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Lynn English

Mother Nature Doula Services

Phone: (804) 651-9888

Birth Fee: $600 to $900

Fee Details: My fee includes two prenatal visits in your home. I provide support throughout your labor and birth. I will typically visit you once postpartum, within a day or two of your return home from the hospital. I am also available for email, text, and phone support throughout your pregnancy and postpartum.

Birth Doula Experience: 7 years and 95 births attended

Doula Training

  • The Organization of Labor Assistants for Birth Options & Resources (toLabor), January 2011
Type of Practice: Solo practice

Clients per Month: 1 to 2

Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Attends home births? Any Home Birth
My home birth fee is $600, which includes one prenatal visit, labor support, and one postpartum visit.

Other Relevant Certifications

  • I have training in acupressure for pregnancy, labor, and postpartum (through Keith Bell, Licensed Acupuncturist). I also have training in optimal fetal positioning (through Gail Tully of Spinning Babies).

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Addiction Recovery
  • Cesarean birth
  • Clients on bed rest
  • Expected stillbirth
  • Families conceiving with ART and IVF
  • High risk
  • Home Birth
  • Induced and high medical technology labor & birth
  • LGBTQP Families
  • Multiples
  • Over 40
  • Plus size mothers
  • Postpartum mood disorders
  • Prematurity
  • Remote and rural clients birthing away from home
  • Single parents
  • Special needs babies
  • Survivors of Previous Life Trauma
  • Survivors of childhood sexual abuse
  • Twins
  • VBAC
  • Waterbirth
  • Women and Families of Color

Special Services Offered

  • Abortion Support
  • Acupressure
  • Aromatherapy
  • Babywearing education
  • Bereavement doula (pregnancy & infant loss)
  • Cloth diapering education
  • Miscarriage Support (Before, During or After)
  • Mother blessing celebrations
  • Parenting consulting
  • Sibling support (for your older children at the birth)

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

Member, Richmond Doulas. Administrator, Natural and Attachment Parents of Richmond. Volunteer, CARING of Richmond (perinatal grief companions).

Languages spoken: English

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Area of practice: Richmond, VA
Travel Range: 40 Miles

Client Testimonials for Lynn English

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Alexis Bray

My husband and I could not have been more satisfied with having Lynn as our doula.  From the moment we met her she made us feel so at ease.  This is our first child which is nerve racking in itself, but Lynn made us feel that we always had someone to turn to with our questions.   Her experience combined with her wonderfully positive and encouraging attitude made us always feel optimistic about what we were facing.  When the big day came Lynn was right there for us when we needed her.  She was by our sides everyone moment, being a strong, calming, and encouraging force in a very new and sometimes scary situation.   I feel that  even with all the preparations you go through  ahead of time, there is always a bit of nervousness about your first birth because you can not simulate it until you are in it.  Having someone by our side who is devoted to helping parents make it through this experience allowed my husband and I to be so much more relaxed and enjoy the process.  I truly feel that having Lynn by our side was how we were able to have such a successful delivery, and I could not imagine going through it without her!

Posted 3/3/2016

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Amy Milton

Lynn was such a blessing at our birth and I am so happy we hired her. She had great suggestions to get my contractions going in a more regular pattern.  She helped me stay calm and focused during contractions, offering some counter pressure techniques to help with the pain.  She was always encouraging, and seemed to know what I needed at the time.  And when things didn't go exactly as planned, Lynn's presence and knowledge helped me stay calm, just by having her with us. I'd hire her again in a heartbeat!

Posted 1/12/2016

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Paris Ball

After meeting with several doulas, we agreed that Lynn was the one that felt the most comfortable and "in-sync" with us as a couple. Pretty much immediately after signing on with Lynn, we discovered that our son has Down syndrome and was going to need surgery pretty immediately after birth. Obviously, what we had hoped would be a straightforward and "simple" experience was turning out to be much more complicated. We were overwhelmed, confused and a little frightened but we still were hoping for as simple a birthing experience as possible.

Lynn could NOT have been a better person to journey alongside us as we prepared for our son's birth. She is fun, open, honest and sweet. We enjoyed spending time with her before he was born, and I always felt comfortable reaching out to Lynn with any questions we had. We knew that we had a great cheerleader who would be with us all the way.

When it was time for me to give birth, again the landscape shifted. We were told we needed to induce labor and began what ended up being more than 30 hours of sitting in the hospital, trying to get active labor going, avoiding the inevitable c-section. We felt like we didn't "need" a doula, since "nothing was really happening" -but Lynn coached us via phone and set up shop in the hospital waiting room and restaurants, just in case we needed her. 

When we finally asked her to join us, she was there in a flash. She helped us hear everything that the medical team was telling us, listened as we thought through our choices, and encouraged us. She came into the OR when it was time for the cesarean, took photos, and then stayed back with me as my wife went on with our son to the NICU. 

Our birth was absolutely nothing like we imagined when we first discovered we were pregnant. However, having Lynn walk alongside us was invaluable. We love her, and know that she is wise, trustworthy, and strong enough to stand with anyone as they jump into this unknown.

Posted 11/30/2015

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Nicole M

I originally decided to look into having a doula assist us in our first birth which was tentatively scheduled for the end of February.  I was nervous meeting doulas as we were already well into our third trimester.  After meeting with several doulas, my husband and I both felt that Lynn was the right person to assist us in the last part of this beautiful pregnancy journey.  Immediately, she provided plenty of reading materials that would prepare us for what to expect in the labor process.  Any time I had a question, she would promptly answer my emails with not only an unbiased opinion, but then provided articles so that I could make my own educated decision.  After meeting with my midwife around week 34 and learning that my daughter was still in a breech position, I contacted Lynn.  She calmly reinforced what I had already been doing: prenatal yoga, Spinning Babies, chiropractic sessions and suggested a few accupuncturists.  As in life, our daughter decided that she was ready to visit us early at 36 weeks.  After being prompted by a coworker, I contacted Lynn while working one evening. I told her that I thought my water had broken.  She suggested I contact my midwife for a second opinion. After visiting L&D a while later, it was confirmed that the baby was still in a Frank breech position and my water had broken. I texted Lynn and she asked if she coudl assist at the hospital even though I was told a c-section was necessary. She was in the operation room with me, my husband and midwife. She took the most beautiful pictures of our experience and never left my side. Following our discharge, she called and texted to check on how I was doing.  During her visit, we discussed breastfeeding challenges and babywearing. I have kept in touch with her over the last 9 months and plan on asking her for assistance in our future pregnancies. She is one beautiful and kind spirit!

Posted 11/18/2015

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rhonda burch

From the very beginning I knew Lynn English was the perfect doula for me. She has a warm, sensible and calming presence. Her understanding of birth and her ability to honor a woman's birthing option and choices are unparalleled.  She was referred by my pre-natal yoga teacher and she came with the highest recommendation. during my birth Lynn was supportive and  encouraging. This was my third birth and it was planned to be my 3rd non-medicated birth. However, things did not go as planned due to the baby being in transverse position. this was discovered after hours of extremely painful labor. After an epidural and continued laboring in various position and three uses of forceps to get him to turn I was finally able to have a vaginal delivery. Lynn was supportive and advocated for me when I was confused and scared at the possibility of a c-section! My birth did not go as planned but all things considered my care by medical staff and Lynn was fantastic! And I believe that I likely would have had a very different outcome if it wasn't for Lynn! 

Lynn was also helpful in processing my birth with me. She is a wonderful doula and I would happily refer her to another soon-to-be mom!! 

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Posted 11/17/2015

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Faith Alejandro

My husband and I hired Lynn for the birth of our daughter in March 2014. She was absolutely amazing, and we felt comfortable with her from the moment we met her.  As first time parents interested in natural childbirth, she supplemented our natural birth class with tailored information on the birth process so we would know what to expect, including frank discussions about how to address an array of possibilities that might arise during labor.  Lynn embodied the perfect blend of advocate, educator, supporter, and cheerleader for me.  I wanted someone genuine and experienced, and she fit the bill exactly.  I especially loved that she got along so well with my husband, who felt empowered to be my birth partner and stay with me during the entire 38 hours of labor!  The length of my labor meant that we faced a bunch of decisions regarding intervention options, but with Lynn's help we got all the information so we could make each decision comfortably and opt for low-interventions so as not to stray far from our birth plan. I'm convinced that Lynn's support is what got us through such a long delivery, which could have easily turned into a C-section if we didn't feel so confident in trying (and exhausting) every technique in her doula toolbox! They all worked, and she saw us through to the end with grace, strength, and above all else, love. I tell all my expecting girlfriends about Lynn because she made our birth experience feel powerful and abundant instead of scary and worrisome. And she worked so well with my doctors and the hospital staff at St. Mary's.  At the end of our time together, I can vividly recall the moment I saw my daughter delivered because, thanks in large part to Lynn, I was alert and fully present. I don't think any mother can ask for more out of their birth experience! I highly recommend Lynn and all that she has to offer!

Posted 3/17/2015

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Jenn DeGarmo

I hired Lynn during my fourth pregnancy. Although two of my three previous births had been unmedicated, I had not had a doula for any of them. For this baby, however, I wanted a different and hopefully better birthing experience. My husband and I interviewed four doulas and I started to wonder if we would be able to find the right person. Then we interviewed Lynn. As soon as she walked out the door, we turned to each other and said, "We're hiring her." 

When I went into labor at 2:00 am, Lynn made the 45-minute drive to my house without hesitation. She was calm and steady and so very reassuring. Throughout my nine-hour labor, Lynn offered physical and mental support, advice to keep my labor progressing, reminded me to eat and drink, suggested laboring positions to help ease the pain, and was generally indispensable. She managed to do all of this while not overshadowing my husband, who was fully involved in the birth.

Speaking of husbands - having been my sole support person at my previous births, my husband was a little iffy on the whole idea of a doula. He was worried that she would take over his role and he'd be regulated to "cheerleader" status. Instead, Lynn became his support person as well as mine. Her presence allowed him to focus 100% on me; he never had to run interference with the hospital staff, or leave to go get drinks, or deal with random little things. Lynn took care of all of that. And when he did have to step out (bathroom breaks!), he had complete peace of mind knowing I was in good hands and would not be alone. He is as grateful to Lynn as I am ... to this day, if anyone asks his opinions on doulas, his response immediate: "Get one!"

Lynn also took pictures and shot video of my son's birth. So cool! Lynn is truly everything a doula should be. Anyone looking to have a wonderful birth experience should get to know her.

Posted 3/1/2015

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Stephanie Ryan

I used Lynn as my doula for the birth of my first child.  I knew I wanted to have a natural birth and a doula was a necessity.  I met around ten doulas and had a hard time deciding who would be the best fit for me.  But I was so lucky to have found and chosen Lynn.  She is very experienced and was a perfect personality fit for me.  She was with me throughout my pregnancy to answer questions and help me prepare.  She was there after the birth to help me with breastfeeding and newborn care.  And the help she provided during my birth was priceless - I would not have been able to have a natural, unmedicated birth without her help. 

Lynn is kind, warm, full of knowledge and someone that I truly trust.  I would recommend her to anyone who is looking for a doula. 

Posted 2/25/2015

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Kelly Mullin

When we were blessed with a second pregnancy later in life we knew we wanted a more empowered, more natural birth. Lynn was a great fit for us, a wealth of information and an amazing support. She suggested lots of books and articles which were extremely helpful in preparing for a natural birth. Lynn was a solid support when our birth plan started going down a very different path. She helped me stay calm and laugh when my husband was stuck in Northern Virginia traffic while I was almost ready to push. Lynn gently helped us accept the reality of another c-section by focusing on the fact that we labored naturally until almost 9cm. We would highly recommend Lynn to anyone looking for support to have the birth they are striving for! Kelly & Gary

Posted 10/14/2014

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Ally Burleson-Gibson

Lynn was fantastic during the pregnancy and birth of our daughter!  As a mom with Type 1 diabetes, it was very important to me to have an advocate on our side during the birthing process.  I sought her help as I had had an excellent natural birth experience working with a doula in Baltimore when I had my first child, and I wanted to do the same here in the Richmond area.  Lynn was the perfect choice, as she is laid back, supportive, and gave my husband and I lots of practical tips and tricks leading up to the baby's birth.  Labor and delivery were pretty fast this time (6 hours as opposed to 12 hours with my son!) and Lynn was perfect in providing early guidance - starting at roughly 4am - by phone and text. Then, as we got to the hospital with our 3-year-old in tow, she quickly slipped into the roles of valet, babysitter, and birth coach without missing a beat.  Because of Lynn's fun, easy-going personality, she had already formed a bond with our son during earlier home visits, so it seemed very natural for him to be with her as our relatives were en route.  Lynn's expertise and adaptability really gave me peace of mind as I labored only briefly at the hospital before having a natural, drug-free delivery with my 10lb 14oz baby girl. I would highly recommend Lynn - she really knows her stuff when it comes to pregnancy, labor, and delivery, and in our case, she demonstrated an awesome level of flexibility to help ensure the birth experience we wanted!

 

  

Posted 3/2/2014

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noell rathbun-cook

Having Lynn as our doula was a huge blessing! From the moment we met her, both of us felt so at home with her. We valued the long conversations, the way she helped us feel informed, and most importantly, the way she cared for our whole family. I am thankful to her for accepting gross middle of the night picture texts, for supporting me and my partner through labor and four long hours of pushing, for staying in the room with me while my partner was with our baby in the NICU, and for helping me to embody the birth warrior I so hoped I could be. Lynn is amazing!

Posted 1/25/2014

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Jody Green

I am so thankful for Lynn’s wisdom and support during the birth of my daughter. She came to my home for our initial get-to-know-each-other meeting plus two more meetings as well as a visit after the birth. She is extremely easy to talk to and exudes a nice calming vibe. She has outstanding social skills, which seems really important to me for a potentially high stress situation where you're communicating with all sorts of different people (family and medical staff). She was great at listening and helping identify my goals and preferences, and it was clear that she would support anything that I wanted her to. She was very flexible about the timing of our meetings (I wanted them earlier than standard because of my fear of a preterm birth). She stayed with me during my 13 hour labor, and I have no idea how I would have done it without her. She helped me make decisions on the fly and was terrific at giving me just what I needed to cope well with labor. She was great at communicating with the doctors and nurses at St. Mary’s. The day nurse liked her so much that she kept raving about her to me and ended up tracking down Lynn’s Facebook page to say how nice it was to work with her! Most importantly, she knew just what to do when the OB finally performed an exam and told us that the baby was in a posterior position with undesirable head tilt. Lynn had me get into a new position for 30 min, effectively spinning my baby around, and she was born 45 min later in perfect position. I feel quite certain that I would have had an assisted delivery of some sort without Lynn’s knowledge of positioning. I am so grateful for that and for everything.

Posted 7/9/2013

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Emily Gambone

I have watched my dear friend Lynn in the capacity of mother, sister, friend, and though she doesn't share details of births she has attended, I have heard from others what an amazing difference her presence at births makes.  When I found out we were expecting our fourth child, there was no doubt in my mind, I wanted Lynn to attend our homebirth.  

The day I knew I was going to go into labor, she dropped everything to spend the day with me, though my contractions were few and far between.  She quickly dispelled any qualms I had about having called her too early.  She set aside her own feelings and needs to be fully present, full of compassion and comfort to me.  

When labor did pick up, she offered comfort measures, assisted my midwife, but also allowed space for me to be with my midwife and husband.  Often without speaking, she knew just when I needed a cool washcloth or comforting hand.  Whenever I looked around for her, her eyes were on me, ready to help.

When my daughter wanted to be at the birth, which we had not planned, Lynn made sure she was comfortable.  Looking back at my birth pictures, I see Lynn, one hand on me, one hand on my daughter.  It was such a powerful experience for my daughter to witness her sister's birth, and I am so grateful to Lynn for making her feel safe, as I felt, knowing Lynn was there.  

After the birth, Lynn stayed for hours, helping my midwife clean up, sitting with me, talking about the birth, showing such love, compassion and happiness for all of us.  And though she had spent all day and night with us, leaving our house as the sun rose, she was back just hours later to check on us.

I marvel at Lynn.  At her ability to be so present for someone else, her intuitive knowledge of just what to do, her skills at comfort.  I wish every mama had her support and love. I wish every baby was born into her gentle presence.

Posted 4/26/2013

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Meghan Ondrish

A backup doula that certainly stepped up to the front right away, Lynn was, and has been, such a supportive and calming figure in this new chapter in my life.

We met when I was 36 weeks pregnant and I felt so comfortable with her from our first phone conversation that I had no worry about the change in plans that had occured. When she says she's available all the time - she really means it. We had many texts and phonecalls during my last weeks pregnant. And when my labor began and we called her to come over, it felt like she got there before my husband even hung up the phone. She stayed by our side throughout our entire labor ... even in the quiet times I felt her support. And when my birthplan went from A to B, her understanding of how I was feeling helped me adjust to the situation much better.

Having a doula like Lynn has been one of the best choicest my husband and I have ever made. It's like having a birth educator, counselor and trusting friend all in one. And she's exactly what I need (and still need!) during such an emotional and transforming time.

I highly recommend you add Lynn to your birth support system - she has the much needed human touch!

Posted 1/15/2012

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Catherine Dean

I would highly recommend Lynn to anyone looking for a Doula in the Richmond Metro area. 

We met with Lynn on the suggestion of our Midwife, who had worked with her recently and had nothing but glowing compliments.  She lived up to our expectations and then some.  We met twice for prenatal visits and then were in close contact throughout the month that Lynn was on call for me (weeks 38-42).  I had a very emotionally rough last few weeks of my pregnancy and Lynn was there every step of the way guiding me through the various tests and measurements as we approached 42 weeks.  I'm not sure I could have made it through that period without her help.  During labor she was invaluable, providing a familiar and reassuring presence for both my husband and myself letting us know that things were proceeding normally and that I was doing great.  With her help I was able to achieve a birth free of interventions and pain medication.  And now as I negotiate being a first time mother, Lynn has remained a resource!

I can think of no higher compliment than to say that when we get pregnant again, Lynn will be one of the first people I call!

 

 

Posted 1/1/2012

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Devon Hoff

From the moment I was introduced to Lynn English it felt as if our journey together was meant to be. This was my second birth. With my first child, I was hoping to go drug free but it wasn't in the cards and I got the epidural. This time around I was set on not getting an epidural. My husband and I met with Lynn and immediately felt at ease with her. Though this would be Lynn's first birth, I felt confident in her ability. She has such passion and love for what she does that we knew it would be a positive experience.

We expressed our wishes, concerns, and fears and she responded thoughtfully, providing her own personal wisdom along with research and reading material. We scheduled an evening with Lynn to go over laboring positions. Instead, I went into labor that morning. We called Lynn and let her know that though it was three weeks early, this looked like the real thing.

When she arrived, she was fully prepared and stepped right in. Though my contractions were getting closer together, I was still able to regroup in between, which is when we discussed other positions to try with each impending contraction. She knew exactly how to make the most of her ability without imposing on the help my husband could offer me. Her strength and support was invaluable with each contraction.

We got to the hospital at 3:30 that afternoon and was told I was already at 9cm. I couldn't believe it! The labor with my first child had been so intense and this time around it was so peaceful. I continued laboring with my husband and Lynn's support and just an hour and 15 minutes later my gorgeous baby girl was in my arms. It was such a beautiful experience that I tell people it's the labor I would wish for every woman. I believe it wouldn't have been such without Lynn. She has continued to be available for support since our daughter's birth and should we decide to have another child, I would ask Lynn to be a part of it again.

Posted 7/27/2011

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