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Brandie McGowan

Births And Beyond

Palm Harbor, FL Service range 35 miles

18135060256

https://birthsandbeyond.com/

Birth Fee

$75 to $1200

Postpartum Rate

$35

Availability Remarks: Free 20-minute consultations. Medicaid Plans Accepted

Birth Fee

$75 to $1200

Postpartum Rate

$35


Medicaid and Third Party Insurers

Currently approved to receive payments from the following programs:


Birth Doula Experience

11 years and 62 births attended

Postpartum Doula Experience

2 years and 25 families served


Birth Doula Certifications

  • Madriella Doula Network - Certified Labor Doula

Postpartum Doula Certifications

  • Madriella Doula Network - Certified Postpartum Doula

Doula Training

  • Madriella, February 2021

Type of practice: Solo practice

Clients per month: 1 to 2 births and 2 to 4 postpartum families

Postpartum limits/restrictions: Non-Smoking preferred.

Attends hospital births? All Hospitals

Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers

Attends home births? Any Home Birth


Special Services Offered

  • Abortion support
  • Antepartum doula support
  • Bereavement doula (pregnancy & infant loss)
  • Childbirth education services
  • End of life doula services
  • First Aid and CPR
  • Lactation consultant/counselor services
  • LGBTQIA+ Support
  • Military families support
  • Miscarriage support
  • Placenta encapsulation
  • Pregnancy, birth and/or newborn photography
  • Reduced rates for women considering adoption
  • Satellite doula (for remote and rural clients)
  • Sibling support (for your older children at the birth)
  • Surrogates and intended parents
  • TENS units rental
  • Virtual and remote doula support

Additional Credentials

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Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

Volunteer at Empath Hospice

Languages Spoken

  • English

Fee Details

Discounted Placenta Encapsulation for current or repeat clients. I offer Encapsulation, salve, tincture, placenta prints and cord keepsakes

Service Area

Palm Harbor, FL Service range 35 miles

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Danielle Vicente

8/3/2022

I will forever recommend a doula to anyone giving birth! Brandie was an absolute angel, and I am so grateful to have had her with me. It was 3 days until my scheduled induction, and I was desperately looking for a doula. I was sent to a group and had luck finding one! I could not believe I was able to on such short noticed!!!


At first, I was a little iffy because we hadn’t had time to get to know each other and it felt like I was going to have a random stranger in the room. But that was not the case at all! She was the sweetest and it felt like I had known her for some time. My induction started really late, and I had already felt bad to have to possible call her so early in the morning to meet us. But I didn’t have to, she rushed to my side the moment she got news of my water breaking too early. I couldn’t have asked for anyone better than her. When I couldn’t speak, she spoke for me.


I didn’t know I would have needed her as much as I did. She was kind, she was gentle, she was understanding, she was encouraging. The comfort and love I felt from her was amazing, when just days before I were an absolute stranger. She rocks and I cannot thank her enough for being by my side.

Kenisha Couture

7/26/2022

Words cannot describe how grateful and blessed I am to have had Brandie by my side during my pregnancy and labor. She showed me genuine love and was tremendously nurturing from the moment I met her. This was my first child and I highly recommend her to be your doula. The amount of information I learned from her was beyond enlightening. She was there whenever I needed her, day or night. Checking up on me and making sure I was well. She was always full of great information and positive energy. She also never left my side during labor. I honestly don't know what I would have done without her. She not only supported and took care of me, but encouraged me when I was discouraged about my birthing plan not going as we had anticipated. She even waited for me to get out of surgery before going home after being with me for over 10 hours! Not only has she been my doula but she became apart of my family! Thank you Brandie for your love and support. We love you! 

Amanda Rua

7/18/2022

Brandie went above and beyond! I highly recommend her services, and would definitely use her again! I had contacted her last minute, and she went out of her way to assist me. She was so informative, genuine, and professional.

She contacted me throughout my labor, taking the time to check in on me and baby. She informed me of everything to come before I entered the hospital, making me feel more informed and better prepared.

She even left home and picked up my placenta at 3 am, and waited patiently as I waited on cultures to make sure encapsulation would be acceptable in my case. I couldn’t thank her more, and I will always cherish her as a part of my birthing experience!

To make things even better, she packaged the placenta and umbilical chord so beautifully and even shared photos and videos of the process she took to make my products.

Alyssa Santiago

7/16/2022

Being my first pregnancy I was naive and ignorant to all of the different choices, options, and ways that a woman’s labor and delivery could go. Because I’ve always been petrified of needles I was adamant that I did not want to do any medication for fear of the needles and from the basic knowledge I did have, on the lasting effects on baby. Thankfully, they led me to Brandie and I am beyond grateful for the referral. From the very first communication I felt so comfortable, and confident that she would be the best person to assist me through my pregnancy and help me understand everything. She was so informative, passionate, and it was obvious she has selfless desire to genuinely help people. She worked with me and put up my nonsense the whole pregnancy, which included gym selfies, jokes about having my baby slide out, to being a hypochondriac about symptoms of what I thought was early labor. She had so much patience and helped me to have patience during the process.When it was time to have the baby, she made sure she was available to meet us at one hospital, just to be turned away to “labor” at home, to making sure she met us at a different hospital to help me through my back labor. Thankfully, with her assistance, good energy, and all the labor “tricks” she helped me through two hours of back labor before I could get an epidural which I didn’t want. She helped me through my fear of the epidural and letting go of my ego. When things stalled for me after receiving pitocin, Brandie did everything in her power to help me stay calm, and try to help me through the back labor. After 13 hrs of non progress, she took initiative to speak with the nurses about my status so she could help me be informed about what to possibly expect next.

Our little family is complete now, and we 100% admire Brandie and all of her incessant and consistent support.
We love you ?? ♥?

Ariel plumb

7/15/2022

 

I am so great full for Brandie and her services! I would have been completely alone for my birth without her! I had to be induced at 36 weeks, and my little NICU baby was born around 4am, and Brandie was there with me through it all!

I requested a placenta print and also a cord keepsake, and when the hospital did not fulfill my wish to give me both the placenta and the cord, Brandie made me a separate keepsake. She went above and beyond despite the complications the hospital caused with their thoughtlessness.

I wouldn't have been able to get through my birth without Brandie! She was there while I had to sit still through 2 attempts at an epidural, through nearly 45 minutes of bad contractions and sitting still for the medical staff.

I could write pages on how amazing she is, and why I would recommend her! She is a great assets to your birth team!

 

 

Briana Ingram

6/28/2022

Brandie is amazing, she helped me to stay positive & believe I can have an unmedicated birth for my first baby, she provided me with many resources and tools to prepare for my little ones arrival. I had many moments where I doubted myself & Brandie helped me to remember I am more than capable. When it came down to my labor, I was in prodromal labor & Brandie was with me the whole way, multiple times I wanted to go to the hospital and she told me she’d support me no matter what. I’m so glad I didn’t go to the hospital & decided to have my unmedicated birth at the birthing center, not to mention arriving at the birthing center & feeling her hands on my back mid contraction saying “I’m right here” was so comforting, she was right on time & was amazing the whole way through delivering my baby girl & even helping me after with breastfeeding ??♥? She is absolutely amazing & will always be my baby & I doula.

E. Gabriela Rivero

5/15/2022

Brandie is a huge reason I have such a positive, beautiful, happy outlook with the birth of my daughter. She helped me sooo much during my surges and labor and was truly an amazing addition to my intimate birth team. She was kind, patient, calming, and joyous. I also got my placenta encapsulation supplements that have been helping me postpartum. She added small touches to the packaging of them that was very thoughtful. I am very thankful for her and the services she offers. I would recommend any mama looking for a doula to head in her direction :)

Sabrina Jones

5/13/2022

Brandie is the absolute BEST!!!! She was always here for me mentally and physically during my pregnancy and now even more during my postpartum. Brandie helped me when I needed it the most during my labor, things didn’t work out as I planned it to but she said some assuring things that helped me get through the whole birthing process. Anything I needed I could call on her and she would be there. She has been nothing short of amazing. I would highly recommend Brandie as a doula for any expected mothers!!!

Tiffany Simpson

3/30/2022

Where do I began?! Oh I know. Prego Exspo I attended at the Tampa convention center Ms. Brandie was a vendor there. My best friend, husband and I stopped at her booth and patiently waited for her to finish talking to another mom to be. After hearing the services she offered I was very interested. At the time I wasn’t looking for a Doula because I already had my support team lined up.(Mom and Husband). At the time I was interested in other services she provided. The placenta encapsulation, the Tree of life canvas keepsake, umbilical cord keepsake and many other goodies. Fast forward to 3/24/22 my baby boy ????was born and Ms. Brandie was there to witness and help
me get through it Drugs Free. Her presence, patient, and Good vibes got me through a Natural Birth which is the Main thing I wanted. She knows her Stuff when asking questions or have questions to ask the drs/nurses. She truly advocates for her clients although my mom and husband was having a hard time seeing me go through the pain Ms. Brandie STOOD MY GROUND for me and let them know she wanted this and she can do it and I did with the help of Brandi if I had to do it all over again I would choose her EVERYTIME. If your looking for a Doula I HIGHLY recommend Ms. Brandie at BirthsandBeyond ????

Love a forever client and Friend
Tiffany’

Amie Ortiz

3/23/2022

There are no words to express the amount of gratitude my fiancé and I have for Brandie! At first, we were unsure if we were going to hire a doula. And after searching I am so beyond glad, we found births and beyond doula service! Brandie did such an amazing job at helping me to feel prepared, heard and respected. As a first-time mom, it was so helpful having someone with experience to help guide us during the most important time in our lives.
My birth went as planned and I was able to have a natural unmedicated delivery. Thanks to my fiancé and Brandie’s support! She stayed with us the whole time, dealt with me through the pains of the transition stage and was overall fantastic, compassionate and caring. She worked so hard to help us get the ambience we wanted.
I would highly recommend her as a doula and the other services she provides. I would not hesitate to hire her again if needed! Thank you Brandie!!!
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Kat Cline

2/22/2022

Brandie has such a big heart and cares so much about her mamas. I am so grateful I found her during my Doula search. If you had asked me before my labor, I was sure I needed one because all moms recommend it. But having one at my labor, I truly understand why having a great doula makes a world of difference. 

There were so many times that she was just there with exactly what was needed and when it was needed. I swear she knew before I did. She was also a huge help for my mom who was there as my birth partner. There were several times I was so ready to give up and Brandie was there to support and encourage and help me push through. My labor was 22 very intense and hard hours and I was able to do it all naturally because she encouraged me to keep going and knew I had it in me. 

Thank you Brandie for being such an important part of my son's birth, and for following up with us at the hospital and on our journey. So glad we met and got to share this!

Jacob Stephen

2/16/2022

Brandie was incredible! Her knowledge and experience sharing helped prepare us for the entire birthing process. She was always available and quick to respond to any questions. Having her help got us through our son’s birth confidently.

Linda Marano

2/16/2022

Such a wonderful birthing experience with Brandie!! Her energy is so loving and positive. She is extremely knowledgeable and was able to answer my every question. So happy I had her by my side throughout my pregnancy journey!

Alina Ponomaruwa

1/18/2022

Alina P.
I am beyond happy that I found Brandie!! She did my placenta encapsulation for me. She picked up my placenta from the hospital and delivered the capsules to my home along with some super sweet gifts. She is very caring, sweet and knowledgeable person with great energy. She helped me with all my questions and stayed in touch throughout my pregnancy and after. If you are looking for a doula or a person to do placenta encapsulation, cream (salve) or placenta art, she is the one!!!!! Will be recommending her to my friends!! Thank you Brandie.

Diana Samusenko

1/18/2022

If you want the most compassionate, thoughtful, supportive, professional and considerate doula, you found one right here!
I initially contacted Brandie for the placenta encapsulation, but ended up having her as my doula as well. I had a home birth and Brandie came over several weeks before the due date. I loved her energy right away! She brought some interesting information regarding birth and placenta encapsulation, affirmations, suitcase full of stuff to help a woman during labor: natural pain management tools, essential oils, snacks , honey sticks, etc.
My labor began at 5.15 in the morning. I called Brandie, she picked up right away and came to my place very fast. What a huge help and support we received from her! She helped me find the most comfortable position to deliver my baby and supported me all the way through labor and delivery and afterwards.
We still keep in touch because I just love her and her energy.
Meeting her was a true blessing

Jessica Neal

1/18/2022

We are so glad we found Brandie to assist us for our birth! She was so easy to connect with, and really understood our preferences; she educated us on things that we were unsure about, but encouraged us to make decisions for ourselves. She was a huge support during the birth as well! She suggested different positions to help me get comfortable, reminded my partner of things we wanted to do during the birth, and kept our family in the waiting room informed. After the birth, she encapsulated the placenta, made some of it into a salve and a tincture, and made the umbilical cord keepsake for us - and we could not be more grateful! I've already told a few people about her because we were so happy with her services. Thank you, Brandie!

Brittanie Cotton

1/18/2022

Brandie was the best and I couldn’t have went through the labor process without her. She took the time to get to know me as well as my spouse. She called and checked on me often and gave me things to do or take such as the raspberry leaf tea to prepare me for labor. I had a birthing plan and she took a copy home and went over it. She made sure my birthing experience went according to my plan as much as possible. She didn’t treat me as if I was a client but as if I was family. While I was in labor another one of her clients water broke early and she made it to where she was able to support the both of us. She called, texted and even FaceTimes the other client to coach her and make sure she was ok until she got there. With over 48 hours of no sleep she managed to help with 3 deliveries back to back in one week and I promise you if she didn’t tell you, you wouldn’t have known because she was so filled with energy and excitement. She’s very passionate and loves what she does. I would highly recommend her to anyone who’s looking for an awesome caring doula. Thanks again Brandie, You were phenomenal!!!!!

Birth Availability for Brandie McGowan

= Available. Calendar last updated: 11-28-2022

Postpartum Availability for Brandie McGowan

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