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Vanessa Lewis, CPBD, CLC, PEP

New Life Blessings Birth, Placenta & Photo

Website: www.newlifeblessings.com

Phone: cell: 774-633-5263 or office: (256)Doula4-2

Birth Fee: $1000 to $1250

Postpartum Rate: $40 to $50

Fee Details: Inviting someone to share in the most life changing event is vulnerable, sacred & beautiful. As a doula, I support your journey to parenthood with education of labor/birth/postpartum options, sharing knowledge of comfort skills; massage, aromatherapy, counter pressure, positions to help alleviate discomfort & progress labor. Amazing web based programs included; Evidence Based Birth eCourse & Client Portal w/ videos & NEED TO KNOWS! Try NewLifeBlessings.com LOGIN v4doula@gmail.com password Birth Matters. Standard $1250; MASSHEALTH, HOMEBIRTH, & MILITARY discounts, Insurance invoicing & FSA reimbursement opportunities.

Birth Doula Experience: 4 years and 76 births attended

Postpartum Doula Experience: 3 years and 8 families served

Birth Doula Certifications

  • ToLabor (Formerly ALACE)
  • Certified Doula (Madriella)

Postpartum Doula Certifications

  • Certified Madriella Postpartum Doula
Type of Practice: Solo practice

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

Postpartum limits/restrictions: Postpartum doula support available. New Life Blessings now has a Pediatric RN on staff!
Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
I have a standard discounts available for preferred hospitals and home birth. Please request more info.
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Attends home births? Any Home Birth
I'm an apprentice midwife & fully appreciate opportunities to attend home births as your doula for additional experience. I have planned 2 home births;1 became a transfer and 1 home water birth, and can offer support with your home birth experience because of my studies and personal experience. DISCOUNT AVAILABLE TO HOME BIRTH CLIENTS.

Childbirth Education Certifications

  • Evidence Based Birth Instructor
  • Nurtured Beginnings Sense-ational Birth educator

Breastfeeding Certifications

  • Certified Lactation Counselor (The Center for Breastfeeding)

Other Relevant Certifications

  • 4. Biologix Solutions Bloodborne Pathogens for Placenta Encapsulation Specialists Trained
  • SERVSAFE® Food Safety Management Training
  • CPR Certified - Red Cross
  • Rebozo Certification (Gena Kirby)
  • DEM - Direct Entry Midwife
  • Evidence Based Birth® Instructor
  • 2013 MMA Midwifery Course graduate, Placenta Encapsulation Practitioner, Birth Photography, in process of PEP process apprenticeship for Certified Professional Midwife Certificate

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Teens
  • VBAC
  • Home Birth
  • Single parents
  • Cesarean birth
  • Waterbirth
  • Domestic Violence
  • Families conceiving with ART and IVF
  • High risk
  • Survivors of childhood sexual abuse
  • Induced and high medical technology labor & birth

Special Services Offered

  • Placenta encapsulation
  • Birth Pool rental
  • Acupressure and/or acupuncture in labor
  • Babywearing education
  • Baby sign language education
  • Pregnancy, birth and/or newborn photography
  • Aromatherapy
  • Military famiies
  • Monitrice services
  • Cloth diapering education
  • Antepartum doula
  • Baby-led weaning

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

Volunteer Doula available to displaced moms (Visitation House in Worcester, MA), Massachusetts Midwives Alliance Student Member, Organizer for MMA BIRTH STORY Midwifery Course Fundraiser August 2013 , Former Nurtured Beginnings Co-Owner (A Resource for families), Pettaway Pursuits Foundation Doula

Languages spoken: English

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Area of practice: Southbridge, MA
Travel Range: 60 Miles

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Client Testimonials for Vanessa Lewis, CPBD, CLC, PEP

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laura johnson

When pregnant with baby #6 I knew I wanted a doula. I wanted the additional support along with the midwife. Vanessa was great! From the beginning to the postpartum period she was super supportive. Always answering questions concerns and contributing with lots of info that I had no idea existed. I was determined to have a natural birth and in the end that's what i got! During labor counter pressure was the contraction killer! Vanessa's kind words breathing and touch got me through. I would highly recommend her doula services to all!

Posted 7/7/2016

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Emily Cagwin

Vanessa is everything I ever wanted in a doula. And as a second time mom, I knew exactly what I was looking for! First and foremost, she's just a wonderful human being and a pleasure to be around. Her love for her work is so evident in her demeanor and her commitment to her clients. Vanessa supported my husband and I in our goal to have another unmedicated birth, this time planning on a hospital setting versus a birth center. In terms of working style, she is a fantastic blend of old school and modern. I know she would be an incredible resource to support any family's birth plan - from planned c-section to home birth - without judgment. For our family, we needed someone who could guide us through an unmedicated birth and help us advocate to forego certain typical hospital interventions. Vanessa did exactly that and so much more. The bonuses of partnering with Vanessa are endless. She has a rich online resource library full of helpful videos and great articles, she secured us access to a wonderful online program called Evidence Based Birth, she was SO responsive via text, email or phone, she offers placenta encapsultion (which we weren't planning on but happily took advantage of), and she also offers photography at the birth as another available option for families. I'm sure my breastfeeding wouldn't have gotten off to such a good start without taking advantage of her resource library on the topic. I watched a great video that refreshed me on the best position to get a good latch with a newborn and it worked like a charm (and I had definitely forgotten - my older daughter is 4 now!). Plus, Vanessa was right there with me in those critical first couple of hours after my son's birth to help us settle in and rest, get started with breastfeeding, and to remind us to eat and make sure that we did! I can't recommend Vanessa more highly - she will be a truly special part of your journey to parenthood.

Posted 5/10/2016

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Emily Cagwin

Vanessa is everything I ever wanted in a doula. And as a second time mom, I knew exactly what I was looking for! First and foremost, she's just a wonderful human being and a pleasure to be around. Her love for her work is so evident in her demeanor and her commitment to her clients. Vanessa supported my husband and I in our goal to have another unmedicated birth, this time planning on a hospital setting versus a birth center. In terms of working style, she is a fantastic blend of old school and modern. I know she would be an incredible resource to support any family's birth plan - from planned c-section to home birth - without judgment. For our family, we needed someone who could guide us through an unmedicated birth and help us advocate to forego certain typical hospital interventions. Vanessa did exactly that and so much more. The bonuses of partnering with Vanessa are endless. She has a rich online resource library full of helpful videos and great articles, she secured us access to a wonderful online program called Evidence Based Birth, she was SO responsive via text, email or phone, she offers placenta encapsultion (which we weren't planning on but happily took advantage of), and she also offers photography at the birth as another available option for families. I'm sure my breastfeeding wouldn't have gotten off to such a good start without taking advantage of her resource library on the topic. I watched a great video that refreshed me on the best position to get a good latch with a newborn and it worked like a charm (and I had definitely forgotten - my older daughter is 4 now!). Plus, Vanessa was right there with me in those critical first couple of hours after my son's birth to help us settle in and rest, get started with breastfeeding, and to remind us to eat and make sure that we did! I can't recommend Vanessa more highly - she will be a truly special part of your journey to parenthood.

Posted 5/5/2016

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natasha mckay

Vanessa was such a strong and calming presence during the birth of my 5th baby. She involved my other children and she empowered my husband and myself throughout the process. She advocated for me and prayed with me and over me. It was by far the best birth experience I've had. I wish she had been there for my other births. She will definitely be there if I have any more.

Posted 5/4/2016

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Jessica Lefebvre

What can I say about Vanessa shes amazen so sweet caring and all about being there for you never once did she leave my side was great about making sure I was hydrated and helped me threw allmy contractions was so soothing her voice and felt so relaxed and let me tell you the best part she gives a amazen massage and had these awesome essential oils worked great for me especially nausea also we walked alot and squatting was helpful we did the yoga ball loved that we different positions she rubbed tenis ball on back that helped and the pressure on hips with hands helped alot I was cold she covered me made sure I was warm she was there every step of the way took amazen photos of my birth she was great for my boyfriend too very supportive asking him how he was in the process she never got side tracked never left my side stood up for me when the dr wanted to kick me out at 6 cm I was in tears Vanessa made sure I wasn't goin anywhere not to mention they didn't have it in records I had a hemorrhage till she said something was scary so glad she was there it was funny my water broke and I literally jumped a foot started crying she held my hand reassured me its a good thing that my baby was coming I calmed rite down just was a amazen experience and now I'm pregnant with baby 3 and I have her again so excited feel very relaxed knowing she will be there every step of the way with me

Posted 5/3/2016

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Vanessa Lewis

(Rebuttal to the testimonial posted below on 5/3/2016) - I was not hired as this client's primary provider or in any medical care capacity. It is discussed in interview and stated in signed contract. - The client expressed her desire for a homebirth after participating in the Evidence Based Birth (R) eCourse for parents. She shared she felt uneasy with her provider as of late and by request I provided her with TWO homebirth midwives contact information at 6.5 months gestation. Due to the out of pocket expense, after discussions with both CPMs the client and partner opted to stay within insurance covered hospital setting. - Client requested referral to different CNM (nurse midwife) for hospital birth and switched practices. There she stated she felt her wishes were also not supported and requested another home birth midwifery contact. I provided a name and phone number of a THIRD CPM which was interviewed and hired out of my presence after estimated due date had passed. - I had previously fufilled the prenatal portion of contract and we kept in contact via phone support. During this time, I listed natural options to nudge body into labor; intercourse, nipple stimulation, aromatherapy, acupressure, acupuncture... - On day of loss, client was not in labor and so I was at my home oncall, anticipating the impending labor call. I received a call from the CPM stating they were in transport to hospital and I promptly left. Upon arrival to hospital I learned baby's heart had stopped. - I emotionally and physically supported client through 37 hours, straight, of induction into postpartum. - I then provided a FULL compassionate refund and offered loss resources. (Rebuttal continued below.)

Posted 5/3/2016

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Vanessa Lewis

(Continued from above.) I am indeed spiritually minded which is purposefully shared on my website in my About section, reflected in the name and also in my email signature. However, I remain strictly professional in visits discussing only information about labor and birth. Religion is never a topic unless specifically initiated by a client and related to birth experience. I do not discriminate against opposing religions or lack thereof. My ideals about birth have remained mine. Of the 60 doula clients I've attended, 57 have been planned hospital births this client is included in 3 planned homebirths number. In addition to the 1 doula client who planned a homebirth and birthed at home (both this client and a preterm labor client transferred), I have attended 5 homebirths as an apprentice midwife with 2 CPMs present and have birthed 2 children of my own - the first a transport from home to hospital and the second at home. I began my journey into midwifery before doula support. This is the first and only loss I've attended. All I can truly say is, I wholeheartedly support and praise each client's decisions, whatever they may be. It is not my birth, my baby or my body so I will never attempt to steer decisions. I have supported women who want epidurals, analgesics, natural birth, ultrasounds, no ultrasounds, etc. How that may be conceived as "brainwashing" is unknown. Although, I can not accept responsibility for a loss which I had no power over, I have experienced a deep hurt in her grief and will continue to care deeply and lovingly for this client. Should she ever need or want, I have conveyed I will still stand by her side.

Posted 5/3/2016

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claire mceachern

Vanessa has a pretty website. Vanessa boosts that she has attended many births but I would not recommend her if your belief systems don't align. I would describe hers as being very religious and a supporter of the all natural homepathic remedies of which have a place and fit a certain client. I am not into either. I wish I was more choice when searching but I got caught up in her sales pitch.

Heres why I don't suggest her services: While working with Vanessa, she introduced and recommended a CPM (Midwife) of which we hired - this is Vanessas mentor. Vanessa and this midwife felt I was the perfect candidate for a home birth - I was excited and defaulted to Vanessa for all things pregnancy related. As the time neared for the baby to come, Vanessa kept telling me to do various things to induce labor but nothing was working. I was brainwashed into avoiding the hospital for fear of induction and was told repeatedly that first-time babies are late. I listened. Sadly, we lost the baby around 42 weeks - while I don't have an answer as to why, I do feel Vanessa and the midwife she mentors under (Vanessa wants to become a midwife) both neglected all the signs it was time to go to the hospital. 

 

If you want more info, please email me at clairemceachern@yahoo.com 

Posted 5/3/2016

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Monica T

Our experience with Vanessa was great! She was very patient with us early on and the home visits before labor were helpful in being prepared for what to expect. Amazingly, my labor went according to plan without any major complications. Having Vanessa there really helped in keeping me (and my husband) calm. There were a couple times during the experience where I really thought it was time for the epidural. However, Vanessa's help in massaging my back during awful back labor, her constant positivity and her suggestions for alternative positions during the labor all assisted in helping me achieve the natural labor we were hoping for from the get-go. We are so grateful for Vanessa's support throughout the process!

Posted 3/19/2016

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Whitney Murphy

I can't say enough good things about Vanessa. From the very beginning, I felt an immediate comfort and closeness with her and trusted her fully. My husband and I loved that she was so knowledgable and could explain any topic in incredible detail, answering any questions we had and making sure we had full information. My labor and birth experience ended up being almost the exact opposite of what I had wanted and envisioned but Vanessa helped me to stay calm and focused and explained all my options to me as they arose. She made sure I felt confident in my decisions and comforted me when I needed it most. I highly recommend Vanessa to anyone looking for a doula but be prepared to make a good friend in the process :)

Posted 10/27/2015

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Chantal Bichet

Vanessa is super knowledgeable and the most patient person on earth.  All of my questions and needs could have driven a saint insane.  I can honestly not say enough good things about here.  From her knowledge base, to her reference articles for research, planning to her bedside manner and help in advising of how to interact and negotiate with medical personnel.  I would recommend her 100%! 

Posted 10/26/2015

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Judy Ellman

I contacted Vanessa about placenta encapsulation the evening before I was scheduled to be discharged from the hospital after the birth of my daughter. She agreed to meet us at the hospital the next morning to pick up the placenta, and ended up driving in over two hours of Boston traffic to get there. She was thoroughly communicative the whole time, and kept me updated on the steps in the process. The placenta pills arrived on my doorstep just two days later, beautifully packaged along with a very informative brochure about how to get the most benefit from the placenta, and even some sweet extra gifts like a tree of life pendant with my daughter's birthstone in swarovski crystal. Vanessa was wonderful to work with and I recommend her highly.

Posted 10/4/2015

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Kaitlin Brinley

I used Vanessa for my placenta encapsulation after I delivered my baby girl in July. I had researched several people who have this skill and ended up going with Vanessa and I could not be happier with her services. She was so responsive in her emails and always available when I had questions. I could not believe how quickly she turned the pills around; they were ready the next day. The package I received was absolutely amazing! It included a baby story, organic scrub, homemade wipe solution, the umbilical cord in the shape of a heart with the July birthstone and 125 pills. I am so pleased with Vanessa and her services and would highly recommend her to anyone interested in placenta encapsulation. Thanks Vanessa!

Posted 7/13/2015

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Katherine Parcell

Vanessa was wonderful - we were thrilled to be able to work with her. She was extremely knowledgable, and shared tons of information in an approachable, understandable way. We had a VBAC at 34 weeks, after a week of hospital bed rest.  We appreciated her calm demeanor.  She was open, and honest, and allowed us to be open and honest wither her, about what was working, what we liked/disliked and what we needed. Vanessa helped alot with pain management, both in outlining our options and teaching us Rebozo, but also during labor, helping figure out different positions and ways my partner could support me. She helped us undersatnd our option at different decision points throughout the labor, and felt like she was a great addition to a team of understanding nurses, and together we felt like we had all the info we needed to make decisions and to understand what was going on. She was caring, compassionate, very sweet, got us food after it was all over, and got a little gift for our newest little one. We also had Vanessa take photos, which was an added bonus we wouodn't have done otherwise, and they were beautiful, tasteful, and captured really special moments we are thrilled to have with us forever. Thank you, Vanessa!

Posted 6/15/2015

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Melissa Twarog

I can’t say enough good things about Vanessa. From our first meeting my husband and I knew this was the woman we wanted with us during the birth of our first child. I felt instantly at ease with her. She was always quick to respond to questions leading up to the birth and met with us several times to go over progress, help us plan for the birth and share a few laughs. During labor Vanessa came to our home and was a calming and strong presence. She reassured me and helped me focus on what I needed to do. At the hospital Vanessa was by my side the whole time and made sure I always knew what was happening during my whirlwind delivery. Her presence is why my birth experience was so fantastic, she was my advocate and made sure my birth plan was followed whenever possible. With her I was able to achieve my goal of an un-medicated natural birth. We even shared a few laughs during the actual delivery between pushes. She knew exactly when to step back and when to take charge and made sure my husband was comfortable and involved. After the birth Vanessa stayed with me to help with babies first meal. If it weren’t for Vanessa insisting on the nurses locating a nipple shield breastfeeding would not have been successful. She is the only lactation counselor that took the time to make me feel comfortable and explain positioning and latching and not make me feel inadequate for needing a nipple shield. I was successful at breastfeeding because of Vanessa. I also had Vanessa encapsulate the placenta. The thought and care that went into the encapsulation was obvious when she hand delivered the capsules and all the goodies she added. Even now Vanessa continues to be a great resource and friend. I know I can message her with any question and she will do her best to answer it. Vanessa will be one of the first people I call when baby number 2 is on its way!

Posted 6/2/2015

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Ashley Shadd

I began searching for a doula to help me on my journey to achieve a very much desired VBAC. My husband and I had interviewed a few doulas before we found Vanessa and realized that we didn't quite mesh well with them. When we met with Vanessa we instantly clicked with her and felt comfortable with her from the very beginning- feelings we didn't get from anyone else we had interviewed. What drew us to Vanessa was her faith, her compassion, her knowledge, and her extremely calming demeanor. She was very encouraging and uplifting throughout my entire pregnancy and constantly reassured me that I was in charge of my labor and birth and 100% capable of achieving my VBAC. She was right. She guided me and my husband through my 27hr labor and used her knowledge and skills to help me cope. She was extremely supportive of my wishes and desires and made me feel empowered. She was such a valuable asset to my labor, delivery, and postpartum recovery. We are so incredibly gratefull to have found her! I can't speak more highly of her and if we have another baby she will be right there with us!

Posted 5/30/2015

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Ashley Shadd

I began searching for a doula to help me on my journey to achieve a very much desired VBAC. My husband and I had interviewed a few doulas before we found Vanessa and realized that we didn't quite mesh well with them. When we met with Vanessa we instantly clicked with her and felt comfortable with her from the very beginning- feelings we didn't get from anyone else we had interviewed. What drew us to Vanessa was her faith, her compassion, her knowledge, and her extremely calming demeanor. She was very encouraging and uplifting throughout my entire pregnancy and constantly reassured me that I was in charge of my labor and birth and 100% capable of achieving my VBAC. She was right. She guided me and my husband through my 27hr labor and used her knowledge and skills to help me cope. She was extremely supportive of my wishes and desires and made me feel empowered. She was such a valuable asset to my labor, delivery, and postpartum recovery. We are so incredibly gratefull to have found her! I can't speak more highly of her and if we have another baby she will be right there with us!

Posted 5/29/2015

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Jessica Minton

I found out about Vanessa thru posting on a local la leche league's Facebook page. Within that day Vanessa was already contacting me and offering to help me with my baby's latch and the vasospasms I was dealing with. She was such a big help! Not only did she come to my home, but she came as soon as she could. Such a blessing! I had a very difficult time finding a lactation consultant and after searching for a while she came recommended by others on the la leche league Facebook page. I would highly recommend her! She is very encouraging and responds back to your questions very quickly. She really helped me be able to continue in my breastfeeding journey when it was getting difficult. Thank you so much Vanessa! 

Posted 5/17/2015

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Lisa Aube

Vanessa is such a kind and gentle soul, perfect for this line of work! I had the pleasure of having consultations with Vanessa before birth where she was super knowledgeable, kind, and patient. She was always 100% prepared and made you feel like her friend right from the start. After my birth, I utilized Vanessa for some lactation consulting. She was so amazing and encouraging! Made me feel so much more relaxed and confident in what I was doing! Plus she gave me a few different soothing techniques for a crying baby! Later when I returned to work and was stressing out about supply, she was so kind to visit with me again and made me some delicious tea to help! When you meet and work with Vanessa, you immediately feel like you have a new friend! My husband and I highly recommend her for any of your birth needs!  

Posted 4/4/2015

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Payson Hendrix

Thanks to Vanessa and her awesome flexibility, I was able to have a wonderful birth experience at home. Even though my baby arrived in a hospital, I could not have labored at home without the birth tub. Vanessa was so easy to work with throughout the entire process. From working to coordinate details, accesories, and pick up/drop off, I couldn't have asked for a better experience. We even hit a bump when we got home and realized we didn't have the sump pump to drain the tub. Vanessa contacted us before we could even ask and informed us that she had one ordered and overnighted to our home just in case I went into early labor. We all feel very fortunate to have worked with Vanessa on this rental. I experienced triple peak contractions lasting five minutes with no break. I couldn't have gotten through these without the support of my husband, midwives, and especially such a reliable and well worth birth tub!! The floating sensation was wonderful. Thank you Vanessa for all your understanding, availability, ease of contact, and overall genuine care for our well being! We are grateful for your services!!  When baby number two wants to make a debut we will certainly be in contact again!

Love and hugs, Payson, Brandon and baby Charlie Elizabeth??

Posted 4/3/2015

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candice edwards

I can honestly say that you were a HUGE support to both Jay and I during our pregnancy, a very challenging birth and afterwards. We cannot thank you enough.

From coming to my house very late at night to support my early labor, staying by my side for a LONG labor/delivery to being there postpartum for tips and advice. We are so grateful.

I KNOW without a shadow of doubt, that I would not have been able to get through the birth without you. I remember so vividly being coached during the birth, telling me exactly what to do/how to breathe, having Jay and I do tug-of-war, the magic moment of you gently telling me to take a shower (when I didn't want to move) and how amazing it felt, pushing on my back with each contraction....the list can go on. But most importantly, advocating my birth wishes with the medical team when I wasn't able to. This was HUGE!

Last but not least. Thank you Vanessa, for reminding Jay to tell me if we had a boy or a girl! That still makes me laugh to this day.

The experience was amazing, we highly recommend you and hold you both dear in our hearts.

We look forward to using you again when we give Oliver a little brother or sister.

For those wondering if they should use Vanessa, the answer is YES! She is amazing, knows her stuff and best of all, her personality is more of a best friend than a professional. 

Candice, Jay & Oliver.

Posted 3/22/2015

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Kristi Ressler

I am a younger mama (25) and did a lot of reading on natural labor and giving birth and in all my research the one thing that everyone recommended was a qualified doula. My husband and I were on the fence about this because my husband felt that a doula would in someway take away from his "role" as primary support during labor and I wasn't concinved a doula was worth the money we would put out. I waited until I was 35 weeks pregnant to contact Vanessa and she got back to me immediately. I really wanted someone who knew what they were doing, was able to take charge if the situation presented itself but was able to be almost a fly on the wall so my husband didn't feel left out. Vanessa was perfect! She made us both feel so comfortable, knew when to make herself known and offer advice but let my husband really shine. My labor progressed pretty quickly and we called Vanessa when I started panicing that labor was actually happening. It was so just so unbelievably reassuring for a first time mama to know someone was with me at home that knew what was going on. At the hospital it was a whirlwind, but she stayed until my baby boy was born and to make sure she was no longer needed. She was essential in making sure my midwife and nurses knew my birth plan as my husband was so swept up in the events it wasn't his priority and I was uncapable of really anything but getting through contractions.  The details of my labor and birth are not needed, all you need to know about Vanessa is you won't be disappointed and a doula is worth every penny!!! My husband was even recommending her to his friends.

Posted 3/13/2015

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Patricia Lefker

She was absoluty wonderful! So kind and caring and very willing to help me with my baby when I needed her help. She was very nice and explaned things in a way that I could understand. She also shared her expericane with what I was going through which helped me feel less alone in my experiance of becoming a mom. She was ver paitent with me and all my exhaustion and asked me questions and answered all my questions I had. I absolutley LOVED her. :) 

Posted 9/5/2014

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Brigette Martin

I had Vanessa encaspulate my placenta in December.  She was amazingly accomodating and even drove an extra 10 miles to meet my husband at our house to pick up the placenta!  Even with my daughter's birth a few days before Christmas, she still provided an amazing service and in record time, and even included  a cord keepsake!  I would recommend Vanessa for any birthwork one might need.  She is truly a gem!  Thanks again for your help!  The pills have helped so much! <3

Posted 7/22/2014

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Sarah Rogers

Having Vanessa by my side during my pregnancy, labor and delivery made all the difference. I've been struggling with anxiety and medical interventions for a while and was not sure how I would be able to survive my pregnancy. Vanessa was amazing at calming me down, answering my many questions and cheering me on as the weeks went by. Her great love for natural childbirth encouraged both my husband and I to embrace labor together. My hubby was very hands on this time around and we both drew support from Vanessa durring the most difficult moments. We both know that I wouldn't have been able to do what I did to birth my son if it wasn't for Vanessa. I highly recommend having a doula when giving birth and think that every mom should have a Vanessa to walk them through it. Our family is complete for now, but should God say otherwise I'll be calling Vanessa again!!

Posted 7/11/2014

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Jenn Cherry

i first "met" Vanessa via phone after a good friend of mine booked a consultation as a birthday gift.  Speaking with Vanessa on the phone was like talking with a friend - she was Very personable and patient with me as I struggled to come up with questions to ask her.  She offered amazing advice andsuggestions for some literature I should look into regarding birth plans and the like.  After our phone consultation, we booked Vanessa for an at-home birth class.  Vanessa was very accommodating with our busy schedules and came well-prepared with all sorts of information about natural births, birth plans, and covered all options I would have for my birth.  She also showed my husband some helpful massage/pressure points to help ease me through labor.  Amazing!  Our last session was a lactation consultation after my son was born.  We had just come home after a long hospital stay and my son was having difficiluties latching.  Vanessa to the rescue!  She came prepared with techniques that were very successful for us, as well as a kind and patient demeanor as I was falling apart from feeling so overwhelmed and underprepared for the reality of being a new mommy.  She even brought me a calming tea to help me be a bit more centered and relaxed so that nursing would be less stressful for me and a better bonding experience for my son and I.  Although we did not choose to have the entire experience of hiring Vanessa for labor and delivery, her expertise and knowledge during our classes were invaluable.  I highly reccommend her to anyone looking for an experience outside of the typical hospital birth classes.

Posted 6/11/2014

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Cate Downey Potenza

Vanessa was a fantastic doula! She helped us through some of the emotional issues that we had surrounding my emergency CS in 2010 and helped us prepare for our VBAC. She was always available to talk, text and email and addressed all my concerns immediately, often emailing information that was extremely helpful in addressing my concerns. Vanessa joined us for in home visits to prepare for our birth, and came to our home prior to going to the hospital on delivery day to help us stay home as long as we could. She worked with us on positioning, massage, and her soft but firm encouragement was especially helpful. Thank you Vanessa for be a wonderful addition to our VBAC birth!

Posted 6/11/2014

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Katie Broquard

What can I say? It's like Vanessa was an angel sent to me when I needed her the absolute most. The support she gave me went way beyond simple education and coaching during my labor; Vanessa met with me many times and would sit with me and answer all of my questions even if it took a few hours. When I told her about some personal trauma I had been through in the pregnancy, she didn't give me a cold and clinical response, she reached over the table, grabbed my hands with tears of empathy in her eyes, and prayed for healing for myself and my soon to be born son. She even let me borrow her birthing pool and agreed to work with me on payments as she knew that my financial situation wasn't the best. She put helping me first and wasn't watching the clock or concerning herself with costs. She genuinely cared about giving me peace of mind through expert education and always found a way to reassure my fears about birth with information and humor. When I went into labor, she was right there and stayed with me until after my son was born and helped me stay level and positive during the whole birth. I cannot recommend her highly enough! She is a stellar doula and wonderfully caring person. If you want someone who is knowledgeable, professional, warm, hard working, and has the stamina to give continuous support no matter how long it takes your baby to arrive, you want Vanessa Lewis! None of this is exaggeration and I am so blessed that I was able to work with her. I had serious, serious anxiety about labor and she was able to council me, calm me, and guide me through the entire process, right up to the moment my son was in my arms, and then she offered placenta encapsulation and breastfeeding help at a postpartum visit afterwards. She is just outstanding and I don't know what I would have done without her! Vanessa is more than a doula, she is an incredibly caring, reliable person who will always be there for you and knows exactly how best to help you. 

Posted 6/10/2014

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Elizabeth Hanks

Vanessa was an amazing asset to my post partum care. I utilized her placenta encapsoluation services and could not be happier. We discussed the process at length prior to my son's birth. She explained everything, and made it very clear that this is a true passion for her. When my son was born, she was just a phone call away. She promptly came to the hospital where I delivered and picked up my son and my shared placenta. She was so kind, thoughtful, encouraging, and genuine In person. She made me feel at ease and comfortable with her instantly. The process took one day, she even sent pictures to me of the process. When I received my pills, they were neatly packaged with special touches. I could not be happier with her services. I recommend her to every expectant mom I know. I will definitely be calling on her again in the future! She's a wonderful doula. Hithey recommend her services. 

Posted 6/7/2014

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Nichole Duquette

Vanessa is amazing! She was so nice and pleasant at our first meeting. My husband and I both felt very comfortable around her. She was able to connect with us and understood exactly what we wanted.She even went out of her way to understand more about our spiritual beliefs to better accomidate us and be more of a part of it. That was special to us. My first birth was all natural at a birthing center. The second birth we could not afford to do that and we were going to have our baby at a hospital. I was a little nervous about this because I wanted a completely natural birth again. So we decided to hire a doula. Vanessa came highly recommended. She worked with us refreshing the whole birth experince with a small class. She also met with us to go over birth plans and just to check in. Any time I needed to get in touch with her she was always available. Vanessa had so many resources and was very knowledgable. What I love most about her is her passion for this. She understands the importance of care for the mother during labour. That is just astounding. When it came time for our birth, our little bundle of joy came so quickly that barely anyone had time to react! I did not realize that the baby was coming so fast that I told Vanessa not to rush. So unfortunately she ended up missing the birth and we had the baby at home. But she was right there supporting us until the medics arrived and was able to capture some pictures of the beautiful, wonderful, kind of crazy day. Later on she was at the hospital with us and was able to take more pictures for us and was very supportive for me and my husband. Since we did not actually use her services as a doula on the day of the birth, she offered to encapsulate my placenta for free since we had already paid her. This was something that I had wanted but wasn't able to afford so it meant a lot to us. I can not fully express how great Vanessa is! She will always have a special place in my heart for the love that she showed us.

Posted 4/29/2014

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Martha Bishop

Sincere, generous, loving, kind, knowledgeable, helpful, skilled, comforting, spiritual, warm, healing, empowering - these are the adjectives that describe Vanessa.

From the moment we met, I knew I had found my doula. I truly could't have made it through the tough moments without her. She was unfailing - beside me every step of the way - guiding my husband with techniques and lifting me up when I felt defeated and just done - bringing not only encouragement, but new thoughts of positions and comforts to try. 

After we returned home, we received a sweet message from Vanessa with a beautiful photo package she had created! I am astonished at the effort of love from a woman who was once a stranger to now a forever trusted confidant. 

When we plan for baby #2, I'll be sure to call Vanessa! 

Posted 2/7/2014

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mariah perz

hi my name is jessica im 26 year's old and have a 3yr old and i remember my 1st experience i didnt have a doula and i remember my experience was horrible and i swore i would do everything in my power to make my next experience a better one and i found vanessa we set up a meet and greet and i instantly fell in love with her she had a great personality was very open and honest and careing wanted to do everything in her power to help me after hearing what i went threw. and so we hired her and we talked we emailed each other anytime i needed her she was there gave my advice i never even new about. she showed me all kind's of positions that really helped cause i had alot of braxton hicks so i got alot of wonderful info to help and she was great come time when labor hit she had me time them told me to call my provider and she got everything ready met me there had all kind's of wonderful stuff that helped we did alot of walking and breatheing and did the birthing ball which i think was the greatest thing in world and she had all kinds of oils and scents and stuff that was great cause  had nausea which she had a a great scent for that that really helped and she  was right there threw every contraction never left my side she was right there and i had alot of people at hospital trying to talk me into all these drugs and i wanted a natural birth and vanessa made sure i had that and i did and she let me no all my option's and never let me feel as if i had to do what they wanted she let me no it's your birth your decision she was the best thing that ever happened to our family and im forever greatful for her id say if you want a memory you'll always remeber and want lots of comfort go wit vanessa shes great  if i didnt have vanessa i never woul'd have had the birth iwanted. oh and she is great with massages helped alot to with contractions she just was great if i got pregnant again i would so have her again made my experience everything i wanted and more.

Posted 10/19/2013

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Apryl Lynn

We hired Vanessa to be our doula for baby #3. I orginally had no thoughts to hiring a doula or even thought I could since I was having a repeat c-section, but when I met Vanessa I just had to have her as a part of my baby boys birth. During my pregnancy she was very supportive and there for my tons of questions. We talked about things that had went on with my first two c-sections experiences and what I wanted different about this birth. The day of the c-section I was very nervous but she helped calm me down and work through some contractions. She was also a big help for my husband who, even though wouldnt admit, was worried himself. During the surgery she was a great advocate for me and reminded the doctors of my wishes. Everything went smooth. After the surgery, during the recovery I was in a lot of pain and she was right there to help. She also helped make sure breastfeeding was going well. 

Vanessa is a very kind hearted person who genuinely cares for her clinents. I wouldnt change a thing about my birth experience. I cant thank her enough for all the support she gave me and my family during this amazing time in our lives. She has definetly become part of the family. We plan to hire her again next pregnancy and I recommend if anyone is looking for a gentle and loving person to be their doula Vanessa is the perfect match. 

Posted 10/15/2013

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Meg Jaquith

One day, I received a very nice message from Vanessa Lewis.  I hadn't even met her at this point but the advice she had offered me was like talking to a friend!

She spoke to me about everything- from tips and other options on weaning my 20 month old due to a possible job (police academy where you stay at the facility all week) to separation tools that could help with the distance.  The ways that she was able to relate the advice to her own life and family supported her advice.  It was nice to hear what worked for her and her little ones.

This was advice I would have expected from a sister.  When I finished reading, I realized I had tears in my eyes.  She was very helpful and extremely supportive!  She helped me realize it didn't matter what the perception was that society had on breast feeding- it mattered that I was providing what is best for my daughter and our family.

Since our original conversation Vanessa has followed up and asked me how things were going.  She obviously cares, and that means a lot!

Thanks VL!  :)

Posted 9/9/2013

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Stacie Lynn

Having met Vanessa has been a blessing! She was so kind and helpful throughout my pregnancy and labor. She spent time educating and answering questions my husband and I had about labor and birth and was always there when I needed her. I had a traumatic birth with my son, I wanted this one to be different and I was confident that it could be after spending time with her.

When I went into labor, she was by my side so quickly. She helped remind us of positions and massage my husband could do so that he could be a helpful part of this experience. With her calm, quiet, caring voice, and her gentle touch we made it through 16 hours of labor UNMEDICATED! I was so mesmerized by Jade, I didn't even realize that Vanessa was snapping photos... and I am so very thankful for those moments frozen in time. Just beautiful!

We had such a great experience that we asked Vanessa to support us after birth. We hired her as a postpartum doula and to encapsulate my placenta. She came by with a delicious meal, spent time helping with our breastfeeding latch, helped Jared hold his sister and showed him ways a big brother can help mom and sister, and even supported Mark with his concerns with being a new dad! Having her with me for a couple hours a day for about a week after Jade's birth was so helpful to the transition of our household! 

We love you Vanessa! From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for all you do!

Posted 7/2/2013

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