Birth Fee: $800 to $1000
Postpartum Rate: $30 to $35
Fee Details: I try to base my fees on the mother's needs and what she can afford. I believe every mother deserves a birth doula and the support she needs. I am willing to work with the parents to help them have the birth they desire.
Birth Doula Experience: 11 years
Postpartum Doula Experience: 14 years and 125 families served
Clients per Month: 2 births and 2 postpartum familiesAttends hospital births? All Hospitals
Volunteered/UNC/ Wake Med (privately). I offer Infant Massage Classes at a Local Church. I will be offering Baby Sign Language for babies. I have done Missionary work and plan to go back to educate the mother's on baby care, infant massage and breast feeding in the locale communities and churches. I have worked for high end clients that can't be put on here due to their privacy.
Languages spoken: English
Service Area MapArea of practice: Knightdale, NC
I can't say enough about how wonderful Debbie has been!! She is an absolute pleasure to work with, and to be with, and she loves our daughter and treats our daughter like her own. I have complete and total trust in her and know that when she is caring for our daughter, that our daughter is safe and nurtured and in the most capable hands. Debbie also has an easy way about her and really knows how to be calm and help others to be calm during what can be an intense situation at times. Debbie is also extremely knowledgeable as a pre-birth and birth doula as well as post partum doula. The skill and knowledge that she brings to the table are extensive. Debbie is also extremely contentious and hard working and giving of herself. I honestly can't imagine how we would have made it through the process without her! I would not hesitate to use her services. They are far and away superior among those available!! I am forever grateful for all that she has done for my family!!
Debbie is incredibly adept, warm, and professional! We have had a wonderful experience with her and I would highly recommend her services to any new parents. I feel so comfortable and confident with my children being in her care. Debbie is remarkably knowledgeable about infant care, and my toddler loves her too! She is the best!
We are so lucky to have met Debbie and we knew right away she was a perfect fit for us. You could tell Debbie was kind, casual, easy going, personable, and friendly. She was also very passionate and experienced in attending and supporting births. Debbie was very approachable, eager to help and available whenever we needed her. She provided us resources and helpful advice throughout the pregnancy. During labor Debbie came extremely prepared, ready to tackle anything thrown her way! She was focused on ensuring my needs were met – making sure I always had water and fuel to get through a very long and very difficult labor. Debbie offered various pain coping techniques and positions to try and always seemed to know when to step in and perform comfort measures. I am grateful we had a coach to help us each step of the way. As a bonus Debbie also took lots of candid ‘in the moment’ pictures that captured the special moments we may have easily forgotten.
Debbie is awesome! She is very accomodating to schedule changes and long hours. Debbie has expertise dealing with newborns as well as toddler and up. She spent nearly 12 hours with my three children (3 kids under 3), and they had a wonderful day. She has also kept my babies when they were newborns, taking care of them through the night and helping them get adjusted to sleeping in the crib and loving their baths. She is first class, as good as they come.
My wife and I met Debbie shortly after the birth of our two boys in July. She came highly recommended from our birth doula. From the moment of our first meeting with her to discuss expectations and requirements we felt an instant connection to her and an overall great comfort level. As first time parents we were very hesitant about who we would bring in to be with our boys and Debbie right form the get go has eased those concerns. We started out with her working roughly every other night to allow us time to rest in the evenings, this was very important to me as my wife had suffered some post partum depression very soon after the birth. Debbie allowed us the flexibility to not only take care of our children but also ensure we were taken care of as well. On a nightly basis she has assisted in all feeds and diaper changes for both the boys, helped with any light housework that is needed to be done such as dishes, and has gone above and beyond to even prepare coffee in the morning for my wife. She is very accomidating to our needs by staying late or coming in early if needed. She has been great with the boys for the past four months and we are greatful for the help and advice she has provided along the way. As we have started to transition of a doula and as the boys are sleeping most of the night now Debbie has been a great help in allowing us the freedom as a couple to do alittle bit more together. We had not heard of a post partum doula prior to our pregnancy and after going through everything and being with Debbie I would not change a thing. I highly recommend Debbie to anyone especially those with twins as she is great at caring care of the whole family.
Debbie was our birth doula. When the doctor informed me that a C-section was necessary for my son’s health and wellbeing Debbie helped to reassure me and remind me that I still had the right to follow the requests on the birth plan. She also gave me some questions to ask the doctor to keep me fully informed and relaxed. I was overwhelmed with emotions. I was saddened that I wouldn’t have the labor experience, frightened for my son’s health, and overwhelmed that in less than an hour my son would be delivered. Debbie helped me calmly process all the emotions and helped me to be reassured and excited for the impending birth. After the C-section she helped to bring such joy and reassurance to the process. I cannot begin to articulate the amount of care, reassurance, and feeling of support that Debbie has brought to us. She has gone out of her way on numerous occasions to find answers or seek advice if I have a concern. The knowledge, support, and genuine and sincere concern for our well-being that Debbie demonstrates is the most comforting thing to have as a new mom. Our family could not be more thankful. Debbie has truly touched our lives and will always hold a special spot in our hearts.
On 5-5-15, Debbie came to our home where she helped me labor until she felt it was time for me to head to the hospital. She rode with us to the hospital where I was checked and admitted. Debbie stayed by my side through each and every contraction. She knew my desire was to have a completely natural birth and she helped me achieve that. She made every effort to comfort me by placing cool rags on my face, giving me water and ice chips, holding counter pressure on my back & hips, talking me through the contractions keeping me calm and reassuring me that I was doing a good job. She helped me through the pushing stage which was very long and tiring. She made sure my birth went exactly how I desired for it to be. She made sure we were settled and baby had breastfed before she left that night. It made me feel so much better having her with me throughout my labor and delivery. It was a weight lifted off of me & my family to have someone experienced with births to assist me. She truly helped me get the birth I have always dreamed of having! Thank you Debbie for all you do! I would highly recommend her as a birth duola!
I cannot say enough good things about Debbie! I have twins who at four months were refusing to take bottles, which meant that I was stuck at home or having to take them wherever I went. We had tried everything to no avail. Within minutes of coming to my home for the first time Debbie had both of them drinking bottles! We also were having a terrible time with sleeping, at four months the girls were still up every 1-2 hours. We were exhausted. We had Debbie come several nights, on the first night she was able to help the girls sleep 5 hours! They have remained on a much better schedule at night so that I am able to get more rest. Miss Debbie is professional, nurturing, and extremely knowledgable. She has given me valuable tips and support with nursing and with her help I am happy to say that my twins are still exclusively breastfeeding at five months. Every time Debbie enters my house there is a sense of calmness where there is often chaos. She even spent some time playing with my older children. She loves her work and it shows. I would recommend her to anyone, she is amazing!
One of my best friends, Carrie, was about to become a first-time mom, and she was doing it on her own. I told her I would be honored to be her birth partner. Since neither of us had had a child before and were both nervous, Carrie wanted to have a doula too. As a single mom, she needed a doula who was willing to generously offer her services for free. The first doula Carrie chose cancelled mere weeks before her due date (due to an out-of-state family situation). To our everlasting gratitude, Debbie Swinson swooped in to the rescue!
The first time I met Debbie was at the hospital on the day Carrie was being induced. We had spoken and texted beforehand, and she came prepared with everything we could need. Debbie intuited when to step forward and offer Carrie advice and encouragement, and when to step back and let Carrie handle the experience as she wanted to. She assisted hospital staff in the L&D room and was very knowledgable about everything that was happening. When intervention became necessary, she advised me how to gather the necessary information that would help Carrie make the best decision for herself and her baby. Debbie's constant and comforting presence in the L&D room allowed me to take a couple of much-needed breathers, and she stayed awake and ready as Carrie and I caught a few hours of sleep when we could.
Debbie played an essential role in Carrie's labor and delivery, took the first photos of Carrie's newborn son, and helped Carrie begin breastfeeding. She has also followed up with us in the weeks since, asking how we are all doing and scheduling a postpartum visit. Debbie's skilled, calm, and reassuring presence was truly a gift for these first-timers! I wholeheartedly recommend her.
My husband and I were given a gift of postpartum doula care after the birth of our second child. At first, we were very hesitant to have strangers in our home during the life transition. After meeting and working with Debbie, we couldn't have been more wrong. She quickly became like a member of our family. She was a HUGE help in my recovery and adjustment to the new "normal". She was the only doula, out of three, that our son took to and enjoyed being with. We even worked with the agency that she was with to replace the others with Debbie so that we we only had her as our doula. She is WONDERFUL with babies and definitely has "the thouch". She very much lives up to the name of "baby whisperer". We continue to have her babysit for us even after our contract has been completed. What a gem that we have found!!!
I first had the privilege of meeting and working with Debbie the weekend of my youngest sister's wedding. My daughter was just six days old. Debbie was calm and comforting and completely at ease in my home with all three of my children. She was attentive to my newborns needs, as well as mine, and quick to respond to cues, verbal or otherwise. She has an incredible amount of knowledge and expertise in the areas of infant care, from nursing to massage to sleep-wake cycle, etc. Debbie is perceptive and helpful in the least intrusive way possible. She gets the job done while supporting and empowering the mother.
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