$850 to $1500
7 years and 65 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
Pettaway Pursuit Foundation Doula
The goal of the Doula is to aid parents in achieving a positive and rewarding birth experience. My goal is always to provide Mothers and their families with emotional, physical and informational support while aiding in their quest for a beautiful birthing experience. General Services include 1. Two prenatal visits to get to know parents and discuss goals of birth 2. Attendance to one OB/GYN visit to meet with parent and provider, if desired 3. Recommendations of reading materials and videos 4. Assistance with writing of Birth Plan 5. 24/7 telephone availability during pregnancy, early labor, and postpartum 6. Email consultations for additional information during pregnancy and after birth 7. Referrals to other professionals as needed or requested 8. Continuous support during labor 9. Immediate assistance with breastfeeding after birth 10. Postpartum visit—including breastfeeding/wellbeing consultation
Pylesville, MD Service range 40 miles
Lauren is an excellent Doula! From the beginning, she made me feel very supported in developing my birth plan by carefully listening to what I desired and providing both my husband and I with very helpful information. Throughout pregnancy she was always there anytime I had a question or concern. She also helped me make important decisions. During labor she was the perfect, encouraging partner who helped me achieve my goal of an epidural-free childbirth. After my daughter was born she stayed by my side offering extremely valuable comfort and support as I recovered. During her postpartum visit with us (and outside of the visit via messages) she has remained engaged to ensure my daughter and I are doing well. As a first time Mom, I found Lauren to be essential and am so grateful she was there throughout the journey. I highly recommend her!
I am writing another review for Lauren, 3 years later, because she is that awesome!
She was with me with for my first birth in 2013, then again in 2015. When I was expecting again in 2018 she had move from my state, however she never hesitated to help with any questions or concerns I had when they came up for my 3rd pregnancy. I had another doula for my 3rd but Lauren is still my go too for all my issues while breastfeeding and raising 3 children!
Lauren is amazing and never forgets about you!
Choosing Lauren as our doula was the best decision my partner and I made for the birth of our first child. Looking back on the entire experience, we cannot imagine going through it without her. Lauren is an incredibly knowledgeable doula who is truly passionate about what she does. We had a birth plan that ultimately needed a lot of flexibility due to AMA, and it was Lauren’s calm demeanor and guidance that were paramount to seeing us through many of the tough moments of childbirth.
Near the beginning of our search for a doula, we took advantage of Lauren's in-home childbirth class. When Lauren left, no sooner had the door closed when my partner and I looked at each other simultaneously and said, “That’s our doula!” Lauren is an amazing listener and took great effort to understand our desires for our birth plan. She is flexible in her approach and made us aware of all options and potential outcomes. She also took the time to get to know us both personally. When the big day was upon us, it felt like a friend was there to help guide us and welcome our daughter into the world.
Our daughter’s birth was a long experience; 3 days in total, with 24 hours of active labor. Lauren had the stamina, intuition and knowledge to help us navigate through some very rocky areas. Even while I slept, she remained close to me in case I needed anything. I felt protected and safe. She provided invaluable suggestions throughout the labor and her energy level never wavered. I know we would not have had such a positive experience without her. Even the hospital nurses remarked to me how much they loved working with her. She was our guide, advocate, and unwavering rock. Having her by our side through the most amazing experience of our lives was truly a blessing and we could not have imagined a better person to go through it with. Lauren is truly a gift to the doula profession.
Lauren is more than fantastic to work with! I recently just worked with Lauren for the second time, for my second birth.
She is extremely reliable, knowledgable, professional, and personal. During the pregnancy is always quick to answer all my concerns at anytime. During the birth she is again very supportive, knowledgeable and is a great support to my husband and mother who I'm attendance at booths births. They both have said thay Lauren allows them to be more relaxed and are more able to enjoy the beautiful experience.
because of staffing at many hospitals nurses are not able to be with you all time. Lauren did not leave my side once. (When she used the bathroom in the room, she
left the door open a crack ao I would know she was still there)
Lauren was a spectacular doula. She met with us multiple times in advance of the birth to help us prepare and form a birth plan. She even came with me to a doctor's appointment so that my midwife and the staff that would be taking care of me at the hospital knew her, and knew my wishes. She had wonderful tips and advice for how to keep well rested during early labor and how to cope with labor pains.
When another client's labor caused her to need to be late meeting us at the hospital during my labor, she found wonderful backup doulas to meet us there and labor with me until she could arrive there as well.
I highly recommend her to anyone looking for a doula!
Lauren was fantastic to work with - a true gem! My husband and I both enjoyed the support we received from her. Lauren listens first and foremost and then responds to your family's particular needs. Lauren was hired towards the end of my pregnancy, but quickly jumped in and helped us to prepare. We liked that she had experience with siblings as we were expecting our second child at the time. We found her especially helpful in preparing for the transition from one to two, which was probably one of our biggest needs at that time.
Prenatal care was thorough and put us at ease when the big day came! Lauren keeps terrific communication, being sure to be available, cheery, and responsive. I can't stress enough how much we felt we were heard and responded to accordingly, throughout our time with Lauren. I truly believe this helped us to open up easily and be at total ease throughout our time together. Our postnatal appointment was very helpful too, especially after a surprisingly quick labor which I wanted to process. I was personally really glad Lauren was there to process since a rude comment was made and no one other than her and I heard it! Lauren was great during delivery, trying to remind me of my wishes and helping me deliver according to what my needs were during labor and delivery. In particular, I like and prefer directed pushing and encouragement and she was the only one giving that to me! She had heard me talk about that when discussing my daughters birth and anticipated my need for direction. (I'm a lady who just wants to be done with pushing so all the cheering on helps!)
We recommend Lauren to moms we know and would ask for her services again!
Lauren is an amazing doula. She supported my husband and me in so many ways. It is because of her that the birth of my first baby in June 2013 was a positive experience. She empowered me to take control of my birth!
Lauren was always so well prepared for our prenatal visits. As a first time mom, I was overwhelmed with information. Lauren took the time to review it all, from the stages of labor, to potential medical interventials at the hospital and common procedures done to the baby after birth. She got to know my husband and me and how we function as a couple. The three of us collaborated to write our birth plan; she tailored it specifically to our wishes while providing her own guidence. We practiced positions and different techniques for labor. She even went to one prenatal visit to meet with my provider.
Lauren was not only there for physical support, but for emotional support as well. She was available via phone and email at ANY time of day leading up to and after the birth. Her postpartum visits with me were an invaluable source of emotional support as I had the baby blues pretty bad.
I knew we were in good hands with her. I cannot image going through that entire process without her! My husband and I are forever grateful for the support Lauren provided. It brings tears to my eyes just thinking about how impactful she was during such a pivotal moment in my life. Her kindness is geniune and she is truly passionate about helping moms (and dads) achieve a beautiful birth.
Thank you, Lauren! xox.
Lauren provided invaluable help and support to my husband and me before, during and after the (unmedicated) birth of our first daughter, Julia, on Jan. 7, 2014. Before the birth, Lauren was a fantastic resource, helping us to think carefully through our medical options in a nonjudgmental manner; serving as an unbiased source of information, including on topics (such as delayed cord clamping) that we had not learned about in childbirth class or in our own research; helping us practice relaxation techniques for use during labor; and staying in clear, reliable and supportive communication throughout the final weeks of my pregnancy. As for the labor itself, my husband and I believe that Lauren's presence and support was instrumental in helping it go quickly and smoothly. Lauren made several key suggestions that relieved my pain, as well as reassuring me that labor was going well and -- very importantly for us -- assisting my husband in supporting me. I would not change anything about my labor and delivery, and I would wholeheartedly recommend Lauren as a doula for any pregnant woman, regardless of birth preferences.
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