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Bethany Fenlason

Wichita Family Birth Support

Website: http://www.wichitafamilybirth.com

Phone: 316-300-7529

Birth Fee: $575 to $700

Postpartum Rate: $20 to $30

Fee Details: Wichita family doula available for birth and postpartum doula services, with or without medication. I would be happy to meet with you and see how I can support you in this special time! Belly binding and placenta encapsulation also offered. See my website for more information at www.wichitafamilybirth.com

Birth Doula Experience: 5 years and 65 births attended

Postpartum Doula Experience: 5 years and 6 families served

Birth Doula Certifications

  • Childbirth International (CBI) - Certified Birth Doula

Doula Training

Not Specified

Type of Practice: Doula agency owner
Postpartum limits/restrictions: No smoking in the house please
Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Available for vaginal or cesarean births, with or without a birth partner. I would love to support you in the hospital!
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Attends home births? Any Home Birth
I personally have had a cesarean birth in a hospital, as well as two VBAC homebirths. I'm very supportive of natural births!

Childbirth Education Certifications

  • Your Birth Experience - Certified Childbirth Educator

Breastfeeding Certifications

  • Breastfeeding support & resources. I have over three years experience in breastfeeding my own children and have been an active participant at my local La Leche League group.

Other Relevant Certifications

  • Rebozo Training
  • Spinning Babies® Aware Practitioner
  • Postpartum Placenta Specialist

College Education

  • BA/BS

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Cesarean birth
  • Clients on bed rest
  • Families conceiving with ART and IVF
  • High risk
  • Home Birth
  • Induced and high medical technology labor & birth
  • Plus size mothers
  • Single parents
  • Surrogacy
  • Teens
  • VBAC
  • Waterbirth
  • Women and Families of Color

Special Services Offered

  • Antepartum doula
  • Baby-led weaning
  • Babywearing education
  • Childbirth Education Services
  • Cloth diapering education
  • Military families
  • Placenta encapsulation
  • Sibling support (for your older children at the birth)

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

Member of Wichita Birth Alliance, participant of Improving Birth rally, La Leche League of Wichita, Birth Matters

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Client Testimonials for Bethany Fenlason

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Josh M

The following is a message to all first time dads... get a Doula. My wife and I recently had our first child and I can not begin to explain to you how much more prepared, excited, and relieved I was to have Bethany by my side as we both supported my wife through her pregnancy.

The day my Baby Girl arrived Bethany was not only my family’s best resource, cheerleader, and advocate, but partner in arms as we navigated the gauntlet that is natural child birth in a hospital. I can not thank her enough for her words of encouragement and her true servant’s heart.

So in summary... get a Doula. If you are reading this and don’t know what one is talk to Bethany and learn. You will thank me later.

Posted 9/11/2019

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Diana Hudson

Being a first-time mom, I read every book I could find, researched every pregnancy/birthing blog, and asked hundreds of questions to my mom friends. As much as these things can help prepare you, they don’t always prepare you for the unexpected. That’s why I am so happy I chose to hire a doula, and a wonderful doula, Bethany. I had a lot of information packed in my brain so she was invaluable helping me understand options when the time came. Way better than trying to reference back to some chapter in some book when you are in the heat of the moment! She was not only great support for me, but my husband as well. Also, all the nurses adored having her. I highly recommend hiring Bethany!!!

Posted 7/1/2019

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Kaila Smith

Bethany is an amazing person to have supporting you during labor. She has a very calming presence and helped me to find my inner strength during the hardest parts of my labor. She prayed for me and stayed with me during my hospital transfer. I didn’t think I needed a doula at the beginning of my pregnancy but I really am happy I had one. She also helped my husband to support me during labor. She was an essential part of my labor and delivery. You will not be disappointed if you hire her to be your doula. She truly cares for her clients.

Posted 4/12/2019

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Jamie swanson

Bethany is amazing! We hired her for our fifth birth because we wanted extra support in our plan to go natural at the hospital. She became so much more than another professional in the room, she became part of the family. My kids love when they get to see her and you can tell she truly loves what she does. I fully believe the spinning babies she did with me motivated my baby to come out and shortened the labor. Bethany stayed in contact after the birth and prayed for our family as we navigated having a baby in the NICU for unforeseen complications and her support then was very cherished.  I can not recommend her enough and can’t imagine ever doing birth another way! 

Posted 2/25/2019

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Marc& Madeline Suderman

My sister-in-law referred me to Bethany when I was looking for a doula. The second I met her I knew I didn't need to look any further!! Bethany is so knowledgeable about birth, labor tips and tricks, and postpartum. Her support throughout my pregnancy, labor, delivery, and postpartum has helped me immensely. I couldn't imagine giving birth without her support and encouragement.

Posted 2/6/2019

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Jeff Eck

Words cannot begin to express my gratitude for Bethany and Mary! When everything, and I mean everything, on the wife and I's birth plan went the complete opposite Bethany was there by our side helping us both to cope and work through the successful birth of our son! From there both her and Mary came to visit us in the hospital a couple times, partly because we "enjoyed" an extra long stay. 

In terms of postpartum care at the house there is no price tag that equals the value that her presence has been to me as a father who has returned to work. Not only did I feel a peace of miind that my wife would have assistance, even if that just meant being able to take a nap or shower, but it was a relief to know she had someone there to support her without judgment. Husbands... PAY FOR POSTPARTUM CARE! You will thank me later!

Posted 12/13/2018

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Rachel LaFever

Bethany was essential in helping me feel good about my birth decisions and about my birth experience. As a first-time mom, I felt like I was on information overload sometimes. I just wanted to do everything the right way, and I felt like I was totally out of my element! It was so helpful to have Bethany there to help me identify and achieve what I really wanted, especially when it became a medical necessity to deviate from my birth plan. My husband loved having her there as much as I did, since he was very worried about not knowing the "right" way to support me during labor.

Also cannot recommend her postpartum doula services enough! For me it has really put my mind at ease to have that extended support postpartum, since the first few weeks are such a huge adjustment.

Posted 11/16/2018

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Shirls D.

Bethany did a great job just helping me be calm and just helped 

boost my confidence when everything about my delivery went 

different then what I had wanted. Was comforting to have her there

And afterwards to answer questions! 

 

Posted 4/20/2018

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amanda harter

My husband and I could not be more thankful that we chose to go with Wichita Family Birth Support for both our childbirth classes and are Doula services. I was very nervous about childbirth especially as this was our first kiddo. They provided me with education, support and guidance throughout the full pregnancy and I could not have felt any more prepared for labor than I did with their help. We are beyond thankful for the positive preganacy and birth experience that we had. Bethany and Mary both genuinely care about their clients, they take time to get to know you and your personal preferences and give unbiased support based on that. I highly recommend both of them without any reservation and know that they will be a great support team for their future clients.

Posted 1/25/2018

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Melissa Virts Rolfs

Bethany and Mary were wonderful to work with. They made me feel comfortable and supported during my pregnancy. During labor, Mary was very supportive and encouraging and her tips and tricks really helped keep my labor progressing and gave me the support I needed to achieve the unmedicated VBAC I had been planning. I would highly recommend them to anyone looking for a doula!

Posted 1/8/2018

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Chelsea Hirsch

Both Bethany and Mary where super sweet and supportive during and after my pregnancy. I am so thankful that I had Bethany to help reassure me when issues during our pregnancy came up and although I was scheduled for a c-section due to complications it was comforting knowing she was there for our family!

Posted 9/6/2017

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Melissa Krehbiel

Bethany was our rock through a long labor. I was so glad to have her by my side. She provided wonderful physical and emotional support when we needed it most. 

Posted 4/4/2017

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Deanna Lanier

I cannot express how grateful I was to have both Bethany and Mary to help me through my labor and delivery. I was nervous through all of the meetings and unsure if I really needed or wanted a doula, but I was trying for a VBAC and I just remembered my first labor with my other child and wanted to have a completely opposite delivery. They were always so nice at the meetings and gave helpful tips and answered any questions I may have had. Well our son decided to make an early appearance and I remember everything Bethany had mentioned to me about laboring at home and so forth. We kept in contact through out the day and finally it was time to go to the hospital. Bethany met us in the elevator on our way up and started rubbing my back and helping me breath right away. She kept me and my husband calm and Mary showed up she was a great help telling me I could do this and doing whatever I told her I thought would help. The whole birth story was almost surreal as it was quick and more than I could have asked for because I was not opposed to using some intervention but with their help I had an all natural successful VBAC and I could not be more happy with everything that happened in that late night/early morning hours. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you for helping me, praying for me and being there to help get my little guy into this world.

Posted 2/4/2017

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Rebecca Baker (Beccababydoll2011)

My third labor was the best by far! Bethany helped me in so many ways and I would definitely recommend her!

Posted 10/17/2016

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Melanie Brown

She was amazing! She was so supportive and helpful during my birth.  I cant imagine doing a birth without having her there as my doula.  She was prepared and calm the whole time.  She had a honey stick that gave me that last little bit of energy to push the baby out (seriously it was a life saver!).  I will definitely be using her again if/when I have my second child! 

Posted 10/5/2016

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Kayla Wolfe

Bethany was great! Helped us feel very prepared for the birth of our child. Talked through our birth plan, visualized what we wanted experience to be, and practiced relaxation. Unfortunately ended up having a c section due to breech baby so instead Bethany helped with several hours postpartum care. Highly recommend Bethany to anyone looking for doula. 

Posted 10/4/2016

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Xavia Warren

My husband and I hired Bethany as our doula for our first birth and we were so happy we did! We clicked with Bethany right away and were impressed at every step by her attention to detail and concern for our wishes. Our son was born at 38 weeks and 2 days and while I ended up laboring for much longer than I expected and ultimately had to deviate from my plan to have an entirely natural, unmedicated birth, my overall experience was beautiful and, for the most part, peaceful, largely due to Bethany's knowledge and guidance. She not only helped me through the pain of labor and convinced me time and time again that I could get through it on my own (which I did for about 15 hours), but she also helped my husband to play an active role in my labor so that we could share the experience as fully as possible. I would highly recommend Bethany to anyone looking for a calming, experienced presence at their birth--regardless of the circumstances.

Posted 8/9/2016

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Veronica Kidd

I was so grateful to have Bethany as my doula for my birth! We had a waterbirth at home and Bethany was such a comfort throughout the entire process. She anticipated my needs and provided amazing support throughout my labor and birth. She really took the time to get to know my husband and me and invest in learning our desires for birth. Though I ended up not wanting much physical touch during my labor Bethany was a solid rock of support. Her words kept me in a place of focus and provided me with the encouragement and confidence I needed. She was constantly looking out for me and seemed to know just what I needed without requiring me to ask. She even brought us a meal at her postpartum visit! She is extremely knowledgeable and was a wonderful resource I am so glad to have had such wonderful support before, during, and after our special day!

Posted 7/17/2016

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Jamie Amaral

We had the pleasure of having Bethany as our post-partum doula. She was amazing. Our son was born prematurely and was very collicky. He didn't sleep unless someone was holding him for months. Bethany would care for him through the night so I could sleep a bit. I don't know what we would have done without her. Her dedication, expertise and wonderful philosophy around birth and parenting guided us during the difficult days. We feel so lucky to have found her!

Posted 7/1/2016

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Stevie Cowgill

I worked with Bethany for the first time and it was my second birth. Bethany was so easy to talk with and build a repoire with. She really blew me away with her pre-birth preparation! We met for consultation, than to talk with her as a couple. From there we were given a birth plan workbook to read and do together. It was a very helpful book in terms of learning or re-learning about the phases of labor, the importance of relaxation  expectations as well as birth plan guidance. Then she met with us again to discuss what we had learned and to go over relaxation techniques and practice together. I really benefited from working on the relaxation and re-working my own expectations of labor. I felt that she was very effective with that. I am a medical professional, so I tend to go more towards medical interventions, so there was some disagreement on what the book had to say about certain things. As far as the labor, Bethany did an awesome job. I had a very quick and intense labor (3 hrs), but she gave me a lot of pain rellied during that time. I would definetly recommend her!

Posted 10/1/2015

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Misty Randolph

I hired Bethany to be my Doula during my pregnancy, labor and delivery of my second child. I had a horrible experience during the labor and delivery with my first son. I had wanted a natural birth the first time around, but decisions were taken away from me. The second time around I wanted decisions to remain in my hands if at all possible. The first thing I did was pick and new OBGYN, and the second thing I did was hire Bethany as my doula.
I wanted a natural childbirth this time around. Bethany gave me tools to educate myself on the ins and outs of natural childbirth. Education is so important. It was a key ingredient missing in my first delivery, and Bethany knew the importance of being educated on everything from my rights as an OB patient to the newest research on newborn care. Throughout my delivery and newborn care.
During the labor and delivery, Bethany was priceless. She walked the halls with me. She encouraged me as my labor stalled. She helped me try positions and techniques to try to encourage labor along. Once the physician broke my water, labor became very intense and very fast. My husband was able to focus on me during the labor because he knew Bethany was reminding me of relaxation techniques and positions. He knew Bethany was reminding the healthcare team of my desires about having a natural birth. He didn’t feel like he needed to be anything more than a loving and helpful husband. He has already told me that he definitely wants to hire Bethany again for baby #3.
God answered my prayers in every way regarding the birth of my second son. Bethany was the answer to many of those prayers.

Posted 7/6/2015

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Jennifer Alegria

From our first meeting I knew Bethany was a wonderful match for me and our birth. Bethany's calm and easy going personality was the perfect fit for my med free hospital birth. My labor proceeded quickly so Bethany met us at the hospital. She was quick and efficient and jumped right in to making sure I was comfortable and relaxed. The nurses spent 2hrs trying to get a needle in my vein and I was so happy to have Bethany's support during that time. She worked in harmony with the nurses and my OB. My OB even complimented her (this was the first time my OB had a doula present during a birth). Bethany was gentle, knowledgeable, and supportive to my family and myself. She did an awesome job of reading my body language and knew what I needed before I even knew. My birth would not have been as comfortable and manageable without her. She captured some wonderful moments of my birth with our camera. I am forever grateful to her for providing such wonderful support! 

Posted 5/20/2015

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Carol Andrade Johnson

Bethany was great! She was very knowledgeable and shared great resources with me and my husband to help us prepare for my unmedicated birth on short notice (we hired her at 37 weeks pregnant!) She was supportive over the phone as I labored at home and we agreed to meet at the hospital since my contractions were pretty close together. At the hospital she helped me with massages, positioning, and visualization techniques and had the foresight to ask for my phone during birth so she could capture my first precious moments with my baby girl. After we were settled in at home, she came to visit and later even gave me a typed up copy of my birth story. It was great to read and see how another perspective differed from my quickly fading memory! She has continued to be a great resource and friend. I would recommend her to everyone expectig a baby!

Posted 4/25/2015

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Rachel Patterson

My husband and I chose Bethany to be our doula for the birth of our son. We were first time parents and were looking for someone to help us stay true to our wishes during his birth. At our first meeting with Bethany, she gave us a list of birthing books that she recommended. Ina May Gaskin's, Guide to Childbirth was one I choose to read off that list. That book resonnated with me, and from then on, I knew what type of birth I would like to have. We met with Bethany several times to discuss our hopes and fears regarding the birth of our son. We wanted all natural, so she connected us with two excellent teachers of The Bradley Method. Bethany even attended a couple of the classes with us.

Bethany came and did home visits with us to further discuss the birth. She helped us with our birth plan, gave us suggestions on what to pack for the hospital, and gave us evidence based research for any questions we had. 

The birth of our son did not go exactly as intended, we had many interventions that my husband and I hadn't planned on. With each new scenerio that came up, Bethany kept us level headed. She helped us walk through the knowledge that we had to make informed decisions. No matter what we decided to do, she supported us. At a time of disorder and stress, Bethany brought about a calm environment filled with love.

Posted 1/15/2015

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Sapphire Garcia-Glancy

Bethany was my doula for my most recent birth. Our first meeting was while I was in labor (though we could have met sooner, but labor begin sooner than I had planned). I didn't take any childbirth classes, so my knowledge of pain management techniques was minimal, but Bethany explained everything in a way that I was able to process quickly. She helped me work through contractions, and I managed to deliver my baby without pain medication of any kind. Bethany kept me calm, and I felt like she made a BIG difference during labor. While my family members in the room kept insisting that I was going to give in and ask for an epidural, Bethany kept reminding me that I was capable of handling labor on my own. She was especially helpful during my transition. It was helpful to have an advocate there who was familiar with natural labor. I could not have asked for a more supportive doula!

The neatest part was when I delivered, and Bethany had the foresight to take pictures for me with my phone. I wouldn't have thought to ask her to take pictures, but it's nice now to be able to look back and see those first moments of my baby's life.

Overall, my experience with Bethany was GREAT! She has such a calming presence, which is exactly what I needed during labor. I highly recommend her!

Posted 11/3/2014

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