Stephanie Read, CD(DONA) & Ayurvedic Doula
Fort Worth, TX Service range 35 miles
9 years and 65 births attended
1 years and 2 families served
Type of practice: Solo practice
Clients per month: 1 to 3 births and 0 to 2 postpartum families
Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Attends home births? Any Home Birth
Ayuvedic Doula, Connected Warriors Instructor, Prenatal Yoga Instructor, Baby and Me Yoga Instructor, Partner Prenatal Yoga Instructor
Every woman deserves to have a doula with her during childbirth. Please do not let financial circumstances prevent you from contacting me. I offer discounts, payment plans, and consider barter offers as well. Give yourself the gift of a doula!
Fort Worth, TX Service range 35 miles
With my second pregnancy I wanted to be more prepared - both physically and mentally. I was looking for someone to be my ally in the room, that would help and support me through all the phases of the latest phase of pregnancy to childbirth - a role a spouse cannot always play for multiple reasons. In my opinion only a woman can really help you leverage your strenghts, will give you unconditional support and never judge you. I found it reassuring to have someone by my side that has seen and helped so many babies come to this world, so I could tap into the wide array of her experience and expertese. Stephanie was my ally, guide and friend in the weeks leading to delivery and all the way until my baby was born. She is a great yoga teacher and that helped me to prepare and build the trust and relationship I needed with her. She was 100% available whenever I had a question or request, and with me all along the way from my first contractions to my first cuddle with our baby. She supported every one of my choices while still offering her advise. She was my ambassador and champion in the hospital, where at my request we arrived as late as possible and with minimal intervention. All I remember from this labor and delivery is that I had a loving presence and guide by my side. I was up and running a few hours later and home within 24h, as everything went so smoothly and with no issues or complications. I believe birthing is a process where the more you let go and trust yourself and your body the easier it will be. And I was able to do that thanks to Stephanie.
I truly cannot put into words what an amazing experience I had with Stephanie. I had an unmedicated birth plan but chose to deliver in a hospital. My birth plan would not have come to fruition had I not engaged Stephanie's services. She has this calming presence that just gets you through the ups an downs of labor and childbirth. She empowers both mom and dad and is with you both every step of the way. She was always responsive to any questions or concerns that we had and proved to be the best advocate for us. If I ever give birth again, Stephanie would be one of the first people that I call. She just has a gift. I would recommend her doula services to anyone as well as her prenatal yoga and child-birth class.
As my husband and I were planning our daughter's birth, our first child, we chose to attempt a natural unmedicated birth. I read about doulas online but was unsure if it would benefit us. I can confidently say that hiring Stephanie was THE BEST decision we made during our pregnancy and birth journey. She's friendly, professional and personable. She listened to our wants, needs and concerns and offered resources for guidance, as well as experienced advice to help answer any questions we had. She came to our house one evening (and brought us dinner!) and helped me with tips to relieve 3rd trimester aches & pains. She also showed my husband how he could help me too. When my contractions started she came to our house to help with hip squeezes, to keep me walking and moving and to also offer assurance and comfort that everythng was OK and going as planned. Once we got to the hospital she was a Rock Star! She was our advocate when one nurse was less than helpful. She helped my husband speak up for me and to make sure that our birth and delivery was what we had wanted and hoped for. She was comforting and soothing, while also firm and confident helping me with breathing, moving, keeping me focused. She was the best birth coach! She worked with my husband as a team to help me through contractions. I had our beautiful baby girl unmedicated, as we had hoped. I could not have done it without her. After delivery our L&D Nurse raved about how awesome our doula was! My husband has been telling all of his expecting friends about her and recommending her right and left! :) I will forever be grateful to her for our beautiful birth experience and helping us welcome our little Charlotte. Thank you, Stephanie! (Oh and don't miss out on her prenatal yoga classes! It was a much needed zen time for me in the final weeks!)
From the first meeting I immediately felt comfortable with Stephanie. She was supportive and accepting of my decision, and very knowledgeable of all things pregnancy and birth related. She became more like a friend than just my doula. Through my induction and eventual C Section she was by my side and helping to ease my fears, and I had a lot of them! She was there for me post partum when I had breastfeeding issues and had referalls for anything I may have needed. I honestly don’t know how I would have gotten through my pregnancy and birth, and even after, without her! I’ll definitely be securing her services for my next pregnancy!!
Stephanie was amazing! I wound up having an unplanned C-Section at 35 weeks, and despite the fact that we did not have the birth experience we expected, she was amazing and was right there with us every step of the way. From bringing food to the hospital to encouragement/advice and to the home visit, she provided a wealth of experience and encouragement when I needed it most. Stephanie truly has a passion for moms and babies, and it is evident as she works with moms throughout pregnancy, birth, and post-natal as well. I highly recommend her to anyone looking for a doula. I have a very supportive spouse and was unsure at first whether a doula was even right for me, but I wouldn't have traded her for the world.
We absolutely loved Stephanie! When we were pregnant with our first child in 2015, my husband and I had taken a birth bootcamp class but at the closing of the class we felt underwhelmed and still unprepared for what exactly to expect and how to cope. We desperately searched for a doula at 37 weeks so we could have some assistance and fell in love with Stephanie as soon as we met. She has such a warm, calm, and loving presence and offered support and answers to our questions but also tried to make it simply about me and my husband. During my labor, she was comforting and peaceful, quick to make sure my husband felt involved and at ease in helping me cope with the contractions. Even though we had an idea of what to expect when we got pregnant with #2 but we felt Stephanie was an invaluable asset and an essential part of our birth plan. She was incredible again, providing support and guidance whenever I needed help and even brought oils to help with my nauseau and discomfort, and a rebozo to help with my hip and lower back pain during contractions.
Stephanie is a wonderful person and fantastic doula! We would recommend her everytime!! Whether this is your first baby or your fifth, having a doula like Stephanie will help you achieve your best labor possible.
I highly recommend Stephanie and her doula services! She provided wonderful care and education to my family before, during, and after the birth of our baby. Her childbirth education class helped us feel more prepared and at ease as first-time parents. She came to our house in the middle of the night on Christmas day and spent most of her Christmas with us at the hospital as I labored. Stephanie was so positive and supportive that day, even though she was away from her own family! She came to our house the next week for a follow-up visit to make sure baby and I were doing ok. Stephanie is knowledgeable, caring, and passionate about bringing babies into the world!
After expressing to our obgyn that I wanted an unmedicated birth she strongly recommended a doula. After discussing my issues with finding a doula in our area that seemed like they would be a oodles match she suggested Stephanie. I met with her and felt like we immediately clicked. She's funny, positive, down to earth, and very comfortable to be around. I love that she's a good mix of the more holistic side and the traditional medicine side of birth. I knew I would be in good hands and that she would help me achieve my unmedicated goal or help me adjust my goal depending on how my body was reacting to the birth process. We did her childbirth class which my doctor said she preferred over the hospital class. When it came time for the main event I stayed in contact off and on during the day with Stephanie. I was thankful that she was so adamant that mama knows when it's time to go to the hospital. If I had listened to what all the books say our little man may have been born in the truck! We called when we left and she was there as soon as we had a room. She kept me so comfortable and focused throughout labor I don't know if my husband would have been up to the task. It was so wonderful for him to just be able to be there instead of having to coach as well. I honestly don't feel ikea I would have had as wonderful a birth as I did without her guidance and support. We'll be doing it all over again in a couple years and I would want anyone else in there with me!
We are a first time parents and very nervous about having our first baby. My doctor recommended Stephanie for prenatal yoga and I attended. I loved her prenatal yoga classes and when she told us she was also a doula, I was very excited. My husband and I are very grateful that we choose Stephanie to be our doula and help make the birth process a memorable experience. We love her sweet spirit and personality. We highly recommend her and will gladly have her as our doula again in the future.
Stephanie attended the birth of my first child on 12/22/14. She met me and my husband at home and then followed us to Harris Hospital in downtown Fort Worth. I did not meet Stephanie until I went into labor because she was serving as backup doula, but I am so grateful she was on call! She is calm, poised, and professional.
When she got to our home, she had soothing music and essential oils to help with nausea. She had me bounce and sway on the stability ball to encourage the baby to move down and also helped both my husband and mother provide comfort measures such as squeezing my hips during contractions.
She continued to be supportive at the hospital and stayed with me when my husband followed the baby to be checked out by the NICU team. I know my husband was especially appreciative of her help when we were at home.
Stephanie checked in 12 hours after the birth and later came for a home visit, during which we reviewed the birth. I wouldn't hesitate to work with her again.
I dont know how I would've gotten through my birth without her! Stephanie was there for me from start to finish (even stayed stayed with me through Christmas!) with a soothing voice, a bag of comfort tricks, and tons of encouragement. My husband was great, but so glad she was there to aid us in bringing our first son into the world. I would definitely hire her again and recommend her to everyone thinking of having a doula.
I knew I wanted to have an all natural, drug free childbirth. Stephanie was great! I was taking her yoga classes (both prenatal and regular) so I was seeing her several times a week, which I liked. It helped us get to know each other better and also she was there to talk to about any concerns that might have come up. I would text her all the time during those 9 months and she was always quick to get back to me. Stephanie has an amazing way of staying positive and not focusing on the bad, scary, or negative - which for me, was extremely helpful. This was my first pregnancy and I was definitely nervous! When the big day came, she was to my house within the hour of being called. She immediately jumped into action helping me relax. She rubbed some oils on me and then was with me for every single contraction I had from then on. I had been laboring for nearly 10 hours before calling her (I wish we had called her sooner looking back!), so it was sweet relief when she showed up knowing exactly what to do. Suddenly my tearful self who was previously laying on the floor begging my husband to take me for an epidural became a distant memory. My contractions were manageable thanks to Stephanie! At the hospital, she continued helping me get through each contraction. She was there to help. Whatever I needed. She knew exactly what I wanted in the delivery room. Peaceful music (which she provided), dim lights, and not being strapped down to the bed. She was seriously amazing. She would tell you it was all me, but trust me, I couldn't have done it without her! She motivated me up until nearly midnight, when I finally delivered my beautiful baby. Happy, healthy, and completely drug free. My husband and I feel so lucky we had her on our side during labor and delivery, and the months leading up to the big day. I can't recommend her enough. If you are someone who is scared and filled with worry or doubt - hire Stephanie! She will calm your nerves!
Stephanie was a wonderful advocate, teacher, and coach. My husband and I moved to the area mid-pregnancy. We loved the birth plan and team we had established before we moved, and were a bit intimitated to start over. Having Stephanie by our side definitely put us at ease. She is the type of person who really knows how to ask questions and listen. Stephanie's service was above and beyond what we expected. We would highly recommend her personally. Based on the amazing experience we had, we convinced 2 other out-of-state mom's that doulas are a must. I had a natural birth with no epidural and don't think I would have been able to do it without her support and coaching.
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