2 years and 20 births attended
Type of practice: Solo practice
Clients per month: 0 to 2
Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Due to COVID-19, please ask your provider about the hospital's policy pertaining to who is allowed to attend your birth. Not all hospitals are the same. Some allow only one person, others allow your partner and a doula, some allow only certified doulas. While I may not be able to attend your birth at a hospital due to a hospital only allowing one person, I can help you labor as long as you like at home and then can continue to support you and your partner over the phone, whether that be via phone calls/text/video call, as needed, or continuously.
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Attends home births? Any Home Birth
I have had three most-wonderful home births myself! I attend hospital, birth centers, and home births.
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 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 care deeply for women, children, and families.
Reduced rate for women considering adoption or abortion, teen moms, and refugees. Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns about the fee. I would not want cost to be a barrier to having a doula.
Warrenville, IL Service range 30 miles
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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! ??
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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