Birth Fee: $900 to $1200
Postpartum Rate: $40
Fee Details: It would only vary if there are added travel expenses. I do a select few donation/volunteer births a year.
Birth Doula Experience: 30 years and 315 births attended
Postpartum Doula Experience: 5 years and 30 families served
Not SpecifiedType of Practice: Partnership with 2 or more doulas
Clients per Month: 1 to 4 births and 2 postpartum familiesPostpartum limits/restrictions: No smokers No drugs, minimum 4 hour postpartum shifts,
Volunteer for local under privileged. My Advocacy is my Doula Work/Doula Vonda Birth Services for Moms and Babies most at all the local surrounding healthcare providers in our community.
Languages spoken: English
Service Area MapArea of practice: Saint Augustine, FL
Doula Vonda was ... kind, grounding, knowledgeable, open-minded, and experienced. In short, she was essential to my partner's birth experience. Even though I was at her bedside, there were times that - but for Doula Vonda - I'm not sure her birth experience would have ended up being what we'd hoped for. We took Vonda's hynobirthing class, which began to feel like a visit from a really talented and knowledgeable friend than anything else by the conclusion of the course. Vonda is a very important resource to the Saint Augustine community, and we are so grateful for her invovlement in our lives!
I cannot say enough wonderful things about Vonda. My husband and I planned to take a Hypnobirthing class she was teaching. When the class did not fill up, she completely accommodated our crazy schedules and came to our home instead for private lessons and declined to have us pay the private session fee. The class was wonderful, both my husband and I truly enjoyed having the class with Vonda. Due to the nature of things, we were unable to have the hypnobirth we had hoped for and I had to be induced for the safety of myself and the baby. Vonda reached out to me, kept in touch with me as I dealt with the disappointment of not having the birth experience I had hoped. After the birth and we came home, a whole new set of unforeseen challenges arrived and I hired Vonda as my postpartum doula and she was worth every single penny and more. She saved my sanity as I went through the transition to becoming a first-time mom. She was always prompt with responses, available to talk at the very least and when she was physically able, was with me to help me through a trying time. All I can say is that with baby number 2 (hopefully!), I know who I'll be calling!!!!
I birthed my son completely naturally, in a water birth, and Vonda's hypnobirthing class was instrumental in allowing me to accomplish this. I am a first time mom and did not go into the birth center until I was 8cm thanks to using the tools I had learned in class. My husband also took the class with me and helped me through the whole way.
Vonda was a wonderful support and source of comfort throughout my pregnancy and birth. Words can't explain how invaluable she was, especially on birthing day! She was always just a text away throughout my whole pregnancy and attended several of my doctor's appointments and ultrasounds. She knows so much about the birthing experience and is priceless resource. I wouldn't go through a pregnancy or birth without her. My labor and delivery did not go exactly as planned (as is so often the case) and Vonda stayed by my side for an exhausting 30+ hours with little food or sleep. I was also so thankful she was there to talk to my family and support my husband so that I could focus on myself and the baby. Vonda is extremely gentle, loving, and supportive. I think she has seen it all and I was so thankful for her level of experience. I would recommend her to anyone!
I always knew I wanted a doula, Hospitals can be a scary place and having someone with the inside scoop seemed to only make sense when giving birth. I instantly felt like Vonda might know what the hell is going on in a state of chaos. We were 4 days late and went in for a NST and baby was doing fine. Vonda told me to sugar up for it so baby would be a jumping bean, so we passed with flying colors! At around 1:30am I started having contractions. After 10 consecutive ones I decided to call Vonda. She must keep her phone glued to herself in the middle of the night because she responded right away, a very important thing you want in a doula! She ended up coming around 2:30am. I was able to labor at home as long as possible. That’s one of the best things about Vonda, she gave us this freedom to be comfortable and trust my body that we would not have had if she weren’t there. We went to the hospital around 6:30am. I labored for 22 hours and because of Vonda I honestly can’t say I wanted pain medicine at any point. I took Hypno-birthing with Vonda and it really did the trick. Also understanding exactly what your body is doing really seems to help in giving into the contraction and let it wave over you. My “pain medicine” was a pelvic pressure that Vonda and my husband would do in the midst of a contraction. The minute they lifted my pelvis I was relieved, so having two people to trade on and off was a very important thing. The baby was born at 11:37 that night. Don’t get me wrong it was hard, but you just keep taking one contraction after another getting you closer to the end result. I could not believe I had no inductions or drugs, which was by far the hardest thing I have ever done! Thank god for my amazing husband and doula Vonda who worked really hard helping me through this birth. In the end we were tired but it was all so worth it. He is so beautiful and a breastfeeding, alert little champ!
I can honestly say I don’t know what I would have done without my doula, Vonda. From the moment I found out I was pregnant I knew wanted low intervention birth. I was scared about the birth, this being my first pregnancy, but I decided to educate myself in relaxation techniques and natural methods to make the process as comfortable as possible. I had heard of the Hypnobirthing program before and was all about taking the course taught by Vonda. It was a lot of fun, it really helped to be able to talk through some of my fears and brought up some good questions I wouldn’t have otherwise thought to ask. I also felt it was a great way to connect with my husband as my birthing partner.
My labor began unexpectedly premature at around 36 weeks. The birth itself was fast but beautiful, there wasn‘t time to prepare or gather anything for my birth kit. When she arrived my baby wasn’t screaming like newborns in the movies, just kind of checking me out with wide, bright eyes. I truly believe she was calm because of the Hypnobirthing and the tranquility of the space she was born into. She was so tiny in my hands, barely five pounds, but she was very aware and rosy.
I was only able to spend a few hours precious hours with my daughter right after the birth before she was transferred to the NICU. Vonda stayed by my side during the admission, and good thing too because I think I was in shock. Helpless can only begin to describe how I felt, I thought I would break her by just touching her little hand once she was hooked up with wires and tubes coming from everywhere. Through the next 21 days in the NICU Vonda remained a constant source of encouragement, knowledge and strength. She went above and beyond to help me and my family through a very difficult start for our baby. And she has been an integral part my daughter blossoming into the wonderful little person she is today.
My husband Robert and I knew that we wanted to attempt a natural childbirth. In preparation, we took a HypnoBirthing class. We learned so much in this class and while we felt ready for a natural birth, we were also aware of the potential obstacles that might stand in the way of delivering naturally in a hospital. For this reason, we decided to hire a doula.
We met Vonda Bartlett and immediately felt a connection with her and asked her to be a part of our birth. Not only did Vonda come out to our home, but she also attended several of our doctor appointments, which we especially appreciated. If we ever had doubts about something one of the doctors told us, we could go to Vonda for an honest and trusted opinion. Because of the relationship we established with her, in so many ways I felt more comfortable and trusted her more than the group of doctors I was seeing. We could rest assured that she truly had our best interests at heart.
I labored at home for 14 hours with my wonderful husband and Mom by my side. When my contractions got closer together, Vonda came over to help guide us and then accompanied us to the hospital. Later, I remember my Mom telling me how she felt an immediate sense of relief as soon as Vonda entered the room. I felt the same.
Once at the hospital, Vonda gently made sure that the nurses were aware of our birth preferences. She and my husband were an amazing team during labor. Vonda reminded me of my HypnoBirthing training and kept the room feeling so calm and as stress-free as possible.
At 7:22 pm that evening, we gave birth to a healthy and beautiful baby boy. Vonda stayed a good while after the birth to help me breastfeed and to make sure that I felt comfortable with everything. Robert and I feel so grateful that she was a part of our birth. Her constant encouragement, advice and calm nature were invaluable during this special time in our lives.
Doula Vonda is the kindest, gentlest person I know. This is the perfect career for her! She taught us Hypnobirthing when we had 2 months left before the birth of our 2nd son. She was very caring throughout the entire learning process and made sure we understood all the concepts. It made us so excited and look forward to labor although we never thought we would. After all, who gets excited about something that our society deems as painful? Not only that but with our first son, we had gone the hospital route thinking that we could wing it with natural birth and of course ended up getting painkillers, an epidural and Pitocin. Nobody there knew anything about natural childbirth and I had a lot of fear because I felt helpless. I know now that fear is why I had so much excruciating pain the first time.
This time around having Doula Vonda there with us throughout the entire process made a huge difference in the way things went. Doula Vonda taught us everything that was going to happen and so we knew going into it what to expect. Most importantly, she helped me get past my very real fears of failing in natural childbirth. I can honestly say that this 2nd birth was not a painful experience. I was not afraid this time. I had confidence. I was in the zone and focused. Having Doula Vonda there with her soft, quiet voice and peaceful presence helped me know that I could get through it peacefully. Our son was born within 6 hours of labor. He was even born en caul (in the sac) which shows how calm I was! The methods taught in Hypnobirthing are different from the conventional methods but having experienced both, I can tell you this is a much better way to go! I felt awesome afterwards and said to myself, "Wow! Let's do that again! That was cool!"
We were able to experience the wonderful joy we'd been hoping for! I love telling our birth story because it was just so amazing and joyful- the way it should be when a baby enters the world!
Today I have the birth story that I’ve always wanted to be able to tell, thanks in a huge part to my doula, Vonda Bartlett. I first met Vonda at a "Meet The Doula's" event at Babies R Us for Doulananda. Personally, I felt like a big challenge during labor would be remaining calm and Vonda's voice alone was calming. Since I was already 37 weeks when I hired my doula, I worried that we wouldn’t have time for her be able to have a big part in my pregnancy. I was completely wrong! Vonda was extremely easy to connect with and share our anxieties and excitement. She made a home visit, attended my Hypno-Birthing class, and a prenatal visit. By the time I was in labor I felt as though she had been with me through my entire pregnancy. Vonda was extremely knowledgeable; I learned several things from her. She gave me some vital information that helped shape some of my decisions in my birth plan and she shared some of her personal experiences which put me at ease. As a first time mom I wasn’t sure what to expect out of labor, so when I started to experience surges for the first time I reached out to Vonda. She gave me some helpful tips to relax. One goal was to labor at home for as long as possible. I kept Vonda updated of my progress and when I was ready asked her to come over to help me through the rest of labor. She kept me calm and reminded me to relax my shoulders, which helped relieve stress and pain. Vonda told me in the beginning that she would try to get me to the hospital around 7 cm dilated, thankfully she was right! I was 8 cm when they checked me. Vonda was most helpful during the pushing phase for me, reminding me of what I learned about breathing. One of the nurses commented on how well Vonda helped me get through the contractions and pushing the baby out. I couldn’t have asked for a better birthing experience or a better doula! Vonda, thanks so much for making a once in a lifetime experience an extremely positive one!
It was an honor and an absolute pleasure to work with Vonda Bartlett. I truly was blessed that after the Doula Meet and Greet in Growing Families St. Augustine, I had submitted an essay to qualify for a scholarship. At the end of the meet and greet, Vonda calls and tells me that she would love to work with me. I was astonished and overwhelmed, because prior to meeting her, I had read into the Doulananda program and Vonda was my number one choice. To have been chosen by her was was incredible.
Since the first day she became my doula, she started sending me Videos and articles about the birthing process and breastfeeding. She began filling my head with so much great information I was soaking it all in. I was glad to learn so much from her and the information she provided beforehand. She gave me her cell phone number to call or text her anytime I had any questions or concerns. She literally was available 24/7.
During the whole process she was so motherly and loving, which was great since my mother who lives in Chicago couldn't be there at the time of the pregnancy and birth. Vonda made me feel so comfortable and calm throughout the whole process. At the time of the birth, Vonda came to me ASAP and was prepped and ready to go in seconds. She brought such a calmness to me and helped me breath as according to hypnobirthing. She helped me relax and would often remind me to don't tense up. She also put cold wash cloths on my forehead to cool me down and when It came time to push, she held me up. She did Above and Beyond what I could have ever asked for or imagined. After my birth, she still keeps in touch with me and asks how the baby and I are doing. What an amazing experience it was to have a Doula for the first time, but it was even more wonderful to have Vonda as my Doula. The whole experience was well worth it. Thank you Vonda! :)
Vonda is an absolutly wonderful Doula, and someone you will want to have as part of your birthing team. She assited me with my 6th delivery - and the first that I have had a doula at. I was acting as a surrogate mother to a couple expecting their first child, and my own husband was unable to attend the birth.
Vonda helped not just me but my intended mother get through this delivery. Whereas I was comfortable with my part in the whole scenario, I was unable to walk my intended mother through the emotional and exterior process of the birth...while I was giving birth. Vonda stepped in to provide comfort for me and answers for the baby's mother.
We made a great team!
I will be forever grateful to the kind, caring, and compasionate assistance Vonda provided, and hope to be using her services again soon.
I met Vonda through an event held by Doulananda. It was a meet and greet with the intention of helping expectant mothers find a doula that they would feel comfortable with. There were several doulas there, but almost immediately, even before speaking with her, I knew Vonda was the person I wanted supporting me through the rest of my pregnancy and eventual labor.
She radiated calm and confidence which I certainly needed. After asking her to be my doula, I was so grateful to have her alongside me. Vonda came with me to a few doctor appointments, she sat with me in my home, and she called and text messaged just to see how I was doing. It was wonderful to have someone knowledgable who could answer my questions, especially when experiencing signs that labor was approaching.
When I went into labor, Vonda arrived at my house promptly and helped my husband and me decide the best time to go to the hospital. She worked with me through contractions, reminding me to breathe and relax, but never in an over-bearing or stressful way.
After the birth of my baby, Vonda stayed in touch and visited when it was convenient in order to answer any questions regarding breast-feeding and postpartum emotions and healing.
I would recommend Vonda to anyone looking for a doula who feels more like a wise, sweet friend that you've known for years.
Vonda was a very beneficial part of my birth. I met with her a few times prior to the birth, and her calm presence and willingness to simply listen to my concerns and fears helped to make me ready and fearless when the time came. My son’s birth was at home, and began rather slowly as my water broke nearly 24 hours before we got labor really moving. There was no point in having any of my birth attendants waiting around all that time, so I told Vonda I would call her when we were ready. My midwife advised me once labor finally started to wait until I was farther along before calling anyone else to join me, as the distraction of a new addition to the birth room can stall labor. This was a good decision for other reasons, because by the time the back labor was beginning to be significant and I was sinking into that dream-like state of half consciousness, it was 3 AM and all that were with me were exhausted. At that point Vonda came in refreshed and ready to help. She spent hours pressing on my back with each contraction. Of all my helpers, she was the most effective at relieving the back labor by pressing on the right place on my back. I’m sure her hands were very tired by the end. She stayed with me throughout the whole experience, making suggestions and providing moral support as well. When my son finally arrived into the world, she stayed with and helped in every way she could until both my son and I were ready to sleep. She was also a great resource to have after the birth, because she helped connect me with someone to give advice on breastfeeding and placenta encapsulation. I consider her an important figure during a crucial part of my life. I highly recommend her to others looking for a birth doula.
I met with several doulas before deciding on Vonda. This was my third pregnancy and I needed someone calm, strong and wise. Vonda was exactly that person. She was with me at nearly every prenatal appointment. She took the time to get to know me and my family. With Vonda's support I was able to have the nature drug-free birth I had wanted with my first two. Vonda was in fact so caring and supportive during my hospital stay that the doctor thought she was family. Vonda turned out to be the perfect doula for me. I was very lucky to have found her.
I've known Vonda for 10 years. I recently gave birth to my second child via csection. Vonda's patient and kind nature as a friend were so helpful to me. she was always there for me to talk to, and her openmindedness and encouragement kept me optimistic when I was feeling down. If anyone, is even so lucky to share a moment with Vonda as your doula, it's an opportunity of a lifetime.
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