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Laura Pastula

Labor With Laura Reiki and Doula Services

Broad Brook, CT Service range 25 miles

(860) 712-5834

http://www.LaborWithLaura.com

Birth Fee

$900 to $950

Birth Fee

$900 to $950


Birth Doula Certifications

  • DONA International - Certified Birth Doula

Birth Doula Experience

14 years and 65 births attended


Doula Training

Not Specified

Type of practice: Solo practice

Clients per month: 0 to 2

Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
On ECHN preferred doula list (Manchester)

Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers

Attends home births? Any Home Birth


Special Services Offered

  • Acupressure
  • American Red Cross First Aid and CPR
  • Aromatherapy
  • Pregnancy, birth and/or newborn photography

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

Specialized training in the following areas: hypnobirths, spinning babies, aromatherapy, herbal remedies, and massage. Reiki Master/Teacher, Preferred Doula for ECHN (Manchester, CT)

Fee Details

Discount for repeat clients.

Broad Brook, CT Service range 25 miles

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Client Testimonials for Laura Pastula

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Jennifer Surette

12/15/2018

Laura was our Doula for the birth of our first child and it was the best decision we could have made.  Being first time parents we had no idea what to expect and we hired Laura for her knowledge and support leading up to labor, during labor, and after the birth.  She was always very responsive and had the most positive, caring personality.  She helped to ease our minds and was extremely helpful to both my husband and I during labor.  She helped me with laboring in the tub, offering cold packs, suggesting different positions, massaging, reading inspirational quotes, providing words of encouragement, etc.  And she was there for my husband to take some of the pressure and stress off of him.  She was there for over 12 hours with us!  She even made us some peanut butter crackers before she left the hospital because she knew we'd be hungry. 

After the delivery, Laura was in contact with us to check up. She also came out to our house to visit a couple weeks after the baby was born to discuss the birth and to see if we needed her for anything.

It's difficult to think of what it would have been like without Laura there.  It was the best decision we made and we highly recommend her for anyone considering hiring a Doula.  We would definitely work with Laura again if we have more children!

 

Joanna Morillo

2/4/2018

Laura was our doula in November 2017! She was great throughout my long labor, explaining things to us and helping with tons comfort and support techniques. Couldn’t imagine it without her!

Megan Johnson

2/4/2018

Laura was my doula for the birth of my 3rd baby. It was by far the most magical and enjoyable birth. She was a grounding force for me and helped me to advocate for everything I wanted. I got the birth I have always dreamed of, finally, and I couldn't have done it without Laura Pastula. She was amazing!

Kevin Gearin

12/29/2016

Supportive, Flexible, and Professional.  Those are 3 words that come to mind when I think back on my birth experience with Laura. From the beginning Laura made my girlfriend and I feel very comfortable. As a first time father I had no idea what to expect. For me I liken a natural birth to climbing Everest. You wouldn't do it without a guide.  Laura assessed our needs and stayed in periodic contact with us through the pregnancy. When the big day came Laura was there at the perfect time to help coach us through the birth.  in fact it was Laura that knew it was time to get our Midwives to start pushing. To top it off she took almost all of the pictures during the actual birth. A service well worth the price of admission in and of itself.  Having Laura there felt like having a trusted supportive friend. When we ran out of ideas she gently guided us and had suggestions that worked. we wanted a completely natural birth with no medical intervention. Aside from an IV of saline we got just that. with Laura's help we had our son naturally. We are blessed beyond measure. I highly recommend not only utilizing a doula but utilizing Laura Rossignol as your doula.  She does not take on many clients and we were fortunate to have her in our corner when the going got tough. I would gladly serve as a reference for anyone considering choosing Laura. 

 

Couldnt have been more perfect

 

 

Nicole Langel

12/20/2016

Having Laura as our doula was the best decision we made regarding the birth of our daughter. Being a FTM I was unsure what to expect and how to plan for birth but Laura helped ease our minds and become well prepared. She was always available to talk pre and post birth about anything that I had questions about. 

 

My husband was very weary at first about hiring a doula but he now tells everyone that Laura "saved" him. He was breathing with me for hours and never took a step back from my side until Laura suggested he do so and he very nearly passed out. He said that he may not have made it to the actual birth if it wasn't for Laura. So you see, she is there for both of you and that was my favorite part about her. Him and I were in this together and Laura was our support system.

 

We have referred several friends to Laura and will use her again if we have another child. She is invauable and a fantastic person to be connected to. 

Darshini Patel

10/2/2016

It was pleasure meeting Laura.  She always made time to talk to myself and my husband.  Antime we sent her email or message or called her, she responded fairy quickly, the same day most of the times.  As a FTM, we were often uncertain and worried about certain things and Laura's guidance made us feel comfortable.  She also helped us prepare the birth plan.  I was atheistic about putting together the birth plan but I am glad that we prepared it the way Laura adviced as it made a difference.  During the early stage of labor, Laura spoke to us on phone and guided us on what to do and when to go to the hosiptal.  She also arrived at the hospital soon after we reached there.  I had a long back labor and she offered the hip squeezes as many times as needed for as long as needed!!  I was able to cope up without epidural for many hours because of her giving me te hip squeezes.  She also guided me and motivated me to keep up during the pushes.  After the delivery, she guided me with the breastfeeding.  I am not so sure what kept me positive during the whole time; I believe it has to be the reiki she practiced.  :)  Laura also visited us couple of times postpartum to check upon us as well.  Thank you Laura for what you do; job well done.

 


 

Kelly O'Connell-Seagraves

7/10/2016

 

This was my first pregnancy and my husband and I were looking for someone who could help support us through the process. During my pregnancy, Laura was very helpful and had  a lot of knowledge and experience to share. I had so many questions and having a Doula was far more helpful than the many baby books I had read. 

During labor Laura was amazing. We were in contact via telephone all throughout the day as I progressed. Once I was ready to head to the hospital (in the middle of the night!) Laura was right there to meet us and didn't leave our sides until my daughter was born. For the 12+ hours that I labored in the hospital (Manchester Memorial) Laura was fantastic at explaining to my husband and I what was happening, what was going to happen, advocating for me and assuring the doctors honored my birth plan, etc. There was so much going on and doctors and nurses come and go, but we were so glad we had someone who was there with us every moment. Laura helped me with my hypnobirthing, laboring in the birth tub, trying different positions, helping me when labor stalled, etc. I don't know how I would've gotten through those hours without Laura! 

Following delivery we were in contact with Laura via phone as well as in person. Laura came out to our house and it was really helpful to have some to talk to and check in on us during those long and tiring first few days. Laura also was able to recommend a fabulous lactation consultant to help when I ran into some issues with breast feeding and low supply. 

Hiring Laura was one of the best decisions we made to help us through the pregnancy and labor/delivery.  We would absolutely work with Laura again and I would highly recommend Laura If you're considering hiring a Doula! 

Ramona Georgescu

10/8/2015

Laura was our doula for both our children. I wanted to have unmedicated births and i knew that I would need the support of a doula in addition to having my husband with me.

With my first one, I remember the reiki Laura did while i was in labor calming me down and making the difference between intolerablue transition contractions and hard but "I can do this" contractions. With my second, Laura massaged my shoulders for hours and it distracted me from the intensity of labor.

She reminded me how important my birth plan was to me when I was ready to give up. She took a lot of pressure off my husband yet worked with him and they made a great team. She recommended us a postpartum doula that we were so grateful to have.

Without Laura I likely wouldn't have had the births that I wanted and such a good start for both our children. 

Mary Wootten

1/21/2014

We invited Laura to aid in the birth of our third baby. We wanted the support and advocacy of a doula after our previous birthing experiences were nothIng like we had hoped for or expected. We knew within a few moments of meeting Laura that she was the doula for us. During my labor Laura helped in keeping a calm, relaxing environment, suggested very helpful positions and techniques to minimize  the pain and seemed to know my needs before I did. When labor was starting to overwhelm me, Laura was very reassuring and helped to remind me of how important my birth plan was to me. My goal was to have a birth that was as natural as possible in a calm setting. With Laura's aid I had the labor and birth that I had hoped for. It was such a magical and empowering experience. We would recommend Laura, without reservation to anyone! 

Ayelet Shamash

1/21/2014

Laura was my doula for the birth of my second child.  I decided to have a doula rather than my husband because he needed to stay home with our son.  Laura was wonderful, she knew what to ask the nurses, when and how to help me and when to leave me alone.  She took great pictures of my little girl, since I was being stitched up and couldn't. I felt much more comfortable having her there than I did having my husband there with our first child.  My daughter was born at the end of January and Laura drove through a freezing rainstorm to get to the hospital to be with me.  I would highly recommend her. 

Birth Availability for Laura Pastula

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