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Suzie Knoll

Ludington, MI Service range 40 miles

(231) 873-9151

http://www.suzieknoll.com

Birth Fee

$600

Birth Fee

$600


Birth Doula Experience

9 years and 25 births attended


Doula Training

  • DONA International, August 2010

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


College Education

BA/BS


Special Services Offered

  • Military families support

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Fee Details

If finances are an issue (WIC-eligible), please let me know; I can offer a sliding scale.

Ludington, MI Service range 40 miles

Client Testimonials for Suzie Knoll

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Natalie Ruth Joynton

4/28/2014

Three cheers for Suzie! How fortunate that we had someone so professional, focused and empowering along for our first pregnancy and birth. Initially I was worried about having a doula--I'd heard they could be overly aggressive when it came to supporting a natural birth above anything else--and I was looking for a happy marriage of modern medicine and natural birthing methods.

To my happy relief, Suzie helped create, sustain and see this vision through.  She is 200% commited to respecting a mother's wishes and cultivating the type of birth experience that is centered around empowering couples in whichever ways *they* see fit. 

During the actual birth, Suzie was a wellspring of support for both me and my husband.  She stayed in contact with me from the time my water broke until she reached the hospital; upon arrival, she was a continual source of strength and comfort, helping me focus through contrations, encouraging me, and making sure my preferences were being respected by hospital staff.  I ended up having the *exact* birth we were all hoping for--and I know that some of that is pure luck--but it also had a lot to do with Suzie's excellent care and guidance. 

In addition to all of this, Suzie provided constant support throughout the pregnancy and postpartum period.  Like I said, three cheers for Suzie, a superb resource for those expecting!

Jennifer Holmes Curran

2/1/2014

 I had not planned on having a doula, but I am so grateful that I did. Suzie was an incredible support to both me and my husband, and my husband was able to support me better because he was able to follow Suzie's lead. I was in labour for 21 hours, with back labour, but, in large part because of the support I had, I was able to make it through without any painkillers. I had really wanted a natural birth, and I am grateful that I was able to have it, but I am fairly confident that I would have chosen differently if it had just been my husband and I in there. Despite all my reading and our childbirth class, and my eagerness to see what my body was capable of, birth can still be scary, and hospitals, no matter how friendly, can feel sterile and cold. It was so reassuring to have Suzie there. She was calm and collected the whole time, and offered suggestions to help us get through each contraction. Her knowledge, confidence and care helped my husband and I to go through the labour with confidence ourselves. I cannot imagine not having had here there.

Suzie's support hasn't stopped since I gave birth. We met once to debrief the experience, which helped me to wrap my mind around some of what I had experienced, and she checks in with me to see how breastfeeding is going, and answers whatever questions I have.

Suzie would have, of course, supported any decision that we made, but if you are hoping to have a natural birth, I can't recommend her highly enough. Giving birth was probably the hardest thing I have ever done, but on this side I am so grateful and proud that I was able to do it without an epidural. I don't know that I would have been able to do that without her there.

Tony Curran

1/14/2014

It's hard to express how grateful we are to have had Suzie as our doula through the 21 hours of active labor we endured.  It's hard to even imagine having gotten through it without her support, encouragement, patience and expertise.  When we needed direction she led the way.  When we needed support she gave her all.  When we needed hope she kept us going.  And when we had questions her years of experience proved to be invaluable - all while remaining respectful, professional and compassionate. If you are able to, we recommend inviting a doula to be a part of your birth experience and highly recommend Suzie Knoll as a doula that we've had a great experience with. 

Megan Saler

6/8/2012

 I cannot say enough about what having Suzie at our labor meant to both me and my husband. I had back labor for 12-13 hours and started to get urges to push at 5 cm (never made it past 5) before deciding on the epidural. I know for a fact that I never would have made it as far as I did without Suzie's coping techniques and support.

Our meetings with Suzie before the birth made us feel very supported. She was always encouraging, and helped us to do the research and be well informed before our birth. Suzie made me feel confidant in my ability to have a natural birth and helped me to focus on that. She made me feel powerful before, during and after labor. My husband also felt very supported during the labor. 

After the birth of our daughter, Suzie has been a great resource and always willing to give advice when she can. She has been great for breastfeeding and just trying to deal with a cranky baby. 

Overall, we loved having Suzie as a doula and cannot imagine having it any other way. 

Laura Griffioen

6/5/2012

Suzie truly made the difference in our birth experience, not only for me but also for my husband. Her encouragement, support, and knowledge leading up to labor, as well as following has made me feel so much more confident, encouraged, and amazing about the whole experience of pregnancy and having my first baby. I had not planned on using a doula, but looking back I can not even imagine going through everything with out her. She was very respectful of our family and our desires, and provided so much information on the decisions we would be faced with so that we could think about our plans and goals ahead of time. In addition, after the birth she was available and encouraging, ready to answer questions and give information if needed. It has been over 9 months since the birth of my son and she still happily responds to emails if I have questions or concerns. Although my labor and delivery did not go as I had hoped in some regards, it was the most incredible experience of my life and I am so thankful that Suzie was a part of it. She gave me confidence, strength, and encouragement when I needed it, and gave my husband tips to deal with a laboring women. When we look back on my pregnancy, my labor, and the delivery of our amazing baby boy, we could not be more positive about it all. Suzie was a big part of that, and for that we are forever grateful.

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