Phone: (619) 721-4377
Birth Fee: $800 to $1200
Fee Details: Sliding scale
Birth Doula Experience: 16 years
Not SpecifiedType of Practice: Partnership with 2 or more doulas
Clients per Month: 1 to 4Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Best Start Birth Center Volunteer Doula UCSD Volunteer Doula
Languages spoken: English/Spanish
Service Area MapArea of practice: San Diego, CA
My mother and sister before me had to have c-sections most likely due to being medicated. I knew my likelihood of this happening was pretty great if I stuck with the traditional hospital methods. If I was going to make it through an unmedicated birth, I knew my first step was finding the right doula. Recommendations led me to some names but some did not work out. I am so very lucky they did not because I found the most amazing birth doula with Charisse. A very calming and nurturing presence from our first meeting I felt fortunate to have found her available for our due date with such little notice. We went to a hypnobirthing class with her doula partner and then were set up for another appointment for a pre birth consult. Never made that appointment because my water broke at 38 weeks. I had worked all day and was exhausted and scared but as directed by Charisse, I went to bed to try to get some sleep on a saturday night. We got through some contractions that night alone and then called Charisse in the wee hours and she came right over. Ever calming, she coached us through more home labor, then followed us to the hospital for another 25 hours of labor. I was so exhausted making my way into full dilation but I will never forget a most special story told to me by Jamie, Charisse's partner as they both rubbed my back while I was in child's pose. I couldn't think what further to concentrate on to keep my head but they provided a much needed focal point. I began to doubt we could make it through unmedicated when after 5 hours of pushing Jake still wasn't out. I'll never forget seeing Charisse cry when we finally managed to get Jake pushed out in the most beautiful experience of my whole life. Thank you so very much Charisse for being so beautifully present for our birth. Also, for our birth song. I will forever associate it with my precious boy.
We are so glad that we chose Charisse as our doula! She brought a lot of good energy and intuitive incite in helping prepare us for birthing and during the birthing process. She inspired me to keep walking and lunging when I was dilating sl-ow-ly. Which was amazing because I didn’t fully realize the toll my contractions were having on me- I eventually became overwhelmed with exhaustion and can’t imagine if she hadn’t helped move the ball forward! She was always very kind, calm and soothing which was monumental when I was begging for an epidural after 45 hours of labor! She listened to me, validated my feelings and reminded me in the kindest possible way (without making me feel pressured in the slightest), that an epidural would probably slow things down, put me at risk for needing Pitocin and make the whole thing a lot longer and more painful. She gave me a pep talk, told me I was doing great and it wouldn’t be much longer. She knew that I needed to lie down to rest, even though it was so difficult for me to lie down that I threw up because of the pain! How right she was!! I rested, got my second wind and it was downhill after that. I am so very glad that Charisse helped calm me down, knew exactly what to say and how to help me so I didn’t cave and get an epidural! I felt very empowered and secure, knowing that she was there, able and willing to help! Oh and her Reiki, Massage and use of essential oils, homeopathic and herbs were incredibly helpful throughout my entire birthing process! My hubby fully agrees that having Charisse as our doula was essential. He, like most men, are fully willing to help, however they need specifics on HOW. Charisse provided this HOW and was an important link in communication which helped my hubby and I to work as a team!
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