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Diane Tabilo, LCSW, CD(DONA) - Bilingual

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Warrenville, IL Service range 30 miles

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Birth Fee

$1200 to $1400

Birth Fee

$1200 to $1400


Birth Doula Experience

4 years and 47 births attended


Birth Doula Certifications

  • DONA International - Certified Birth Doula

Doula Training

  • DONA International-Approved Workshop, October 2019

Type of practice: Solo practice

Clients per month: 0 to 2

Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Please ask your provider about the hospital's policy pertaining to who is allowed to attend your birth.

Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
The Burr Ridge Birth Center is a great option! https://www.burrridgebirthcenter.com/

Attends home births? Some Home Births
I have had three most-wonderful home births and one amazing planned vaginal breech birth in a hospital. I attend hospital, birth centers, and home births. I do not attend unassisted home births.


College Education

MA/MS


Special Services Offered

  • Baby-led weaning
  • Birth counseling for survivors of childhood sexual abuse
  • Cloth diapering education
  • Photography - Birth
  • Reduced rates for women considering adoption
  • Sibling support (for your older children at the birth)
  • Therapist or counselor
  • Virtual and remote doula support

Training Documentation

credential


Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

Compassionate support you deserve and information you need, for the most beautiful birth experience. Providing warm, down-to-earth, and knowledgeable support prenatally, all of labor/birth, and postpartum. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and have previously worked as a Bilingual Youth & Family Therapist at a community-based agency, as well as a school social worker. I currently have a minimal caseload at Cedar Tree Counseling (https://cedartreecounseling.com/diane-tabilo/). ~~~ I have volunteered at Pregnancy Information Center in Aurora as a prenatal class instructor and interned at Lakeshore Pregnancy Center in Holland, MI as a client advocate. ~~~ I am trained in Spinning Babies. (https://www.spinningbabies.com/) ~~~ I care deeply for women, children, and families.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Fee Details

$1200 includes one prenatal meeting, continuous labor support, immediate postpartum and breastfeeding support, postpartum visit, and availability to be your birth resource via phone/email prenatally and postpartum. ~~~ $1400 includes all the above in addition to photography of the birth. ~~~ Reduced rate for women considering adoption or abortion, teen moms, and refugees. ~~~ Contact me for a free consultation!

Service Area

Warrenville, IL Service range 30 miles

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Client Testimonials for Diane Tabilo, LCSW, CD(DONA) - Bilingual

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Bliss T

10/27/2023

I highly recommend Diane as a doula!!! She was such a support throughout my prenatal, labor, and postpartum journey. She was so thorough in talking to me and my husband about our birth plan, discussing scenarios and answering questions, and she is intelligent and passionate about her profession. My husband and I felt such positive support for my upcoming birth. I ended up having a very quick labor and almost didn't make it to our birth center but Diane coached me on the phone and kept me focused enough to be able to breath through transition and pushing contractions to make it to the birth center just in time to deliver our son. I know it would have been a different story had she not been on the phone with me on that drive! Her follow up was so helpful as I navigated breastfeeding and postpartum healing. She has a lot of knowledge in problems with breastfeeding due to her own experience, which was a plus because my son had trouble latching his first 6 weeks. She also recommended a fantastic lactation consultant to give further instruction and troubleshooting. Lastly, I appreciated her follow up postpartum meeting where I was able to process through my birth story along with my husband and Diane, and it was so great, because the story was fully pieced together with all of our observations and with lots of laughter. I was able to have the positive birth experience I wanted and my husband and I are so grateful we enlisted Diane to bring her warmth and expertise to our experience! 

Kelsey W.

9/25/2023

This is my second time hiring Diane to support my birth. She is the absolute perfect choice. She is calm, supportive, and knowledgable. When I thought I might end up being induced, she brainstormed was for me to do so naturally and how to approach the experience and my doctors with my wishes. During my labor Diane was the perfect support. She could tell from my reaction what I was going through, and she was able to narrate back to me what I was expericing. It was so comforting to know, at a very uncomfortable time, that what I was expericing was normal. Although my husband was an excellent support, having Diane's knowledge and experience helped me overcome a very quick and intense labor. The hospital staff was very appreciative of her as well because she let them do what they needed while she stayed focused on supporting me. However she was not afraid to question what they were doing when it didn't align with my birth plan. I don't plan on having any more children, but if I did I would hire Diane for a third time. She is an amazing doula, and I highly recommend her services.

Ashley Adkins

9/22/2023

Diane was our doula for the birth of our daughter and I am so thankful for her help, skilled knowledge, and support she provided before, during, and after the birth. As a first time mom, I felt so confident and was so thankful to have had Diane as part of our team! I met with Diane prenatally and we discussed our birth plan and discussed the stages of labor, and how she could come alongside my husband to support me in labor. When finally in labor Diane was quick to respond and offered simple suggestions of what to do in early labor. As things progressed, Diane was quick to join us at home and helped support me physically with counter pressure during contractions, breathing, recommended different positions, and her calm presence helped keep the environment perfect for labor. When it was time to leave for the hospital, Diane helped make this transition as smooth as possible and stayed with us until the birth; which also happened to be Diane's birthday! After delivery and the weeks to follow, Diane was available to answer questions about baby care and help us work through breastfeeding. Diane is an incredible doula and I could not have done it without her help and support. If you are looking for a birth doula, I highly recommend her to you!  

Donna Voegtle

9/21/2023

When Diane showed up she was ready to do whatever I needed. She jumped right in with counter pressure and reminding me of my breathing. My faith is a huge part of who I am and I couldn't have gotten through the labor/birth without prayer and I remember Diane just encouraging me to pray and worship. She kept reminding me that God was with me, that's he's strengthened me and that got me through every contraction. Diane was also great at encouraging my husband and showing him how to support me best. When my birth took a turn from homebirth to a hospital transfer she was right there seeing how she could help and asking my husband what we needed.  Although she couldn't be with us in the hospital due to the visitor capacity, she stayed consistent in checking in with my husband. 
The recap that Diane did with me after birth was huge and again her encouragement helped me process what all had happened during the labor and birth. I will 100% be using Diane for our next birth and hope many others get to experience her support for their births!

Thank you Diane for being such a great doula.

Amanda Kuhlman

9/20/2023

My husband and I welcomed our fifth blessing this past May. This was my second birth with Diane. She previously attended the birth of my fourth child three years ago, and I knew after that if I was ever to have another baby, I wanted Diane there again. The three words I would use to describe Diane as a doula are peaceful, attentive, and encouraging. This was my 3rd home birth after having two hospital births. I knew with the 5th baby that things would likely go fast. I was texting Diane most of the morning as I was having on-and-off labor. She was so attentive even though she had been up all night at another birth. After labor stayed steady for an hour, I texted Diane and she came over. She helped me through some contractions while I was on a birthing ball. It didn't seem like I was in active labor yet, but I knew things would move quickly once it started. The midwives started filling the birthing tub for me, but I hesitated to get in because I was managing so well on the ball. Diane encouraged me to use the bathroom and get into the tub. I resisted because I knew my contractions would grow stronger once I stood. She gently encouraged me that those strong contractions meant my baby would be here soon. That was precisely what I needed to hear at that moment. She and my husband helped me over to the bathroom. The change of position was just what my body needed. I made it into the bathroom but not into the tub. As soon as I was seated on the toilet, my water broke and baby's head was out a few moments later. Diane called for the midwife, who was just outside the bathroom. She and my husband helped to support me while I stood and pushed. My baby was in my arms only a few minutes later. Diane knew exactly what to say and what my body needed. I have recommended her to at least a half dozen friends and will continue to do so! I am forever thankful for her role in creating a beautiful experience for my past two births! 

Lindsay Jana

9/19/2023

Diane is a wonderful doula! She has a genuine, kind, and calm demeanor and you can tell that birthwork is truly one of her callings. She is full of knowledge and experience and can help you with understanding your options for prenatally, during birth, and in the postpartum period. Diane was present for my first birth and helped with guiding every step of the process, starting at our home with labor all the way though our son being born at the birthing center. She also did a postpartum visit in our home to make sure that we were adjusting well. Diane helped to make my natural/unmedicated birthing experience amazing. I highly recommend Diane for your birth. 

Sarah H

9/19/2023

We hired Diane for the birth of my firstborn and are so happy we did. Even though we decided a little late we wanted a doula (I think I was 30wks), Diane made it well worth it and did a great job preparing me and my husband for the birth process and gave us huge peace of mind. 

When it was time for the baby, Diane came to our home for a while before we went to the hospital. She helped us make informed decisions about when to go and offered support in the way of suggesting different positions and just reminding me to breathe through it. She stayed with me through the whole birth process and remained a huge encouragement and support especially when my natural birth that I had planned became a medicated birth after 14 hours or labor. She checked in with us post partum too and you can tell how passionate she is about this throughout the whole process.

I am so thankful I reachout out and hired Diane and would 100% recommend her and will likely reach out next time too! 

Sarah Flex

8/24/2023

Diane was incredible to have during labor and at the birth of my son! She has a calming presence about her. Diane is gentle and steady. She truly coached me throughout my 48 hour labor. She was a text or call away. My husband was very blessed and relieved to have Diane alongside him as well! With every contraction, Diane reminded me to relax my eyebrows, jaw, shoulders and so on which was very helpful! When my labor was not progressing, she  recommended that I get into positions that didn't necessarily feel comfortable but encouraged the contractions. She also told me to surrender to the discomfort. Surrender to what was happening. That was so helpful for me and that's when things really started progressing! I have at least 5 friends who have used Diane. She is an amazing doula and was meant for this!

Hannah Flex

8/17/2023

I am a first-time mom and had a very positive and peaceful birth. Having  Diane as my doula was vital to having such a great experience. I loved having her as apart of my birth team! During my pregnancy she was very attentive and was great at checking in with me to see if I had any questions. She adhered to my wishes for my birth plan and all of my requests for support. When I made the switch from early to active labor, Diane validated the intensity of my contractions and helped me make the decision to leave for the birth center. Upon arriving, Diane provided me with immediate support. The comfort she provided gave me confidence that I could get through each contraction and ultimately birth my daughter without pain management. Diane was there constantly reminding me to trust my body, relax my muscles/face, make low sounds, and would breathe with me whenever I got off rhythm. She was a fantastic doula and I highly recommend her for anyone's birth experience!

Jennifer Pena

8/17/2023

Diane was the sweetest, most supportive, and knowledgeable doula. She met with us before our baby was delivered to ensure that we felt confident for our big day! She answered any questions we had and gave us advice in areas we were looking for guidance in. She helped my husband and I feel more prepared for birthing my son. 
The day of my son's birth, she met us at our house to help support me in early labor. It was super comforting for her to be there especially during my first time laboring. She made me feel safe to be at home in early labor. I knew that she could help me figure out the best time to go to the birthing center. At the birthing center, she stood by our side, positive and encouraging always. She assisted my husband with how he could support me. She helped to explain what was occurring in labor. If my husband and I wanted private moments, she gave us that if we needed it. If we needed her there, right in front to help get through a contraction she was there for me. I tell my husband that we could have not accomplished a natural drug free birth without her. She would help to direct me in new birthing positions, massaged me, applied cold towels, gave me water, you name it. She was there to help give my husband a break to ensure that I was never birthing alone. She was with me through the entire birth and after. Not only was she an amazing doula, she has such a kind, caring, cheerful, and easy going personality. She is a pleasure to have around, so you will enjoy her company!!

Weeks after my birth, she FaceTimed with me to ask me how everything was going. Then, she came over to my house and even helped me with nursing tips and breast pump help. She was extremely helpful to the start of becoming a first time mother. Godwilling, I will have her back for birthing any future children. Hire her, you will love her and she will help make your experience beautiful and fully supported. I highly recommend her! My go to doula for life! ????

Johanna Bott

8/17/2023

I cannot recommend hiring a doula enough, and I think Diane is one of the best out there! We decided to hire a doula for two reasons. Firstly, I knew I would need all the knowledge and support that Diane offered for pre, post, and during labor. And secondly, I knew my husband would benefit from having another person supporting us both during the laboring process. Sure enough, my labor was long and intense, and having Diane and my husband tag teaming at times, while also encouraging me simultaneously was unbelievably helpful. Diane was there every step of the way telling me I could do it and giving fantastic advice on laboring positions. She is nothing short of a breath of fresh air when those nerves can arise pre/during labor. One of my favorite things about Diane is her love for God! It is extremely evident as she cares for her clients. It was amazing to have her standing in faith alongside me and praying over me when I felt I had nothing left. You truly find a friend when you decide to have Diane as a part of your birth team!

Ian Merlak

3/12/2023

Before having kiddos, I could describe my expectations toward suppporting my wife during a birth in the following word: anxious. However, the experience of being there with my wife and having the most amazing doula in the world brought me my two 2nd favorite memories of my life (following my marriage) – the birth of my daughters. For each birthing experience, I can say with confidence that I had the overwhelming support I needed to support my wife's births. Diane was calm, collected, caring, and made excellent suggestions to a Dad who had absolutely no idea how to care best for his wife in these moments. Knowing Diane was there as our advocate made the whole experience so smooth and beautiful for each of our daughters...and if the Lord ever brings another kiddo into our world, Diane needs to be there! After having kiddos, I can describe my experience of birth in the following word: beautiful! Thank you, Diane for being the best doula in the world! 

Caren

3/11/2023

I decided to seek out a doula for my first time shortly when I was pregnant with our fourth child. Diane was someone who immediately stood out to me. After reading some reviews I decided to reach out to her.  She was very friendly, listened with a patient and understanding heart, and I felt at that first interview that I didn't think there was any doula that could be a better match for me. 

Diane was responsive throughout my pregnancy, and was communicative without being intrusive or dismissive.

Diane is a great advocate for home birth, and really made my at-first resistant husband much more comfortable with the idea of having our baby at home. In his words to Diane during our in-person interview, "I already feel a lot better knowing you will be there."

When labor began she answered at my first call, even though it was the middle of the night. She gave helpful reminders to me during the labor, and assisted with some hip squeezes but respected my husband's role of primary support at the same time. She also made sure my husband was taking care of himself so that he could be the best support for me. This was incredibly important to me that someone was watching out for him, just as well as me. 

Our whole birth team was amazing, and Diane played no small role. Diane was very good about remembering our preferences and I appreciated having an extra person that I knew was on my side for a safe and joyful birth experience.

My husband, for the first time after 3 hospital births, was able to say that our home birth was an experience he enjoyed and I know Diane was there to help boost his confidence and comfort, and in so doing relieve stress that he would have otherwise felt without her. We really appreciate Diane and would encourage anyone looking for a doula service to reach out to her to see if she would be a match for you!

Andrew Wahrman

3/10/2023

Without exaggeration, Diane was the reason the birth of both of our kids (2020 and 2022) went as well as they did. I (Dad) highly recommend anyone, especially first time parents, to look into hiring Diane as their doula. Diane was an advocate when we were too overwhelmed to understand, a calming presence when labor was intense, a fountain of knowledge both before labor and during labor. 

Paulette

8/30/2022

Diane was absolutely perfect and exactly what I needed in a doula. She was there for my 3rd birth, but it was my first home birth. I was on the fence about hiring a doula, but my midwives strongly recommended one since it was my first time at home. So just a month away from my due date I found Diane who through pure luck happened to be available. I don't know that I would have made it through without her. My husband was so happy we found her because going into this he was nervous about his role and not knowing what to do, but she was so knowledgeable and calm. It made him feel so much more confident. I also had 2 older children who were present and she was just a fantastic resource to the whole family. 

As for me, labor came on very strong and very quick. As soon as we called her she headed right over and at that point I was only an hour into labor but it was very fast and intense. She was calm, soothing, helped me to change positions when needed. It was a very instense birth and she kept right by my side, kept me breathing, talked me through it, and it was one of the best experiences of my life. I'm probably a lot to handle sometimes but Diane knew exactly what to do and what to say. She also took absolutely beautiful stunning photos/video that I will treasure forever. I cannot say enough positive things.

From the moment we hired her she was responsive, she checked in on me, she had tons of information for us and answered all of our questions. Our entire family was so grateful to have her here. If I am ever pregnant again she will be my first phone call :)

Rachel Ellis

8/18/2022

Choosing to hire Diane was truly the best decision I made in preparation for the birth of my son. She is a consummate professional who’s passion for motherhood and birth is obvious from the first moments you meet her. She has such a kind and loving touch, and makes you feel so safe and cared for in the delivery room. Having a degree in social work was important to me - just knowing she was fully equipped to help me in case I had a panic attack during labor was so reassuring. Daine made sure to gather every piece of information about me she needed and took into account everything we hoped and wanted for our birth. 

Without getting carried away with the details, I’ll just simply say that our hospital experience was very disappointing. Our delivery nurse was a nightmare, she was abusive and incredibly rude to me, my husband and Diane, and triggered my anxiety in the worst ways. It was so bad that we banded together to file a formal complaint after the fact, but despite all the awful factors - my labor went smoothly and I ultimately got all of support I needed.

Diane gave me an amazing pep talk when I was completely emotionally shutting down. She helped me reignite the excitement about my baby coming. She advocated for my care, comfort, and needs against the combative nurse and maintained her professional boundaries and composure while doing so. I was able to have the birth I wanted - unmedicated and natural - with the wonderful guidance and support she gave us. My husband followed her lead and she helped him feel confident in what to do to help me. She listened, instinctually met all of my needs, and performed her duties beautifully. When baby arrived she took some of the most beautiful photos for us that I treasure dearly.

Diane is truly a gem, a rare one. You will not regret hiring her, you will love working with her, and you will have a huge asset in and out of the delivery room, whatever obstacles come your way. 

Sarah A.

8/16/2022

We hired Diane to be our doula for the birth of our second child.  She was very knowledgeable and supportive throughout the pregnancy and labor. We were hoping to have a low intervention birth, and thanks to Diane's support and guidance I was able to labor at home for the majority of my labor. My labor kept stalling, but Diane gave us practical advice and helped me feel comfortable remaining at home. We arrived at the hospital and had our daughter shortly after arriving and everything  went very smoothly with the delivery. Diane was very encouraging and helped me focus when it was time to push. We would recommend Diane to anyone looking to hire a doula for their baby's birth.

Brittney Disov | Home Birth Photographer

7/16/2022

What a pleasure it was to work along side Diane at a recent home birth that I photographed. I was BEYOND impressed with her kindness & compassion, positive energy & professionalism. She was extremely attentive to our client during a very long birth and was just an all around rockstar human being. Mamas without a doubt you won't have any regrets hiring Diane for support!! I'm looking foward to working again with her at future home births. 

Liliana and Frank

7/6/2022

Diane was truly a Godsend to us. Our birth journey did not go according to plan. 21 hours of intense labor at home, followed by a hospital transfer, Diane never left our side. She was very actively involved with pain management techniques, encouragement and compassion. She came to the hospital with us and only went home for an hour while still checking in and was ready to come

back right away. She advocated for me when I was out of strength to speak and stand at the hospital. She asked all the right questions ensuring our concerns were addressed and we had all the answers. Diane was the first doula we interviewed and met with and the last. We cancelled with the other candidates because we just got a great feeling of confidence and calmness/peace from Diane that clicked with us. We cannot thank Diane enough for all she did for us and all the follow through after the birth. She was and still is available for questions and checks in which we really appreciate. We feel truly blessed and lucky to have had the opportunity to work with Diane. 

Niki

2/27/2022

We cannot say enough positive things about Diane as a doula! This was our second time working with Diane as we prepared to welcome our sweet daughter, who was born earlier this month. Diane is a natural coach, so encouraging, readily informed, and an excellent advocate. She is a calming presence and a kind word, participating in and celebrating with us such an important moment in the life of our family. Diane was proactive leading up to the birth to ensure I was prepared and to talk through questions. She reviewed our birth plan and talked through potential scenarios with patience and enthusiasm. At the birth, she was the perfect complement to my husband. And she even snapped photos for us! So thankful for Diane and this important work she does to help Moms and Dads welcome the next generation into the world.

Alex Kenzie

12/22/2021

Going into the birth process, I wanted to make sure my wife was as comfortable and prepared as she could be so that she would have a good labor. She approached me about having a doula, and to be honest I was indifferent due to my lack of knowledge in the field. If it was something she wanted and felt was helpful throughout pregnancy and at birth, then I was on board. 

When I tell you that Diane's presence made all the difference in the world, I truly mean that. She came to our house a few weeks before our son was due and we spoke for hours. She asked great questions that helped her learn about us, what my wife truly wanted for her labor, and how we could all work together to make that happen. As the husband, I of course wanted to be right there with her to offer all the love and support I could. But I’ve never given birth, nor seen one, so to have someone trained in so many facets of the process right by our side was incredible. She never tried to overtake my place in the delivery room, but was right there to help coach my wife and me through the process. My wife's labor didn't necessarily go according to our birth plan, but Diane's guidance and ability to pivot allowed us to have the most beautiful birth we could have asked for.

If you are looking for a doula, look no further. Diane is the best!

Sara

12/21/2021

I gave birth two weeks ago to my first child, and I have to say without a doubt, Diane improved the whole experience by an immeasurable amount. From the beginning, when my water broke but contractions didn't start right away (which is not what all the books said would happen!), she was there to offer advice, reassure me and my husband, and explain our options. As soon as I got to the hospital, the staff wanted to start me on pitocin, which I had hoped to not use. My husband and I were really stressed and felt like we had no choice and no time to decide, but Diane calmed us down and helped us to work with the hospial staff to hold off on the pitocin. When my contractions did get more intense, Diane was amazing, offering encouragement and breathing with me. She also gave my husband suggestions on how to best support me through each contraction, and also helped him to remain calm when I was in a lot of pain. When it came time to push, Diane cheered me on, and also got a bunch of really incredible pictures of the pushing process & the birth, which I am so grateful that I will have forever to remember the birth of my first child. 

From our first meeting when I was just a few months pregnant, to our game-planning meeting a few weeks before the birth, and to the postpartum visit and follow-up texts to check in, Diane has been nothing short of phenomenal. She is truly meant to be a doula, and I highly recommend her, no matter what sort of birth you are planning on, or what number pregnancy you are on. My husband and I could not stop saying how glad we were to have her with us through the whole process. Even though the birth didn't go as I expected or planned, we have absolutely no regrets and we could not be happier with the overall experience and outcome. Diane's guidance and support truly made a huge impact on us!

Katy Krause

12/4/2021

You know how, sometimes you just want SOMETHING, but can't quite put your finger on what it is??

In labor, that "something" you want, is Diane.

It was my third labor, but first time with a doula. I wanted to try a more "hands on support of the mother in labor" approach this time around. Diane was absolutely perfect for this. I loved feeling her with me every step of the way--from the beginning of labor, through reliving the joys realities of it all while holding my sweet baby.

Diane was amazing at adapting to the situation at hand -- Her soothing encouragement to press on through the moment of each contraction, firm admonition to not fight the pain but relax and embrace it's good work toward our end goal, and just overall calming presence elevated my labor experience all around.

One of my concerns was that a doula would replace my husband as my support person. And while, I think Diane would make an excellent support person all on he own, she thoroughly dispelled that fear as she constantly sought out ways to involve and push my husband to be apart of supporting me in labor, all while simultaneously remaining involved herself. 

We are so thankful we included Diane in our birth plan this third time around—I wish I had done so with my first!

She is a sweet addition to our memories of that happy birthing day!

Kate W

12/1/2021

Diane was my doula for my last two births and I'm so grateful for her attentive care! During my last pregnancy, I was contemplating doing an epidural for the first time and we talked at length about the pros and cons. She was knowledgeable and helpful. I felt completely supported regardless of the choice I'd make. I did decide to get an epidural but was actually risked out of getting one and talking with her about my fears and worries about the last minute change of plans was extremely helpful. I especially appreciated how generous she was with verbal affirmations during labor. I'm so glad she was there for me! 

Sara Owens

2/26/2021

Diane is truly worth her weight in gold as a doula. She went above and beyond our expectations and stuck with us in the hospital for 36+ hours through a very long and difficult labor. She cheered us on, gave amazing suggestions on positions and comfort techniques, and worked alongside my husband, the doctors and nursing staff with ease. She helped us navigate a lot of hard decisions in the midst of a birth that did not go as we hoped it would, and thanks to her counsel and support, we can still feel confident about our birth story. Diane stayed with us well past the birth of our daughter to make sure we were comfortable, and has made herself available as an ongoing resource for questions -- which we have a lot of as new parents! She's knowledgeable, empathetic and obviously cares so deeply for the families she works with. Simply put, we cannot recommend or thank Diane enough. She's truly a gift!

Macey Merlak

2/9/2021

I cannot recommend Diane enough! My husband and I are so thankful we hired her to come alongside us as we welcomed our baby girl into the world. Diane’s services, whether prenatal, during delivery, or postpartum, far surpassed any expectations we had. Diane was thorough and thoughtful in her preparation for our birth experience. She was so uplifting, encouraging, and empowering! During delivery, Diane’s guidance and coaching played a huge role in getting our baby into my arms. She was hands-on, practical, and focused. She was also so easy to communicate with during the day as labor progressed! After the birth, she continued her care for us with a postpartum visit. It was such a comfort to know that we still had her support as we navigated the new territory of parenthood. If you are considering Diane to be your doula, I would highly recommend you hire her!

Kendra

2/3/2021

I had the privilege of being Diane's first birth experience as a doula, and she was a huge blessing and answer to prayer. I had an epidural and a doctor for my 1st; then did drugfree and a doctor and a doula for my 2nd. For my 3rd baby, it was my first time with a midwife and first time trying a water birth, so I knew I wanted extra support again. I also had tested positive for group b strep, so had to be at the hospital much earlier than the other deliveries. God lined up the circumstances of meeting Diane. She was a huge help and support leading up to the birth, as she had delivered her own 2 babies via waterbirth. She helped me to know what to expect, what helped her, etc. She really cared about knowing my hopes and expectations and working to make those a reality. When I was in labor, struggling with whether or not to go to the hospital yet, she came to our house and helped us make that decision. Once at the hospital, she was great helping ask questions of the medical staff, constantly reminding me to breathe, stay calm, and work through the contractions. As a brand new doula at the time, she wasn't sure how much imput to give, but everything she did do was very much appreciated. She kindly took pictures throughout the labor and delivery and did a great job. I'm so glad she was there to help me bring my precious John into the world. She's kept in touch throughout the year and even sent a very sweet card on his first birthday. 

Hanna Gonzalez

1/27/2021

Following a traumatic first birth — escalating interventions leading to a c-section against my will — and after years of research and recovery both as a doctor and as a patient, I prayed for a different birth. What joy I felt when Diane became a doula! Diane walked with me every step of the way. She connected me to an expert midwife team. We participated in a Bradley class. We discussed our goals, how specifically to support me, what ways I seek comfort, things I like/dislike. She respected our desire for my husband as my main support, and for a birth centered in Christ and focused on faith in God’s will. I felt tumultuous ocean waves to be both a metaphor for suffering but also for how God washes us clean and lifts us up to rest in the comfort of His arms. Diane reminded me of this; reading curated scripture verses and showing me gorgeous scripture affirmation cards she specifically created for me. Her calm and experienced solace was palpable during labor pains. She was a pillar of strength and peace. My husband and her stood on either side of me; rocking, massaging, encouraging, pressing with firm hands, and praying every minute of my labor and birth. She supported me outside, inside, and in the birth pool. She was so comforting to me that I did not want her to leave my side for the brief moments she used the restroom, pumped, or fueled up. God guided us to a remarkable home birth with a tale to tell for ages to come, and a healthy, darling baby boy as a testimony of God’s providence. I know you will not regret choosing Diane. She has personal and professional experience. She birthed her two babes in her home! She has a soothing, serene tranquility to her attendance. She has warm, strong hands, and a loving embrace. She is respectful and kind. And, most pivotally, she is filled with the Holy Spirit and a vessel through which God’s hands will be present at your birth.

David A. Martin

12/9/2020

Diane was everything we hoped for in a doula and more. From our very first meeting, my wife and I were comfortable with her. She has a calm demeanor, which makes her a natural fit for the many stressful situations a doula is called to deal with. But she is also attentive, thoughtful, and kind. All these wonderful qualities of hers shone through during the two days from my wife's water breaking to the delivery of our firstborn child.

I can honestly say Diane was there for us every step of the way. My wife's water broke two weeks early about five minutes after I came home from work one evening. We naturally phoned our doctor after we got our bearings. He talked to us for maybe three minutes. While he didn't do anything wrong, we were still left feeling uneasy and unsure of ourselves after we hung up. This was our first rodeo after all!

In this void of uncertainty, Diane took all the time we needed on the phone with us. She answered all our questions and helped calm us down. We never felt rushed. It was clear we had her attention the entire time.
Later that evening, Diane came over to our home to attend us in person. She helped my wife relax and work through her contractions. She even helped us put together our hospital bag, which we hadn't gotten round to packing yet!

Diane helped my wife get to sleep sometime around midnight. She came back again in the wee hours of the morning. From then on she never left our side. I can't tell you how grateful I am to her for that service.

I should note that my wife is a native Spanish speaker. I'm not. Diane's ability to speak in my wife's native language during the difficulties of labor is just one more reason I can heartily recommend her.

In closing, I will say that if my wife and I are ever blessed with more children in the future, we intend to have Diane by our side for each and every one. I wholeheartedly recommend her to anyone looking for a doula.

Karis Jones

12/1/2020

Hiring Diane at 36 weeks was the best decision we made during my pregnancy. Being a first time mom and giving birth during the uncertainty of COVID, Diane changed everything. After hearing from the hospital that she might not be able to be with us, she talked me through different options, including switching to a home birth with midwives. My husband and I had laughed at the idea in the past and never considered it for ourselves. However, given the current COVID crisis, our negative experience with our OB group at the hospital, and the chance that Diane would not be able to join us, we ended up changing providers at 37 weeks. Diane personally had two homebirths herself and talked us through what to expect, which really helped to calm any fears in this radical shift we were making. During labor she helped get me through contractions, spoke encouraging words, stayed awake with me for 24 hours and never complained, and was always full of peace and grace as she sat by my side. I really valued how Diane was able to help my husband know how to support me. After our first meeting with her, my husband remarked that we had learned more about childbirth and felt more supported in that one meeting than we had through our OB group. She answered all my questions postpartum, was available to help during the difficulties of nursing, and even brought us food. She was quick to return calls and text messages with answers to any question. I would not have been able to have the natural unmedicated birth I wanted and or had a home birth without her. I cannot speak her praises enough. Diane wasn't just my doula--she has become a friend. She is an incredible woman who loves with her whole heart, embodies peace and compassion and is competent about birth. She went above and beyond anything we expected in a doula. I told my husband I thought she was an angel sent from God during my pregnancy, birth and postpartum. I would recommend her to anyone having a baby and will use her again!

Kelsey W.

9/30/2020

I am incredibly thankful to have found Diane to be my doula. From our first meeting with her, my husband and I immediately felt her passion for childbirth and her warm personality. We knew she would be the perfect fit as our doula.
Diane was a resource to me throughout my pregnancy. She checked in with me, answered my questions and supported my goals. Although I felt I had done plenty of my own research and prep, at every meeting Diane would mention something that I hadn’t thought about. It was great to have an additional and experienced voice guiding me.
I wanted a natural birth at a hospital and to labor at home for as long as possible. Although Diane was not able to come to the hospital due to covid restrictions, I credit her with providing myself and my husband with the skills to use at the hospital. I went into labor 3 weeks early but Diane was ready to help. She came over to our house in the evening and stayed with us until we left for the hospital (in the middle of the night). I would not have labored as long at home without her. She answered our questions, suggested different positions, helped my husband get involved with counter pressure and convinced me to use sounds to get through contractions (a necessary skill that I used throughout the rest of my labor). She also suggested that we rest when I said I was tired and finally told us when it was time to head to the hospital. My goal had been to be dilated to 7cm when we arrived at the hospital and when we actually arrived I was at 8cm. Just three hours later my baby girl arrived!
I am so thankful for her help and support during that time at home, and I know it was the skills she gave me and my husband that helped us have a natural labor. After our baby was born, I met with Diane again to follow up and ask any questions I had. I know that even now she would be happy to answer any questions I have. I’m so grateful to her and will definitely call her again for baby #2.

Meagan Himmerich

9/29/2020

Diane was a wonderful doula for the birth of our fourth daughter.  I did not intend to have a doula since I had birthed 3 daughters, but it was a last minute switch. We planned a home birth and had plannned to have Diane and my husband switch taking care of the 3 bigger girls while I birthed. Although that was the intention, my parents made it in time for our birth so Diane was able to be all hands on with me. And I could not be more grateful, because our lovely peanut was our hardest labor of all four girls. 

Diane was steadfast and helped me grip courage when I was exhausted after hours of on again off again labor. She gave great ideas when I needed them and she made space for the midwives to give ideas as well. She lead me emotionally when I needed to be lead and stood behind me when I needed support. 

If you are pregnant I recommend hiring a doula. They are truly worth their weight in gold. And if you are local, use Diane. She is calm and collected and yet swift to fight for your family and the birth you want. 

Johnna

9/28/2020

Working with Diane for my first delivery was an absolute pleasure. Even with unforeseen complications that did not align with my birth plan, Diane knowledgeably adapted to my unique situation, suggesting relaxing strategies, various positions, and pain management techniques that ultimately made for a wonderful labor experience. Working with a doula like Diane transformed the labor and delivery experience for me. I would 100% recommend her - and look forward to working with her again in any future deliveries! ??

Kate Wood

8/5/2020

I am so grateful to have had Diane as my doula for the birth of my daughter! Even though this was my fourth child, it was my first time having Diane with me and I did not realize how much of a difference a good doula can make. She was completely focused on me and knew when I started and finished each contraction. Your provider is generally good at taking care of you, but their attention is divided because they have to make sure everything is ok with you and the baby. But Diane was able to focus just on me and getting me through each contraction. In fact, she did such a wonderful job of helping me ease the pain that I was fooled into thinking I still have a long way to go because my previous births felt much more painful at the end! I definitely recommend Diane and plan to have her with me next time I have a baby. 

Megan M.

8/2/2020

Diane is an incredible doula. She attended our home birth for our second child. She is warm, friendly, attentive, and easy to talk to. She provides a comforting presence. When I called her after my water broke and I went into labor, her calm and encouraging words put me at ease. Throughout the birthing process, she was quick to offer affirmation as often as I needed it. Having her at our birth made all the difference in the world. I looked to her every step along the way because she made me feel so comfortable and I knew I could ask her questions and she would provide answers and reassurance. She was highly attuned to my needs during labor and offered helpful suggestions. She also prayed for me and kept my focus on God's ability to meet my every need. It is clear that she is uniquely gifted and meant for this role. She made such an impact that I wish I could've had her at my first birth too! I was truly privileged to have her as my doula and will continue to use her for any future births. Thank you, Diane! 

Diana E.

7/28/2020

Diane is a fantastic doula, and I highly recommend her! What drew us to her was knowledge of the Bradley Method and our mutual Christian faith. While the Bradley class was helpful, we wanted an experienced person to guide us through the birth. Diane was accessible and communicative ahead of time, helping establish a plan and expectations.
When labor began, she supported remotely until we needed hands-on assistance. To be candid, although I wanted the experienced help of a doula, I was unsure about having someone in our home with us during such a personal experience. However, Diane’s gentle demeanor perfectly fulfilled our needs during that time. She fostered a peaceful and comfortable environment, talking me through positions, relaxation, and pain-management techniques. I look back on that as a special time where I felt safe and cared-for, and the massage, relaxation, and breathing exercises were effective in managing the contractions. My husband appreciated her ability to focus his efforts so he could assist me effectively. The time I spent laboring at home with them was the most positive and empowering part of my labor experience.
Diane also helped determine when to go to the hospital. I was disappointed that she wasn’t allowed to join us (due to COVID-19); I missed her calm presence and help in coping with contractions. It was a long labor with unexpected complications. Diane supported via phone, offering prayers, advice, and encouragement. It was a relief to have her support during that stressful time. Afterward, she made a post-partum visit. Beyond her practical advice, it was good to have someone to talk to and process through our experience. I am grateful for her compassion and empathy during a time that was very emotional for us—excitement over the arrival of our beautiful daughter mixed with the difficulty of some unexpected challenges. I found not only a doula but also a friend. I would hire her again without hesitation!

Amanda Kuhlman

7/28/2020

Diane is the most incredible doula! I don't think I can put into words how amazing my experience was with her. She attended my fourth birth, which was my second home/water birth. Her presence is so peaceful and nurturing. She was very attentive and hands-on in her support throughout my labor. It was truly my most beautiful birthing experience and I owe so much of that to Diane. It takes a special person to be a doula and Diane was made for this in every way.

Niki Ramirez

7/28/2020

Diane is an amazing doula - we are so thankful to have had her at the birth of our son this past February! She was so helpful and supportive, not only throughout the entire birth experience, but also leading up to the birth and even after returning home when we had questions about nursing.

Diane connected with me multiple times leading up to my due date to discuss our birth plan, hopes and expectations. She is a great listener, was so well informed and was always willing to research further if I had specific questions that called for additional insight. She supported and encouraged me as a woman and mother. Diane is genuine, kind, caring and patient - she was such a blessing to us! 

Diane was a kind, patient, attentive and calming presence throughout the labor process, and an advocate for our birth plan with the hospital staff. Once baby was about to arrive, Diane even snapped some wonderful photos of our son’s birth! Memories we will forever cherish. I am so thankful to have had Diane as our doula, it made all the difference for me and for my husband. Thank you Diane!

Birth Availability for Diane Tabilo, LCSW, CD(DONA) - Bilingual

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