Phone: (541) 554-5879
Birth Fee: $100 to $1000
Birth Doula Experience: 12 years and 105 births attended
Not SpecifiedType of Practice: Solo practice
Clients per Month: 1 to 3Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Oregon State Certified Doula. Baby Connection, Eugene OR WellMama, Eugene OR, Director of Mother Nurture Family Support Center ICAN of Eugene Chapter Leader.
Languages spoken: English
Service Area MapArea of practice: Eugene, OR
Linda was everything we wanted in a doula and more. She was very communicative and available when I had questions during my pregnancy, and genuinely cared about my partner and his experience as a non-birth parent, and even cared about how our pets would handle the birth and new family member. We are a queer/transgender/multiracial family, and always felt comfortable with Linda as our doula. She nonjudgmentally helped me work through my feelings about choosing a home birth or a birth center. I ultimately ended up having to give birth at a hospital, which was what I absolutely had never wanted. But, I cannot overstate how immensely helpful Linda was during my very long two-day labor and eventual c-section. She was present to guide me mentally, physically, and emotionally through contractions, fears, uncertainties, and negotiations with the hospital about what we did and did not want. She knew how to ask the right questions (of me and of the hospital staff) to help me decide what I wanted. She never pressured me into doing things her way, but her expertise in matters of birthing helped guide me to decisions I made throughout pregnancy, labor, and delivery of my beautiful child. Thinking back on this experience I cannot imagine our baby coming into the world without the help of Linda. With my permission, she even took photos of the very first moment I saw my baby, and I will treasure those forever. My partner says, “Linda made me feel very empowered and comfortable and kept me calm through the worst part. She was a universal gift.” She is indeed a gift to whomever is lucky enough to know her and to have her as their doula. I write all this to say: to whomever is reading this, I hope your birth goes just as you want it to, but even if it doesn’t (mine certainly didn’t!), Linda will help make your experience as joyful and positive and loving as possible. I can’t recommend her highly enough.
When I decided to find a doula for birth of my first son, I was not totally sure what to expect or how useful having one would be. My husband was even more skeptical. I am SO glad we decided to hire a doula and that Linda Walling was the doula we selected to share our birth experience with. She was attentive, patient, kind, dedicated and amazing addition to our birth team. We set off with the idea that our son would be born naturally at a birth center. At home she supported our labor efforts with encouraging words, back massage and snacks. She recommended activities to keep labor moving. She rode with us to the birth center and provided more encouragement, massage, and support. After nearly 24 hours of labor she switched on and off with providing pressure to my back with my husband. I had really bad back pain during my labor and without reverse pressure it was almost unbearable. She helped me through this at each contraction. She provided great explanations of everything the midwives said and allowed us to consiously make our choices as we went through our birth experience. Our son ended up being in a posterior position and we couldn't birth him at the birth center. We were transferred to the hospital. She stayed with us the entire time explaining our options and providing support. My labor was excruciatingly long. Linda stayed with us for the entire labor and delivery. A few hours after we transferred to the hospital it was determined he could not get out vaginally. He was stuck. I had a c-section and Linda joined me in the operating room with my husband. She kept me calm, helped my husband and even took some great pictures. Our final outcome was not what we had planned but she was there every step of the way and I think her support was a big reason I didn't feel a huge sense of loss and disappointment that I didn't get to birth my son exactly the way I wanted. We ended up with a healthy 10lb. 8.7 oz baby. Thank you, Linda!
I had a wonderful experience with Linda. We'd met a few times before and she was always very pleasant; she seemed to be very grounded, compassionate, and knowledgeable. When I got pregnant she immediately came to mind as the person I wanted for my doula.
I'd had a difficult experience with my first birth and Linda wanted to help me have a better time with my second. I wasn't sure it was possible, but she was very easy to talk to about my worries and past experiences. She was reassuring without being dismissive. Her experience with so many beautiful births gave her a lot of stories to tell (privacy protected, of course) that were helpful for me to hear and increased my confidence. She provided a pregnancy class/support group where I met with other women and we discussed these things.
The actual birth was a breeze with her. She was immediately in touch with me when I went into labor at an ungodly hour and came when I felt like I needed her. She was with me through all of it, helping me feel reassured and safe and providing support, emotional and physical throughout. She helped me with the decisions the midwives presented about pain relief and other birth choices, based on what she knew I wanted from the classes and my birth plan. She even helped me dodge one potentially bad medical choice that, without her, I might have taken even though it was not necessary. Her experience and gentle guidance, without being for one minute overbearing or judgmental, were a huge gift during that labor. The experience of my second labor compared to my first is like night and day, and I chalk that up almost completely to Linda's presence.
Before I gave birth with a doula I wasn't sure whether I really needed one or how their role would fit into a birth. Now I tell every pregnant friend I have how important it was to have a doula. I was particularly lucky to have Linda for mine.
I was referred to Linda Walling by an acquaintance. When I met Linda, I knew she was the one!
Linda was an amazing resource to have during my gestational surrogacy journey. She was emotionally supportive during my pregnancy, labor, and birth. I really did not have to ask for anything while in labor. She read my body language and offered various ideas to help me achieve the natural labor and birth that I wanted. When I did ask for something or had a concern she responded immediately. Linda was also supportive to my intended parents during the labor and birth. She explained what was happening to me and the babies so that the parents would better understand. When I encountered some issues with the placentas taking their time to detach, she mentioned to the OB and nurses that we could put one of the babies back on my chest to suckle. She saved me from having to undergo surgery! She also stayed with me until I was ready to go to my recovery room. Linda knew some of the nurses and had experience at the Riverbend hospital so they felt comfortable letting her do her doula thing with me.
I had a previous bad hospital birth experience in another state and feel like this birth helped to heal that trauma. I am so thankful for what Linda did for us!
I also had the placentas encapsulated. They came in a glass jar with a cute label. As a sweet addition, Linda made the umbilical cords into little hearts! I'm going to give the umbilical cords to the parents the next time we visit.
Her prices are reasonable and her help/support is priceless. I would use her services again and recommend her to other people looking for a doula.
Linda proved to be an invaluable resource before, during and after my labor and delivery! There are so many wonderful qualities that Linda offered to my husband, baby and me.
First off, her demeanor is calm, nurturing and patient. Anytime I felt overwhelmed, anxious or worried, Linda was able to intently listen to my concerns and also provide thoughtful insight and perspective in a manner that was soothing and intuitive. (I always felt better after speaking with Linda!)
Secondly, Linda consistently provided balance and alternative perspectives with regards to what mainstream culture, my OB doctors and midwives were saying or pushing me to do. At times, she agreed and at other times, she was able to offer me a different approach. Of course she never pushed her personal opinions onto us. Yet, I always appreciated the balance between what the medical practitioners were telling us and what doula wisdom Linda was able to share with us.
Third, Linda was physically, mentally and spiritually present throughout my entire labor and delivery process. She commited to staying by our side throughout our entire hospital stay. She was able to remind me that I always had options and choices with regards to the medical interventions and procedures I was being asked/told to accept. Beyond the mental and emotional support she provided us, she literally provided me with physical support for hours and hours during my contractions! I suffered from low back pain throughout my 8 or 9 hours of contractions. Linda spent many of those hours providing strong pressure on my back. And, when she switched positions with my husband, she held my hand and let me squeeze as hard as I needed! She seemed to never take breaks and was always within a minute of returning to my side.
Lastly, Linda shared with us various text and video resources and continues to be available via phone, email and a home visit. I know that I can all upon her as the need arises.
LInda was remarkable. this was our first child and we ended up being in the hospital because we were late (42w). the great thing about having linda, was not only her tremendous amount of experience, but the continuity of care that she provided. We ended up seeing 4 midwives with quite differing dispositions through our ~45 hours in the hospital. Linda was there the whole time.
I also think having her there made a tremendous difference in how our birth occurred. The nurses and midwives all eluded to how close to c-section we were, and afterwards it was clear that having another knowledgable person in there who was a stalwart for traditional v-birth could have been the reason we ended up havign the outcome we did.
Also when my wife was in labor, there is now way that I would've been able to keep her as comfortable as Linda. through her guidance, my wife was under constant care of at least one if not two people at all times. Had she not been there, I wouldn't have known what to do, not to the level that Linda helped; and I also would've needed to leave periodically if I needed help, supplies or had to take care of my physiologic needs. My wife was tremendously comforted by this, and thanks to Linda can look back more fondly on this life changing event for our family. Thank you, Linda. The best thing I can wish for my friends in their birth experiences is to have you there....
My husband and I were so fortunate to have Linda Walling as our doula for the birth of our first baby. Her years of experience and calm professional manner made us confident in the decision to hire her. We can't be happier about having had Linda with us before and throughout the 30 hour labor! During the labor, I had four different doctors and just as many nurses change shifts, but Linda was the one constant presence and someone who always had our best interest in mind. She came prepared with copies of our birth plan, helped us to ask good questions, shared helpful natural pain relief techniques and helped us feel confident every step of the way.
We highly recommend Linda Walling's doula services!
My husband and I just had our first child, a healthy beautiful little girl. I had a very specific idea of what kind of birth I wanted: not in a hospital- at a birth center, all natural, and I wanted a very calm loving and safe feeling during the birth. I ended up getting preeclampsia and having my daughter at 37 weeks at the hospital, AND it was just perfect! I feel I owe this in large part to Linda and her support.
I was lucky enough that when I did get preeclampsia my body also went into labor on it's own and my little girl knew it was time to get out! I was able to still have a natural vaginal birth with very minimal interventions (my midwife did break my water). I looked to Linda for advice at every choice/questions they asked at the hospital. Linda kept assuring me that we were not going to have the exact birth we had planned for but that everything was going to be ok and I was doing great. She also let me know my choices and what may or may not happen based on my decision. I did not know much about the dangers preeclampsia until after I gave birth (later found out it was life threatening), but Linda and the rest of my team stayed so positive and did not bring any feelings of fear into my environment. My daughter came into the world with a group of confident loving women and my wonderful loving husband there to catch her. I could not have asked for a better experience, and even thinking about it now brings tears to my eyes.
Linda has such a wonderful presence, I felt very confident, safe and well cared for by her. Toward the end of the birth I was not very responsive to questions, but Linda just seemed to know what I needed! (hot compress on my back, lavender oil, hip presses, etc). She also helped my husband by suggesting things for him to do to help comfort me. It was also great to have her come to the home a couple days after the birth to visit, she helped my husband to dehydrate the placenta for encapsulation. I highly suggest Linda!
Linda was wonderful and so valuable during my pregnancy and birth. She is incredibly calm and nurturing and so centered that you can help be calm and peaceful around her. She is also extremely knowledgeable and was willing to find answers to all of my questions and concerns.
Pre birth she visited our home several times and helped me with addressing any fears I had about labor as well as help me prepare with some labor techniques.
My water broke at 6 am and we called her at 7 am on a Sunday morning and she came shortly after and helped us realize that we should probably get going to the birthing center since my contractions were fairly close. She remained calm the entire time and was so centered. She was also instrumental when I was transferred to the hospital and advocated for me while my husband parked the car and I was trying to fill out forms while in labor in the waiting room. She never left my side even when they told her to go get me a wheelchair. She also remebered our birthplan, which we had forgotten!
Linda is an amazing doula and we are so blessed to have her be a part of our son's birth!
I was referred to Linda & was very happy with her service. We met several times before the birth & she helped me create a birth plan, accompany me on doctor visits including ultrasounds, and was a great support during the birth of my son. She was a wonderful advocate for me during & after the birth.
It’s difficult for me to attempt to sum up my second birth in a few short paragraphs. Even more difficult is the task of giving a small summary of an extraordinary doula.
My husband & I came to Linda Walling at the last minute. I felt incredibly lonely & anxious regarding the birth of our second child. We wanted a peaceful, natural birth. I was certain I could not attempt to accomplish this without a doula there to help us. I was a hot mess. Linda came in & cooled me down like a light spring shower. At her consultation she was calm, understanding & kind. By the end of the 30 min “interview” I was knew I’d found the right person.
During my 6 hr labor, Linda was quiet, spoke softly, & remained a constant, positive presence the entire time. She timed surges, gave me space to work through them, made sure I stayed hydrated, etc. She was instrumental in getting us off to the birth center just in time to deliver. When I felt anxious or confused, she was my rock - assuring me that my baby and I knew what we were doing and I had nothing to fear. I don’t know that I could have endured transition without her. She literally, physically held me up through each back to back surge. During actual birth/pushing, she made sure to tell me what a great job I was doing.
Linda jokingly referred to herself as the “little round human birth ball.” She is much more than that. Linda is everything you could ever want from a doula. Generous, gentle, thorough, positive, kind, & non judgmental. Whatever your birth intentions are, she is there to help facilitate them. Do yourself a favor & make sure Linda is by your side when you labor and birth. You will not be disappointed.
I went in search of a Doula after my partner and I decided to have a second child. I didn't find Linda until I was a little over 8 months pregnant. I was very anxious about this birth because most of my choices were taken away during the birth of my first daughter. My daughter said to me many times, "Mommy, I don't want to have a baby ever because women make it sound so painful." I wanted to be a good example for my daughter and to show her that it could be natural and Empowering. Linda helped me reclaim my power as a birthing mother. She helped my partner feel empowered in his role as Birthing Partner. My partner had many fears about childbirth as well because he had a traumatic birth and was premature, and lost his twin. She soothed his fears and he followed her lead during my labor, and my nine year old did, as well. Our whole family became closer through this birth. With the Birth of my eldest daughter I became a Mother, and I am so Grateful. With the Birth of my youngest daughter, I became Empowered...and for this I am Grateful, to my family, to myself and to Linda, especially, for helping me to reclaim the beautiful experiance of Birth.
She was amazing! Linda came in with a bright smile, and good energy. She helped fuel my body with amazing ginger chews when I felt nauseous, kept me hydrated, and always kept a positive vibe throughout the entire birth. Linda also helped me in one of my most trying times, when I didn't know how to push. I had said several times to everyone in the room that I didn't know how to push, and she was the only one that gave me advice on how to do it, and it worked. She was also there for me when I was concerned about breastfeeding. She has such a kind heart, and welcomed us into that kind heart the way a mother or grandmother does. Linda was also great with our son, and was there for him during the birth of his sister. I would recommend this amazing, positive, powerful woman and will call her into action if we decide to have another child!
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