Alyson Mancini CD (DONA) Birth/Newborn Photographer Photo

Alyson Mancini CD (DONA) Birth/Newborn Photographer

Inner Strength Birthing

Aylett, VA Service range 60 miles

804-357-4272

http://www.alysondoulacare.wixsite.com/innerstrength

Birth Fee

$700

Postpartum Rate

$25 to $30

Birth Fee

$700

Postpartum Rate

$25 to $30


Birth Doula Experience

6 years and 106 births attended

Postpartum Doula Experience

1 years and 5 families served


Doula Training

Not Specified

Type of practice: Solo practice

Clients per month: 1 to 3 births and 1 postpartum families

Postpartum limits/restrictions: No smokers

Attends hospital births? All Hospitals

Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers

Attends home births? Any Home Birth


Special Services Offered

  • Acupressure
  • Aromatherapy
  • Baby sign language education
  • Baby-led weaning
  • Babywearing education
  • Belly casting
  • Bereavement doula (pregnancy & infant loss)
  • Cancer patients and survivors
  • Cloth diapering education
  • Military families support
  • Miscarriage support
  • Mother blessing celebrations
  • Parenting consulting
  • Pregnancy, birth and/or newborn photography
  • Prenatal or postnatal massage
  • Reduced rates for women considering adoption
  • Satellite doula (for remote and rural clients)
  • Sibling support (for your older children at the birth)
  • Surrogates and intended parents

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

DONA CERTIFIED Birth Doula and DONA TRAINED Postpartum Doula Richmond doula member Family/Birth and Newborn Photography belly casting Choo Choo Lactation Cookies I have been a child care provider for years and have Cared for orphans in South Africa and Jamaica

Fee Details

Hi!! I'm Excited to be along with you on your journey!! I have 22 years of experience in caring for children and their families! I believe all women should have support during the most beautiful experiences of their lives! My birth fee includes 2 prenatal visits, Available by phone/email 24/7. Provide resources to you from the education and training I have. I'm trained in acupressure and different comfort measures. I will be with you during labor and through your birth,help you in postpartum, as well as visit you 5 to 7 days postpartum! I have had experience in c-sections, long labors, short labors, labor with nitrogen oxide, medicated and all natural birth support! I am a wife, mother!! I have a passion for caring for children and their families and I was called by God in being a birth doula!! Thanks for your time and looking forward to helping you with your beautiful birth!!! If there are financial concerns, we can talk about that and work it out to fit your family!!

Aylett, VA Service range 60 miles

Client Testimonials for Alyson Mancini CD (DONA) Birth/Newborn Photographer

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Lindsey Johnson

5/24/2020

I had Alyson as my doula  in July of 2019, I contacted her when I was in the last weeks of my pregnancy when I was scared and knew I needed more help. My first born was a long traumatic ordeal with minimal support other than from my husband and ended in an emergency csection. I was desperate for a VBAC and after reading reviews I knew Alyson was the one I wanted. With just a couple weeks left I was able to meet and bond with her and when the time came she was there right away to help in any way I needed. I was able to then go in to have a completely natural drug free birth that I truly don't think could have happened without Alyson's added support. And to top it off she was able to capture the most precious moments and make me a photo album that I will cherish forever. I will never be able to show just how much I appreciate her! Thank you Alyson!!!

Suzanne H

5/10/2020

Alyson was an amazing foula for us and she made the birthing experience as seamless as possible. We have used Alyson twice now as a doula and we wouldn't have had it any other way.

She was there to answer and questions I had during pregnancy, she even helped me with adjusting to being a mom the first time with postpartum help. During the birth she helped my husband and me stay calm and relaxed when needed. She used various techniques to help with pain management during labor as well. 

Alyson took maternity pictures for us the first pregnancy and they turn out amazing. She also takes pictures during the birth and newborn photos after we were home from the hospital. Having photos from the birth and after is amazing and it is something we we will be able to always look back at.

It was a huge comfort having Alyson be our sides to bring both our sons into the world and if we decided to have any more children we would use her again. I would highly recommend using Alyson!

Rosana

4/10/2020

Giving birth is both physically and emotionally challenging, nonetheless a very special one experience especially with the right support team.  I am glad Alyson was a part of my team!  From the first time my husband and I met her to the wee morning hours after giving birth, she provided the kind, confident and encouraging support my husband and I needed from a doula.  I was induced at 39 weeks and it took 2 days before the baby arrived!  Alyson stayed with us through the entire time.  She also helped create a calming environment in the otherwise very clinical delivery room by bringing string lights and aromatherapy oils/diffuser.  She teamed up with my husband to help me with stretches/walks and needed counter pressures during all types of contractions.  Most importantly, Alyson helped me work-up the much needed courage and mental strength so that I can go through with my desired birth plan.  The “cherries on top” are the photos Alyson took and the delicious choo choo lactation cookies ??.  Thank you for all you did for me and my family, Alyson!  We will never forget this experience with you.

Lindsay

3/14/2020

Alyson will forever hold a special place in our hearts for all that she did for us during our birth process. We were on the fence about getting a doula initallly and not really sure what to expect. The first time we met with Alyson we knew her calm, positive, confident vibe was just what we needed to help support my husband and I during the birth of our first child. She made us feel at ease going into the final pregnancy weeks and was always there to answer any questions. I ended up having to be induced and had a very long labor and she was there with us the entire time, even sleeping in the tiniest of chairs in our hospital room! Don't get me wrong the nurses were phenomenal but we would have felt lost without Alyson there supporting us. She did everything from advocating for me to be off the monitor so I could walk the stairs, to constantly filling my water cup, massaging my back, offering different positions to try for pain relief, and providing endless encouragement. As an added bonus she took high quality photos of our newborn and family during/after the birth that we will always cherish. She then comes out to your house postpartum bringing delicious lactation cookies and offering further support. She really should be charging 3 times as much for all that she does! I can't recommend Alyson enough. My husband and I were so pleased to have her on our team during the biggest day of our lives. 

Maggie

3/2/2020

We had a wonderful experience with Alyson as our doula. She helped me to feel prepared and confident leading up to labor. Once my labor started, Alyson helped me feel calm and make decisions such as when to go to the hospital. During labor, Alyson suggested ways to keep contractions progressing and helped me work through them as they became more intense. She explained what was happening with my body and assured me that I had the strength to get through it. Because of her and my husband's support, I was able to achieve the birth goals that I had set for myself. When I had some complications after my son was born, Alyson helped me to stay calm and trust in my medical team. She stayed with us until we were settled in our recovery room and visited us the next day and a few days after. I felt very supported throughout the end of my pregnancy, labor and delivery, and early postpartum period. As a bonus, we have some beautiful photographs to remember the experience. I would recommend Alyson to anyone looking for a birth doula. She was a calming, reassuring support for me and I don't think I would have had the same empowering birth experience without her. 

Kenndra Buyalos

1/30/2020

My husband and I will treasure the birth experience we recieved working with Alyson as our doula. She takes plenty of time to discuss your needs leading up to the big day, and she was available to answer all of our questions from the time we contacted her. She has a very calming and nurturing personality, which helped to ease our anxiety as first-timers. During my 30-hour labor, Alyson provided quiet guidance and the encouragement we needed during the trying moments. We are also incredibly grateful for the photos she captured! The birth of a child is already unforgettable, and having the help of Alyson as your doula puts it over the top!

lauren wilson

1/21/2020

We had a great experience with Alyson.  Our son came 6 weeks early and Alyson immediately provided support as soon as she got the news.  She was a calming influence and helped us organize our birth plan originally and then adjust it once the pregnancy became high-risk.  We found her knowledge, help, and support invaluable during a labor that had to be MD supported rather than midwife and she worked well as an intermideary to the staff, especially as labor progressed and my ability to advocate for myself diminished.  She and my husband worked as a natural team to help me reposition, give him tiny breaks, provide counterpressure and coach/reasure me when contractions became more intense.  Alyson was also very supportive, flexible, and responsive post-labor, providing support and information as we transitioned to the NICU and then home.  The photos and parting package were very touching as well.  Our experience with Alyson solidified our belief that a doula is an instrumental part of a positive labor experience and we wholeheartedly recommend her. 

 

 

 

Vicki

1/20/2020

Looking back, I know that as a first time mom and nurse practitioner, I had several important values that I brought to the table during the planning process for our sons birth day. I knew that the decisions my husband and I made leading up to childbirth and during the birthing process were very significant for my own health and for the health of our baby. Therefore, we decided the importance of hiring a doula to support us through this amazing journey.

Alyson was everything that we could have ever imagined - caring, supportive, confidant, informative, proactive. She never left my side and gave my husband guidance in supporting my needs during labor. We are so thankful for her assistsnce during this process and will definitely be recommending her to friends and family. If you are looking for an amazing doula to assist your family - stop scrolling and call Alyson right now! 

Audrey Carroll

10/4/2019

I cannot say express how grateful I am for Alyson and her work as our doula. I was skeptical about hiring one in the first place but I am so glad we did. I had an emergency c-section with my first child and wanted so badly to have a natural vbac birth. This is my fiance and I's first child together and his first birth experience. Alyson was with me as soon as I was in early labor, up to when I thought I couldn't do it anymore and next to me holding my leg and taking photos of my son being born. She was so supportive of my fiance and how important his role was in my labor as well. She went above and beyond to capture all of the moments you might miss in the midst of everything in her photos. And above all her personality and her genuine care and love for her work speaks for itself. I got my vbac I so badly wanted because she was there with us. I truly 100% believe that.

Sarah

7/20/2019

A friend of mine recommended Alyson after  having her at the birth of her baby. She said we absolutely had to hire Alyson and there was no question that Alyson had made their experience a positive one. The next day I reached out to Alyson and after a brief meeting, my husband and I hired her to help us as well. 

I was lucky enough to have a fairly easy pregnancy without complications but I had no idea how hard the labor and delivery would be for me. Though it was fast, it was extremely painful (even with an epidural) and having Alyson there to help me and comfort my husband and my mom was amazing- I don’t know how I would have managed without her. 

The hospital was short staffed the night my son decided to arrive so having Alyson with us was incredibly helpful. She made sure I was as comfortable as possible and spoke up for me when necessary. She became a huge part of my birth experience and takes the extra step to connect with the families she supports. 

I never thought I would need a doula and really didn’t want to build the extra expense into the baby budget but I can’t explain how glad I am that we did. Alyson is worth every penny and more! I know I would be looking back wishing we had hired her if we hadn’t. She provides a wealth of knowledge, a helping hand, various perspectives, sweet little gifts and will become your friend. 

Thank you, Alyson, for helping me bring my beautiful baby boy into this world and sharing your love with my family!

Sarah Gray Innes

4/15/2019

I can’t imagine what our birth would have been like without Alyson. It was a blessing having her by our side throughout my pregnancy and labor.  And the greatest giftshe gave us was the amazing photographs she took during my delivery.  They are something we will cherish forever!

Because I was a first time mom, I had very little knowledge of what decisions I would need to make at the hospital. Before my birth, we met a couple of times.  She walked me through all of the various options and choices that I would soon have to make.  She helped me confidently create a birth plan and was very supportive of every decision we made.

She also guided us seemlessly through the birth once we were at the hospital. What I valued most was that she was there to support every decision I made and be my advocate in the hospital far beyond what the nurses were able to do. She stayed by my side when I was shaking through the epidural and held my leg the entire time while pushing. After my son arrived, I really appreciated her coming to the hospital and our house to check on my postpartum recovery. She is an amazing resource! We will definitely be using Alyson for all of our future births!

Lauren Sweeney

3/21/2019

Alyson was an excellent doula. She was knowledgeable, patient with me (first time mom), and helped me through the entire labor and delivery process.  Hiring her was one of the best decisions my husband and I made during this phase of life. We’d highly recommend her and her services!

Heather O'Steen

2/10/2019

I completely recommend Alyson as a doula. We received our birth photos and im

completely in love. She didn’t miss a detail. This is our second birth we’ve had the joy of having her by our side. She offers the best rapport and is truly a dear friend. We have a great connection and the energy in my birth space always feels safe and protected. 

 

A keeper of space, a true hands on hip squeezing labor comforting essential woman to have for your pregnancy, Labor, birth and beyond. 

Alyse Cecil

9/18/2018

I contacted Alyson after my husband and I had made the decision to choose an unmedicated birth. This was my fourth baby but was the first time I chose to have an unmedicated birth. To say I was nervous was an understatement. She was the calming influence I needed to keep me focused and stick to my decisio. She was there when I thought I was in labor I swear a million times. The day I was actually in labor she was calling to check on me ever couple of hours to make sure I was doing ok. When the time came that my contractions were finally strong and close enough to convince me I was really in labor she was there. When the hospital told me I wasn’t progred enough to stay she walked with me until I was ready and the hospital said yes I was indeed going to have a baby. She was my voice for me when I couldn’t speak. She made sure all my wishes on my birth plan were met even when it wasn’t what was easiest for the dr. I can’t thank her enough for all her suppor. If I have another baby she will be my first call..... after my husband. I would recommend her to anyone having a baby.

Robin Jones Mayes

8/28/2018

I don't know where to begin because Alyson is all around amazing. This was the second pregnancy that I used her services. I say services but Alyson has become a part of our family. She is attentive, helpful, caring, and a wealth of knowledge. Although, this was my 3rd baby, I'm still not an expert and there where some things I wanted to happen this delivery that did not happen during others. This pregnancy was difficult because I had a miscarriage prior to this full term birth and Alyson was a calming force. She advocated when I wasn't able to articulate my wants, she ensured that the time and atmosphere was set for a successful delivery, and she was my biggest cheerleader {next to my husband). I can't sing her praises enough. She was my familiar face in the delivery room in the absence of my mother, mother in law, and my doctor. I love Alyson and highly recommend her to any family looking for birth support. 

Belecia Weeks

2/13/2018

With my first birth I had no real plan and ended up getting an epidural. I knew with this baby I wanted a natural birth. At the advice of my midwife and many friends, I decided to hire a doula. When I met Alyson I felt a connection right away. She had such a warm and peaceful demeanor and instantly made me feel at ease. Throughout my pregnancy she was always readily available whether I just had a question, needed reassurance, or just to touch base. She was so sincere and full of encouragement and affirmation. When my husband met her at the 2nd prenatal visit he too felt such a peace with her and told me afterwards he was so glad I had chosen her! Throughout my pregnancy she touched base with me often, and as I neared the end she checked in with me daily. I just knew this baby would be born early like my first one (36+6 wks) so starting at 36+6 I was sure each day would be the day haha. With still no signs of labor at 40wks I began to feel anxious and discouraged because I wanted a natural birth so badly and didn't want to have to have medical intervention. Alyson offered incredible support and encouragement and helped me feel confident and at peace. I finally went into labor at 40+6 wks but had such a fast labor (2 hours), I barely made it to the hospital and literally gave birth in the foyer. Lol. Very shortly thereafter Alyson arrived to my L&D room and even though my crazy fast labor didn't allow the opportunity for her support during labor, she brought an immediate sense of calm and peace, and her gentle touch and warm demeanor were so comforting. She also captured the most beautiful photos that will be forever treasured. She was such a blessing as my doula but I also feel that I gained a friend. I can't say enough wonderful things about Alyson!

Mora T

1/7/2018

Alyson is absolutely an angel! I was very hestitant to hire a doula but after talking with a coworker I knew I needed to.  I was hoping to acheive a VBAC after a traumatic c-section experience with my son 11 years ago.  I hired Alyson because she was such a gentle soul but so knowledgeable and firm with what the birthing process should be.  Throughout my pregnancy, Alyson shared multiple tips and tricks to help make those pesky 'back-end vein' annoyances more bearable.  She traveled to my home to help with my birth plan and meet my family.  

I was determined not to be induced with this pregnancy as I was with my last and I wanted to experience what labor felt like. When I actually went into labor, I was very scared that it wasn't truly the time but Alyson knew it was and beat me to the hospital! This was after I asked her to wait.  As soon as we got together at the hospital, she was a COMFORT! I was having back labor, vomiting, and my contractions were about 2 mins apart.  She encouraged me to use the birth ball, used massage techniques to help minimize the pain (OMG did they work), and used aromatherapy to help relax me.  She showed my husband where to help apply pressure to help me relax and made sure he and I knew when contractions were intensifying and completing.  

Ultimately, I chose to get an epidural and having a csection but Alyson was SO helpful in making sure I understood why the csection was necessary.  After the epidural, she made sure I stayed on the peanut ball, adjusted positions, and monitored contractions that I couldn't feel.  

After delivery, she made sure I had skin to skin and breastfed as son as possible. At our post partum visit, she brought an album with photos from my birth, lactation cookies, and took photos of our 1 week old.  I couldn't stop the tears of gratefulness.  

 

Lauren Barwood

12/14/2017

Alyson is an amazing person and doula. I went through a high risk pregnancy and knew I wanted an advocate on my side when I went into labor. Alyson was so attentive and compassionate to my every need throughout my pregnancy. She was always easily accessible. She helped me when I was feeling overwhelmed and focused my attention on what was really important. She was a calming presence during a potentially chaotic and scary time. She was nothing but supportive and understanding of my needs and birth plan desires. I could always count on her experience and calming spirit. She was one fo the greatest investments we could have ever made during pregnancy. I highly recommend her to anyone who is curious about or considering hiring a doula. There's no way I could have made it through my pregnancy without her. She made everything better. Not only was she a great support to us during pregnancy, she was there for us during labor and post partum. She took photos during the birth of our daughter and gave them to us in an album and digital copies as well. She also came to our house, made me lactation cookies and took photos after birth as well. Alyson was a total godsend and I couldn't be more grateful for her service and devotion to our family. 

Louise Smith

10/23/2017

I met Alyson while in labor for the first time, as the doula I originally hired (and who also helped me through the delivery of my first child) was unable to attend my second child's birth.  Alyson was her back-up.  She met us at the hospital and immediately put my husband and me at ease despite it being our first time meeting.  She was wonderful - helping with comfort measures and helping my husband know how to best support me.  She has such a calming presence!  I was also thrilled to learn she offers photography as part of her services - we have beautiful photos of my son after his birth, which I didn't expect.  She captured so many beautiful moments that I wouldn't have remembered otherwise!  True treasures.  In summary, Alyson is a wonderful, comforting doula and a talented photographer wrapped up in one!

Rachel McDermott

6/27/2017

I'm so thankful to have had Alyson with me during my daughter's birth! After having had a c-section with my first child, I wanted more than anything to have a natural childbirth. It felt like the deck was stacked against me. Alyson's support and advice helped me to reduce the anxiety I was feeling. Her support during my 22 hours of labor were invaluable. With her help and pain relief techniques I was able to stay strong in avoiding pain medications and fulfill my desire of having a natural birth.

Heather O'Steen

12/29/2016

It was a joyous time for both my husband and I when we received the confirmation of our growing baby through ultrasound. I knew immediately that this being my second child, that I wanted a completely all natural drug and pain med free birth. With my husband there was great hesitation and a lack of understanding why I had made this choice for not only myself but for our baby. I asked my mother-in-law about a “doula” because I read on the ole so great Google that one was recommended along with a midwife instead of a regular OB/GYN. She quickly recommended Alyson Mancini, knowing her and her field and through Henrico Doctors Hospital. As soon as we met, there was a warming gentleness about her. As the face-to-face meetings came and went she stayed connected through my prenatal appointments asking questions and keeping her updated as possible. When it came down to “the day," she was quick to answer my call. She didn’t skip a beat, she stood strong to my birth plan and didn’t bend or budge. Through contractions she kept me goal focused. She made me feel so comfortable with the entire process. I remember hesitating with movements that felt right and sounds haha because of what I thought the nurse, midwife and my husband would think. She reassured me to ”Do this, do that, do whatever feels right to you. Listen to your body and feel what your baby needs”. Alyson stayed beside me the whole time, even being wheeled into the maternity wing. Alyson came to our home after a few days to see how we were both handling the new changes, gave me a gift of “Mothers Milk” tea, her homemade lactation cookies, a flash drive with all our birth photos amongst other thoughtful items. To this very day, almost 9 months later, she’s still a very dear friend. I am a proud supporter of a birth doula and would highly recommend her. She’s great at what she does and was so comfortable and friendly to work with. We love her.

Brianne Stellfox

7/21/2015

Alyson is wonderful and I highly recommend her as a labor doula!
She has a very natural gift of helping women through labor. She's kind, empathetic, intelligent and responsible.
I gave birth in April 2014. Alyson met with me and my husband before I went into labor to provide labor prep. She was also available by phone and email, to answer questions and provide support. She gave us educational materials specific to our needs. I was pretty overwhelmed the couple of weeks prior to my labor and called Alyson a few times to chat. She was so supportive and insightful and helped me to regain a sense of empowerment.
During my labor she was truly awesome. I had an intense portion of labor and Alyson was a steady, calm yet powerful presence as she supported me through every contraction, hour after hour. She continually helped me to tap into my own inner power and intuition, she helped me with positioning, she encouraged me, she rubbed my back and brought me water, she helped support my husband, she continued to remind me of my birth plan and helped me think through different medical options during my labor, etc.
Bottom line, she played a significant part in making my labor be the very positive experience I remember it to be. Without her, I expect my labor would have been overwhelming. If we have another child I am most definitely asking Alyson to be my birth doula again!
Good luck & enjoy the experience!
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