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Alyson Mancini CD (DONA) Birth/Newborn Photographer

Inner Strength Birthing

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

Phone: 804-357-4272

Birth Fee: $600

Postpartum Rate: $25 to $30

Fee Details: Hi!! I'm Excited to be along with you on your journey!! I have 19 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!!

Birth Doula Experience: 4 years and 50 births attended

Postpartum Doula Experience: 0 years and 1 families served

Doula Training

Not Specified

Type of Practice: Solo practice

Clients per Month: 2 to 3 births and 1 to 2 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

Breastfeeding Certifications

  • I Bake Lactation Cookies / Choo Choo Lactation Cookies

Other Relevant Certifications

  • CPR Certified - Red Cross
  • Rebozo training, Comfort Measures Training, Acupressure, Aromatherapy

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Adoption
  • Cesarean birth
  • Clients on bed rest
  • Domestic Violence
  • Families conceiving with ART and IVF
  • High risk
  • Home Birth
  • Induced and high medical technology labor & birth
  • Multiples
  • Over 40
  • Plus size mothers
  • Postpartum mood disorders
  • Prematurity
  • Remote and rural clients birthing away from home
  • Single parents
  • Survivors of Previous Life Trauma
  • Survivors of childhood sexual abuse
  • Teens
  • Twins
  • VBAC
  • Waterbirth
  • Women and Families of Color

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 famiies
  • Miscarriage Support (Before, During or After)
  • 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)

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

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

Languages spoken: English

Service Area Map

Area of practice: Aylett, VA
Travel Range: 60 Miles

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

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Belecia Weeks

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!

Posted 2/13/2018

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Mora T

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.  

 

Posted 1/7/2018

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Lauren Barwood

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. 

Posted 12/14/2017

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Louise Smith

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!

Posted 10/23/2017

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Rachel McDermott

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.

Posted 6/27/2017

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Heather O'Steen

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.

Posted 12/29/2016

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Brianne Stellfox

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!
Bre

Posted 7/21/2015

Birth Availability for Alyson Mancini CD (DONA) Birth/Newborn Photographer

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