Birth Fee: Not specified
Fee Details: I am happy to discuss my fee for birth support doula, and/or postpartum care services, when expectant mothers call for information on the services I offer, both labor support, and Mindful Birth and Beyond Childbirth Educations Playshops. Please see my website for client/midwife/physician testimonials. 19 years and over 1000 births worth of experience. ( And mother to three deeply beloved, grown daughters).
Birth Doula Experience: 19 years and 1001 births attended
Not SpecifiedType of Practice: Solo practice
Clients per Month: 2 to 3Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Former doula program coordinator and head of perinatal grief and loss program , Holy Cross Hospital Outsourced birth and postpartum doula services contractor for Shady Grove Adventist Hospital I am also an expressive arts and mindfulness meditation teacher.
Languages spoken: English
Service Area MapArea of practice: Baltimore, MD
Allison is a highly skilled and expert doula! I had a very long and difficult labor, and Allison helped me the whole way. She met us in triage, where the nursing staff told me I could either get a non-bathtub room right away, or wait an hour or two to get a bathtub room. I was ready to take the non bathtub room (just to get out of triage!) and Allison helped remind me that I had really wanted a bathtub and that a little patience now would yield major rewards later. This help ended up being crucial, I labored for several hours in the bathtub and was so happy to have it! Allison is highly skilled at massage, which I also used a lot. Even better, she taught my husband some massage techniques, so he could be more involved. I ended up stalled out for several hours, and needed interventions to keep progressing, which made the pain go off the charts and I ended up demanding an epidural. Allison was completely non-judgemental, and supported me in my choice even though it wasn't in the original plan. In the end, almost 2 full days after I went into labor, we had a big, healthy baby boy! I am not sure I would have had the stamina to get through a very long labor without Allison's support.
We can't recommend Allison and Kairos Doulas enough! We wanted a doula who would be a partner and coach, but not someone who would cause friction in the delivery room. Allison came highly recommended by our OB. From our first conversation, she added only positive energy to the birth experience.
We first met with Allison in person, and then spoke weekly just prior to our due date. Over that time, Allison helped us to start thinking about what we wanted out of a birth -- natural, to the extent possible. She helped kick our preparation into high gear.
We had a long (2+ days) early labor -- and it was wonderful to have a trusted, experienced advisor to guide us. (We had great doctors, but they reasonably don't get involved quite that early.). Allison checked in frequently for status updates and to answer questions. She helped us decide when to call the doctor and go to the hospital.
When it turned out that our OB was away for the weekend of our birth, it was especially reassuring to have a familiar face in the room. In the labor and delivery suite, Allison continued to bring her positive energy to the process, suggesting ways to get through contractions. She is also a skilled massage therapist -- which was especially fantastic at this point. And she was completely nonjudgmental about suggesting options for pain management along the way.
After the birth of our daughter, Allison continued to check in with resources and advice. We really can't recommend her highly enough, and would be happy to talk to anyone who would like to know more.
My husband and I feel grateful and blessed to have shared our son's birth with Allison. In the long weeks leading up to his birth (he was a week late), her support was invaluable. She helped us through three practice labors, gave us planning materials, checked in regularly, and was supportive in any way she could be. On the big day, she talked us through our pre labor and met us at the hospital. I had been unsure what it would look like with both Allison and my husband there to support me. It ended up feeling like a perfectly synchronized dance that was just right in every way. It was clear throughout our labor and delivery not only how much experience Allison has, but also her talent for quickly and swiftly giving parents just what they need. At each step of the labor, she anticipated my needs for pain relief and comfort techniques, included my husband in doing them, and then stepped out of the way, if appropriate, and let us labor together. She offered words of encouragement, tears of joy, and silence at just the right moments. She helped me feel strong, beautiful, and capable. She navigated the hospital staff and midwives with grace and professionalism. When we had a medical scare, she was calm and knew what to do. The day I gave birth to our son was the most intense and special day of my life. My husband and I cherish Allison and the role she played that day.
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