Birth Fee: $900 to $1000
Postpartum Rate: $30 to $35
Fee Details: Please see my website, www.mydoulachris.com, for detailed description of all the services I offer.
Birth Doula Experience: 5 years and 55 births attended
Postpartum Doula Experience: 4 years and 25 families served
Not SpecifiedType of Practice: Partnership with 1 other doula
Clients per Month: 1 to 3 births and 1 to 3 postpartum familiesAttends hospital births? All Hospitals
Languages spoken: English
Service Area MapArea of practice: Bonsall, CA
Having the fortune of meeting Chris really turned my pregnancy around. I was actually very anxious about becoming a mother and birthing. I met Chris 5 months before my due date, and I'm so glad I met her early on. She advised me which birthing center would be best for me which I was unaware of which completely changed the direction of my prenatal care. My husband and I took her Hypnobirthing class and working with her made me look forward to giving birth. I felt very cared for with both her birth and postpartum doula services. I value her wisdom as a mother of 4 and calm, nurturing demeanor. I would gladly and enthusiastically recommend her to any mother looking for doula services.
Chris has an exceptional ability to read, respect, and love expectant parents. During labor, she constantly sensed my fears and emotions and offered appropriate support that was specific to my experience. When I felt strong, she encouraged me to walk, enjoy a snack, and take a respite from the contractions. When I felt weak, she offered back rubs, position changes, and positive reminders. I was moved by how much time she gave to me and my husband before, during, and after the birth of our baby, and I feel so fortunate that she still drops by to see us as a family. We were not originally planning on having a doula present at our birth, but as I prepared myself for labor, I realized how important it would be to have someone there who understood and had experienced the physical and emotional sensations that accompany such a long and challenging endeavor. Chris has a deep understanding of labor, and a genuine concern for both parents as they navigate labor for the first or subsequent time. Her role was not to give instructions to us, but to support our own decisions and reinforce our goals. Her ideas helped us develop a realistic birth plan that was respected by our hospital, talk through our deepest and scariest expectations of childbirth, and guide us through labor in the way we had communicated to each other as a couple. With the help of Chris, we were able to have a birth experience that was calm, beautiful, and filled with joyous memories and moments. I am so proud to say I love sharing my birth story!
I wanted to say thank you one more time for all of your support! I had prayed about my decision to hire a doula and asked God to send the right one my way. I truly believe my prayers were answered! All of the "homework" you had given me to do to prepare for the labor was so helpful, from the positive affirmations, and scriptures, to the relaxation techniques, it all came in handy. Your support during my hospital stay was key in how quick and easy the last few hours of my labor went: advising me to "nudge" her down during that hour before I was able to start pushing, helping me keep my focus, and telling me to listen to my body and just do what it was telling me to do! I had prayed that I would have a better birth experience my second time around and you were part of the reason that happened! It was really nice to see you again for our follow up meeting, and I really appreciated the thoughtful gifts you brought over, especially remembering Beau's birthday! How sweet of you! I hope to stay in touch and pray God's blessings over you and your family. Thank you again for everything!
When I first met Chris, she immediately made me feel at ease, and I was certain I had found the perfect doula to help me with the birth journey of my first child. We met a few times before the birth (and my husband one time as well) to discuss goals, expectations, fears, concerns, etc…and Chris was able to provide so much support! I even had some heartburn issues that she was able to suggest and provide samples of an essential oil that worked to alleviate the pain. The tools she provided to me and my husband (affirmations and general information) were what I believed to be essential in the successful labor and delivery process we had.
When my water broke at 38+3 at home at 3am, she answered my phone call immediately and met us at the hospital. She labored with me there for 4 hours (I labored at home to 7 cm in a short time period before leaving for hospital) before I started to push. She offered water and food, which I knew as important for keeping my stamina, but it was certainly the last thing on my mind. She provided comfort and support for my husband and I and made the birthing process actually not so bad! She suggested position changes, relaxation techniques and was completely easy to communicate with what did and did not work for me. Unfortunately after 2 hours of pushing things got pretty intense as my son was stuck and I ended up having an emergency C-Section. She interacted with the medical staff so kindly and knew when to step aside, allowing my husband to step forward and us to make some tough decisions. I am so grateful for she was able to catch the first moments my husband and son interacted as I was still sedated from the general anesthesia.
Once we were home, she came over to visit and has since sent an e-mail or text here and there to make sure I was doing okay. Chris really feels like an extended member of my family and I am looking forward to working with her again in the future!
We had an amazing birth experience! Our doula Chris helped us in so many ways before, during and after this life changing event. She was calm and confident, and supported my husband and me during our long adventure at the hospital. Chris has the experience to know what is helpful- from suggesting different positions, creating a calm environment with lavender oil and candles, rebozo, lactation cookies...and the list goes on. She is very respectful and worked well with the medical staff at the hospital. We are so grateful to have found Chris as our doula. She helped us have a wonderful birth, and we would highly recommend her to all of our friends.
Thank you Chris! We will always remember you and your important role in our little boy's entrance into the world.
Chris, the embodiment of the three C's... calm, cool and collected! We can't thank her enough for being a part of our birth team! She knew exactly what to say during the birth, when to say it and it made our experience a great one to remember. It was important that Chris was on board with hypnobirthing since we also too the course and her coaching was pivitol. She also helped ease our nervousness before the birth by letting us know exactly what to expect. She has a lot of knowledge to share and we were open to hearing all of it! We love Chirs not only as a doula but the amazing warm and loving person she is. I would be open to share my birthing experience if anyone would like to hear more about it.
Chris was amazing! we were initially looking to hire a postpartum doula but once we met her, we were really impressed by her kind gentle and compassionate manner- she was also extremely knowledgable and we decided that we 100% wanted her there with us.
But where Chris really shined was when I developed a complication at 34 weeks- I developed severe pubic symphysis syndrome and she was so helpful in connecting me to resources, listening to my questions and concerns, and providing excellent emotional support. I remember her advice about fear and anxiety and how to work through those and they were very helpful.
During the birth, she was so physically and emotionally present that I felt like I had someone literally birthing with me. Thanks to her support at home before we went in, I was able to do a lot of my labor at home, which I had wanted, and overall had a great birth. She interacted so well with the hospital staff and was so kind and helpful to my husband and Mom
After we returned home, Chris came over our first night home. The first night home can be tough, but again Chris was there to make sure my husband and I got some rest, helped me with breastfeeding and took wonderful care of baby. She organized an area for all my postpartum meds and things, and brought over a wonderful essential oil mix to help with healing that i have used every day since. We could not have survived that first night without her!
Chris also provided postpartum care at night for our infant, which again was a lifesaving thing in the first few weeks of a new baby. She has a great way with babies and they can sense her calmness and our baby really took to her.
In summary, Chris gave me support beyond what I ever expected or even knew I needed for my pregnancy, birth and postpartum course. I recommend her 110% and we truly regard her as a member of our family now for her wonderful care and kindnes
After having boy/girl twins, my husband and I hired Chris as a post-partum doula at the recommendation of our lactation consultant. Four weeks after the twins were born, I was still recovering from my surgery and having a lot of challenges trying to feed two babies. Since all of the grandparents live across the country and could only come out for the first month and my husband needed to return to work, I really needed help. Thankfully, Chris came to our rescue. Every weekday for several weeks, Chris helped care for my babies and for me. I don't know what we would have done without her! In addition to being a wonderful caregiver and doula, she is a very interesting person and our talks helped keep me from losing my mind in those difficult postpartum weeks. I wish we had hired her sooner (before the grandparents left)! I highly recommend her as a postpartum doula. If we have another baby, we'll hire Chris for before and after the birth!
Being a mother of three I definitely felt like I knew what to expect while in labor. I knew I did not want to go at it without my doula Chris (who I was lucky enough to have at my last birth as well.) Just like every pregnancy is different, so is every labor. One thing that didn't change was Chris and the love she puts into each and every birth. She made me so confident and comfortable, reassuring me every step of the way. Postpartum, Chris shared my labor photos and it made me realize even more how she really enjoys what she does - it was so beautiful to see my son’s birth thru her eyes. Thank you Chris, for being such a great doula (and friend) and truly loving what you do! - Kara Adamo
No words can truly describe how amazing Chris is as a doula. Our second experience with her was as great as the first. What stands out the most is how Chris can adapt to any situation. Her calming demeanor and motherly instincts help to reduce the stress from the birth - before, during, and after. Chris has the ability to be present in a very non-intrusive way. Her knowledge and guidance are never critical or abrasive, especially for the fathers. As always we are blessed to have Chris in our lives and the lives of our children.
- Anthony Adamo
My husband and I were hesitant to hire a doula, as we were concerned that a third person might interfere with the intimacy and bonding experience involved with birthing our baby. Upon meeting Chris, our hesitations disappeared quickly – she was receptive and very respectful of our wishes, needs and concerns. In our pre-birth meetings with Chris, she previewed what we were to expect, answered our questions, in addition to suggesting breathing and laboring positions. Thanks to her support, we felt confident in ourselves and what to expect when the day arrived.
We labored overnight until the early morning when our son was born. Chris was attentive and supporting throughout the long hours. During the entire birth, her professionalism was only matched by her motherly love and true affection. Her presence was extremely comforting not only to me, but also to my husband, who felt empowered and reassured throughout. Chris played a critical role in the birth of our son, without taking anything away from our experience as a couple.
We highly recommend Chris as a doula and team player. She heightened our birth experience and we are forever grateful.
My husband and I were excited about having a natural childbirth and interviewed three doulas. Chris was the last one that interviewed and we knew right away she was the perfect fit. She was warm, kind and very interested in us as people. Chris met with us in our home, she gave guidance but never pushed her own agenda. It was comforting to know that she had given birth to all 5 of her children naturally. At week 38 my baby was breech. The midwives wanted to schedule a c-section. We were devastated. I was so disappointed that we had hired a doula. I thought we weren’t going to need her. I have never been so wrong, we needed a doula now more than ever. My dreams of a natural birth were completely dashed. We had to switch from mid-wives to OBGYN’s and all my appointment times shifted and my husband could not attend the appointments. Chris came with me, she let me vent to her, she checked in with me everyday, and she met with me to have coffee and talk through the surgery. She brought me lactation cookies, nipple butter, rice/flax heat packs, a foot soak for HUGE swollen feet, lactation tea, and made me a swaddle sack for my baby. On the day of our c-section she met us at the hospital and was a wonderful emotional support (for me and my husband). She documented our birth by taking pictures from the moment we arrived at the hospital. The photos she took are my only clear memories of my son’s birth. When I look at the photos she took I feel so blessed that I have these memories. During my recovery time in the hospital she visited and checked in with me several times. When I returned home Chris came by for our postpartum visit. We talked through the birth and the emotions I was feeling about having a c-section and my struggles with breastfeeding. I can’t say enough wonderful things about Chris. She was a true blessing during this entire experience. I am so grateful to have found her and to have not only a wonderful doula, but a friend.
When my husband and I decided we wanted a doula as part of our birth experience, we had no idea how lucky we would be to have Chris. We worked with a two doula team (in the event that one was called away to another birth) and both Chris and Annely were awesome right from the start. I'll speak specifically to Chris, as she was the doula we worked with at the birth. Chris was extremely open-minded and positive. Her encouragement right from the beginning was comforting and confidence boosting. My labor was complicated and even though our birth plan went out the window, Chris was extremely knowledgeable and supportive in the comfort measures she was able to offer despite the plan change. My husband is probably the biggest fan of her (even more than me, which is hard to top) because she was able to guide him through the labor process with me and made him feel helpful and useful during labor. She also documented our labor and birth with pictures and a timeline - so nice to have after the fact when parts of the experience felt like a blur. So pleased with our decision to work with her; it was a pleasure and honor to have her as part of our birth team.
Chris was our birth doula for my March 2015 birth, and we also took Hypnobirthing class with her. The birth was an experience of a lifetime, and I am 100% convinced that it went so well as a result of Chris being part of it, along with the education we gained from taking class with her. She was with me every step of the way, from the moment we brought her on, and even continuing to guide me after the baby arrived. Chris thought of everything to help me be prepared and to make me feel comfortable during the birth, and I felt extremely supported and confident as a result. She is one of the most generous people I have ever met. My baby was twelve days late, and Chris helped me maintain faith in the process, my baby and my body. She seems to have an innate, intuitive knowledge of how to comfort women leading up to and during birth. There is no chance I would have gotten through my contractions and been able to have the natural birth I wanted if Chris hadn't used her massage and counter pressure techniques on me. And her strong, quietly confident words were exactly what I needed to hear to in those moments.
In addition to using her as our doula, we took Chris's hypnobirthing class, which was both engaging and informative. She has the perfect touch in terms of making the information fun to learn, and also getting through all of the material. We felt very prepared -- and even excited about the birth -- after having taken her class. My husband and I are so grateful to have found her. Hiring Chris Dorman as your doula is the most incredible gift you can give to yourself and your baby.
I was very blessed to have a team of extraordinary professionals taking care of me throughout my pregnancy with twins and beyond. Chris was one of my post-pardum doulas. She of course did all the things a post pardum doula would do with ease. She changed diapers, fed the babies, held them, swaddled them, and woke me up to nurse or pump. And she did it all with tremendous love and thoughtfulness. She sang to my babies. She lent an ear when my hormones were raging and I wanted to run through the details of my birth (usually around 4am). Chris' shifts kept her at our house through the morning hours when my other children were waking up and getting ready for school. She helped care for everyone! Chris always went above and beyond for us. She made us each stunning Chanukah gifts and provided us with homemade batches of essential oil remedies to cure stretch marks, baby congestion, and even something to ward off head lice when it was going around my daughter's school. Chris is a doula who does more than help her clients. She loves, honors, and cares for them as if they are members of her own cherished family. She helped us get through an amazing yet challenging transitional time in our life. Chris is an exceptional person and her doula skills are simply an extension of her.
When we started out on our birthing journey, we knew we wanted to have someone walk alongside with us that truly cared for us and was armed with the knowledge of how best to serve a laboring mother and an expectant father. We knew Chris was that person from the moment we met her. She is gentle, calming, and soothing in all of her actions and words. She truly has a heart that was made for service and that is made manifest in her being a doula. We know we would not have had the amazing birthing experience we had without Chris. She was always there for us whether is was a phone call just to check in prior to birth or staying up with us in the middle of the night as my labor began to progress. If her fee was one million dollars, we would gladly pay it because she is worth it! I felt like royalty while I was giving birth in our home specfically because of how cared for I was under Chris' watch. From gentle massage to calming affirmations Chris was the steady peacefulness that I needed. I cannot be more emphatic in my reccomendation of Chris. We are already looking forward to including her in the birth of our next child!!
You often hear people say Don't give birth without a Doula, I say Don't give birth without Chris! She is professional, sweet, calm, knowledgeable, and much more. I could go on and on saying she is the best. Chris took away the pain during my contractions. I can say she was my epidural. I truly belief in a painless birth if you have the right support. Chris made me relax and I was able to concentrate in a manner that I had no thoughts and no pain. We would dance during each contraction and she would pray and say encouraging words to my ear. She used lots of essential oils, which were great. She was there giving me coconut water, cold compresses on my forehead, and even taking beautiful pictures whenever she could. She stayed with us until my husband, my baby and I were settled in our bed. My midwife and her assistant even commented on how great she was. She is available to her clients at all times, she cares for every little detail during your pregnancy, birth and postpartum. I am truly thankful for all the support she gave me, for being such a caring, sweet and loveable person. She is part of my family now.
I had an accidental homebirth. My labor lasted 7 hours from start to finish on Tuesday, October 28th, 2014. James was born and Chris delivered her first baby. It was all very peaceful and Chris was calm, positive and encouraging--even when James decided to make his dramatic debut a foot away from our front door on my dining room floor. The night before, I thought I was in labor, so I got out of bed and called Chris to come over. My labor stopped and I slept until the late morning while she waited for me to wake up and see if my labor woud progress. Chris was very patient. We went out to lunch and for a nice brisk walk together to try and jumpstart some more intense surges. Later on, my midwife checked me and said she did not think that James would come out until the end of the week. I had been three centimeters dialted for a month and james was still not descending at all. That night, I went into labor and I used hyponobirthing tracks along with 'birthing in the glory" music, to breathe though my surges. As a side note, I took a hypnobirthing class with Chris as the instructor. I finally called her Tuesday morning and I asked her if she thought I was in labor. (The hypnobirthing techniques are amazing!) She was a calm and peaceful presence the whole labor and delivery. Chris used essential oils like peppermint and sage to help me through contractions. She had me move to the bathtub to labor where my water broke. Chris got me out of the tub and helped me into a dress while my husband went to get the car so we could get to Good Samaritan Hospital, while my midwife would be waiting. My body told me to squat...so I did..We got to the front door and James was on his way out. Chris calmly said "we are not going to make it", and called the paramedics. I felt no pain delivering James naturally, and having Chris with me gave me the confidence and serenity I needed to have a happy and healthy nautral delivery. I am eternally grateful to her!
Having Chris as our doula was the BEST decision my husband and I made during my pregnancy!!! We met with Chris for an initial consultation which was a great way to discuss our expectations for the birth of our baby. She also helped my husband understand his role during the birthing process (which he was really nervous about). Chris was so warm and gentle. It became immediately clear that Chris was the perfect doula for us. One of the most helpful things Chris did was provide fact-based information on birth and medical interventions which allowed my husband and I to make more informed choices about our birth plan. Chris was always available by phone, email or text to answer any questions I had. I called Chris when I went into labor and she came to our house because I wanted to labor at home as long as possible. I labored at home for about 20 hours before we went to the hospital. Chris was by my side the entire time helping me work with my body during labor. We tried various birthing positions (I was having back labor), massage and other techniques to help my body progress. Within 2 ½ hours of arriving at the hospital, our daughter was finally born. Chris stayed with us for several hours after the birth even though it was well after midnight and she hadn’t slept in over 24 hours. She even made me lactation cookies!! We can’t imagine what labor would have been like without Chris to support and guide us. I had some complications several days after our daughter was born and Chris was STILL there to support us as we walked through those challenges. Her dedication to us and our baby was extraordinary. We love Chris and are so grateful that she was a part of the most important day of our lives. She is absolutely amazing and I would recommend her to anyone looking for a doula that is willing to go the extra mile!!
Chris is the best! She has gone above and beyond to help us with my birth and post natal questions. She was always available, attended a doctor visit with me and met with us several times to answer our questions and give us support. Imagine having a very loving and supporting family member at your birth, who is also very knowledgable and experienced in birthing and relaxation techniques. Very late in my pregnancy we switched to a birth house. We knew it was the right decision for us, but it was a stressful time, because we needed to catch up on the hypno birthing classes. Chris is a certified hypno instructor so she helped us with my techniques. What sets her apart, however, is her caring, loving nature and her diligence. I started early labor very early on a Thursday morning and didn't want Chris to come by too soon because it wasn't progressing. Chris respected our wishes and came over that evening to help with some stretching and breathing. My birth did not really progress until 3 AM on Friday morning. When my husband sent Chris a text she quickly called back because she had been up all night waiting for the call. She came to my house to help us get to the birth house. At the birth house I was in the tub for about 3 hours and then tried other various techniques for about 4 hours before my son was born. Chris was at my side the entire time helping me with whatever I needed, giving me support, prayers (she knew that was important to me) and honey sticks for energy. At one point she thought my husband was losing steam so he gave him a massage. She even helped me find the best position to birth my son.Even though she had not slept, Chris was full of energy and support. The birth was so intense for us, but she was our rock. I don't know what we would have done without her. I now consider her a part of our family. I recommend Chris to all of my pregnant friends. If you are looking for a caring, loving and knowledgeable doula, you should speak with Chris!
We had a great experience with our doula Chris for the birth of our first son. From our first consulation meeting with Chris, to the support leading up to the birth and the follow-up after the birth, all of the interactions we had with Chris were positive and exceeded our expectations. On the day of the birth, she met us at the hospital within an hour of our phone call to her. Chris is knowledgable in natural childbirthing techniques (hypto-birthing) with which my wife successfully executed with her help and guidance. She was very well organized and helped us to navigate through the important decisions leading up to and on the day of the birth. She is a hand-on doula that performed various massage techniques that help my wife have a successful, natural childbirth. She even brought some homemade cookies for the nurses on duty in the delivery area. I would definately suggest the services of doula Chris. She is great!
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