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Samantha Schmidt

Birthing with Ingenuity

Phone: 8065709257

Birth Fee: $500 to $800

Fee Details: Sliding Scale available. Would be discussed at first interview. Open to payment plans and bartering. I offer a military discount.

Birth Doula Experience: 9 years and 200 births attended

Doula Training

Not Specified

Type of Practice: Solo practice

Clients per Month: 0 to 2

Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Attends home births? Any Home Birth
I had 2 homebirths myself and absolutely love the homebirth environment

Breastfeeding Certifications

  • Certified Lactation Educator (Evergreen Perinatal Education, LLC)
  • Lactation Educator Certificate (Evergreen Perinatal Education sponsored by Simkin Center for Allied Birth Vocations )

Other Relevant Certifications

  • 4. Biologix Solutions Bloodborne Pathogens for Placenta Encapsulation Specialists Trained
  • CPR Certified - Red Cross
  • Neonatal Resuscitation Certified (American Academy of Pediatrics)
  • Rebozo Training
  • Placenta Encapsulation

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Cesarean birth
  • Clients on bed rest
  • Expected stillbirth
  • Families conceiving with ART and IVF
  • High risk
  • Home Birth
  • Induced and high medical technology labor & birth
  • LGBTQP Families
  • Multiples
  • Over 40
  • Plus size mothers
  • Postpartum mood disorders
  • Prematurity
  • Single parents
  • Special needs babies
  • Survivors of childhood sexual abuse
  • Teens
  • Twins
  • VBAC
  • Waterbirth
  • Women and Families of Color

Special Services Offered

  • Antepartum doula
  • Aromatherapy
  • Baby sign language education
  • Baby-led weaning
  • Babywearing education
  • Bereavement doula (pregnancy & infant loss)
  • Breastfeeding Consultant Services
  • Childbirth Education Services
  • Cloth diapering education
  • Elimination communication education
  • Henna belly designs
  • Military families
  • Miscarriage Support (Before, During or After)
  • Placenta encapsulation
  • Pregnancy, birth and/or newborn photography
  • Reduced rates for women considering adoption
  • Sibling support (for your older children at the birth)
  • Stillbirthday Bereavement Doula
  • Surrogates and intended parents

Languages spoken: English

Client Testimonials for Samantha Schmidt

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sapna vasudevan

Samantha was perfect for our family.i went through 72 hours of unmediated labor including a 5 hour pushing.her wise words and suggestions made me to switch from my obgyn to a midwife based practice...she always came to meet our family once a month and even when I was laboring at home.  She came to visit me and offer me tips with the rebozo.

 

She was always a text away no matter what the time or day 

 

She encouraged me and my hsuband 

 

I will recommend Samantha in a heartbeat. She also came back to give me tips on baby wearing and neat post partum stuff 

Posted 3/15/2017

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Kelly Cornell

We hired Samantha very last minute for the birth of our baby. She was very knowledgeable and gave us great confidence in heading into our experience. Although our birth  didn't go as we had hoped (induced on recommendation of doctor and midwife, ended in c-section 2-1/2 days later), Samantha made herself available to answer all the questions we had (and there were many!) and to guide us in the decision-making. She was there while I labored and there in the operating room when our son was born. Her presence and professionalism helped keep me calm and focused. She even captured photos I was grateful to have later! I would highly recommend Samantha and would use her services again. 

Posted 1/30/2017

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Tiffany Reed

Samantha is absolutely amazing. She is an information gold mine and was completely open to however and wherever I wanted to give birth. She has the sweetest personality.  She encapsulated my placenta and it has been a lifesaver! I would highly recommend her. 

Posted 3/21/2016

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Amber Castelli

My experience was excellent! Not only was my encapsulation done in a timely manner, she made it much easier on us new parents by picking up and dropping it back off. She even checked on me afterwards to make sure I was recovering well. Would definitely recommend her to anyone looking for thess type of services in the future! 

Posted 11/18/2015

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Kim Triston

Samantha was our Doula for the birth of our second child.My husband and I had a very traumatic birth with our daughter 2 years before and knew we wanted something different with our second pregnancy.Samantha was attentive and compassionate and very understanding of our fears and desires for this birth. she visited us every month and made sure we had every bit of information and resource we could ever want or need.She included our daughter in her visits, which made us incredibly happy.Our daughter loved her! We had great childbirth education through Samantha and felt completely prepared and ready for this birth.For our birth, Samantha met us at our birth center when I was around 5 after my water broke at home.She actually made it to the center before we did and had our room set up for us with beautiful electric candles and a few birth affirmation cards we picked out at our previous meeting. Walking into the room like that was so peaceful and really set the tone for the evening.My husband was great at supporting me.I didn't need Samantha to step in much, she stayed near us and offered reassurance when we needed it. Just her being there was what we needed I guess.She kept my water warm, reminded me to stay hydrated and use the bathroom and kept our daughter calm.My mother was also with us to care for our daughter, Samantha did a great job of including the both of them in our labor. When it came time to push, Samantha offered a rebozo to help me. It was INCREDIBLE.it helped me really focus my pushes and I felt like I needed that. She got along well with my midwife also, which was helpful.  We did have to transfer to the hospital shortly after our son was born.He was not breathing efficiently.During the transfer, my entire family was reassured and cared for by Samantha. She was such an important support person to us and we are so thankful she was with us. We could have done it without her, but it would not have been anywhere near as positive or peaceful.

Posted 10/16/2015

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Kasey Bell

Samantha's warm, kind energy is contagious. Her passion for birth is so strong and apparent that you know you're in good hands. She was my placenta encapsulator. When my husband called to let her know our son was born she came to pick up my placenta within just a couple hours and brought the pills to us the next day along with a beautiful umbilical cord keepsake. 

Immediately and weeks after birth she made herself available for lactation consulting and periodically checked on me to see how we were all doing. 

Samantha's attentiveness and genuinely kind service has made her a joy to work with and I would definitely reccomend her to others! Thanks Samantha!!

Posted 8/9/2015

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Jerra Odin

Sam was an invaluable resource before, during and after my pregnancy. My husband and i felt 100 percent confident and supported throughout my labor. I loved every minute of my labor. I was comfortable and in control. Sam gently reminded me to relax my face and hands when I tensed up, helped me with positioning while pushing out a sunny side up baby and encouraged me when I said I wanted to give up. I had a 19 hour labor and did not have any pain medication. Before Sam left she made sure I was breastfeeding correctly. At my postpartum visits she helped me with babywearing and brought me a homemade nipple butter that saved my cracked nipples. She helped us when our son had his posterior tongue tie clipped and always answered our calls and texts. We can't thank her enough. She is such a kind and fun person and is full of information. We will definitely have her at our next birth.

Posted 6/15/2015

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Kaitlyn Calzada-Ray

Samantha is a great doula. She had an unbeatable price and her timeliness with the whole process was amazing. Not only did she encapsulate my placenta, she made my family dinner (which was delicious) when we brought home our new addition Natalie. Thank you again! ??

Posted 6/13/2015

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Desiree Brown

Samantha was my doula for the birth of my son. My husband was deployed in Afghanistan and he wasn't going to be present for the birth. It was my first child and I was terrified. Samantha educated me a lot about child birth and how natural and great of an experience birth is. She was so very knowledgeable and also even had a lending library of great books. Anytime I had any questions or concerns she was just a text or call away during my whole pregnancy. I was scheduled for an induction and she was there from the time I first walked into the hospital (8am) and stayed the entire time til my son was born at 3:30am she was there for me thru every concern and event of labor. After my son was born I also did placenta encapsulation she took my placenta home that early am and brought the finished capsules to me later that day and helped me with breastfeeding concerns. It was my first experience with a doula and she was absolutely amazing <3 I hope if I'm blessed to have another, Samantha will be our doula again. 

Posted 6/7/2015

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Desiree Brown

Samantha was my doula for the birth of my son. My husband was deployed in Afghanistan and he wasn't going to be present for the birth. It was my first child and I was terrified. Samantha educated me a lot about child birth and how natural and great of an experience birth is. She was so very knowledgeable and also even had a lending library of great books. Anytime I had any questions or concerns she was just a text or call away during my whole pregnancy. I was scheduled for an induction and she was there from the time I first walked into the hospital (8am) and stayed the entire time til my son was born at 3:30am she was there for me thru every concern and event of labor. After my son was born I also did placenta encapsulation she took my placenta home that early am and brought the finished capsules to me later that day and helped me with breastfeeding concerns. It was my first experience with a doula and she was absolutely amazing <3 I hope if I'm blessed to have another, Samantha will be our doula again. 

Posted 6/5/2015

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amy surden

Samantha was the perfect Doula for my family. She was so sweet and outgoing, we laughed throughout my entire labor. I hired her very late in my pregnancy and was amazed at how quickly we built a relationship. I met her 3 weeks before my son was born. My husband has nothing but positive things to say about our experience and we could not be more satisfied. Sam educated us on things we would never have given second thought to. Circumcision being the most important. If she had not brought it up, our son would have undergone a painful and unnecessary procdesure just because we didn't know any different. I am so thankful for her information and for advocating for My son's right to genital autonomy. My birth was beautiful and perfect. I had a hospital waterbirth. I am so grateful to have had Sam by our side. 

Posted 3/3/2015

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Vanessa Hoehlein

Samantha was my doula during my first pregnancy with my son and I can honestly say without a doubt in my mind that she is amazing!! During the pregnancy, she visited me regularly, provided me with great resources, assisted me in making well-informed decisions and was always there for me when I needed somebody to talk to. She even attended birth education classes with me in preparation for my birth and helped me create the perfect birth plan. When i went into labor, she came over to my house at 2 am and stayed with me and supported me throughout the entire birth until my son was born at 5:13 pm. If it wasn't for Samantha's experience and knowledge, I would have had to have a C-Section, but at the last minute she suggested that I should try laying on my back and it was the only position that allowed my son to finally be born naturally. Thanks to Samantha, I was able to have the perfect birth and I would recommend her as a doula to anybody who is pregnant or is planning on it! She is one of the best doulas out there ??

Posted 2/24/2015

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sara williams

Samantha was beyond amazing. She supported me throughout my entire pregnancy- we saw her at least once a month, which was much more often than the other doulas we interviewed offered- labor and was a huge help during the weeks following my birth. She did personal childbirth and breastfeeding education classes with us. My husband was more confident in his support and having Sam there to lend a helping hand and ensure we were both comfortable. She is an easy going, professional Doula with a fun sense of humor. We consider her a lifelong friend and hope to have her with us for all future births. I had an incredibly peaceful homebirth, an unrushed beautiful experience. She also encapsulated my placenta and took pictures during my Birth at no extra charge. The pictures will be cherished forever. I cannot speak more highly of our experience. 

Posted 2/24/2015

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Trina Baggett Doula

Samantha encapsulated my placenta with Jonah and she did an excellent job. I would definitely hire her for the service again if I could. She is very clean and you know when you hire Samantha that she takes your health seriously. I used my placenta for several months postpartum. I had severe postpartum depression and it helped me a lot.

Posted 4/3/2014

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Emily Caldwell

I am so glad we hired Samantha. My husband was incredibly skeptical of hiring a doula and neither of us were 100% confident in my ability to do a natural birth. After a few meetings with Samantha, we both felt a lot better about our upcoming birth. Samantha was there for both of us through the whole process. She was awesome when I was in labor, even letting us stay at her house when we got sent home the first night so we'd be closer to the hospital! We were both so grateful to have her there for the whole experience. My labor was actually pretty relaxing for the most part. And when it got to the rough part, Samantha was so encouraging and supportive. She was pulling out tricks that impressed the nurses and midwife, suggesting different techniques that helped me push out a REALLY difficult baby! Even after my Olivia arrived, Samantha offered continued support. She came to my home and made sure everything was going smoothly, and answered lots of phone calls and texts over the first few weeks. Samantha's part in our birth and the first few weeks of Olivia's life has been truly invaluable. I am so grateful for her. Birth is a life-changing experience, and I really wanted to have one of those beautiful birth experiences. I feel like Samantha contributed a lot to my birth experience and thanks to her help, it really was exactly how I wanted it to be--stress-free and pretty magical--with little effort on my part (except for the pushing... unfortunately she couldn't do the pushing for me).

Also, placenta encapsulation is awesome. Do it.

Posted 11/19/2013

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Tiffany Nickle

My experience with Samantha was AMAZING! She did my placenta encapsulation and  I could not have asked for a better experience! She is professional and very helpful with any questions you may have! She was very quick with the placenta encapsulation process and my placenta capules came along with a sweet little goodie bag and a thank you note! She is very knowlegable and you can tell she loves what she does! I HIGHLY reccomend her services!

Posted 10/24/2013

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Raegan Holmes McFarland

I  had never heard of placenta encapsulation until I  became pregnant  with my first baby. I moved to Washington and read about it through a JBLM  group. 

I was referred to Samantha through a group member and got in contact with her right away. I got an immediate response  and sat up a meeting.

 Samantha came to my house and gave me full descriptions of her services and sat up a contract.  We stayed in touch and  came in contact again right before the birth of my son.

I brought my placenta home from the hospital, where she immediately came and picked it up. I had my pills the next morning,  which she also brought to me  at home.  It  was super convenient and a non stressful experience,  which is nice after just getting home with new baby.

I  swear by the process so far. I have energy, and an amazing  milk supply, all within the first week post partum. Not only are the placenta pills great,  but it was definitely affordable,  even after all of the many expenses  that come with preparation  for a new baby.

I will definitely be doing this with all of my babies! 5 days  after  delivering a 9 pounds baby and I couldn't feel any better. Either I  got super lucky,  or  these pills are a miracle!

Posted 9/26/2013

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Brittne Elliott

Samantha was a great resource prior to, during, and after the birth of my baby. Having her support and reassurance has been absolutely invaluable!

Posted 8/20/2013

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Simone Clark

I had planned on having Sam help me with my entire birthing experience, including placenta encapsulation. Unfortunately, I had an emergency c-section in week 32 of my pregnancy. Sam was on vacation at that time, but she was amazing. She made sure that there was a replacement who would be just as helpful and supportive as she was. I ended up only using encapuslation services. We are working on baby No. 3 and I will definitely hire Sam when and if we are still in WA when the next baby is born. Sam answered all my questions, offers military discounts and I felt comfortable around her from the very first time we met. Highly recommend her!!!

Posted 7/27/2013

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