$800 to $1200
8 years and 75 births attended
Type of practice: Solo practice
Clients per month: 1 to 4
Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Attends home births? Any Home Birth
Volunteer with Doulascare and with Catholic services.
Willing to work with all moms who want a doula.
Eaton Rapids, MI Service range 60 miles
We contacted Hanna after hearing so many wonderful things about her from other momma friends. After having severe complications during my last birth a home birth was not an option for us. With this knowledge I knew we needed someone to advocate for us in a hospital setting.
From the first time I contacted Hanna I knew she would understood what we needed from a doula. Hanna immediately put me in contact with a U of M midwife who agreed to take me as a patient. This what a godsend!
Hanna helped me navigate all of the questions, tests, interventions, etc. that go along with a hospital birth. She was always on standby, even through two false alarms (I had so many “practice contractions” and the midwife wanted me in the hospital as soon as I felt something so this led to a couple false labors). Hanna was able to talk me through this time of frustration and confusion.
Hanna stood by my choose to non-medically induce and was in constant communication during the process. She arrived at the hospital within a couple hours of birth (I labored very quickly) and set a calming environment for us. Hanna was right by my side ensuring that everything I wanted out of our birth happened for us. It was the best hospital birth experience I could have asked for.
Hanna encapsulated my placenta and came to my house afterwards to check on baby and I, offering advice/ support. I surprised myself at how much I leaned on her for advice throughout, and I’m so glad she was there for me. Having Hanna as our doula was a wonderful experience from start to finish.
Hanna was an absolute godsend. We hired her pretty late in the game once I started experiencing some tension with my medical staff and I began feeling anxious about my impending birth experience. She was incredibly calming, knowledgeable and very easygoing which I really appreciated. Having her support through my labor and postpartum experience was an immense blessing. I can not recommend Hanna highly enough. Hiring her will be one of the smartest decisions you could make for your birth plan.
My husband and I were very pleased with and would highly recommend Hanna as a doula. We knew we wanted a natural birth, but my pregnancy was considered high risk and I was afraid we wouldn't be able to achieve the birth we wanted in a hospital. However, Hanna was very patient and reassuring. She was extremely thorough in meeting with us and emailing us back and forth beforehand to make sure we were on the same page as to what we wanted. She brought experience and a calm, reassuring demeanor that put us more at ease and confident that we would have the birth we wanted.
Once we were in labor at the hospital, it was so nice to have Hanna there. There were lots of decisions to be made and many times my husband and I would look to Hanna for her input; without her there, it would have been easy to give in to pressure from hospital staff that ultimately wouldn't have supported the birth we wanted. Hanna was very encouraging and was able to use different methods to relieve some of the pain during labor, as well as show my husband how to do the same. She was able to fill in for him when he needed a break, and talk him through the labor process. I also remember her asking me if I wanted hot/cold washcloths and water/juice, and providing me with them consistently.
Overall I would say Hanna brought reassurance and peace to our birth and made us more confident in our desire to have a natural birth. Even weeks after the birth of our daughter, she is willing to answer emails with any questions that have come up. We were very pleased to have her as our doula!
When I first was met with the idea of having a doula, I was skeptical. I knew I wanted a different birth than the tramatic one I had with our first daughter. I knew that some things needed to change. I needed to have a more open mind to what could happen during labor and ways to combat the inevitable pain. I began talking to Hanna, who also happened to be attending a mother's group that I belonged to, and began praying about it. As I read several articles that she had sent me, I was on board. THIS is what I needed. I needed a support person that would be there to advocate for me, who knew what I had talked about, wanted for my birth BEFORE the pain and craziness set in. I needed someone who would support my husband and myself, allowing us time if needed to make choices..informed choices.
Once my husband and I knew that Hanna would be our doula (after meeting with her and looking over the contract), I was at such peace. And once labor began, she was AMAZING as she answered my endless texts of "Is this normal?" and "Why won't she come out?!" and was absolutely perfect for us as I labored. She met us at the hospital and was gentle, quiet and remembered everything we discussed. Hanna helped to relieve the enormous amount of back pain I had by applying counter pressure to my hips while rotating on the birthing ball. As much as we showed my husband, Hanna just had "the" touch. She kept me focused as I pushed my daughter out quickly and kept me informed as my husband met my daugther while being attended to by the special care team. She helped me get our first breastfeeding latch and has been an amazing support ever since. I simply cannot say enough about her and her work as a doula. We fully plan on using her again when we have the next baby!
Hanna was great! We met twice before my birth to get to know each other and also exchanged many emails. At our meetings we made a birth plan and I pretty much was able to make it known what I wanted vs what I did not want at my birth. Hanna was completely supportive. Since this was my first experience w/a Doula I did not know what to expect but Hanna came highly recommended. We had a few visits to the hospital that we thought may of been "it" & Hanna was completely accessible via telephone/text. Because I was not admitted, we did not have her meet w/us at the hospital those times. The day I was admitted though Hanna was there at our call, and stayed by our side until our precious baby was here. She said everything I needed to hear during my labor and delivery, giving us both hope!!
I would very highly reccomend Hanna Russo's doula services. She transformed our birth experience with our second daughter into something much more lovely than it would have otherwise been. She did a wonderful job of creating a soothing environment, asking thoughtful questions of the medical professionals to help us acheive the natural birth for which we had hoped, providing relief during my labor in the form of massage and pressure and by guiding my pushing with reminders to keep my voice low and breathe through the rushes. She also followed up in both practical and thoughtful ways in the coming days at the hospital and at our house to be sure all was well with me and our new baby.
I had been planning a home birth with a midwife and wasn't intending to have a doula at the birth of my second daughter. Then, my water broke and my labor started...5 weeks early! My husband and I decided that we needed to go to the hospital instead of having our baby at home as we had planned. I was very disappointed, and even more so when our midwife was unable to join us at the hospital. My husband and I were preparing to head to the hospital and knew that we may not be graciously received because we had planned a home birth and had done most of our prenatal care with our midwife. I called Hanna and asked her to join us as our doula. It was very short notice, but she met us at the hospital and supported us through the coming hours. Even though the hospital and doctor on call that night had certain requirements that I had hoped to avoid, Hanna helped us make the most of the situation by suggesting options and compromises that would hopefully keep the medical staff content and allow for us to do things more naturally. Hanna did an amazing job as our doula and I would very highly reccomend her services to anyone prepaing for the birth of a child.
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