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Alexia Pettersen, ICCE, CD (ICEA), CLC

Alexia the Doula

Minneapolis, MN Service range 30 miles

612.998.6185

http://www.alexiathedoula.com/

Birth Fee

$1000 to $1675

Postpartum Rate

$45 to $50

Birth Fee

$1000 to $1675

Postpartum Rate

$45 to $50


Birth Doula Certifications

  • International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA) - Certified Birth Doula

Birth Doula Experience

6 years and 150 births attended

Postpartum Doula Experience

5 years and 40 families served


Doula Training

  • DONA International, July 2013

Type of practice: Solo practice

Clients per month: 2 to 3 births and 2 to 3 postpartum families

Postpartum limits/restrictions: No Smokers

Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
During COVID-19 pandemic in the Twin Cities doulas can attend hospital births in person, and I can still offer support virtually.

Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers

Attends home births? Any Home Birth


College Education

BA/BS


Special Services Offered

  • American Red Cross First Aid and CPR
  • Antepartum doula support
  • Baby sign language education
  • Baby-led weaning
  • Babywearing education
  • Childbirth education services
  • Cloth diapering education
  • Elimination communication education
  • Infant massage education
  • Lactation consultant/counselor services
  • Parenting consulting
  • Reduced rates for women considering adoption
  • Satellite doula (for remote and rural clients)
  • Sibling support (for your older children at the birth)
  • Sleep educator

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

Currently teaching Prepping for Childbirth, Natural Childbirth, Labor Skills, Breastfeeding, and Newborn Care classes at Amma Parenting Center in Edina, Maple Grove, U of M Riverside, Mercy and United Hospital. Postpartum Doula Trainer at Modern Doula Education, part of Welcome Baby Care. Volunteer of MOPS, encouraging moms of young children Past - Volunteer Mama Liason for Twin Cities Doula Project and Postpartum Doula with Welcome Baby Care.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Fee Details

Congratulations on your growing family. What an amazing time in your life! During this joyous time, you will be faced with so many decisions. It is Alexia's passionate goal to assist you in making the most informed decisions possible and leave you with a satisfying pregnancy, birth and postpartum experience. Trained, experienced and certified, Alexia offers an array of services to best meet your needs. Please visit her website for more information: alexiathedoula.com Clients choosing the following approaches to birth and parenting, appreciate Alexia's expertise in the following: The Bradley Method / Lamaze / Hypnobirthing (Mongan Method) / Natural (non-medicated) Birth / Vaginal birth assisted by medication / Planned or Unplanned Cesareans / Induction / Breastfeeding / Expressed Breastmilk Feeding / Formula Feeding / Attachment Parenting and much more…

Minneapolis, MN Service range 30 miles

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Client Testimonials for Alexia Pettersen, ICCE, CD (ICEA), CLC

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Andrea

1/16/2020

We found Alexia by chance.  She taught our private birthing class.  My husband and I had discussed a doula previously, but decided it wasn't for us and we'd just rather arm ourselves with some pre-delivery information about positions and questions to ask the team, etc.  I'd had a pretty traumatic delivery the first time so felt that if I focused on a plan that could prevent that from happening again, we'd be good.  So we went to our class and that's where we met Alexia.  Class was great! After class we got in the car and my husband (a scientist) said "I like her, I think we should have her as our doula."  I was definitely caught off guard because again, we just didn't think that was "us."  I asked him why the change in thought?  He said he thought she would really be able to help us BOTH through the delivery experience.  I agreed wholeheartedly.  Alexia was amazing.  Flexible, dependable, evidence-based, emotionally intelligent, experienced, friendly and very self-aware.  All things we never knew existed in a doula and everything we never knew we needed for our delivery experience.  I had a 3 day labor process and she helped us the whole time, but was only physically present when it really mattered.  She ensured our "plan" included strategies to prevent previous trauma from happening again, but not focusing on that to the extent the big picture was forgotten.  She helped us think through scenarios and options when the care team would discuss next steps.  She kept us grounded-and kept me fed. The result was an unmedicated vaginal delivery!  Her skills and knowledge as an IBCLC were also exactly what I needed post-partum.  I can't tell you how amazing it was to have Alexia able to support us from pre-delivery to post-partum - the whole package! The rocky start to our breastfeeding journey ended in success due to her support!  The whole doula experience was amazing!

Amanda Luna

5/27/2019

We met Alexia while attending our hospital recommended natural birth classes. Alexia always remained neutral party on every topic and was a huge advocate in providing evidence based information. She would give us more than enough knowledge on our quesitions and would also send us to websites and places to look for more. She has a very pleasing, friendly, funny, and not to mention a real personality.  

We decided we had to have Alexia be apart of our birth story because she resonated with us. She was always available for us from the begining and well into postpartum. As we got closer to our due date she was even more reassuring on being there for us and checking in and making we were all doing well. Our baby was 13 days overdue, the doctors wanted us to be induced "tomorrow" at our 41 week checkup. Alexia reassured us that we had plenty of time to still to have a natural birth and gave us a plethora of ways to help induce labor. We ended up having to be induce (starting with only having our water broke), in which case she let us be with just each other until we got closer to active labor which was around 8 hours! 

When we were ready to ask Alexia to join us at the Birthing Center she was there within the hour. Throughout our 20 hour labor journey we saw 2 doctors and 4 nurses, Alexia was our constant, she there with us for whatever we needed. She had a lot of techniques to help our baby "drop" to progress labor. She helped guide us through the emotional decision on getting pitocin. She was such a strong yet gentle advocate ready to fight for the journey we wanted.  Alexia was amazing when it came to breastfeeding as well, she was so calm letting our daughter and I figure it out without force. She answered all of our questions well into postpartum about pumping, nursing, and babies in general.

We highly recommed having Alexia be your Doula. She was amazingly calm and knowledgable with an incrediable personality! 

Amy Fox

5/8/2019

Chances are if you are reading this, you are doing everything you can to prepare for your baby's arrival. Thus getting right to the point - do yourself a favor - meet Alexia to confirm values/style fit, and hire her.

In more detail - My husband and I had a very positive experience with Alexia as our Doula. Yes, we could and would have had our baby girl without Alexia's help. However, it was more than worth the financial, time and emotional investment to bring Alexia into our world. 

Alexia helped empower both my husband and me to focus on the facts and avoid the rabbit hole of the internet while we were pregnant and easily distracted by worldly noise of how to best prepare to have and take care of your baby. She educated us without overwhelming us, and provided invaluable peace of mind. She was essentially my "big sister" that I wanted but didn't have - serving as the expert and humble person you could ask anything from (can I eat this, is this normal, should I pack this, etc).

She was vital support during the labor and delivery process, being an advocate for us, empowering my husband (versus taking over), and a great coach to help streamline our experience at the hospital. She will be as much or as little involved as you invite her to be. She infuses confidence into some of your most vulnerable moments in your life.

You would be lucky to have Alexia by your side through your journey!

Janell Decker

3/19/2019

Alexia is incredible. From our very first appointment to the bittersweet last, her focus was always on us and our baby.
 
Alexia was very supportive and responsive during the pregnancy, labor and postpartum. This was our first pregnancy and we had very little knowledge of what to expect both physically and emotionally. Alexia helped us through the whole process.
 
During the pregnancy we were invited to attend Modern Parent Village birth support and parent education classes offered by Alexia and three other experienced doulas. The classes helped us have thoughtful conversations as a couple around navigating postpartum emotions and exploring our unique birth journey. A great addition to traditional hospital-lead classes.
 
During labor, Alexia was our advocate at the birthing center and helped explain the procedures to us in ways that were easy to understand during such a stressful time. She provided effective comfort measures and even received a generous compliment from our doctor after repositioning me to keep baby moving along in the right direction!
 
Postpartum, Alexia’s experience as a lactation consultant and her reassuring, generous spirit was a godsend. Postpartum is a challenging time in and of itself and her warm, empathetic approach was so appreciated.
 
Alexia is exactly the support we needed through our first pregnancy and she will always be a part of our birth story. Alexia is an incredible doula and an amazing person. Thank you for all you do!

Sarah Pilarski

3/8/2019

We hired Alexia to be our Doula as we approached the birth of our son and first child. I am so thankful that we chose her to assist with pre-labor anxieties, the stress of labor and delivery, and questions that we had a few days into this new journey of parenthood. At the very end of my pregnancy, the doctors had told me that I should consider a c-section since the baby was measuring very big and I was approaching 41 weeks. I felt very conflicted with this message because I had had a very healthy pregnancy and my gut was telling me that nature would take over when the time was right. Yet, I am somewhat of a rule follower and felt some need to trust the medical professionals. Alexia was there for me to balance out my feelings. She was available in person, via text, and via phone call to insert an objective third party viewpoint to guide our decision making during this stressful time.

We did opt out of a voluntary c-section but agreed to get induced. When the induction finally worked, I went into active labor immediately and without a chance to "ease into" the pain. Managing the contractions without Alexia would have been very difficult. The nurses and doctors came and went but Alexia stayed in the room with us. She gave me so many pain relief techniques to work with and thought of the littlest things such as relaxing music and little lavender scents that you could stick right to the tub I was laboring in for quite some time.

In the end, I had an emergency c-section. Afterwards, Alexia was there to help me with my post-surgery recovery - constantly checking in on me, handing me water, and getting me updates from my husband who had to spend some time in the NICU with our son while I was recovering. I would have felt pretty alone without her, especially since I was really longing to hold my son at that time.

To this day, 7 months later, I can reach out to Alexia with any questions and concerns. Thanks for all you do, Alexia!

Kristin Beety

8/17/2018

First, we absolutely recommend hiring a doula for your birth experience and that doula should be Alexia! We are so thankful for her expertise and support in bringing our first child into the world.


Prior to delivery, throughout pregnancy, Alexia was informative, helpful and supportive. She provided helpful resources on topics of interest or concern and offered thoughtful questions to consider prior to birth. When our OBGYN began discussing induction, Alexia provided information and resources to help us make an informed decision. During labor, Alexia provided a calm, reassuring and supportive presence which helped both Dad and Mom remain calm. She is able to balance allowing Mom to do what feels right and making helpful suggestions to progress labor or ease discomfort. We really can’t express how grateful we are for Alexia’s support and encouragement.

Hiring a doula is a financial commitment but one that we feel is entirely worth it. Alexia offered a short “meet and greet” session to answer questions and ensure a good fit. She then met with us twice prior to delivery, was present for labor and delivery and met with us once postpartum. Alexia has extensive knowledge and experience on pregnancy, labor and delivery, managing discomfort, breastfeeding, infant care and so much more. In addition to her role as a doula she is an educator at a parenting center. She also gifted Mom a postpartum herbal bath that was so soothing during recovery.
If you’re considering hiring a doula - Alexia would be an excellent choice!

Nicole Wicklund

8/14/2018

My partner and I worked with Alexia for the birth of our now 2 month old daughter. I found that there were two separate pieces of Alexia’s service that were invaluable beyond measure- the first being the support during the actual birth and labor process. I had spent a lot of time thinking about what life with a child would be like but almost none thinking about what giving birth would be like. It was intense and didn’t go the way we had planned…and Alexia was there throughout the whole thing. She remained solid and strong when I had trouble finding strength of my own and she provided my partner with support in knowing how he could be helpful to me. She created clarity when things felt like they were moving too fast and helped us understand how we could advocate for ourselves with the hospital staff. She was our rock.

The second piece of service has been ongoing- it has been Alexia’s presence in our lives both prior to and after the birth of child. Being a woman with unending anxieties (seriously I can ALWAYS find something to worry about), I have had an exhaustive list of questions, what ifs, weird bodily fluid pictures and all sorts of scenarios that I have lobbed alexia’s way and she has consistently provided me with what it was I needed (whether it be reassurance, information, someone to hear my worry or just a good laugh. Alexia provided all of those things.

Alexia’s role was not to provide answers but information - we never felt judgment about the decisions being made. Alexia is funny, authentic, sincere, and above all she is knowledgeable (and not the kind of knowledgeable that promotes her own biases or beliefs but the kind that informs others about all camps of thought on a particular issue) I joked with her that she is the human encyclopedia of baby information and I honestly believe that to be true. I am so glad that she came into our lives and we got to have her as our doula.

Elizabeth Wise

8/9/2018

If I had to choose one word to describe Alexia and my experience working with her, it would be "excellent." I contacted Alexia two months before my due date because I made a last minute decision to hire a doula due to a terminal illness diagnosis for my mom just before my daughter was born. Alexia swooped in and helped me manage my anxiety both around my pregnancy/labor/delivery and with my mom. During labor, she explained pros and cons of various procedures, and helped me reach my goal of having an unmedicated birth. She offered a judgment free zone to explore my options, and asked questions to make sure she understood what it was I truly wanted. She also provided support to my husband and helped him to help me when she could tell I needed him but was too deep in my head to ask him. 

I also had her for some postpartum visits, and her reassurance that I wasn't corrupting my newborn saved me. She especially helped me with breastfeeding, which I had a lot of anxiety about. She was quick to answer text messages and even came over on short notice once when I was having a difficult time. Once again, she provided a judgment free zone and gave me different tactics to try until I found the one that worked for my baby girl. 

If you're on the fence about hiring Alexia, here's your permission to jump over it and get her on your team. She helped me in so many ways during this time in my life, and I'm very grateful to her and thankful that I hired her. 

Jennifer E. Bredeson

8/8/2018

I am happy to write a testimonial about our experience with Alexia. My husband Heath and I first met Alexia when she was our instructor for several AMMA classes that we took to prepare us for the birth of our baby. We decided to reach out to Alexia to be our post-partum doula at our last class as we were starting to realize having a post-partum doula would be an important way to support our family after our baby's birth. We felt that Alexia was the right person to work with our family as we got to know her through the classes and really appreciated her degree of education, sense of humor and lack of judgement. It was easy to feel comfortable around her and feel able to ask questions at any time. 

We then had a wonderful experience having Alexia as our post-partum doula and it is an experience I share with others, especially soon to be moms that have not heard of having a doula, specifically post-partum. As first time parents we had so many questions after leaving the hospital and really benefitted from her visits that gave us more guidance, education, and reassurance in what we were doing. She was also there to do little things that were very helpful such as helping us to bathe our son, washing dishes, etc. It helped so much to have an expert (and also seasoned mom of 3 boys) to talk to. Also since Alexia is also a trained lactation consultant having her knowledge in the early days and beyond was a huge aid to breastfeeding success. She offered many helpful tips as she observed. She would also offer to text us information shared during our visits to help us remember, which helped because we were learning a lot at once and so busy with our newborn son. Alexia was very real, kind, patient and helpful with us and our son. I sense she is very adaptable and sensitive to the home environments she enters. She made us always feel more at ease with her visits. We will definitely recommend Alexia to others!

Amy Green

8/6/2018

Choosing Alexia to be our doula was one of the best decisions we've ever made!

This was our first baby, and hiring a doula was something I felt strongly about. Alexia was recommended to us, and we have nothing but wonderful things to say about her! We initially met for a "meet and greet" at a local coffee shop, and both my husband and I felt an immediate connection to her. 

Alexia is kind, caring, and bubbly. She thoroughly educates you and prepares you for the labor process, offering her own personal opinions as well as evidence-based information. She offers non-judgmental support and is there to guide you and help you make the best decisions possible for your desired birth. I felt as confident as I could be approaching my due date, and I was less fearful because I knew Alexia would be there to help us.  

My birth was a great experience overall. The process lasted much longer than I'd anticipated - nearly 2 days! And Alexia was present and by my side for nearly the entire time. From the minute I asked her to arrive at the hospital with me, she came right away and never left! Being consumed by labor and trying to move it along - I honestly forgot most of what we'd learned to help manage and progress. Alexia guided us through everything and always knew exactly what to do and what I needed. She also practices "spinning babies" techniques - I was very impressed by her knowledge and skill.

Alexia helped me breathe through every contraction (which was SO needed!), held my head, walked the halls with me, spoke words of encouragement the entire time, and so much more! 

In my opinion - having a doula is not only about supporting the mother, but trying to create a team effort among the doula, mother, and partner. My husband genuinely enjoyed working alongside Alexia during the labor/delivery process. Afterward he even said "I couldn't have done this without her".

We would certainly hire Alexia again!

Christina Steere

8/6/2018

I am so thankful that we made the decision to hire Alexia. I believe that having her in the room was an integral part to my achieving the birth outcome I so desired. Alexia made herself available to me and all of my questions (even as a third time mom) in the weeks leading up to the birth. I truly believe it was her suggestions on how to re-position the baby that helped me go into labor when I was overdue. When we were at the hospital, Alexia was a calm and reassuring presence. She really set the tone in the room. My labor progressed very quickly and the nursing staff and midwife seemed overwhelmed by what was happening. Alexia jumped in and started applying counterpressure to my hips during contractions and remained calm and unsurprised by what was happening. The nursing staff and midwife picked up on this, and began to follow suit and then everything seemed to click and go much smoother. She also helped me to pause between contractions and consider some of the medical decisions that needed to be made while reminding me of what I had told her I wanted. This was so helpfu! It reminded me that I was in control of my body, my baby, and my health. When I was pushing and feeling overwhelmed, Alexia’s voice was the only one I could hear encouraging me and guiding me. After two epidural births (one of which was rather traumatic), this birth feels like redemption to me. I strongly believe that I was able to achieve this outcome through the Lord’s blessings, a lot of a lot of prayer, and the wonderful support that I surrounded myself with. Every woman deserves this kind of support during birth! Thank you Alexia!

Josea Eggink

3/26/2015

The support Alexia provided before, during, and after our labor was invaluable.  Throughout our time with Alexia, my husband and I felt comfortable asking her anything -- and she was always open and knowledgable with her responses.  She was also great about supporting our birth plan and wishes.  She helped us create a birth plan that represented our wishes -- not her own beliefs -- and respected and supported those throughout the labor process.  During labor, my husband and I very much appreciated her calm and reassuring presence, her tips about body positions to manage the pain, and the atmosphere she helped create (by bringing battery-operated candles, an iPod/iPhone speaker, etc).  She was friendly and respectful with the nursing staff and they enjoyed having her as part of the team.

This was our first baby, and my husband and I would have been lost without her.  She helped everything go so smoothly.  Even though we will feel more confident when expecting our next child, we still plan to have Alexia join us again.

Birth Availability for Alexia Pettersen, ICCE, CD (ICEA), CLC

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Postpartum Availability for Alexia Pettersen, ICCE, CD (ICEA), CLC

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