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April Titler

Encourage Doula Services, LLC

Website: Http://encouragedoula.weebly.com

Phone: 704.249.0834

Postpartum Rate: $25 to $30

Fee Details: My rate is $25/hour for weekday and $30/hour for weekends. Session are generally booked in four hour increments (for example, 10am-2pm).

Postpartum Doula Experience: 3 years and 20 families served

Doula Training

  • DONA International, May 2014
Type of Practice: Solo practice

Clients per Month: 1 to 4

Breastfeeding Certifications

  • Extensive training on breastfeeding support; breastfed my own three children both on maternity leave and as a full-time working mother

Other Relevant Certifications

  • Adult and Infant CPR certified

College Education

  • BA/BS

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Adoption
  • Cesarean birth
  • Families conceiving with ART and IVF
  • Multiples
  • Over 40
  • Postpartum mood disorders
  • Prematurity
  • Single parents
  • Special needs babies
  • Survivors of Previous Life Trauma
  • Survivors of childhood sexual abuse
  • Teens
  • Twins
  • Women and Families of Color

Special Services Offered

  • Antepartum doula
  • Baby-led weaning
  • Babywearing education
  • Cloth diapering education
  • Military families
  • Miscarriage Support (Before, During or After)
  • Parenting consulting
  • Sibling support (for your older children at the birth)

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

Member of Richmond Doulas, chapter leader for MOMSnext (for mothers of school-aged children, an extension of MOPS), member of DONA International.

Languages spoken: English

Service Area Map

Area of practice: Richmond, VA
Travel Range: 30 Miles

Client Testimonials for April Titler

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Rebecca Murdock

The impact April has had on my family knows no words. I cannot recommend her highly enough. From our first meeting, I felt supported, understood and calm(er!) when working with her. She helped me through sleep fighting, baby gas, breastfeeding, pumping, and so many other challenges for a new mom. I always appreciated that she was so responsive to questions via text or phone calls, offering her support all week long, not just when she was in our home. She is wonderful with our daughter and has more patience than I can imagine having working with someone else’s baby! She is always moving, making the most of naptimes, by helping us get back to “square one” on the house with laundry and dishes, which made home life easier. But what was most helpful perhaps was her advice to my husband and I on how to navigate parenting issues as a team. When we first met with April, she expertly pointed out that not only are we learning how to care for our daughter, but we are learning how we will work together as parents. I was comfortable sharing with her those challenges, and she always responded with words of wisdom and a positive attitude. We are so incredibly grateful for April and the wonderful gift she has given us by being part of our journey into parenthood!

Posted 3/27/2018

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ashley barnwell

April is both a professional and a dear sister/mother type. She is professional in that she is organized, on time, and her goal is to help until she gets that message that says, "Hey, I think I'm good this week!" She is dear because, sisters, she has been where you are. She came along side me after having my second daughter - I wish she had been there after my first! During our first meeting, April listened to my concerns particularly relating to lack of family help (both physically and emotionally) and to my fear of postpartum depression. She navigated these topics with sensitivity but also with the forwardness to say what needed to be said aloud. April also foresaw a few needs that I didn't, meal planning and helping my oldest daughter adapt to the new baby. After my daughter was born April came over as I requested, helped me with self-care (nursing, activity, REST), care for the girls, and organizing (making room for a new baby in a small space). April asked how to help, made suggestions and also took initiative to meet obvious needs without direction - I very much appreciated the balance. I was fortunate to have a quick recovery and did not need help as long as I thought I would. April checked in as the need diminished. And I know if I called her today (4m postpartum), she'd make herself available. I admire that April is both energized and grounded. She is experienced and I highly recommend her.

Posted 12/28/2017

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Lisa and Larry Madison

April swooped in wearing her superdoula cape when I had nothing left - energy, patience, strength, faith .... I didn’t know what I needed, but somehow, she did. April is a postpartum miracle. She is eager to help with anything and did everything but clean my bathrooms and feed my baby. She would go around my home like a little mommy fairy checking off things she knew would need to be done - whether it be the dishes, laundry, diaper pail trash or meal prep. She helped me by providing tips when breastfeeding got very difficult and then comforted me when I had to give my son formula due to his food allergies. I lacked confidence going out in public with a newborn and little by little it came back by April coming with me on trips to Target or to run other errands. She is very intuitive into the new mother struggle and doesn’t hesitate to ask “Do you need to eat? Do you need to shower? Do you need to take a nap?”. I can’t begin to describe the relief I felt after a much needed shower and nap. Our family would’ve kept her longer than three months, but she and I knew that I had this mom thing down and I wouldn’t be feeling as strong and confident as Lucas’s mom without her. She will always be part of our family. 

Posted 11/20/2017

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Belén Puello

April really helped and encouraged us in this new journey as a parents and we are so grateful with her for that.
The confidence that we are experiencing now is in part also thanks to her guidance.
She helped me a lot during my postpartum with a lot of tips, resources and advices for my recovery and newborn care as well.
She is lovely, trustworthy, patient, empathetic and very punctual also.
Because she is a mother, she can understand everything what womens go through during this phase.
I'm really happy to recommend her to every woman that would like a experienced postpartum doula.

Posted 6/5/2017

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Melissa Placide

April was my postpartum doula for several months and was truly a blessing to me and my family.  I was dealing with some serious postpartum depression that was compounded by having lost a child the previous year.  April was so incredibly understanding, empathetic and helpful.  

She was able to assist me in getting organized around my home and with my daughter's room/clothes, etc.  During each visit, she would take the initiative to do whatever housework that needed to be done -dishes, laundry, vacuuming and starting dinner - basically anything that would make my life easier.

Her knowledge of caring for a mother and child postpartum and providing sound advice on many issues was priceless.  April was also able to assist me in finding community resources in dealing with my PPD.

April truly became a part of our family - there could not be any higher recommendation that I could give, April is fantastic.


Posted 1/23/2017

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Lisa Lewis

April comes highly recommended by our family.  She was just want we needed after the birth of our twins.   if you want a professional, reliable, kind, and hard working doula look no further.  From the first day April came into our house she always found ways to help.  Her work ethic is very strong.  One of our twins was on a heart rate monitor due to breathing issues and she was informed and comfortable in dealing with this.  She assisted us with so many things I really don't know where to start.  She got us groceries, did dishes, walked our dog, laundry, played with our four year old and the list goes on.  But most importantly helped care for our babies.  You can see April really enjoys her work.  In quiet moments in our house I could hear April talking to my babies.  Still makes me smile. Thank you April for your support and love you gave to our family.  

Posted 8/6/2016

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Sarah Robb

April is a wonderful postpartum doula and I would highly recommend her!  April was great with our daughter, has a loving way about her, and she helped me immesurably with my transition back to work.  Returning to work and incorporating daycare into the mix is something I did not give much thought to when I was pregnant, but it becomes more daunting as the time draws closer.  I n addition to talking me through it, April created personalized timelines and checklists for us that we are still using months later- they help us stay organized so that we can spend the most quality time with our daughter possible in the evenings without worrying that we'll be forgetting something when we leave for work/ daycare the next morning. 

Having April's emotional support, help around the house, and assistance making timelines and checklists was exactly what we needed to make the transition as smooth as possible.  I cannot thank her enough! 

Posted 7/26/2016

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Erica Angert

I hired April to help me 1-2 days a week after the birth of my third child.  I'm a postpartum doula myself, but I didn't start working as a doula until after my second baby was born, so this was my first time having postpartum help that I provide to my own clients.  It was so valuable to have April here, offering her perspective and lending a hand around the house.  She was proactive when it came to refilling my water if she saw it was empty, or doing some quick sweeping near the door if she had finished the laundry I asked her to fold, etc.  She did a wonderful job overall and was so professional, and she stayed in touch regularly when she wasn't here.  She also gave me some great insights into adjusting to life with three children.  I had asked for postpartum doula money from my family for Christmas, and having April help me for those early weeks after my baby came turned out to be much better than any "thing" I could have gotten as a Christmas present!

Posted 6/6/2016

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Caitlin Hosmer

April Titler served as our post-partum doula from December 2015 through February 2016.  She provided doula services during both night and day shifts. 

I cannot say enough good things about April.  As new parents, my husband and I were virtually clueless about how to take care of a baby.  April provided non-judgemental advice and evidence-based suggestions.  She gave us helpful tips for soothing our daughter and putting her to sleep--practical tips that you don't find in the literature.  April also assisted with proper positioning during breastfeeding and recommended strategies for increasing milk supply.  She referred us to helpful resources suited to our needs, including baby wearing groups and new mom groups.  She showed us proper hygiene for bottles and breast pump accessories. 

Most importantly, she instilled confidence in us!  After working with April several weeks, being a new mom and dad felt more manageable and less overwhelming.  We felt better equipped with the tools April gave us and therefore more confident.  April made our transition to parenthood a very positive experience.  April is incredibly supportive and nurturing.  Knowing that April would be coming the next night helped me make it through tough hours with our daughter. 

April is not only highly experienced and competent with newborns, but she is also very caring and loving.  Our daughter smiled at April before she smiled for me and my husband! Our baby was always well-cared for and loved by April.  We plan to stay in touch with April and call her for our next baby!

Posted 2/23/2016

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Louise Schutte

I reached out to April when my son was about 6 weeks and I was looking for some assistance during the week while we didn't have any visitors and my husband was at work. From my first phone call to April, I could tell how friendly and caring she was. April came twice a week for several weeks and helped me to begin establishing a new schedule at home. She helped find and make healthy and easy snack recipes for when I was alone and needed to eat something quickly. Having her there to help with the baby also was critical to making sure I could eat a good breakfast and get in a shower. I always appreciated her knowledge and assistance during those critical weeks!

Posted 2/15/2016

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Kasie Sanders

My midwife referred me to April at just the right time. I was suffering from a bit of postpartum depression. April came over & lovingly cared for me, my baby and my home. I was able to get much needed rest. April also provided a list of practical tips to help me feel more rested and joyful. I'd gladly recommend her to anyone. 

Posted 10/7/2015

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Carol Stewart

In April of 2015, my husband and I welcomed our first baby. Prior to our daughter's arrival, our family support system had some hiccups when both our mothers became very sick. We found our postpartum doula, April Titler, a few months prior through a doula meet up event. We loved April because of her confidence and her history of being a former working mom in the corporate world.  With me having my first child and still planning to go back to work, this was a huge plus. And, in our early meetings, April was also able to find our needs and help is plan before our child's arrival. 

After our daughter was born, my husband and I were all over the place. Her first day,April helped us set up the nursey so it would be more efficient, made sure we were fed, and helped us get some rest. In her following visits, she helped me set up routines, keep my house in order, answerd all my "is that normal?!" Questions, and helped me start a plan for pumping and getting back to work. Having April's help and support allowed me to gain confidence in motherhood and focus on relaxing and enjoying my new role. My mother (who was skeptical at the idea of a postpartum doula at first) has said the April's help allowed her to enjoy just being a grandmother as she saw my confidence grow. 

I can't imagine what it would have been like without April, and I don't want to. She was fantastic, caring, helpful, organized, and truly cared for our family. Will definitely use her again if and when we have another child!

Posted 7/17/2015

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Whitney Van Der Hyde

April was truly a Godsend when she came to work with us, I just wish we had started using her right after my daughter was born.  Around three weeks postpartum, my birth doula checked in with us.  I was a wreck between hormones, sleep deprivation, mourning the loss of time with my toddler and not to mention my daughter was on an apnea monitor 24/7 which caused a lot of stress and fear.  

So, my birth doula suggested that we would really benefit from using a postpartum doula to help us get over this transition. This being my second child, I had initially thought we would not need someone to help us with the baby and with this transition, 'we've got this'.  But my husband and I both realized that we did in fact need help, and there was no shame in that. The shame would lie in protecting our egos and pride by 'toughing it out'.....and our toddler and baby girl didn't deserve that either.  Our little family deserved more.  

Enter April.  Immediatly she was warm and at ease with my son and with our baby girl.  She was able to entertain my son when I was feeding the baby and vice versa, was able to get my daughter to sleep when my son needed some attention from me.  She helped with both children when I desperately lneeded a nap.  She helped fix lunches, folded laundry and even ran some errands for us.  All incredibly helpful jobs..and when you are in the thick of trying to care for two young ones, so incredibly important.  She was always helpful with some advice about the baby...and I found very helpful in ideas for helping to rule in my wild toddler.  Her years of experience with her own children played out in her calm demeanor and approach to my children and i learned quite a bit from April.  

I would highly recommend April to anyone who thinks they 'might be interested'.  But I urge you to hire her before the baby comes...you won't regret it!

Posted 6/2/2015

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Abigail Dixon

April did a wonderful job! She didn't come in with her own agenda, but she helped with whatever I needed - unloading dishes, watching the toddler, cleaning up the kitchen, holding the baby while I napped, helping me troubleshoot with breastfeeding issues, etc. Having her in our home was helpful, especially as I learn how to balance having a toddler and a baby. Our toddler loved April's cheerful presence and was happy being entertained by her. For me, I found it particularly helpful having April hold the baby so I could get some much-needed sleep, as well as getting some breastfeeding advice to help me with some issues I was having. April even emailed me more resources on breastfeeding after she left.

I definitely recommend April for anyone looking for a postpartum doula. It is extremely helpful, especially for the first few weeks, to have another person around, and April is a wonderful lady for the job.

Posted 11/19/2014

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