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Sylvia Hannah McCormick

Richmond Doula Project

Phone: 804 543 3738

Birth Fee: $0 to $700

Fee Details: As your doula, I work for you and you alone, supporting you on your journey through pregnancy, birth and the early days of parenthood. I provide education as well as both emotional and physical support for you before, during, and after the birth of your baby. My priority as your doula is to help you feel empowered and confident in your pregnancy and birth. Please feel free to contact me and let me know your financial needs. I am more than happy to accommodate to you and offer services for barter.

Birth Doula Experience: 4 years and 26 births attended

Doula Training

  • The Organization of Labor Assistants for Birth Options & Resources (toLabor), September 2013
Type of Practice: Other

Clients per Month: 1 to 3

Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Attends home births? Any Home Birth

Other Relevant Certifications

  • American Heart Association BLS (Basic Life Support) Certification
  • CPR Certified - Red Cross
  • I am currently studying to be a registered nurse (RN) on the path to becoming a certified nurse midwife (CNM).

College Education

  • BA/BS

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Addiction Recovery
  • Cesarean birth
  • Clients on bed rest
  • Expected stillbirth
  • High risk
  • Induced and high medical technology labor & birth
  • LGBTQP Families
  • Over 40
  • Plus size mothers
  • Postpartum mood disorders
  • Single parents
  • Survivors of Previous Life Trauma
  • Survivors of childhood sexual abuse
  • Teens
  • Twins
  • VBAC
  • Waterbirth
  • Women and Families of Color

Special Services Offered

  • Abortion Support
  • Antepartum doula
  • Aromatherapy
  • Baby-led weaning
  • Babywearing education
  • Belly casting
  • Bereavement doula (pregnancy & infant loss)
  • Birth counseling for survivors of childhood sexual abuse
  • Military famiies
  • Miscarriage Support (Before, During or After)
  • Mother blessing celebrations
  • Reduced rates for women considering adoption
  • Sibling support (for your older children at the birth)

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

During my training as a doula, I volunteered for Montreal Birth Companions, a non profit doula organization providing free services to women in need, including immigrants, people without health care, and those who are otherwise socially isolated. I offer similar services in Richmond, working with the East End Pregnancy Center, Gray Haven, Birth Matters and Urban Baby Beginnings to expand education, support and advocacy for people of all socio-economic backgrounds. I currently work as a full spectrum doula for the Richmond Doula Project, a doula organization under the Richmond Reproductive Freedom Project that provides free and sliding scale services to pregnant people, no matter the outcome of the pregnancy.

Languages spoken: French and English

Service Area Map

Area of practice: Richmond, VA
Travel Range: 30 Miles

Client Testimonials for Sylvia Hannah McCormick

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Nikki Eggleston

I really appreciated Hannah in so many ways! Her knowledge and experience were so apparent throughout the time with her which provided us with such confidence. Her gentle demeanor made it easy to talk to her and ask questions without feeling naive. Her strength was contagious when dealing with standing your ground with the kind of birth you want and yet her kindness towards others kept us loving all the staff we worked with. Hannah is such an amazing person and support, we really cannot recommend her enough! Thank you, Hannah!!!

Posted 5/26/2017

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Katherine Barnett

After a previous experience speaking with a doula, my husband and I were very hesitant about having one at our daughters birth. Hannah offered to speak with us about what having a doula could mean for us, and within one conversation with her I knew she could help us have the experience we were hoping for. It was as if we didn't need any doula-we needed Hannah. She is calming, kind and incredibly knowledable. As we got further into my pregnancy, we found out our little girl was transverse breech. I was set on a natural birth, and Hannah did everything in her power to help make this possible. From moxibustion, how to videos on inversions to being there for our version, I felt supported and advocated for in a highly stressful situation. One of the things I love about Hannah is her ability to make you feel heard. In a situation that I struggled to come to terms with amidst big and at times scary decisions, Hannah always made sure to help me pause and ask myself "am I comfortable with this?".

The day of my delivery Hannah arrived moments after we got to the hospital and started making the room cozy. This was a wonderful touch, but what I appreciated even more was her awareness of me. Knowing that we were headed in for surgery after trying so hard for a natural birth felt hard. With paperwork, IV's and monitors going our room could have felt harsh. At all times Hannah worked to be sure it didn't-she put on music, rubbed my feet with essential oils and kept an open dialogue to be sure I was as calm as possible. Once we got to the OR, Hannah was able to tell us what was happening and support us in one of the biggest moments of our lives. She stayed and helped with breastfeeding and helped us get comfortable. The days following, she not only touched base but came and visited us both in the hospital and at home. Her level of care, love and support were more than I could have ever asked for and will always be grateful for. Thank you, Hannah! 

 

Posted 5/11/2017

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Jenilee Shanks

Hannah helped my partner and I welcome our little boy into the world on August 18, but our relationship started long before that. At our initial interview with Hannah and other members of her doula group, we knew that she was the right person for us to work with. Hannah is all of the things that you would want in a doula. She's generous and kind; patient and caring. However, I think what we liked best is that she was always willing to work with us in the way that we needed. We are people who love and need information and facts. Once we told Hannah this, she really listened. Throughout my pregnancy, every time I had a question about something or was unsure of my thoughts on a specific topic, Hannah would provide me with articles and information and then help me to make my own decisions with my partner. I think the thing that Hannah did best was to help me take ownership of my pregnancy and labor. She was always there to make sure that both I and my partner were supported and confident.

My actual labor was rather long (36 hours), but it started slowly. I began to feel uncertain about laboring at home even though my contractions still weren't very strong yet. Hannah immediately came over to our house anyway to help us remember to rest, to relax into our groove, and to enjoy the moment. Eventually my water broke, and I decided to go to the hospital. Hannah drove separately and met us there. Right away she made the room feel inviting and comfortable. It was a long time, but she made sure my partner rested and was always focused on getting us both through the labor as comfortably as possible. She gently reminded me of my options and through it all I felt in control. I was lucky enough to achieve my goal of a natural birth with low interventions and no pain medication. I know that this was only possible because of the knowledge and support that Hannah offered my partner and I. Her focus on our specific needs made our birth a wonderful experience.

Posted 3/3/2017

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Diane Pletcher

We decided one month before our EDD to use a doula.  We picked Hannah because we liked that she was studying to be a nurse and rounding at our hospital.  Howerver, we lucked out because she is such a calming presence and extremely attentive, but was also strong and insistent in keeping our wishes at the forefront.

During the weeks leading up to our child's birth, I let Hannah know when I had new symptoms, she regularly checked in, and she made herself available to us, even driving half an hour to our home for pre-birth meetings.

She was SO invaluable with my labor, especially since it started on a Wednesday night and ended on Saturday evening.  I cannot imagine not having her there, and she provided my poor husband much needed breaks throughout my long labor.  When I was worried partway through, and nurses from my OBGYN's office were pressuring me to come in early, she rushed to our home Friday afternoon and wisely counseled us to wait (if we had gone in earlier, I would likely have been checked into the hospital instead of comfortably laboring at home).  She helped set up a soothing atmosphere in my room and around the birthing tub once we arrived at the hospital; she stayed by my side while I labored in the tub Saturday morning, allowing my husband to rest; she helped my husband hold up my legs while I pushed; and she even snapped a few photos of the birth.  We found out later she napped on a bench outside the hospital while waiting the 7+ hours for me to be fully dilated after getting an epidural, instead of going home.  Now that is dedication!

Hannah truly enhanced our birth experience, and any new mom would be lucky to have her!  She doesn't just work for you, she genuinely cares for you and the whole process.

 

Posted 2/27/2017

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Erin Braun

The thought of having a doula scared me at first. I was afraid that it might feel like an intrusion during an intimate time, or be another person for me to worry about. It turned out that far from hindering my experience, having Hannah with us was not only reassuring and helpful but is actually what allowed me to enjoy the special moments of my son's birth.

I had decided late in my pregnancy to have a doula, and then went into labor early so there was little opportunity to get to know Hannah ahead of time. This did not stop her from answering her phone a week before she was to go on call for us, or rushing to get to us late at night when we needed her urgently. My labor was hard and fast, but Hannah responded to our needs quickly and jumped right in to help us emotionally and physically. She had a wealth of practical information and helpful tips, but her presence and comforting smile that helped me relax and enjoy my baby's first moments are what will remain imprinted in my heart forever. After my whirlwind labor, Hannah helped us piece together the time line of events and remember details that are now such an important part of our precious memories.

Today, the thought of giving birth without my doula is what scares me. To anyone in the process of making a decision, I would strongly encourage you to go ahead and contact Hannah. It will be the best and nicest thing you can do for yourself, your partner, your baby, and your healthcare provider. Now I happily join other experienced mothers in the community in knowing that should I become pregnant again, I'll tell my husband but my first phone call will be to Hannah.

Posted 10/20/2016

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Natasha R. Chenier

Hannah McCormick was a total godsend for our entire family.

No one tells you how much information there is swirling around pregnancy and birth, but there really is an overwhelming amount, and Hannah helped us get familiar with it and make informed choices going forward.

Because of Hannah I felt in charge of my birth, even though it didn't go as planned. I understood the interventions that were needed and so felt at ease when they were put in place. Moreover, while hospital staff left us to our own devices up until the very moment that our baby was coming into the world, Hannah stayed with us the whole time and comforted me on both an emotional and physical level, which was invaluable.

Hannah's postnatal care is just as fabulous as her prenatal and during-birth care. When I felt blue or when I doubted myself in any way she made herself available and guided me through those difficult moments as a new mom. 

 

I cannot recommend Hannah strongly enough. 

Posted 7/10/2016

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Hamame Anderson

Hannah was great from the first time we met. Having a doula is so important, it's not just for women who want a natural birth, but any birth. I cannot imagine going through labor without Hannah there with us. She was so helpful and knowledgable before, during, and after the birth of our baby girl. I am so grateful to have had her on my side. If you're pregnant, hire her. Hire her now. 

~ Melke

Posted 5/4/2016

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Kerry Dahm

I didn't think I needed a doula since I was getting great care with the midwives at VCU Hospital and that my husband could give me the support I needed to get through labor. Towards the end of my pregnancy, I realized how long Alex (my husband) and I would have to cope with my labor on our own at home before I could go to the hospital. Amber Price, who was then a midwife at VCU, highly recommended I hire a doula and that it be Hannah. She thought we would get along beautifully and she was right!

After an initial conversation on the phone and then an interview over Facetime (Hannah was in Canada), Alex and I knew she would be the right person to support us during our son's birth. Hannah provided amazing support from the moment we hired her. She was very responsive and kind to my many texts and she calmed my fears about birth during our meetings.

I went into labor 11 days before my due date and I labored at home for about 10 hours before heading to the hospital. Alex held my hands and talked with me while Hannah put counter pressure on my hips to relieve my contractions. Hannah helped me into the car while Alex rushed around grabbing our hospital bags. Hannah walked me to Labor and Delivery while Alex quickly tried to find parking. 

I had a great support team in the delivery room. The midwives and the attending nurse coached me through the pushing stage, which lasted 2.5 hours, while Hannah brought me apple juice, placed a cold towel on my head, and calmly gave me affirmations to help me muster the strength to keep pushing. She took photos using Alex's phone and recorded video of the moment we met our son for the first time.

The best way for me to describe my experience with Hannah is that my husband, the midwives and nurses were like a wonderful hot fudge sundae and Hannah was the much needed cherry on top.

Posted 3/26/2016

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Angel Brown

Hannah was amazing. Whenever I needed her she was available. Even a year later she is still there when I need her.

While preparing for my birth, she was attentive. At so many moments I was very needy, but she was amazing. She was not only my doula, she was my friend. 

During my delivery, she was knowledgeable about all methods to help with pain management. 

Overall, I had a great experience with Hannah and would recommend her to anyone searching for a doula.

Posted 3/21/2016

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afrah fawmey

Hannah was fantastic!!!! She was excellent. This was my first pregnancy and I had no family in USA except for my husband. Hannah was there the whole time and gave me full courage and confidence. I was too scared before Hannah came in but then with her support I did it. My birth plan was to have epidural because I was scared of natural birth. I informed Hannah that I am scared of hospitals so Hannah was there with me at my home since my first contraction and was taking care of me until I was ready to go to hospital. When I was at the hospital I was already 9 cm dilated but i never experienced a much of a pain since doula was right next to me to share. She is the best doula anyone can ever find. Very comfortable and felt like a sister. If it was not Hannah I am sure I would have had a complication in my pregnancy because she was there from the beginning to explain to me every step I was experiencing. That's the only reason I had a natural birth. We love you!!!

Posted 3/9/2016

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