Birth Fee: $600 to $950
Fee Details: Three birth doula packages are available. For full package details, visit angiehelwich.com/services Half of the total fee is due by the first prenatal visit (or when the contract is signed) and the other half is due at 38 weeks when I go on call. Payment plans are available upon request.
Birth Doula Experience: 5 years and 27 births attended
Clients per Month: 1 to 2Attends hospital births? Some Hospitals
Board member of Informed Beginnings childbirth education co-op.
Languages spoken: English
Service Area MapArea of practice: Mokena, IL
My husband and I had Angie as our birth class instructor. She was wonderful. Very down to earth and personable. The class facilitated communication between my husband and I about what would happen during the birthing process. My husband especially liked the use of birthing videos, so that he was better able to anticipate what he would need to do and what real birth looked like. We were planning for a home birth which I feel went very smoothly due to the information we gleaned from Angie's class!
Angie was wonderful to work with! We had her come to our 5th child's birth for moral support. Being a labor and delivery nurse myself and having been through the birth process several times before, I knew what to expect, but it was so nice to have someone else just as knowledgeable guiding me through the process so I could just be a laboring mom and not a nurse. We had a difficult and very annoying nurse to deal with and it was a very emotional birth for me as the first one after the loss of my mom. Angie was right there the whole time as a sounding board for my venting about the nurse and as another support person for the emotional side of things. She helped me be patient with the way things were progressing when I was getting frustrated and was super patient. The hallmark of a good doula I guess! The most important thing for me during this birth was having someone capture those first moments after we met our baby for the first time and she did that beautifully. I will always treasure those pictures of meeting my daughter for the first time. Angie is very knowledgeable of all things birth related and brings a peaceful and calming presence to the room. Thanks for being there for us Angie!
My birth story starts out a little differently than most. At my 38 week appointment, my doctor, who seemed VBAC friendly initially, started pushing for a c section because my pelvis seemed small. I quickly realized that I needed to fight for the birth that I wanted. That's when I found Angie. Angie and I are both members of a moms group on Facebook. I was afraid of hiring someone that I did not know, but after seeing many of her great responses to questions in this particular moms group, I got the feeling she was someone with a great deal of knowledge on the birthing process. After reaching out to her and meeting up with her, I saw the compassion she has for child birth and knew she would be a perfect fit to be my doula. Not only is she a walking, talking encyclopedia on all things about birth, she has a calming bed side manner that help me get through each of those intense contractions. During the birth, not only did she help make me comfortable by helping me get into different positions to labor in, but she also applied counter pressure to my back during each contraction. Because of how relaxed she made me and the positions she helped get me in, I felt that my labor progressed faster than most, at one point dilating 1.5 cm within a half hour. After birth, she took some of the most beautiful photos of me meeting my daughter for the first time and even wrote and sent me a copy of my birth story. Not only was I able to have my VBAC, my birth felt very empowering and I could not have done it without Angie's help. Hiring Angie for my birth was one of the best decisions that I made and I will definitely hire her again! I highly recommend her.
My husband and I had a fantastic experience with Angie, as well as the backup doula she prepared (just in case!), who ended up coaching us through labor. I'd recommend Angie to anyone looking for a doula with a friendly, casual demeanor and a professional, thorough provision of birth support.
We had two scheduled prenatal appointments with Angie. She was easy-going and informative, but most importantly I felt very comfortable being open with her. Angie was an excellent resource to have alongside of our birthing class and reading materials. She went into more detail and tailored the info to meet our specific needs. We felt confident heading into our last few weeks of pregnancy.
We knew from the outset that Angie had a previously scheduled 3-day seminar near o ur due date. I was worried that she wouldn't take us on as clients due to this, but she had already come up with plan B. We got the names and contact info for two backup doulas in plenty of time for me to feel comfortable.
As it turned out, my water broke when the backup doula was on call. Angie still spoke with us over the phone several times, giving us counsel and encouragement, but our labor was spent with her backup. (Angie picked the perfect person to step in. The birth experience was amazing.)
I was surprised by how easy it was to work with two doulas throughout the process. From face-to-face interactions to settling payment at the end, it was smooth and easy.
Less than a week after our baby was born, Angie drove more than an hour to our home for a postpartum visit. We had fun chatting about the birth and motherhood. She even gave us a baby gift! Angie helped me with breastfeeding, answered my random baby care and recovery questions, and showed me how to safely use my Boba baby wrap. Again, I walked away from my time with Angie feeling prepared, cared for, and confident moving forward. We are so thankful that she was on our birthing team!
Angie was an incredible addition to our birth team. With my first child, I felt greatly disrespected by my provider during L&D and I ultimately experienced a cascade of interventions that I do not believe were necessary, largely due to a lack of really useful, balanced labor support. The experience left me with alot of residual anxiety surrounding childbirth that carried over into my pregnancy with my son. Angie was pivotal in helping me to put that anxiety to rest, providing caring, knowledgable support tailored to the unique needs of my husband and I for this second pregnancy and labor. While I didn't need someone to hold my hand through the garden variety ups and downs of pregnancy (not my first rodeo, as they say), I absolutely needed someone to help me focus on myself during the most intense parts of my pregnancy and labor, including a gestational diabetes diagnosis and 3 weeks fo prodromal labor that had me entirely exhausted, both physically and emotionally and an extremely intense (though absolutely uncomplicated) full term labor and delivery.
When I did go into active labor at 40w3d, my labor was very fast and very intense, and Angie's assitance, from counter pressure to positioning to simply ensuring my wishes were heard, was pivotal in my ability to successfully focus on laboring naturally without anxiety or pressure. Angie was also a welcome source of suport for my husband, who is not comfortable in hospital settings and was initally unsure how to help me during the very intense labor.
I frankly don't know know what I would have done without Angie's support. I would, without reservation, reccomend her services to any woman looking for a doula and I would hire her again myself. The investment in doula services is, without question, money well spent every woman should have access to a doula for every pregnancy and childbirth, and Angie is an excellent example of the art. Hire her.
Angie was fantastic! I hired her for my second birth, a successful VBAC, because I felt that having a doula was key element in making that happen. Angie’s support was beneficial during my pregnancy and throughout every stage of labor and birth.
Angie and I chatted a lot about birth during my pregnancy, and she always answered my questions and concerns in a calm manner, giving me reasonable evidence-based answers. As I thought about the possibility of a VBAC, I felt supported by her regardless of what type of birth I would choose (VBAC vs repeat Cesarean, natural vs medicated, etc).
I ended up having a great labor and birth experience and Angie’s presence was a big part of that. My husband and I enjoyed chatting with her while I was in early labor. She then offered great suggestions as the contractions intensified, such as walking the halls, leaning over a birth ball, using counter-pressure and massage, and laboring on the toilet. During the pushing phase, her reassurance that I was doing everything right was huge for me because my last birth ended in a C-section after almost 4 hours of unproductive pushing. It was great having her at my side, telling me I was doing great and keeping me focused and energized. As baby’s head finally emerged, Angie made sure that I opened my eyes so that I could see my baby in the mirror on the ceiling!
After the birth, my daughter was taken to the NICU because she was having labored breathing and trouble transitioning. My husband was very shaken by this and was going back and forth from me to the baby. I really appreciated knowing that Angie was there for me and would stay there until things calmed down.
Angie was incredibly helpful during so many aspect of my pregnancy and birth, I highly recommend her!
My husband and I hired Angie to be my doula for our second child's birth. This time, I was hoping for a VBAC. We found a supportive provider, despite being diagnosed with medication-dependent gestational diabetes for the second time.
Angie was very quick to get back to me with any questions that I had emailed or texted her with during the pregnancy. She was very professional and understanding. I never felt as if I was pestering her.
I went into labor on my own at 40 weeks and 1 day, and Angie helped me achieve the vbac birth I'd dreamt about! I was able to work through the contractions until I was 8 cm. dilated, but wouldn't have been without Angie's help. She guided me through each painful contraction by providing counter pressure and massage, as well as calm direction on breathing and meditation.
My husband also feels that she provided him with essential tools to carry me through the labor. I was impressed by her knowledge of options to utilize to make the labor most effective, including the birthing ball and peanut ball. When I thought I couldn't take anymore, she made sure I felt encouraged and reassured. She worked beside the doctor, midwife and nurses closely, and helped me to remember what I had wished for on my birth plan.
Angie was an invaluable support person and I'd recommend her to anyone looking for a doula.
Best. Doula. Ever. I was referred to Angie by a Nurse Midwife at Little Company of Mary Hospital (LCMH). She had all good things to say about Angie and told me that Angie would be a good fit for me as she is familiar with the hospital practices and the staff. Once my husband and I met Angie, we knew she was the one for us! She was knowledgeable and considerate and her rate was extremely reasonable for the services she provided.
Angie had just the right amount of contact with us prior to having our baby. She didn't pester me or ask me too many questions - she let me come to her and if she didn't hear from me in awhile, she just checked in to see how I was doing. It was the perfect approach. When I had questions about my pregnancy and pre-labor, Angie responded to me in record time. When I had questions after my OB appointments, Angie was quick to help me sort things out.
After my EDD passed, I decided to be induced at 40.5 weeks. Angie assisted me with all my questions along the way. I was incuded with my first child but it was an experience I didn't want to replicate! Angie provided all the knowledge I needed to make the right decisions for my birth experience this time around. Within an hour of my pitocin starting, Angie arrived at LCMH to guide and assist me. I labored without drugs, which is what I wanted, but if I didn't have Angie by my side I don't think I would have been so comfortable. Angie provided me with breathing techniques, positions to relieve pressure and comfort measures my husband could use to assist me.
I labored and delivered our baby boy without medication! It was what I wanted and I thank Angie for that. It wouldn't have been possible without her help. I recommend Angie's services to anyone looking for a positive birth experience. Thank you Angie for everything!
I was skeptical of having a doula present at my birth. I was very pleased with how much of a difference having one made. When Angie got to the hospital she was an immediate help. She was able to help make sure I could have food, started getting me to change positions, and helped me feel calmer all around. She was great at encouraging my husband and as active labor and transition set in she was great at using counter pressure while my husband supported me. There were a few times when I was getting uncomfortable and did not know what to do and I called for her and it was reassured knowing I had her advice and expertise. Her gentle encouragement and any massage or pressure she used helped me to let go and not think. I was able to have my no epidural birth that I wanted and I don't think I could have done it without her! I highly recommend Angie, especially if you are looking for a doula that will work well with the medical staff. She was professional and I was not afraid of drama or conflict.
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