Birth Fee: $1300
Birth Doula Experience: 10 years and 200 births attended
Clients per Month: 6 to 7Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
I work with Marilyn Hildreth and JM Birth Consultants to bring Doula, Childbirth Educator, and Lactation Consultant workshop to hospitals and business all over the country. I am also doula with Momease (Momease provides new parents with easy-to-use, innovative products practical information and parent education classes that will enable them to explore joys, humor, and excitement of becoming a parent and prepare a new mom for her new life. ) and a volunteer doula at the Family Health and Birth Center in Washington, DC.
Languages spoken: English
Service Area MapArea of practice: Alexandria, VA
I could not have asked for more out of Michele during my labor and delivery. She came to our house and helped us through early labor, keeping me calm and relaxed. She stayed in constant communication with our midwives and helped us decide when it was best to head to the hospital.
When we arrived at the hospital, all the fun began. I had progressed well, but was told that my baby had turned his head slightly and this could delay further progress. Michele worked with my support team on comfort measures as well as different things I could do to try to get the baby to turn his head (squats, lunges, walking, etc.). He was a stubborn little man though, so my labor went on for quite a while. As my support team began to get tired, and I began to get exhausted, Michele stepped in even more making sure I stayed focused and relaxed.
Overall Michele was extremely easy to work with, let my family fill roles they wanted to, but still took charge when she had the expertise needed. If there was a rating system, I'd definitely give a five out of five stars. I'd work with her again and have already recommended her to friends.
My husband and I cannot express our gratitude enough for the services Michele provided as our doula. Michele not only provided us with helpful resources and information related to our interests prior to our birth, but was extremely flexible and helpful during and after our labor and delivery as well. Although we had planned to labor at home, circumstances required us to be at the hospital sooner and longer than planned. Michele met us there and helped get my labor started, provided suggestions for working through contractions, and was EXTREMELY helpful in helping my husband understand ways to keep me as comfortable as possible during my labor. She was also very encouraging to me during each contraction, letting me know when the worst was over and telling me to keep going. We honestly could not have had the birth we wanted without her help, guidance, and encouragement. Michele also helped us ask the right questions after birth and made it possible for us to spend as much time with our son by asking the nurses to accommodate our wishes. I would highly recommend Michele to anyone considering a doula - she's respectful of your choices and there to help you realize the birth that you envision. She was an amazing addition to our birthing team.
Michele was amazing, and my husband and I could not have been happier to have her support throughout the entire process. We met her twice before I went into labor, and both times she was incredibly helpful in preparing us for what lay ahead (helping us with a birth plan, sharing videos with us, talking us through various aspects of childbirth, etc.). She clearly is well-informed about the birth process (often citing the latest studies) and loves her work. She was very attentive to and respectful of our own vision for our baby's birth and never sought to impose her own vision or judgment. Michele is very upbeat and easygoing, and was a very positive presence during my labor (and is excellent with the back massages!). My husband often says he doesn't know how he would have made it through my labor without Michele there to suggest new positions, encourage us, respond to our needs, and keep us in good spirits. After our daughter was born, Michele even came to the hospital to visit us, and she brought along her mother, who is a lactation consultant, as an added bonus! Once we were back home, Michele came by to visit us again, to check in on us and again provide critical guidance (such as how to use a Moby wrap and how best to address breastfeeding challenges). As a new mom herself, she has great experience to draw from, in addition to the research she's done. It's clear that Michele is passionate about and energized by her work, and it was that energy that proved so indispensible to us throughout the whole process. We are so grateful to her and look forward to hopefully working with her again some day! We could not recommend her more enthusiastically.
I had a great experience with Michele. She was very calm and knowledgable before, during, and after my birth. I was able to have a completely natural birth with Michele on board, which is exactly what I had wanted. Michele helped me to write a great birth plan. After I gave birth, Michele continued to provide me with support and encouragement and has really gone above and beyond what I would have expected. She sends me emails and text messages providing me with information and resources. She has been a great source of information and support, and I also consider her to be a great friend!
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