Phone: (559) 623-3291
Birth Fee: $1500
Postpartum Rate: $25 to $30
Fee Details: Please visit my web link http://sacredpathbirth.com/services/doula-services for more details as to what is included in my Birth Support Package. I provide a NPI number for insurance reimbursement. Payments and barter also considered.
Birth Doula Experience: 6 years and 31 births attended
Postpartum Doula Experience: 6 years
Clients per Month: 1 to 2 births and 1 to 6 postpartum familiesAttends hospital births? All Hospitals
Founder/Previous Chair Visalia Birth Network, www.Visaliabirthnetwork.org, Founding Member Valley Doula Group, Rally to Improve Birth Local Coordinator
Languages spoken: English
Service Area MapArea of practice: Santa Cruz, CA
I couldn't recommend Avira more highly! From our first meeting, her passion and love for women and birthing was apparent. I immediately felt at ease. Throughout my home birth she was an uplifting, calm presence that was invaluable to me during what seemed like an endless early stage of labor. At times when I felt overwhelmed she was always present in the moment to lend a helping hand, sometimes quite literally. I don't know what I would have done without her!
Avira was my doula for the birth of my first child. As I progressed through my third trimester, I did research about the kind of birth experience that I wanted, and learned about doulas. I was nervous about inviting someone into such an intimate experience, but met with Avira at 35 weeks pregnant and felt an immediate connection and sense of ease.
The prenatal support given was invaluable. Avira helped me practice relaxation techniques and different positions, and I built confidence to have the birth I wanted. She helped me trust my body and explore my gut instinct to switch providers at 38 weeks pregnant. We would text and email when I had questions, and she would send me links to resources for things like positioning to get my sunny-side-up baby to turn around (Spinning Babies!). I went ten days past my "due" date but never questioned my decision to not be induced, as we had talked about the cascade of interventions that often follow. Avira came to our home and spent a couple hours for each prenatal appointment; we got to know her and I felt very comfortable with her by the time I went into labor.
Our preparation allowed me to labor at home for several hours, and then Avira helped me decide when to head to the hospital. While in labor, my memories are mostly touch and hearing, and feeling cocooned by the women present - my doula, midwife, and midwife in training. Avira helped me stay centered when I hadn't even notice that my efforts or pushing were less controlled and less productive. I'll always remember Avira’s caring hands massaging my lower back, providing counter pressure, and doing hip squeezes.
After the birth of my son, Avira snapped a few photos that I cherish to remember the first hour of my son’s life. She made sure my husband and I were happy and comfortable before leaving us so we could bond with our son. Avira has the most caring and gentle energy, and was made to support women through childbirth.
"If you are looking for a doula that is dependable, supportive of your birth goals, an unconditional you can count on Avira. Our baby labor lasted 24 hours, it started late Saturday night and she was there to help. She spend mothers day at the hospital supporting my husband and I, and even though we ended up having an emergency c-section she waited there until we were transferred to our room at 5 am Monday. She came back for the folow up visits to offer more support during the after birth blues. Defenetly a reliable Doula. Thank you Avira!"
I had a lot of anxiety and fear toward the end of my second pregnancy due to my first experience, so I started to do some research. In doing this, I learned about doula services and found Avira. From the beginning, she was so easy to talk to and she began to help me feel more at ease. During the couple of months prior to my labor, her website provided an abundance of information and she was always available and willing to share and discuss information via telephone, text, and email whenever I needed her. During our prenatal meetings, she always made us feel like we were her priority and never made us feel rushed or pressed for time. She really took the time to get to know us and know our birth preferences. When I went into labor, her input was extremely vital in determining when it was time to head over to the hospital, especially since my goal was to labor as much as possible at home and have a natural, drug-free child birth. Her calm and relaxed demeanor was also very helpful and comforting in the labor and delivery room. She was in tune with the events occurring during the birth and knew when and where she was needed most; her timing was perfect. My husband also felt more at ease and confident in supporting me during my labor using the information Avira provided during our prenatal meetings. Immediately after the birth, he was able give me his undivided attention and take part in the bonding without having to worry about taking snap shots, because Avira was there capturing those moments with her camera. She was also respectful of our wishes to have our “golden hour” as she quietly slipped out for a break and then returned to do one last check before she left. Having Avira by my side totally reframed my view of childbirth. Even through a very intense and quick delivery, I felt much more supported, empowered, and confident in my own abilities to get through it all. We are truly blessed and thankful to have had Avira as part of our birthing team.
Avira is the warmest person I have ever met and I was so blessed to have her as my doula. She really helped through all aspects of birth, preparing through postpartum. I loved that she met with me after to talk about the labor and birth and made me a special gift to always remember those trying but glorious moments.
I did not know very much about doulas or their role and never pictured having a doula. However, my husband and I heard from multiple people that your birth team will make or break the experience and started to consider it.
We are so fortunate that we met Avira. She is a fantastic source of support during pregnancy, labor, delivery, and post-partum. Avira helped us prepare, provided ample support and comfort during labor and delivery, and helped these first time parents be at ease post-partum. Hiring Avira was the best thing we did throughout our preparation for childbirth.
My husband and I were able to meet with Avira numerous times during pregnancy. She took the time to get to know us and what we were looking for. She made us comfortable voicing our opinions and was highly supportive of what we wanted. In addition, Avira helped us further clarify what we wanted, asking us about things we hadn’t considered.
Based on family history, I knew to expect a longer labor. At 20 hours, labor was long, but actually the shortest of my female relatives. I know having Avira’s support contributed to that. She massaged me during back labor, helped me find laboring positions, and used acupressure points as needed. She asked appropriate and helpful questions so that my husband and I could make decisions. She was perfectly present and supportive without being the slightest bit intrusive. After the birth we were able to meet with Avira and process the birth and get information about the first few weeks home. She also connected us with great resources for breastfeeding and moms’ groups. As a bonus, she is quite the photographer and got priceless photos of the first moments of my daughter’s life.
I cannot emphasize enough how positive our experience with Avira was. We felt more educated and more empowered by her presence and support. I highly recommend labor support in general and Avira specifically. You will not regret it!
I highly recommend Avira Wenn. She is a fantastic Doula. Avira is very knowledgeable on all subjects pregnancy and labor related and provides a lot of valuable information. She gave my family her undivided attention and was very in-tune to what we wanted our birth experience to be. This was our fourth child, and I wish Avira could have been there for the other three. Our experience was exceptional, and we will certainly have her present for any future pregnancies.
As we approached the arrival of our son Shiloh, we were blessed to meet Avira at the very last minute. She was not only eager to assist my wife Beth throughout childbirth, but was perfectly in-tune with our personalities and desires for a relaxed and memorable birthing experience within the setting of our own home.Throughout contractions, and until the very moment our son was in our arms, Avira was at our side to provide support, confidence, comfort, and care. Quite literally, she is someone to lean on in time of need, especially in those hours of early labor in which time drags on and the contractions keep hitting. Avira was there throughout to remind us that the ultimate and most rewarding goal laid not far beyond us and that every effort was well worth striving for. She helped push against every obstacle that fell in our way, and lifted us up when our spirits were low, or, quite simply, when our legs were too tired to stand. As a husband, I felt completely confident simply knowing that my wife was within her care. It's hard to imagine what the experience would have been like had I been rushing back and forth while balancing obligations without knowing Avira was there to provide an extra set of eyes when mine were set on another task, or her hands to lend help when help was most needed. I am so completely grateful to have had her as a companion and a guide throughout the journey. In the same manner that my wife felt comforted, so did I.
My name is Stacee Akins, I am 39 years old and a mother of four. Avira was my Doula when I was in labor with my fourth baby. I initially chose to have a home birth but after five days of false labor I had to transfer to the hospital. It was one of the most difficult labors I’ve ever experienced, and I wanted to labor at home as long as I could. Avira was awesome; she was so kind, compassionate, and understanding during that time. For me, labor and birth has always felt like a sort of rite of passage for me as a woman. To have that type of support from another woman during a difficult labor was an experience I have never had before and I will never forget. Avira is an excellent and skilled Doula and I wholeheartedly recommend her services.
"Avira was invaluable to me and my birth experience! Any future mothers who receive her services will be lucky to have her as a doula. Avira has an amazingly calm presence and is unconditionally supportive to your birth experience being what you want it to be. She was there for me through the entire thing. I felt supported, loved, and empowered. I wouldn’t change my experience, or who I had by my side, for anything. She was wonderful!"
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