$1000 to $1350
$25 to $30
7 years and 70 births attended
8 years and 85 families served
Type of practice: Solo practice
Clients per month: 1 births and 1 to 3 postpartum families
Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Attends home births? Any Home Birth
In my practice I specialize in Mothering the Mother. This means that I will be with you for every step of your pregnancy journey whether you decide upon a home or hospital birth, with or without intervention. I am dedicated to helping you have healthy pregnancies, births and babies . My approach is unique in that I meet with my Mommas weekly to provide childbirth ed., prenatal exercise, nutritional guidance, breastfeeding ed., aromatherapy, massage and much more. All clients also have 24/7 phone/text access to me. I also have a standard Labor Support package that includes 2-3 prenatal visits, 24/7 phone/text/email contact, labor support for mom/partner/siblings, a postnatal home visit and breastfeeding education. My postpartum service is available for day, evening or overnight care.
Forest Park, IL Service range 15 miles
I interviewed a total of four doulas. All were qualified and had the amount of experience I was looking for, so it was a matter of finding something that I clicked with and that made me feel comfortable. Desiree and I clicked immediately. She was a great listener and that was a quality that I was looking for in a doula.
Throughout my pregnancy she was always available to chat about any concern I had. Often our conversations would lead to her dropping things off like an exercise ball or tea. She went above and beyond.
The night I went in to be induced, the doctors tried to scare me into using methods that I was not comfortable with and she advocated for me. She walked with me, massaged for counter pressure and even talked me off the ledge when I started to doubt whether I could do it epidural free (like I wanted).
Overall I couldn't have asked for a better doula. She was (and still is) the support I needed and I'll always be grateful that I hired her!
Dez was of great help to our newborn. She was our night nurse for 5 nights/ week in the baby's first 6 weeks of life. This allowed dad to get some decent sleep before going to work. It allowed mom to get a break from constantly caring for the baby.
Dez was always on time, very professional and loving. She took care of our baby as if it was her own.
I warmly recommend!
Ms. Desiree is the best! My husband and I hired her to help us with our new baby and she was fantastic, not only for him but for our 4 year old daughter as well. Ms. Dez is friendly, kind, super funny and, of course, wonderful with the kiddos. She also helped us around the house and was very good with our crazy dogs that were always in toe. I highly recommend her and we will definitely be using her again!
We worked with Des postpartum, and she was fabulous. I struggled with recurring mastitis, and I needed someone desperately, so I contacted Samantha at Windy City Doulas last minute. Before I knew it, Des was taking care of our sweet Lily while I recuperated. She helped me catch my breath so that I could be the mother that I wanted to be to our little girl.
She was so sweet with Lily, talking to her constantly, playing with her and playing music for her. When Des arrived, Lily was happy, and when she left, Lily was all smiles having had wonderful play time and lots of sweet cuddles. My only regret is that I didn't meet Des sooner!
I would highly recommend her for any type of support, and I cannot wait to use her again for round two!
Desiree helped make the transition to motherhood so much easier than I could have hoped.
Des and I met prior to my son's birth, so when she arrived to help care for my son, who arrived 3 weeks early, I was already super comfortable with Des. Des helped in my rotation of overnight, postpartum Doula care. She took the overnight shift 3 night a week. Because I trusted her early on, I was able to get sleep and be a happier mother. My son benefitted from the fact that I was well rested. Des, a mother herself, helped me learn how best to care for my new child. She has so much experience that she was a patient, but knowledgeable, teacher.
I highly recommend having a doula by your side during delivery and postpartum care, and I truly recommend Desiree!
My husband and I realized we wanted a Doula when we found out we were pregnant with our first baby. As first timers we had so many questions about the birth process as well as the life changes that would follow. After an initial meeting, we chose Dezi (Desiree) to be our doula. In the months leading up to the birth, she took the time to walk us through the birthing process and worked to quell our fears. When the big day came she was calm, accessible and checked in with me every hour until we all decided to head to the hospital. I felt so supported and she took the guess work out of the labor process during a time that is wrought with uncertainty. Once at the hospital, Dezi used various techniques (massage, oils, etc) to help progress labor all while making me as comfortable as possible and ensuring my husband felt involved. After child birth we employed Dezi for over-night help as we transitioned to parenthood. She exceeded any expectation we had and provided us with helpful information about newborns, breastfeeding and child care in addition to showing our baby girl so much love. In short, Dezi’s guidance and support allowed us to be the parent’s we’ve always wanted to be.
Dez was wonderful! She was very considerate of both my husband and I. She also checked in with me frequently throughout my pregnancy and helped me along the way. She listened to what we wanted in a birth plan, and executed it flawlessly. I wanted a little more hands-off approach during my labor, with my husband primarily supporting me, and she did just that! She never got in the way, but was there to support us every step of the way. What I also love about Dez is that she can support you in whatever manner you need. :)
During my labor, she was kind and attended to my needs. She supported me by reading both my verbal and non-verbal cues, and treated me with love and kindness. She is very caring, selfless, serving, and kind.
I would absolutely recommend Dez to any mother looking for a Doula. She was phenomenal and I couldn't have asked for a better caregiver!
I began working with Desiree' in my third trimester. We connected instanly, She is a very sweet person. Being a first time mom i had all types of emotions and questions that i needed answers to. Dez answered all my questions,made sure i fully understand the whole process of pregancy. I loved the fact that her services included working out doing yoga, meditation,massages, and child bith education.She even helped me find a photogather to do my maternity shoot. I had the best experice i could have asked for. Although my labor did not go as planned. Dez was right there every step of the way with a plan B. She never left myside until she knew me and the baby was okay. She is very professional,compasinate,flexiable,reliable, and warm hearted. If i ever have another child, I definitely will be using her again. I highly recommed her to anyone who is looking for a real doula. She is one of the best Doulas in the World.
We had a wonderful experience with Desiree'. Since we were expecting our first, I was very nervous about the upcoming delivery. She did an amazing job keeping me calm and helping me mentally prepare the months before our little boy arrived. I can't even tell you how much I looked forward to our weekly visits. Desiree' has such a warm and loving presence that always makes you feel safe and cared for. I would highly recommend her services.
I began working with Desiree' during my 5 month. I chose the the Mothering the Mother Birth Package, as this was my first baby and though very excited, I had a lot of anxiety. I absolutely loved my experience. Being a first time mom, there were so many things that I ddi not know that I didn't know. Having Dez there to support me through my concerns and fears, answer my questions during her visits and after hour phone calls, as well as, prepare me with one on one childbirth and breastfeeding education was so helpful and necessary. In addition to all of that during her regular visits she massaged my feet, encouraged me to journal, provided scents aromatherapy and taught me relaxation techniques. She also brought me back from the edge a few times when I wanted to wring my partners neck...lol.
By the time we made it to the delivery room at 3am, Dez had become a part of the family. Most importantly, she was my advocate. Though I had planned for a natural childbirth, after only 2-hours of sleep and 5 hours of labor I was exhausted and wanted an epidural so that I could get some rest. My family was pushing me to continue naturally, but Dez stepped in and made sure my needs were met. After a much needed nap, it took no time for my little one to be born.
I truly loved and appreciated my experience with Desiree' and was happy to recommend her and the Mothering the Mother Birth Package to one of my girlfriends. When baby #2 comes along, you best believe we will be calling Dez.
My husband and I were first time parents and were doing a home birth through gentle birth care. They required us to have a doula since we were new parents and at first we were really trying to get around this because I didn't feel like I wanted/needed one. Let me just say that I am so extremely glad that we ended up getting one and that it was Desiree. She was so supportive before the birth and always checked in to ensure that I was doing well and offer tips for relief from symptoms I was experiencing. She was very supportive in the decisions my husband and I were making regarding the birth and really made us feel comfortable. When it came to labor, she was my rock. She was a calming presence during my 26 hour labor and I honestly don't know if I could have gotten through it without her. She gave me a wonderful massage in the early stages of labor with some amazing essential oils to help move things along which was amazing. During contractions I had a lot of back labor and she used an amazing technique with counter pressure on my hips to help take the edge off. It took my pain from a 10 to a 4 and I was able to relax through most of my labor until about an hour before I pushed the baby out. During the last stages of labor when I was exhausted and just wanted to sleep, she not only helped with pain management but her verbal support was so calming and made me feel like I could do anything. I truly believe that without her, my birthing experience would have been bad. If you are looking for a doula, she is your girl. If you are deciding if you want a doula or not, I am telling you right now that you need to hire her because your birth will be 1000X better with her support and help. She was also a great support system after the birth and ensured we were adjusting and had everything we needed. Thanks Desiree for everything and we hope to use you for our future child births!
I have been working with Desiree for the last 6+ weeks for both Doula services and Pre-Natal Exercise and it has been a wonderful experience. She is knowledgeable, flexible, helpful, and gentle. She is able to go with the flow and cater each session to what I need and what is going on with me that week. I highly recommend Desiree for anyone, first pregnancy or not. Her goal is not just to education and assist in any way she can, but to truly make the experience more positive for the mama, whatever that may mean.
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