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If you are looking for a birth doula near Chicago Illinois, here are a few to consider:
Here is what a client named Ivana has to say about working with Lisa:
Lisa was amazing to have throughout my pregnancy - she was always the first person I'd reach out to when I had questions or concerns. She was thorough and clear when she talked me and my husband through the different parts of pregnancy, our options and our birth plan. Her experience was evident and the happiness and joy she brought to each meeting made me excited as opposed to fearful of what lay ahead. While we didn't have the birth we had planned for, thanks to the planning we did with Lisa, we were able to state what we did and did not want during the c section. Lisa was there post partum to help assure us about sleep, share resources and overall be a positive force as we figured out our parenting style. Grateful is putting it lightly and I wish that every pregnant person has someone like Lisa with them for their journey!
Here is what a client named Michelle Engleman has to say about working with Tiffany:
Tiffany was our postpartum doula in the first couple months postpartum and did SO much to help us rest and recover! I had a challenging birth, so had a significant recovery, and Tiffany's support was really crucial to be able to rest.
She started supporting us on overnights the week after we got home from the hospital, so was the first person we trusted with our baby, yet we were so confident stepping away to sleep since she is such an expert. Beyond that, she's very empathetic and understanding. Since we were first time parents, she provided so much guidance related to sleep and feeding, and was there to answer all sorts of questions - from when to adjust nipple flow to swaddle recommendations and more. I really wanted a doula that supported our individual family choices and Tiffany did that so well, especially since I chose to formula feed. She's great at providing non-judgmental support.
Since Tiffany is also a birth doula, she provided a lot of emotional support as I processed my birth experience too! It was challenging birth, so my husband and I also benefited from having some time together (without the baby!) to process and rest. We'd always feel so relieved when Tiffany arrived, and would share some laughs with her about my son's latest antics before going to sleep. We felt really comfortable with her in our home - and she was great with our animals!
We really debated hiring a postpartum doula, since it is a significant expense and we weren't sure what our needs would be postpartum, but it was SUCH an important investment. I'm especially glad we proactively planned for it, so that we were able to go into the birth/postpartum knowing we planned for support, and also find someone that aligned with our needs and values.
Here is what a client named Kelsey has to say about working with Rachel :
Rachel was an absolute blessing during my birth with my first son. Prior to going into labor she was available for any questions, concerns, or anxieties I was having and was such a calming presence. When my birth plan went out the window and I had to be induced Rachel calmed both my fears as well as my husbands. Once things got going she just knew exactly what to suggest for me to try to cope with everything.
On top of her being amazing during my actual labor/birth I think I needed her even more during my postpartum recovery. When I was having trouble breastfeeding my son in the first few days after coming home from the hospital Rachel came over to my house to give me tips and connect me with a lactation consultant. She also did a thorough "debrief" and processing of my birth which was so great as it did not go as planned at all!
All in all I would hands-down recommend Rachel to anyone!