$1500 to $2000
$40 to $50
18 years and 281 births attended
15 years and 73 families served
Type of practice: Doula agency owner
Clients per month: 1 to 4 births and 1 to 6 postpartum families
Postpartum limits/restrictions: No heavy housecleaning.
Attends hospital births? Some Hospitals
I am specialized in helping mothers achieve fulfilling and inspiring hospital birth experiences. I am familiar with most of the hospitals in the St. Louis area and will help you understand your choices and standard policies and procedures.
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Attends home births? Some Home Births
Must be attended by qualified professional
Doulas of Greater St. Louis--Vice President-2012-2014 Queen of Peace Community Doula Coordinator --2008-2010. Center for Hope Staff Doula--2005-2006
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor as well as an experienced, Certified Birth & Postpartum Doula. I specialize in caring for families who have experienced a previous loss, had a traumatic birth experience or are experiencing mental health concerns. I assist women who have experienced previous traumas including sexual abuse, physical abuse, emotional abuse and interpersonal violence. I also support families who may need additional support for a loss . I care for families in a compassionate and therapeutic manner to help promote healing, preparation for the birth experience and overall wellness. I limit my Birth Doula clients to 1 per month and Postpartum Clients to 4 per month so you receive the attention and support you need.
Ballwin, MO Service range 35 miles
Jamie was great and was tremendously helpful in aiding me in childbirth prep as well as through labor itself. I highly recommend her!
I am so happy I decided to hire a doula! Jamie was fantastic and did nothing but support me throughout my entire labor and postpartum. She helped me stay relaxed and focused and was incredibly encouraging. She advocated for my wishes and was an excellent resource of information. She stayed home with me after I was sent back home mid labor and showed me exactly how to reposition my baby who was OP (sunny side up) which was slowing progression and causing immense back labor. Her wisdom helped me reposition baby and break my water and I delivered my baby with ease two hours later! Thank God for Saint Louis doulas and Jamie Bodily or I would have likely been transferred to a hospital for very slow progression and painful back labor!
Jamie is an amazing doula and counselor! She advocated for me during the birth of my daughter and empowered me during the entire birth process. She has extensive maternal mental health experience, which is why I chose her as my doula. The detailed pre and postpartum planning and care has been very beneficial and I am positive that this has been the reason why I did not develop any postpartum complications. I highly recommend Jamie and St Louis Doulas!
Jamie is wonderful - we can't recommend her highly enough. She has a ton of experience, both as a doula and a mother herself. She brought no agenda other than helping us have the experience we wanted. In our initial meetings, she helped us prepare for childbirth and early parenthood in ways we had not considered, making sure we were informed about all aspects of the experience and able to make thoughtful decisions. During the labor and birth, she was more helpful than I had thought possible. She talked me through contractions in a way that responded to my needs, and she offered helpful thoughts on everything from pain management to dealing with a less-than-sensitive nurse. She was supportive and non-judgmental in a way that allowed me to make decisions I felt good about. I feel great about the birth, and I could not have had such a positive experience without Jamie. Then during the postpartum visit she helped us understand our baby's signs and how to respond effectively to what he needed. Even though we had tried to prepare ourselves beforehand, having Jamie to talk us through feeding and calming him was incredibly helpful. Over the course of a few hours we went from feeling confused and helpless to feeling like we were on track to figuring out how to manage an infant while maintaining our own sanity. My husband and I both feel extremely lucky to have found Jamie and to have had her help throughout this process.
First advise: hire a doula! Really. I have to come across the first person who regretted it. A doula makes pregnancy and labour much better, for the father, the mother and also the baby. I am 100% certain that chosing to hire a doula there was less anxiety, more confidence, more comfort, less pain, less stress surrounding my pregnancy/labour and postpartum. My husband also had a way better idea what to expect and how to support me. It is worth every single penny.
Second advice: hire a postpartum doula! After one visit we were left with a meal, I had showered, baby was bathed, I had slept, I received great advice and I felt encouraged and reassured that we were doing well. Again: worth every single penny.
Last advice: hire Jamie. She is certainly one of the most experienced Doula's out there. Her presence is so calming and reassuring and she is very knowledgeable. Important for me (as a biochemist/scientist): it was all evidence-based and no nonsense. She worked great with the hospital people, she supported me with all my wishes/sensitivities/preferences. I really recommend her, regardless of what your preferences and wishes are for your birth or whether you are a first-time mom or already have children.
Just five months ago, I was a new Mom faced with an overwheliming love for my new son and an equally overwhelming feeling of fear and panic. How on earth was I going to master this new role? This uncertainty- this fear- would have enveloped me were it not for my wonderful doula, Jamie. She helped me chase away the dark thoughts and usher in hope and reassurance.
The quiet strength that Jamie carries with her is exactly what I needed to get my through those first few months with my first child. Jamie was stern with me when I needed firm directives and soothing and maternal when I needed to be reminded that everything would be okay.
Jamie gently reminded me of my own strength. I needed to be acknowledged for the hard work I had already done and she was fantastic at providing that confidence. She reassured me that I was more than capable of being a fabulous Mom to this gorgeous boy. She was right (of course). Despite my worst fears, my son is now 5 months old and is thriving. I may be biased but he is the most wonderful, happy and angelic creature of all the babies in the world. (doesn't every new mom feel this way?) Through her guidance and support I am still breastfeeding and loving every minute of it. As I hold Lincoln to my chest studying his precious face and listening to the sound of his steady breathing, I remember looking up through tear-filled eyes and telling Jamie how glad I was that she was there to guide me through it. I will forever be thankful for her gentle guidance and care through the beautiful chaos that is a newborn.
Jamie came very highly recommended by my sister-in-law. Initially my husband and I were on the fence about hiring a doula, however it ended up being one of the best decisions we made. Not only is she there during the labor and delivery, but also throughout pregnancy and postpartum.
Jamie took the time to get to know us throughout my pregnancy. She was a great resource for all of my "is this normal" questions. She also really helped with my anxiety about becoming a mom. She has a very calming presence.
Pediatricians are there for the baby, OBGYNs are there from the clinical perspective, however Jamie was there for ME. She was a critical resource for me throughout my postpartum recovery.
I can't say enough good things about Jamie. If we decide to have another one she will likely be the first person we call!
Having Jamie on “our team” was the best decision we made. She was there for me throughout my entire pregnancy, labor and the weeks after our baby was born. She was professional and very well educated, but most importably, she became our friend. While we loved our OB and the L&D nurses, they were in and out and sometimes hard to reach; Jamie stayed by my side throughout my entire labor (but also gave my husband and I space and privacy when we needed it). She was easy to reach or meet up with during my pregnancy and taught me so much about labor and all of my options…things that my OB didn’t take the time to explain. She helped me prepare for birth physically, mentally and emotionally. I believe that I was able to have the natural birth that I wanted thanks to the guidance Jamie gave me during my pregnancy. My labor didn’t go completely as I hoped, but she helped me to let go of my anxieties and to embrace my body, my baby and the beautiful experience of pregnancy, birth and breast-feeding.
We started working with Jamie in early 2014 and our first daughter was born in June. I always knew I wanted to experience a natural birth and after watching the documentary, The Business of Being Born, I knew I wanted a doula at my birth as well! My primary goals were an unmedicated birth, to labor at home as long as possible and to breastfeed. Jamie met with us numerous times before the labor and provided a wealth of great information. She helped us consider things we hadn't thought of before. She was always available for us outside of the home visits she did once a month. I felt completely comfortable texting or calling whenever we had questions or were in doubt. When my labor started she made me feel very relaxed; therefore, we didn't rush to the hospital. I enjoyed early labor in the comfort of my own home until I felt it was time to go to the hospital. Jamie immediately met us there and stayed with us for the next 18.5 hours until our daughter was born! During the labor she was a constant source of comfort (massage, gentle encouragement) and reassured me that I could do this without medication and that I was incredibly close to the end. I hadn't considered the huge role that a good support team would play in accomplishing my goal of natural childbirth and I'm so glad my partner and I had mentally prepared with Jamie for months prior the actual birth. Following the birth, Jamie visited me in the hospital and helped with breastfeeding tips/techniques and she continued to offer her support with breastfeeding long after the birth. She offered additional home visits to help with breastfeeding and postpartum follow up. I would highly recommend Jamie to anyone who is looking for a qualifed doula. We absolutely could not have accomplished our goals without her support!! We'll defintely be calling her when baby #2 is on the way!
We cannot say enough good things about Jamie Bodily as a doula. Her wisdom, patience & gentle nature were exactly what we needed to usher us into this new world of parenthood. She had an amazing way of asking us questions that led us to make the choices that were right for us. That ultimately gave us so much confidence, which is what parents need as they enter this new chapter of life. Naturally, she accomodated whatever choices we made. She had no agenda to push, remained judgement-free & provided so much support. The mindfulness training she provided were essential in making our birth a positive experience. There were issues that came up in our birth experiece that were unexpected, and the mindfulness training & support of Jamie were so incredibly helpful. So was were help after the birth, with check-ins about breastfeeding, sleep & wellness. We would be lucky to have her at our next child's birth, and will certainly ask her to be a part of it.
I would highly recommend Jamie Bodily as a doula. She was a resourceful guide through pregnancy, comforting during labor, and phenomenal support with early breastfeeding issues. She teaches and practices being mindful or present in everyday life, and the skills I aquired have also helped me in other areas of my life. We planned an unmedicated childbirth, but when things inevitably did not go as planned, she helped us stay positive and ensured I felt empowered through our son's birth. My husband said he appreciated that she was not afraid to be hands on when necessary, but she was very respectful of our privacy the moments we did not actively need her during labor. If you hire Jamie as a doula, you can feel confident knowing you are going to get a very supportive and resourceful professional with ample experience with all sorts of labors.
My husband and I hired Jamie after interviewing several doulas. To date, hiring her was the best thing we did in preparation for the birth of our daughter. Her approach of meeting with us before our birth, helping us think through how we wanted to approach things together, and her relaxed and confident nature really took a lot of the stress off of us and let us focus on being excited!
Jamie was always really reponsive when we had questions and helped us do our own research where needed. During our birth she was extremely supportive in helping us stick to plan - encouraging me to stay mobile and engaging my husband to help. Quite frankly the experience is overwhelming for first-time parents, so having someone there who can help remind you of what to do, clarify what the nurses/doctors are saying, and help make sure that you get those first few moments with your baby if at all possible.
AND, Jamie was awesome post-partum as well - I was glad that she didn't unnecessarily sugar-coat everything about the experience - she was supportive, listened, and legitimized all of the crazy new-Mom things I was going through.
Can't recommend Jamie enough and if we decide to have another, she'll be one of the first people we call.
Jamie came to my house multiple times in order to review mindfullness and meditation with me and my husband. We discussed lots of what if's , concerns and procedures for labor time. My labor started around noontime and living a good 45 minutes away from her, she came as soon as we contacted her and told her that contractions got roughly 3 minutes apart. Jamie reminded me to " breath for the baby" which is what really helped me focus most. Her maternal presence helped me feel taken care of in the labor room at the hospital. She would put her hands round my forehead and back of my head which mustve had a pressure point because I wanted it done each time, very helpful! Was able to lean on her and sway as needed. After a quick ultrasound, baby was breech. Csection came and went. Jamie stood right by us in the surgical room, took pictures, and followed us into the postop room and got the baby right onto my chest to start breastfeeding. She also offered to and stayed wiht me overnight the first night i stayed in the hospital, rooming in with the baby and helping baby to latch on and feed well, big help after having a csection! As this was the 2nd time i had a csection, this time wiht the doual went more the way i wanted, more contact wiht baby, sooner breastfeeding and having more support during the labor. Jamie was a huge source of encouragement during last few weeks of pregnancy, reminding me that i can do it and she had great confidence in my ability to make it through. She also came to different OB appointments even through transfering OBs. She was very much of the mindset that in the end we know what's best for us and she would support us all the way.My husband and I were very satisfied with her services and would highly recommend her even though our labor ended in csection with breech presentation.
We met Jamie when we hired her for an in-home childbirth class series and, after she left, my husband asked if I would consider hiring her as our doula instead of my current one because he believed that she was what we needed to achieve the natural birth that I dreamed of. Thankfully she was available and our incredible journey began! As my due date came and went, Jamie was full of encouragement and support. At our first trip to the hospital, they wanted to admit me due to high blood pressure despite the lack of progress. Jamie was instrumental in calming me down and I was able to reduce my stress levels and was allowed to leave and labor at home throughout the evening. She kept in contact with my husband throughout the evening and the following day until it was time to return to the hospital. My daughter was very low during the majority of labor and Jamie suggested different methods for pain management and relaxation and spent hours helping to relieve the pressure. 36 hours after my first contraction, we had a beautiful baby and an intervention-free childbirth! I can truly say that my labor and birthing process was beautiful and nearly pain-free and firmly believe that Jamie’s wisdom, knowledge and warm encouragement allowed us to enjoy our daughter’s birth. She went above and beyond the contract with post-partum visits and was instrumental in helping me mentally prepare for returning to the workforce. We consider Jamie to be part of the family and would highly recommend her. She is an invaluable asset for any pregnancy and will work to help you design and achieve your perfect birth plan – no matter what that may be!
Excellent! Jamie was a great help through my 17-hour long, epidural-free labor. She was our support on the phone, then came home and stayed with us at the hospital until several hours after birth. I was having a lot of back ache, and she did some miraculous back press to relieve the pain. She helped me with productive labor positions, to ensure a natural delivery. She was very sensitive to our cultural and spiritual preferences. She was a great help post-partum, especially with breastfeeding.
Jamie truly loves her work as a doula. She shows genuine concern for me and for my comfort during labor and delivery. She provides recommendations based on her experience as a doula, then allows us to make our own decisions. She is very helpful during labor to remind me to breathe, change positions, relax, and allow my body to take its natural course.
It is very helpful to have her in the delivery room so that my husband never leaves my side. If I need her to get something or contact the nurses, she does that for me. She also is a good resource for questions when the nurses are not in the room. I have had her help for 3 deliveries, and I have always been very happy to have her with me. She also provides pre-labor classes and postpartum support, which I utilized for my first baby.
Jamie is great, and I would recommend her to anyone.
My husband and I needed someone familiar with the Bradley Method, but started interviewing with only two months to go. Jamie was close by, experienced and immediately available. She gave us three prenatal visits in about six weeks--valuable preparation and practice. During labor, she offered new ideas for comfort and helped us make some difficult decisions. In early labor she came over at 1am and walked with us. Over 24 hours later, she was still by my side as I reached third stage and recovered. As if that weren't enough, we received three postpartum visits (more than the contract required) and a baby-warming gift. She's hands-on, warm, encouraging, and worth every penny!
My husband wasn't sold on the idea of having a doula, but he supported my decision. Just after my due date, he was scheduled to play a concert (he's a musician) about 30 minutes away from our home. I woke up at 1 am the day of the concert with contractions. Around 10 am, he had to leave, so we called Jamie. She came to our house and helped move my labor along by walking around our neighborhood with me, getting me on the birthing ball, etc. By the time my husband returned home, I was completely calm and comfortable.
Jamie was with us for 16 hours of back labor. Having back labor was something that we were not at all prepared for, but she knew exactly what to do to ease my pain and try to move the baby. She helped us through every step of labor, and explained all of our options to us. We were able to have the birth that we had planned, thanks to her. When the doctor said that the cord was wrapped several times around the baby, it was Jamie who leaned over and reassured us that it would be ok. Our beautiful, healthy son was born at 2:20 am, with Jamie right there with us.
Because I did not have an epidural, my recovery was wonderful. I took a shower and was wearing regular clothes the same day that my son was born. I had no need for pain pills and had no stitches. If my husband and I decide to have a second baby down the road, we will again choose to have a natural birth and to have Jamie by our side.
My experience with Jamie Bodily as a Doula was so wonderful, and I'd like to share a little about that.
I learned about Jamie's services when I was a patient at Queen of Peace Center where I quickly decided I was interested in utilizing her services. She met with me instantly at a convenient location, and took a lot of time getting to know me and what I wanted to experience with the birth of my son.
When the day came for me to have my baby, Jamie was at the hospital right on time, dressed in her scrubs with a smile on her face. She knew I did not want to have any narcotic pain medication, and had typed up an extensive list of medications that I could take instead. She brought some candles to help me relax and was just an absolute asset to my recovery and birth.
Jamie did all of the talking and relaying to the nurses and took all of that stress off of me. Basically, Jamie made it to where the only thing I had to focus on was giving birth to my son.
Jamie made my experience so much more pleasant than I could have ever imagined, and was there from beginning to end. She came to visit my baby and me several times after delivery, and really made sure that we had everything we needed. I also successfully nursed my baby for 7 1/2 months thanks to Jamie's support.
To this day, Jamie and I remain in touch, and is now someone I can call a friend. I couldn't have been more pleased with my experience with her as my Doula.
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