$40 to $45
12 years and 65 families served
Type of practice: Partnership with 2 or more doulas
Clients per month: 1 to 3
Postpartum limits/restrictions: No Smokers
NAPS Board of Directors (Oct 2008-2013): Membership, Webmaster, Continuing Education, Marketing
Postpartum rates are $40/hour and $45/hour for twins. Contact me for special discounts and sliding scales or visit my website: www.DoulaDeb.com
Tacoma, WA Service range 45 miles Willing to travel north to Greenlake/Bellevue and south to Olympia (and surrounding areas); No ferries
Deb was our doula for 4 months as we welcomed home our twin boys. She was excellent from the start, connecting us with another doula to provide the level of support we needed over the first two months, since we wanted to have 4-5 days a week initially. Deb provided so much more than an evening presence that allowed us to sleep--which was incredibly valuable and enabled us to be on all day with our twin boys and not lack for energy!--she was a valuable resource that we could work with to discuss issues with sleeping, feeding, diapers and so forth. Having an experienced child care provider that was accessible anytime via phone or text messaging, who would happily spend time with us discussing any concerns we had when she arrived, collectively made us feel empowered and competent as parents at a time that we would otherwise have felt anything but. I cannot recommend Deb more as your night doula, especially if you are expecting multiples. She was INCREDIBLE!
Deborah was a lifesaver to us as a postpartum doula. She came in at an incredibly stressful time with our two children and while my spouse was out of town. Her approach was incredibly gentle but confident and it seemed as though she was there to take care of me as much as the baby. She provided invaluable sleep advice for both the baby and toddler and helped me develop routines and a schedule for them both. Prior to working together, I would often get 2-4 hours of sleep a night. Implementing her suggestions and ideas immediately brought that up to 6-7 hours. I would hire her again in a heartbeat andrelished the time we worked together and her care.
Deb came to our house when our daughter was just 4 months old. We wanted to move her from the bassinet to her crib, get her sleeping through the night and better define a napping schedule. She spent 2 or 3 nights with us and took over the night time sleep training for our daughter. All through the night she worked her magic to soothe and put Samantha back to sleep every time she woke up. She didn't just train Samantha, she trained Dave and I on how to continue to keep Sam sleeping with very speciific techniques to put her to bed, soothe and get her right back to sleep if she woke. She helped us create a schedule for naps and define a night time routine for bed.
Our daughter is now 3 1/2 and has been a 12 hour night time sleeper for years. She goes to bed at 8 pm and gets up at 8 am and always sleeps in her own bed. Over the years, when we've had questions and bumps in the road Deb has always been there with helpful advice.
What we learned from Deb is the key to sleep training isn't so much about the child but about the parents. The training worked because we implmented the techniques Deb taught us and continue to reinforce them today 3 years later.
Hiring Deb was the smartest thing we ever did and the best money I ever spent! I'd do it over again a thousand times. I have a happy well rested child, my husband and I have a few hours of quite time together every night and the whole family gets a full nights sleep every night.
We started working with Doula Deb when our little girl was around 5 months. At the time our daughter’s naps were very inconsistent and I was spending all evening getting her to bed at night. I knew we need help! I was not comfortable with just letting her cry, Deb came up with a sleep plan that I was comfortable with and knew I could accomplish. She was there with me through the whole process. Knowing she was always just a text, phone call or email away really helped boost my confidence and got me threw process. Without her constant support I would have failed miserably. Within no time our little girl was taking 1-2 hour naps and I was no longer spending all evening putting her to bed. There have been some bumps in the road along the way and she is always there to help and offer advice. The constant support she offers cannot be surpassed. I have no clue where we would be without her. Thank you Deb, you are amazing & I have learned so much from you!
Renee, Victor & baby Annabelle
My husband and I used Deb as our overnight post partum doula and she literally changed our lives. We had premie twins and no idea what we were doing. To say that we were overwhelmed would be an understatement. Deb came into our home FULL of knowledge, patience, and organization. She was able to identify digestive issues one of my boys was having and help me with my diet to alleviate his discomfort. We were guaranteed two nights a week of solid sleep and we treasured those nights. Best of all Deb gave me the gift of confidence as a mother. All her tips, tricks and most of all reassurances that we were doing things right are gifts that have helped us in the weeks we've been on our own. Hiring Deb was hands down the best decision we've made so far as parents and I can't recommend her enough.
I was absolutley blessed to have Deb not only attend my birth but be there for me in the days following it. I had no idea I needed a doula before I delivered much less what they did. I think I was one of those moms that thought that they could easliy do everything on their own. Deb was my rock throughout labor- her calming voice got me through each contration and cheered me on like she was my biggest fan. I found that I wanted her there over my family because she knew what to say and do when I most needed it.
After I delivered she came to my home and took care of things so that we all could enjoy bonding time as a new family. Besides cooking us dinner and making sure I ate snacks during the day she educated me about all the products out there that could help me with adjusting to breastfeeding and for caring for my newborn. It was like having a best friend that new how to keep me encouraged and feeling like this new mom thing was something I could do.
In the days and weeks it's been since I had my little boy she has been there, checking in with me with true concern. I found Deb invaluable and would recommend her to anyone expecting. I'm already assuming that she'll be with us when we have baby #2! Love you Deb!
When my husband and I found out that we were expecting we had no idea what we were getting outselves into. We were happily in denial till about my 6th ot 7th month before we realized we knew NOTHING about giving birth or taking care of a baby! Thank goodness for Deborah. We were overwhelmed with information and she helped us sort through it all and understand it so we could make the right decisions for us. She helped put together our birth plan and helped us both feel at ease that we had someone with us that would keep a level head and respect our wishes. My labor was induced 9 days past my due date. My labor was easy - we kept it fun and light. Right up until we realized baby was not making any progress dropping. We tried different techniques and positions to get baby off of my pelvis. Ultimately the Dr called for a C Section and I was caught off guard. Deb helped calm me down and reassured me that I did not "fail" and that a healthy baby was all that mattered. I even made sure that they would let her come into the OR with us. She brought us so far that one way or another I wanted her to be there when my baby entered the world. Once we got home we couldn't believe she didn't come with a manual! Well turns out our manual was Deb! From feeding, bathing, to getting her to sleep, Deb really showed us how to be confident in taking care of our baby girl. I don't have enough room here to express the love and gratitude I have for Deb - she is not only positive, loving, and kind. She is extremely knowldgeable and what I call a "baby whisperer". I cannot recommend her highly enough!
Deb was a God send to my husband and me. We do not have any family members here in Seattle and needed help with overnights as we were both exhausted caring for a breastfed newborn who was awake every two hours.
The two nights a week that Deb stayed up with our daughter were invaluable to saving my sanity and helping my relationship with my husband. Deb also gave me tips that helped me begin sleep training my daughter and cope better as a new mom.
It was amazing to be able to sleep deeply and know that someone who cared about my child and I could trust was on duty.
If we do decide to have another child, Deb will probably be my first call after confirmation of a due date to make sure she is available.
At four weeks old, my baby would not sleep during the day except on my lap after breast feeding. She almost always woke up if I tried to transfer to her bed, the swing, or anywhere else. Only at night would she go to sleep in her bed. I also have an older child to take care of, so sitting all day with my baby on my lap was not an option. But neither was a baby who cried all day because she wouldn't sleep. The first day Deborah came my baby was napping in her bed! She showed me how to adapt her bed, how to use a sound machine, how to bounce and "shhh," and how to wrap her and put her in her bed. I've been working with Deb for about five weeks now, and progress is slow but steady. She is a constant source of support, a professional who encourages me when I feel discouraged. And when my baby changes, Deb helps me adapt my strategy. Not to mention the break she gives me when she is here - she helps with laundry, dishes and childcare so I can take a nap myself. I am so grateful to have found her!
Deb has been a valuable source of support and information for our family. She is very knowledgeable, personable and great with our twins. We are lucky to have her help!
Deb is a wonderful post-partum doula. On her first day, she came in and instantly brought calm to our home. She was great with my newborn son as well as my toddler daughter. She is knowledgeable, caring, and professional. I would recommend her to any friend or family member.
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