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Dana Bannigan, CLD (CBI), HCHD

Dana Bannigan Doula Services

Website: http://www.danabirthdoula.com

Phone: (267) 242-1199

Birth Fee: $650 to $925

Postpartum Rate: $30 to $40

Fee Details: My fee includes an interview, 2 prenatal meetings, my attendance at your birth and one post partum visit. It also includes access to my lending library, a discount on a Birthworks childbirth education series, and 24/7 phone support during your on call period. I also offer a Birth Only support package for women who have already experienced doula support with a previous birth, have attended a comprehensive childbirth education series, or women who are looking for a budget friendly option.

Birth Doula Experience: 5 years

Postpartum Doula Experience: 1 years

Birth Doula Certifications

  • Childbirth International (CBI) - Certified Birth Doula
  • Hypnobabies - Certified Hypno-Doula

Doula Training

Not Specified

Type of Practice: Solo practice

Clients per Month: 1 to 3 births and 0 to 2 postpartum families

Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
As a birth doula, I provide evidence based childbirth education to expectant parents to enable them to make informed decisions for their care. My goal is to provide unwavering support for all types of birth, natural unmedicated, cesarean section, and vaginal birth with the use of an epidural and/or narcotic pain relief. I work alongside your care provider to ensure a safe and satisfying birth experience, and to reassure expectant parents thru the process of childbirth. I provide comfort measures such as massage, aromatherapy, and relaxation exercises
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Having experienced the personalized care under a group of midwives at a birth center for two of my own children, I'm always happy to attend out-of-hospital births, whether in a birth center or at a home birth.
Attends home births? Any Home Birth
At home births, I'm honored to provide care for children, assist with cleaning after your birth, along with light meal prep, in addition to my customary post partum services which include breastfeeding assistance, (amateur) photography to capture your first moments as a new family, newborn care education, etc.

Breastfeeding Certifications

  • Extensive self-study plus 4 years of personal experience

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Addiction Recovery
  • Cesarean birth
  • High risk
  • Home Birth
  • Induced and high medical technology labor & birth
  • Plus size mothers
  • Postpartum mood disorders
  • Prematurity
  • Relinquishing mothers
  • Single parents
  • Survivors of Previous Life Trauma
  • Twins
  • VBAC
  • Waterbirth

Special Services Offered

  • Antepartum doula
  • Aromatherapy
  • Babywearing education
  • Military families
  • Reduced rates for women considering adoption
  • Sibling support (for your older children at the birth)

Languages spoken: English

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Client Testimonials for Dana Bannigan, CLD (CBI), HCHD

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Jessica Landis

I recently had my first child, a little boy, on December 19, 2017. I decided on a Doula after conversing with several friends about their birth stories. I'm blessed to have friends with a variety of birth plans from all natural birthing centers to scheduled c-sections. What I decided was best for me was to have a series of preferences rather than a specific birth plan. I decided I wanted someone in the room that would be there to support my desire to avoid a c-section as much as possible, be an advocate for me, explain the options I had in plain english, and support my husband. Additionally, post-partum support was important for me. I battle with anxiety on and off and I was terrified I would have severe post-partum depression. Dana was such a blessing for us. She came for 1 pre-baby visit and discussed our series of preferences and helped prepare us for what to do when I went into labor. Quite frankly after her visit we could have skipped the birthing class. The day of - I went into back labor. I got to the hospital less than 1 cm dialated with contractions 3-1-1. She was SO helpful in managing the painful back contractions due to my back labor. I was able to labor for several hours without an epidural until I was further along which I think was key to avoiding a stalled labor. She made my husband more confident when I was in pain and he felt helpless at times. While the midwife was in and out she was there to help me through making decisions which made me more confident in process. After my birth she followed up many times to see how we were adjusting via text and provided invaluable help with breast feeding, bottle feeding, etc during our 2 post-partum visits. I ended up not having post partum depression I believe in part to the confidence she helped me have. If you're looking for a doula who will be supportive of you regardless of birth plan, look no further. Thanks Dana! 

Posted 6/4/2018

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Emily Kelso

I knew my husband and I were going to deliver our child in a hospital setting.  I have heard that giving birth in a hospital setting can be difficult in keeping to your birth plan. So I looked into hiring a doula to help me learn ways to manage my pain an help with educating me on birth since this is my first child. That is when I found Dana. From the moment I reached out to her, she gave me 100% of her time and attention, which I love! First was a phone interview (questions/answers/background info) then she came to our house and spent over 1 hr with us. We went over personal information and then she wanted to know what we wanted out of her service. I love people that pay attention to detail and listen to us which Dana does! Fast forward to our next meeting we went over possible labor/birth senerios that may be incountered. I read alot of books in preparation for this but she really educated us on every possible situation that could arise. 36 weeks and 6 days, I made a call to my doctors office explaining that I thought my water broke after work and they suggested coming into the office the next morning to confirm it breaking unless something drastically changed overnight. I made a phone call to Dana to give her a heads up. The next morning I went to doctors office, they confirmed and we were sent to Labor and delivery around 1pm. I was induced with Pitocin and began laboring. We made the phone call for Dana to come to hospital around 7pm. She was a great support (physically, mentally, emotinally) to my husband and I. I was able to deliver my baby girl naturally (no epidural) in 10-12 hrs and pushed for 1.5 hr. I was so proud that I was able to deilver the way rather than being pushed into medications. Thanks to Dana she was a huge part of this and we can't thank her enough! We will be using her service in the future! 

Posted 9/1/2017

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Michelle P

Hiring Dana as our Doula for the birth of our second child was without a doubt the best decision i could have made. Not only did she validate my fears, frustration, and sadness over my birth experience with my first; but she helped me realize that i am a strong women for having had and dealing with the disappointment that came along with an emergency c-section.  As i was trying for a Vbac with my second, she calmed my fears of failing by affirming that it would not be ideal but that it would be okay; that i was not a failure and that no matter how this baby came into the world i was strong and powerful because i was a mother.  The one thing i appreciated the most from my experience with her is that she was able to teach my husband about pregnancy, labor, and birth - Something i had been trying to do for a while. She was great with answering any of his questions and calming his concerns.

While she was unable to attend our birth, due to another unexpected c-section, her presence during my recovery and into my stay at the hospital, as well as at our postpartum visit, was absolutely beneficial for us. I hope to be blessed with more children in the future and without blinking would hire her again to help me accomplish a vba2c!

 

Posted 11/11/2015

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Lori Spotts

My family had a wonderful experience with Dana. She was my doula for the delivery of my first child (September of 2014). Dana was professional, knowledgeable, and accommodating. Her calm demeanor was exactly what my husband and I were looking for in a doula. She met with us while I was pregnant a couple of times, which was very helpful. The day of my delivery, she was wonderful. I was in labor for 23 hours, much of it at the hospital. Dana offered many different positions and comfort techniques, during a long and uncomfortable labor and delivery. Dana also visited me once post partum and was able to offer reassurance and advice that was very helpful during an exhausting and stressful time. We would highly recommend her.

Posted 11/11/2015

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Darcy Lindy

My husband was skeptical about the idea of a doula at first.  However, when we met with Dana she was very down to earth, knowledgeable, and friendly.  Before the birth, she really helped us think through the many facets of child birth and provided further information and readings on things we had questions about.   We loved how supportive she was and how she never pushed her own agenda on our decisions.  During labor she was readily available when we called her and even over the phone was able to help guide the process and make it easier.  During delivery she was again very supportive.   Having someone there with so much experience and knowledge about the childbirth process was very reassuring.  Plus Dana was also very calm and unconditionally supportive during everything.  She is great with massage techniques which helped manage the pain and seemed to know when I needed some extra emotional support and would whisper reassuring words in my ear.  She worked so well with the team, documented events during the birth for us, and took fantastic pictures of our little one's first moments. Since the birth she has provided answers and information about newborns and breastfeeding which has relieved some of my anxieties about being a first time mom. I was nervous about having a stranger involved in such an intimate process, but Dana quickly made herself feel like a friend and someone who I could trust.  She has a great quality of making people feel at ease.  I'm so glad we picked Dana to help us through this process.  If you are looking for someone who is laid back, friendly, supportive of your choices, calm, and who bases her knowledge off of empirical studies, then Dana is a great person to pick.  We loved her and would hire her again for any future children.  

Posted 10/29/2015

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nadia s

Dana made herself readily available to discuss all my concenrs as a first time mom (email. phone, texts). She supported all of my decisons prior and during delivery. Dana also served as a great sounding board and provided a wealth of information in my postpartum days. I would most certainly recommned Dana to anyone looking for support before, after, and during labor. 

Posted 10/21/2015

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Natalia alvare-figueroa

When I learned I was expecting, I felt both, excitement, and anxiety. I had no idea what I was doing, what to expect, and how to put things in order for labor and delivery. Fortunately, I have a very caring partner, who had done some research, and we engaged in the searching journey; I took some prenatal educational classes, and that is when Danna was recommended to me. I will be honest, I did not know if bringing another person into my labor was going to help me, because I tend to be very private, BUT I took the risk, and I will forever be thankful that I did!! I had a loooong labor, and most of it was without any pain medication. Danna was present, supporting and helping me in EVERY way possible, no hesitation, no awkwardness, all strong consistent help. It was as if she knew what I needed and when I had a request during contractions, she jumped right in. I felt really cared for, and even though it was a rough journey, Danna’s presence helped me all the way through it. I still keep in touch with her, and think of her fondly because she is such a validating, empathetic, and funny being!

Posted 10/15/2015

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Ashley Wanner

I highly recommend Dana as a birthing doula. I had my first baby a few months ago and was more than apprehensive about how labor and delivery would go. It wasn't until I was about 36 weeks pregnant that I thought it would be a good idea to hire a doula. Dana was referred to us by another doula who was unavailable at the time. As soon as I reached out to Dana, she responded and just through speaking with her on the phone, I knew I wanted to meet her. After our first meeting, I knew I wanted to hire Dana. She is very professional but calming at the same time. She took time to listen to my questions and fears and even asked her own questions about myself to get to know me better. One of my concerns with hiring a doula was that they would push their beliefs onto me. For example, I knew I did not want to breastfeed and I let Dana know that. She did not question me or try to get me to change my mind. She is also a mother of 3, so I liked that she had experienced childbirth herself. Dana met with my husband and I twice before I gave birth (we had a third meeting planned, but our little guy came a bit early!) At each meeting, Dana gave great information on what my options could be in the delivery room so that I knew I had a choice. The day of my delivery, Dana was a great support system. She helped me to try and rest before active pushing and was so encouraging when it came time to push. She even stayed with me after the birth of our son so my husband could go tell our parents the exciting news! Dana also followed up with a postpartum visit to see how things were going and letus know that she was available to talk about any newborn questions we might have. Overall, my experience with Dana was very positive and I would love to have her again hopefully for the birth of our future children!

Posted 8/18/2015

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Kathryn Grimshaw

When I told my husband that I wanted to hire a doula for the birth of my first child, he said "whatever you need." It turns out that we both needed Dana when my son arrived. I had a very long and difficult labor. I was in contact with Dana from my first contractions (on Thursday night) through the birth of my son (on Sunday morning). She stayed at the hospital with me for almost 20 hours. She used various techniques to help me ease my pain. She was a rock for both me and my husband. After my birth experience, my husband told all of our friends who were expecting that they needed a doula! I would highly recommend Dana. Hiring her was one of the best decisions that I could have made as a first-time expectant mother, and I would hire her again if I have any other children.

Posted 8/3/2015

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Julia Jaman


We used Dana's services for the birth of our 4th baby in July 2013. Dana joined our birthing team later in the pregnancy but she wasted no time in coming up with all kinds of helpful suggestions to meet our naturally-minded needs. She helped me edit and finalize a birth plan to share with my midwife, she assisted in all my decision making related to birthing events (giving resources and advice but never pushing) and she made me feel comfortable and supported all throughout our journey towards meeting our little guy. Dana lives at least an hour away from us and on the day of my labor, I called her multiple times as I was trying to figure out whether or not this was the real deal. Dana dropped all her plans, which included a fun trip to the zoo with her own kids, and drove to me as soon she heard the unmistakable signs of labor in my voice. She helped me labor at home comfortably for as long as possible, which was my wish. I was probably one of the most challenging clients Dana had, especially at that time when she was just starting her professional career as a doula, because I turned into a bit of a screaming, incoherent mess towards the end of my labor but Dana's focus and professionalism never wavered. She was supportive towards me all the while remaining my spokesperson with the delivering team to make sure I got the care I needed and desired. After the birth, she made sure my and the baby's needs were met and didn't leave our side until she was sure we were okay. Her postpartum visits brought the same level of care, concern and assistance. She provided emotional and physical support for the duration of her visits so that, as a new mom, I felt less alone.
I can't recommend Dana highly enough!

Posted 7/29/2015

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Jean Ulkloss

I met Dana as the backup for my doula during the labor and delivery of my second son. She came and met me while my primary doula was there so that I could gain comfort with her during the earlier stages of my labor. When it became apparent that my labor was going to be stretching out longer than anyone could have expected (over 48 hours total!), Dana was able to stay with me until my primary doula could return. She was wonderful support, offering suggestions for comfort measures (I could not have an epidural due to a medical condition) and position changes to help with both comfort helping baby move down. She supported both me and my husband, making sure that he was eating and resting as needed. When my primary doula returned, Dana continued to stay with us, doing everything she could to help support me and make sure that we were all getting what we needed. Dana cried with us when it became apparent that we were going to need another cesarean to help baby boy out and came to visit me in the hospital, again telling me that I inspired her and helping to comfort me. Dana continues to be a good friend and I would be hard pressed to find another doula with her knowledge and passion for birth support. I would recommend her to anyone looking for a doula.

Posted 9/19/2014

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Amy Miller

Dana is knowledgeable and down to earth. I worried that a doula might be too "hippy-dippy" to accept some of the choices that my husband and I made, but we found that Dana was able to answer our questions (based on evidence) and listen to our concerns without bias.  She supported us through every step- even when I had unforeseen complications and ended up preferring an epidural. Unfortunately I did not get to use Dana for all of her strengths due to my health issues (and the choices I made as a result), but I am so grateful that she was in the delivery room to support my husband as my health declined. Additionally, she was extremely helpful with processing the events of my birth afterwards.   Ultimately, I am very glad to have had Dana as a trusted resource and source of support and would highly recommend her services!

Posted 9/16/2014

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Kelly Ford

A few years back, I didn't even know what a doula was. After 2 pregnancy-losses in under a year, I was obviously anxious to have a succesful & healthy pregnancy, and being prepared for labor and delivery well in advance became very important to me. I was referred to Dana through a cousin of mine who has also worked as a doula and she reassured me that Dana was the best choice and that I would absolutely love her. She was right. Dana is incredibly professional, but at the same time relatable and down to earth. Her knowledge of maternity and childbirth are both so impressive and extensive. I learned so much from her, leading up to the birth of my daughter, and always felt better and more at ease after talking and meeting with Dana. Of course more important than my experiences with Dana leading up to the birth of my daughter, was my actual delivery experience. Dana kept not only me, but also my husband, so calm during the whole sometimes overwhelming experience. She was an amazing prescence and knew exactly when to offer what types of assistance, and advice. She never once was intrusive, but was consistently calming & helpful. I could not imagine having gone through this process without Dana. I will continue to refer her to others interested in this service, and hope to use her as my doula again, if/when the time comes. 

Posted 9/15/2014

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Heidi Cardenas-Weaver

Dana attended my birth in May 2014.  It was my 5th baby, but my first time having a doula.  I am actually a doula myself and so I was acutely aware of the different dynamics each person brought to the birth.  My MW had 1 job, her assistant had another.  My mother, while very loving, also had a different role to play.  My husband is a great support, but in the end, having a Dana was vital.  She understood my tension and anxieties.  She was a wonderful 'safe space' for me to rely on.
Dana is totally brilliant.  She's a great researcher and is devoted to this calling.  She has a wonderful work ethic and a caring heart.  Anyone who hires her will be in great hands.

Much love, Dana!

Posted 7/14/2014

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Sarah Boghosian

My husband Matt and I both feel, unequivocally, that Dana was worth every penny we spent on her. From the prenatal support, advice, research, and information she provided, to the prenatal visit (which included our support people), to the time she spent at the birth center with me during my labor and after; the breastfeeding support she provided, and the postpartum visit--hiring Dana was one of the best decisions we made during my pregnancy (besides our decision to pursue a non-medicated birth center birth).

Specifically from my husband's perspective, Dana was a constant source of support, encouragement, advice, and knowledge while I was in labor. He says she made him feel completely included, accepted, valued, and necessary. He felt like a vital part of my birth team rather than just a passive observer, and Dana was a huge factor in helping to encourage him to take a hands on role in my labor, especially during the 45 minutes of back labor I experienced when he performed counter pressure and massage on me like a champ. She has an incredible intuition for when to fade into the background and let labor run its course and when to jump in and take on a more active role, and Matt says she taught him those cues as well. Even before I went into labor, her coaching and the information she provided really helped to prepare him for what to expect during labor.

Dana makes herself readily available to her clients via phone and email and gladly researches and gathers information on their behalf. And when it came to her actual competency during my labor, I can only say that I was thrilled with the know-how and initiative she demonstrated.

I would hire Dana again without a second thought, and I do believe that her support and help prior to labor and her presence at the birth were among the reasons that I was able to successfully achieve a non-medicated vaginal birth.

Posted 6/16/2014

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John Scafidi

Having Dana as our doula was one of the best things that we could have done preparing for the birth of our baby. She helped us learn about hypnobabies for the birth and supported us very step of the way. (The hypnosis worked beautifully and we ended up with a wonderful, drug-free birthday for our son.) She was able to think of things and guide us through situations we never would have considered as problems arose and we needed to change our birth plan.  She also recognized our previous loss and the emotional toll it took on this pregnancy. Since Dominic's birthday Dana has continued to be there to support us and answer our questions about having a new born. We would highly recommend her to anyone having a baby. 

Posted 6/16/2014

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Jacqueline Hinson

Who would've thought after attending a baby care basics class at Babies R Us in Bensalem, PA I would have the pleasure of being matched with the informative  presenter who seemed to understand everything I was feeling. Prior to our meeting I was praying I could find a doula in such a short time and we would hit it off. What I absolutely love about Dana is she is attentive, dedicated, consummate professional from beginning to end but more importantly she becomes apart of your family. Dana asks the questions gleaning the Unspoken thoughts and wishes from what isn't expressed if you tend to get off topic like I do. We developed the birthing plan that I had desired for my two previous births. I desired to labor naturally unattached to a hospital bed, no IV fluids, dim lights, aromatherapy, worship music, etc... When I felt like I couldn't go on any further Dana was right there encouraging me reminding me this was a labor of love while being completely in tune with my every need. Being a mother and wife herself didn't even compete with the level of personal care I received at her hands. Even when I tried sending her home to eat and rest. I will forever treasure the life long bond between my doula and friend Dana Branningan as my sister said She Is The Truth!

 

Posted 7/20/2013

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