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13 years and 150 births attended
8 years and 50 families served
Type of practice: Solo practice
Clients per month: 1 to 2 births and 1 to 4 postpartum families
Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Attends home births? Any Home Birth
MN Prison Doula Project Guest Instructor for Obstetric Nursing at Luther College Guest Instructor for Gender Studies at Luther College Childbirth Education at Oneota Community Co-op Founder of The Arrival Circle & The Doula Circle
I offer a variety of packages to meet your support needs and your financial needs. The fees range from an hourly rate of $50 per hour to a full package care rate of $1500.
Decorah, IA Service range 100 miles
I was interested in hiring an experienced doula for the birth of my second child because I had faltered in my first pregnancy, relinquishing control to scare tactics, pain and guilt. This didn't serve me or my new family unit well in the fourth trimester, as I battled depression and grief, caved easily to the advice of others, and instead of feeling pride in myself and this new little baby, I felt shame and defeat. This second time was different though, upon hiring Lindsey, I knew I finally had a tribe to reassure me, teach and gently guide me, and most of all, validate my strength and willpower to do things on my terms. In January of 2016, my whole world set alight when my second child came bursting in to the world. It was all so bittersweet, and I look back on it so fondly, that I find myself yearning to do it again. Contrary to some people's opinion, I wasn't in it for the experience; heaven knows if things had turned against my favor, I would have sacrificed my only life just to save my unborn child's.
Having Lindsey there as a support system changed the dynamic of my prenatal appointments, labor, delivery, and postpartum experience entirely for the better. In my thank you letter to her recently, I included this statement below, which I feel sums up my overalll experience with choosing to hire Lindsey as my doula.
"...Thank you for being there, for helping me find my voice, for not judging me or forcing your opinions upon me. Thank you for helping me keep a sense of humor about all of it, and for being my cheerleader when I felt backed in to a corner.
More specifically, thank you for not laughing at me as I agonized through the tough contractions, for keeping the mood calm and positive, for being the type of maternal figure I wished my own mother could be as we talked excitedly about having a baby that day, embraced, and walked through those hospital doors and in to the delivery room together."
Hiring Lindsey was hands-down one of the best decisions I made about my birth. She helped me advocate for myself and my baby and her presence made me feel so safe and empowered in my birth and transformation into a mother. I started my pregnancy terrified of the birth process and have come out the other side feeling confident and proud, and I believe that is due to Lindsey's constant support and cheerleading.
I was exhausted and staying home seemed like a good option but my intuition told me to take my new baby and go to the Arrival Circle. I entered the space where the circle was held and instantly felt at peace. I realize now that I felt this way because of the presence that Lindsey carries. Lindsey truly understands what it means to be nurturing and kind. The chocolate and relaxing cup of tea also helped ease the concerns that come with motherhood. The Arrical Circle provides a safe place for moms to relax, speak freely, engage in positive social interactions, and learn about the journey of motherhood in a very special way. Lindsey, in combination with the Arrival Circle helped me to define myself as a mother and develop a deeper connection with my baby. For moms, the importance of supportive experience such as this is difficult to put into words!
Prior to having a baby, my friends had been very open about their birthing experiences and their use of a doula. When thinking about using a doula, I thought that it would be nice to have that kind of support; however, being in health care myself and I had seen multiple births so I didn’t know if a doula could provide me an experience and information that I couldn’t provide for myself.
My husband and I had discussed what we wanted to get out of the birthing experience; I wanted to have a natural birth and he wanted it to be a positive experience. We talked about a the possibility of a doula (which I thought about for a very long time dealing with my conflicting beliefs between medical interventions vs. natural options and my extreme desire for privacy) and we came to an agreement to see what is was all about.
When Lindsey came to our house she had a sense of ease and calmness about her. Not one time in our discussions did she make us feel like our beliefs were unjustified and she remained extremely unbiased with everything that we talked about. She gave us the facts and let us form our own opinions, which I really appreciated. She educated us on labor and postpartum.
On a Thursday I went into labor, Lindsey came and supported us at home and then at the hospital. Our baby girl arrived that evening. One of the first things my husband and I said to each other was, “That was an amazing experience”. Lindsey stayed with us after the birth to assist with breastfeeding. She followed up with us regarding postpartum concerns and even came over to our house a few week after Nora was born to help me out with some problems I had been having while breastfeeding. I could not imagine going through this process without her. We are blessed to have a healthy baby girl and to have had such a wonderful person at our side to guide us through the experience.
indsey's presence during my pre-natal care and birth was priceless. For a first time pregnant women, I had no direction on what I wanted or needed to bring my child into this world. Lindsey was present and always comforting and of course FILLED with knowledge on my options and approaches. We had our beautiful little girl unexpectedly, 4 weeks early. I was sent by ambulance to LaCrosse, WI to Gunderson hospital. Lindsey dropped everything to be there for me. Having Lindsey present I knew I could focus on my birthing instead of the hospital staff. She encouraged them to allow me to hold my child prior to sending her to the NICU to influence that first bond. We are extremely grateful for Lindsey being in the room with us and controlling the situation to ensure our daughter had the most comforting and nurturing entrance to the world. She allowed my partner and I to be a family in shock, comforting each other, and processing the situation while she did damage control.
It was such a godsend that I was able to have Lindsey present at my son's birth. I was a young college student about to become a single mom. It was a stressful time to say the least, but with Lindsey's help I was able to make informed decisions about my birth experience. 3 weeks before I was due I had not even thought about creating a birth plan. And honestly with it being my first pregnancy, I wouldn't have even known what to include on my birth plan. The biggest thing that I learned from working with Lindsey is that I had OPTIONS. I figured out that there were things that I did care about happening a certain way during my hospital birth (for example I really didn't want to have an IV put in "just in case"). Lindsey took the time to get to know me and what I truly wanted for my delivery. She had such an open-minded and comforting presence during the whole process. During my delivery she taught my mother certain massage techniques that helped relieve the intensity of my contractions. She also assisted me into positions that allowed me to gain more control over my body to be able to work with the contractions and use gravity to aid the process along. When I started to feel afraid about all that was happening to my body and lost my ability to think clearly, she was there to help remind me of my wishes and my options. Now, over 2 years later I am an RN and I think back on my experience and am very impressed with how Lindsey was able to be respectful of the medical team, yet also be of support to me in designing my own unique birth experience. I would highly recommend having a doula to anyone. And in my humble opinion... Lindsey is the best!
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