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Michelle L'Esperance

Warm Welcome Birth Services

Northampton, MA Service range 39 miles Travel range may be shorter in the winter.


Birth Fee


Postpartum Rate

$60 to $100

Birth Fee


Postpartum Rate

$60 to $100

Birth Doula Experience

27 years and 620 births attended

Postpartum Doula Experience

27 years and 108 families served

Birth Doula Certifications

  • Warm Welcome Doula Training - Certified Birth Doula

Doula Training

  • DONA International-Approved Workshop, February 1998

Type of practice: Solo practice

Clients per month: 1 to 3 births and 0 to 3 postpartum families

Postpartum limits/restrictions: I am unable to provide support in a home with tobacco smoke.

Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
I am available to attend births at Franklin (Greenfield), Cooley Dickenson (Northampton), Seven Sisters Birth Center, and sometimes Brattleboro and Hartford.

Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
I have worked as an assisting midwife at a free-standing birth center, and am happy to provide doula support at Seven Sisters center in Florence.

Attends home births? Some Home Births

College Education



Special Services Offered

  • Acupressure
  • Antepartum doula support
  • Belly binding
  • Bereavement doula (pregnancy & infant loss)
  • Birth pool rental
  • Childbirth education services
  • Infant massage education
  • LGBTQIA+ Support
  • Miscarriage support
  • Monitrice services
  • Mother roasting
  • Photography - Birth
  • Reduced rates for women considering adoption
  • Satellite doula (for remote and rural clients)
  • Sibling support (for your older children at the birth)
  • Surrogates and intended parents
  • TENS units rental
  • Virtual and remote doula support

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

Coordinator of volunteer doula services for Warm Welcome graduates, former Green River Doula Network board member, current member. I am an independent doula trainer, having trained hundreds of birth doulas in four states since 2001. Several times a year, I offer online and in-person workshops for new and experienced doulas. Since about 2015, I have provided significant scholarships for BIPOC and white Latinx seeking doula training. My practice includes expert birth doula care for hospital & birth centers and home postpartum care. I am trained & experienced in supporting clients who choose to use hypnosis for relaxation during their birthing time. I have a degree in Fine Arts Photography and offer Newborn Photography. I am first-generation Chilean-American, and very functional in Spanish. Cuido a familias quienes prefieren comunicar in espanol.

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Fee Details

Certified Professional Midwife since 2005. My Birth Doula Care Package includes Childbirth Education class and Hypnobabies hypnosis for birth. Supporting all birth plans for doula clients, unmedicated, epidural, cesarean birth support, VBAC , waterbirth and more. Since 2001, I have taught dozens of Birth Doula Workshops, training hundreds of doulas. My role is to serve as an experienced companion and skilled guide, supporting your highest hopes and highlighting your own wisdom, courage, and strength.

Service Area

Northampton, MA Service range 39 miles Travel range may be shorter in the winter.

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Tricia Chase Porter


We welcomed our first child aided by the intuitive and experienced guidance of Michelle. My wife and I struggled for years to get pregnant. We had to fight hard and advocate for ourselves constantly during the fertility process. It was exhausting, vulnerable, and painful. This is the main reason having a doula sounded very appealing to us. We wanted someone who would fiercely advocate for us and our wishes. After our first meeting with Michelle we felt we’d be very safe in her  confident and experienced hands. It also comforted us how well known Michelle was by the nurses and midwives at our birthing center. My birthing team worked seamlessly together. I am incredibly grateful to them for helping me to have such a positive experience. Another aspect we wanted our doula to be able to address was our complicated journey to pregnancy. My wife had originally been the one trying to carry and after years of failed attempts and multiple losses we decided to give her a break. Michelle was understanding of these nuances and the multiple truths of being elated to be pregnant and grieving the loss of what we had originally envisioned for growing our family. She helped both of us to grow and thrive in our new roles. There is so much Michelle brought to the table but something in particular I appreciated about her was her innate ability to know exactly when to step forward with suggestions and/or intervention and when to fade back. Her timing was incredibly helpful throughout what was a long labor that went in fits and starts. I also appreciated Michelle’s intuition about me. She predicted I’d need to be on the move to work thought labor and that I’d love pushing. She was correct and provided the proper support and encouragement I needed to be so successful during labor and pushing. Michelle was an integral part of making an experience I thought I never really wanted (pregnancy/birth) into one of the greatest gifts that I have ever received.

Leah C


I wanted to add to my previous post, now that I don't have an infant and thus more time and brain :) I had a truly exceptional experience with Michelle. Michelle was my birth midwife and then doula for my second kiddo in the spring of 2020. I had a 3 year old as well and was working like crazy and Michelle really helped me drop into a deeply calm and resourceful place as I prepared to give birth under the extreme uncertainty of the time. Michelle provides this kind of support just by who she is, her energy and being, but also because she's so incredibly knowledgeable and skilled. One of the things I most appreciated about Michelle is she truly supported my goals everywhere  along the journey. She answered questions with digestable, deeply informed information, including trade-offs and different perspectives. But she was also open with what she thought would be best if asked. I felt so empowered through the whole process. Between my two children, and supporting friends, I have worked with a number of doulas, midwives and OBs and Michelle is truly the stand out.

Leah Coldham


Michelle is absolutely fantastic! You're so lucky if you get to work with her - I recommend her 1000%.



Where do I begin? Michelle is the number one reason I had two very successful births. She gave me the knowledge, support and confidence to transition to a home birth at the height of the pandemic for my second birthing experience. She did this is with care, speed and expertise. I have worked in healthcare for over 10 years,  Michelle's vast amount of knowledge coupled with her patient centered care is like no other that I have come in contact with during both of my pregnancies and births. Michelle has a special gift and I would highly recommend her care as a doula and midwife. 

Kylie Feldman


We were the grateful beneficiaries of the Warm Welcome Birth Services with the birth of our second child. It is with GREAT enthusiasm that I recommend the doula services to any person giving birth! Michelle conducted deeply nurturing, informative and conscientious visits (both in her office and at our home) and was the most incredibly loving, caring, confident expert at our birth!

Her care of us and our family started from the moment we engaged her. She talked us through each step of the process, the potential outcomes, ensured that we were clear on all of the scenarios and knew her back-up folks. She lovingly connected us with additional resources and listened deeply to our ideas, concerns, desires, thoughts and needs.

Her engagement with us, our older kiddo, our home and who we are as people was so deeply soothing and reassuring. She became an absolute member of our family. Our birth was an INCREDIBLE experience. We are so grateful to Michelle!

My only regret about our birth was Michelle was that we didn't get to spend MORE time with her.

Ever Osorio


Michelle was our doula during our first successful pregnancy. When we met she was warm and understanding, I felt always very comfortable with her. Then the pandemic hit and we kept meeting at Child's Park, also we texted and FaceTimed. Pregnancy is an uncertain time and Michelle help us through with questions that physicians or family and friends are not that good answering since physicians are clinical and acquaintances always have opinions.  In the end I had to be induced and labor never started naturally, though Michelle supported us with materials such as acupuncture techniques to help the process. Her support was very valuable postpartum too, she gave us the hand we needed. We really enjoyed working with her.

Karlie Koprowski


Having Michelle as my Doula was an experience that I find hard to put into words, saying she is Amazing doesnt seem to cut it. My husband and I both know that we will use Michelle for every birth we have going forward. She made all the difference and helped us both stay relaxed and confident. When I talk to friends that are having babies, the first thing I say is "get a Doula, here is Michelles info".Being a first time mother, I was very scared and she took that fear completely away. Michelle met us at the hospital and stayed with us the whole time, she never left us. She helped me figure out different ways to push and talked me through the times I felt I couldnt continue. When I look back on my birth story Michelle is right at the center and I wouldnt have it any other way. I look forward to having her at my next birth!!!

Anneliese Denny-Eves


Michelle is a blessing for birthing mothers! Every day I am thankful that she entered our lives. She helped me heal and understand my first birth experience, which ended in a cesarean - and accept it in a more positive light. Also, the healing experienced with my 2nd birth, a VBAC, was amazing. Michelle provided the guidance, understanding, experience and warmth to help me heal after a cesarean section. When I was expecting my 2nd child, I know I wanted a VBAC because it is healthiest for mom and baby - it's nature's way. I felt pressured into a cesarean I didn't want with my first child because I had a "slower than normal dilation rate". Having Michelle with us for the VBAC helped me feel empowered to have a baby in a manner that was safe, respectful, and validated my strength as a woman. She also provided incredible post partum care. With visits and phone calls, she provided me the support I needed to help my daughter adjust to having a new baby brother, cope with post partum depression, and work through sleep issues with my baby. If you are considering a doula, I would recommend Michelle to be by your side throughout the whole experience. She is an amazing mix of kindheartedness and professionalism!

Tanya Lieberman


Michelle was an indispensable source of support for us prenatally, at our birth, and postpartum.

Michelle was our doula for our second birth. Our first was a difficult experience, ending in a c-section and the hospitalization of our son. We were hoping for a better experience with our daughter, and in particular wanted to try to have a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean).  With Michelle's help we had a VBAC, and a far more positive experience with our daughter's birth.

Michelle's knowledge, experience, and faith in the natural process of birth made her a great match for us. No matter what question we asked or request we made, she provided the support we needed. She lent us a birth video to share with our son, provided resources to help get our baby in the optimal position, and answered diet questions.  We really looked forward to our prenatal visits with her.

During my labor she was a tremendous support. With her help, I was able to labor at home for quite. Her training as a midwife helped us determine when it was time to go to the hospital. (She even had advice for the long ride: "Don't make any decisions in the car.") Whether she was quietly massaging me, helping me breathe through a contraction, or physically supporting me during the pushing phase, she made me feel safe and supported.  She even took wonderful pictures of the birth and our baby's first hour. In the postpartum period she helped me process the birth experience, and provided information and support for physical recuperation.

We chose Michelle because of her great wealth of knowledge and experience, but also because of her manner. She has a wonderful combination of gentleness and strength. She is calm, patient, and empathetic, and supportive of mothers' choices and goals.

We wholeheartedly recommend Michelle to anyone seeking support from a doula. She's a special person with a real gift to share.

Birth Availability for Michelle L'Esperance

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Postpartum Availability for Michelle L'Esperance

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