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Gwen Alderks

New Life Doula Services

Kenosha, WI Service range 50 miles

815-997-3493

https://www.clairvoux.wixsite.com/new-life-doula

Birth Fee

$550 to $1100

Birth Fee

$550 to $1100


Birth Doula Certifications

  • Well-Rounded Maternity Services - Certified Doula

Birth Doula Experience

9 years and 102 births attended


Doula Training

  • Southwest Technical College, May 2014
  • Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association (CAPPA), May 2019

Type of practice: Solo practice

Clients per month: 1 to 3

Attends hospital births? All Hospitals

Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers

Attends home births? Any Home Birth
Home birth clients get the added benefits of aromatherapy (if desired) and fresh out-of-the-oven bread with nutritious ingredients for mom's healing.No unassisted home births.


College Education

BA/BS


Special Services Offered

  • Acupressure
  • Antepartum doula support
  • Aromatherapy
  • Belly binding
  • Childbirth education services
  • Cloth diapering education
  • Henna belly designs
  • Military families support
  • Miscarriage support
  • Mother blessing celebrations
  • Parenting consulting
  • Placenta encapsulation
  • Pregnancy, birth and/or newborn photography
  • Reflexology
  • TENS units rental
  • Virtual and remote doula support

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

CAPPA certified childbirth education instructor, July 2019 Volunteer for Carenet Family Resources of Kenosha (pregnancy advocacy) Active with Doula Collective of Racine and Kenosha, 2012-current Active with Care Network (birth workers of Milwaukee) Active with Beautiful Birth (birth workers of Madison) Co-led local ICAN chapter 2014-2016

Languages Spoken

  • English

Fee Details

I am awed by the miracle of birth and would be blessed to support you in the birth experience you desire with compassionate hands, a calming voice, essential oils and prayer (if desired)! Your birth memories will last your whole life. I'd love to hear from you!

Kenosha, WI Service range 50 miles

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Aubrey and Daniel Wenger

6/17/2019

As my husband and I reflected on our beautiful birth of our second daughter, Nora, we both agree that hiring Gwen was the sole best decision to leading us to our goal of achieving a natural birth after a somewhat traumatic birth of our first daughter. From our very first interview meeting she made us feel so comfortable and heard. She is a wealth of knowledge and by the time by labor had started we had already gotten our moneys worth through our prenatal meeting and all the texts and emails back and forth. She was truly there every step of the way. 

I am so grateful to Gwen for helping me get the redeemable birth I wanted this time. Your reassurance and support during labor kept my mind on my baby. Daniel also received great guidance on what to do as I progressed and in my eyes, he was a rockstar and completely in control. It helped boost my confidence so much that I didn't even think about an epidural. It was wonderful!  Even after the birth, Gwen was always available with breastfeeding advice and getting myself back to feeling normal again. Thank you so much Gwen. Your guidance will forever be the catalyst to what we have accomplished. I would recommend Gwen to anyone starting their family. My husband wished we had had you the first go-around as do I! 

Jaeun Lee

7/12/2018

Gwen has been a wonderful doula for us. If she wasn’t there I don’t think I could have the baby in peace. I highly recommend Gwen to everyone and she will make sure she would take care of you from the beginning till the end. I felt her mental support and knowelge truly comfortWe me. I had lots of questions during my pregnancy and she always answered all the questions in timely manner. Thank you Gwen for your support and care!!  :)

love from Jaja, Tom and baby Lena 

Michele Benoit

7/3/2018

I was searching for a doula towards the end of my pregnancy and not having much luck, when I was referred to Gwen by another doula I know.  Gwen spoke with me right away to determine if we were a good fit for each other.  After meeting with Gwen, we knew that she would be a great doula for our birth.

Gwen was professional and friendly during our prenatal visit and other planning communications.  She was kind, attentive, and very reassuring throughout the labor and delivery process, as well as afterwards.  We were blessed to have a doula like Gwen present at our baby's birth.

Colleen Dorman

3/10/2018

Gwen's loving assistance at the birth of my second child was absolutely invaluable to our family. From our initial meeting early on in my pregnancy, through our pre-natal meetings and eventually the birth itself, it was so helpful to my husband and I to have her as a resource. My labor didn't progress in the traditional "textbook" way, and when things got stalled and I became very frustrated and full of despair, it was Gwen who helped to not only encourage me but who found ways to get labor moving again. I don't know what we would have done without her! 

Erica Almodovar

2/1/2018

I cannot say enough amazing things about Gwen. She was dedicated, punctual, and straight forward. She was also gentle spirited, loving, and patient. Throughout the labor process, she gave my husband reassurance, provided us time to think when medical questions arose, and knew exactly what to do in all situations. I had had a previous c section and wanted an all natural nonmedicated birth, and Gwen provided me with a hopeful voice all the times I wanted to give up. In a way, she was my rock and courage. 

On another note, my husband was not completely sold on the idea of a doula in the beginning and he’s not an easy person to convince. However, as we got to know Gwen, he also grew to trust her. Her presence gave him peace during labor that I had never seen. After it was all said and done, he said she was worth every penny and thought that she should charge more.

Jonathan Stenitzer

1/27/2018

We hired Gwen after interviewing about a dozen doulas in the area. We immediately felt comfortable with Gwen and could tell that she understood how to read us and best support us during our pregnancy and the birth of our first child. During the prenatal visits, Gwen gave us helpful refreshers on birth topics we'd already learned about in class, and taught us a couple of new things too. At every stage of the process, she stayed in contact and offered encouragement. She was careful to offer her opinion in the appropriate manner of an advisor rather than an authority, so as to help my wife and I make our own decisions based on the available information (rather than feeling pressured).

Gwen's arrival during the birth was a big relief to me. As my wife's labor ramped up and became more intense, Gwen was a calm and stable presence throughout the entire process. This being our first child, and neither of us having been present at a labor before, we were "novices" to the process--having an experienced doula and mother in the room offered us an "emotional set point" that was grounding.

After the birth, Gwen provided us with pictures and kept checking in on us. It was helpful to have an extra person in our support network as we adjusted to the new baby. We couldn't have overestimated how much help we would need during our first week or two, despite a healthy pregnancy. After the whole experience, I would recommend hiring a doula to anyone, and particularly to someone having her first baby. If you're in the area, I highly recommend Gwen for all the reasons I mentioned. Please feel free to contact me as a reference if you have any questions about my experience with Gwen.

Katie Greene

1/14/2018

My birth experience could not have been more perfect and I feel it is all because my husband and I decided to hire Gwen as our Doula.  

Our Birth Goal: My husband and I wanted to labor at home for as long as possible, but have a hospital birth.  (As close as we could get to a home birth. :) )  I was also hoping to have an unmedicated birth, which I was able to do and I also believe this was because Gwen was with me every step of the way.

I labored at home for 21 hours and Gwen was with us, at home, the entire time, from early morning until after the birth of our baby around 1AM.

Gwen's knowledge and experience allowed her to always seem to know what to do, and most importantly, for me, she knew what to say to help me get through my contractions.  She helped me refocus and helped strengthen me mentally on getting through each contraction.  

When she felt it was time, she said, "okay, time to call the Dr and go to the hospital."

We arrived to the hospital and I was 10 cm dilated!  (The hospital was 3 minutes away from our home.)

This tells me that Gwen did her job to the T and was worth her weight in gold.  I was able to begin pushing once we got to the hospital.  I delivered my baby unmedicated as well.  It was everything and more than I was hoping for.

Outside of our birth date, she also offers a small birth class that my husband and I took with her and allowed us to get out of lengthier birth classes that we didn't really want to take.  She also was always available for questions during pregnancy and post partum.  She was helpful when it came to breastfeeding as well.

I highly recommend Gwen for her Doula services and wish you an amazing birth experience!

 

Bethany Tuskey

9/25/2017

This was our first child and our goal was to have a natural child birth but we knew we would need help. Gwen was super helpful in preparing us for what to expect during the weeks prior to my due date. I had two days of non progressive contractions during which time get was always available to answer any questions and she even spent several hours the first night with us. When active labor finally began Gwen went with us to the hospital and continued to support us. It was nice to have someone else with us to help out however needed. Unfortunately labor wasn't progressing very quickly and after 24 hours exhaustion had set in and I ended up needing to get an epidural and pitocin. Gwen continued to be supportive and never made me feel guilty for not being able to have a natural birth. Finally out son was born and Gwen was able to capture the moment on camera for us. After the birth Gwen visited us at home on two separate occasions to see how we were doing. It was nice to have such a caring person to be with us during the birth of our son.

Sarah Behnke

7/31/2017

Our family has been blessed by Gwen’s support during the pregnancy of our new little blessing following the unexpected loss of our first son, Miles, just one year before. Miles was our first and his delivery was pretty quick (less than 7 hours) and easy considering he was our first. With the help of techniques we learned at a natural childbirth class and the support of our nurse, I was able to have a natural, unmedicated birth - something that was important to me. Despite a smooth and wonderful birth experience, Miles unexpectedly went to be with Jesus when he was just 5 days old, before we even got to take him home.

Pregnancy following the loss of our son was emotionally very difficult. How do we celebrate and grieve at the same time, especially when the grief is still so raw? The confidence I had gained in knowing I am able to have a natural birth was overshadowed by the fears of experiencing loss again and of the traumatic triggers that would arise. I knew during this new pregnancy and especially following the birth of our new baby that I not only needed support, but most importantly, I needed help in remembering it is Christ who can and will overshadow our fear and doubt. Gwen’s faith and compassion helped us by doing just that. Gwen also helped us in many ways to prepare for both labor and the time we so hoped would come, holding our new blessing in our arms and getting to raise him up, by providing us with tools and connecting us with the resources we needed to make informed decisions. Through Gwen as our doula, God reminded us of God’s promise to bring new, good things from a storm. We are so thankful for her and her help and for every moment we get to have with Miles little brother, Paul, now on this side of Heaven!

Sarah Towle

5/3/2017

My husband and I can't speak highly enough of Gwen!  She came recommended to us from a friend who used to be a doula; our friend told us, "she's the best you'll find."  And it was so true!

Gwen was with us through the pregnancy, labor and birth, and even postpartum!  In fact, I asked for her advice the other day (9 weeks after our birth) and she quickly replied and helped!  She sat with us during pregnancy to help prepare for labor, guide us where and what to research, how to prep, etc.  We were reading numerous books and taking birth classes as well, but the one-on-one guidance from a loving and seasoned professional helped calm our nerves and make us feel confident for the road ahead.  She offered what research and classes couldn't provide with the peace she helped us gain!

Once labor began, Gwen was so encouraging and *available*!  I had a 26 hour long labor and her wisdom, tips, and tricks were priceless. Once my water broke and labor was progressing, she made me walk what seemed like a million laps.  At a time when all I wanted to do was sit and wallow in my pain, I loved that I could trust her know-how and know that my body could continue on.  And the walks certainly aided things (as she promised), because I was pushing in no time!

Gwen was also a tremendous help to my husband, who was so eager to be by my side at all times.  She helped him have breaks (food, bathroom, cat naps), so that he could be rested (someone needed to be!) and I wouldn't ever feel alone.  She helped ease his mind numerous times of what's typical and what would move labor along.  

Honestly, I assumed after my first birth that I wouldn't need a doula again.  Instead, I am 100% excited and ready to call on Gwen when the next baby comes.  I cannot express how much Gwen enriched our birth experience.  She is certainly an essential part of the process!

ToddandMelissa Johnson

3/21/2017

It's hard to put into words how much we loved the privilege of having Gwen as our doula. I could talk about how she was always reliable and professional, how she went above and beyond with meeting with us, talking to us, and praying for us, or how she made the most AMAZING bread for after our sweet little babe was born. But, most importantly and above all, she made me feel safe, and valued, and beautiful, and like there was no where else that she would have rather been. And really, what more could you want in a doula than that? To have Christian women surrounding you with love while you birth your baby - well, there is just nothing quite like it. And I feel so grateful to know Gwen and can't wait to have her with me for my next babies as well!

Rachel Ravey

11/12/2016

Gwen was my doula for our first pregnancy. Up until 34 weeks we were reluctantly planning a hospital birth without any interventions. I had some anxiety around the idea and knew I would need extra support with my birth plan. I had heard Gwens name through our natural birthing class and we decided to meet with her. Within the first 5 minutes we knew she was a perfect match for us. She has experience in most of the hospitals in Milwaukee as well as birth centers. One week later when we decided to switch to a birth center setting she was completely on board.

Gwen is incredibly patient and warm. She gave us great feedback regarding our expectations and made me feel 100% taken care of.  When it came time for our birth she coached me through every contraction and helped my husband to comfort me. She is a coach for both mom and dad during labor. She held my hand during my postpartum care and helped us to relax with baby. She was back the next morning to check on us and show us the beautiful photos she had taken. I will be calling on her services for my next pregnancy. 

Deborah Lesmeister

11/2/2016

After discussing my goal of doing natural childbirth with my doctor, she mentioned that some of her patients had hired doulas to support them during labor.  I found Gwen's biography on doulamatch.net and she seemed like she would be a great fit for my husband and me.  She was extremely personable and professional during the whole process.  She answered all our questions and educated us on the entire childbirth process, including postpartum recovery.  This went above and beyond our 4-week hospital class and really made us feel at ease as first time parents.  

My husband and I love telling our successful natural childbirth story to friends and family.   Each time we tell the story, we mention that we couldn't have done it without Gwen.  We're so happy we invested in her services!

Rich Batton

9/3/2016

You'd have to be crazy to consider going into the birth process without a Doula, especially for the first time. This is how we have felt looking back after our son was born in August, 2016.

My wife and I wanted a natural birth and felt that this would give us the best chance of success in having a healthy baby and a speedy recovery for mom.

Gwen worked with us throughout our pregnancy and prepared us with evidence based knowledge and what to expect at every step of what we'd be going through. She helped us to understand how every birth can be different and situations may come up that can change your plans. She prepared us for things we'd have never known or thought about. This preparation turned out to be crucial.. when our time came we didn't have time and needed to act quickly.

My wife's water broke before contractions started and our doctor wanted us to go to the hospital right away and likely start pitocin since we were now on the clock and pressure was on to deliver within 24hr. We had learned that pitocin can sharply increase pain levels and result in the need for an epidural which could in turn slow down labor and potentially result in a C-section. We were terrified and did not want to go down that slippery slope!

Gwen coached us through calmly bringing on contractions naturally at home and everything she told us worked. By the time we arrived at the hospital we went into labor intervention-free! During labor Gwen did so much more than support my wife. She made an amazing team with our labor nurse and was invaluable to me as the husband in showing me exactly how to help my wife the most. My wife told me afterward that she felt she was able to focus 100% on giving birth because she saw that she was in good hands and felt safe and trusting with such a rock star support team.

We can't say enough about Gwen and feel like she's a part of our family now. She'll be our first call if we're blessed with another pregnancy!

Angel Rzepkowski

7/17/2016

My family was so blessed to have Gwen at our 4th child's birth. My very first unmedicated birth!! We have never utilized a doula before for any of our births and now I'm sitting here wondering why. Out of all my experiences birthing I have never felt more relaxed, heard and in control as I did with Gwen at my side. To say she is amazing is an understatment. We hired her with very short notice of my due date and she was so flexible with getting together and understanding of my other rambunctious little ones. Gwen has a very calming aura about her. I never felt rushed or pressured about any decisions I made. She always gave me the facts about any concerns I had and was very accepting. How uplifting for a mom-to-be to know you are heard and that your birth plan will be recognized and taken serious! I absolutely loved that she included essential oils to be diffused while laboring to help calm me and used others at the right times to help with my progression and clarity. I honestly never thought I could have a baby naturally. I thought about and wondered how other women could do it. Gwen used subtle touches and massage throughout the process to ease my tension and relax me. The best part was keeping me busy and moving around that I didn't pay attention to how long every contraction was or how close they were coming together. Before I knew it it was time to welcome my baby on his birthday. Gwen never left my side and was very comforting in every way. I owe it to her for giving me the support i needed at the right moments to be able to say I no longer have to wonder how other women give birth unmedicated. It is such an amazing and exhilarating feeling to know you just accomplished something many women choose to not experience because of fear and lack of support. Even if you have a support system having a doula to know exactly what you need and when you need it is so reassuring. I would highly highly recommend Gwen and will definitely be hiring her again.

Laura Frey

5/30/2016

My husband and I worked with Gwen as our doula for the birth of our fourth child. We hadn’t used a doula for any of our other births, but after hearing about some friends’ positive experiences with doulas, we looked into using one, and I’m so glad we did for this birth! Although we’d experienced birth before, working with Gwen helped us to hone our expectations and desires for this birth experience as well as to prepare us for possible outcomes if our birth plan didn’t come to pass. She provided us with good information on preparing the mind and body for labor as well as our birth options (such as which interventions were optional, etc.) even within the guidelines of our planned natural hospital birth.

Throughout the pregnancy, birth, and early postpartum period, Gwen was an excellent resource for the various doubts and questions that arose. She was always available via email and text and responded promptly to all forms of communication. Her tips on labor preparation were very helpful, especially her advice about using a birth ball both prior to and during labor.

This baby came quickly and, due to the unexpected speed, I ended up spending almost all of my labor at home before heading to the hospital at what turned out to be the last minute. Using the birth ball during the labor process was so much more comfortable than laboring on my back as I had at the hospital during my previous births. Even in the chaos of the rush to the hospital and the speedy delivery, Gwen provided a calming presence and constant encouragement.

Throughout the entire birth process, Gwen was very respectful of our choices, both the ones we had made for our previous births and the ones we made this time around. She made sure we knew our options but left all of the decisions up to us and supported whatever we chose. It was reassuring to have a friendly face and an informed presence by our side as we welcomed our son into the world.

Eva Szabuniewicz

5/6/2016

My husband and I are from Texas (I only braved this cold so he could go to grad school!), and when we moved here last August we found out we were pregnant with our first!  We took Bradley classes which prepared us well; however, we still felt with our family back in Texas, that we wouldn't be able to handle our first childbirth experience alone.  My husband was all on board for hiring a doula.

We met with Gwen and she seemed to be the perfect fit for us.  We wanted as natural a childbirth as possible in a hospital setting, and she didn't give off the super hippie vibes that some other natural childbirth mommas do.  She also had a motherly way about her we thought would be good for us during labor/delivery since our moms weren't coming until after baby was born.

The week leading up to our birth I was getting some of those prelabor signs.  I would text Gwen, and she was always prompt to reply.  She was very encouraging - labor could be coming soon! - but, kept reminding me to rest as much as possible.   When we entered into labor, we continued to text Gwen.  As things picked up, she called my husband, and they decided that she should come over (naturally around 2 in the morning).  

Labor seemed to slow down around mid-morning when she was with us, but she had a great bag of tricks to pick things up again.  Gwen had the right things to say, and she always seemed to know where I needed messaging during my contractions.  She was also great at helping my husband help me.

When we arrived at the hospital, I was dialated to 6cm and labor moved pretty quickly.  Gwen was exactly who we needed to get us through the craziness of the hospital.  Baby was born at 10:15pm, and Gwen stayed with us until 2am! What a champ!

My husband and I highly recommend Gwen.  She's very genuine, and I just know she will help you acheive the birth you want.

Heidy Awe

5/1/2016

Gwen was a blessing to us as we planned for the birth of our 2nd child! She was very nurturing and informative throughout the preparation, during labor and after coming home. She asked the right questions and made us feel comfortable immediately. She was professional and listened to our beliefs and desires in order to know how to best support our family. We would highly recommend her!

Amy Casey

2/25/2016

After a less-than-ideal experience during my first labor, I knew I wanted to look into having a doula at my second child’s birth. But I was still pretty hesitant about the idea… Was it worth it? Would it really help me? Enter Gwen.

From our very first interaction, she was fantastic. In the weeks leading up to labor, she was there to answer my questions and also offered plenty of encouragement to calm my anxieties. When I went into labor (2 weeks "early"), she responded immediately to my middle-of-the-night texts and was readily available to come.

Her presence when we reached the hospital was invaluable. My labor was pretty advanced when we arrived, and I immediately began having doubts about my ability to handle it. Gwen knew exactly what to do and say to help me stay calm and overcome my fears. She offered physical support and encouraging words througout labor, and helped me to pace myself by reminding me to listen to my body. Better yet, she also helped my husband know how to give me the support I needed.

Having Gwen at my son’s birth helped create the calm, safe, and supportive birth environment that I needed for a positive and empowered birth experience. If I could do it all over again, I wouldn’t change a thing.

Amber Ferrara

12/16/2015

It was our 4th baby, but first time we planned an unmedicated, natural homebirth.  I knew right away that I wanted to add a doula to our birth team.  I felt an instant emotional connection to Gwen when I visited her site.  Meeting her in person solidified the connection.  Words can't explain how valuable she was to our family the day of our son's birth.  She was calm and attentive, which was exactly what I needed when things started moving along.  Not to mention, the bread she made and gave me after the birth, was exactly what I needed to re-energize.  I would highly recommend Gwen to any family looking to add a doula to their birth team!

Catie Meyer

12/15/2015

i knew I wanted a doula when i first became pregnant and decided to have a birth without medication.  I interviewed several doulas before I found Gwen. Gwen has a maternal nature that instantly made me feel relaxed and taken care of.  Before the birth she walked me through what labor decisions I might come across and helped put my mind at ease that we were prepared, or as prepared as we could be. When I went into labor Gwen was not only a source of comfort (fanning me, massaging my back) but also guidance (gently reminding me to breathe).  I loved having her support during the most memorable event of my life. She truly defines what it means to "mother the mother". 

Nicole Albert

12/10/2015

My husband and I decided at 36 weeks that we wold like to work with a doula. After searching for a while we contacted and met with Gwen. We immediately felt at ease with her and knew she'd be helpful for us.  Gwen knew our time line was tight before our due date and she made all accommodations to fit us into her schedule.  Our two meetings prior to birth were very helpful and informative.  We felt extremely prepared as we entered closer to delivery. Gwen made sure to check in and make sure I was doing OK and was always available to answer any of my questions. The night myou labor started she was in contact with us, letting us know what to do and expect. Gwen arrived as my labor progressed a little further around midnight.  She stayed with us until our baby was born the following evening at 6:30 (left around 9pm). We couldn't have done it without her support. She is very calm and comforting. She brings a whole bag or tricks too! She visited and called multiple times after delivery in the following days to check in.  I highly recommend Gwen!  

Jodi Anderson

10/16/2015

Gwen is not only an amazing Doula, but a wonderful person with the most caring heart. She is overflowing with love and warmth. My husband and I are private/shy people, and we didn't know Gwen until about two months before our son was born. She quickly became a friend and a source of tremendous comfort. As a first time mom, I knew I wanted to have a natural childbirth if possible; but I was nervous and apprehensive. Not only did Gwen give me the confidence I needed through thorough education, but also through encouraging words, love and support. I had BH contractions about two weeks before my son was born, and I thought it was the real thing. Gwen responded immediately to my texts and helped me figure out what was going on. Below is a text exchange between my husband and I attesting to her awesomeness:

Me: Gwen said if it is real labor it will only pick up and not decrease. She said to keep drinking water, eating healthfully and to move around with resting in between. Husband: I love Gwen! What a great resource. Me: I know, she's amazing.


Having a friend and support person who is incredibly knowledgeable about all things childbirth only a text or phone call away is invaluable.


When the time came for my son's birth, Gwen was in contact with us throughout the middle of the night, and drove an hour and 15 minutes to our home at 2:00am to attend to me and my husband while I was in the beginning stages of labor. She suggested pain relief tips, handed me drinks of water, reminded me to take bathroom breaks, massaged my back, held ice on my back...the list goes on and on! When we got to the hospital, she continued her constant support, even a couple of hours after our son was born. She even had snacks for us after the delivery!


Gwen is an amazing Doula, and now friend. Because of her help, I was able to have a beautiful natural childbirth. We're forever grateful.

Lisa Landry

8/19/2015

As first time parents and wanting an unmedicated hospital birth, I knew having a doula would help and I couldn't have asked for a better one than Gwen. She really encouraged and helped us to become as educated as possible on the childbirth process beforehand which I feel allowed us to be much more prepared. Gwen was a great resource for helping us make decisions along the way without ever being pushy or judgemental. As things usually don't happen exactly the way you plan, my water broke 4 weeks early and I ended up being induced. With Gwen's encouragement and support I was still able to have an unmedicated natural birth. I don't know how we would have done it without her calm, strong, and kind guidance. The labor and delivery nurse even commented that Gwen was the best doula she had worked with. I would highly recommend Gwen to anyone considering a doula. 

Leslie Schoenen

5/8/2015

We are beyond grateful to have worked with Gwen as we welcomed our first baby into the world! Prior to labor and delivery, Gwen met with us several times and dedicated herself to ensuring we were completely prepared for our son's birth.  After listening to our concerns, she offered resources, guidance and expertise that completely surpassed our expectations. When we hit some unexpected bumps during labor, she provided much needed encouragement that only an experienced and nurturing mother could offer. Her presence throughout the labor process offered a steady and experienced hand that we were thrilled to have with us.  In addition, Gwen's presence greatly enhanced my husband's ability to support me effectively in labor.  While she never took his place, she served as another compassionate hand when the going got tough. I'm not sure how, but she managed to strike the perfect balance between a guide and friend. After our baby was born, she celebrated joyfully, shared with us spiritually, and remained with us until we were settled comfortably. She visited the day of our discharge and has continued to make herself available to us. Gwen went ABOVE and BEYOND to help us experience the birth we desired. We can't thank her enough for her presence with us during one of the most sacred moments in life!  

Mindy Jo

2/1/2015

If you are looking for a knowledgeable, experienced Doula, Gwen is the perfect choice! She was so caring during our birth process and stuck with us for over 35 hours without batting an eye! This woman is strong, encouraging, helpful, and kind. She helped to guide us from early labor through active labor  and offered support for our decisions throughout the entire labor process. Gwen's experience and passion is very apparent and she is willing to offer her advice and knowledge when necessary. 

Amanda Silich

10/21/2014

We choose to have Gwen with us for the birth of our third child. We were planning an unmedicated hospital birth with a midwife whom had delivered my two older children. Early in my pregnancy, I found out that my midwife would be on vacation the week leading up to my due date so it was very important that I have a doula-someone I knew would  be there with me at the birth of our baby.

Words can not express how grateful I am that Gwen was with us that day. There were a variety of cirucmstances surrounding the birth that did not go as planned. My spirit was crushed in the days and weeks that followed. Something was taken from me that I cannot ever get back. But because Gwen was there, I was able to see the beauty in that day. She understands birth and how deeply it affects a woman on a physical, emotional and spiritual level. She allowed me to share with her over and over my feelings about the experience, validated how I felt and did not rush me through the emotions. I know God wanted her to be with me so that when events would unfold the way they would, I’d have a strong, godly woman by my side. God worked through her to help me realize His will in the birth of my daughter. He used Gwen to help my heart to heal.

Labor is a very emotional, vulnerable time for a woman. The circumstances that surround the event are unknown and while we have preferences as to how things will unfold, we really don’t know what will happen until we are in the moment. The one thing that we can plan on is who will surround us during this sacred time in our lives as we begin or continue our journey as mothers. Gwen’s presence is a precious part of the birth of my 3rd child. I am forever grateful that she was with us. To say that I would recommend her is an understatement as I believe any family would be extremely blessed to have her with them as they welcome their child into the world.

Marguerite Richardson

10/20/2014

Gwen was the most amazing doula. I am actually a new doula myself, and when we began planning a homebirth for our second child, I knew I wanted Gwen to be there as my doula. She is one of the most caring, compassionate, and selfless people I know. The loving attention she gave to my husband and I during the prenatal period and during our birth was priceless. She took lots of extra time to find out about us, and our hopes for this birth. Our birth ended up going very quickly, but Gwen made it in time, and was able to provide support to me during the most intense period of my labor. She set up a diffuser with essential oils, helped fan me when I was getting too hot, and helped calm me down when I realized the baby was coming quicker than expected (on the toilet!). She stayed with us for about 5 hours after the baby was born, helping us get settled and baking a delicious “groaning cake” which was very tasty and helped me regain energy after a whirlwind labor. She checked in daily during the postpartum period, and brought us a delicious home-cooked meal. Gwen truly went above and beyond in her role as a doula, and she has given me something to strive for in my own doula work. 

Thomas Samelstad

5/15/2014

As first time parents, we wanted to come into this pregnancy informed with the knowledge of seasoned experience.  Our goal was to have as natural a labor and birth as possible.  Gwen guided us, connected us to the right people, and informed us of many of the practices of todays doctors.  It was with her guidance that we were able to be informed enough to build and present a reasonable and comprehensive birth plan to our doctor and later to the nursing staff.  With my wifes water breaking three weeks early, Gwen stayed connected to us for the first day at the hopsital.   She spent that night and most of the following night with us at the hospital.  She guided us in asking the right questions that helped us make well informed decisions.  When natural labor and induced labor didnt work, the last option was c-section.  Though Gwen supported the father in many way during the time at the hospital, she was instrumental in helping the him during the c-section.  During the operation the father was the only one allowed in the room but when he left with the new baby, she stayed with the mother until she came back to the room and the father could come back. This allowed the father to focus on his new baby knowing his wife was not alone.  Gwen was a critical objective third party that always kept our wishes in mind but able to give us that outside look at our situation.  We would recommend any first time parent to hire a dula and we would recommend Gwen to anyone looking for a dula.

Birth Availability for Gwen Alderks

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