presence which I think goes a long way when you are in the thick of strong waves. She came prepared with our birth plan and was able to speak on my behalf when I was't able to. Because she knew techniques that work for me to deal with pain, she was quick to whip out these things (heat pads, counter pressure, reminding me to breath, and coaching my husband). She was like mama bear, watching out after me and making sure that I was being cared for. I am planing to have her be our doula for our next baby :D! 

Eleanor Crane


Lydia-Carlie was a fantastic postpartum doula for us! She was very helpful in many practical ways, most of especially in doing meal prep--she's an excellent cook! She also supported us by caring for the baby so we could sleep and with a bunch of other household tasks. She was also a deep emotional support for both my husband and I, as we were both struggling with some depression and  anxiety. Lydia-Carlie always listened to us, spoke with deep empathy, and stayed late to help us make a crucial decision to call in some family support to stay with us during a particularly difficult time. She also helped us out a few times with making other connections within the doula community to find some nighttime support, which we would have struggled to find on our own. Lydia-Carlie is exactly the kind of person you want in your corner during the emotionally fraught time of bringing a new baby home, and she helped my husband and I get to a much better place for ourselves and our family. She's caring, joyful, and gives *great* hugs. And if that's not enough, book a massage while you're at it! :-)

Michelle O.


I knew I wanted Lydia to be my doula. There is a presence that she brings to the table that is incomparable to anyone else, not just as a doula, but as the beautiful human that she is. As my birth doula she played a vital role in the success of how I navigated though my pregnancy, labor, and postpartum period. The birth plan we came up with was vividly thorough and a key component of that success. Her ability to see me, my partner, and my baby as the complex humans that we are made me feel seen. The way she held space for me, and all my big emotions, made me feel heard. I was validated with everything I chose to do, and nothing was the wrong choice. I appreciate her from the bottom of my heart and soul and cannot wait for her to be present at the birth of my next child, and every one thereafter.

Jennifer Dickson


Lydia-Carlie has such a powerfully warm essence, spending time with her feels like being enveloped with the most loving hug. It was truly an honor to have her support my partner and I through our transition into parenthood. She is insanely knowledgeable about the human body, pregnancy, and postpartum care. She integrates generational knowledge passed down from her Haitian roots and has a unique sense of the body from her background in massage therapy. Did I mention she is extensively trained in massage therapy (what pregnant woman wouldn't love a massage)?!

In regards to my birth experience, Lydia-Carlie helped us to create a plan for a natural birth, and when my little human decided to stay put in a breech position, she then helped with a new birth plan centered around my cesarean. She is caring, attentive, direct when necessary, and has a special love for pregnant women and new little babies. I sing the highest praises of her love and support through my birth journey, and couldn't imagine having another baby without her guidance.

Laura Ellis


I cannot recommend Lydia enough as both a doula and a massage therapist. Not only did she support with a lot of information and planning before my birth (including a very succinct and organized birth plan) but she was also unshakably there for me as needed during a 52-hour labor with two surgeries directly following the birth. She was a support not only to me but to my husband during an incredibly scary and stressful time (especially in the midst of COVID). I did not expect her to still be there when I came back from surgery but she had remained there with my baby boy and husband and had helped secure donated breast milk for my baby boy while I was in the OR.
She has an amazing ability to know what a person needs to hear or feel during the birthing process. Her ability to massage and touch during the birth process allowed me to remain without an epidural for a large portion of my induction. She provides a comforting and calm presence that as a highly anxious person I desperately needed. She also had a steady and positive way of not letting me give up so that I could reach my birth goal. During the pushing phase of my labor, hers was the only voice I wanted to hear.
Lydia is a super kind, respectful, helpful, and nurturing doula and person and I think anyone would be very lucky to have her. She also loves children and makes an excellent post partum doula. I would hire her again for any other births I may have in the future

Birth Availability for Lydia-Carlie Tilus

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Postpartum Availability for Lydia-Carlie Tilus

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