Within Her Birth
Bristow, VA Service range 50 miles
$1200 to $1500
$1200 to $1500
3 years and 22 births attended
Type of practice: Solo practice
Clients per month: 1 to 3
Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
I attend all hospital births within my transportation range
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
I attend all birth center births within my transportation range
Attends home births? Any Home Birth
I attend all home births within my transportation range. I do not attend unassisted home births.
My fee covers 2 prenatal meetings with clients and their partner, and all day labor support from the time the client is ready for me join at the birthing site. It also includes one in-home postpartum visit. Additional services include breastfeeding classes, childbirth education classes, and additional postpartum home visits
Bristow, VA Service range 50 miles
Before my pregnancy, I had never really given much thought about the type of birthing experience I wanted to have. After watching a ridiculous amount of birth stories on YouTube (both positive and not so positive experiences), I decided I wanted to labor and deliver naturally. Even though it was my decision, I was still terrified at the thought of giving birth, especially naturally. Having Mabel as my doula was beneficial for me because she helped ease the fear and anxiety I had about natural birth. She provided me with the information and support I needed to feel empowered and to make informed decisions throughout my journey to motherhood. She gave guidance on the conversations I needed to have with my doctors and was always available for discussions after my appointments. For months, I struggled with terrible morning sickness and Mabel provided emotional support, offered advice and even prayed with me to help me get through some of the hardest days. In preparing for labor, she demonstrated several pain management techniques and positions that were very helpful during labor. Currently, I'm almost four months postpartum and Mabel has continued supporting me during my breastfeeding journey by giving tips and advice, answering questions and making herself available to check-in with me regularly. The genuine love, care and concern, along with the sharing of relevant information and thoughtful recommendations are the things that made Mabel the right doula for me. I am SO grateful for her and I would highly recommend her to any expecting mama. She is personable, knowledgeable, and obviously very passionate about the wonderful work she does.
This was my second pregnancy and my husband and I both wanted a doula for additional support. I had to have a cesarean with my first born, and my wish was to have a VBAC this pregnancy. Having Mabel by our side during pregnancy, labor, delivery and postpartum was a huge blessing. The first time my husband and I spoke to Mabel we immediately felt very comfortable conversing with her. She was very knowledgeable, experienced and able to answer all of our questions. She was the perfect fit for us. She understood exactly what we were looking for, and was able to support our needs. Mabel followed-up with additional researched information after we talked. She helped us with our birth plan, spent time educating us about pregnancy stages, labor, delivery, and showed us helpful massages as well as pressure-points for labor. Her love for her work helped my husband & I feel more comfortabe as we neared our due date. I went into labor two weeks early at the earliest morning hours and Mabel came as quick as she could and labored with me at home for hours. I was having back- labor pain and Mabel was by my side the entire time to help me manage the pain. She was an advocate for us during the whole labor and delivery. Her caring voice, positive attitude and encouragement were a blessing! Mabel stayed for a while after my son was born to further assist us. She came to our home for a postpartum visit and helped me with nursing my son. She provided the emotional and physical comfort my husband and I needed during these moments. We highly recommend her to anyone! With Mabel's support I was able to have a successful VBAC. We will definitely have Mabel's professional service as a doula for our next pregnancy!
Having Mabel as my doula changed my whole perspective about how the birth experience should be. My first pregnancy was just not the best experience. I was very scared going into my second pregnancy but everything changed when God brought Mabel into our lives. Mabel is very patient and just goes above and beyond for all her clients. I had friends who had her the same time as me and they can all truly testify how much of a blessing she was to them. She never pressured my husband and I to do anything we felt uncomfortable about or make any decision based on what she thought was right. She always stayed on top of things and really cared a lot about us and not just the pregnancy. Mabel really challenged me to do more research about the whole pregnancy process and never settle just based on the information I got at my OB/GYN appointments. She would always give us more information and go into more detail about answering any questions we had. I honestly don’t know how we could’ve gone through the whole process without Mabel. We honestly would’ve given up during the early stages of labor and gone in for a repeat c-section. She made me comfortable at the hospital and honored all the requests we made during labor such as having candles and playing my worship playlist. With her help, I was able to have the successful VBAC I desired. If you’re ever contemplating hiring a doula, hire Mabel!! If she’s available ofcourse. It’ll be so worth it and you’ll not regret your decision.
Man ! There's so much that I want to say about Mabel. This woman was born ready to be a doula. She is so full of grace and strength and has a way of commanding peace into any room. Being a first time mom, there was so much that I was nervous about and unaware of, and Mabel patiently answered all of my questions and calmed my fears. She stood by me throughout my pregnancy and always checked to make sure that I was doing well. During what turned out to be an extremely long labor, she kept me motivated and strengthened. If you're looking for a doula, Mabel is unmatched and will be with you every step of the way. Thank you so much for everything Mabel, your presence in our lives was truly God's gift to us.
Mabel was an Angel, an advocate, a prayer warrior, a shoulder to lean on, a light and a constant source of support throughout my birthing process. There’s no doubt that this is her calling. She was present throughout the labor process and helped me express my emotions while I endured through my long labor. She continually reassured and encouraged me and gave me the opportunity to understand every step in the labor/ delivery process while laboring at home and in the hospital. We tried different laboring techniques to find the best ones I coped with. My most unexpected perk of having Mabel as my doula was when she stood in the gap for me in prayer and interceded on my behalf at the peak of my labor. That memory will forever be engraved in my heart because i believe it shifted the outcome of my birth process. When you decide to choose Mabel as your doula, you’re choosing someone who passionately has the heart and soul of ensuring the best for mama and baby. Mabel is my forever doula ??
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