6 years and 91 births attended
Type of practice: Solo practice
Clients per month: 0 to 5
Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Attends home births? Any Home Birth
Volunteer Doula at St. Joseph's hospital in Tacoma, WA
I would love to meet with you to discuss all of the details of my birth doula services. In addition to the primary roles of a doula, I also provide a full car seat check and education prenatally, birth photos, birth timeline, and postpartum availability to answer any newborn care questions that may arise. I am happy to meet with you at a mutual location so we can get to know each other a bit, I can thoroughly explain the services I offer and how we can best work together so that you can make a confident decision as to whether or not I am the perfect doula for your upcoming birth. Higher fees may apply for clients out of my travel radius. Payment plan options also available.
Enumclaw, WA Service range 40 miles Will travel locally- Enumclaw, Auburn, Federal Way, Puyallup, Tacoma, Renton, Maple Valley, Covington
Vanessa was amazing for our family. As a soon to be first time dad you have the mindset that you have everything covered, you have remembered all the important information and you know exactly what to do or say when your wife is in labor. Reality check…. The game is moving faster than you are and you don’t have everything covered and you have forgotten half of the information you have work so hard to remember. Insert an all star Doula AKA Vanessa Flanders. I soon realized she was the coach and I was the player all I needed was the right plays sent over to me and I could execute with precision. For any first time dads to be or maybe dads that have never had the assistance of a Doula it is a the best decision you could ever make. You will thank yourself, the medical staff will thank you and most importantly your wife won’t kill you when she becomes mobile again. Vanessa knows how your wife is feeling, she will coach you though the process so you don’t become “that guy”. Do yourself a favor and add the All-Pro to your team.
Having Vanessa assist with my birth was one of the best decisions my husband and I made. This was our first child and neither of us knew much about what to expect (other than what I had read) and after learning more about the role of a Doula in laboring and childbirth, I knew it was something that was a good fit for us. Vanessa met with us ahead of time to review my birth plan and spent time with us teaching us about the car seat and how baby needs to be positioned and how it needs to be installed properly in the vehicle (she has a car seat safety certification as well!). This was a huge help! During my labor, she was the calmness I needed as I worked through the pain. My "open minded" birth plan ended up being an unmedicated one and Vanessa helped me every step of the way with suggestions on when to change positions, words of encouragement and just being THERE. She was a great help for my husband also and helped him with ways to support me. She also took photos during my labor and was able to capture the first images of our baby girl and my husband and I right after Charlotte was born. I have been singing her praises to everyone since our birth and will most definitely be working with Vanessa again if and when we decide to have a second baby in the future. Thank you Vanessa for being such an amazing part of one of the most significant days of our lives!
Having Vanessa Flanders by my side while I labored & gave birth was powerful!
She reminded me every step of the way that I was strong, & that my body was made to deliver this baby. Mind you, I had close to 50+ HR labor. Vanessa was there for about 30+. Hrs. With no breaks or lunches.
She never flattered. Her patience, kindness & encouragment was what got me thru my delivery. She made sure that my midwives followed my birth plan, my husband didn't have a meltdown & that I was always number one priority.
If i ever choose to have another baby, I would be grateful to have Vanessa by my side again.
We're so glad Vanessa was our doula! She stayed with us through a 3-day labor (!), and helped my husband and I navigate incredible fatigue, and lots of birth complications by being the voice of reason--and helping us understand our rights and what questions we might ask of our health providers. She provided resources and ideas every step of the way, and even took photos of our daughter's birth. She was also very helpful postpartum helping us to find resources for some feeding challenges we were having with our little one. Bonus--she knows all kinds of things about car-seats and for first-time infant parents (we have older adopted kids), her infant car seat instruction was super helpful too! Vanessa has been a regular fixture for a couple of months... and we miss her!
We feel so fortunate to have had Vanessa as our doula for the birth of our first child. She was extremely knowledgeable and supportive leading up to our daughter's day of birth and throughout her labor and delivery. Our goal was to have as natural of a birth as possible and with her support, it was an amazing experience that I look back on with positive emotions. Vanessa is not only professional and well-prepared, she is also a caring and genuine doula who will provide a calming and encouraging presence throughout your labor.
Vanessa was my doula for my first baby. The attention that she showed us before, during, and after we had our baby, went above and beyond our expectations. Before our baby was born she came to our house twice to talk about what to expect, any fears I had, and to walk us through how she Will help us during the labor process. She was always very quick to respond to any questions I had at any time of the day. When labor hit, she was right there supporting both my husband and I. With each contraction she reminded me to relax my shoulders and she would rub my back and encourage me. My labor only lasted 4 hours and I believe a lot of that had to do with her. I will definitely hire her for my next baby!
Vanessa was recommended to me by a friend who was currently using Vanessa as her doula. We got to meet with Vanessa a few times before the birth and she was always very friendly and helpful. She was also always available to answer questions and discuss things that were going on with the pregnancy. She also helped with some carseat safety and baby wearing information. I had a goal to have a completely natural unmedicated birth and she was so helpful in helping me to accomplish that. One of the most beneficial things that Vanessa did was to help my husband be involved/know how to be involved through the labor and delivery. She was such an important part of my labor and I would definetely use her again!
Vanessa was absolutely amazing before and during my labor and birth. She helped with lots of questions I had while I was pregnant and provided a lot of information and resources. I have had three kids and this was my first natural birth. The most important part to me (and they were all important), was the help she provided with breastfeeding immediately after delivery. My labor was fast and furious so I was a little overwhelmed and shaky. Without Vanessa there, I never would have successfully breastfed right after baby's birth. She pretty much facilitated the entire thing for me. I am forever grateful for such a wonderful experience.
My third child, & I finally got the birth experience I have always wanted. Thanks to vanessa and her expertise I was able to deliver my beautiful baby opal naturally and felt empowered and informed to make decisions to prevent interventions. It was awesome to have some one to text/email/call to get a second opinion before going to my midwife. Vanessa also helped guide my husbad on how to support me during delivery, which gave him confidence to participate and be involved.
I would consider this birth to be a healing birth, it helped me overcome several internal battles i was living with after a tramatic experiene with my first followed by a cesarian for my second.
Vanessa was Amazing! I honestly cannot even begin to say how much of a difference it made with this delivery compared to my first. My first was not a very happy experience which lead me to search for a doula in the first place. The first time we met with Vanessa she helped us choose our hospital and my midwife. She also gave us tons of information that I would have never had known about. Every time she met with us was a great experience and we learned so much about birth, babies and what we wanted. The day of my delivery she was at my house very quickly to help with early labor. Told us when to go to the hospital and followed us there. My goal going into this delivery was to go as long as I could without an epidural and I actually didn't even end up getting one at all and I KNOW I could have never been able to do that without her. She was completely supportive either way if I wanted one or not but she made it so much easier to get through it for me without having one. Because of that my Recovery was amazing. I was up and walking around right after birth and got to enjoy special moments with my daughter that I had missed out on last time with my son because I was stuck in bed because of the epidural. Vanessa was the perfect amount of help and support for my husband and I and made our birthing experience so much better than it would have been without her. I didn't even have to give our hospital our birth plan and everything was done the way we hoped for because she was there looking out for us. She also took pictures during and after birth and captured incredible moments that I would have never remembered along with keeping a timeline of everything so we would have that to remember everything later. I would tell anyone that asked to definetly use a doula weather its your first child or not and would with 110 percent confidence recommend Vanessa to all my friends and family. She went so above and beyond then just any support person! Thanks again Vanessa!
Having a bad experience with my first child I decided to try somthing defferent with my second by having a doula. Im so glad I did. Vanessa was wonderful in the delivery room, she used pressure points on my back durring contractions and was able to talk me through breathing while i was holding my breath. Durring delivery she held my legs when I couldn't and encouraged me to be strong. The best thing was that she advicated for me to breast feed after delevery when i was to tired to do it myself. Vanessa is very well prepared to make deleviery a smooth process. I just wish she was there for my first one. Thank you Vanessa.
I am a first time mom and I cannot express how thankful I am that I had Vanessa as my doula. I had never heard of a doula until she was recommended to me by a family friend. After our first meeting I knew that she was going to be a huge help and a much needed resource. She listened to how I would like my ideal birth to go and she did everything she could to help me achieve that. Vanessa was so knowledgable about the birth process anod helped me with all of the details I hadn't even begun to think about and consider. Better yet she sent me information so I could research and read up on specific topics I had questions on as well as talking to me about her own personal knowledge on the subjects. She was always there to answer any and all questions I had, and I had a lot. When I was in early labor she helped me through over the phone so I could stay home as long as possible. She met us at the hospital and didnt leave my side until after we were all settled in with baby. She helped me so much dealing with the lovely pains of labor and the back labor I was dealing with as well. She not only was a great help to myself, but also Johnny and helping him help me through labor and the birth of our amazing little girl. The doctor and nurses were so impressed with how helpful she was they asked for her name and cards so they could refer her themselves to other mothers looking for a doula. I cannot imagine going through this process without her help and support of not only myself but Johnny as well. we are so thankful and blessed to have had her be a part of this whole process!
Vanessa is my daughter Emily's doula and amazing to say the least. Emily is a young first time mom and was pretty nervous about the whole birth process. Vanessa put her mind at ease and became a wonderful person to go to to ask questions and make her feel informed and safe during her pregnancy. Vanessa has a very calm and warm prensence which worked very well for Emily. Vanessa was very informed and game Emily and John alot of information to read to help decide teh best process for her delivery. She was available for Emily as she went into labor and helped her get through the beginning stages so Emily was able to stay at home for alot of it. Having someone to talk was wonderful. Vanessa met us at the hospital and was there from beginning to end. We were all very thankful to her and all her wonderful help. The nurses and doctor werevery impressed and said she was one of the best doulas they have worked with. The labor went very well and I believe Vanessa was the difference between a possilbe C section and the fact Emily was able to have her baby with very limited medical intervention. Vanessa helped with nursing as soon as the baby was born and worked with her and Emily to make sure all was going well. After two weeks the baby is still doing great with nursing. She has been a great recourse for Emily as a new mom. I would highly reccomend Vanessa to anyone. As the mom of the mom to be it was so nice and comforting to know my daughter was taken care of and her and her baby were in loving hands.
This is my second child and I never had a doula before. When I first met Vanessa, she impressed me with just our first meeting. She was very knowledgeable about the duties and techniques of a doula. I was very pleased with what she had to offer.
We met twice before my daughter was born. She came with info and practice techniques for me and by husband. We came up with my birthing plan. She was very receptive to my needs, desires, and fears.
The day of my daughter's birth. It was a scheduled induction and Vanessa was there the every step of the way. She was 100% dedicated even though I urged her to take breaks! She made it very clear that she was here for me and to help me through this. My goal was to get to 5cm or 7cm natural and then then get an epidural as I was too afraid of going the full nine without any medication. And Low and behold I actually ended up having a natural birth. Vanessa was so helpful I know 100% I could not have done a natural labor without her and my husband. She kept me moving and encouraged me. She took pictures of my new family and stayed until we were ready to me moved to the post/recovery room.
She visited me 1 week after the baby was born. She gave me my birthing story and a very special handmade gift for my daughter. She gave me a verbal of her overall view of how everything went. It was bittersweet visit. Happy I wasnt pregnant anymore but sad as I wont see her anymore.
I HIGHLY recommend Vanessa. She is excellent and very capable of being your Doula. I am a tough critic and I have absolutley nothing to say but postive things of her behalf.
Vanessa thank you again for being my Doula!!
Vanessa was the best thing that happened to me during my pregnancy and delivery. She was so supportive and took into consideration my feelings and emotions every step of the way. When it came to the delivery she never left my side. She was incredibly knowledgable in helping with the pain and relaxation during my delivery, and made me feel very comfartable and confident with what was going on. I would reccomend Vanessa as a Doula to anyone who I knew that was having a baby, no matter what their birth plan was. And she would be the first person I called if our family was ever expecting again. I truly, could not thank her enough.
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