Phone: (303) 594-8896
Birth Fee: $1000 to $1500
Fee Details: I offer a breastfeeding package if you would like breastfeeding support (2 lactation consultations visits after initial postpartum visit which is included in the doula package)
Birth Doula Experience: 6 years and 15 births attended
Not SpecifiedType of Practice: Solo practice
Clients per Month: 1 to 3Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
While I was living in Portland, OR I was on the board for the Portland Doula Association. I held breastfeeding classes at Portland Family Health for pregnant moms-to-be and their partners. In Denver, I teach prenatal breastfeeding classes at the Jewish Community Center, and facilitate Baby Cafe at Mothers' Milk Bank.
Languages spoken: English
Service Area MapArea of practice: Denver, CO
As a first-time mother, the thought of going through the birthing experience with my husband, who also had no prior labor/delivery experience, frightened me. I knew I would be having a hospital birth, and that my midwife, whom I had seen for all my pre-natal care, would not be in the labor/delivery room. That's when I knew I wanted a doula. I met Abby and immediately felt at ease. Her calm voice and deep knowledge of the pre-labor, birthing, and postpartum process made me feel confident and less anxious in my role as a to-be mother. The prenatal visits at my home were in-depth: I felt listened to and never judged for my preferences (I wanted an epidural as an option, but also wanted to try some alternative pain management techniques as well-I ended up using the tub and getting an epidural.) Abby helped me edit my birth plan, and practice pain management techniques. She was on-call for me at 38 weeks, and texted/called me to check-in, and was even there for me during 2 different "false alarm" calls, with one being a trip to the hospital (which she met us there.) just knowing that Abby was a phone call away was very calming. During the birthing experience, Abby was right there with my husband, talking me through the pain, and helping me when I got my epidural. During the pushing stage, she helped physically support me in a position that worked for me. After the birth of our daughter, Abby did a postpartum appointment at my house, where we talked about breastfeeding (and how hard it was) and continued checking in with me weeks afterward as I dealt with a bad latch/tongue tie challenges. Although many people thought I didn't need a doula because I had a hospital birth, I honestly believe my birth experience was so positive/enjoyable to look back on because of Abby and how she worked with my husband and I to make this our unique birthing experience, putting our wishes/preferences first and ultimately helping my husband and I feel empowered in this process.
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