$1000 to $1250
$30 to $35
8 years and 50 births attended
8 years and 85 families served
Type of practice: Solo practice
Clients per month: 0 to 2 births and 1 to 3 postpartum families
Postpartum limits/restrictions: No early use of cry it out method/sleep training (supportive of gentle sleep guiding methods when babies are of a healthy weight as decided by pediatrician to sleep through the night safely)
Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
All hospitals within the greater Memphis area
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Happy to someday serve CHOICES birth center
Attends home births? Some Home Births
It is not within the scope of practice of a labor doula to attend planned unassisted home births. Happy to support a home birth with a licensed midwife or doctor.
I run Memphis Area Doula Connection, a Facebook support group for local doulas. I initiated a hospital-doula task force to better the relationships between hospitals and doulas in Memphis. I am also the owner of MAMA CIRCLE Memphis, which offers bi-monthly support and social groups for moms, as well as childbirth education and other prenatal prep classes. I practice out of the Mother Nurture Center in Memphis, TN.
Package rates available when combining birth and postpartum services.
Memphis, TN Service range 20 miles No commutes over 30 minutes
Where do I even begin? Zoe was an absolute godsend to me throughout my fertility/pregnancy/birth/postpartum journey. I like to think of myself as a happy medium with eastern and western medicine: I knew that I wanted to give birth in a hospital, have an epidural - but I wanted a doula to help me mind/body/spirit prepare for this incredible journey. Zoe wonderfully catered to me, helped to educate me, and met me where I was with love and understanding.
I worked with Zoe throughout my pregnancy taking her childbirth, breastfeeding, postpartum, and baby care classes. I also saw her for coaching throughout my pregnancy. Due to COVID, all of my classes were online - and Zoe did a great job keeping the classes fun and informative -- as well as comfort me as a first time mama giving birth during a health epidemic.
Ladies -- hear this, too: she also consistently checked in on my husband. She made him feel a part of the process - which helped us to bond and prepare for our little one's arrival. My husband didn't quite understand why I needed a doula - but after working with Zoe throughout the pregnancy, he was very comforted and thankful to have her support.
Then came the birth. Zoe worked with our hospital (Baptist) to submit the correct paperwork so that she could work with us and be present despite COVID19. THANK YOU, GOD, that Zoe was there. I ended up being induced 8 days past my due date - progressed quickly - completely dilated - but my baby's head went transverse at the end - and she ended up being wedged in my right side. After pushing for 3 hours, I had to have an emergency c-section. I didn't have my mom with me. I clung to my husband's hand. Honestly, I had never been more scared in my life. Zoe comforted my husband and me during a very long day of labor and unexpected outcomes -- and she helped to communicate with my very worried family that couldn't be present due to COVID.
I cannot recommend having Zoe enough.
I’m not sure we could have survived the first six weeks of our baby’s life without Zoe. Having our first and only child in the midst of a global pandemic meant that none of the family and friends we were counting on for support could come to town, but Zoe stepped into the void as a post-partum doula. Breastfeeding, bottle-feeding, burping, swaddling, baby-wearing, baby-bathing: we had no experience with any of these things, but she helped us find our way. Day support helped me understand how my body was healing and night support gave us back a measure of sanity. On particularly bad days my husband and I would look at each other and say, “It’s okay. Zoe’s coming tomorrow.” And even when she wasn’t physically present she stayed available to answer my crazy new-mom texts with calm, practical advice borne of experience, education, and a healthy dose of common sense. Hiring her was the smartest decision we made regarding our baby’s care—worth every penny and then some!
Congrats to you first of all for recognizing the value of a doula. Secondly, consider yourself blessed if you get to work with Zoë as your doula. She was my postpartum doula and was flexible, pitched in wherever it was needed - from dishes to massages to advice, very supportive to a mother's needs. She doesn't take over your baby, but instead really looks out for moms best interest. This woman is just a wealth of knowledge and I asked her all my baby questions that you don't need a doctor for, but someone that is experienced and knows what is in the range of normal. She has a bazillion skillsets, like making a meal out of whatever is in your fridge to dicing up placenta to belly binding to web page creation (seriously). And def have her make you kale salad. Zoë is kind and creative and will not make it awkward in your home. Recommend her if you are looking for all around immediate postpartum or birth support.
= Available. Calendar last updated: 07-28-2020
= Available. Calendar last updated: 07-28-2020