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Natalie Bardsley

Giving Hearts Doula and Sleep Consultant Services

Website: http://www.givingheartsdoula.com

Phone: 206-250-3050

Postpartum Rate: $35 to $40

Postpartum Doula Experience: 6 years and 101 families served

Postpartum Doula Certifications

  • Northwest Association of Postpartum Support (NAPS) - Certified Postpartum Doula

Doula Training

  • Northwest Association for Postpartum Support, June 2012
Type of Practice: Solo practice

Clients per Month: 1 to 2

Breastfeeding Certifications

  • Basics of Breastfeeding course: Birth and Beyond

Other Relevant Certifications

  • American Heart Association BLS (Basic Life Support) Certification
  • Certified Placenta Encapsulator (International Placenta & Postpartum Association - IPPA)
  • CPR Certified - Red Cross
  • Certified Gentle Baby Sleep Savvy Coach

College Education

  • AA/AS

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Cesarean birth
  • Home Birth
  • Over 40
  • Postpartum mood disorders
  • Prematurity
  • Special needs babies
  • Surrogacy
  • Teens
  • Twins

Special Services Offered

  • Baby sign language education
  • Baby-led weaning
  • Babywearing education
  • Cloth diapering education
  • Sleep Educator

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

Volunteer Board member of NAPS Doulas, continuing education for NAPS members Volunteer PEPS Group Leader

Languages spoken: English

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Area of practice: Seattle, WA
Travel Range: 30 Miles

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Client Testimonials for Natalie Bardsley

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Ying Yu

After interviewing quite a few doulas, I chose to hire Natalie as our overnight postpartum doula, because she felt the most grounded and calm. I also liked that she took care of herself and didn't overbook her schedule, as she only worked for one family at a time, so that she could be completely focused and devoted to their needs.

Natalie was with us 3 nights a week from the day my daughter came home from the hospital and for 5 weeks thereafter. I don't know what we would've done without her! She supported me/us through so much in those early weeks, from breastfeeding issues (e.g. engorgement, tongue tie, vasospasms) to all of us getting RSV and my daughter spending the night in the hospital. She handled it all with such confidence, competence, and warmth. There were nights when my daughter was so congested and miserable that Natalie had to actively sooth her all night long without a break, and somehow she got her to not cry so my husband and I could get some sleep. I always felt relief as soon as Natalie walked through the door, because I knew my daughter was in such good hands, and that she always felt comforted being in Natalie's arms. 

We are done having children, but if we were to have another, I would for sure hire Natalie again!

 

Posted 2/26/2019

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Ying Yu

After interviewing quite a few doulas, I chose to hire Natalie as our overnight postpartum doula, because she felt the most grounded and calm. I also liked that she took care of herself and didn't overbook her schedule, as she only worked for one family at a time, so that she could be completely focused and devoted to their needs.

Natalie was with us 3 nights a week from the day my daughter came home from the hospital and for 5 weeks thereafter. I don't know what we would've done without her! She supported me/us through so much in those early weeks, from breastfeeding issues (e.g. engorgement, tongue tie, vasospasms) to all of us getting RSV and my daughter spending the night in the hospital. She handled it all with such confidence, competence, and warmth. There were nights when my daughter was so congested and miserable that Natalie had to actively sooth her all night long without a break, and somehow she got her to not cry so my husband and I could get some sleep. I always felt relief as soon as Natalie walked through the door, because I knew my daughter was in such good hands, and that she always felt comforted being in Natalie's arms. 

We are done having children, but if we were to have another, I would for sure hire Natalie again!

 

Posted 2/26/2019

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Sarah Manchanda

Natalie was a lifesaver for us. She helped us from the first night we came home from the hospital with our twins. We were sleep deprived and needed a lot of support in the beginning. With Natalie’s help we became more confident as first time parents in caring for two newborn babies. We felt completely comfortable leaving our girls in her care while we got some much needed sleep in those first weeks of our babies’ lives. 

Posted 12/4/2018

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Zach A

Natalie wsa invaluable. We had twins that were 4 weeks premature and Natalie did a great job with them. That's not all, though - she gave my wife and I an incredible amount of useful advice that we continue to use long after she moved on. We worked with several doulas to get full coverage for two months, but Natalie was by far the most reassuring, the most consistent, and had the most helpful advice. I wouldn't hesistate to hire her again

Posted 8/1/2018

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Alicia Keefe

Natalie was instrumental in helping us get off on the right foot. After an unexpected cesarean and mandatory bedrest, my husband, who had never held a baby before, became the primary caregiver for myself and our newborn. Natalie stepped up to help him organize the nursery and she quickly taught him how to change diapers, swaddle, cut finger nails, etc. Natalie helped me figure out nursing, pumping, and some latching issues. She taught us pro tips like using a red night light to avoid disrupting sleep cycles and using a hair dryer during diaper changes to avoid diaper rash. Her overnight stayshelped us get some much-needed sleep during those first few weeks. We really appreciated Natalie's connections in the postpartum world--she connected us with postpartum therapists and lactation consultants. We wish we could hire her full time!

Sorry for typos. I'm typing in my cell while my baby is sleeping on me :). 

Posted 7/23/2018

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Tenney Kerr

Natalie was a wonderful resource for helping us get our little mans sleep dialed in.  She had some great tips and tricks especially for his early wakings and has been amazibg support since then, which all of us first time moms need if only to let us know we are still sane and on the right track. 

Posted 6/10/2018

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Laura Crystal

Natalie was an incredible help to our family after the birth of our 2nd baby. We learned the hard way after our first child was born how difficult those first weeks postpartum can be, and we resolved to make it easier on ourselves the 2nd time around by hiring a pospartum doula. And lucky us, we found a great one. Natalie is a pro - she brought peace and calm to our entire family and especially our baby. My husband called her the baby whisperer because I don't think we ever heard our son cry when she was caring for him. 

In addition to general postpartum support, Natalie helped us when our 3 week old contracted RSV. She had lots of tips and help when I had nursing difficulties. She helped us with the emotional period after my son's circumcision. Natalie cared for all of us through some stressful times and I am so thankful that she did. I recommend her highly! 

Posted 2/18/2018

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Olivia Joy Kimble

Natalie was an unspeakably helpful, important, and caring addition to our family. She was the person we turned to when ANY question arose about how to care for our tiny little baby. Along with our midwife, we trusted Natalie above all else. She was compassionate, knowledgable, and grounded. She knew exactly how much to help and when to step back and let our new parental intuition guide us. I couldn't imagine begining parenthood without her. 

More concretely Natalie helped us with: 

-washing baby's hair

- nightime and daytime sleeping, adjusting sleep so everyone got MORE, BETTER sleep

- emotional adjustments to family strain and returning to work

- emotional and physical adjustments with postpartum recovery (she also had the BEST solutions for after-birth consitpation) 

- establishing the baby as an individual

- household chores like laundry, cleaning, dishes, cooking

Overall, Natalie helped us with things we didn't even realize we needed help with. If you have a budget for a postpartum doula, HIRE THIS DOULA!!

HIRE NATALIE! HIRE NATALIE! HIRE NATALIE!

Posted 9/12/2017

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Kascha S

Wow, you're going to have Natalie at your house? Luck you. Everything's going to be okay. I met Natalie at the hospital when I couldn't yet figure out how to get into my wheelchair, and her presence immediately brought reassurance. She is calm, directive when necessary, funny and cheerful. When I was unable to get out of bed by myself or carry the baby, she made the first five days home from the hospital possible for me, my energetic three year old and tired husband. She brought a great deal of knowledge about lactation and other post-partum issues; for anything she didn't know she quickly made use of a network of resources for all sorts of issues. She cared for the baby and me and even had energy left for our older son. I am so grateful for her help. 

Posted 8/14/2015

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Ashwini Balakrishnan

Natalie was an excellent resource for our family and a total lifesaver. She helped us transition gently into parenthood and taught us how to calm and sooth our baby. She helped me get vital rest and also gave me a lot of tips on how to make life easier. Our daugher loved Natalie and you could clearly see she was compassionate with children. Natalie was an awesome postpartum doula. I would recommend her services highly to any new mom. Thanks so much Natalie!

Posted 5/17/2015

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Tricia Jester

Natalie was exactly what my husband and I needed to get thru the trying times after the birth of my first child.  I had an exceptionally difficult post partum: difficulty with my son latching due to thrush, I had PUP's (horrible all body rash), severe baby blues and a whole host of other things. Natalie was the calm in the storm.  She would come in to my home and my blood pressure would immediately drop.  She effortlessly took care of my son, assisted with household chores and let me get some much needed sleep (my husband as well).  Once awake, she would just listen to me and offer advice as needed to things that I was worried about or had never experienced.  She had such helpful advice that I still use today (excercises for my stomach, bottle washing techniques, calming methods etc).  She is just the right combination of laid back but detail oriented and has a fantastic sense of humor (which you definately need with a screaming child).  I would recommend her to anyone looking for a post partum doula, I would not have been able to do it without her.  

Posted 2/5/2015

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Stephanie Camp

I simply don't know what we would have done without Natalie's help and guidance in the weeks after the birth of our first child.  In the weeks before I delivered, she helped me set up the nursery and showed me how to use all the new baby devices (termometer, breast pump, etc.) when my brain was still fully functioning.  Natalie met us at the house an hour after we got home from the hospital and made the transition seamless and stress-free.  She helped us with breastfeeding, and taught me how to read my daughter's cues and respond to her with love and support.   

Most importantly, Natalie did an amazing job of taking care of me when I needed it most.  She's also a fun person to be around and helped me see the humor in unfamiliar situations, especially when I would get stressed out that I wasn't doing something right.  Her non-judgemental, open attitude is exactly what a new mom needs.  I'm so grateful we found Natalie and highly recommend her as a post-partum doula.  

Posted 10/18/2014

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Stephanie Robinett

Natalie is a ninja.  Somehow, she can get a million things done quicker than humanly possible.  And everything is always fantastically done.  She was such a great resource to have after having baby, I never wanted her to leave.  She had tons of knowledge about breastfeeding, sleep training, and baby care in general.  She was super easy to talk to and her personality is so laid back, she takes all the stress out of the situation.  

Posted 4/14/2014

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meagan minus

Natalie is simply amazing!  When she started with our family I knew we needed the help but had a hard time narrowing down my priorities and exactly what needed to be done.  Natalie jumped right in with that knowing confidence of how to keep a house tidy and a baby happy.  After our initial meeting, with basically zero direction from me in my sleep deprived state, Natalie had the house picked up and our daughter comforted, all while I took a much needed nap!  From then on she continued to prove her expertise, cooking many yummy dishes for us, helping out with some housework, and playing with our baby.  Our daughter loved her as well and went to her right away.  

In addition Natalie was a much needed sounding board and resource for my questions and concerns as a new parent.  We worked longer with Natalie than we actually "needed" to because she was such a great resource and help.  I'd like to have kept Natalie forever but that would be selfish to other families who were where we were: in need trusted, reliable help to assist through those early days of being a new parent.  I highly recommend her to the next family who is lucky enough to work with her!

Posted 4/2/2014

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Sara Howard

Natalie helped us after our son was born. This is our first child, so we were nervous and uncertain parents with lots of questions! Natalie was knowledageble and helpful, seeking out additional information and resources anytime I had questions. She was a calm, supportive, and caring presence to have around during a chaotic and sometimes overwhelming time. She always listened to my needs and was very responsive. Her calm demeanor, flexibility, and willingness to support in whatever way was needed at the time provided us great comfort. I have no doubt she could provide the same comfort and assistance to any family in need. I would highly recommend her services as a post partum doula. 

Posted 9/30/2013

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Gina Merchan

Having Natalie work with me these last few weeks after giving birth have been incredible. I was feeling totally overwhelmed and isolated, and Natalie has been wonderful in supporting me and my baby in every single way. I can't even imagine going through all this without her help! She helps me keep up with my home, cooks delicious meals, and is a great friend and ear when I need that too. I cannot recommend her enough to any new mother!

Posted 9/30/2013

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Brandy Curtis Richards

When our twin boys were born into our family that included a spirited nineteen month old and strong willed four year old, my husband and I were not sure how we were going to make it through the process. Then, to make matters more stressful, we found out my husband was going to be called back to work less than two weeks after the twins arrived. Thankfully, we found Natalie. Her nurturing personality, incredible expertise (with not only the new babies but also the "older" two children), and sense of calm that she brought into our very chaotic home was such a blessing! 

Natalie listened to all my anxious questioning about the new twins and was an incredible resource provided guidance on everything from breastfeeding to babywearing to what vegetarian meals would be the best in my crock pot or freezer. If there was a question she was unsure about, she brought back the answer the next time she saw the family. It brought me comfort that she responded to my older children and made them feel included and important in the process of bringing the babies home. 

Natalie obviously loves what she does and is committed to seeing mothers through (what I call) "survival mode" and into "thriving mode" where we are confident care takers of our children. I would absolutely recommend her services to every new mother. She is an incredible person and I am so happy she is a part of my family's world!

Posted 7/11/2013

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