Phone: (480) 442-2294
Birth Fee: $750 to $900
Fee Details: My doula fee is $900, and Paypal, checks, & credit card payments accepted. Payments and/or partial bartering based on need are possible. I offer discounts to military/first responder families, those in full-time Christian ministry, or repeat clients. I have a NPI number that may help in submitting a claim to insurance for reimbursement of childbirth class and/or doula fees. My goal as a doula is to empower you with knowledge, confidence, awareness, and understanding of yourself and the birthing system you've chosen, to help you make decisions you feel good about. I encourage my clients to ask questions and then I support the choices that they make. My postpartum appointment includes information about postpartum depression, breastfeeding help, newborn care and concerns, and "decompressing" the birth experience. I provide a detailed birth story and photos (if I have taken any) for you to keep. Please visit my website for more details. Blessings!
Birth Doula Experience: 9 years and 120 births attended
Not SpecifiedType of Practice: Solo practice
Clients per Month: 0 to 2Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Bi-yearly free 1-day childbirth education class for women with a crisis pregnancy; community outreach, advocacy, and speaker for women's health, pregnancy, labor/birth, and breastfeeding. I am an active member of Arizona Association of Midwives.
Languages spoken: English
Service Area MapArea of practice: Phoenix, AZ
From the first appointment we had with Laura, I could tell she would be a wonderful support for me during my pregnancy, labor and delivery process. After that first appointment, our two prenatal visits (included in her package) were so helpful and informative, especially with this being my first pregnancy and birth. I can imagine how much differently my labor and delivery would have gone if I didn't have her there to guide me through it, so it was definitely worth hiring her services! I highly recommend her.
If you don't believe in people having a true calling, you will once you meet Laura. She is a master at what she does and we are so grateful for all she did for us. When I got pregnant, I knew I wanted to have an unmedicated bith but had a lot of anxiety and fear about my ability to do so. My husband and I decided to hire a doula to help support us to accomplish this goal. From our first consultation with Laura, we were immediately impressed. She was kind, knowledgable, thoughtful, and supportive. Throughout all our prenatal appointments, she shared information, got information to know us better, connected us with resources, helped us become knowledgeable about our options, and assisted us in developing a birth plan and strategies for accomplishing it. When I went into labor, she arrived just when we needed her and immediately brought a sense of peace and renewed strength. The techniques that she used and encouraged were exactly what I needed (even when I didn't know I needed it). She was incredibly tuned in to what would and wouldn't work for me, ultimately resulting in a beautiful, unmedicated birth. My husband and I both feel that we would not have been able to accomplish our birth plan without her support. When the baby blues unexpectedly hit me a few days later, she continued to offer support and suggestions which helped validate my feelings and got me moving in the right direction.
Laura exceeded our expectations every step of the way. She is not just a great doula, she is a wonderful person who became an important part of one of the most life changing moments in our lives. We are forever grateful to her and count ourselves very lucky to know her.
Having Laura by our side was the best decision ever! She was very knowledgable and able to bring so much to the table. She was a great asset to have pre-during-and post labor! I don't know if I could have done a natural birth without her help and support. Both my husband and I appreciate everything Laura did for us. Thank you so much. You are a great doula!!
My husband and I took Laura's birthing class and found it extremely helpful. We opted to sign up for the private class because of our busy schd. and it couldn't have worked out better. The curriculum was lengthy, but super informative and worth the investment of time. Laura was so kind and we learned so much from her. Thank you, Laura!
Laura attended our son's unmedicated, precipitous hospital birth in October 2013. She was invaluable! She parked the car for us when we arived at the hospital, and that one action was worth her entire fee alone as I was already 10cm and pushing when we got there. She facilitated a speedy admittance to the hospital (hanging behind at the registration desk to answer questions so we could go right up to L&D), and then did a dozen little things (gave me drinks, words of encouragement, etc) while I was pushing. She was immensley helpful after the baby's birth as well with breastfeeding support, taking pictures, and just keeping us company. (If desired, you can read my birth story here: a-star-of-hope.blogspot.com/2013/10/peter-birth-story-october-2013.html)
I can't praise her enough, and I know she would be a fantastic doula for any birthing mom.
We were so thankful to find Laura! She worked with us to achieve all our birth preferences and was very knowledgeable. She also gave us information and let us look at all the labor options, wanting to make sure we made decisions for ourselves about what we were comfortable with. She also had books to lend out to help us with our decision making. I wanted to have a doula to give us the confidence to labor at home as long as possible before going to the hospital, and Laura gave us that confidence...I checked in at 8 cm! She gave my husband gentle suggestions throughout the labor that helped him support me in ways he would not have thought of, and in a way that he did not feel that she was in the way or trying to replace him. I truly appreciated this and thought it was wonderful of her to make sure my husband was not left out of the experience...in fact, even having a doula, he was a huge part of it and this made it such a special day for us!
Laura was amazing. I feel like I had the perfect labor and birth... I honestly could not have asked for a better experience for myself, my husband and our new baby girl. Laura was able to provide us with a lot of useful information prior to the labor, was available to us to call at the beginning stages of labor, and was there with so much knowledge and support for us both in our home and at the hospital. She really showed that she cared and supported our birth plan. She has a very calm aura about her, which is exactly what you need when in labor. We also found that she is very unbiased in the information that she shares and would be supportive no matter what your ideal labor might be. She worked very well with our doctor and the nurses in the hospital. She also provided a lot of support to my husband to help him be an amazing birth coach. I will definitely seek her services in the future.
We met with several other Doulas before finding Laura & as soon as we did, we knew it was a match. She is so attentive; she really listened to what both my husband and I wanted out of our first childbirth experience. Laura is a great source of information; she helped us during our pregnancy to make informed decisions about our birth plan. I didn't even know I wanted one until I met her! She brought up things for us to think about, answered questions, provided resources and even helped play devil's advocate for us on a few topics just to get us thinking.
Laura was a life-saver during my delivery; she remained so calm and focused for me. She helped me change positions, helped me with my breathing, and never made me feel inadequate when I started to panic about the pain of labor. She was my rock. My husband said we will never have another child unless Laura is with us; she took great care of him too! She reminded him when to sleep when I had a break in my contractions and helped keep him calm too since neither of us knew what was 'normal'
Laura made quick friends with the delivery nurses who actually thanked her for her help & told her she was welcome back anytime. Laura documented my labor experience and gave us a copy at our post-partum visit with her. Having her write down all the small details that you just wouldn’t be able to remember is a precious gift that we treasure.
I would recommend Laura to anyone who wants their birth experience to not only be a special one but one where you feel like you have someone that’s truly in your corner, someone who doesn’t judge and helps guide your through your birth the way you want it to be.
My husband and I had a wonderful birth experience and we can't thank Laura enough for helping us have the birth we planned for. As we prepared for our first baby, we decided late in the third trimester that hiring a Doula was the best plan for us after careful consideration of other options. We interviewed various Doulas and when we met Laura we connected and knew that she was the one. We knew we wanted a natural birth and we could not have achieved our birth plan goals without Laura. She is very knowledgeable, supportive, and compassionate, just to list a few of her outstanding qualities. It was very valuable to have Laura assist me while laboring at home, to offer positions to try, help time contractions, know when to go to the hospital, etc. We cannot say enough good things about hiring a Doula, more specifically hiring Laura. We will hire her again for our next child/children, hopefully she is available when the time comes. It was truly an amazing experience. Thanks again Laura for everything!
Words fall flat when praising Laura's professionalism, compassion, sacrifice and attention to detail. She is a gem and a true asset to any birthing situation. She knows exactly what needs to be done and when. I would not hesitate to utilize her services again. Thank you, Laura! You are a shining example of a doula.
Laura went above and beyond our expectations. She is truly worth her weight in gold and then some! She taught us about the birthing process, trained us with pain management techniques, and even came to be with me during my emergency surgery a few days after my sons birth. She was great at standing by my birth plan. Laura did everything in her power to make me as comfortable as possible during labor. She was always available over the phone and if she didn't have an answer for my question she would either give me other resourceful contacts or she would research it herself and call me back. Laura is very attentive, loving, and tender. I'm so glad God put her in my life.
Laura is fabulous! My husband wasn't sure about hiring a doula, but now that our baby is born, he said he would definitely hire her again! She is knowledgeable, professional, and kind. She was respectful and incredibly helpful from beginning to end. Her faith based perspective was very appealing to us as well.
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