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Lisa Olschewske CD (DONA) CLC, Photographer

Graceful Beginnings Doula Services

Website: gracefulbeginningsdoulaservices.com

Phone: 904-806-3778

Birth Fee: $400 to $2300

Postpartum Rate: $20 to $50

Fee Details: I am happy to discuss my professional doula service fees and packages I offer with you over the phone and set up a time meet with you so I may answer any other questions.. My services include 2 or more prenatal meetings, regular phone, text & email contact , continuous support throughout labor & birth, approximately 1-3 hours of immediate postpartum support, and 1-2 postpartum visits. I am also a professional birth photographer . I offer several doula packages both with or without photography or Childbirth Education in your home. I also offer Virtual Doula Services. I offer payment plans, Please call to discuss your needs. Emails can be in Junk mail.

Birth Doula Experience: 23 years and 199 births attended

Postpartum Doula Experience: 21 years and 99 families served

Birth Doula Certifications

  • DONA International - Certified Birth Doula
  • Sacred Doula - Certified Sacred Doula

Doula Training

Not Specified

Type of Practice: Solo practice

Clients per Month: 1 to 4 births and 1 to 4 postpartum families

Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
I support you where you prefer to deliver and what ever way you need to deliver your baby.
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Attends home births? Any Home Birth

Childbirth Education Certifications

  • Bradley
  • HBCE (HypnoBirthing)
  • Lamaze International
  • I have completed the above classes, but not a certified instructor

Breastfeeding Certifications

  • Breastfeeding USA Counselor
  • Certified Lactation Counselor (The Center for Breastfeeding)
  • La Leche League Leader
  • La Leche League Leader since 1997

Other Relevant Certifications

  • American Academy of CPR and First Aid, Inc Certified
  • American Heart Association BLS (Basic Life Support) Certification
  • CPR Certified - Red Cross
  • HBC - Home Birth Consultant
  • Neonatal Resuscitation Certified (American Academy of Pediatrics)
  • Rebozo Certification (Gena Kirby)
  • Sacred Postpartum Certified Mother Roaster
  • Spinning Babies, Adult and Infant CPR Certified , Sacred Postpartum Belly Binding , Mother Roaster ,Trained in homeopathic remedies, essential oils (young living). Spinning babies workshops, Rebozo workshops

College Education

  • AA/AS
  • JD

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Addiction Recovery
  • Adoption
  • Cesarean birth
  • Clients on bed rest
  • Domestic Violence
  • Expected stillbirth
  • Families conceiving with ART and IVF
  • High risk
  • Home Birth
  • Induced and high medical technology labor & birth
  • Multiples
  • Over 40
  • Plus size mothers
  • Postpartum mood disorders
  • Prematurity
  • Relinquishing mothers
  • Remote and rural clients birthing away from home
  • Single parents
  • Spanish Speaking
  • Special needs babies
  • Survivors of Previous Life Trauma
  • Survivors of childhood sexual abuse
  • Teens
  • Twins
  • VBAC
  • Waterbirth

Special Services Offered

  • Acupressure
  • Antepartum doula
  • Aromatherapy
  • Baby-led weaning
  • Babywearing education
  • Belly casting
  • Bereavement doula (pregnancy & infant loss)
  • Birth counseling for survivors of childhood sexual abuse
  • Cloth diapering education
  • Elimination communication education
  • Infant massage education
  • Military famiies
  • Miscarriage Support (Before, During or After)
  • Mother blessing celebrations
  • Mother Roasting
  • Parenting consulting
  • Placenta encapsulation
  • Pregnancy, birth and/or newborn photography
  • Reduced rates for women considering adoption
  • Sibling support (for your older children at the birth)
  • Sleep Educator
  • TENS units rental

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

La Leche League Leader since 1997, Retired API Leader Board of Director on Catholic Birth Network Bereavement doula & photographer

Languages spoken: English, some spanish

Service Area Map

Area of practice: St. Augustine, FL
Travel Range: 50 Miles
Travel comments/restrictions: I am willing to travel further. Happy to discuss additional fees.

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Client Testimonials for Lisa Olschewske CD (DONA) CLC, Photographer

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kelly Lynn

There's so much I could say about Lisa! She was with my husband and I as our still birth doula twice. Within the last 2 years, she supported us at the lowest points of our life. We were blessed to have her with us when we delivered our rainbow baby. Given our history of multiple losses, my anxiety was high throughout the pregnancy. Her support was vital in helping me have a peaceful approach to my first unmedicated delivery. In the weeks leading up to delivery, she supported me as my contractions came and went multiple times. On the night of delivery, I had traveled an hour away to my parent's house. We remained in contact via phone where she helped me through the contractions until we met at the hospital. She encouraged me to trust my body and I'm so glad I listened. We had an amazing natural birth thanks to her love and support.

Posted 7/7/2016

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Angel Nelson

I was so lucky to have Lisa recommended to me by a friend. Without her support, I don't think I would have had the strength to hold out for the natural birth I had dreamed of. Lisa made herself available for any calls, texts, questions, worries, etc. That I had. She always got back to me in a quick manner, and was very informative and supportive. The tricks and tips she provided my husband and I during labor made me so much more at ease, though I'm sure I seemed like a nervous wreck. When I doubted myself and my ability to have the baby naturally, Lisa calmed me down. She was a strong presence, but soft and understanding. She dimmed the lights and held my hand when needed, and reminded me to focus on things other than the intensity of labor.

 

I would 1000% recommend Lisa to other parents/parents-to-be, especially those hoping to achieve a natural birth after a previous induction (which was the case with us).

Posted 3/11/2016

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Melissa Hull

My husband and I had the pleasure of working with Lisa as our doula for the birth of our first son.  She was an outstanding addition to our birth team before, during, and after the birth.  She was a wealth of information beforehand and more than willing to meet or discuss any concerns without time constraints or concern for number of prenatal visits.  She was very supportive of your choice to have your birth in accordance to your individual preference.  During the labor she was extremely supportive of my husband and I and never left my side once her presence was requested.  She was a continuous positive presence throughout and we could not have done it without her; she assisted in being able to achieve my goal of natural unmedicated childbirth.  She was also invaluable in her knowledge on breastfeeding and availability postnatally. Thanks, Lisa, we'll never forget how you helped us to achieve this very important goal and bringing Mason into this world healthy and happy!

Posted 3/20/2015

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Katie Craig

What makes Lisa unique as a doula is her gift of self.  She is always available, delights in helping, sharing advice, or just talking to you.  Lisa helped me "deliver" my third baby via text messages (I lived in CO and it was the middle of the night).  I was in labor, but I wasn't sure how fast or slow I was progressing.  It wasn't time to call the midwife yet and I didn't want to call my local doula until I was really in labor.  I was texting Lisa more as a friend, but she responded in the middle of the night, even though she didn't have to.  We texted back and forth between contractions and she gave advice on how to relax and how to TRUST in the process.  My last labors had been really slow, and I was scared this one would be slow and long as well.  Lisa stayed by my side (via text) until the sun rose and  I finally went in to the birthing center and my local doula met me there.  Labor can be such a confusing time, "am I in labor? am I not? is it moving at a good pace? do I need to go back to bed?  What happens if something goes wrong?  etc") and Lisa was a rock for me as I began the emotional journey of giving birth.  And she wasn't even paid, she was just being a friend.  Before I had my 4th baby, I was scared of hemmoriging (something that happened at my last three births) and she gave me a great plan to have in place that answered all of my "what if" fears.  I am so thankful for Lisa's passion for birthing and am very grateful for all the help she has given me over the years!  

Posted 3/13/2015

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Charlene Lanfranchi

Lisa was so fantastic! I used her for two births. my middle child was a vbac in the hospital. I labored at home. Lisa came and I knew right away everything was going to be ok. She was so.Calm and so reassuring. she knew all my labor cues and when to leave For the hospital. At the hospital, just having her there, the hospital staff knew that I was going to take my vbac seriously. I was so grateful to have her there. it was thanksgiving and she was still happy to be with us. 

then with my third birth, I chose a homebirth. The midwives at fv were there, but I had already been through it with Lisa and so I knew I would absolutely want her there. And she was the first at my house when I was in labor. She made sure i was comftorabke and reassured me I was doing great. The birth was smooth and easy.when the baby nursed for the first time, Lisa knew right away that she had a deep tongue tie. I didn't notice anything and neither did anyone else. But sure enough, i ended up needed her help with figuring out how to nurse through it. Lisa is seriously fantastic. We were a perfect match. she is a wonderful resource for natural birthing and for natural parenting. 

Posted 3/12/2015

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Megan Ariano

Lisa was an amazing doula and an instrumental part of our birth!   She was helpful throughout my labor; by walking with me in our neighborhood, talking with me during my time in the tub, to being a kind friend throughout pregnancy and birth.  She is full of knowledge and kindness.

Posted 2/2/2015

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Kea Jones

I met Lisa just a few days before I delivered, because I decided at the last minute that I wanted a doula. I couldn't have been happier with my experience with her! She came to my house in the middle of the night when I started having contractions and she stayed with me the whole time throughout my long labor at the hospital (almost 24 hours at the hospital alone). She helped calm me down during the contractions and I don't know what I would have done without her! I would definitely recommend Lisa to anyone looking for the assistance of a doula. 

Posted 1/13/2015

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Kelly Fry

When my husband and I moved to the area back in March, I was already well into my third trimester. I had the good fortune of being referred to Lisa by my childbirth educator. I quickly realized what a tight-knit and welcoming community that Lisa was a part of which made my transition much easier than I imagined. I attended La Leche League meetings and through her reputation, I learned that Lisa was amazing at what she did and came highly recommended. I can safely say that my name can be added to the numerous others who have had the honor of having Lisa at their side for their labor and birth. She was especially helpful when it came to navigating the murky waters of having a natural birth in a hospital. The icing on the cake was utilizing one of Lisa’s many talents to photograph the birth and brilliantly capture those raw moments. Lisa’s warmth and compassion radiated every step of the way and we are all the luckier for having her in our lives.

Posted 11/14/2014

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Laura Bland

I am blessed and honored to have known Lisa as a friend and doula for the past several years. I feel that I have grown as a better mother because of her wise and loving advice. With each of my last five babies, she has gently encouraged and instructed me in cloth diapering, co-sleeping, natural birth, and  breastfeeding. She has been my resource for everything having to do with babies, and I often refer friends to her, calling her the Baby-Guru. Amazingly, Lisa is also an accomplished photographer, and has captured many precious memories including baptisms and births, as well as graduation and family portraits.

Especially during my most recent pregnancy, birth, and afterwards, Lisa was and continues to be a wealth of sound advise, support, and help. in labor, she helped me by applying pressure to my lower back and showed my husband how to help with pressure points and breathing. Because I was 44 yrs and having my eighth child, Lisa kept me calm and helped me with my very odd side-effects.  

I would whole-heartedly recommend to any young or old, new or seasoned mother to utilize Lisa as a birth doula. She is always available for counsel or assistance, with the most loving and genuine demeanor. The financial investment is money well-spent, as her skills, advice, and professionalism are worth every penny.

Posted 10/23/2014

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Alexandra Doherty

I had a lot of fear and anxiety about the upcoming birth of my second baby. My first birth wasn't ideal and left me with a lot of pain and distrust. Lisa LISTENED and offered solutions for better support this time around. I followed many of her recommendations: from massage to lying positions that helped get the baby in to a better position (my first baby was born posterior). She was (and is) available at a moments notice and continues to offer support and answer questions- because she loves what she does and truly cares. 

When I went into labor, I got in contact with my midwife to let her know how I was doing. Throughout the earlier parts Lisa accompanied me to labor on St. Augustine Beach with my husband. She applied AMAZING counter pressure to my lower back and encouraged me to keep walking, squatting, breathing, all while relaxing my muscles. I never felt afraid. I never doubted myself. I breathed in the ocean and knew this birth would be better.

Three hours later she and my husband quickly set up the birth pool in our bedroom, and as soon as my midwife arrived Luna was born. 

Lisa's calming presence and confidence helped me to accomplish what I had wanted. 

After Luna's birth, I began experiencing pain while nursing. Lisa and my midwife both recognized that Luna had an upper-lip tie that was preventing her from nursing normally. Thanks to Lisa's connections, Luna's lip-tie was revised less than 48 hours after her birth by a pediatric orthodontist and we were able to be rid of pain. Lisa was always available to help with nursing, which is critical for new moms. 

I'm proud to call her my friend and also Luna's Godmother. I hope she can be present again the next time I have a baby! I gave birth without fear and I know that Lisa had everything to do with it. 

 

Posted 10/21/2014

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Tiffany Thiel

Lisa went above and beyond what I expected, especially since we didn't meet/hire her until I was about 37 weeks. She was there the entire time, for what ended up being a long labor, and offered her support in everything from aromatherapy, homeopathics and lactation advice to sandwich making, helping with my toddler and, at the end, literal support. I would definitely hire her again, if we planned on having any more children.

Posted 6/7/2014

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