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Chaka Wade-Cuadra

Empowered Birth Doula Services

Phone: 630-456-3086

Birth Fee: $850

Postpartum Rate: $30 to $35

Birth Doula Experience: 4 years and 17 births attended

Postpartum Doula Experience: 4 years and 45 families served

Birth Doula Certifications

  • DONA International - Certified Birth Doula

Doula Training

Not Specified

Type of Practice: Solo practice

Clients per Month: 1 births and 1 to 2 postpartum families

Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Attends home births? Any Home Birth

Breastfeeding Certifications

  • Certified Lactation Counselor (The Center for Breastfeeding)
  • I breastfed my two children for over a year each and I have experience as an exclusive pumper as well.

Other Relevant Certifications

  • CPR Certified - Red Cross
  • Newborn Care Specialist

College Education

  • BA/BS

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Adoption
  • Cesarean birth
  • Families conceiving with ART and IVF
  • High risk
  • Home Birth
  • LGBTQP Families
  • Over 40
  • Plus size mothers
  • Single parents
  • Special needs babies
  • Surrogacy
  • Survivors of childhood sexual abuse
  • Teens
  • VBAC
  • Waterbirth
  • Women and Families of Color

Special Services Offered

  • Aromatherapy
  • Baby-led weaning
  • Babywearing education
  • Cloth diapering education
  • Elimination communication education
  • Infant massage education
  • Placenta encapsulation
  • Sibling support (for your older children at the birth)
  • Surrogates and intended parents
  • TENS units rental

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

I am a co-founder of DuPage Doula Network.

Languages spoken: English

Service Area Map

Area of practice: Saint Charles, IL
Travel Range: 30 Miles

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Client Testimonials for Chaka Wade-Cuadra

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Sara DiMaggio

Chaka was awesome. She worked with our schedule to meet with us, she was friendly and easy to talk to. She respected our wishes and taught us techniques to help deal with the pain. She was easy to contact throughout my pregnancy and became my sounding board when I was frustrated with having a few false starts with labor. She shared books and other resources with us as well as let us use her equipment to aid in our natural delivery. I loved having her at my birth to help with counter pressure, to help me remember to relax during contractions, and to help document the delivery. I wish I would have sought the aid of a doula, and specifically Chaka, when I had my first two babies. 

Posted 5/26/2018

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O B

Chaka was a great help during my labor! She is very personable and made me feel very comfortable from the start. She introduced a technique that helped a lot during labor.  I will recommend Chaka to all my friends!

Posted 4/12/2016

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Harper Kitchens

Chaka was such a dream through my daughter, Onyx's birth. She was so adaptable and accommodating to my needs. She was patient, loving, flexible and incredibly supportive- all of the things I needed. I gave birth naturally and Chaka was so intuitive and innovative in helping to relieve the pain of contractions and pushing. The birth of my daughter is such a beautiful memory. I am so proud of the dream team of supporters I had during my birth and Chaka was definitely the rock upon which we all stood. The energy being created during birth is so important and the right people are the best way to positive, supportive energy. I felt so comfortable with Chaka and I am so grateful the universe came together to connect Chaka and my family. 

Posted 8/3/2014

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Angélica McGuire

My baby was born on May 25th. I have no words to thank Chaka...she was wonderful, there is no way I could have had this awesome experience without her. Altough my boyfriend was with me most of the time too, I have no family here in Chicago but him and having Chaka felt like I was not by myself. My  boyfriend is very sensitive to see my blood or to see me in pain, so he was a little freaked out about the idea of having to coach me and help me out on my labor day, however Chaka was an angel fallen from heaven...she was coaching me, making me feel empowered, making me feel like I was in charge and I definitely had the most amazing delivery thanks to her help. She was on time, she was very alert all the time, very aware of everything that was going on. I can't imagine the chaos that my special day would have been without Chaka. I completely trust her, she is very well trained on what she does, she knows a lot about breastfeeding, labor and pain management. she made me feel so comfortable even though I had a very long labor (36 hours). Thank you Chaka and for whoever is reading this, let me assure you that you will love her as much as I do and I do not hesitate on recommending her services to everyone who is pregnant.

Posted 6/24/2014

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David Hartding

It was a warm Friday afternoon on May 23rd when myself and my lovlely girlfriend Angelica first met Chaka. We were coming back from the store when she showed up at our apartment in Portage Park in Chicago. She arrived at 2pm to meet with my girlfriend to discuss what was going to happen during the birthing process. I was called into work so I was not able to stay during the first visit. Around 7pm my girlfriend told me she was having very strong contractions so I headed home from work to take care of her. We ate dinner and kept each other company until 1am when I called Chaka to tell her that Angelica was ready to have the baby anytime. She arrivied at our apartment at 2am, she started rubbing my girlfriends back when she was having contractions and she showed her breathing techniques to help with the pain. Around 5am we left to go to Norweigian American Hospital, at 6:30 am my girlfriend was put into the delivery room. My girlfriend was in labor from 1pm on Friday to 1am Sunday during that time Chaka was nothing but helpful to us. She helped my girlfriend through everything all the way to the end and even a few hours after our little girl was born. She came to visit us again a week after our daughter was born and stayed to chat for 3 hours. Chaka is a wonderful woman we could not have asked for anyone better. 

Posted 6/19/2014

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Ibukunoluwa Afolabi

Chaka was a God sent doula to us! I was attempting a VBAC and the support she gave myself and my husband was incredible. She was so gentle and reassuring. Her presence in the delivery room was the support we needed to achieve our goal of having a healthy baby. She was with us all through and stayed a couple of hours after the baby was born.

I am so happy I got my VBAC and healthy baby and I really want to thank Chaka for her calm presence and encouragement all through the delivery. I can't recommend her enough and I can't thank her enough.

Thanks Chaka!

Posted 6/17/2014

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