Birth Fee: $600 to $800
Fee Details: As your labor doula, I will provide: Email support from the date of hire; On-call services from 37 weeks until the birth; 1-2 prenatal visits, in your home, to help you create your own narrative for your birth experience; Continuous informational, emotional, and physical support from the time your labor begins until your baby is born; Ongoing support for at least the first two hours after your baby is born to assist with the initial transition and breastfeeding; Postpartum visit where I will come to your home to offer referrals, if needed, within a few days to a week of your return. If you want photography services it's $200 extra. Pictures will be taken as I am able to during labor and after. I provide individual in-home prenatal acupressure appointments and labor support for non-doula clients as well as photography services. The fees are on my website!
Birth Doula Experience: 5 years
Not SpecifiedType of Practice: Solo practice
Clients per Month: 1Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Member of the NASW, toLabor, Birth Matters Virginia, Richmond Doulas, and the local Bereavement Coalition. I am a licensed clinical social worker and provide therapy in my private practice. Certificate of completion: Birth Story Healing from Birthing from Within; Perinatal Mood Disorders; Maternal Mental Health and Trauma, PTSD and grief. Certified in Compassionate bereavement care through the MISS Foundation. Still birthday trained. Offering therapy for prenatal, pregnancy, postpartum and perinatal mood disorders. Offering a group Healing from Birth and a free miscarriage support group through the MISS Foundation.
Languages spoken: English
Service Area MapArea of practice: Richmond, VA
My husband and I hired Linda to be our doula for the birth of our second child. She provided so much helpful information and checked on me regularly throughout my pregnancy.
I went a week past due, and rarely more than a day went by that she didn't send an inspirational or uplifting text or e-mail. She knew I was growing more uncomfortable by the day! She really kept my spirits up as my husband and I awaited our new addition.
I finally went into labor and called her right away, since I had a feeling it would be a quick birth. I'm glad I called, because I woke up at 1am and had the baby at 2:39am! We barely made it to the hospital ourselves, and Linda made it there about 10 minutes before the baby was born.
We had discussed various coping techniques during our prenatal visits, and she remembered that I had found the hip squeeze helpful during my first labor. She came into the room, dropped her 'bag of tricks' in the doorway and started squeezing my hips! After two contractions my water broke and before we knew it, the baby was born.
While we didn't get to use any other techniques, her support and encouragement were so important. She kept me focused, positive, and centered. After the whirlwind was over, she got some of the most amazing photos of my sweet boy!
I was so thankful that she made it in time, that she was able to jump in and do exactly what I needed when I needed it without thinking, and that she captured some very precious moments on film. I definitely reccommend her!
Linda was very professional and provided excellent services as a doula. She gained my confidence early on by being so prepared and establishing a good rapport at the initial meeting. She discussed pain management and asked about my preferences, and she helped create the environment I desired for my birth. She did a great job of boosting my spirits by being positive and encouraging me and providing a sense of camaraderie (like “we’re in this together”) early on when I was discouraged about being induced. Birth experiences don’t always go the way we intend or envision them to be, so it’s crucial to have supportive people with you who are aware of your birth plan, yet also flexible and informed. When my labor finally started and my contractions really got going, Linda continued to be supportive verbally and physically (through lower back massage, aromatherapy, getting heating pads for me). Linda also interacted well with my midwife and husband to form a “team” that really got me though the latter stages of labor when I felt I had no strength left. I truly relied on my faith as well as this core group of people to make it through the process of natural birth. Linda was there for every contraction, helping and offering suggestions to help me get through it. She also took some very special photographs during labor and after birth that I will always treasure. Throughout my entire time and my experiences with Linda, including the follow-up phone calls and meetings, she really made me and my well-being her main priority and concern. I am so glad I met Linda, and I was blessed to have her serve as my doula.
Linda served as my doula for the birth of my son on March 15th, 2013. While my initial plans were to have my baby naturally with no pain medication, things did not go as expected. My labor was very long and, in the end, resulted in a cesarean section. Linda was very attentive and completely there for me and my husband before, during, and after my labor. While I labored unmededicated, Linda helped me get through each contraction with physical support and positive affirmations. Once it was determined that I had no choice other than a cesarean, Linda helped me come to terms with this fact and reassure me. She was in the room with us during my surgery and her pictures were the first time I got to see my son! Since being home, Linda and I have kept in touch and she has been great in answering all my first-time mom questions. I feel very fortunate to have had Linda as my doula and would definitely want to have her with me again!
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