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Raya Sagdejeva

The Durham Doula

Durham, NC Service range 50 miles


Birth Fee

$0 to $650

Postpartum Rate

$0 to $25

Availability Remarks: COVID-19 UPDATE: Ask me about remote pregnancy, birth and postpartum support. Contact me to ask about how I can help and my sliding scale fee for this service.

Birth Fee

$0 to $650

Postpartum Rate

$0 to $25

Birth Doula Experience

1 years and 6 births attended

Postpartum Doula Experience

1 years and 4 families served

Doula Training

  • DONA International, September 2019

Type of practice: Solo practice

Clients per month: 1 to 4 births and 1 to 4 postpartum families

Attends hospital births? All Hospitals

Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers

Attends home births? Any Home Birth

College Education


Special Services Offered

  • Satellite doula (for remote and rural clients)
  • Sibling support (for your older children at the birth)
  • Virtual and remote doula support

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Russian
  • Spanish

Fee Details

Hi! My name is Raya, which rhymes with Maya. Call or e-mail me to set up a free interview. I would love to meet and figure out how I can best support you and your growing family through this big transition. All families deserve the support of a doula, so contact me to ask me about my need-based sliding fee scale and postpartum doula discount for birth clients. --- Hola! Me llamo Raya. Manda me un correo electrónico o llamame para programar una entrevista gratuita. Me encantaría conocer a Usted y descubrir cómo puedo apoyarlo mejor a través de esta gran transición. Todas las familias merecen el apoyo de una doula, así que contácteme para preguntarme acerca de mi escala móvil de tarifas según la necesidad y el descuento de doula posparto para clientes que servi por el parto.

Durham, NC Service range 50 miles

Client Testimonials for Raya Sagdejeva

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Katerena DePasquale


With my first pregnancy and delivery I chose not to have a doula. I was under impression that doulas will command their ideas to me.  Unfortunately, as I suspect for many fist time moms, my experience was traumatic. My husband was overwhelmed and hospital professionals were more concerned with protocols than how I felt. I took a chance with Raya for my second time pregnancy and delivery. And I am still in awe of how wonderful, supporting and professional she was! After my negative experience with first labor, I became certain that second time it'll be the same. But thankfully to Raya it was just perfect!   She kindly cared for me through the pregnancy: came for home visits, emailed and advised bunch of useful information, often checked in on how I felt (your busy spouce may not always do that). During labor she was there pretty much from the beginning. Thankfully to her, I could tolerate lots of my contractions and she kept me a company and distructed me until it was time to push. If I have to chose one main reason why I would recommend Raya it would be that she listened to me. She didn't push any of different agendas and helped my plan go as smooth as possible. 

Don't wait for your second pregnancy! Hire Raya with your first to avoid negative experience! Trust me you will need a badass advocate like her! And don't forget to trust her too. She knows what she is doing. 



Raya is fantastic!  After a relatively uncomplicated birth, I developed an infection that landed me back in the hospital for three days - with a four day old baby at home.  Raya swung into action, working with my husband, providing a calming presence in a high stress situation and taking top notch care of my newborn.  No mom wants to be away from her newborn baby, but knowing that my baby was receiving excellent care while I recovered was priceless.  I'd recommend Raya to anyone!

Rachel and Matthew Spencer


Raya was our doula for the birth of our second child, and we enthusiastically recommend her to any parents-to-be who are looking for support through the birth process and beyond. Our first impressions of Raya, which were confirmed throughout our experience with her, were of a person of warm and positive spirit, non-judgmental encouragement, joyful generosity, and knowledgeable, reassuring calm. She helped us think through our birth plan, and understand what she could do for us. She helped clarify the choices we had and stood ready to be an advocate for our wishes. During labor, Raya was a sure, calming, and skilled support to both mother and father. She met us at the hospital entrance in the middle of the night, helped to get us through the registration and check-in process, and gave emotional and physical support to mom. Raya's fantastic and unhesitating instincts provided physical support, relief, and comfort to mom. (She always made sure to check with mom before she did anything.) She advocated for us to ensure our birth plan was followed. Her energy was positive, calming, and encouraging. She managed, somehow, to create the impression of a welcome and supportive friend, never of an alien intrusion. She was available by phone or text before labor, quick to answer questions or offer emotional support when we felt anxious or frustrated. Raya sent encouraging notes, assuring mom that her body was doing what it needed to do (even after the due date came and went!). After birth, she was ready to help in many small but lovely ways: she took pictures for us, offered to get us a meal, and even produced a lovely bouquet of flowers. She visited a week later to check in, see the baby, and answer any questions we had. Mom enjoyed discussing the labor and delivery with a person who had been with her through the whole process. Raya is a natural and excellent doula. We recommend her without hesitation or reservation.

Birth Availability for Raya Sagdejeva

= Available. Calendar last updated: 04-07-2020

Postpartum Availability for Raya Sagdejeva

= Available. Calendar last updated: 04-07-2020