$600 to $850
10 years and 33 births attended
Type of practice: Solo practice
Clients per month: 0 to 3
Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
I am willing to go wherever a mama is going to have her baby, home, hospital, or birth center. I believe a woman delivering at a hospital is in need of my service more than that of a woman delivering at home, just to help keep the nature of the room calm instead of emergent as hospital atmosphere's sometimes can be.
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Attends home births? Any Home Birth
I am more than happy to attend home births
I volunteer service with operation special delivery a volunteer doula service to military members whose spouse is deployed.
I two different options available to secure my services with a backup doula I charge $850, but without a back up i offer a rate of $600. For those who cannot afford it I do work on a sliding scale, I also give discounts to repeat clients and those who refer me to their friends.
Battle Creek, MI Service range 80 miles I will travel further under special circumstances, please contact me for details.
Samantha helped me deliver vbac. I had so many fears going into it but with her support I gave birth to a healthy 10lb baby boy. It was my 4th and although he was my biggest baby , he was by far the easiest birth . Having Samantha by my side was a huge asset, she helped be my voice when I wanted to follow my own plan. She helped me talk to doctors and nurses and make sure I got the birth I wanted. She's calming, soothing and supportive. I feel like she really supported my decisions and my ultimate goal of having a vbac l. And I honestly don't think I could have done it without her! If you are on the fence about a doula get one! I'm so happy I had Samantha.
Where do I begin? Samantha was truly an answer to prayer. This is our first baby and a long awaited baby at that. I was nervous that my husband would not know how to help me during labor and that he would panic all together at the sight of my pain, blood etc. I was induced at 34 weeks and 5 days due to preeclamsia. The news that our son would be forced to come early sent our worry into overdrive.
Before my labor was induced Samantha took some time away from all the busyness of friends and family in our delivery room and spoke with my husband. She explained what may or may not happen, how I may or may not react and how he can best help me and support the safe and beautiful delivery we dreamed of. John, my husband, came back in the room and the panic had vanished from his eyes. Knowing that he was ok allowed me to relax and focus on the the task at hand.
As the process of induction began and the contractions became consistent Samantha was able to calmly help me breath through the pain. She has this amazing technique in which she places one palm on your forehead and her other palm on the base of my neck. Something about this made my shoulders release tension and the contractions bearable. My blood pressure was on a steady rise however Samanthaspeaceful demeanor put my sister and husband at ease. When the moment came that my body began to push without any effort of my own the nurses were in a frenzy and we're almost yelling at me to stop pushing Samantha stayed right by my face and reminded me to breath through it.
Could have I delivered our son without our Doula Samantha? I suppose, but would I want to do it without her by my side? No way!!! I highly recommend Samantha to any mommy to be.
We love you Samantha and you will always have a special place in our lives and hearts,
John, Vanessa and Baby David Emmanuel Eslhinger
Samantha is a good doula and I am thankful to have had her by my side during such an important time. She is knowledgeable about issues surrounding pregnancy, labor, and birth. She was available to answer questions and offer suggestions during pregnancy. I had 2 doulas, Samantha being one of them, and they worked well together to help me while I labored, even though they hadn't met before. I shared with Samantha what I wanted my labor to look like and she was able to help me with that as much as possible considering the circumstances. I wanted to birth my baby without the use of pain meds and Samantha was helpful with tips to help work through contractions and also with labor position ideas. She offered suggestions for ways my husband could help me during labor so that he could be involved and not just sit by and watch. I definitely recommend her to anyone looking for a doula.
I hired Samantha for the birth of our first daughter, born April 2, 2015. As a first time mom, I didn't know what to expect in labor, but I was determined to have a natural birth if at all possible. Our pre-birth appointments with Samantha in our home were very helpful. Samantha is very easy to talk to and she made us feel comfortable with our (many) questions, and was quick to respond to my texts and phone calls. As my due date approached, Samantha was very encouraging and excited for me, which helped me relax about the unknown.
My contractions began around 1:00am the day after my due date, and I texted Samantha a few hours later to ask if this could possibly be the real deal. She responded right away, and after I got a few more hours of sleep (which she suggested), she told me she was ready to head to my house whenever we were ready for her. She arrived around 11:00am and I was still able to walk around and talk between contractions. Right away, she began reminding me of the relaxation techniques we had practiced, and suggested new ways to help me relax and breath. As contractions got stronger, her presence became increasingly helpful. She was able to instruct my husband and mom (also part of my birth team) on how to help, and the three of them made a fantastic team.
We went to the hospital late that afternoon, and my labor extended for many more hours (30 in total). On the morning of April 2, I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. I am convinced that without Samantha's assistance, I would not have had the natural birth I wanted. Her guidance and assistance were invaluable to us, and I am so thankful we had her by our side. My husband and I both highly recommend Samantha as a doula. We hope to use her with any future births to come!
As a first time mother, I was very apprehensive about having a non-medicated natural birth. Samantha was very helpful in providing me information and motivation. When I went into labor she came to my house to labor with me and stayed with us until after our son was born. I am very thankful that we were able to have Samantha with us for such an important time in our lives.
Sam did an amazing job at my birth. i did have my mom at my birth who helped me through it as well, they did a great job tag teaming together. sam was right there reminding me to stay relaxed and giving me relaxing breathing techniques. she never got annoying or too in myface at any point. she is very wrll educated in how to best help.you relax and get into positions that will help you progress during labor. on top of that she took some really awesome photos for us. overall, same was a great person to have helping during labor and i have no complaints.
Samantha was my doula for two of my children. this is the second Story. on friday morning i was feeling steady contractions and know that i would probably be in the hospital latter that eveing or the next morning so i told my doula and called my husband. durring the day Samantha helped me get my house in order and things organized for when i would be in the hospital we also called the sitter to let them know what was happening. after that we made sure we had everything needed for the hospital. that evening the contractions got stronger but i sent my husband to bed to get some sleep. Samantha sayed up with me and tryed to help me relax durring the contractions by putting preshure on my hips. after a while i wanted to try to get some sleep, but that didnt last so i told Samantha that i thought it was getting close to the time when we needed to leave for the hospital and she informed me that it was defenitly time. she got my husband up and my kids around to go to the sitters. while my husband took the kids to the sitters Samantha drove me to the hospital. when we arived she helped me out of the car and up to the maternity ward. then i was in full labor and she helped with counter persure and keeping me focused. shortly after my husband arived my little boy was born. Samantha and my husband took turns watching the kids at home and visiting with me she even brought me bunch a yummy food and we had a slumber party when i was in the hospital. i was glad i had her there and would want her there for my next baby. husbands are nice and i want my there but it is also nice to have a woman with you that knows you and knows the pain you are going through. having a woman there to help and suport you when you are having a baby is beyond words there is lot of help with a doula being there for you and understanding things that you dont understand and suporting you when you can use all the suport you can get. It is also less pressure on the husband to do everything.
Samantha was a great help for me. I am a first time mother and not knowing alot about labor and delivery, she gave me the knowledge i needed to feel comfortable at the hospital. She was very gentle with helping me through the contractions and reminding me of my birth plan and asking the nurses questions pertaining to the delivery of my son and the medication I was able to take and how much was being administered to me.
Samantha helped me deliver my first baby. this was helpful because no matter how many birth stories you here or how many books you read you don't fully understand the experience of child birth until you go through it yourself. when you are going through the experience it can be scary because you have doctors and nurses discussing what is going on but you don't always understand what they are talking about or why they are worried and wanting to do certain procedures that you are not sure are necessary. when Samantha helped me deliver she was there to talk me through the different things that where going on with my body and why the doctors were saying some of the thing they wanted to do. she also was able to tell me different options that i did not think about at the time because i was overwhelmed with worry. even though i have a very supportive husband who was by my side it helped to have a woman who truly understands what you are going through and can assist with calming the situation. as wonderful as your husband might be he will not be calm when the doctors start telling him scary things and he is worry about you and the baby. having a Doula like Samantha helped to keep us in perspective. she help us understand all the situations and was there to have extra hands when there was a lot going on. my first labor lasted over 24hr and i was threatened with a c-section on a lot of occasions. but i delivered a healthy 8lb baby naturally with out any drugs and found it very helpful to have Samantha by my side to explain things when the doctor wouldn't tell me what was going on. i did not have the ability for Samantha to help me deliver my 2nd child because of distance issues, but i am having her help me with my 3rd. no matter how many time you deliver a child there is always fear and different problems that you don't understand but having a doula like Samantha by your side will make the whole experience easy-er to go through.
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