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Lupe Valtierra Prieto, CD(DONA)

Phone: 2064806288

Birth Fee: $1000 to $1800

Fee Details: I would be happy to meet with you for a complimentary consultation. Payment options always available.

Birth Doula Experience: 10 years and 800 births attended

Doula Training

Not Specified

Type of Practice: Solo practice

Clients per Month: 1 to 3

Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Birth as a healing empowering event is part of my indigenous spiritual tradition.I string together many skills i have learned in the 300+ births i have attended including Rebozo use for labor energy/emotional release, and different coping strategies from my indigenous background.
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
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Attends home births? Any Home Birth
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Childbirth Education Certifications

  • Great Starts Birth and Family Education

Breastfeeding Certifications

  • WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor

Other Relevant Certifications

  • Certified Educator of Infant Massage

College Education

  • AA/AS

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Addiction Recovery
  • Cesarean birth
  • Clients on bed rest
  • Domestic Violence
  • High risk
  • Home Birth
  • Induced and high medical technology labor & birth
  • LGBTQP Families
  • Multiples
  • Over 40
  • Plus size mothers
  • Postpartum mood disorders
  • Prematurity
  • Relinquishing mothers
  • Single parents
  • Spanish Speaking
  • Special needs babies
  • Survivors of Previous Life Trauma
  • Survivors of childhood sexual abuse
  • Teens
  • VBAC
  • Waterbirth

Special Services Offered

  • Abortion Support
  • Aromatherapy
  • Bereavement doula (pregnancy & infant loss)
  • Birth counseling for survivors of childhood sexual abuse
  • Cancer patients and survivors
  • Childbirth Education Services
  • End of Life Doula Services
  • Infant massage education
  • Miscarriage Support (Before, During or After)
  • Parenting consulting
  • Placenta encapsulation
  • Prenatal or postnatal massage
  • Reduced rates for women considering adoption
  • Sibling support (for your older children at the birth)
  • TENS units rental
  • Therapist or counselor

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

Lupe is a doula and Spanish medical interpreter serving the Seattle area. She is passionate about immigrant & women’s rights. Lupe also volunteers her services through Open Arms Perinatal Services. A local non-profit, who provides doulas free of charge to low income women of color.

Languages spoken: Spanish & English

Client Testimonials for Lupe Valtierra Prieto, CD(DONA)

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Nekole Shapiro

Guadalupe has studied with me for over 5 years. She is one of my most advanced students. Her love of brithing families is clear and passionate. She is forever increasing her understanding, knowledge and skill set in order to show up in the best way she can for brithing families.

Lupe is an active member of our Holistic Peer Cousenling community. As a result, when you hire Lupe you hire an entire community of mental, emotional and spiritual support. We lean on each other so we can be sturdy for you.

I highly recommend hiring Guadalupe Valtierra to be part of your birth team!

Posted 7/24/2015

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Sundara S

Maria Apreza is an excellent doula. You will see that, connecting with people and helping them manage labor is a passion and not a task for her. Maria was present at my birth and as a first time mom, I felt that she was truly God-sent. She helped me cope with a very difficult labor that was very intense and I progressed the whole time that she was with me. She supported me with trying various positions, rebozo, TENS unit, aromatherapy, hydrotherapy, back labor massage support, etc. She even remembered to give me some much needed lip balm and apple juice at the right times. While I look to her as a sister or a friend rather than a birth professional, she is very calm and composed as a professional should be. If it werent for her solid support, I doubt my birthing experiece would have been as good. In her care, I enjoyed a safe and natural, medication free birth.

Maria also helped my family stay calm and kept them abreast with everything they needed to know during the course of the labor. She also helped me deal with my initial hiccups managing a newborn. As a new mom, I was relieved to have trust-worthy Maria to go to, regarding my baby-related questions and worries.

I consider myself very lucky to have had her at my side at such a crucial time in my life. I'd readily recommend her to anybody who requires a doula for their birth or postpartum needs. I sincerely hope to have her at my subsequent labors when the time comes. Good luck, Maria.

Posted 12/13/2013

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Violet Fisher

I instantly felt a connection to Maria.  I really liked that she had so much experience as a doula, and herself had 4 children, so she knew what birth was like!  Maria visited us twice before my due date to discuss our wishes, show us techniques to use during labor, and answer any more questions.  I felt confident going into my labor. 

My labor started on a Saturday morning.  My husband and I worked as a team for as long as we could, and then when things got intense, we paged Maria to come to the house.  As soon as Maria arrived around 3pm, both my husband and I breathed a sigh of relief.  Just knowing that someone who knew what was supposed to be happening was in the house was a major weight off both of our shoulders.  Maria put her TENS unit on my back, and that was a huge help.  It took the place of my husband having to stop what he was doing to push on my back.  He was now free to prepare for the trip to the birth center, and comfort me in other ways.  Maria knew just when it was time to head to the birth center. 

We got to the birth center at 6pm, and my son wasn't born until 7:25am the next morning.  Maria was there with us all night, sitting by my side when I was in the tub.  Holding my leg as I pushed on the bed.  Sitting beside me when I was on the birth stool or laboring on the toilet.  She reminded me how to breathe, and was silent when I needed to take some time to go inwards and labor in my head.  With such a long labor, my husband was in and out of sleep, but Maria was there to help.  After our 9lb, 9oz baby was born, she helped him latch onto the breast.  It was an unforgettable experience, and Maria was an integral part.  I chose to have my placenta encapsulated, and she took care of that as well.  I couldn't be happier with our choice of doula, Maria, and our healthy baby boy! 

 

Posted 12/2/2013

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Shannah Groven

My experience with Maria exceeded expectations. I am so grateful to have found her and I truly believe it was meant to be. My husban's first language is Spanish and mine is English. So finding a bilingual doula was really important to us. Maria helped keep my husband calm and informed during our planned home birth. She met with us many times before the birth and after. During these visits we discussed different types of natural pain coping techniques and she answered our many questions. She took priceless pictures and promptly encapsulated my placenta. My husband and I were both sad when our final meeting came and we could no longer look forward to seeing her as frequently. I am looking forward to using her for my next pregnancy. I will be calling her as early as possible to make sure she's available. Every women deserves a doula like Maria.

Posted 10/30/2013

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Kaly Gomez

Maria was a wonderful doula!  I couldn't have asked for a better birthing experience, and it was because of her.  She was so helpful, kind, funny and down to earth.  I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED having Maria as my doula.  She made me feel so comfortable whenever she was around, like we had been friends for a long time.  She never made me feel like I had to do something if I didn't want to, but she offered me many tools to help cope with the pain of labor and move things along when my labor felt like it was going on forever.  She helped create a peacful, caring and loving environment to help me have a successful VBAC.  She always remained positive, even when I felt like things were going horribly and encouraged me to keep going.  It was because of her encouragment and coaching for me and my husband that I was able to labor naturally the whole time.  She helped me see I was capable of doing more than I thought I could in labor. 

When I was looking for a doula I wanted to find someone who cared about people and was passionate about empowering and educating women to have the best birth possible.  Maria is exactly that person.  Her passion to educate her clients and women in general is evident just in casual conversation with her. I could tell from the start that being a doula wasn't just a job, but a product doing things she truly believes in.  I am so thankful to have had Maria at my birth and involved in my family's life.  She is an invaluable gift to anyone who hires her! 

Posted 8/31/2013

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Stephens Rivadeneira - Father

When my wife and I found out we were having our first child we decided to get a doula to assist with having a home birth. As my wife’s main language is Spanish, we were looking for a women who spoke Spanish and English. An assistant to our midwife recommend Maria. Maria was really helpful with explaining the pregnancy and what to expect at the birth. Her input and help throughout the pregnancy and during the birth were huge. My wife was in labor for over 24hrs and Maria was very supportive and helpful. Both my wife and I felt that out of all the caregivers we had used, Maria was the most honest and sincere. We hope she decides to become a midwife in the future, as she would be awesome. My wife and I are so thankful to have had Maria as our doula, wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her to anyone who is thinking of getting a doula.

Posted 8/10/2013

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Stephens Rivadeneira - Mother

La experiencia de tener un hijo definitivamente es única y maravillosa, estuve esperando por ese momento por años, deseaba que fuera especial rodeada de mi familia y en mi hogar, pero también deseaba contar con una guía espiritual para hacerlo aun más especial, para que me ayudara en ese momento, que me diera algunos consejos, apoyo y es por eso que decidimos buscar una doula. Contactamos a María, desde el primer momento de nuestro encuentro en casa quedamos encantados con ella, en realidad superó nuestras espectativas. Cuando llegó el día del nacimiento, ella estuvo desde que comencé a sentir mis primeras contracciones, junto a mi marido, siempre sujetando mi mano con cariño, dando ánimo y tranquilidad. Todo fue muy largo y se complicaba cada vez más, por lo que decidimos tener nuestro hijo en la clínica, ella siempre a nuestro lado intentando siempre hasta último minuto dar su apoyo, junto a nuestros familiares estuvo compartiendo cada instante hasta la llegada de nuestro primer hijo. Fue lejos la mejor elección, no dejamos de estar agradecidos por toda su entrega, preocupación en momentos difíciles y no dudamos contar con ella a futuro si Dios nos envia un segundo hijo. Gracias desde el fondo de nuestro corazon.

Posted 8/10/2013

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Ashley Lauren Raji

Maria was very helpful during the delivery of my son in March 2013. My husband and I hired her during the last half of my pregnancy to help prepare for the delivery. During her prenatal visits, she taught us massage and breathing techniques that helped ease my pain during contractions. I credit her and my nurse for working together to help me avoid an emergency C-section. My baby was “sunny-side up” and Maria was able to turn the baby into the correct position on delivery day. She prefers natural methods but was very supportive of my decisions to have an epidural and other interventions along the way. Immediately after delivery, she encouraged me to hold and bond with my baby for an entire hour, much longer than usual in hospitals. She gave me breastfeeding tips right after delivery and during postpartum visits. I recommend having Maria as a doula, as she contributed to my pleasant memories from my delivery experience.

Posted 8/4/2013

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Mayra Amezcua

Thank you for all the help you provided for me and my husband. I felt very impressed with all the techniques that you used to help me alleviate the pain I had to go through so that the miracle of life could happen. I would love for you to be in my next birth..maybe five years from now. Thank you Maria for helping me relax for the birth of my baby. What I am most grateful for is how you taught and guided my husband on how to help me during the birth. I never felt that I was going through it by myself.

Posted 7/1/2013

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Sandra Hoffmann

Maria was a wonderful doula to us. She was ready to respond to any questions we had at any time of day or night; she came over on short notice to practice coping techniques with us when I was having some early contractions and helped our little sweetie on the way by suggesting some repositioning techniques that just worked rather promptly. I don’t know what gave her the patience to sit next to me directing me to breathe “in and out” while I was laboring in the tub all night, but I do know that there is absolutely no way that Todd and I could have done this without Maria’s help. She helped us make informed decisions when labor slowed down, and she kept calm and reassuring as nurses and midwife were busy and changed shifts. After the birth of our little Annika, Maria stayed in touch with us and helped us navigate some frustrations after pediatrician’s visits and breastfeeding challenges. Maria is incredibly kind, knowledgeable, and open-minded. She will support your childbirth choices and assist you in making the best decisions for your family. Should I ever be brave enough to go for seconds, Maria will absolutely be my doula of choice!

Posted 6/16/2013

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Anali Bautista

Mi mas cinsero agradecimiento, por todo ese apoyo que me brindo Durante my parto, fue de mucha bendicion contar con su ayuda, con mi primer hijo no tuve esa misma bendicion de tener a una doula con migo en ese momento y todo fue mucho mas dificil. Pero esta vez fue muy diferente ya que ud. Me ayudo con todas mis dudas referente al mi parto, Los masajes en Los pies y la espalda fueron muy buenos y me ayudaron muchisimo todas sus palabras a tal grado que no hubo necesidad de que me pusieran la Epidural. Y gracias a Dios pude tener a mi Niña de forma natural........ Y por ultimo gracias tambien porque ahun despues de salir del hospital ud sigue siendo de gran ayuda para mi en sus visitas a mi casa... Una vez mas gracias Maria por todo, espero y sigamos siendo amigas y que Dios le siga dando esa paciencia y esa gracia para poder ayudar a Otras personas en sus parto....

Posted 5/25/2013

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Elizabeth Ramirez Arreola

I am beyond grateful for the guidance and knowledge Maria Apreza shared with me during my pregnancy. Due to the broken immigration system of the United States my husband was unable to accompany me during my pregnancy. Having to endure such a journey by myself was definitely one of the hardest things I have ever done, but thankfully with people like Maria I was able to focus on the bigger picture and enjoyed it and felt prepared for the arrival of my little one. The support provided by Maria was endless. Maria began by educating me about what choices and options I would have during the delivery, she was always available to answer any doubts I had.  During the actual labor, she helped me relax with her different techniques of relaxation; in particular aromatherapy was a life saver for me. Her commitment to the client’s wellbeing left me without words, her easy going personality gives you the assurance and comfort one needs during this very especial time. I am so thankful I had Maria by my side, she not only supported me during this time but she also made my journey and experience one to cherish because of the way she empowered me throughout. Gracias Maria!

Posted 5/21/2013

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Becca Price

 Maria is an excellent doula, and my husband and I really enjoyed working with her around the birth of our second child. Because we’d been through labor before, we thought we wanted a doula who would just be around for the birth. But Maria gently insisted on meeting with us a couple of times before Baby came; and this ended up being really helpful! She impressed me right away. We had a home birth for our first child, and ran into some complications. I told Maria about them, and her first reaction was to indicate that she would be willing to stay with us longer than usual after the birth of our second child. We had the second child at home, too, and Maria did, in fact, stay longer to make sure we were well-supported even after the midwives left. Maria was also excellent with our oldest child. She provided lots of resources to help us educate him about childbirth, and she spent a good portion of her second prenatal visit talking to him and drawing pictures about the big changes that were coming, things like drawing how the family would look and what the weather might be like the day Baby would come. She tailored the activities to be very appropriate for our three year old, and she knew how to walk that fine balance between leading his attention toward the topic at hand and letting him wander in the direction that his mind took him. During that visit, Maria also taught my husband how to support me in labor through very gentle massage—massage that would help me but not exhaust him. He used this massage while I was in labor, and that helped me enormously. Maria also visited us after Baby arrived, teaching us about infant massage.

Posted 4/4/2013

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Gabriel Burnett

 Our experience with Maria has been excellent. She is always reachable and provides a wealth of resources. Maria came highly recommended and she exceeded our expectations. We had initially hoped to have a natural birth, but we found out near the end of pregnancy that the baby was breech, which basically means c-section if the baby doesn't turn. Maria came over immediately and gave emotional support as well as help with trying to convince baby to turn. We ended up having a scheduled c-section and honestly weren't sure that we needed a doula in that situation. We decided to have Maria come to the hospital, and it was the best decision we made. After the birth, she came to our house and provided lactation support. All in all, hiring Maria was the best money we spent. She provided emotional support, extensive knowledge, and physical, hands-on help.

Posted 3/2/2013

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Erin Prasad

Our experience with Maria Apreza was absolutely life changing.  From the moment she came into our home we sensed her professionalism, knowledge, and support, which never waivered in our journey together.  Maria was our doula for the birth of our third child, and our first VBAC.  The birth of our second child was an emergency cesarean section which left our family deeply traumatized and we sought a VBAC for our third as a method of healing and restoration.  Maria's personal experience as a woman and mother as well as her strong education and hospital experience could not have been better suited to our needs.  She was completely commited from our first meeting, through our nightly phone conversations and through our labor and the successful vaginal birth of our son.  Her support was crucial to our journey as we navigated the interactions with the hospital staff, who were sometimes difficult with which to communicate.  Maria handled those situations with complete ease and grace.  She also provided constant labor support and gave suggestions and hands on comfort techniques when needed.  Maria provided emotional support and clarification of our values, she respected our privacy yet was unrelentingly loyal. 

My husband and I, our children and parents, and the doctor and nurses all admire Maria's gentle yet strong nature.  We all respect her extensive knowledge, experience, and education.  She clearly is adaptable to the needs of every birthing woman, regardless of preferences, choices, or values.  She was available at every turn and our family grew to love her instantly.  Our birth experience has renewed my confidence and identity as a woman, and I attribute a large portion of that to Maria Apreza.

Posted 1/17/2013

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Angela Hodge

Maria was a great help, both before, during, and after the birth of my first child. She presented me with a variety of positive coping strategies for a natural birth, which I was able to accomplish. Her steady, calm, compassionate presence helped get me through painful back labor. She stayed right with me and helped me breathe and change positions, and it made all the difference. It is wonderful that she follows up after the birth and is such a resource of breastfeeding information. I highly recommend her to anyone considering hiring a doula. I don't think my birth experience would have gone nearly as well without her.

Posted 1/3/2013

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Rosa Gonzalez

If you are looking for a doula...look no further. Maria is as good as it's going to get! She was amazing. She was kind, informative, patient, supportive, and more. As soon as I called her, she showed up within 30 minutes--couldn't have asked for better service. During labor, she followed my lead. I opted for no epidural and she helped me get through with her support and caring nature. I 110% could not get thru 23 hours of labor without her. Thank you for being there for me, my husband, and our daughter!!!

Posted 12/11/2012

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Halima Hassan

Maria has been an angel during my labor. I cannot say enough good things about her as our Doula. She is very professional and warm hearted. Maria was constantly in touch with me on phone for last few days when my contractions began. She came to our home when we called her when my contractions got little tough. With every contraction she massaged my back because that was the only way I could go through it and it made me feel better. She also suggested me to take hot shower which I did and that helped me reduce the pain. After 3 hours, we were ready to go to the hospital. In the hospital, she would inform me and my husband of each and every step and massaged my back till I got epidural. She offered me water timely, adjusted mask and her constant attention was on me. I got little neck and shoulder pain lying and she again massaged it for a long time . I and my husband were amazed at her strength to go on for hours. Her calm voice and eyes constantly gave me support to go through labor. My husband is especially very thankful to her and tells me her support made a tremendous difference in his confidence and peace and that I was in good hands. She was there with us all the time, till the baby was born and till we were transferred to the post delivery room. We would definitely have her for our next baby. Thanks Maria.

Posted 11/12/2012

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Natalya Sandoval

Maria helped me with the birth of my 1st baby. I would recomend her services.She helped me my mom and partner so much!.God bless her.

Posted 9/24/2012

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Maria Lopez-Lariz

My doula Maria was a key person at my unmedicated birth.She helped me tremendously with relaxation and breathing techniqes so I could cope with pain. Im really happy with her work. I maria Lopez recomend her she is a very good person.

Posted 9/24/2012

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Gloria Valtierra

I am so glad Maria was with me during the birth of my fourth child. I was in early labor for several hours, Maria came right away and helped me relax even though contractions were really spaced out. When we got to the hospital she gave me massage, dimmed the lights and turned on some relaxing music, she knew exactly what to do! After finding out my baby was asynclytic, and my doctor told me that it could take several hours to progress and maybe 3 hours to push, I was mortified. Maria helped keep me and my partner calm, and she recommended postions and used her rebozo to help baby  get in position. 1 hour later baby was born! Maria helped me latch baby and stayed for several hours. I could not have done it without her.

Posted 6/8/2012

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Darla Molina

I am so happy that Maria was at my baby's birth. Maria has such a calm demeanor that was very comforting to me. She was encouraging and helpful with her words. She helped relieve my pain by massaging me. My husband doesn’t speak much English so she was even able to translate for my hubby. If I could only choose one person from my daughter’s birth (other than my husband!) to be at any future births it would definitely be Maria!

Posted 6/5/2012

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Minday Navarro

I highly recommend Maria Apreza as a doula and medical translator. She assisted me with the natural birth of my first child, Alexander Rene (“Renny”), on May 3rd 2012. Maria met me as I arrived at Puget Sound Birth Center at 3:30am, after I’d been having contractions throughout the night. I was having a particularly hard time with the front contractions, more so than my back pain. Maria used a technique with her scarf to help relieve the pain – I couldn’t believe how well it worked! I don’t know how I would have gotten through the last couple hours of dilating without her help. As I was pushing, her words of encouragement helped keep me stay focused and made me confident I could get the baby out. At 6:32am, Renny was born! For a few hours after the birth, Maria stayed with me, helping initiate breastfeeding and making sure I was eating and hydrated. Getting my baby to latch and start breastfeeding was a huge help, as he didn’t want to do it on his own. Now he loves eating! My husband is from Peru, and just learning English. Maria’s assistance in translating was a great help to both of us. He understood what was happening at each point in labor, and I didn’t have to worry about translating for him – I could focus just on laboring. We both felt more relaxed during the birth with Maria there to translate. Thank you so much Maria! You helped make Renny’s birth a great experience. I couldn’t ask for anything better!

Posted 5/31/2012

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