Phone: (804) 393-0094
Birth Fee: $900 to $1200
Postpartum Rate: $30 to $40
Fee Details: Payment plans available. Just ask.
Birth Doula Experience: 17 years and 100 births attended
Postpartum Doula Experience: 4 years and 100 families served
Clients per Month: 1 to 6 births and 4 to 15 postpartum familiesAttends hospital births? All Hospitals
La Leche Laegue Leader for many years. Mentor with YOUNGLIVES, a teen mom group and MOPS, Mothers of Preschoolers. Missionary in Mexico for years.
Languages spoken: English
Service Area MapArea of practice: Glen Allen, VA
The team at Ramey Birth and Postpartum Doulas and Kristi in particular have been such an invaluable part of making our lives as the parents of a newborn not just bearable, but actually enjoyable!
We hired Kristi and her crew as postpartum doulas, specifically in a night nurse capacity. We have worked with Kristi 90% of the time, but she has brought other members of her team to cover dates when we needed a little more care than originally planned for :-). Everyone has been courteous, professional, prompt, and most importantly, completed dedicated to the care of our son.
We quickly discovered that having a night nurse is so much more than just hiring a babysitter. Kristi and team were able to help us with lactation, sleep training, skin care, nail care, recommend what to buy/not to buy, and talk us off the ledge (constantly) when we panicked over hiccups and coughs and other weird sounds. The nice thing about working with Kristi is that she has a network of directly-affiliated doulas as well as relationships with other doulas/companies, so we always had good coverage and if there was any question one of the doulas wasn't 100% sure on, she would ask the network and we'd have an answer by the next day.
When you compare the price they charge to what a good nanny would charge, account for the fact that they are working overnight hours (and I know Kristi is very intentional about getting a full "night's" rest during daytime hours so she loses that time as well) and add on to that the fact that we basically have a 24/7 advice/crisis resolution hotline, I found the value to be fantastic for our family.
We worked with Team Ramey Doula's for about six weeks from the time our son was a month old for overnight care. Our son had a difficult time sleeping which made for major sleep deprivation for my husband and me. We spoke to Kristi early in the week and by the weekend, one of her doulas was able to come and help us. During their time in our home, the doulas were very professional, always arriving on time, and treated our son like he was one of their own. They listened to our concerns and our wishes and tailored their care to us. After a couple weeks, we both felt like different people - not be so sleep deprived that we could barely function and finally able to enjoy our son. The doulas also taught us different methods on how to soothe our son when he was fussy and inconsolable and gave us the confidence to once again parent him on our own overnight. I'd highly recommend the Ramey Team's doulas to any new parent who needs help with their newborn - it was by far the best money we spent on any baby-related item/service in our son's early days.
I highly recommend Kristi for postpartum doula services. She spent the night with our family the first 4 nights we were home from the hospital and we were so grateful for her help. As a first time mom with no family close by, Kristi helped me tremendously in the first week. She was a terrific help in the moment and also answered so many questions about infant care, nursing and pumping. I was impressed with her knowledge and her calm demeanor was just what I needed in the middle of the night. I have referred several friends to Krisit and would definitely hire her again if we have another child.
Our son was born with a bad case of Silent reflux which meant he had to be held while sleeping- day and night. We found Kristi and she was a go sent! She was great with our baby and was able to soothe him to sleep and hold him up so that we got some rest at night and our son slept well. She helped us with overnight care twice a week for a few months before he got better and was able to sleep on his own without spitting up. Kristi is very knowledgable and keeps herself constantly updated with the recent developments in child development and care. She would give advice on lacatation as I was breast feeding, pumping and other baby related stuff.
She was very meticulous about gving us detaied updates about our son so that we could have a ready reference for how his night ernt and how much he slept and if he was uncomfortable. She has an innate ability to relate to children. She was able to immediately relate to my 4.5 year old daughter who took to her instantly. Kristi genuinely loves and cares for babies and she is an asset to this community and to mothers/ parents with new borns.
Kristi helped me adjust to a whole new life. She was encouraging, kind and knowledgable. There is not a judgmental bone in Kristi's body, and she is warm and loving. My baby loved her from the first time she met Kristi.
Kristi is knowledgable about different ways to cope; she brainstorms with you about different solutions to try and helps you understand what worked and what to adjust. I lost my milk when I got sick prior to delivery, and Kristi coached me through getting it back.
My husband loved Kristi because she brought peace of mind. We used her as a night nurse, and we knew we could enjoy a good night's rest when she was with us. When I was breast feeding and pumping through the night, I never had to get out of bed to get it all done. What a luxury!
We are forever grateful to Kristi and look forward to having her back as we grow our family.
We hired Kristi to provide overnight care for our newborn twins a few nights a week so we could get some sleep. Kristi was always very punctual and knowledgeable about newborn care. Like most moms I was very particular about a lot of little things and Kristi always catered to our wishes and provided reports so we could see activity during her time with the twins. She also provided helpful advice and recommendations for breastfeeding and general care of infants and getting them to sleep:) I would definitely recommend Kristi! It can be hard to entrust your small babies to someone else's care but we were very comfortable with Kristi and had all the confidence in her care of our boys.
Kristi has been an unbelievable asset to our family. She has an overwhelming amount of parenting experience and treats our children and family like her own. Her communication skills are second to none and is alway on time. Having Kristi around has given my wife and I opportunity to sleep! We are the parents of twins who were allergic to sleep! Kristi from day one had our trust and allowed us to sleep easy. I would recommend Kristi Ramey to anyone who is looking for an exceptional individual to care for their children.
Kristi was amazing throughout my labor and delivery. She's the reason I made it to 9 centimeters before having an epidural (due to baby sunny side up I stayed at 9 for 2 hours). She helped to refocus me on my breathing when the pain was so unbearablethat I would've lost my mind and maybe screamed at every person in that room. She kept me calm when it felt like a knife was in my tailbone repeatedly. she was my advocate making sure things went how I wanted them whenIwas unable to express it. I will forever be grateful for her wonderful services!
Kristi Ramey is an excellent doula! I had her attend both of my births. Throughout my pregnancy she was very helpful and resourceful, lending me birthing books and teaching me relaxation techniques, to help get me the labor and delivery i wanted. When it was time to deliver she maintained calm and made the atmosphere very relaxing, she was able to show my husband where certain pressure points were and helped when he needed breaks. She help me stick to my birth plan and let everyone know i did not want to be bothered. She encouraged me to breathe through contractions and reminded me to relax. Both births were fairly easy and quick and i know it would have been way different without her. As for post partum care, she was there to help latching baby on. And then the weeks to come made sure nursing went smoothly and answered any questions i had and asked how i was healing and seemed to really care about me. I would have to say she makes you feel so powerful as a mother and that you are capable of having a baby.I highly recommend Kristi as a doula to all of my pregnant friends.
Kristi was amazing! I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to work with her. She attended several dr appointments with me and helped me form a successful birth plan. She was kind and attentive with my many questions. During labor she was a lifesaver! She advocated for me when I couldn't talk on my own behalf which was so helpful! She was kind and soothing when needed during labor but also strongly supportive when I required an extra "nudge" to keep going. She implemented pain management techniques (I.e. Massage, deep pressure, birth ball, visualization). It was because of her support and techniques I was able to follow through with my intention of having a sucessful, natural birth. I feel that hiring Kristi was one of the best decisions I made and greatly contributed to my amazing and positive birth experience. Thank you Kristi!!! :)
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