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Miesha Vargas

Open Arms Birth Collective

Website: http://openarmsbc.com/service-providers#/new-gallery-1

Phone: 8042211714

Birth Fee: $900

Fee Details: Open to extended payment plans, bartering, sliding-scale for low-income families. 10% discount for military, LEO, and Fire/EMS families.

Birth Doula Experience: 7 years and 75 births attended

Doula Training

  • DONA International, November 2011
Type of Practice: Partnership with 2 or more doulas

Clients per Month: 1 to 3

Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Attends home births? Any Home Birth

Childbirth Education Certifications

  • Lamaze International

Other Relevant Certifications

  • CPR Certified - Red Cross
  • Rebozo Training

College Education

  • BA/BS

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Addiction Recovery
  • Cesarean birth
  • Domestic Violence
  • Expected stillbirth
  • High risk
  • Home Birth
  • Induced and high medical technology labor & birth
  • Postpartum mood disorders
  • Prematurity
  • Single parents
  • Spanish Speaking
  • Special needs babies
  • Survivors of Previous Life Trauma
  • Survivors of childhood sexual abuse
  • Teens
  • VBAC

Special Services Offered

  • Babywearing education
  • Childbirth Education Services
  • Cloth diapering education
  • Military families
  • Miscarriage Support (Before, During or After)
  • Mother blessing celebrations
  • Reduced rates for women considering adoption
  • Satellite Doula (For remote and rural clients)

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

Richmond Maternal Mental Health Coalition

Languages spoken: English, Spanish

Client Testimonials for Miesha Vargas

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Jillian Dull

We cannot say enough wonderful things about Miesha. Leading up to the birth of our daughter she made sure we understood all of the options that could be presented to us at the hospital. If we had any questions or concerns she was always available to talk us through what was going on. While her support before the birth was incredible it was her support during and after that were truly invaluable. She knew the goals we had for the birth and was integral in helping me push through the walls of exhaustion and pain I experienced during my very long induction process. She was a quiet and strong presence. She managed to remind me that she was there without having to interrupt the flow that I needed to maintain to keep labor going. I don't know how she did it, but it was so wonderful to have the security of her presence while still feeling this experience was about us and our baby girl. Her support for me was incredible, but it was the support she provided for my husband that was unexpected but so vital. He was my focus during it all and I leaned on him through it all. But Miesha was there to help him help me and remind him that all this totally normal. She was there the whole time with loving hands and encouraging words just when we needed it most. After going home she came to visit and check in to make sure all was well. As first time parents, knowing she was coming to check in gave us a peace of mind that we desperately needed in those early days. I honestly don't think we would have achieved the birth we hoped for without her. And for that, we are eternally grateful. 

Posted 4/6/2018

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Kathryn Alvey Elliott

Miesha was a great help to me throughout my labor. I found her to be calming, reassuring, and a strong advocate on my behalf as I was giving birth to my son. She had an excellent knowledge of breathing techniques and positioning that were particularly helpful to me, and I appreciated a number of the "supplies" she brought: lemon scents to help with nausea, a rebozo to help with positioning, and lactation cookies.

I highly recommend Miesha Vargas as a doula! My husband also found her to be a comforting and helpful presence. You, your partner, and your baby will be in good hands.

Posted 4/1/2018

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Christine Arena

Miesha was amazing doula, and transformed our very first birth. My husband and I were looking for someone who would bring Faith into the delivery room, who would exude peace and joy and calm, and who would help my husband and me walk through Labor into the birth of our first child. 

Some things that we loved about Miesha were spending time with her at two different meetings, for us it was dinner, prior to labor. In these evenings we talked about expectations, asked all kinds of questions, really got into it. She is a huge advocate of evidence-based decision making, so as we were trying to figure out what we wanted to do about circumcision, particular interventions, and even diet, we asked for her suggestions as to what we should look into. Honestly, her advocacy to be very well informed of the evidence empowered us to make much more confident and better decisions in the process.

Another thing that was wonderful was her accessibility. One night, almost 3 weeks before my due date, I started having contractions and texted her in the wee hours of the morning. It ended up being a false alarm, but I was comforted by her even though we were outside of the window of contract.

 During labor, she was a beacon of peace. I spent the better part of two days laboring at home, and she labored with us. When she needed to go home and feed her 3 month old, she sent a backup to labor with us. Then she came back, we went to the hospital, and that peace flowed into the hospital room. As I transitioned and questioned whether I could keep going, she gave me something to meditate on: the Way of the Cross. And then when I was pushing, and my husband was behind me, she recognized how close we were, and calmly switched places with him so he could witness our son's birth.

She stayed with us until he latched, and then we had a follow-up meeting after a few days. All in all she was an incredible part of our birth -- someone who we trust deeply.

Posted 4/1/2018

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Kristin Barnes

Miesha has been my doula for both of my labor and deliveries, and I know I want her to be at every one of my births. From the start she has been incredibly supportive of me choosing how I want to do things, while simultaneously providing her educated expertise on all of my options. My first delivery was very complicated (hours in transition and post partem hemorhage), and through it all she remained a calm and encouraging voice. When we found out I may have had to deliver my second child at a hospital out of town due to possible concerns with the baby's health, she immediately offered to travel with me because she knew how nervous I was. I can't say enough about how qualified Miesha is, and what a calming, supportive presence she has brought to both of my births. My husband and I both no it is highly unlikely I would have managed two natural births without her. She will advocate for you, and help you decide which "tools in the toolbelt" you can use to make sure you and your baby have the best possible birth!

Posted 5/9/2016

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Lauren Cunningham

Miesha Vargas has come to our rescue not once, but twice now as a birth educator. Despite our being outside of her local region, Miesha provided us with just-in-time expert coaching that gave us the knowledge and confidence we needed to achieve a successful natural birth. The style in which she educates is a seamless blend of professionalism, humor, and encouragement, which enables a wide range of personality types to feel empowered and ready to take on their journeys in labor and delivery.
Prior to our subsequent birth, she taught us exercises that we credit with moving our baby into the ideal position without intervention! We highly recommend Miesha's services to anyone lucky enough to be giving birth in her area!


Posted 4/27/2016

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Isabela Cota

Miesha was the best. She is knowledgeable and her classes are very informative. Before birth she is always available to answer questions by text, phone calls, e-mail. In the hospital, she is calm and laid back, but at the same time, she is in charge and makes sure your birth preferences are heard and followed, always in a friendly and calmly manner, working alongside hospital staff. I can be very particular and weird regarding my privacy and my wishes for a calm environment with as little people as possible, so it was essential for me to have her there and not have to worry about the number of people coming into the room. When labor was still progressing, she would distract me, talk and play cards. My husband could devote his attention entirely to me during labor because she was there too. She would go warm up her heating packs, get us food and water and talk to the staff, which made it possible for my husband to be there next to me all the time. Also, he says her presence was essential whenever he did not know exactly what to do. He would just look at her and she would whisper some directions. In short: go ahead and trust her. She will not disappoint. After birth, she will help, answer questions, take pictures before leaving. And she will also come back the next day to check on you.

Posted 4/27/2016

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Lauren Gassman

Miesha is a dear friend and offered to lead our childbirth education classes via Skype when I was pregnant with our first baby. You never know exactly how it's going to be when a friend transitions to practitioner but we were delighted. Miesha was professional and empowering. She genuinely wants to prepare and educate parents about the birthing process. She guides with no judgement and makes you feel comfortable to ask any question about anything. Most importantly to me is her emphasis on parents' rights. I believe it is her goal to make sure parents are well-informed about these first big decisions they'll make. Parents should never feel bullied into making a decision regarding their child. By the end of her course, you will know all of your options for any given scenario that can happen with your child. Although Miesha was unable to be our secondary doula (we live about two hours away and had another ready to go), I am confident that she would have supported us with quiet guidance, reminding us of unbiased options and consequences, and with love. 

Posted 4/26/2016

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Allison Ryals

When I reflect on the pregnancy and birth of our sweet girl, words cannot express how wonderful and supportive were the services we found in Miesha. She met with us (my husband, best friend, and I) in our home throughout our pregnancy to educate and help us plan for our natural birth experience. We enjoyed double the fun, as we completed our child birth education with her as well! Sometimes I consider what I thought I knew about labor and delivery compared to what I learned from Miesha. I cannot imagine what our experience would have been like without her. It is not just the info that she shared, but her caring, thoughtful, calm and confident way of teaching. Her supportive nature and confidence is woven into everything she does.

Upon meeting her, we knew immediately that she was the right fit for us. Her investment in our pregnancy and dedication to supporting us in every way possible was evident. She was available throughout by text, phone, and email and always very responsive. Miesha has tons of resources available. She has a firm back-up plan in place if needed.

I remember meeting with her, just the two of us, in those last few weeks before my due date. I was antsy, miserable, starting to fear that my plan for natural birth would fall apart. On top of all that, anxiety about the weather, work, all sorts of things that I could not control was also beginning to take over. We talked for a while and following that meeting I was filled with a new sense of peace and confidence.
There is no doubt that Miesha gave us the best support we could imagine. I truly mean it when I say I could not have had the beautiful, natural and healthy pregnancy and birth that we desired without her. I look forward to having her assist us again when that times comes for us. 

She is absolutely amazing – we highly recommend her!

Posted 2/17/2014

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Jessica Thompson

My husband and I hired Miesha for the birth of our second child. We considered a doula for the birth of our first child, but decided against it. We found that when the contractions became intense, we could have benefited from the expertise of a doula and decided to hire one for future births. We are so glad that we chose Miesha!

She met with us two times prior to our son's birth and went over our birth plan and ideas for positions during labor. She did a great job of answering our questions and if she did not know the answer to a question, she would research it for us. She also was very reassuring and encouraging when I told her my fears about my ability to handle natural childbirth.

My labor itself was relatively brief and my son was born soon after we arrived at the hospital, so Miesha's involvement in the actual birth was short. It was an amazing experience, however, and I owe so much of that to Meisha's coaching prior to the birth about relaxation methods and positioning for the baby. (In fact, I was so relaxed while laboring at home that I was already 9 cm when I arrived at the hospital.) Miesha is a calm and encouraging person and I really appreciated her presence at our son's birth and afterwards.

Posted 2/4/2014

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Stephanie Workman

Miesha was wonderful to work with. She boosted my confidence for delivering our first baby. She provided good insight in response to my questions & provided good resources for further education. She was available by phone or email if I had questions. She was supportive & affirming during delivery & helped me transition to other labor positions when appropriate. Post-natal, it was really helpful processing with her in our follow up meeting. She was validating and provided good perspective. 

She's a grounded person. I believe you'll be pleased with her as I was. 


Posted 10/8/2013

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Sarah Jennings Phillips

My husband and I were both very anxious about the birth of our first child due to family histories of traumatic birth experiences on both sides! We read that a doula can really help couples navigate the tough decisions during labor and delivery, help reduce pain (who wouldn't want that?) and significantly reduce risks for c-sections (my biggest concern)! Miesha helped us accomplish all of our goals! Instead of the scary, painful, confusing experience I had envisioned, our labor and delivery experience was exciting and fulfilling! She helped my husband so much - gave him the tools and confidence to support me. She helped us navigate the healthcare system and some of the confusing information we received from doctors as well as helped me deal with an aggressive on-call OB who wanted interventions that were not necessary. She also helped me feel at peace with accepting a *necessary* intervention while also helped me make decisions that would reduce risks associated with that intervention. She helped me manage pain - it's amazing what a self-esteem booster it can be to have a nurse and doctor visit your room and ooh and aah over how well you're handling contractions! She stuck with us for a long labor throughout the night, and yes, we did manage to avoid that c-section! At the end of it all, my husband and I look back on our baby's birth as a happy, wonderful day, and we both agree that Miesha played a key role in making it a positive experience. We highly recommend her!

Posted 5/9/2013

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